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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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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!

 

Set Fire by LittleJM
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 2]

Summary: She had a way of falling for him in every way, including his blatant lies. Ten years later, she may not be able to recognise him, but outward appearances don't always prove a change inside.
Susan Bones/Theodore Nott
A drabble-turned-oneshot written for Soraya/babewithbrains for the Ravenclaw Christmas Drabble Exchange!

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 1349 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/20/11 Updated: 12/23/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/23/11 Title: Chapter 1: Set Fire

Hi Joy!

This is Soraya :) I enjoyed this! I must admit that when I set the prompts, I honestly had no idea what to expect, but I love Theo/Susan to pieces, so this was a lovely surprise :)

Rarepairs are great fun, aren't they? I really liked the set up of the story, starting with Susan waking up to find Theo next to her, and then going backwards. The scene in the pub was great, and I liked Theo's characterisation and his description. I thought the chemistry between Theo and Susan was written nicely, too :)

Anyway, I can't seem to think straight today, so I shall stop rambling. I hope you have a good Christmas, and thank you again for writing such a lovely story!

~Soraya~



Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it! When I got the prompts, your song prompts are what really gave me ideas. So I listened to all of them (some of which, I must admit, have been played countless times on my computer). The one that really got me thinking was Set Fire to the Rain, and from then on, this story just stuck. It's a great song to write to! Once again, I'm so glad you liked it and I hope your holidays are great as well! :]

 

Misperception by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: Because Angelina Weasley had an irritating tendency to match-make, Oliver Wood had made excuses the last few times he'd been invited to to one of her parties. But after the revelations in the Daily Prophet about his personal life, he rather hoped he'd be safe this year.

But he'd reckoned without her determination that everyone needs some festive joy at Christmas.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, despite the spaghetti bologneise.

Thank you very much to Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this and for being supportive. Thanks also to my flist who have put up with a lot of wangst from me recently. Thanks also to Maple for an interesting point she made in an SBBC discussion about Oliver ...

This is Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff , writing for the Great Hall-iday Challenge - prompt 3 Operation:Mistletoe.

IT WON!!!!!!!!!!

Due to an extremely prudish glitch affecting the boards, stories rated 6th-7th or Professors cannot be read, at the moment. For this reason I have temporarily lowered the rating, although this is really 6th-7th. You have been warned.

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

Word count: 9127 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/21/11 Updated: 12/21/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/21/11 Title: Chapter 1: Misperception.

Ooooooooooh. Carole, this was a lovely story! I must admit that when I saw the length of it, it did seem a little daunting, but by the time I reached the end of it, I was actually surprised that it had already finished -- meaning that despite its length, it never dragged or anything.

And wow, what a cool pairing! Oliver/Daphne -- now, that's a rarepair and a half, hehe. And as you always do, this seemingly random pairing was made believable and plausible, while maintaining the Oliver/Cedric pairing at the same time, as in, it was clear Oliver had loved Cedric, but there was still that chemistry between Daphne and Oliver. And that chemistry, along with the excellent dialogue, made the pairing so believable and natural.

I liked the little touches of the French guy, and Roger, and I thought it was interesting that Oliver had basically outed himself in the paper, which was very Gryffindor :) Also, I thought it interesting that you had Oliver almost in Slytherin. It definitely makes sense to me -- though, as I was saying in my SBBC discussion, most people have a bit of every House in them so this isn't surprising.

I loved the interaction with Roxy at the beginning, too, and I couldn't help but be reminded of another story. *coughWildCardcough* LOL. I also liked the fact that Oliver went and confronted his past by going to the grave, and with Daphne. By the way, why was Oliver's licence taken off him?

Anyway, I shall stop rambling now. Terrible review, but this was a wonderful wonderful wonderful story. Congrats on the 101 as well XD

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Helloooo. Thank you for the review. Ummm, answers to questions first. I have it in mind that you have to get your licence renewed, and Oliver never bothered because he hates Apparition. I think I mentioned this in DNW and it just kind of stuck in my head. I have paired these two up before, btw in Zeitgeist, but this isn;t really compliant with that. I like Daphne at the moment, so I want to pair her with people - hee.

Yes, the length daunted me a little - ha. I nearly split it, but I thought it worked better as a oneshot because there was no convenient break point.

You've just reminded me that I wanted to thank someone (I think it's Maple) who mentioned in that SBBC convo about Oliver being a Slyth because that prompted that bit of dialogue. Must go and ferret that out.

Oh and yeah, the bit with Roxy was ... ha ha ... either a tribute to my birthday fic, or a very unsubtle attempt to suck up to one of the GH judges.

Thank you again :D ~Carole~

 

Just a Boy by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary:

Who we are is seldom who we were or who we will be, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Sometimes, in special circumstances, we choose one and hold onto it because the alternative simply is not an option.

And so it was for Adam Mulciber and Mary MacDonald.



Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 1658 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/25/11 Updated: 12/25/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 08/26/12 Title: Chapter 1: Just a Girl

Oooooh, I liked that :) I think it was a good insight into what Mulciber actually did to Mary Macdonald -- though I was surprised when it tunred out they were best friends. That was certainly unexpected. But I can so see that happening! it's a bit like Lily and Severus, only Mary is richer and half-blood, presumably, rather than Muggleborn like Lily. And, ha, Mary actually seems to have returned Mulciber's feelings here.

The only criticism I have is that I think it was too short. It could have been expnaded in places, particularly the end -- I would have liked to see what happened after their kiss, if Mary went on the run in teh end, etc.

But other than that, I don';t know why you thought this was meh. I didn't think it was. It was a nice read :)

Author's Response:

Hellooooo!

I reread this myself, just to get a feel for it, and I suppose it's not so much meh as it is average. Nothing spectacular, but not bad, either. It was written in a hurry (um, three hours or so, lol) and slapdash edited, so that it's readable is nice.

I did worry that this was a bit too much like Lily/Snape, but the difference was that Mary had the ability within her to forgive Adam for what he did and what he became. Lily would never have forgiven Severus. Mary really did care about Adam, despite all of it, even if a small part of her hated him for making her feel the way he did.

The story was short for a reason: because it was how Mary wanted to remember Adam. What happened afterward were events she would have far preferred to forget. So the story doesn't include them, but instead stops just before he tears her heart to shreds and stamps on the pieces.

Anyway, thank youuuuuu for the review! I'm glad you liked the story and have slaked your curiosity as to its contents. <3

~Jess

 

D by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary:

 

Over fifty brave souls perished during the fight that took down You-Know-Who’s regime. However, not all of the victims of the clash that ended just this morning set foot on the grounds of Hogwarts last night. Numerous family members and friends will be spending these next weeks not celebrating, but planning funerals while raking up the pieces of their lives and wondering where they are supposed to go from here.
 

One boy was lost and alone -- looking for a lifeline, crying for help. But is anyone listening?


This story was nominated for two 2012 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Dark/Angst Story and Best General Story.




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

Word count: 2771 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/27/11 Updated: 12/27/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/27/11 Title: Chapter 1: Dear Harry

Jessssss! (Or should I say Jessaclaw, or Your Awesomeness... lol.)

I have already squeed about this on LJ and AIM but I thought I would make it official :) Just wow. Seriously, this is brilliant. Stan is a wonderful song, a great character study, and of all people to choose to be Stan, what an interesting choice with Dennis Creevey. Colin's death was one that was quite upsetting in DH, and I find Dennis's reaction to that is so rarely explored in fanfic. I loved the format of the story, how the entire thing was written purely using letters and articles, and then that killer "Oh" at the end. Wooooow. So much emotion packed into what is actually quite a short story, enough to move me to tears.

I also loved the fact that Harry was the person Dennis was writing to -- I definitely think that he would have got a lot of letters after the war, so it's only inevitable that he wouldn't be able to reply to them all. But what's even sadder is that Dennis never signed off with his actual name. If he did, I'm sure Harry could have helped him -- hmm, actually I don't know.

Anyway, this is in no way a SPEW review, but this was a lovely story, and written for me, as well!

Author's Response:

Honestly, I'm glad you didn't hate this. When I finished it, I was a bit worried, as I'd ignored your prompts for the most part and delved into a subject I wasn't even sure you cared about. Lucky me, hehe.

Killing Dennis wasn't something I relished or even planned in my brainiverse; actually, in my 'universe', he becomes a writer who takes on the challenge of interviewing all of the survivors of the battle and the victims' families to complete not so much a historical representation, but a 'you had to be there to understand, but this is the next best thing' chronicle of events. As you can see, he's rather articulate.

Harry was the natural choice for Dennish to write to. Who else would one look to when one has lost everything and needs assurance that everything will turn out okay? Harry's been kicked around by life so much and managed to get through the war not only alive, but standing tall. And that Colin had painted this almost super-human image of Harry to his little brother, it's almost like a kid writing to God or Santa Claus, looking for answers or inspiration or even something to believe in. 

I do believe that one letter from Harry could've changed everything. Just as one text or letter from Eminem could've kept Stan from going completely over the edge, but the price of casting one's lot in with celebrities is that you end up being one of many and have to wait your turn. :/

Anyway, thanks for the second review, and I'm so glad you didn't hate this. :D 

~Jess

 

Beyond The Sea by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: Escaping the overwhelming revelry of another miserable New Year's Eve, Draco Malfoy finds himself drawn to an old seaside resort from his childhood. He meets an unexpected ally there, and the shore soon becomes his escape from life, a place where he can be free of his past. Little did he know that it would also hold the key to his future.

This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Inaugural Great Hall Cotillion Challenge.

Categories: Draco/Other Character Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 5422 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/16/12 Updated: 01/16/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/05/12 Title: Chapter 1: Somewhere, waiting for me

Gina, this was lovely :) It was perhaps not my favourite story of yours (though I suspect that's more because of my canon card than anything, lol) but I still liked it. I liked how you brought Draco and Luna together, on New Year's Eve, and how they found common ground through creatures and so on.

I loved their first kiss. I think it was so beautifully written, especially against such a gorgeous backdrop of the beach. That was definitely one of the strongest points in the story -- the description. It was so vivid and really made me feel like I was actually there, which was great :)

Nice one, Gina :D

Author's Response: Thanks so much, Soraya! I'm glad you liked it. I don't expect every story to go in the favorites, category, lol. Especially something like this. It was an idea I was kicking around for a while--I don't write rarepairs much, so this was a great chance for me to finally give it a try! The description comment is funny, because my original idea had nothing to do with the beach, but then it almost became it's own character. I even looked at pictures! Anyway - thanks so much for the lovely review! ~Gina :)

 

Something Strange by hestiajones
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: Louis hadn't quite expected to fall in love with him, but he did.



A gift for my mistress, lucca4. Also, an entry for the Inaugural GH Cotillion Challenge.

Disclaimer: This is not J.K.Rowling. It'd be cool if she shipped Luna's son with Fleur's, though.

Categories: Same-Sex Pairings Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse

Word count: 2236 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/16/12 Updated: 01/16/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/07/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ooooooh, that was really good, Natalie! (Apologies for the continuous r-bombing.)

Despite the fact that Louis is with Lily (hehehehe), I did enjoy this quite a bit. I can't remember ever coming across this pairing before, so kudos to you for writing such a wonderful and believable rarepair.

I think, occasionally with your writing -- and I hope you don't mind me saying so -- the changes in POV/tense can be a tad confusing, but in this story, I really liked the shifts in narrative, from first person to second person. It worked really well, and I think it showed a great insight into Louis's mind.

I think one of the things I liked the most was Lysander's characterisation. So, yeah, he's not quite as weird as his mum, but he's still strange, and I liked how all of that tied in with the title so nicely as well. Oh, and I liked the fact that this "strangeness" is what caused them to get together in the first place.

Anyway, though I don't think I could ever ship this pairing, I still really enjoyed reading this. Well done! :D

Author's Response: I didn't think you'd read this ha ha. I am not really sure I ship them either. I just wrote it for the challenge because no one was using them. :D I am glad that the first person/second person switch worked out. It was necessary to do that for characterisation reasons.

I don't mind you telling me that. It does give me an idea of how my writing is being received by readers. Thank you for saying that. I do try to make the voices distinct and leave markers between the temporal shifts. I suppose I'll just have to be a bit more careful next time. Thanks for the review monsoonnnn!

 

Swans by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 15]

Summary: I’m twenty-seven years old, so why can’t I just say no, or plead a headache and stay in my room?

Molly (jnr) was a Weasley with a difference. Not sparkling, not brave, not reckless. She was diligent and loyal, and usually overlooked.

For who notices ducklings when swans are gliding by?

I am not JK Rowling. You all know that. I am Equinox Chick and this is one of my entries for the Great Hall Inaugural Cotillion.


IT WONNNNN!!!!!!!!!!! (joint first with A Splendid Fate by hestiajones - you should all go and read that - it's very fab)Thank you judges for being amazing

Many thanks to Natalie (hestiajones) and Kara (Karaley Dargen) for their help with beta'ing this story.

The line about 'porridge' is a tip someone told me photographers use.

Due to the infuriating prissy glitch infecting the archives, I have downgraded this story's rating to 3rd-5th. However, this is actually a PROFESSORS story, so please do not click if sexual situations are likely to offend.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Violence

Word count: 13820 Chapters: 2 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/17/12 Updated: 01/21/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/05/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - Ducks

You may or may not have noticed that I'm kind of spamming you today, hehe. But I wanted to get through my TBR list tonight, so yeah.

I loved this! (What's new, eh?) I think you've given Molly a really interesting personality, and Audrey and Lucy too. Ahhhh, NGL, Aaron is rather gorgeous :) But Hebe is such a biatch, and Barney is bloody horrible and mean and thoughtless. Good for Molly for getting rid of him, lol. He didn't deserve her.

I love the swans and everything. They're such graceful creatures, and I think it's so original for you to use that as the premise of your story. Ooooh, and the age difference between them is interesting -- especially with Molly being older, though it's not a significant age gap so it's all good. I'd love to see where this goes, so I shall see you on teh next chapter, Croll!

Author's Response: Thank youuuuuuuu. Oh, age gap age gap age gap - hahahahahahha.

Aaron is in High - very briefly - and I plan on featuring him in another story - post High, but pre-Swans - which will explain his rivalry with Hugo, so I'm pleased you liked him. ~Carole~

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/05/12 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 - Pearls

Yayyyyy, they got their happy ending. And Audrey can go rot >.< Seriously, I don't know *who* in their right mind would expect their daughter to overlook something like that.

And I loved the thing about pearls. I never knew that! I really like how, while being entertained, I can also be educated :D

Anyway, I've got to dash, but this was definitely one of my favouritest stories in the challenge :)

Author's Response: I think Percy had the measure of Audrey when he said she hated being wrong and couldn't believe she'd made such a colossal error of judgement with Barnabas. I hope she'll calm down and become more decent if I ever write a follow up, but for some reason I've always seen her as a shrew.

Thank you so much for all the reviews, Soraya. It is much appreciated. ~Carole~

 

Nothing More by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: James Potter shares a moment with one of his best friends the night before his wedding.

This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Cotillion Challenge.

Categories: Same-Sex Pairings Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Slash

Word count: 2562 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/23/12 Updated: 01/23/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/23/12 Title: Chapter 1: One-shot

Helloooo, Gina :)

You know I've had a soft spot for this pairing -- ever since I read that amazing on on LJ. So I've really been looking forward to reading this ever since you claimed the pairing and were discussing it on the LS, and you definitely didn't disappoint! (But then, you never do, and I haven't read a single thing by you that wasn't fab so that's just a given :D)

I think the best thing about this story was the amount of emotion packed into what is actually a relatively short one-shot. And you did that through using some well-chosen words in both dialogue and description (the description at the beginning was particularly beautiful). The humour in it was quirky and well-placed -- my favourite one is definitely this line:

"It's the name," Remus replies blandly. "My inner wolf thinks it's good for glossy fur."

It's nice to see some humour injected into the piece -- it really brought out the overall bittersweet tone of the story. I also liked that you stayed away from including the... erm... details of their relationship, if you will. (Not that I don't like smut, lol.) I think it's actually more impressive that you managed to show how James and Remus's relationship changed without really going into a lot of detail about it.

Excellent story, Gina, and good luck in the challenge!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: A very belated thank you for this review, Soraya! I'm so glad you enjoyed this story. I may have to revisit this pairing someday. That story on LJ was just so good I don't think I could ever do it justice, but it's fun to explore. Thanks again!! ~Gina :)

 

Ordinary Magic by WeasleyMom
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: Past Featured StoryErnie Macmillan has had a difficult year, suffering three losses in two months’ time. Life is dreary, and each day seems far too much like the one before and the one to follow.

But on any regular day, extraordinary things can happen, can change the course of a journey… especially when an obligatory dinner party, a meddling best friend, and a familiar face from the past come together at just the right time.

This is WeasleyMom of Hufflepuff, writing for the Great Hall Cotillion Challenge.

Thanks to Natalie/hestiajones for beta reading this in a quick turnaround.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 3202 Chapters: 1 Completed: No
Published:
02/06/12 Updated: 02/06/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 05/14/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hi Lori :)

I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, so I’m glad to have finally done so, because I really am enjoying this story so far. I think you’ve got an intriguing take on Ernie in terms of his characterisation and backstory, and this is only the first chapter, so I’d love to see where this goes from here.

Ernie’s characterisation was one of the biggest strengths here. I really liked how you introduced him, with his attachment to his owl. I remember reading Deathly Hallows and feeling just as sad as Harry was when Hedwig died, so it was interesting to see something similar go on with Ernie. And I love how Ernie thinks, Women, when he thinks of Belle -- I think that shows a lot about how considerate he is as a character, to the extent that he doesn’t just think of his pet as a pet, but also a “woman”, which I think is rather sweet. As well as this, Ernie feeling as lonely and broken as he is was beautifully and realistically written, especially as he even admitted it himself.

And I also love Hannah here. Even in the letter, you established her voice so well -- as someone who is firm and who isn’t afraid to say her mind, but also an honest person, especially when she says Besides, I miss you. Again, I thought it was really sweet, and I think it said a lot about their friendship, and how concerned Hannah was for him. And I think it’s interesting that you mention how their positions were reversed in their sixth year, and that they were best friends, because it gives them a connection I didn't really think of before. I also am interested to know exactly why Ernie’s father passed away; I hope this is mentioned in the next chapter.

I think you brought out both of their characters when they started arguing. While I understand why Hannah would try to set Ernie up, it wasn’t that fair for Ernie not to know that he was being set up, so I think his annoyance was justified. I also liked the inclusion of Neville here, and I’m wondering exactly when this was set (Hermione and Ron are married at this point, so I was thinking it’s probably a few years after the Battle). Either way, though, I am glad Ernie and Hannah made up, at least :) Along with all of this, I’m also eager to know who “the girl he’d lost three weeks later” was. I really do hope you update soon, because I very much would like to know what happens next.

Lastly, the scene at the end of the story was lovely and awkward. I loved how the girl (and who is she? I hope it’s Lisa Turpin...) and Ernie, although both embarrassed, were able to somehow have a conversation, even if it was a small one. I thought Ernie’s blushing and social awkwardness was just adorable, and I really do sympathise with him for being set up like that, though it seems he’s attracted to the girl, so I’d like to see who she is. There’s a certain wonderful mysteriousness about the story, which I think is just excellent, Lori, and there are so many things I want to find out in the next chapter.

So, all in all, this was an excellent first chapter. I can’t wait for the next.

Oh, and happy belated birthday :)

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Oh my, Soraya, I really did think I'd responded to this! So glad for Carole's comments today about responding to reviews--it made me check my stats and here you've been all this time with no response to such a wonderful review. Thanks!

Well, you can see what has happened to my good intentions. I do not excel at follow-through when it comes to fanfic, I am learning. I'm just now working on the conclusion to a two-shot I first posted about three years ago. Yes, YEARS. I'm such a slacker. BUt I truly have not forgotten about sweet Ernie and L.... ;) Hehe, I shall make you wait a bit more, I think. I have written half of the next chapter, and I don't imagine it being much more than 4 or 5 chapters. It's not abandoned, though it does appear so.

I'm glad you thought the characterization worked. He's a bit tricky because we know his actions in canon were eventually brave and loyal, but the main character trait he's always had is "pompass." Not a lot to work with really. Also, I think a lot of teenage boys can be that way. It doesn't necessarily mean he will always be so, especially not after much hardship and the war and then some more hardship. He's grown up some, in my thinking.

The backstory of these losses (his dad and the girl) will be mentioned in the next chapter or two, so that will not remain a mystery.

You are correct in believing he had a right to be angry with Hannah. I love their friendship because they both do things wrong but somehow they still can rely on one another. The mistakes are honest ones made with good intentions, and forgiveness tends to follow. Though they did end well in this chapter, a proper resolution to that argument is already written in the next. They were both at fault really... Hannah in setting him up without telling her, him for being extremely rude about it when he could have just slipped out and left.

Again, I'm so glad you liked this. Especially with a fic that is still only a beginning, the encouragement is greatly appreciated. And your review, as your reviews always are, is LOVE. Thanks so much! <3

 

Last Man Standing by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: Charlie Weasley is sitting at his brother's wedding when he meets a beautiful reporter covering the nuptials. Daphne Greengrass is more than she appears, however, and he finds himself quickly entranced. Is she interested in him as well, or is he just another story?

This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Inaugural Great Hall Cotillion Challenge.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 3995 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/06/12 Updated: 02/06/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/07/12 Title: Chapter 1: One Shot

Ginaaaaaaaaaa, this was lovely :) Charlie is a gorgeous character, and I think you did a great job characterising him in this.

I think it's interesting that JKR said how Charlie didn't marry (or something like that) and I think you built on that really well. And I was a bit miffed at Daphne for bailing on him like that. That was a bit... meh. (To her, not you :))

Anyway, I'm not really very coherent atm, so I'll go away now, lol. Well done!

Author's Response: A very belated thank you, Soraya! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Charlie was was great character to write so I'm glad he turned out all right. I have more plans for him. And yes, Daphne was a bit of a you-know-what there at the end. I toyed with that but had to go with it since I have other plans, heh heh. Thanks again for the lovely review! ~Gina :)

 

Predictions of Love by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: For the past twelve years, Sybill Trelawney has lived a sheltered life cloistered in her rooms at Hogwarts. But with the arrival of Gilderoy Lockhart, her thoughts turn to love.

But the competition for his heart is fierce. Will Sybill find love with the dashing professor?

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Neither am I a writer of Mills and Boon.

Thank you to Kara (karaley Dargen) for being a fabulous beta. More thanks to Alex (welshdevondragon) for linking me to a certain romantic story.

This is Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff writing for the Great Hall Cotillion.

Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse

Word count: 5978 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/06/12 Updated: 02/06/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/03/12 Title: Chapter 1: Predictions of Love

LOLOL. The Amir bits were just too funnnnnny, and Sybill is sooooo delusional, hehehehehe.

Honestly, this made me laugh so much. I really like how you characterised Sybill and Gilderoy, too -- Gilderoy in particular is so cocky and sure of himself and I think it was just really amusing that just because he had a bump on his finger (I get it too >.

Author's Response: I used to get that bump too, but I don't use a pen and paper much these days - hahahahah. Thank you for the review. I had a lot of fun writing this - especially the Amir bits - heheheheheheh. ~Carole~

 

Come Away With Me by lucca4
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary:

Come away with me and we'll kiss

On a mountaintop

Come away with me

And I'll never stop loving you

Evan Rosier and Dorcas Meadowes swore that they would not let the war come between them.

But things change as they realise that love cannot always come first.

Written for the GH Cotillion Challenge.

A million thanks to my beta Alex/welshdevondragon who is lovely and brilliant.

Nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Marauder Era Story.

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Violence

Word count: 4173 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/06/12 Updated: 02/11/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 02/12/12 Title: Chapter 1: Come Away With Me

Hello, Ariana :)

What a wonderful story! Alex mentioned it on the LS while she was betaing it, and I just had to read it to see for myself how great it is. I haven’t read anything by you in a while, so it was lovely reading this. The GH challenge has meant some truly excellent stories have been written, and yours is definitely one of them for several reasons.

Firstly, I really liked the inclusion of song lyrics. They complemented the story really well but without being intrusive or choppy. I think lyrics are best when there are only a few used, and it definitely worked here. What I liked the best was that the lyrics in the summary, at least, appeared quite optimistic, and it contrasted with the summary itself which was quite dark and foreboding. It kind of gave me hope, in a way, even though I know that in canon, Dorcas Meadowes is killed by Voldemort.

I also loved how it was written from Evan’s and Dorcas’s points of view. I think you got into both their heads really well, and your stellar characterisation of them helped make the pairing, which is definitely a rarepair in my opinion, believable and real. From the beginning, I think the story had a really sensual feel to it, which definitely lent itself into making the pairing plausible. I especially liked this sentence ( The frost lingered on her swollen lips and on her tongue) because it’s a beautiful image and, as I said, quite physical as well, if you know what I mean, but without being overly explicit about it either.

One thing I noticed was that you seemed to switch POVs a little abruptly, and without a line break or anything to indicate that. For example, the section about Dorcas’s first time with Evan started in Evan’s POV, and then it kind of went to Dorcas’s for a few paragraphs and then went back to Evan’s. I do think the changes of viewpoint could have been a little more clear-cut. I also think it could be worth mentioning their age at the beginning, because I was slightly surprised when I read that they were still in school, albeit in their last few days of seventh year. I just think a little clarification was needed there.

But they’re very minor points, and they in no way detracted the wonderful style in which this was written, in the three sections, and the even more wonderful plot of the story. Even though I knew Dorcas’s backstory, that she was going to die somehow, I really liked your take on it, and I thought the ending in particular was heartbreaking, the way Evan lured Dorcas into a trap in such a way. And it made sense; the way you characterised Evan, the ending was perfectly written, the emotions felt by Evan wonderfully executed, and it tied in with canon too.

Brilliant story, Ariana, and I am adding it to my favourites :)

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Um. Wow. This review kind of made my day :). Thank you so much for reading and reviewing and leaving such a stellar SPEWly review at that. I'm so happy that you liked it and that you thought the song lyrics weren't intrusive - it was one of the main things I was worried about when I had Alex beta it for me. I agree with your points about the POV switch especially the paragraph you mentioned…my (rather pathetic) reasoning was that it was more omniscient than her POV, but it is kind of clunky. Again, thank you for the review and the points you made, so much! xx Ariana

 

Forbidden Colours by Equinox Chick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 13]

Summary: Not all of us Slytherins are proficient in the Dark Arts or take as much delight as Vincent Crabbe does in detention. When I watch Demelza writhe in pain in front of me, I feel sick to my core.

I need to make amends, but I don't know how.And she's not going to listen to me, is she?

Forbidden Colours is a love story set in that fated seventh year.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, or David Sylvian. I merely nick their words and attempt to add my own.

Thank you to Natalie for beta'ing the first chapter and Kara for the others.

I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff writing for the Great Hall Cotillion Challenge.



Categories: Femmeslash Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Violence

Word count: 15664 Chapters: 4 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/07/12 Updated: 02/19/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 02/13/12 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 - Doubting the Ground Beneath Me

Helloooo, Carole. (Or is it Croll, or Con? :P) Just popping in before I get back to the electromagnetic spectrum and red shift >.>

This is just fab. I think you got into Demelza's head really well in this chapter, and seeing her perspective on what has happened so far was important especially after the conversation she had with Andrew. I knew there was more to it than that, and I just hope Tracey can see it that way.

If there was one nitpick of mine, it would be that the time shift at the beginning threw me slightly. I think it's because, despite going back in time, you still had it in present tense, and that's why I was slightly confused to begin with. But that's really minor, and as soon as I realised that Demelza was recounting what happened before, it made sense and I got lost in the story again. So it's all good :)

I can't wait for the final chapter :D

Author's Response: Hiiiiii, yes, the time shift was an issue with both me and Kara. The thing was, that I really wanted to start the chapter with that line, and I also needed to show Demelza's story. I thought about adding a date, but that seemed a bit out of place in the story as a whole (I might consider it again, though). In the end, I decided a small amount of confusion was okay as long as you got it by the end of that section.

Thank youuuu for the review. Now, get back to electromagnetic spectrum and red shift. :p ~Croll~

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 02/07/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 -A Lifetime Away From You

Carole! I must say, the GH challenge has meant some excellent stories have been written -- including yours, naturally :) I think you mentioned on the LS that you were slightly concerned about the style and so on, and I honestly do not know why you were so worried because it flowed so well and so smoothly.

I also LOVED Forbidden Colours, and I think you captured the mood of the song really well :) I loved the chemistry between Demelza and Tracey, and the subtle hints of Tracey's attraction to Demelza. And Pansy was characterised wonderfully too, as annoying as she was in canon.

Lovely start, Carole, and I'd like to know where this goes :D

Author's Response: Thank youuuu. I agree about the GHchallenge. Perhaps the fact that it's so open has led to some great stories both canon and non-canon. It's certainly a lot of fun exploring characters we know very little about.

Ah, I was googling Fobidden colours last night and couldn;t resist using it, and the lyrics as chapter titles. *sigh* Thanks again ~Carole~

 

Susan by hestiajones
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: The fireworks are imprinted on her features with such clarity that she’s all but glimpses of sunlight.



This is hestiajones' bazillionth entry for the GH Cotillion Challenge. To be honest, she's more bewildered than you, and what's more, she's not J.K.Rowling.

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

Word count: 3068 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/09/12 Updated: 02/09/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/05/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ooooh, Natalie, this was lovely :) I haven't heard the song, but I Googled the lyrics and I can definitely see how you've integrated them here, and where the inspiration comes from.

I think you captured Alicia's voice really well, and it helped in making a rarepair believable, imo. And I loved how you repeated "Susan" with a different description of her each time -- that worked really well.

So yeah, nice. :)

Author's Response: YAY! Thank you! :) <3333

 

Flawed by Ginny Weasley Potter
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: Nobody is perfect; every human being has his or her own set of imperfections, be it physical or otherwise. They say that the beautiful full moon has spots too. But isn’t that saying designed to pacify people about their imperfections?

They say love is all about acceptance and compatibility; that when two people fall in love, one person’s shortcomings are covered for by the other person, and vice-versa. But love is not just that. It is much more. It is bigger and better-- because sometimes, even when we cannot cover up for the limitations of the ones we love, we accept the flaws as endearing and are ready to live with them for the rest of our lives.

This is Ginny Weasley Potter of Hufflepuff, writing for the Great Hall Cotillion. The Pairing I’ve chosen is Padma Patil/ Original Character 2.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mental Disorders, Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 4214 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/10/12 Updated: 02/11/12


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/07/12 Title: Chapter 1: Flawed

Pooja, this was a really interesting story! It's a real shame it doesn't have any reviews, because I think it certainly deserves them.

I think this was a really good premise -- that Padma is pressured by her family to marry, and that she eventually falls in love with one of her suitors. So, it's not exactly an arranged marriage, since they spent a lot of time together before they married, but it's also not entirely a love marriage. That was quite unique, imo, and I think the subject of arranged marriage was dealt with really well. So many people, although more with OF than fanfic (though it still happens in both), tend to mishandle arranged marriage, and make it out to be completely wrong and for there to be no chance of success that way. I liked how you put your own original twist to that, because it worked really well.

I thought the way you built up on their relationship and then when Padma wanted to introduce Parvati to Vineet was really shocking. I was, initially, a little confused, especially because I'm sure Vineet would have remembered seeing Parvati. But then it all made sense, especially when Mrs Patil explained it to Vineet. And looking back on it, I can't believe I missed how Parvati was only spoken to by Padma! That was really clever of you, Pooja. You definitely had me fooled!

I don't always like happy endings, but I will say that I was pleased that Padma got the right ending here. Having suffered too much, I don't think it would have been right for her to have a sad ending (that would so break my heart). Soooo, all in all, Pooja, great story, and here's to hoping you get more reviews for this

Author's Response: Sorry about the epic lateness, Soraya! This review had me squealing in low! Thank you so very much. Actually arranged marriages are not uncommon in India and this plot bunny had been hopping about the corners of my mind for a while before I got the perfect opportunity to write it. ;-)

 
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