Penname: xxbabewithbrainsxx [Contact]
Real name: Soraya
Member Since: 06/22/09
Website: soraya786.livejournal.com
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Bio:
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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Celestina: The Lost Album by KarasAunty
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 11]

Summary:

A selection of (possible) songs from Celestina Warbeck's hit album 'You Stole My Cauldron, But You Can't Have My Heart'. Take with a healthy pinch of salt! *Contains references to insinuated sexual situations* UK English.



Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 1438 Chapters: 5 Completed: No
Published:
11/15/09 Updated: 01/01/13


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/18/10 Title: Chapter 3: Track 3: Boom! Boom! Boom!

Ha ha! They were really good lyrics, hilariously written. And, don't worry, they sound very Celestina-ish if you ask me! The mix of melodrama and humour and romance and fluffiness was fabulous. You're a very talented poet!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Hello again Soraya! My, you've been busy reading! I'm flattered beyond belief that you've chosen to read my poems/songs. Celestina always writes a good tune, and at first I wasn't sure if I could do her justice. But I'm delighted these songs have managed to convince you. I really should add another one to her collection, though; it's long overdue! Thanks again for R & R-ing, M ;)

 

Cauchemar by the opaleye
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary:

After the defeat of Lord Voldemort, Harry is haunted by the ghosts of his past.



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This is a sonnet from Ginny as she comes to terms with her husbands inability to move on.

Nominated for the 2010 QSQ Awards for Best Poetry!



Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: Mental Disorders

Word count: 118 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/17/09 Updated: 11/17/09


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/06/11 Title: Chapter 1: Cauchemar

Wow, that was brilliant! That was just...wow. Sorry, I'm usually more coherent than this--I'm actually pretty verbose in reviews but just...wow.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review :)

 

The Receding by hestiajones
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: No one needed to die to go to heaven. It was a truth, and Merope Gaunt knew it.



THANKS to the amazing AMANDA (ahattab33) for beta-ing this. You were scintillating. ;)



This is hestiajones of Hufflepuff writing for Watching the Mirror final one-shot. This story has just been nominated for QSQs in Best Dark/Angsty and Best History. :D



DISCLAIMER: I am not J.K.Rowling.

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

Word count: 4091 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/05/09 Updated: 12/08/09


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

That was soo good!! I've always looked for a good fanfic about what actually happened with Merope and I think you've done a fabulous job of it. I really like the whole theme of green, it's one colour that I love and hate. Finally, I really like how you've ended it, it's so ironic about how famous, illustrious and celebrated Tom ended up being - only amongst the Death Eaters of course.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Oh, I wouldn't say Voldemort was a Death Eater. That was the name given to his band of followers. ;)

But - yeah - the irony was what I wanted to capture. I do feel bad for Merope, but she's so interesting, isn't she? Her story is one of the many in HP which intrigue me. I hope I did it justice.

You hate green? Aww! I love it. :D Thanks for reading and reviewing! It always brightens my day to know people enjoy my writing.

~Natalie

 

Rudolf the Red Nosed Snorkack by KarasAunty
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: A Christmas classic gets the Luna Lovegood treatment (sort of) ...

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 149 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/25/09 Updated: 12/27/09


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: Rudolf the Red Nosed Snorkack

That was really cute and funny. A really good play on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Hello Soraya, wow, don't know which one's cooler - your pen-name or your real one! This was a sort of Luna fied version of the original Yuletide favourite, rewritten last Christmas when I was in a festive mood. I think Luna would have had a lot of fun singing this around Hogwarts - she certainly would have made people do a double-take with her version ... *snorts* Thanks for R & R-ing, M ;)

 

Summary: Aberforth Dumbledore was once infamous throughout the land for casting Inappropriate Charms on goats. He never responded to the claims, never gave his side of the story and lived with an odd reputation for decades.

But now he wants to set the record straight before Rita Skeeter has a chance to twist things furthur awry.

This is Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff and this is my entry in the Stirring category for the Winter Snows 09 competition on the MNFF Beta Boards.

I am not JK Rowling. Does that honestly surprise anyone!

This story won the 2010 QSQ Best Humour Fic - I'm still in shock.

Thank you to Hannah (coolh5000) for beta'ing this fic.

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

Word count: 3249 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/27/10 Updated: 01/27/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/31/10 Title: Chapter 1: Aberforth Dumbledore and the Enchanted Goat

Haha. This was really funny - it reminds me of a Marauder Era fic when Remus, I think, Transfigured Mrs Norris into a girl by accident or something, and Filch was all over her, which explained why he was so attached to her. This really made me LOL. Nice one!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you. I had a lot of fun writing this one, especially Flossy the goat. Glad you enjoyed it. ~Carole~

 

The DA Song by KarasAunty
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 7]

Summary:

What would the official song of Dumbledore’s Army sound like?



Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: Violence

Word count: 181 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/03/10 Updated: 02/06/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: The DA Song

Brilliant!! I loved this poem - just about the right amound of defiance and it really summed up what I'm sure Harry and the DA were feeling at the time. Well done!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Hello xxbabewithbrainsxx, gosh, I'm really glad you liked it! When I worte this, I was thinking more of Neville's DA singing it because of all the torment the Carrows put them through, but it works just as well for Harry's DA and Umbitch ... er, I mean Umbridge ... Thanks for R & R-ing, Kara's Aunty ;)

 

The Bacchus Book by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 30]

Summary: Past Featured StoryOn the morning of Christmas Day, 2000, Hermione Granger (soon-to-be-Weasley) wakes up from a delightful dream to find herself in a bathroom at Grimmauld Place.

As various Weasleys queue up to tell her all about her behaviour the night before at Aunt Muriel's birthday party, Hermione is in a state of shock.

She knows she didn't drink anything stronger than Butterbeer. So why was she wearing a toga and teaching everyone how to perform Greek dancing?

And what, in the name of Merlin, was she doing with George?

This is Equinox Chick and this is my entry for the extra credit challenge 'In Vino Veritas' for the Winter Snows 09 competition over at the MNFF beta boards.

Thank you to Apurva for beta'ing this tale in time. Thanks also to various people on AIM for telling me to get on with this (Jess, Natalie, Hannah, Russia, Kara, BB)

Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling. She would never have written anything quite so daft.

Claimer: I have disgraced myself wearing a toga before now.

~~~


Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 3162 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/04/10 Updated: 02/04/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/22/10 Title: Chapter 1: The Bacchus Book

That was really funny! I stumbled across this when someone on the Beta Boards was asking for a Ron/Hermione rec, I think, and you recommended this story. This was brilliant. And...is it really true that Athenian men have sculpted thighs? :P

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Umm, the myth about Athenian men is true. It is supposed to date from Thesus being torn off a chair and leaving half his thigh behind, but to tell you the truth I've never looked - hee hee. Glad you liked the story, Soraya. It was a lot of fun to write an OOC Hermione. ~Carole~

 

Summary:

Certain rules exist between friends and family, one of which is never dating someone’s ex-boyfriend. However, unfortunately for Dominique Weasley, Scorpius Malfoy has seen fit to test her resolve to not cross that line. Could she bring herself to break that taboo?

Lily Potter was nice, but she just couldn’t hold a candle to her vixen of a cousin, Dominique. Scorpius knew who he wanted, but did he have what it took to go and get her?

This story is written as a parallel to my fic, Dust in the Wind. All events from that story are written in the opposing point of view, plus more of the back story and after story are explored.



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

Word count: 7972 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/23/10 Updated: 02/25/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 05/06/10 Title: Chapter 1: Dansons

Great story, really enjoyed it. kutgw

~Soraya~

Author's Response:

Thank you!

This story is actually a expansion of my other story Dust in the Wind. If you'd like more details about the story in certain parts, reading that will provide them. It's not necessary, but it will add a bit more to the relationship between Scorpius and Dominique.

Thanks for reading and reviewing. ^.^

Jess

 

Summary:

During the trip to Godric's Hollow, Hermione, through the course of events, comes to realize that her friendship with Harry had become so much more to her - but not to him. This pain, this disconcerting feeling, however, had nothing to do with Horcruxes.



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

Word count: 3769 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/27/10 Updated: 02/27/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 06/19/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Even though I don't ship Harmony, I still think that this was a pretty good fic. I don't think that Hermione could ever love Harry as anything other than a brother, but I do think that something fishy went on when Hermione said "things". I like your interpretation of it but don't agree with it - no offence intended.

~Soraya~

Author's Response:

Thanks for the review! I love reviews of all sorts. :D

To be honest, I don't really think that it happened this way, either, lol. This story was written for a challenge prompt of 'surprise love', and in a moment of weakness, mixed with my fascination with Harmony, I decided taht this is what I wanted to do. I have a real hard time straying from canon, so this is about as non-canon as I can write, and it is still canon compliant. I'm glad you still liked it, even though you didn't agree with the premise or the ship (though it isn't really much of a ship if it's just one-sided musing, I suppose). I once read a Tonks/Snape story (no, that's not a typo), and though the idea of it is positively ghastly, it was well-written, so I could actually finish the story.

The 'things' part fascinated me from the first time I read DH, but the second time I read it, I had just watched the HBP movie, which is saturated with Harmony moments, and the idea that something of this sort had happened remained planted in my head. While the romanticising of it on Hermione's part was complete fabrication on my part ot fit the prompt, I do believe that the idea that Harry could be having a hot!sweaty dream about Ginny (face it, he's seventeen...that's sort of how the genome cookie crumbles). Hermione could have easily been swept up in it if she was weary and flustered enough, though she'd more likely slap him in the face (even if he was hallucinating, lol).

Anyway, as I said before I started rambling (as I do), thanks for reviewing, and I hope to see you in my inbox again soon. Take care and happy reading!

~Jess 

 

Summary: Severus waits alone in a park to make the ultimate choice - Voldemort or Love? But, of course, Severus can decide only when he gets there first.



I thank my LJ pals for their love, support and sense of humour.



DISCLAIMER: I am not J.K.Rowling; she would be mortified if she read this.

Categories: Same-Sex Pairings Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 1284 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/08/10 Updated: 03/17/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 05/29/10 Title: Chapter 1: Always...

This fic is well written but I hate the ship with a loathing. Another thing - I think that the rating should be raised to at least 3rd-5th years because of the language.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thanks for reminding me about the ratings. I thought I had capped it at 3rd-5th, but...hmmm...I obviously hadn't. And, to tell you the truth, no one really likes this ship. That's the point of the whole fic. :)

 

First Sight by Northumbrian
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: Summary: There are many forms of love and many ways in which love can ambush the unwary. First sight can surprise us.
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw House writing for the February Month of Love prompt, Surprise Love.

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 2264 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/08/10 Updated: 03/09/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/02/11 Title: Chapter 1: First Sight

Aw! This was so sweet! What I liked about this the best was the way it flowed and how Harry told the tale. Ginny was so funny and the Healer was wonderfully understanding. I think this says a lot about Harry and Ginny's relationship, especially as Harry has two loves, now.

All in all, tt was a very original idea, a great sequel to It Takes Two, and a fabulously fresh take on the phrase, "Love at first sight". It really means something this time. I don't believe in love at first sight -- not romantically, at least. I think that kind of thing can only be at times like this, parenthood.

Of course, the ending was the best bit. I laughed at the "tiny quantity of runny green excrement". Ha! Very tactfully put. But is babies' first poo really green? I'll have to ask my mum.

~Soraya~

Author's Response:
Soraya

Thanks for the review. I can still remember the time (I almost literally) ran into my girl in a bookshop doorway. Love at first sight? No, but I was definitely very interested (red hair does it for me every time). There is a lot of me in this particular story. Newborn baby poo is closer to green than brown, but that may vary with mums diet. (My girl works with prenatal and postnatal mothers.)
Neil

 

Waiting by the opaleye
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 24]

Summary: Hermione waits behind a window. She is waiting for the world to come alive again.

Nominated in the 2010 Quicksilver Quill Awards for Best Canon Romance.



Categories: Ron/Hermione Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 1628 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/11/10 Updated: 03/15/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 05/16/11 Title: Chapter 1: Can you hold me in your arms tonight?

Julia, that was just beautiful. Honestly. I can't leave a more coherent review, tbh, since I have two exams tomorrow and should be revising, but I just wanted to say how much I loved the poetic and lyrical quality of your writing -- it really shows in both your poetry and prose. And while I'm a guilty Harmony shipper as well as Romione, I have to say that I love your writing of both. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you, Soraya! It's so nice that people are still reading this and enjoying it, especially another fellow Harmony/Romione reader! -Julia :)

 

It Takes Two (a Duet) by Northumbrian
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary: A typical day in the lives of Mr and Mrs H J Potter suddenly becomes far from typical when Harry makes a chance discovery.

Categories: Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 6402 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/16/10 Updated: 03/23/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/02/11 Title: Chapter 1: It Takes Two (a Duet)

This was for the "You're Having My Baby" Challenge on SIYE, wasn't it? Yeah, I entered too, but for some reason it didn't get entered into the challenge category, so...yeah. At first I thought the prompt was a bit cliched but at last minute I just had to enter.

Now, onto the story! I loved how this was written -- usually changes in POV annoy me because they're abrupt and unexpected, but I liked how you didn't change it too often, and you kept it between Harry and Ginny. There were things that both of them didn't know, so it was great how you put everything together.

I liked Harry's reaction to Ginny's pregnancy. Dancing in the lift -- haha. All in all, this story was very original despite the cliched prompt, and definitely deserved whatever category it won in.

One thing I did wonder was where the title came from? I mean, I know about the "It Takes Two" bit, as in, it takes two to make a baby, etc, but what about "a Duet"? It's not that I don't like it -- I do -- but I'm just curious as to how you came up with it. Great job as per usual, Neil, and I can see how your stories all tie in now, as I am reading and beta'ing Hunters and Prey at the moment.

~Soraya~

Author's Response:
Soraya

It was, yes, and it did okay in the challenge. Pregnancy, birth and babies can be clichd. Even when they are realistic, they can only be fluffy, or tragic.

This was my first (and so far only) attempt to change POV in a one-shot. Youre correct about the first part of the title. The second was my attempt to let readers know that they will be listening to two voices, two points of view.

I have one timeline and I fit my stories into it as and when they arrive. So far the only minor edit Ive made was in After Breakfast. In the first version, Parvati wasnt married. When I wrote Bare I realised that she was, so I fixed it.
Neil

 

Fred and George's Busy Day by Northumbrian
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 34]

Summary:
WINNER of the BEST GENERAL story – Quicksilver Quills Awards 2010.
In the weeks and months after their eldest brother’s wedding Fred and George Weasley continued to run their business. Two decent honest and respectable businessmen, they had no involvement at all in any illicit conduct. They certainly didn’t get involved in any anti-Voldemort activities. Definitely not. No. Not them. Never. They wouldn’t. Honestly.

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 11078 Chapters: 3 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/26/10 Updated: 05/11/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/28/10 Title: Chapter 3: Epilogue: A Call to Arms

Wow! This story is definitely QSQ worthy. It was funny and so Fred-and-George-ish. Brilliant!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thanks for the review. The QSQ Award was an unexpected honour, I'm really glad that you liked this. -N-

 

Truth by Cheshlin
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 2]

Summary: This poem came about when I had someone point out some hard truths in my life. I feel it fits Harry's world because many of Jo's characters had some hard truths to face...An example would be Remus when he found out he had "lost" all his closest friends.

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 185 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/26/10 Updated: 04/02/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/06/10 Title: Chapter 1: Truth

Wow. Just...wow. This poem was so deep and so (I know this will sound stupid) true. The truth can hurt, yeah, but it can also set you free. What a brilliant poem. Fabulously written, and it actually rhymes! Well done!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you very much! :) I'm glad that you enjoyed this. I was going through a tough time when I wrote this, and all the emotion in it came straight from my heart. Thanks for such a great review. :) Cyns

 

Summary:

Ginny Weasley Potter is newly married, but matrimony was proving to be more difficult than she had ever expected. Harry was nearly always working, and her dreams of wedded bliss were slowly slipping though her fingers.

And then came Gabrielle Delacour, an incidental acquaintance and an unlikely ally. Gabrielle tries to help Ginny mend her soul and her marriage, but slowly, Ginny realises that there is more to this newfound friendship than she had ever thought possible.



Categories: Femmeslash, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Slash

Word count: 8300 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/28/10 Updated: 03/31/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 06/08/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Jess, ever since writing my own femmeslash, I’ve really wanted to read one of yours. I had to go back a couple of pages to read it, but it was definitely worth it. And that’s probably what draws me to writing it, because it’s just so nice when slash is well written and not used just as a plot device.

As you know, I am a firm Harry/Ginny shipper. My guilty pleasures, though, are definitely Harmony and Hermione/Ginny and Hermione/Luna and Ginny/Luna, actually. So for me to be reading Ginny slash that doesn’t concern Hermione or Luna is rather rare, but as you always do, you picked out the one character I didn't expect to be paired with the major character in question — Ginny. As I said, normally, rarepairs are used as plot devices, but I truly think that you characterised Gabrielle and Ginny very well. Gabriella wasn’t given much description by JKR, but she definitely wasn’t described as immature in DH, at least. So I'm glad you built on that, and the fact that you didn't make her a younger version of Fleur made me smile. You made her your own character, with not so much French in her, which is a nice change from what Gabrielle is normally like in fanfic.

Ginny was well characterised too. She had her weak and her strong moments, the times when she gave in to Harry and let him be, and the times when Harry and Ginny fought, that eventually led to Gabrielle and Ginny’s affair. What I really liked about the pairing, by the way, was that Ginny wasn’t too fond of Gabrielle, at least in DH, because she was still under the impression that Gabrielle fancied Harry. And you continued that rather than ignored it, having Ginny act a little hostilely towards Gabrielle at first, but then warm to her. I really liked how you made them both really funny, and how Gabrielle remained French — just not as much as her sister was, LOL.

The storyline was also really good. The way it started, the wedding, and how that led up to Ginny really seeing what Gabrielle was like, not just viewing her as a little kid anymore... they were really good, subtle hints on their relationship. I do object to Harry being that heartless to Ginny, but I can kind of understand why he left the wedding to work too. I have many workaholics in my family, so that’s no surprise. I don't think it was to do with Harry prioritising work over Ginny — he just couldn’t choose. I liked how you displayed his insecurity as well as Ginny’s; you didn't make Ginny’s angst one-sided. It was more realistic that way, I think.

I was not at all surprised when Gabrielle had a go at Harry. People always say that when you meet someone you’ve idolised, you see their true colours, and I think you did a great job showing how true that was for Gabrielle. I did feel sorry for Harry, too, and the fact that you got me being sympathetic towards Harry and Ginny means you definitely hit the nail there, Jess. Their arguments didn't seem random, either, and had reasons to them, and generally you displayed their conflict very well. I especially liked the bit about how Harry had affected Ginny’s psyche so much. It was really, really interesting to know that Harry almost abused her in that way, by putting her off like that.

When Ginny slept with Gabrielle, I thought I’d feel angry, since I'm Harry/Ginny through and through, but I didn't. Which definitely shows you’ve done a good job on this, because it doesn’t take much to get me annoyed (as you probably know). But I didn't — I did understand why Ginny did what she did and why she did it, and I can definitely see this scenario fitting in pretty seamlessly into canon. No marriage is perfect (although I still can’t see Harry and Ginny divorcing, ever, sorry) so I don't see why Ginny can’t have had an affair. And somehow, it seems more forgivable because she only did it the one time, and that’s what it took for Harry to get his act together again.

I did spot a couple of grammar errors, pretty minor, really. As well as that, I'm really not trying to sound picky here, but God, does the nickname “Gin” annoy me! At the same time, though, maybe you were trying to go for some kind of effect? As in, yet another reason why Harry’s not right for Ginny/neglecting her? If that is the case, maybe it would have been better to include something about Ginny not liking Harry calling her that. But overall, great story.

~Soraya~

Author's Response:

You know, this fic started as a little  baby drabble for SBBC, but the idea that there could've been another woman in Harry and Ginny's relationship just kind of stuck, but I really didn't think that Harry could find the time to have an affair. He was set to become the youngest Head Auror in Ministry history at age twenty-five, and he was so focused on that as a duty he had to fulfill, as he was with the Horcrux hunt, that he really did forget that it wasn't just himself that he had to worry about anymore. He was used to seeing Ginny as a strong, independent girl who survived the worst possible school year in Year Seven and came out of it not only alive, but ready to fight to the end. This was the woman that he thought Ginny was from the day they got married, but he didn't realise that she was far from that confident until Gabby verbally bitch-slapped him back to his senses.

If you're interested at all, the two weeks that Harry took off were when I postulate that James was conceived. In this period, she was going to confess about her fling with Gabby, but she put it off and off until the very last minute, only to figure out that she was pregnant. She couldn't risk that he would call it quits, because she managed to go back to where they'd been before Harry's schedule monopolised their lives. She couldn't bring herself to ruin that, and she didn't want her child to be one of those who gets bounced back and forth between two households if Harry decided to end their marriage. She loved Harry but was still willing to hurt him with this knowledge, but she loved her unborn baby more than the truth. FWIW, I would have done the same. 

Anyway, thank you for reading, and I'm glad that you understood the emotions and the intentions that I'd tried to put across. Lovely review!

~Jess

 

Our Little Secret: Lost by Kerichi
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 166]

Summary:

 

Scorpius had never looked forward to anything the way he looked forward to leaving Hogwarts with Rose. He planned a holiday with no friends, no family, and nothing to do but be together—until a tampered Portkey changed their destination.

 

 



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

Word count: 38146 Chapters: 17 Completed: Yes
Published:
04/01/10 Updated: 07/24/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 05/22/10 Title: Chapter 2: Villa

I was quite surprised when you updated; I thought it was just going to be a one-shot. It was a great chapter. Update soon, please?

~Soraya~

Author's Response: I originally intended a one shot . . . then a two part story . . . and now it's probably going to be four chapters. I'll do my best to get chapter 3 up a lot sooner than chapter 2!

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 06/08/10 Title: Chapter 3: Island

That's good, I didn't want it to end so fast! (Referring to your author's note of course)

This looks like a great Our Little Secret 2. I hope it's as long as the last one!

Author's Response: Thank you for not wanting the story to end quickly! It won't be as long as the first story, but it won't be the last. Rose and Scorpius are just starting the adventure of their lives together, and I have loads of story ideas. :)

 

Through Different Eyes by hogwartsbookworm
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 41]

Summary: Formerly titled 'From Wading to Redemption.'

Ron leaves. Ron returns. Ron saves me from Malfoy Manor. Ron and I descend together into the Chamber of Secrets. And, finally, Ron Weasley comes to understand S.P.E.W.

You've heard Harry's side of those stories -- but don't you want to hear my side?

Hermione's Point of View. Based on events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

EDIT: This story, which was written almost a year ago, is undergoing a sort of Spring Cleaning. In other words, I am revising and resubmitting the chapters to take care of the things that now make me cringe. Rereads and new Reviews are welcome!

Categories: Ron/Hermione Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 13096 Chapters: 5 Completed: No
Published:
04/09/10 Updated: 02/08/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 05/27/10 Title: Chapter 4: Rush

A good chapter. I thought you were going to include the kiss though :(

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thanks, and don't worry. The kiss comes in the next chapter. I didn't forget it. =)

 
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 05/31/10 Title: Chapter 5: Redemption

A great ending to the story. You portrayed Hermione's feelings very accurately - well done!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you and thank you! Very kind of you. Thanks for reading!

 
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