Hi, I'm CA. I used to be a college student studying (in a loose sense of the word) Genetics and Biotechnology with a minor in Music. Now I'm a part-time secretary with no delusions of grandeur whatsoever.
I am an avid reader. Sometimes I write. Other preferred activities include playing piano, dancing, singing, and generally loving life.
I'm a member of Hufflepuff House. One of those "we'll take the lot" cases more than hard work or loyalty, I'm afraid.
Before I started writing fanfiction seriously, I hated romance. I wouldn't even read it here. Then I discovered Other Pairings and I've unleashed a great power of fluff. I hope you enjoy my work. Feel free to drop me a review if you get the notion.
My favorites right now are "We Need All the Allies We Can Get" and "Catchphrase." "Gratification and Justification" has its moments. "Don't Get Caught" is my one featured story.
It was full moon when the Dark Lord sealed a part of his soul within a magical amulet, and then broke it in half. One half was left to the faithful werewolves to guard. The other half was tossed into the impenetrable depths of time where no one but him could get it. When the first half has been found, the Order of the Phoenix selects Hermione Granger to go back into the past to search for the missing piece. What is waiting for her is a brutal task that will test her beyond her limits, and an undying love that extends beyond the boundaries of time.
No werewolves were harmed in the making of this story.
Update (9 May): Chapter 17, Burning, is up! Enjoy!
You can expect a proper review later! I am just so happy that there's an update that I can't possibly say anything much! I love a) the new function that lets me see immediately that you've updated b) the fact that I can delete this review later when I've got a proper one for you.
It was lovely. Simply lovely. Completely in character and everything.
Hold on. Rita Skeeter did not start out as a waitress. *is seeing things in a blonde head and QQQ* That would be ... too much.
I'm shutting up. You shall hear from me ... later.
Author's Response: I shall response so you can\'t delete! *evil Voldemortish laugh* Love you, CA! : D
Ha ha, I knew it! This is beginning to confirm my suspicions about that silver ring, too. This was quite a funny chapter. I can't wait to find out what happens with the Potters. Thanks for not bestowing SUCH an evil cliffie this time.
Have a nice day! *D*
Author's Response: LOL! Thanks, CA. More ebil cliffies to come soon. ;)
Gracious, I don't know what to say . . . you amaze me. I can already sense the positive things about Lupin . . . maybe I'm just getting ahead of myself, but I'm really really loving it so far! I'm so happy I noticed there's another chapter up (don't say a word, please don't, it's the holidays) and so now I'm going to go read it and see if I subconsciously came and found this second installment in my sleep also--hmm. Well, let's just say that this first chapter is even better than it was the first time I read it, however long ago that was. I'll be quiet now. Have a nice day! *D*
Author's Response: *huggles CA* I missed you! And thanks so much for your thoughtful review. Yes, uhm, I'm trying to continue my other WIP *eyes Word doc apprehensively*. I'll get to it, I promise. :D
*gasp* Lei, I love it! If your number of reads goes up dramatically over the next few days it's because I have come back over and over to fall into this story. And it's just beginning! I hope the holidays have been good to you and you got some more written on this and your other projects that I've been (rather silently, I apologize) keeping a bit of an eye on. Have a nice day! *D*
Author's Response: Agh, I think I responded to the wrong review previously. O.O Must be because I'm up at 1 AM? Haha. Thanks, CA, you're the best! :D
Oh . . . I'd forgotten this was post-HBP. I didn't expect Tonks to be there. That scene there at the end had the quality of . . . I don't know how to explain it, how dare she? That's silly. But if that's what you were going for, then well done.
A chapter just for me! Oh, I'm so excited! [/squeeness]
My absolute favorite line is right after Remus asks when asking which Marauder she came with became standardized and James comes in and answers, "Since sixth year when both of you started dating the same girl." It made me wonder how that came about, but I just love how it shows their long-lasting friendship and stuff.
Hermione's confusion of feeling was well done here, I thought. She can't stop thinking of Harry (I always thought that you'd portrayed them as better friends than Ron and Hermione), and when she gets to hold him . . . sigh. It was all well done.
I almost wish I hadn't forgotten about Tonks. That is a complication I hadn't foreseen. When Remus was in his thoughts I was all ready and raring for Hermione to come back after they've done what's needed, but what would Tonks think? Grr.
Beautifully rendered chapter, Lei! (I've always wanted to call something 'beautifully rendered' and your stories seem to lend themselves to that description.) I'm especially happy that there were no cliff-hangers in this chapter, just a general desire for more story. Thanks again for dedicating this chapter to me. *blushes* Have a nice day! *D*
I noticed Remus Lupin was in the "friend" category instead of mentor or parent-figure. I loved Hermione's farewell with her boys. It was a little bit of a tear-jerker, actually. Even though I knew this was the newest chapter (Please don't tell me how long it's been up) when it ended I moved my cursor down to the "next chapter" button. What evil cliffhangers you bestow, dear. I can't wait to find out what happens with young Jane Conway. Don't keep me in too much suspense.
Have a nice day! *D*
I know, I'm evil... *cackle*
It's been up for two weeks. ;) But thanks SO much, CA. You rock.
No No No! I put spoilers in a review for the first chapter!! How could I!! I'm sorry, I was recalcitrant (I think that's the word I want). Whoops, please forgive me. I really am going insane.
Author's Response: Awww, you're a sweetheart, CA. I love ya. Thank you!! :)
You might expect a proper review later, but all I have to say is...
You are NOT allowed to end the chapter like this!
*sighs verrrry deeeeeply*
Everyone loves a good spam review everyonce in a while, right?
If you don't update soon, I'll . . . I'll . . . I'll make a spot-saving post in a challenge thread and then DELETE it!
Author's Response: *GASP* Oh no you won\'t! *goes back to writing feverishly*
I love the humor. The Tower of Babylon, especially (even though I've never heard of it, unless it coincides with my knowledge of Babel) - just the sort of joke Sirius and Jane would appreciate.
Is the rating ever going to go to Professors? Or will you keep it at a relatively safe 6th-7th, Years level?
Ack, I don't even have anything to say about this chapter! Good action, characterization, and description, just like always! I loved it!
Oh, and Happy Birthday!
Have a nice day! *D*
I like this story. I also wrote about Seamus and Lavender, so used a few of the same aspects (namely mentioning the Yule Ball) but I have no qualms about saying that I like your interpretation of what might've happened much better. You incorporated events of Book 6 very well, and I liked how you portrayed Lavender as being focused on her NEWTS. Well Done! Have a nice day! *D*
It's about time I started reviewing this story. I'm really loving it. I think this chapter is my favorite because of the hat. As I was reading through this chapter (*cough* for the second time *cough*) I couldn't help but think that that hat looked familiar. Then for some reason I headed over to "The Calm Before the Storm" and read that again (one of these days I'll learn to review when I read, I promise, Hags) and that's why the hat was recognizable. It was nice to see Luna's thought process into it. And I also enjoyed the hints of Luna's relationship with her father. Well, I'm off to review the next chapter or two! Have a nice day! *D*
Luna is perfect! Of course she would be a "dragon-speaker." I'm sure her father made her spend hours on end in the summertime, "you never know when you'll meet a real-life, fire-breathing dragon, Luna, now keep practicing." Okay, I'm rambling now. But I thought her natural inclinations (er, inclinations toward nature) were well described. And how the first thing she noticed about the dragon was the stench? Luna Lovegood, Quibbler Reporter, is frightened by nothing if it may present a good story. Excellent!
I'm with deanine here. I'm interested to know how Luna was able to convince Charlie that she just wanted (as I giggle) an interview with the dragon. Ready for a new cliff-hanger? I think so. But I enjoyed this chapter all the same. First time I read it, I didn't understand the summary. Charlie's got ants in his pants? I get it now. I thought Charlie was quite nicely characterized, too, what with missing Quidditch and still admiring the dragon even as it's about to eat him. Have a nice day! *D*
Author's Response: Thank you for your lovely reviews. I guess we'd better get cracking on that next chapter... ;) Poultry
I stumbled upon this story a couple days ago, and I’m glad I did (though by the end of the review, you might not be). It’s thoroughly believable and enjoyable to read. I loved getting in the heads of both Remus and Lily. I’m not sure yet, but I think this review’s going to revolve around something that you said in your story:
”Quality was all in the attention to detail”
Your clever word choice and apt descriptions made me feel as if I were present there in Diagon Alley on a hot, busy day. I especially love “swarm of spenders” in the first paragraph; “burning blast of malodorous exhaust” for the words, not because I like exhaust; “steadfastness and intelligence written in every aspect of his face” is a beautiful and appropriate description; oh goodness, if I tried to go through the whole story and find every word usage I loved, we’d be here all day. Just know that the little, seemingly meaningless words you slip in there contribute greatly to the overall effect of the story. One more example: when Remus is trying to get Lily’s mind off school and stuff, he says, “genially, irresistibly ...” That combination is unusual but very indicative of the tone of Remus’ voice and the closeness he has with Lily – he knows how to persuade her along.
I just realized that I’ll never be able to say everything I wanted to say in this measly little review. But I’ll try and disclose some of my thoughts on your story. May it teach you never to ask for a review again. *joke* Now that I’m finished with it, however, I will warn you that it’s about a page and a half in Word, so get ready for a long haul.
First of all, Remus. Lily’s thoughts provide insight into his character; how he’s warm and concerned, intelligent and steadfast. Also, some of Remus’ own thoughts convey his personality: how he worried about what Lily would think if she knew about his furry little problem, for example. But my favorite characterization you’ve done here is through what he says and does. When he Apparates just to irk Lily, his funny side, his Marauder-side, peeks through. And when he philosophizes about how the home front can check evil before it comes to fruition, it shows his ... well, you know what it shows.
Brief digression to that little spot where Lily wonders what her lot in life is going to be. This little interchange was very touching to me, because some of Lily’s doubts and fears resonate in my own life – what am I going to be? Where will be my field of battle? I loved Remus’ calm and absolutely true response.
I’m going to move on to the perfection that is Lily now. Some of Remus’ observations about her reflect how close they are. But they also reflect what a handle you’ve got on this girl. Her annoyance with James is well done – she rants about it, but she doesn’t hate him, and that shows. Remus could obviously also sense a bit of attraction toward the new Head Boy because he encouraged civility and all. I thought I might spend a paragraph discussing their friendship, but my comments seem to be interspersed throughout anyway. But I’m trying to talk about Lily. There’s this one line ... after she finds out James told Remus about Apparition, where she undergoes “an alarming transformation” – I loved that because I knew that Lily had a temper, and it was just so funny to see her totally go from merry to foreboding.
I just realized how long this review is getting, so I’m going to skip straight to the “werewolf” part. I thought that this was done quite admirably. Lily’s fear, and her determination to hide it but failure to cover it completely, were well shown. Also Remus’ dejection at realizing that the worst has indeed come to pass. But everything was explained away at the end and one could feel better knowing that everything was back to normal with them.
Well, almost. What a bittersweet closing line! My poor little heart didn’t know what to feel!
Okay, on to the not as fun stuff. Reviewer before me found a couple things that I agree with, especially the incomplete sentence. But I found one more that you might want to watch out for in future, if you think it too wasteful to change now. This paragraph: “I’d have thought you’d just get tired of it and stop,” said Lily, fanning herself, for the exhaust had upset her internal thermostat. That was his way, after all. It was a marvel to her that he could stand there so comfortably in a cloak, as though he had flipped a switch and could not feel the heat. Even in her weightless costume she felt hot There’s just something wrong about it. I think most of it lies in “That was his way, after all.” Because it doesn’t seem to fit with either the topic at hand – Remus’ peculiar illnesses – or the next subject, which is how he never seemed hot. Just a couple little discrepancies like that.
Goodness. I did not mean to leave such a long review – your fault, I suppose, for writing such a long story. I didn’t mean for it to be quite as glowing, either, but once I got started I couldn’t stop. Good job. I liked this story a lot. I liked the myriad missing moments like Lily’s birthday party that we can guess without having to be told straight out everything that happened. Agh, so much more I could say about this! I must stop, though, because I have a feeling you are sick of my blather. Have a nice day! *D*
Good story. I'm amazed I didn't find it before. I like the way his models were found and how the stone moved around. Even though Artemis is a girl's name. I knew that he'd go for Hermione (I must assume it was her) instead of ole Madam Zabini. I think perhaps a little more backstory on the magic stone would have been appropriate, I have to admit it was a little confusing in places. But still . . . I enjoyed reading it. Thank you! Have a nice day!
Author's Response: Artemis is also the middle name of the author of fantastic beasts - Newt Artemis Fido Scamader - so I am not alone in believing it to be just as valid as a boy\'s name, but thanks for the review.
Wow, creative beginning! I especially like the incidental magic you chose for Lily.
In fact, the only nitpick I have at this time is that you have "a strange tinkling" and I think it should be "tingling" instead.
I rather like the way you've characterized Petunia as a fussy old lady at only fifteen.
I can't believe you don't have any other reviews yet! I'm going to read your other chapters now.
Have a nice day! *D*
So you've decided that Lily and Severus are rather neighbors? I'm sure that will do well to further your plot! :)
I think you did a good job of describing what the Snapes' married life might have been like, especially with those little scenes from the Pensieve in OotP. They'll have to come back, though, won't they?
I'm really liking this story so far--your characterization is quite good.
Have a nice day! *D*
How long are you intending this story to be? Just curious . . .
Interesting about the Jobberknoll, I could see how that could be useful--and a little debilitating for young Severus, here. I like it a lot.
Overall this chapter was good; there were a lot of little nitpicky things, enough that I don't think I can remember them all. They didn't distract from the story, it's just, I notice things like that.
In case you care . . . "wet his appetite" should be "whet." Shoot, have I forgotten already? I remember a couple misplaced commas, I just don't know where! I guess you're safe from me for now! :)
I look forward to when Lily and Severus meet. These introductory chapters are nice but I'm ready for a little *romance.*
Have a nice day! *D*
I've been wondering if you would write a sequel to this. I'm glad Chapter 2's in queue, because this chapter did not end properly. I mean, the ending was fine, just rather . . . unrevealing.
By the way, you might want to be careful. Mormons in Utah don't practice polygamy and, while I've never met someone who went to a magical school, we might be open to witchcraft. Goodness knows we have nothing against the HP books.
Sorry, just had to leave another review so you didn't get me wrong. I'm much more excited for the mystery than the romance in this story, just so you know. I knew I should've chosen a word like "cliff-hangerish." I was afraid you'd take that word wrong. Okay, that's all! Have a nice day!
Author's Response: Hi Cinderella! It's Okay! Your reviews have been one of the nicest parts of my day. I have this melodramatic tendency to end chapters on cliff-hangers.