Penname: xxbabewithbrainsxx [Contact]
Real name: Soraya
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Hi there! I’m Soraya. I’m seventeen years old and am a proud Muslim British Bangladeshi. I live in East London and have loved reading and writing from a young age. I’m rather obsessed with Harry Potter (aren’t we all?), tea (not a surprise considering I’m a Brit) and good grammar. Recently, I've also got into the Supernatural fandom. After watching the first episode, I had already fallen head over heels in love with Sam Winchester, so it's no surprise that I am now a huge SPN fangirl as well as a Potterhead.

My writing has changed quite a bit over the years, and I think you'll probably notice that, the further down my author page you go, the more the quality seems to drop :P I started posting stories on here at the age of fourteen, and at nearly eighteen, I can see how much my writing has improved since those Dark Ages. So, for that reason, I would advise you stick to the more recent stuff, if you choose to read anything of mine.

My Stories

Just so you know, these are posted firstly according to what kind of pairing, if any, is in the story, and then in chronological order in accordance to my own canon, not necessarily the order in which they were posted.

Canon Pairings

Checkmate (James/Lily)

My first chaptered fic. It’s terribly written, but I still have a place in my heart for it because of how much fun it was to write. This story has now been deleted on MNFF, but if you really, really want to read it, you can still find it on and HPFF. (I advise you don't, though :P)

Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion (James/Lily)

Written for Round One (Major Characters) of Madam Pomfrey’s Character Clinic Triathlon, this one-shot is about James and Lily’s relationship getting rockier and rockier after they left Hogwarts, especially when Lily is faced with the trials of being a wife and motherhood. A little smutty.

My Love is Always Here (James/Lily)

This was a belated birthday present for the wonderful Gina/Gmariam, aka the queen of James/Lily. This is mostly about Lily dealing with becoming a mother for the first time and the problems (as well as the joys) that come with that.

There's an Answer (Remus/Tonks)

Written for Sophie/The owl for SPEW Summer Swap IV. Tonks is sent on an interesting baby Auror assignment to do with werewolves. Remus and a dangerous Muggle are thrown into the mix, with interesting results.

Left Behind (Remus/Tonks)

An expanded version of one of my LoveNotes, written for SPEW. It's a missing moment set between OOTP and HBP, where in my head canon Remus and Tonks have been together, in secret, for a few weeks already and Remus is then told to go on his werewolf mission. Slightly smutty.

One and Only (Remus/Tonks)

Written for the lovely Alex/Ithinkrabis2people in the Ravenclaw Christmas Drabble Exchange. This is a missing moment set just after Tonks’s outburst to Remus in the hospital wing at the end of HBP.

Out of My Life (Harry/Ginny)

My only AU (kind of). I tweaked a small part of canon in this -- basically, Harry actually said goodbye to Ginny properly when he broke up with her. Very angsty, and this is only up for sentimental reasons, as I wrote it during The Dark Ages (aka when I was fourteen).

A Different Kind of Magic (Harry/Ginny)

Written for the You’re Having My Baby challenge at SIYE. Ginny finds out she’s pregnant, but Harry receives the news before her and therefore has to tell his wife. This was my first ever story at MNFF. It was written when I was thirteen, and it definitely shows.

A Different Kind of Magic 2: Parenthood (Harry/Ginny)

A sequel, obviously, to A Different Kind of Magic. Ginny goes into labour, and both Harry and Ginny realise what it means to be parents. Again, this was written from Back in the Days.

Same-Sex Pairings

The Caustic Ticking of the Clock (Rowena/Helga)

Written for the Great Hall Cotillion, this story is my only Founders story so far, and it’s about Rowena and Helga’s secret relationship. I am proud of this one, which doesn’t usually happen :)

Catching Fire (James/Sirius)

This was written for SPEW 007. My prompt was “Embers”, and it’s set just after Remus’s second transformation with the Marauders. James is badly injured, and he and Sirius realise, inadvertently, that they might just have feelings for each other. I like the pairing but still think the story needs work. One day I will go back and edit.

Flicker and Fail (Katie/Leanne)

This was written forSecret SPEW, and my recipient was the absolutely fabulous Alex/welshdevondragon. It’s my take on Leanne and Katie’s relationship from way before they were even at Hogwarts as well as what eventually happens to Katie in HBP, when she was cursed.

Next Generation

Skinny Love (Louis/Lily)

Written for the 2013 Great Hall Cotillion. Set during Teddy and Victoire's wedding, Louis helps Lily come to terms with her bulimia. This one was pretty difficult to write.

Blood and Roses (Scorpius/Rose, Scorpius/Dominique, Dominique/OC)

Written for the Great Hall Mysterious Maychallenge, this was my first Next Generation fic about Scorpius, mostly, and the trials he faces after his daughter is murdered.

Broken Glass (Louis/Lily)

This is the story of when Loulily really began. After the deaths of his immediate family, Louis is finding it hard to cope, even six months later. Lily somehow helps. It’s a little smutty. I’m proud of this one, too :)

The Highway of Regret (Scorpius/Lily, Scorpius/Rose, Louis/Lily)

Also written for the Great Hall Cotillion. It’s my one and only Scily. This is all about secret relationships and mistakes people make. Lily’s angry at Louis, and Scorpius has just broken up with Rose; when Lily gets drunk in the pub, things... happen. :P

I Will Lay Down My Heart (Albus/Rose, Scorpius/Rose)

Written for Round Two (Minor Characters) of Madam Pomfrey’s Character Clinic Triathlon. Albus has been in love with Rose for years, but what happened with them when they were younger has put a dent in their relationship. It doesn’t help that Rose is actually in love with Scorpius, either. This is smutty too.

One More Night (Albus/Rose, Rose/Scorpius)

Companion piece to I Will Lay Down My Heart. This goes into more detail about Rose and Albus's changing relationship as well as the aftermath of the events in said companion story. Probably the smuttiest thing on my page. :D Written for the Great Hall Cotillion 2013.

Glass (Louis/Lily)

This was written for the Great Hall-iday challenge for the Operation: Mistletoe prompt, and this was where my love for Loulily began.


Excruciatingly Painful

This is about how five men in Potterverse dealt with remorse in different ways.


This poem is about how Remus feels about Sirius (not slashy, btw).


Written for the Magic in Music challenge over inPoetry, Anyone? This was set to the track “Obliviate” in DH1 and is about Hermione modifying her parents’ memories.


Written for the Goodbyechallenge in Poetry, Anyone? This was about saying goodbye, and how difficult it could be.

After All This Time

Written for the Deathly Hallows challenge inPoetry, Anyone?. I ship unrequited Snape/Lily, and this is probably the only time Snape will be on my author page, lol.

Hush, Dominique

Written for the MC Kreacher challenge inPoetry, Anyone? This was written from the POV of Bill Weasley after his wife’s death.



Written for the Great Bannermakers’ Hallchallenge. The banner I picked had Merope Gaunt on it, and it’s probably my darkest story; it’s definitely the only one to have a dubious consent warning. It’s about, as you might guess, the abuse Merope suffered from her father and brother.

In Care (Marlene/OC)

Marlene McKinnon, as a care kid, eventually falls in love with another care kid, Jamal Olawumi. But he's a Muggle, and keeping her world secret proves difficult. This is definitely a story I would like to revisit and tidy up.

Just Across the Bar (Sirius/Rosmerta)

Sirius is just about of age, but obviously Rosmerta has misgivings about having feelings for Sirius, who is still a student. Written for the 2013 Great Hall Cotillion and also smutty.

Butterbeer Bottles

Written for SPEW 007. My prompt was “Juggling”, and it’s just a silly piece of dialogue-only banter between Remus and Sirius. Sirius realises Remus likes Tonks, and he tries to persuade Remus to act on his feelings.

Hanging by a Thread (Katie/Oliver)

Written for the lovely Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor for Secret SPEW VII. Katie is grieving and drowning her sorrows in alcohol and Oliver is trying his best to save Muggles, while trying also to bury feelings for Katie that he thought he had long since forgotten about. There is also, surprise surprise, some smut in this.

And that’s it! Along with being a moderator, I’m also a member of SPEWand SBBC. I hope to see you around on the forums; feel free to contact me via PM or review if you have any questions or comments about my stories!
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High by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 233]

Summary: Past Featured StoryScorpius Malfoy is the Seeker for Slytherin. Not only that, he's the best Seeker at Hogwarts, and it's his catches that win matches. But this year things are different; Albus Potter has switched to Chaser and the new Gryffindor Seeker is his annoying little sister.

This is the story of how one match and one missed catch can change your life.

This story was accidentally deleted, so is being resubmitted ... very very quickly.

SQUEEEEE! High won the Best Next Generation QSQ award. Thank you so much for the everyone who has helped, either by beta'ing or encouraging me.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. I'm not sure who I am at the moment, but there must be some Arthur Weasley blood in me.

Thank you Natalie (hestiajones) for doing the vast majority of the beta work on this, and Apurva for work on the early chapters

Squish for Natalie, Jess, Kara and Bob for helping me sort this out.

Due to an archive hissy fit regarding any story with a rating about 3rd-5th, I have temporarily lowered the rating on this story. However, I have NOT changed the content. This story is still a 6th-7th. You click at your own risk.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 135569 Chapters: 22 Completed: Yes
09/04/11 Updated: 01/14/12

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/30/11 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16 - Widows' Weeds

Oh, for a moment there, I thought Scorpius was actually going to go and retract everything and say that he wasn't seeing Lily! Good on him, is what I can say. And I'm glad Scorpius's speech wasn't cliched or anything -- you know, the normal "procedure" in stories and movies and stuff, when the speaker has something prepared and somehow comes out with this amazing speech that they've come up with off the top of their head. >.>

I also really liked your Andromeda here, and I really wanted to slap Narcissa, dammit. Well, enough rambling from me! I've nearly caught up so I shall continue tomorrow. Night!

Author's Response: Thanks for the compliments on the funeral speech. It was a bit of a tough one to write because Scorpius does still have some fond memories and love for his granddad, but it's being submerged by the horror he feels. *sigh*. At least Andromeda can show him not all Slyths are bad. ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/01/11 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17 - A Testing Time

Awwwwww. (Both for you and Scorpius -- you for losing all those reviews and Scorpius for going through that in the middle of a paper -- poor boy.)

Hmm. I noticed something and I'll have to pick your brain, I'm afraid. I don't know if it's a typo or something, but you said that Fred's mum was Angelina Johnson. Is she... dead?

But anyway, I really felt for Scorpius in this chapter. I knew that something would go wrong with Scorpius in his exam. But anyway, I loved Fred II in this, and I thought it very nice of Scorpius to wish Albus good luck despite their problems with each other. Good. (:P)

Anyway, I've nearly caught up! Only a few left to go.

Author's Response: Um, no she's not dead. I meant that she was Angeline Johnso in the sense that Angelkina Joihnson was a famous Quidditch player and is now Angelina Weasley. I will write that story some day, Thanks or the review. ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/01/11 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18 -Slytherin Spirit

They did it! (By that, of course I mean the "I love you" bit -- hehe.) Aw, it's sad that Scorpius ran out of that exam, but I hope he at least gets Acceptable in that. Though perhaps the DADA practical might push his marks up.

Sorry, I'm kind of in an exam mood right now. >.> Anyway, I thought you led up to that scene very well, and you did a lovely job on leaving out enough details to not make the reader uncomfortable. I definitely think less is more, etc., etc.

And I'm glad Scorpius is sort-of apologising and improving his relations with people he previously disliked. I think leaving school has that kind of feel to it anyway. So yes, there were parts of this chapter that were really relatable for me, and I'm really enjoying it. Though that's pretty obvious anyway. :D

Onto the next chapter -- I've nearly caught up! And I'm still in denial that I've read 100K (or more) in the space of a few days. XD

Author's Response: Thank you. I was so worried 'that scene' would end up anti-climatic because there had been such a build up. I was also very mindful of the rating on this story. The original version was Profs rated - ha - but I didn't want to up the rating and risk losing readers. Plus, I agree, sometimes less is so much more. Thanks again ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/01/11 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19 -Where There's A Will

Yaaaaaaaaay. Teddy and Victoire!! <3 them so much. And I so feel sorry for Scorpius. Astoria was so horrible helping Draco and Narcissa set Draco up like that. But at least she helped Scorpius later.

I think the funniest thing about this whole story is that you really shoot down a lot of NG ships, even Scominique (grrrrr).

The idea of Teddy in a towel is somehow very appealing, but I wouldn't dare fight Ariana. :O I'm intrigued as to what's happening next; see you on the next chapter!

Author's Response: eeeep, next chapter - godhdarnit, I knew I had something to finish. Okay, I will admit that I have taken great joy is poking fun at other peoples' ships - gently, of course. But I see this couple in my mind so very clearly and want it to work. It's become as real to me as Lavender/Blaise - *sigh*

Thank you for all your reviews. I will get to them soon. ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/01/11 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20 -Fantastic Days

I am nodding fervently in agreement with your chapter notes. LOL.

Carole, I think you know how much I <3 this story. It's everything everyone said it would be, and the fact that I read 119-odd K in four days should tell you that this is one of your best stories so far. I'm favouriting it and (although this may sound selfish) I'm kind of glad I started reading it now because if I didn't, I'd have to wait for updates. And that kills me already with AA and Lions *hint hint*

I still don't ship Scily, but this story has brought me close to that. Basically, the story's wonderful, so are you, and you'd better update soon. Or else... I'll cry.


Author's Response: ch 21 will soon be winging its way to Natalie, worry not. And then after the last chapter and 2 other things I have a plan for Lions which involves November! ha ha - thank you so much for all the reviews. Much appreciated. ~Carole~ Oh, and there could well be a spin off or two with this.

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/28/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 -Flying High

Soooo. I've finally decided to bite the bullet and read a Scily. (Which is a miracle in itself LOL.)

I must say, I love your Scorpius. He's just so adorable and I felt quite sorry for him when he lost that match. It's probably my inner Pottermore!Slytherin coming out, hehe. And your Lily's just fabulous. I thought the touch with the apple was iconic and quite funny at times, and she's like Ginny, but not to the extent where she's a carbon copy of her, either.

The only sort-of nitpick I have is that a lot seemed to go on in this chapter so it did seem, if not a little rushed, then it glossed over parts at times. But I *believe* this was meant to be a oneshot originally, so I'm not really surprised at that.

But yes, you definitely have me intrigued, and I shall read on ASAP. See you on the next chapter!

Author's Response: Thank you for the review, Soraya. Yes, this was a oneshot written for a challenge (Forbidden Love, I think) and so the first chapter does have an air of resolution about it. But I sort of knew this would be expanded. I hope you like the rest of it, anyway.

Oh, I see you've met Teddy Lupin - heh heh heh. He's become the stud in this fic - ha ha ha. ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/28/11 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 - Sticky as Lips

Oooh. Interesting chapter, Carole. I liked the details about the owls and stuff. This actually sounded kind of familiar, which gives me the feeling I've read it before when I was half-asleep and then I couldn't find it again... yes, it's all coming back to me LOL. I can definitely remember reading about Teddy interrupting Scorpius and *someone* so it must have been this.

By the way, I'm so in love with Teddy it's not even funny. I hope he appears a lot in this story. You've made him a really interesting (my mind is filled with fluff at the moment so I can't think of a better word) character and I'm glad you addressed the fact that Scorpius and Teddy are cousins.

And I so LOL'd when Scorpius pretended to be Harry Cootes. Too funny.

Author's Response: Teddy reappears just when Scorpius needs him - hee hee. There's one scene that's a favourite of mine. I'll let you know when you get to it. Thank you for reading (possibly re-reading) ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/28/11 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 -Smitten as That

I LOVED the Scugo references in there. LOL.

And despite being a Scorose shipper, I must say that even I laughed at the fact that you pretty much kicked that ship out of the window.


Author's Response: Yes, my Rose isn't very nice - ha ha. Of course this is all from Scorpius' POV, so you get to see a biased side of the Potters and Weasleys. ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/14/12 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 22 -The Same Sweet Steps

Carole! How do you do it? Seriously, I was fully prepared for something that would make me cry or make me smile or sigh or laugh, but this final chapter made me do all of the above. I honestly do not know how I'm feeling atm. On the one hand, I feel really, really sad that it's over, and that there was not more, even though this chapter had that wonderful sense of finality to it. But then I feel happy, too, that Scorpius found somewhere to live and his dad seems to have forgiven him and Scorpius and Lily got their happy ending (and yes, this is Soraya, not an imposter. I really did use the words "happy ending" in the same sentence as Scorpius and Lily) and Scorpius realises that while his dream was to play Quidditch, he's more suited to being an Auror, which made me happy that he's realised what he wants to do.

I'm sorry, I'm probably not making much sense here. I just-- I'm honestly just in awe of this story, Carole. It was amazingly written and fully deserved its QSQ and it kind of converted me to liking Scily which I never thought would happen. And all the inclusions and hints of other ships, like Jominique (lol), Scugo (coughNataliecough), Charlie/Penelope, Lavender/Blaise and others just made me smile so much.

I read this with my mouth wide open, Carole. GUHHH. I'm sad it's over, but I'm so glad they got the ending they deserved, and that it ended on such an optimistic note. Congrats on such a wonderful story, and may there be many more spin-offs of this (*coughsplutterJominiqueprettypleasecoughsplutter*).

Author's Response: Thank youuuuuuuu ♥. Hmm, not sure I can write Jominique now. She seems entwined with a certain witch called Mags De-Vine ... but I might well split them up - ha ha. Oh, the power!

Thank you so much for the review, Soraya, and all your support as I strove to complete this. It really means a lot to me. Charlie/Penelop - I really need to write that sequel. Thanks again and again and again. ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/28/11 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 -Kitten as a Cat

Carole! You are so evil, I swear! First, you're starting to make me ship Scily, and then you do *this*???? This isn't faaaaiiir. There has got to be a reasonable explanation for this.

It's got to be a horrible coincidence or something. I'm sure of it. I hope Lily forgives Scorpius soon, though. And I am glad that you didn't have chapters and chapters of Scorpius and Lily having this secret relationship before anyone found out. It's more realistic the way you wrote it.

I'll have to continue reading tomorrow, so you won't get any more rambly, silly reviews from me til then. Night!

Author's Response: heh heh. It couldn't all be plain sailing. There is an explanation- Scorpius is an evil manipulative Slytherin!. Thank you for getting this far. ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/29/11 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21 -Relative Values

Yay, you updated! But I'm sad there's only one chapter left. I've become really attached to Scorpius lately and I thought the matches were written very well.

I also liked that Draco sort of redeemed himself for me. Yeah, he did the emotional blackmail and everything, but he seemed to have seen sense at the end. Which I think is more in character.

I can't believe this is the penultimate chapter. I don't want it to end either :( But I'm glad you're doing spin-offs.

Well done as usual :)

Author's Response: Thankieeeees. Yes, I really should click that new document open and start writing it. It was the same with Lavender, I seem to remember. Draco makes me laugh - well my version does - book Draco is a git! Thanks again for the review and I'm glad you liked the Quidditch. ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/29/11 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 - Burst the Clouds

I knew there was more to it! And I loved Teddy in this -- Blaise too. They're both so,,,, mmmm.

I liked that Scorpius was being realistic and honest about Lily. The last thing I wanted to hear was that he loved her because I don't think at this point, he knows that. And I liked the fact that Scorpius was honest :)

Onto the next chapter!

Author's Response: He doesn;t love her at this point. I don't think that's possible for him, but at least he admits it. Blaise *sigh* I love him too much. hee hee

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/29/11 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6 - Sky as a Kite

Yayyyyy... they're back together! Well, I hope they are. Harry Cootes sounds like a b@stard, though.

You write Quidditch matches really well! I think that's one of the most difficult scenes to write but somehow, you write them effortlessly. I am so jealous. >.>

I really love this story. It's fast-paced and with brilliant dialogue and everything about it is just fantabulous. I particularly liked the Blaise/Lavender in this :D

I'll be back!

Author's Response: Harry was drunk and although that doesn't excuse his behaviour towards her, he wasn't behaving as he normally would. I keep putting Lavender and Blaise in everything. It's not self insertion. I think lavender is inserting herself in me - ha ha ha. rambling again. Thank youuuuu ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/29/11 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7 - A Magic Show

Oh no!!! Carole, you really are too evil for your own good. It's no wonder you're a Slytherpuff.

I really was rooting for Scorpius and Lily in this chapter! But now, it's obviously going to be delayed for a bit, dammit. I hope Lucius is okay, even though he's far from my favourite character in this -- though I would like to see how you write him. My memory seems to be failing me but I can't remember the last time I read something with Lucius in it by you, so the next chapter should be interesting.

See you next time!

Author's Response: I wrote a Narcissa story that had Lucius in it, and he's been in AA for one chapter, but no, I don;t write him much. This is my canon for him. OOOOH, he is in some of my Draco fics like Shrouds (briefly) and um ... Till Death Eaters Do Us Part ... which is a bit of a prequel to High. Very rambly response - thank youuuuuu Carole

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/29/11 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 - Our Own World

Oooh. I was wondering why Lavender had moved into Hogwarts suddenly. That makes perfect sense.

That reminds me -- aw, Lavender's having a baby! That's nice to know, considering I just read The Only One. I'm hoping this one doesn't end unhappily like the last two :(

Awww, and I feel sorry for Lily, but also Scorpius. I can imagine the pressures on Lily to have sex with him just to make sure he stays with her, as well as Scorpius who doesn't know how far he can go. I want to hug him :)

Onto the next chapter!

Author's Response: In one of the reviews I had before I deleted everything *sigh* someone asked me if I were a teenage boy - ha ha - because I seemed to write the boyish mind so well. Hmm, I'm not a teenage boy or at all male, but I remember them very well - LOL. Lavender and Blaise are my OTP, so they keep popping up everywhere - heh heh. Thank youuuuu

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/29/11 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9 - The Family Name

Scorpius got rejected? Nooooo. I have a feeling there was something important in that letter, though, so I'm wondering what it was that Scorpius so conveniently threw into the loo. I'll have to see.

I'm sorry none of these are SPEW reviews, Carole, but I wanted to review every chapter since you accidentally deleted the whole story and all your reviews went with it. Plus your story is far too gripping for me to leave anything remotely substantial and though I know you always reply to reviews, feel free to not reply since they're all in a row.

Author's Response: I usually reply because reviews are my life blood. ha ha.OOOH, good thinking. There could have been something he conveniently didn;t read. Or maybe Harry is the prejudiced git that Scorpius thinks he is ... heh heh. Thank youuuuu ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/29/11 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10 - The Great Escape

Was that meant to be a Alpius reference? :P

Meh, I can definitely imagine Lucius and Narcissa trying to set Scorpius up. And I liked that Scorpius saw the brighter side to Howler. Hehe.

Out of interest -- why do Lily and Scorpius sign off their letters with their initials?

Excellent chapter, and I'll be back soon!

Author's Response: They sign off with initials to be slightly mysterious. Not many people know Scorpius' middle name is Hyperion. (I DIED when I found that out. It sort of sparked off the story, if I'm honest) Plus .... heh heh. I never use my name is emails to my husband. We have stupid and elaborate initial names ... rambling. Thannks for the review. ~Carole~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/29/11 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11 - Incriminating Evidence

YAY! They came out. Now to see Ginny's reaction -- this should be interesting.

And may I just say that Quidditch is most definitely your forte, Carole? You write matches so well.

This is a very short review because my mum is calling me -- but I'm on tenterhooks and I can't wait to read the next chapter. Thank God I don't have to wait for updates!

Author's Response: Thank you. The first Quidditch match I wrote was Tonks in Apparently Asleep (The Potter 100) and I struggled. The chapter got rejected twice, but I discovered through it all that I rather liked writing Quidditch, so I'm pleased you liked it. Thank you ~Carole~


Whispers in the Night by lucca4
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: Feature

"Swear to me, Cissy. Swear you won't tell."

It's a secret, and it haunts you but you won't tell.

You promised.

This is lucca4 of Gryffindor writing for The Great Bannermakers' Hall Challenge.

It won …and I am still shocked!

Thank you, thank you, to my beta Alex/welshdevondragon, who has beta-ed this in the blink of an eye. She is amazing.

Also, thank you to Julia/the opaleye for the gorgeous, eye-dropping banner that inspired the story.

Nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Dark/Angsty Story.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Non-Consensual Sex, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Violence

Word count: 2877 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
09/14/11 Updated: 09/15/11

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/15/11 Title: Chapter 1: (Whispers)


*gasps again*

*regains composure*

Ariana, that was amazing! It was so chillingly well-written and so scary. And that was the beauty of it. I love Andromeda and Narcissa as characters, and you really did them justice in this story.

I must admit that I thought the secret she was keeping was about Ted, not Rodolphus raping Andromeda. That was a very unexpected plot twist. I think what I liked the best about this was that it was written non-linearly, yet the flashbacks were never abrupt or anything -- they all flowed smoothly.

This story was disturbing (perhaps more so because I'm the same age as Andromeda in this story) and it's not your usual style, but it definitely paid off. You are an extremely talented writer, if I haven't already told you. A beautifully written story to match a beautiful banner -- well done ;)


Author's Response: Wow, thank you! This story definitely deviated from the usual thing I write and it was disturbing (Andromeda would be a year younger than me, and I can't imagine someone that age going through something like this). Thanks again! xx Ariana


The Only One by Equinox Chick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: Victoire Weasley is in her third year studying to be a Healer. She is beautiful. She is bright. But she's alone. Since splitting up with Teddy Lupin, only one person has come close to disturbing her dreams.

Unfortunately, he happens to be the professor standing in front of her. She knows he has a partner, but she also knows that he's distracted.

This story is a prequel to my Next Gen fic High. It is not necessary to read that to understand this, but reading Lavender, blue - A Gryffindor True might help, although you should get the gist.

Happy Birthday. Ariana (lucca4) You are an incredible writer. (She also left me a shedload of reviews when I deleted the whole of High.)

Thank you, Natalie. You are a stellar beta and a wonderful friend.

Disclaimer: I am not JKR, but I make fab spag bol.

Categories: Various Pairings Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 9707 Chapters: 2 Completed: Yes
09/20/11 Updated: 09/25/11

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/25/11 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 - Run Like a Day with Destiny

You'd better keep Teddy and Victoire together. Just sayin'.

Aww, it was so sad about Lavender's baby. But I suppose it wasn't meant to be. I would have told you my favourite bits of it but that would be the whole thing LOL.

I really loved your Teddy in this. He was so sweet and I thought his job was an interesting one. Then again, if Kingsley got to protect the British PM, it's no wonder someone has to protect the American President. (I loved that you made her a woman!)

Another excellent chapter, Carole :) How long will it be? I'm sooo adding this to my favourites.

Author's Response: OH! Poo, I knew there was something I needed to do. It's actually complete. This is the prequel to High, you see. Sorry!. Um, and I'm wondering if anyone will pick up the reference as to who the President actually is - heh heh heh. Thankies ~Carole~

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