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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 FF.net 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.

Poetry

Excruciatingly Painful

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

Always

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

Regret

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.

Farewell

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.

Miscellaneous

Bruises

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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Brother Mine by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary:

When Regulus steps into the cave by the sea, he knows it is a mission that could very well be the end of him, but it is in something he has lost that he finds the strength to do what is right and not what is easy.


This story was nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Dark/Angst.




Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 900 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/18/11 Updated: 10/18/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/18/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, Jess, I adore :D

Well, this is *you* we're talking about here, so there's no surprise that this one rendered me speechless. And written in first person present tense, no less. LOL.

This is one event I have always wondered about in canon, and I think you just nailed Regulus's characterisation here. And my heart just went out to Kreacher! Seriously, I actually wanted to hug him, which is no mean feat, I can tell you.

Oh, and by the way, I voted for this drabble in the Brawl :D I can't remember if you won or not, though.

Author's Response:

Woot, first review!

This is actually the Brawl drabble I've liked the most thus far. I remember distinctly despairing of the prompt, because, in my head, Marauder Era is a pack of poncey pranksters, not the dark and twisted. Then, while I was busy feeling sorry for myself, I decided to peruse the list of Slytherins on the Lexicon for some inspiration and out this came. Yay dark and twisted stuff. Even if it does technically have none of the warnings I usually employ (Sexual Situations, Profanity, Violence, Character Death). 

Alas, I didn't win that round, but I did have the distinction of being the only drabbler with no negative votes for that week. That's something, I suppose. :)

Thanks for the review!!!

~Jess

 

You Are Perfect to Me by GinnyPotter711
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: "You are perfect to me, yeah, you're perfect, you're perfect..."

Remus says he too old and too dangerous. Tonks doesn't care. How will she convince him that he's nothing short of freaking perfect?

This is a Remus/Tonks Missing Moment from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince between chapters 29 and 30.

Categories: Remus/Tonks Genre: Warnings: Strong Profanity

Word count: 1114 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/19/11 Updated: 10/25/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/25/11 Title: Chapter 1: F**kin' Perfect

Hi there. I really liked this -- there aren't enough decent Remus/Tonks stories out there. I've always wondered about what went on with Remus and Tonks and I thought this was a really sweet missing moment.

My only criticism, really, is the use of the f-word. It just seemed unnecessary, to me. I'm not a prude in any way -- I could swear for Britain, lol -- but I thought in this context, it just seemed a bit gratuitous and unnecessary.

Well done on a first fic, though :)



Author's Response: Thank you so much for reviewing! I also wondered what happened. They went from arguing about having a relationship to married within a month or two. About the f-word, I pretty much only used it when I was referencing the song this fanfic is based on, "F**kin' Perfect" by Pink. For example, the song says, "Pretty, pretty please, don't you ever, ever feel like you're less than f**king perfect," and Tonks tells Remus, "So, don't you ever, ever feel like you're less than f**king perfect." Then, after that part, Remus is quoting her. I really appreciate your review. I love reviews. They make me smile so brightly the sun shields its eyes! Happy Reading, GinnyPotter711

 

Bleed by hestiajones
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 13]

Summary: Say you were in love with somebody for years, somebody who just left without telling you why. Say she turned up unexpectedly. What would you do?



This is a sequel to Cut




Disclaimer:

1) This is not J.K.Rowling.

2) I chose Turner's first name after a villain from Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, but the character is not entirely based on her.

3) One of Gimli's lines from Return of the King will appear in the last chapter. No, it is not "There's plenty enough for the both of us. May the best dwarf win." Yes, it means I have finished writing the whole story. :)

Categories: Femmeslash Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse

Word count: 10215 Chapters: 3 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/23/11 Updated: 11/13/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/23/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Natalie!!!! Yay, I'm so glad you wrote this at last. Cut is one of my favouritest fics by you and I loved Lakshmi in that story. She's such a great OC and I loved her in this too.

I loved loved loved Lakshmi's Nani too. I'm sorry, this isn't a very coherent review, so I shall indulge in a heavily punctuated update soon!!!!!!!!! 



Author's Response: I was so sure I had responded to the reviews. *sigh* I am glad you like Cut and find Lakshmi great here as well. :D Things are going to get a bit tricky now eeep.

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/13/11 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

Natalieeeeeee. That was beautiful. I especially loved the part with Lakshmi and Dominique in the rain. I think the best thing about this story is that you made Maudie such a decent character so I was torn between wanting Dominique to be with Lakshmi and for her to be with Maudie. I think she made the right decision, and you showed that Dominique was in love with Lakshmi but she had moved on.

I shall stop rambling now. Excellent story, Natalie :)



Author's Response: Sorayers!

Just saw this review. I am glad you agreed with Dom- I know how fond you are of Lakshmi. :) Thank you for reading and reviewing!<3

 

Incorrigible by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: It's Halloween and the Head Boy and Head Girl are stuck in the greenhouses for detention. Will they escape the clutches of the deadly Devil's Snare…or worse, one another?
A lighthearted tale for Halloween, not to be read in the greenhouse.

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 6761 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/28/11 Updated: 10/28/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/28/11 Title: Chapter 1: One-Shot

Gina! I really needed a J/L fix so thank you for that. This review won't be very intelligent/coherent but I have to say, I was in stiches through most of it! Just one thing: it should be maths, not math :)

But anyway, I really enjoyed that, and I can't wait for the next chapter of Raindrops!



Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Soraya! I'm glad it had you laughing, that was totally the point. Complete nonsensical fluff. :) And I suppose I'll have to nip in and fix the math/maths thing before Carole calls me on it, LOL! Thanks so much! ~Gina :)

 

Stars or Carousels by Equinox Chick
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 12]

Summary: If you’re smart and funny, you’re popular. Add some undeniable good looks, and you become very popular.

A hero who will always get the girl.

But for James Sirius Potter, the girl he wants is unobtainable.

This is a present for Natalie (hestiajones) because not only is it her birthday, but she’s a fantabulous friend and an all round amazing person. (and I hope she doesn’t mind what I’ve done ... eeeep)

It’s possible that this pairing may squick you out. I appreciate people have different thoughts on this but advise you to keep an open mind until the end of the story.

Due to a VERY annoying glitch in the archives that won;t let readers access stories above 3rd-5th, I have TEMPORARILY lowered the rating. This story is STILL a PROFESSORS story. You click at your own risk.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, but if I were, then I’d be living in a huge house in London, with a basement, for teh flist, and buying Alex Turner especially for Natalie.

Winner of the Best Chaptered Next Generation Story in the 2012 QSQ awards. Thank you :D

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 10383 Chapters: 2 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/30/11 Updated: 11/01/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/01/11 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 - Carousels

Carole, I really liked this! I knew there was more to James/Dominique than I thought, and I really felt for James here when it was clear Dominique didn't want to be with him. Aww. And I'm assuming "M" is a reference to Natalie's OC Maudie? I LOVE how the flist combines their canons almost. That's just so cool. :D

I don't think I have anything intelligent to say, so I'll just stick with saying well done, and is there a third chapter or is that it? Oh, and I love that this is High compliant too, hehe.



Author's Response: She could be Maudie if Natalie wants her to be, but I'm not sure she's IC for Maudie. I did have some prior knowledge about Natalie's stories before I wrote this, but really my Dominique isn't the same as hers. Thank you very much for the review. It is much appreciated.You might see a little of this fic in High - you never know - ha ha - Thanks again ~Carole~

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/30/11 Title: Chapter 1: Stars

Yay to cousin pairings :) I need to write one myself, for that matter. I thought this was excellently written and you really captured their feelings well in this. I also LOVE your Dominique.

Happy birthday to Natalie and I'm looking forward to the next chapter!



Author's Response: Thank you for the review, Soraya. This is High compliant - hee - so when the last chapter comes out you may get a few allusions to this fic in that (hee hee). Glad you like Dominique in this. I've been saving her for a while. ~Carole~

 

Apple-bobbing by Equinox Chick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 11]

Summary: Past Featured StoryLisa Turpin - new recruit to Dumbledore's Army - is determined to prove her worth to the team. But when Ginny Weasley informs her that her patrol partner has changed, she isn't at all happy. Susan Bones is not a girl she's had much to do with, for the Hufflepuff girl has never excelled at anything.

But can an hour on patrol, and an accident with a foul smelling egg change things between them?

This story was an emergency fic for Natalie's birthday (in case I pulled the other one), but is also a Halloween tale about life under Snape and the Carrows. I have to thank Alex (welshdevondragon) for beta'ing and being AIM available for a chat.

Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling. You know that, don't you?



Categories: Femmeslash Genre: Warnings: Pottermore Spoilers, Sexual Situations

Word count: 15473 Chapters: 3 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/31/11 Updated: 11/11/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/31/11 Title: Chapter 1: Patchwork

Carole, I loved this! Susan/Lisa is such a wicked ship. I actually wasn't sure what the pairing was at first -- Lisa/Ginny, or Megan/Susan or something. But yay for rarepairs!

Update soon!



Author's Response: Thank you. Mmm, I did wonder if people would think it's Lisa/Ginny - heh heh I am quite evil. Chapter two is being written, although I might have to split it as it's become pretty long. Thanks again ~Carole~

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/12/11 Title: Chapter 3: Consequences

Carole, I think I tried reviewing this about three times and it still wouldn't let me. *stabs archives*

Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this. Lisa/Susan is a wicked ship as I said, and you made it believable in this story. This chapter wrapped up the story nicely and I thought you did a brilliant job with Snape -- you didn't make him overly forgiving, but you also didn't make him completely evil. Snape in fanfic can drive me up the wall at times, but you always write him well.

I'm glad Lisa and Susan have their happy ending ... sort of, anyway. I loved the end bit about the apples -- it tied perfectly with the title and the artisty stuff was a lovely touch to Susan too.

Excellent story, Carole :) And I hope you write something else with Lisa and Susan, especially if it's Lavender compliant :D

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank youuuuuuuu. I'm glad you liked the story. It was just supposed to be a typical (if there is one) femmeslash story, but the darn plot got in the way - ha ha. Glad you liked Snape. There was a last minute addition with him, which my beta doesn't know about - ha ha - sorry, Alex. Basically i added the part about him staring at the parchment, so I hope you realised what that was about. Snape trod such a fine line in that last book. He had to be seen to be punishing the students, but he also had to protect them. I find that fascinating. And, I always thought he must have hated Halloween since Lily died which was why I had him ban it. I shall see about writing some more, but at the moment, I think I need to take a small break from further chaptereds and possibly from writing. Only a small break, though - ha ha.

Thank you again for the review. It is much appreciated. ~Carole~

 

All That's Left by iLuna17
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 8]

Summary: Then I saw Mum and Dad’s faces. It was the first time I had ever seen our father cry. And just like that, my already shattered heart split again. You broke our father, Al. Even Voldemort couldn’t do that. Dad looked like someone had stabbed him in the stomach, then twisted the knife for good measure. He and mum, they raised you, raised you to be strong, and you let them down. You failed them. You were a coward. A coward who broke our father.




Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Suicide, Violence

Word count: 3186 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/07/11 Updated: 11/14/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 02/12/12 Title: Chapter 1: All That's Left

Hi Ellie :)

I’ve seen a lot on your poetry thread and your drabbles that you have a somewhat “dark” head canon for Albus Severus, so I thought it was about time I read this story. I thought the summary was rather intriguing, told in second person and, it seems, addressing Albus. Just in the summary, you established James’s voice, and I think that was one of the main strengths in the story: a bitter James, and a harsh person at that. Had the story been written in any other viewpoint except James’s, I don't think it would have worked as well, so that was a good decision on your part. The emotions felt by James, Albus and the rest of the family in this piece are really intense, and second person really brought that out. I also think that the choice in POV made it seem like James was almost accusing Albus, in a way, and it generally just had a good effect on the story in terms of narrative.

I think you dealt with the subject of suicide delicately and appropriately. It is, as you say in your author’s notes, a sensitive topic, and therefore one that can be mishandled easily. But you handled it very well and realistically so, and the extra details (the evidence given to the Ministry, the mentions of self-harm and the reactions from the Potter and Weasley families) really helped with that. Of course, the main focus is James’s reaction to Albus’s death, but I liked how you explored the backstory and what happened prior to it. It really emphasised how badly James was affected, in a subtle way that I really liked.

Onto characterisation. This, as I said, was a major strength in the story. The fact that James flits from one emotion to the next tells the reader how conflicted he feels, and I think you conveyed his feelings well in this way. I thought it interesting that James was sorted into Gryffindor and Albus in Slytherin. Unfortunately, Slytherin!Albus has become a bit of a cliché, and I think, for it to work in a story, there needs to be a well-argued case for me to believe it. I think you could have developed Albus’s characterisation more, because in the story, you’re only really telling the reader that he was Sorted into Slytherin, not why, and I found it was less convincing for me. I realise it is written from James’s POV, but I still think you could have portrayed some of Albus’s Slytherin-like tendencies in the story.

Something else I wasn’t entirely sure about was the return of a “Voldemort” three decades after the fall of the real Voldemort. Again, like with Slytherin!Albus, I feel that if you wanted to use what I think is an oft-used plot point in the fandom, perhaps you could develop it more. Who is this man? Why is he suddenly killing people? Where did he come from? These are just a few of the questions that arose in my head when reading about Albus’s killer, and I would have liked to know more. That said, I did like the ending. I felt it was necessary because it answered the mystery of Albus’s death, and I thought it was written very well.

Overall, Ellie, this was an interesting story, with an intriguing premise. The style in which it was written, as a monologue, essentially, by James, was one of its strengths, and it was a good read. I can’t really say it was an enjoyable one, because it’s difficult to enjoy something when the subject matter is suicide, but nevertheless, it was well-written. Well done, SPEW buddy :)

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Wow. Thank you for the wonderful review, Soraya. It was a dark subject, but I'm glad you think I handled it well. When I was writing it, I was trying to think of how I would feel if one of my siblings had died, (this idea came after a very disturbing dream) and I realized I would feel confused, especially if they had taken their own life. So I'm glad I did it justice.

As for Albus and his Slytherin-ness . . . I just can't picture Albus in any other house. I probably should go into it more, but I think I mention Albus having his "mask". He doesn't wear his emotions on his face, and he's essentially not brave enough to tell James or anyone he was bullied.

Ah, the new Voldemort. Originally I was actually going to have Al kill himself, but when Alex (Deathlex) and I were going through a month-long betaing process, we decided it didn't feel right with the character we had created for Albus. Also, (and I'm really not trying to advertise) a lot more is explained in the companion piece I just posted. He's not really a new Voldemort, but even in good times there are still bad people. That also, is another dark one.

Thanks again for the amazing review. I never thought of it as a monologue, but now that I am I like it. (I had no idea I was writing in 2nd person until your review) Seriously, thanks. It is definitely way beyond SPEW worthy, Soraya. :)

See ya in SPEW, Ellie

 

Summary: A lot of people had found themselves bereft after the war, but Pansy Parkinson had never expected that she would be one of them. But a bizarre encounter and an impromptu dinner date served to change not only her fortunes, but her hopes of earning a little bit of redemption, as well.


This story has also been nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill: Best Non-Canon Romance Story.



Categories: Harry/Other Character Genre: Warnings: Epilogue? What Epilogue?, Mild Profanity

Word count: 5840 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/09/11 Updated: 11/09/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/10/11 Title: Chapter 1: ---

Ooooh, it's nice to read something of yours in the middle of doing my statistics courework at school, lol. Depsite being a Harry/Ginny (and the occasional Harmony) shipper, I did enjoy this. In fact, I confess that I didn't think much of Harry/Pansy in the past, but I agree with you -- I think I've got a soft spot for it :D

It wasn't fluffy, per se, but it was a lot lighter than your usual fare, lol. Excellent story, Jess, and it's nice to read your work again :)

~Soraya~



Author's Response:

It's nice to actually be writing again. This was churned out in three days as a pinch hit, so that considering, I'm rather pleased with how it turned out. It isn't what one could call a traditional romance, but it was one that happened because both of them needed a new chapter in their lives and the other just happened to be there to fulfil that.

I have to say, I seriously wanted one of those Tangerine ribbon corsage thingies after coming up with it. How cute would that be, hehe.

Ta for the review. :D

~Jess

 

What You Wanted by Padfoot11333
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: In Tom Riddle's first Christmas vacation at Hogwarts, he is lonely.

Categories: Historical Genre: Warnings: Violence

Word count: 1041 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/12/11 Updated: 11/18/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/29/12 Title: Chapter 1: What You Wanted

Hello, Lily!

I’m sorry for taking so long to review this. I must say, I did enjoy this story, and I’m glad to be SPEW buddies with you. It’s meant I get to read another story of yours, which is nice :) I thought the premise of this story was intriguing. I mean, it’s not something I put great thought into at the time, but looking back, when I found out that Tom had used the Room of Requirement, *how* he discovered it would make an interesting story. I certainly thought this was the case here.

I have to say, your summary was what drew me in -- if I hadn’t asked you for a rec, this is probably the story I would have clicked on anyway, because your summary was intriguing, short and to the point. I particularly liked how you didn't really give anything away in the summary, and I liked the fact that it was just one sentence, as well. I do have a minor Britpick, however: in Britain, we refer to the Christmas holiday as precisely that -- a holiday, not a vacation. I noticed that you also used “vacation” in the actual story, and it’s just something I picked up on that you might want to change. But that is quite a small thing, really.

As far as characterisation goes, I did find the idea of Tom being bullied an interesting one as well. I mean, all we have to go on in canon about the boy Tom Riddle is what Dumbledore said about him, really, so I liked that you drew on that, especially the fact that he was a loner. I know how easily that could trigger bullying, and I think you dealt with that topic well. Your characterisation of Tom is even more impressive given how complex a character Tom is. For example, the reason behind Tom’s bullying is rather ironic, as well, and subtly so -- the fact that he was teased and mocked for heritage, or lack thereof, made me see Tom’s actions in later Hogwarts life in a different light. As in, he didn't hate Muggleborns just because he was a Slytherin, but also, the fact that he himself was classed as one until he found out about his witch mother.

That said, still on the characterisation front, I do think that you could have fleshed out the Slytherin(s) chasing Tom more. I noticed that none of them were given names, and this did lessen their presence slightly. Even if you didn't want to name them, I think it would be more effective if their dialogue was more than simply "Where did you go, Tom?" and perhaps a little more insulting. After all, he *is* being bullied, and I thought that the characterisation was a bit too played down for my liking. I think their emphasis is especially important because of their role in making Tom into the person he becomes.

Plot-wise, as I said, I liked the premise of this story. I also thought that Tom’s change of mind, or, rather, his decision -- to make allies rather than friends -- was a realistic one that kept to canon characterisation. His reasoning made sense, and I think the choice he made was a good ending to the story, as was the friendship he struck up with Avery. I do, however, have a slight qualm about the final paragraph (beginning with “So even though Tom Riddle never really had a friend...”). I felt that you ventured too far into the future, as if it was a commentary to the story, both which seemed out of place to me.

However, that even though that sudden jump to the future wasn’t really expected, I also think that, on the whole, despite my other qualms (which were quite minor anyway), this story was well-written and foreshadowed Tom’s later life really well. It was a fascinating character study, and an interesting delve into Tom Riddle’s mind. Well done :)

Author's Response: Helloo SPEW buddy! (I'm literally writing your review right now, don't worry). Thank you for such a lovely review--I'm glad you liked it. Somehow I do think I'm better at characterising minor characters rather than major ones because you know less about them and therefore you can really go anywhere with them. I love doing that. Thank you for the Britpick, I'm fairly good with spelling but awful with words like those. Thanks agaiin for such a lovely review! Lily xxx

 

Somewhere Only We Know by Gmariam
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: Remus Lupin reflects on his past as he faces an uncertain future after the death of a close mentor.

Categories: Remus/Tonks Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Strong Profanity

Word count: 4732 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/13/11 Updated: 11/13/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/13/11 Title: Chapter 1: Simple Things

Gina, I loved this! Nothing like a good dose of Remus/Tonks to start my day :D

I thought your characterisation of Remus was spot on, and I loved your Tonks as well. I thought the way you structured the story was great, but not confusing or anything.


"Mourn for the lives that have been lost, Remus, not for your own. Remember them, but do not forget yourself. You would do them an injustice were you to simply give in to your grief. There is still much to live for."

That was my favourite part! You had Dumbledore down to a tee -- well done ;) Lovely story, Gina, and boooo to bad formatting.

~Soraya~



Author's Response: Thanks so much Soraya! Ooh, I'm glad the structure wasn't confusing--looking at it on the archive I did worry about that and about about adding *** for the breaks or even a horizontal line, but that would just seem to crowd it up. I'm glad you were able to follow it and enjoyed it. Thank you for the compliment on Remus. And that last bit of Dumbledore took me some heavy thinking so yay for it working! Thanks again for the lovely review!! ~Gina :)

 

Safe House by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 19]

Summary: Pansy Parkinson’s carefree world was toppled when she overheard her father’s murder and caught a glimpse of the killer. Forced into hiding by the Ministry, she is compelled to co-habitate with, of all the bloody people on the planet, Harry Potter. Can these two live together in cramped quarters without there being another murder, or can they find common ground that had eluded them since they last encountered one another?

Categories: Harry/Other Character Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Violence

Word count: 11041 Chapters: 4 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/19/11 Updated: 12/06/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/08/11 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

Oooh, Jess, what a fab story! I'm sorry I couldn't review earlier, but things have been really busy for me with exams and stuff :(

Anyway, yay to Harry/Pansy again :D It is a ship I have a soft spot for, hehe. But what I think you accomplished in this story is that you retained their respective characters, especially the fact that they are so different from each other. And the chemistry between them is so tangible and real, and by doing that, you made the pairing believable.

But I also liked the actiony bits in this too. You write action really well, and I liked how the story was a mystery as well as a romance.

Anyway, useless review, but great story. Ooh, and I loved the open ending -- though if you wanted to keep it canon (and I'm assuming you are, since there aren't any AU/EWE warnings) then Harry/Pansy wouldn't last, would it?

Enough rambling. Nice to read your work again, Jess :)

~Soraya~



Author's Response:

Alas, I don't think Harry and Pansy could ever last, but I do believe that Harry after the war would need a kick in the butt to bring him back to real life and learn to live for himself rather than for the greater good. It's a bit different from my normal universe, but in the end it's the same.

I have a habit of leaving shippy stories that I don't think will end well with an open ending. For instance, Ribbons and Tangerines: open end. Wild Card: open end. This story: open end. Other stories of mine (which shall remain nameless and without specified pairings): open ending.

Anyway...useless author response. Thanks for reading, and I'm glad you liked it. I wasn't too sure about it after I sent it to the exchange mod, but it went over well in the fic exchange. Whatever. My brain hurts. *hugs*

~Jess

 

The Untrodden Path by Equinox Chick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: Past Featured StoryDraco Malfoy -avid Death Eater, proud and eager to be of use to the Dark Lord. Or desperate boy willing to do anything to save his family from dishonour and his father from death? Perhaps both.

What if there'd been another way? What if the road he's taking could diverge and lead him on a different journey? His path is set, he thinks... but then he collides with an insignificant girl and his world changes.

This story is for Julia (the opaleye) whose poetical skill with words leaves me breathless. It is also her 21st birthday. Apologies that I didn't use your fabulous alternate title 'An Act of Selecting or Making A Decision When Faced With Two or More Possibilities?'

Disclaimer: Much as I'd love to be JK Rowling, I'm not :(

Thank you Kara for beta'ing this and minna for mentioning the Robert Frost poem 'The Road Not Taken,' from which I've taken some lines.

** indicates lines taken from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

Categories: Draco/Other Character Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 10960 Chapters: 3 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/22/11 Updated: 11/29/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/23/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~ Choices

Carole, this is really interesting! I <3 rarepairs, and this one is possibly unique. You made Pansy such a b!tch in this (and it so worked -- I probably hate her as much as Malfoy does), and I also thought Draco's characterisation had just enough snark in it, but also you could see the decency in him. And I just love Hannah -- she's really self-righteous and loyal to her house.

And I love that quote by Dumbledore. It's one of my favourites. Anyway, interesting beginning, Carole, and I'd like to see where this goes. Happy birthday to Julia :)



Author's Response: Thank you, very much. I hope you like Hannah in the next chapters. She is rather self-righteous here, I can see that, although perhaps it's idealism. I love that quote =, too. Makes me tear up whenever I read it. Pansy is a right biyothc - I agree. ha ha ha. Thanks again ~Carole~

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/24/11 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 ~Divergence

Carole, I enjoyed this! (I always do, lol.) Seriously, you have Draco to a tee here -- he's characterised perfectly without making him smirk too much, hehe. And I think what is often your greatest strength, and certainly this is the case in this story, you can take any two random characters and write them with so much chemistry, even though they don't even know each other. And I think this shows just how much talent you have with words <3

Your version of Hannah is also really interesting, and still compliant to the fact that she is a Hufflepuff.

I'm interested to see where this goes, and how much you've stretched canon to write it...

~Soraya~



Author's Response: Thank you. I don't think I've stretched canon too much with this. It's still compliant with the books and what we actually know of the characters. people's perceptions of the characters are, of course, a different matter. I don;t, for instance, think Hannah is always going to be the flustered girl from the exams, not if she later ends up owning and running a pub - that takes guts and strength of character.

I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I'm tweaking the end a little, but it's basically done. Thanks again - much appreciated ~Carole~

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/29/11 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 ~ Decisions

Carole, that was a lovely end to teh story :)

What I liked the most was that you had that chemistry between Hannah and Draco, so much so that I'm close to becoming a Drannah shipper (that sounds like such a classy ship, lol) and yet you kept it canon. And what frustrates me a lot is when people stick the AU tag to fit a ship -- this, on the other hand, fit seamlessly into canon. I think this was my favourite line:

“I didn’t like you much at Hogwarts, Draco, even when we were together, but I think I could have loved you.

I think that really summed up their relationship and what it could have been like.

I thought you wrote Hannah really welll, particularly when she found out her mum was dead. That was a terrible moment in the sixth book and I thought you illustrated it so, so well.

Oh, and I laughed so hard at the end notes. Reading the whole of High -- done that already, hehe. And definitely agreed on Julia being a truly amazing writer. And so are you, Carole, because this story was an excellent one!

~Soraya~



Author's Response: Thank youuuuu, so so much for reviewing. Mmm, I'm not fond of AU so if I ever write one it'll have to be for a better reason than sticking an un canon ship together. I actually like working with canon, although I have to admit this was hard given the tiny time frame Draco and Hannah had together.

I found that scene where Hannah found out about her mum very hard to write. I don;t like sad things to happen. Snark and smut I can do. Anger I can take. Sadness upsets me :(

Thank you very much again. ~Carole~

 

Merry-Go-Round by LoonyLupin
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: When you love someone, they stay with you until your last day on earth. And nothing can kill you faster.

Some secrets are so full of confusion and agony that they leave your mind and heart spinning for days, even years. Deanne Jenkins knows this feeling all too well, thanks to one girl: Nymphadora Tonks.

New chapter is up! The italicized quote is from the last chapter.

Categories: Femmeslash Genre: Warnings: Self Injury, Sexual Situations, Slash, Substance Abuse

Word count: 8552 Chapters: 3 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/15/11 Updated: 03/04/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/22/12 Title: Chapter 2: Tumbling Backwards

Hiya :) Sorry I've taken an age to get back to this. RL and writing my own work has kept me super-busy until now, nearly four months later, lol.

Anyway, I did enjoy this, though perhaps a little less than the previous chapter. I think part of the reason was because you had a lot of time shifts, and the transitions between past and present came across as abrupt. As in, Deanne would receive a letter, and she'd go straight to her Pensieve. I wanted to see more of her daily life, for you to develop her character more. Besides which, she didn't *have* to use her Pensieve every time she wanted to relive a memory. I think it could have worked perfectly well with her just remembering it, and it would appear more natural, too.

However, despite my qualms, I did like this. Deanne is a lovely character, and I think you did a nice job of fleshing her out and showing her feelings for Tonks increasing. I think an issue I had in the first chapter was that there weren't many scenes of their friendship developing, but in this chapter, this wasn't a problem at all, and the memories you chose were well-selected.

Onto the next chapter! Apologies again for being a bit rubbish with this, especially given your story only has one review :( It deserves more, in my opinion. I hope I haven't been too harsh.

~Soraya~

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/22/12 Title: Chapter 3: Ghosts and Memories

Oh, I liked how this ended :)

Initially, I was rather curious as to how you would keep this canon compliant, especially given the fact that you're a Remus/Tonks shipper yourself. So yes, the ending pleasantly surprised me. I love happy endings, but I also have a thing for sad endings, or open ones, at least.

I think one of the things I kind of forgot was how difficult a time Tonks was going through during DH. First, Remus left her, and then they used the Cruciatus Curse on her mum and then her dad had to go on the run and then he died. You reminded me of all of that through Tonks's letters, and it worked well.

Anyway, I've got to go, so sorry to cut this quite short, but I did enjoy this. I hope you don't think I was being too harsh or anything -- I think all the areas of improvement that I mentioned could easily be remedied by a bit of tweaking, so yeah. Good story, well done :)

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/26/11 Title: Chapter 1: Merry-Go-Round

Hello! I must say that despite being an avid Remus/Tonks shipper, especially having written one myself, I still love it when Remus and/or Tonks are shipped with other people, too. I liked this -- Deanne is an interesting OC, and I liked the way you showed her feelings for Tonks increase during their years together in Hogwarts. I thought the mirror scene was rather powerful as well.

However, I do think that in order to make their romance a little more convincing (and it's probably rich coming from me, lol, since I had the same problem myself with a recent story of mine), I think you needed more scenes of Tonks and Deanne's friendship after their first year, It would add more weight to the story and it would also flesh out Deanne more, because so far, we don't really know much about her.

But anyway, you have an intriguing start, and I'd like to know where this goes, so I shall be keeping an eye out for updates! :)

~Soraya~



Author's Response: When you mentioned the large chunk of their friendship that I left out, I guess I meant to start at the second section. I'm going to label "First Impressions" as a prologue. I ship Tonks with Remus, too, by the way :) Thanks for the kind words!

 
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