Hello and welcome to my author page.
A little bit about me: My name is Lei, and I am a 19-year-old college sophomore pursuing a degree in English and Political Science. I am currently based in Canada, but I am originally from the Philippines and I have traveled extensively up and down the east coast of the United States. My biggest, most ambitious dream is to backpack across Europe and get paid to write while traveling all over the world.
Some of you may remember me as a moderator for Mugglenet Fan Fiction. From the fall of 2005 to the fall of 2006, I served on staff as the category mom for James/Lily and as a frequent dabbler in Marauder Era, Harry/Hermione, and Dark/Angsty. Concurrently, I also served as Hufflepuff's prefect on the Beta Forums with PhysicalGraffiti as my Head of House. I left moddom when I was 16, but returned a year later to help with the release of Deathly Hallows. I've not been back since then.
My works: I write mainly about the Marauders, especially Remus and Sirius, but I've also written a couple of Trio era fics. My favourite pairings to read and write are Harry/Hermione (proudly delusional!), Remus/Lily, Remus/Hermione, and James/Lily. I almost always write dark and angsty material, and I can guarantee that in nearly all of my works, I do include sensitive matters such as strong language and substance abuse. Click and read at your own risk, and please exercise utmost discretion when you do.
Most of my stories on this site are very outdated, but I do have a couple of new one-shots, which are the ones I recommend you to start with if you are new to my writing. Such works are: Drink, Declaration, To Armageddon and Back, Butterflies and Hurricanes, Weight, and 'Tis the Night.
With regards to Clair De Lune, I have been on hiatus from working on it ever since I started college over a year ago. Rest assured that I have every intention of finishing it; however, it will take me a bit more time, given that I've been finding it extremely difficult to immerse myself in that universe again (not to mention that I tend to cringe at my earlier works, but I digress).
In the meantime, I've just posted the prologue and the first chapter of After the Agony, a chaptered dystopian story set nearly a century after Harry's death. Please do check it out and let me know what you think!
How to contact me: Please do not hesitate to shoot me an email or poke me on AIM (taintedVirtuoso) if you wish to speak with me. I also have a writing journal where I post outtakes and such other things that I cannot upload onto MNFF. All of this information can be found here on my author page.
Hope you enjoy reading my stories, and if you have time, please do let me know what you think in a review.
Summary: Remus Lupin has not always had an easy or a happy life, but now after resigning from a job he loved and enjoyed, he's forced to once again sulk on his lonely and bitter existence. Wallowing in his self-pity, Remus ventures into the Hog's Head, only to meet a erudite woman that may just help to disrupt the monotony his life has become. Remus/OC, Post-POA.
Okay, I’ve been a huge fan since I first started reading this story, and I think now’s a good time to leave a review. You’ve received my fangurl praise before, but formalities shouldn’t be ignored, no? ;)
I really must comment on how you’re building Isabelle’s character. There’s really something about her that makes her so endearing to readers, and I’m really glad that you gave us this new insight into her personality. I was just as surprised as Remus was when she had the new robes on, and when she laughed. Also, I have to thank you for giving Remus the happiness he deserves; who knew that he was the first person Isabelle ever went out with?
Then, of course, I must comment on your fabulous writing skills. Remus’s letter to Sirius was very nicely done. Actually, I thoroughly enjoyed reading all their letters throughout this story; their strong friendship really shines through. The conversation Remus and Isabelle shared in the fire was also very, very good. I love the dynamics between the two of them. Reading their more intimate conversations just warms my heart, and you can really tell that they have strong feelings for each other. The characterization is excellent, as always, and I found no hitch in the flow. Kudos to you!
Kay, m’dear, you have talent, and time and time again, you amaze me with your abilities. I still remain a very loyal fan, and no matter how long the next update will take, I’ll be waiting patiently. : ), Lei
Author's Response: Wow! What can I say to a review like that? I\'m speechless. ::blush:: Isabelle is an amazing character to write, and I\'m glad that the way I see has come across so well to my audience. I\'m always worried that my writing of her doesn\'t do her justice. I really wanted to show a side to her that most don\'t see, and that part of the chapter just flowed so naturally. I originally had not planned that scene between her and Remus in the fire, but it just sorta cropped up. I\'m very happy that you enjoyed it! Thank you for the compliments and taking the time to review!
Summary: Stepping into the minds and hearts of a few members of Hogwarts faculty during the moments leading up to and following HBP's heart wrenching climax. Stories of love and hate, longing and loss. Posted prior to DH.
Wow Neta... that was very, very good! I particularly loved the ending with Albus becoming a phoenix - literally or metaphorically, it was brilliant! Kudos to you! =)
Severus's story was thought-provoking and gave me another sufficient evidence to believe that there really is more to him than what we see in the series. I love how you emphasized how his hatred for James and Sirius was passed on to Harry.
At this point, I don't have any concrit. Wonderful job! Keep writing! =)
Author's Response: You are too cool! Thanks for reading my story and offering such kind criticism!
Summary: When Voldemort began his rise to power, and the Blacks clutched to his beliefs as though they were a promise made of silver, Sirius seemed to be the only one who knew that silver could be tarnished.
Wow... this is... wow. I'm still reeling from a fantastic read. This was so beautifully written! Awesome job! I like the way you projected Sirius's angsty side and gave your readers an insight into his family. I've never read a fic like this before. You've certainly captured my attention. :)
I especially like these few lines. They all made me smile for several different reasons.
“Go ahead, you little snitch. See if I care,” Sirius shot back, closing the garden gate behind him. This is a fabulous characterization of Sirius. I love it. I can really imagine him doing this. You made his dark, rebellious nature really stand out throughout the story. Bravo.
Oh,” Sirius said simply, “that.” Lol! I laughed when I read this, although I also did a double-take while reading the lines preceding this. I'm not a R/S shipper, but I won't hold that against you. ;]
He was talented on the Quidditch Pitch and Transfiguration came easily to him, but when it came to comforting someone who hurt he just didn’t know what to do. This is an insight into James's character that I've never seen before. Nice touch!
. . they were made by the pull of the moon, the snapping of bones, and the fear that lived inside of Remus. Awesome descriptions! I think this is the best part of your writing style: your descriptions. You really paint the picture for the reader and draw us into your story with wonderful imagery.
And now, just one little nitpick: Go be a good lapdog and entertain Bella, she looks ready to kill With a comma after 'Bella', this becomes a run-on sentence. I'd go for '. . .entertain Bella; she looks ready to kill'.A terrific read! Keep up the good work! ;]
Summary: *COMPLETED!*What happens when you put a hopelessly "romantic" man-hussy and a girl with a soft spot for bedtime activities (not THOSE activities, silly!) together in a dark bedroom? Well, I don't happen to know either, so I suppose we'll find out together, won't we? Come with me, Tia C. Spencer, on a lovely ride through the countryside... er, lakeside... okay, so we won't actually be riding NEXT to anything, but it will be lovely, I promise you that. How can it not be, with me as your illustrious (and quite possibly mad) companion?
And no, contrary to beliefs very likely impressed upon you by this summary, I'm not a gormless prat.
Well... not entirely.
Oh no! How could you even dream of making her snog him? Ick! My already hyperactive imagination ran wild. Wild, I tell ya!
Another beautifully-written chapter. I love how you went into the details of the Marauders transforming Tia into Narcissa. The way it's written makes the circumstances more believable, and we, as readers, marvel at the magical abilities of these young lads, especially James and Sirius.
Ahh yes, finally! I thought they'd never get to it. ;) I've never been fond of romances, but I find Sirius and Tia's "relationship" very cute (for lack of better term, sorry!) Do I sense a conflict coming up? I wonder what her dear cousin will say, hmm . . .
Anyhow, you've really got me hooked, and I can't wait for the next chapter!
They are unbelievably talented, aren't they? :p I figured it would be credible, what with them being Animagi at fifteen, and all...
Her dear cousin has no opinion whatsoever. ..... Ahem.
*beams* Thank you, it'll be up soon, just as soon as I figure out how to edit out certain parts. *is overwhelmed*
*sigh* I have always loved modding your fic, but alas, I have been reassigned. -_-
This is one of the rare fics in which all the Marauders have very distinguished individual characters. Others usually mix James and Sirius up, or focus mainly on them while the other two Marauders lurk in the background. Your story definitely does not fall into that category. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this fic. T'is a brilliant piece of writing. Congratulations!
Tia Spencer is an OC I have really grown to love. I recognize so much of myself in her, and I love that she has a spunky, free-spirited personality that contributes much to the plot development. I've read about OC's who are relatives of the Marauders that are borderline Mary Sues, but Tia is far from it. You have clearly outlined her strengths and weaknesses, and her smart aleck comments are so much fun to read.
All in all, you have wonderful characters, a very intriguing plotline, and an awesome flair for writing. Keep up the good work! :)
Thank you very much for your kind, special words. I'm thrilled that mine stands out from the other OC fics, and that you didn't find I let the spirit of the Marauders blend into one single being. I love them all in their own way, I have different feelings about all of them, they all annoy me in certain situations... :P But I've definitely never forgotten that they are four, very different people.
The fact you love Tia is just so amazing, because obviously I have a great fondness of her myself. I think it has been reading so many Mary Sue fics that has caused me to be so conscious of the traits that a normal, everyday girl would have, and the ones that she very likely wouldn't. I've tried my best to make her original so that ppl don't read the fic, leave their computer, and then immediately forget her; but at the same time the last thing I want to do is make her impossibly, unbelievably unique. I hope I've succeeded and that you don't grow to dislike her as the story progresses. She grows as a person, as a character-- I'd be ashamed of myself if she didn't-- but I think that at the end she'll still be Tia and I don't think that will ever change. To me, Tia is timeless. Thank you once more, and I hope that you'll continue to keep me updated on what you think of the latest chapter! XD
UPDATE: Guys, I'm back!
The innocence I’ve lost
The blood it's cost
Leaves unhealed scars within.
But I will not abate,
I will employ the hate
That has been planted deep inside.
I will not falter
Valor will not tire,
And I will survive
This trial by fire.
Many things are different now. Potions class is the least of the trio's worries. Battling dragons would be a welcome alternative to what it is they're attempting to battle now. The Order of the Phoenix is hallow without its leading member. And when someone close to Harry is stolen, Dumbledore's rhetoric of love, hope, and faith is challenged. Harry's strength and resolve are pushed to their limits. Loyalties are tested and new leaders emerge while Harry and Hermione struggle to balance new emotions and uncharted territory. Yet while this time after sixth year proves to be drastically unlike anything Harry's ever experienced, some truths remain, and some affections stand solid.
A novel-type story that explores the engimas of Snape, Horcruxes, war, and above all, the puzzle of love. HBP compliant. HHr.
Hmm... well, maybe I could forgive you slightly for not keeping in contact after reading this... Maybe. ;)
I'll tell you right now that I'm incoherent, and my thinking is severely distorted by whatever punishment the powers-that-be willed me to endure - so if anything at all seems all out of whack, I blame it on being sick.
Right. One huge thing I noticed about your writing is that it matured. A lot, in fact. I think the balance between description and dialogue was expertly done [of course, who can top your fantastic imagery? Seriously.] and one couldn't even tell that you wrote this chapter ages after the previous one. The flow of the story remained undisrupted. Kudos to you on that one, sistah. Characterisations are spot on, as always - love the 'logical' banter between Ron and Hermione there. Did not love the almost-kiss at the end. Loved the way you projected Harry's tortured soul. Did not love the almost-kiss at the end. Love you to pieces. Did not love Harry's idiocy at the end. So there.
You better show yourself soon. My shrine to you is getting a wee bit lonely.
“Harry,” she choked, finishing his thought with a sad smile. “Sometimes you just have to be Harry.”
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I loved every bit of this chappie, especially when Harry talked to Lupin not as a little boy anymore, but as a young man. The transition from his character in HBP to this story is smooth and flawless, and I don't know many authors who could do that. You did this wonderfully, dear, and I'm really proud of you. *tear* Plus, I got a chappie dedicated to me, YAY!! :D
*blushes profusely* I’m glad my mental breakdown last night didn’t throw you off, at least; or maybe it did, and you’re just not telling me. *shifty eyes*
Sadie, I cannot possibly impress upon you how much your writing moves me. No one, and I mean no one could have possibly pulled a chapter like that with so much emotion and flair like you did. I was literally gob smacked [oh ho ho, déjà vu!] when I finished reading this because you conveyed the agony and the despair of the characters so well. It’s like the emotion is actually emanating from the monitor. You wrote it so that the readers get really, really into it that they themselves feel the pain that the two main characters share. I was goofing around too much to possibly convey that to you during our conversation, but maybe that’s why I was going all-out insane—after effects of reading your fabulous work.
I firmly believe that imagery is one of your strongest points. Shadows from the corridor crawled the length of the planks, finally bumping silently into his body as the sun set completely. That paints such a vivid picture in my mind; my photographic memory allows me to envision scenes I read, but that particular line just exploded in my mind, and I could see it very, very clearly. You ability to allow readers a window into your writing is a mark of true talent, my dear, and it never ever ceases to amaze me.
Moreover, I have never seen a Harry/Hermione dynamic like this in my life. You went way beyond what JKR showed us in the series. You delved into their characters and just explored a whole new [and admittedly dangerous] territory that most H/Hr writers often never even attempt to think about. You showed a totally different side to them, and they are not out of character at all. You are not afraid of being unconventional, and for that, I bow to you. *bows low*
Well, I’m off to finish up packing now. But after that, I’ll add a bit more to my SecretKeeper shrine that nobody knows about. >.> Wait… I shouldn’t have said that. Whoops.
Lotsa love, Lei. xOxO
Oh, I can't believe this! *grumbles* Two days off the comp, and my favourite H/Hr story has been updated! Oh man...
Anywho, what can I say? Absobloodylutely brilliant as always. I've already given you my angry mantra of "ebil cliffie", so I won't do it anymore here. I think the general concept of this chapter is fantastic. I love how the story stays so true to canon despite the fact that JKR called us 'delusional'. The conversation involving Snape and the other Death Eaters got me hanging off the edge of my seat. It was a breath-taking scene, as always.
SecretKeeper, my dear, you've done it yet again. Kudos to you! :)
Sadie... I swear, if any writing agent or publisher hated your writing style, I would rip them apart with my bare hands.
This is definitely worth me wrestling with one Remus Lupin last night in the last few minutes of our conversation. I should tell you, he's definitely ashamed that he tried to pull me away from the computer because despite his past self getting more and more attracted to Hermione in Clair De Lune, he still found the development between Harry and Hermione very, very, VERY heartwearming indeed.
Where doth mine praise for thee begin again? I cannot even find the words to describe your brilliance. The plot twists you create are so astounding that you leave your readers staggering and breathless for more. Your ability to work your way through such a rich plotline is very impressive, my dear, and you never EVER cease to amaze me.
Hermione continued to lift Harry’s sleeves, comb through his hair, and run her fingers along his back I read that sentence and SPAZZZZZZZZZed. WOW. I was waiting for a kiss, Sadie, a KISS, but NOOO... they were just checking for each other's injuries! And yes, if you think I'm crazy, maybe I am, and your story has drove me nutso. /incoherence.
You shall never hear the end of my fangurl praise, I'm telling you. My next step is to build a shrine for you in my bedroom. Yes, I don't care what Remus says, blast him. Sadie, your dreams of being published are achievable, VERY achievable. If these dreams won't materialize, we can only blame it on other outside factors, because you have talent. Talent that, time and time again, leaves me positively amazed. You can write. Don't ever let this talent go to waste.
Ahh Sadie, first of all, I already freaked out on you when I first read this chapter, so I'll keep that aspect of my review to a considerable minimum. Let me do the technical stuff first before moving on to the fangurl aspect.
Okay, so first of all, your writing is again, fantastic. I found no hitch in the flow at all and your descriptions are exquisite and picturesque. This chapter is angsty yet again, but you managed to insert some humor into it (Harry saying he looked sad because his soul got sucked out of his body). I think that's a great bit of foreshadowing there for later events in the chapter. Kudos to you on that!
Your theory on Harry becoming a Horcrux itself is something I've heard of, but never really thought about. As I read this chapter, I kept thinking, Oh yeah, that makes SO much sense. I can't wait to see where you take this idea. It is, yet again, a mark of brilliance, my friend.
Now, to the fangurl part. I'm Queen of Cliffies here, not you; don't you dare dethrone me! ;) Just kidding... but honestly, you couldn't have placed a more...heartwrenching cliffie. I can really imagine myself wringing Harry's neck right now. You'll have me on tenterhooks for days after this, young lady! Which is a freakishly hyper sentence for: 'this was awesome, amazing, and really, really well-done, and I can't wait for more.'
Book signings are in your future, dear. With your creative ingenuity and flawless writing skills, you'll go very far in your writing career. And rest assured that I'll be first in line wanting your autograph. :)
Ooh, Sadie, this was absolutely fabulous! This is by far my favourite chapter, and there are many reasons why. I’ll start by telling you that the ebil cliffie at the end got me knickers in a twist, and that you must write chapter five soon, or I’ll have to stalk you sooner than expected. ;)
Okay, first of all, the fight with Wormtail was perfectly worded. You kept the action and Harry’s thoughts brilliantly balanced, a mark of a truly talented writer. His character was very well-placed in the gripping, suspenseful mood of this scene, and once again, your flair for words left me in awe.
“It seems you were always like this… even around my Dad and Sirius, always just the follower. I’m surprised Snape hasn’t hexed you yet for cheering on my Dad as he hung Snape upside down, showing off his unders…” This line just replayed in my mind over and over again, and I literally punched my fist into the air and cheered Harry on aloud (thank goodness I’m alone in my room). It’s about time Harry mentioned that in front of him, and the way he just said it, with firm straightforwardness was just… ah, brilliant.
And, of course, the scene involving Harry and Hermione is just so damn bloody amazing! It was just perfect. I love how you easily balanced the angst and their developing romance (yes, romance!). Being the obsessive delusional shipper that I am, I kept myself on the edge of my seat, eagerly awaiting a new romantic twist. And when the chapter ended, I kept thinking, “No way, that is not the end!” but then again, there’s room for more plot development and exciting scenes, so I eagerly await your next installment!
Sadie dear, you rock… no, rule. You just plainly and simply rule.
Here's to my favourite author! *pops champagne* You've kept me on tenterhooks for days now, and I'm glad you finally got it up!
The introduction was wonderful, although I was starting to get slightly perplexed when Hermione started crying, but then the transition was so smooth that I brushed it aside. Yet another wonderful read, my friend. Quite plainly, you rock! :D
Awww, Sadie! I’m so proud of you; your fic is becoming a real hit among the delusional folk, and you truly deserve it. Your writing style in this chapter was flawless, absolutely flawless, and I understand why you think this chapter weighed the story down a bit. But I think that this chapter was necessary for us to take a breather from the action for a little while, and just enjoy the budding romance between the lead characters.
First of all, I loved the verse you wrote for this chapter. It just captured Harry’s character so well, something to be expected from a poet of your stature. Your flair for words and rhymes is astonishing, and your poems are a delight to read. Anywho, the opening scene in this chapter gave me the goose bumps, honestly. I really can’t wait for the budding romance between Harry and Hermione. And the look on Mrs. Weasley’s face! *chuckles* Priceless!
Hermione felt thoroughly indignant. She made a cluck with her tongue and turned a sleepy eye on Harry. “What was that for?” I honestly laughed out so loud when I read this. For some reason, I could imagine Hermione saying this after waking up from a night of snogging with Harry. O.O I am really twisted today, sorry. Scratch. -_-
And again, I’d like to point out how real Harry is in this story. His transition from maturing so much in HBP to this story is very, very smooth and natural, it’s like anything he could’ve said or done in any of these chapters could be part of book seven. His critical thinking, his attitude, his persona, his… everything. Everything is just so much in tune with the young man we’ve seen in book six. Kudos to you for that! I don’t think any other writer could do it as well as you. : )
On a final note, I adored the subtle hints you put in this chapter. I am really eagerly anticipating your next installment, which I know will be just as good, if not more awesome and breathtaking than your previous chapters. I, too, am on prickly pins and needles, dude. I can’t wait! : D
Summary: They stretched out over an ocean of limitless years, each one highlighting a wholly separate time in their lives. Some were happier than others, but with things as chaotic and uncertain as they were, he cherished each individual one. (Two-shot.)
Wow. Wow. I cannot even big to tell you how... absolutely spot-on all your Marauders are. Especially in act I. Seriously, dude, you've got them down pat now. I am so impressed - and proud!
Obviously I'm a massive fan, and I could sing you praises all night if I had to. It's been a while since I've read anything of yours, and I definitely was going through withdrawal. This just made it a little bit easier. ; ) It really amazes me how you can really get into these characters' heads and make all their actions and emotions very real - a great feat given the category it's in, for instance. You pwn, dude. Pwn.
Wanna know my favourite line?
"Well, I accept cash and all major credit cards."
Hahahaaaaaaaaa. Remus is such a dork. *loves*
Summary: I want to talk tonight, until the morning light, about how you saved my life.
He saved her life, but he also broke her. She hasn't forgotten. Years later, she is trapped in life filled with monotony - days spent waiting, although she does not know what for. That is, until she meets someone who teaches her how to move forward.
Songfic to 'Talk Tonight' by Oasis.
Rachel! :D Admittedly this is the first fic of yours that I've read thus far, but rest assured I'll be hunting down more of your writings in the near future. This was very nicely-done. The flow of the story is seamless, and I especially love all the little turns-of-phrase you've incorporated in the narrative. The dialogue is also very believable, and I love how you've transformed Penelope, a character we see very fleetingly in canon, into a well-rounded person. Overall, excellent job, m'dear.
Author's Response: Lei! Wow, this was unexpected, but I'm quite glad that you enjoyed it! Thank you very much for the review, my dear.