Summary: Romilda Vane was working on the biggest writing assignment of her life, yet her imagination and eloquence, which had held her in good stead for most of her career, suddenly decided to abandon her. However, when she looked for inspiration in the bottom of a pint, she found that it was sitting on the stool next to her.
For someone who didn't believe in muses, she had certainly encountered evidence to the contrary in Oliver Wood.
This is a belated (hey, it's one day...not too delinquent) birthday gift for the fabulous Carole/Equinox Chick, who has served as a lighthouse for me during some tremulous times and has always been a capital friend. I honestly couldn't imagine a day without seeing her name somewhere. This is for you, dear.
This story has been nominated for two 2012 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Post-Hogwarts Story and Best Non-Canon Romance.
Good story. It was believable for the most part, although I felt that Oliver overreacted a bit when she told him about writing the book.I liked how it ended.
I'm glad you like the story. :) This is one of the ones on my author page I may love forever because it was written for someone very special.
Though it might not come out clearly in the story, my goal was for Oliver to overreact because he felt like she betrayed him, rather than for what she was actually doing. He knew deep down that she wasn't writing trashy chicklit about him, but he felt like she used him when he cared about her. What he said was more his reflex action, throwing anything in her face that he could. They obviously, er, made up, but his dismay is rather understandable, I think.
Anyway, thank you for the visit. It's always nice when someone pays a visit to one of my older stories that I can actually read over again without wanting to gouge an eye out. Ta!
Tell me, is the rose naked
Or is that her only dress?
Four vignettes exploring what it means to fight, to survive, to make love, and everything that comes after.
Ted/Andromeda, Neville/Hannah, Parvati/Daphne, and Scorpius/Hugo.
Joint winner of the 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best General Fic.
Interesting glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of some characters post-war. Lovely writing, but it did make me with for a little more--more story, more information.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. These were just vignettes exploring one aspect of each relationship. More story and more information would have taken the focus away from that. Sometimes it's best to leave things to the imagination!
Summary: Ms A Cadwallader wishes to improve herself and apply for a better job. Unfortunately, despite her impeccable qualifications, she is thwarted by a certain Junior Under Secretary for the Minister of Magic, who has let it be known that basic spelling errors can never be over looked.
This story, written in the style of a series of letters, first appeared in The Battle of the Genres over at the SBBC forum.
I am not JK Rowling. She would probably have been more amusing.
This story is for Minna because it was her birthday and she likes this pairing.
Thank you Natalie for liking the drabble and encouraging me to expand.
Winner of the Best Humour QSQ in 2012 - GOBSMACKED!!!
Very cute. Made me smile.
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I had fun writing it. ~Carole~
Summary: Title borrowed from the song, If I Die Young, by the Band Perry
When the question is posed, Severus makes a promise he can't keep
Very good. I liked the contrast between the happiness and innocence of the first part of the story and the anguish and remorse of the last part. Captured the characters well.
Author's Response: Wow! Thank you! It makes me all bubbly inside to know that people are still reading and enjoying some of my older stories on the archives. ;) Keep reading!
Nice story, though I did wonder why Lily worried about dying young and about dementors coming after her. The ending was really good.
Author's Response: Why, thank you! :) I decided I have Lily worry about those things, since she already worries about dementors in the canon stories for doing magic outside of school, even if she hasn't started school yet. As for dying young, I think there might be quite a few people who sometimes worry about that, and Lily seemed a good candidate for that since she feared she wouldn't be able to fit in well and do magic well, either. Perhaps, though, she didn't dwell on it, but it is rather ironic that she did die young later, party because of Snape. I thought this short story was a good way to try to understand Snape better, and also explore a younger Lily. I'm glad you liked the ending! Thanks again for your review!
Summary: It takes sixty years, but Minerva finally comes to understand the truth of George Bernard Shaw's pronouncement on tragedy: "Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it."
Thoughtful, sensitive story about Mcgonall, a character that I've always wondered about. She seemed so alone. Don't know that I agree about her sexual orientation, but I still thought it was a good story, and one that was quite plausible.
Author's Response: Sorry to be so late in responding; I don't seem to get alerts for reviews. Thanks for your kind words. I've written Minerva as straight, lesbian, and bisexual, and I still don't have a fixed idea about which I find most convincing, LOL!
Summary: There is magic the likes of which humans can barely remember and seldom experience. There is, however, a handful of men privileged enough to experience a part of it: the Dryad's Consorts.
Written for the last third of Madame Alex's Character Triathalon!
Many thanks to Maple for the beta; I couldn't see myself sending this one to anyone else.
Anything you recognise is JKR's. Anything you don't recognise is possibly mine, but probably JKR's.
Wood-nymphs, more commonly known as Dryads, are first and last mentioned in the Potterverse by Fleur in Goblet of Fire. In Greek mythology, these cunning magical creatures are entirely female, and must capture and seduce human men in order to bear daughters and heirs to their forests. In other works of literature they are described as bold and highly territorial, with voracious, er, "appetite" for particular intimate activities. So, basically a shy Herbologist's every fantasy...
What a lovely story! It made me cry. Really good use of language to convey the dryad's thoughts and feelings. Beautifully written.
Summary: Adrian Pucey has always had a tumultuous relationship with Miles Bletchley, but as the years tread on, 'tumultuous' is just the beginning. And when Miles is found dead at the Battle of Hogwarts -- and as a Death Eater -- Adrian's sense of loss pales in comparison to what he finds at the funeral.
This story has been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Dark/Angst.
Good story. You handled some difficult subject matter with sensitivity and compassion. I could sympathize with Adrian and even with Miles. Well done.
Thanks for the review. This was a tough nut to crack, and I put a lot of time into making it sincere without demeaning the fact that this is a story that is played by fictional characters but is likely all too true for someone.
All of the characters, in the end, had a certain shade of villainy to them: Adrian for pretending like the conversation he had with Miles in fifth year never happened, Miles for allowing his circumstances to define him, Adrian's dad for being weak and taking it out on his family, everyone who knew or suspected of Miles's abuse looking the other way, and most of all Samuel for doing what he did so shamelessly. Yet we are still able to discern right from wrong and lay the blame at the correct owner's feet. I remember, when the prequel to this story came out, how much everyone hated Miles and that they were glad he died, but it made me sad because there were victims on both sides of the war.
Anyway, I'll shut up now. Thank you for braving a story with a lot of warnings and for leaving your thoughts. :)
Summary: As Sirius falls through the veil, four memories are forced to the forefront of Remus's mind.
A birthday present for the ever wonderful Soraya, whose praises I have sung so many times I have run out of words. Happy Birthday, Soraya - have a good cry. :P
Good story, with tenderness and passion. Personally, I find it hard to reconcile Remus being in love with Sirius, then having a relationship with Tonks and marrying her. But maybe that's just me. Still liked the story, though.
Summary: James returns to the dormitory one night to find Sirius is not happy about his new relationship with Lily Evans. He is shocked to discover the reason his best friend is so upset.
I liked this story. It was true to the characters, and seemed like it could have happened. I felt sorry for both of them.
Author's Response: Ooh, thank you! That is a high compliment indeed, as so many of these types of pairings are really pushing the 'what if' strategy. In this situation I feel sorry for them too. Thanks so much for reading, I really appreciate the nice review! ~Gina :)
Summary: As Harry and Ginny eagerly await the birth of their first child and their new lives as parents, Harry discovers that before he can move forward, he must take a journey into his past and revisit what has never been put to rest. He learns the truth of the poetic line "The child is father to the man."
This story has been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Post-Hogwarts Story.
Good story. I liked how it explored some of Harry's deepest fears, and addressed the subject of how the years of neglect with the Dursleys had affected him. It was very believable.
Author's Response: Thank you for reading my story. You will recall chapter 3 in Book 6, where Dumbledore says to the Dursleys, "You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands. The best that can be said is that he has escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you." It struck me that Dumbledore could see the obvious damage (obesity, bullying, self-centeredness) that Dudley exhibited, but he seems not to have been aware of the damage (of a different sort) that had been done to Harry also but which was less obvious to the casual glance. Wise as he was, Dumbledore apparently didn't know everything.
Summary: 'Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror or a window, and I do not recognise the face staring back. Even the eyes, which never truly change, seem dulled in comparison to what they once were.
It is not age that dulled them but you, and him, and her, and the myriad of dreams that came to nothing.'
Albus Dumbledore dwells on his life, and love, and the Hogwarts' students he shaped.
This story is for Natalie (hestiajones) because it is her birthday and she is a fantastic friend. Have a good one, my love.
Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling. I think that's obvious.
Thank you very much, Kara (Karaley Dargen) for beta'ing this story and helping me rethink bits. :)
I liked this story. It was interesting to listen in on Dumbledore's thoughts and feelings. Not sure that it really needed the warning. Well done.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review and glad you liked the story. I added the warning because of the Hatstall situation with Minerva, and also because it's a new warning and I really, really, really wanted to try it out - ha ha - Yes, I am that daft. Thanks again ~Carole~
Summary: The untold story of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks told in snapshots.
I really enjoyed this story. You were able to convey very nicely the love that Remus and Tonks felt for each other, and all the anguish, doubt and remorse that came along the way. It fit completely into the larger HP story, and you showed the characters as very true to canon. Good job. Hope you write more.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review. I am currently on hiatus, but perhaps one day the spark to write again will find me. I still monitor my page and respond to reviews, but my hectic life has taken me away from writing. I do miss it. Feel free to peruse my author page. Thank you again for reading and reviewing.
Summary: When Charity Burbage became the Muggle Studies professor, she was looking for a new life, safe in the enclave of Hogwarts.
She certainly wasn't looking for love.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling.
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for the Second Great Hall Cotillion.
Thank you, Natalie, (hestiajones) for an on the hoof beta job.
I quite enjoyed this story. It was plausible, and kind of fun to see familiar events from the books, like Harry's first quidditch match, from a different perspective. You stayed true to the characters and made Charity a very dimensional, and pretty much original character. That interested me especially, since the OC in my stories is a Muggle Studies teacher, too.
Author's Response: Thnak you very much for the review. I like writing alternate views of canon and fitting them in to the actual events, which was why I decided on those particular years at H/W rather than the window afterwards when Oliver had left school. I appreciate the review - thanks again. ~Carole~
Summary: 'I know things about Ludo Bagman that would make your hair curl.' Rita Skeeter had told Hermione. But what did she know?
This is Equinox Chick writing her last entry for the Cotillion.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, but Rita's remark has always intrigued me.
Good, as far as it goes. I felt that it needed to go a bit farther, maybe, and I'm not sure about Rita's motives. If she just wanst to get information from him, why does she choose to sleep with him? And if that's what she giving in exchange for the info, why did she threaten him?
Author's Response: Rita wanted information about Rookwood who was the person in the trials Harry saw in the Pensieve, that Ludo was accused of handling messages for. Basically she would have revealed his penchant for uniforms and Muggles in The Prophet if he didn;t co-operate. She slept with him because she wanted sex, and found the arragement mutually beneficial.
You're right though, this didn't explore deeply and could have said a lot more, but I was scrabbling for a deadline and finished it with around 5 minutes to spare before the comp closed. No excuse, really, and I'd delete, but the story and concept make me laugh. Thanks for the review. I have written far far far better stories, so I'd hate you to think this is typical. ~Carole~
Summary: Have you ever thought about how you are perceived by those around you? You may think that you blend in or that you seem intelligent when speaking to your peers, but how can we ever truly know what we are like if we never see for ourselves?
It all started that day in Charms, but grew into so much more... (A Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy one-shot)
I liked this story and the characters. I felt that I got to know them by the end. One thing, though-- the Charms teacher seems to have changed from female to male. Good story, anyway. I look forward to reading more of yours.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the comment!
Summary: Severus Snape's thoughts when he looks in the Mirror of Erised. One-shot.
This story shows us what I think is an accurate reflection of Snape's deepest longings. Of course the Lily in the mirror looks the way he dreamed she would, and says the things he dreamed she would say. I wasn't sure why she asks him "Don't you love me?" the second time, as if she expected him to do something, like step into the mirror with her. He could have easily wasted away gazing at Lily, but in the end he was very harshly realistic about the truth of her feelings. That's what kept him from going mad, but it also shows why he is still so bitter. Well done.
Summary: That smile has haunted Nymphadora Tonks since the battle against her aunt in the Department of Mysteries. But there is another, much warmer smile that has also caught her attention.
This is a good beginning to what promises to be a good romance fic. It seems plausible that Tonka would end up at St. Mungo's with the memory of Bellatrix' cruel smile. You described her shock and anguish very well. It also seemed so natural for her to cry in Remus' arms and for him to comfort her. I look forward to reading more and seeing how their relationship developed.
Summary: He does not speak of it afterward, and the few who are fool enough to ask once certainly never make that mistake again.
This is the buried memory of an evening close to a century ago.
Okay, so this must be Armando Dippet, I presume? And Ron's great aunt Muriel, maybe? I liked the story and the dialogue, but it seemed to end so soon and somewhat abruptly. With a loud crack? Like a house elf disapparating? I was left wishing there were a bit more, but if you were writing for a competition, you might have had a length limit to stick to.
Summary: Minerva is a watcher. Mostly, she watches Severus. She sees through a glass, darkly.
Not a pairing fic, but contains brief Minerva/Severus, Minerva/Elphinstone.
Great observations. I enjoyed this story even more than Four Christmases. It was good to see Minerva get intrigued and obsessed with Snape. Appropriate, too, that as much as she watched him and thought about him, even as she had a physical relationship with him, she never really got to know him. I like your descriptions and the way that Minerva thinks, and what you reveal about her. Very good.
Author's Response: Sorry to be so late in responding. I don't seem to be getting my notifications consistently. Thanks for reading this strange little tale. I wanted to do a "darker" Minerva than we normally see--glad you enjoyed it!