Hello everyone who decided to grace this boring page!
I am a native Floridian, recent college graduate, happily married (even though the hubby doesn't understand the obession...)! I have been reading for years, but only recently taken a dive into writing. I'm a proud Hufflepuff and have recently taken to drabbling as well, so some of those might turn into stories as well.
Stories (click for banner on all):
A Life From the Ashes:
Third Task challenge fic, centered on Ron.
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A True Weasley
Why Percy Weasley was sorted into Gryffindor. For the Hufflepuff Back to Hogwarts Challenge.
A one-shot about Luna as a child.
For the Halloween Challenge - Halloween Explained.
This series highlights important, pivotal moments in a characters' life.
It did not start as a series, but has taken flight in my mind, and you can't really tell those things "no", can you?
Each summary is purposefully vague, for telling you the moment ahead of time is anticlimatic, in my opinion.
Series banner by psijupiter.
A Harry/Ginny story, a missing moment from the HBP.
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A Ron/Hermione story, Post-Hogwarts.
Banner by Bine/luinrina.
All reviews are appreciated and cherished.
Summary: It is Christmas Eve 1998, and the Magical World is shakily celebrating the first Christmas since Voldemort’s defeat.
For one, though, there is no reason to celebrate. Draco Malfoy sits alone in his room refusing to join his parents as they try to regain their social standing.
He does not want to see another Christmas, but he reckons without a redoubtable figure from his past.
My name is Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff, and this story has been written for prompt four of the Great Hall Christmas Challenge over at the MNFF Beta Boards.
Thank you to Natalie for a quick beta job on this – anything to get her away from Rabelais, I guess.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Her lawyers agree, so please don’t confuse us.
I am so glad that there was a wonderful story of yours to read on the day I was able to relax and read some fanfiction, for your stories never fail to be character driven and and sympathetic. You know I have a soft spot for this Draco, the one who is still not very likeable, but has perhaps finally come to terms with who he used to be and has healed a bit and grown up a bit. This is a marvelous story about his own coming to terms, and rather than being predictable, you keep leaving me second-guessing where you are going with it. And everyone is in character- not even mentioning how much you have completely nailed Draco at what I imagine he might be in this point in his life, I particularly enjoy the last scene with his parents. And gah! I love your dialogue. I know you weren't sure if you were going to continue this story, but I for one think it's pretty marvelous.
Author's Response: Thank you, Amanda. You don;t quite know how much this review means to me. I was, as you know, humming and hawwing over this, but it is nearly complete so there's a definite end. Hmm, I think it was your stories about Draco and Astoria that got me thinking about him - so thank you again. ~Carole~
Summary: In the midst of battle, and after that kiss, Ron knew he loved Hermione. He'd never said the words, but she knew.
This story was inspired by a song called Forces of Nature by the Backstreet Boys. This pairing and that group are the favourites of Amanda (ahattab) who is celebrating her birthday today.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling and have never even seen a backstreet boy.
Thank you, Natalie, (hestiajones) for the quick beta job.
My jaw dropped- I am so touched- I am so excited to read this and just...
Okay, those were my thoughts before even reading it, lol.
Seriously, this is love and heartache and sweetness all wrapped into something beautiful. I love that it's from Ron's POV- partly because of the song, partly because of what is happening- it just makes more sense. I don't know if I ever mentioned this when you originally posted it on LJ, but you picked a different kind of moment that I would have thought upon hearing the song- a much sadder one- but it works and its the bittersweet sadness that goes so well with the love they find in each other.
This is so lovely, as are you. Thank you, this is amazing.
Author's Response: Thank you very much, Amanda. I'm glad you like the story and don;t think I did too badly by the song. I don't really know it vut the song came over as bittersweet in my mind, and I wanted a story that showed how much this pair belong to each other *sob*. I love Ron. ~Carole~
Summary: Though the trials of war are behind them, life will always include difficulties that must be faced.I am thrilled beyond reason to announce that this fic won the 2011 Quicksilver Quill in the category Best Canon Romance, one-shot. Thank you so much! :)
Oh, this was wonderful!!
Truthfully, I nearly cried, but that's because it was so sweet and sad. You write so so so well, do you know that, Lori? When Ron was watching Hermione cry and thinking about how great a mother she'd making and how he hated her pain and how much he loved her...it connected with me, and I nearly cried.
I love all forms of Ron and Hermione- this is very much an adult one, dealing with adult themes, but in their own way, and I feel like you just GET them so well they just pour out of you.
This was really really wonderful, and I'm not just saying that because I get to claim it. :) So thank you!! I loved it, and I hope others did, too.
Author's Response: Yay, you liked it! :) I'm glad you connected to it, and you thought it worked. It has been in my head for a while, and I wavered on whether to go with this for your day or to do something a little lighter... so I'm glad you didn't mind the angst. Then again, you are the queen of angsty Ron, as far as I'm concerned. ;) I'm so glad you had a fun birthday, and--right or wrong--I have completely shared in all the R/Hr love you received! :D *hugs*
Sorry to leave another review for a story I've already reviewed...I haven't read it for a long time, and I'm in a different place now. The last review I left said I nearly cried...I did cry this time.
You are really one of my favorite writers, Lori, and I feel like you get inside my head where I've got Ron and Hermione stored up and you write them in words I can't get across and its beautiful and I love reading your stuff. Don't stop writing, and if you don't get bored with them :) don't stop writing Ron and Hermione.
Author's Response: Aw, Amanda, this review is just love. You know I'm a fan of yours as well--knowing what a good writer you are makes your words that much more meaningful. I'm glad you connected to this one, especially since I wrote it for your birthday. ;) As for Ron and Hermione, they are home base for me, and I'm working another chaptered story along the lines of Shell Cottage for them. Thanks so much for always being such an encouragement to me, friend. It means more than you know!
Bachelor life suited Zach Smith just fine, and the lack of expectations on his time and attention suited him even more.
But his life changed in an instant with a knock on the door and an unexpected delivery.
:) Oh, Jess, how I love thee.
Poor Zach Smith- except I can't really bring myself to feel all that sorry for him, lol. Not yet, anyway. Being a father can obviously totally change a person, but we'll see if that's the case for the Puff-no-one-likes.
The moment in the elevator with Cameron repeating him- totally believable from watching my friend raising his kid and trying to kick his smoking and cursing habits. And it made me giggle.
I LOVED Betty. I hope she shows up again in the future! She was great!
Thanks for the birthday gift- and I'll have to keep coming back to check up on little Cameron, who was a total cutie. :) I'm really interested to see how this goes for Mr. Smith, because I have a feeling it's not going to be all smooth sailing...
*hugs hugs hugs hugs hugs*
Hehe, I think Cameron is going to bring the worst toddlerdom has to offer for Zach, even if it is mostly due to his own ignorance. Wait until the next chapter when Zach finds out that two year olds still wear diapers. XD
Summary: Ron decides to leave the Ministry, and the reasons catch Hermione by surprise.
That was so freaking adorable.
For some reason I assumed they were already married so I thought he was going to tell her he was ready to have kids. The proposal was so cute. You are very good at the dialogue only-thing. :)
Author's Response: Amanda! Wow! Thanks so much for reading this! And thanks for the compliments. I'm glad you enjoyed it. They were fun to write. I could imagine a similar conversation happening about kids. Ooh, I can almost hear it already...Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Summary: A year after divorcing the impossible Draco Malfoy, Astoria Greengrass is preparing for her perfect wedding to the perfect Roger Davies. The only possible thing that could mar her day is the need to accommodate a journalist and a photographer from The Prophet
Then her sister turns up with her ex in tow, and Astoria realises her day is not going to be quite so 'yar' after all.
This story has been written for Lori (Weasley Mom) who is a big fan of the film The Philadelphia Story.This story has been inspired by that film. If you haven't seen the film, then you should because it's a classic.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, Philip Barry or Katherine Hepburn.
Thank you, Natalie, for the beta work.
** - indicates a line from the film High Society.
I've never seen a Philadelphia Story, but THIS was...I gotta say, awesome. I really really really enjoyed reading it. And now you've made me want to go watch the movie, although I don't know how much it's been spoiled for me. :) Seriously, this was a very very delightful read- the dialogue was SUPERB and witty and and everything was paced so well.
Author's Response: Thank you! Oh the movie is superb, but I had to leave out so much. You really should watch it, or at least catch High Society - the musical based on the film. It's Jimmy Stewart as the journalist who steals the show. He's brilliant. *sigh* Glad you enjoyed the story. ~Carole~
Summary: As soon as he saw her, Draco knew she was the one. But Astoria wasn't like any girl he had ever met. To get her, he would have to become something beyond who he was. He would have to get his life back in order and change for good.Written as a birthday present for two fierce lawyers of Ronald Weasley - Amanda/ahattab33 and Lori/WeasleyMom. Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. Winner of the 2011 QSQ's Best Canon Romance Story (Chaptered)
Okay, I’ve come to leave a more proper review than, “EEEEEEEEEE!”
This was so enjoyable to read! I have such a soft spot in my heart for Draco, but it’s kind of like reading Ginny- it can make you wince really quickly, especially post-war Draco, because it can be a hard line to walk of keeping him recognizable yet making him become redeemable. And I loved this. *holds tight* He was instantly suspicious and somewhat nasty about Crabbe, and jealous and petty following him to dinner, but all because he was trying to make himself feel better.
And OMG Crabbe was fantastic- he was still nasty and gross, but what a great spin! Ha!
I loved the paragraph when Draco sees Astoria in the garden: …unmindful of the fact that she cut quite a striking figure as her hair blew loose in the breeze and her silver hoops dazzled, caught in the afternoon sunlight. After staring at her for a few seconds, he thought he should make his presence known, but he seemed to forget her name and ended up coughing instead. LOL! He’s almost cute but kind of pathetic in his meetings with her here, which I think is appropriate for his character here as well. His inability to recall what Astoria looked like or even who Chloe was, even though both remembered him, just show how self-absorbed he is, and he doesn’t even dwell much on it. He even thinks “He supposed, a little unkindly but legitimately, that she must have been average in every department to not have been noticed by him.” Arrogant! But totally in character and I love it.
There is one little typo if you want to fix it- “His hair had been cut short, he had saved, and most incredible of all, he was wearing properly washed dark navy robes.”- s/b “shaved” . Also, this sentence: “ “I – I was supposed to meet someone,” he lied for the second time that way.” sounds kind of weird ended with “way”- I expected to see the word “day”, although the meaning is still the same, I think. It’s not wrong, just something that looked kind of strange.
I think my favorite part is the ending. The hints of his past haunting him with his “old nightmares” and the things in the past that they represent- that part was amazing, by the way- and how Astoria seemed to interrupt it and change the routine. Love it. Love it. Love it.
Can’t wait to read what comes next- you’ve gotta let me know on LJ when it gets updated! Hugs hugs hugs I was so excited to read this today!
Author's Response: First things first! Thank you for pointing out both typoes. Yes, they were typoes. Lol. I've fixed them now.
Ha! I love love love Daphne, and that she makes him feel so at unease and "helpless". I hope we see more of her.
Your dialogue is just so fantastic, I never want the scenes to end. I just eat it all up.
Thanks for letting me know it was updated! I was smirking through this whole chapter, loved it!!
Author's Response: Thankssss! I'm glad you like Daphne - I love her so much!
“Draco couldn’t stand the apathy of his life any longer.”- I LOVE this sentence.
This was so enjoyable to read! You have such a talent for writing engaging dialogue- I was sad when it realized I had already made it to the end, because I had just breezed right through, it was so easy to picture it all playing out in my head.
I love Chloe- definitely a Slytherin, subtlety getting what she wants, but I like that she did it in such a way that didn’t hurt other people. And she didn’t take any crap from Draco, that entire scene was marvelous.
Good grief, I miss reading fanfiction!! And getting involved in a good story…Thank you so much for letting me know it was updated!
Author's Response: Hahaha! I changed the word to apathy in the last moment; previously, it had been 'lethargy', which I don't think really fitted the situation in the end. I am glad you liked Chloe; I feel she is the kind of person who would intimidate you in RL because you can't faze her. But yes, she doesn't really hurt people in the process, so she's cool that way. There will be more of her in the later chapters.
Summary: This story is a missing moment from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We know Ron and Hermione descend into the Chamber of Secrets in search of basilisk fangs, and we know they succeed. But what exactly happened down there? This story provides a possible answer to that question.This is WeasleyMom of Hufflepuff writing for the Illustration for Inspiration Challenge in the Great Hall. My inspiration was a drawing done by Carole/EquinoxChick, featuring Hermione's hand stabbing the cup with a basilisk fang. Thanks, Carole! You unknowingly pushed me to write something I've had in my head since DH came out. Thrilled to announce this story tied for third place in the challenge! Holy Hufflepuff! This won a 2012 QSQ Award for Best Canon Romance, one-shot! I am thrilled and so, so grateful!
So. I love you.
Okay, I'm going to leave a much better review than that, but it needs to be said.
And I think I've said about 102983109283 times that I just love this period of Ron and Hermione when Ron is so much more than people give him credit for and and all the emotion that must be pent up is just AGGGGH it makes me melt. There are so many subtleties and possibilities for them to miscommunicate or hurt each other because they just haven't taken that final step and yet they are SO CLOSE and I love this because its just right there. I still hold that you are the best writer of Ron and Hermione I've ever seen, because there are so many facets of their relationship that I love that I both identify with and feel like you just NAIL- the way Hermione struggles to not only trust him in everything, but to communicate that to him, and to let go of leading him everywhere, the way Ron struggles to have confidence in himself, the way they struggle not to jump to the wrong conclusions and make false assumptions when the other person means well, the way they always come back to each other...I could go on, but you get the point.
" "Ron, you don't honestly believe you can--"
"Yes, I do!" he snapped defensively. "S'pose I'm the only one who does, though. That seems about right."
She started to say something more but thought better of it, feeling both guilty and right at the same time. "
Love that. Just...love. And while I firmly believe that Hermione respects Ron already, I like how she keeps looking at him differently even now after everything after seeing what they went through in the Chamber. And the only thing he says down here is about stopping Voldemort, no bragging.
I've always thought that Hermione would have had to have had a similiar experience to Ron's in the Chamber, but hated that we've never known it. I like that this version is that after everything shes been through, she's still insecure that she doesn't belong anywhere, and that's she's only being used. That scene where Ron caresses her cheek...be still, my heart.
So, in conclusion, I love you and thank you for linking this. I haven't read fanfiction in a while :( but man I love a good Ron and Hermione and this was just so delightful. Siiiiiigh.
Also, I haven't left a review in a million years so this might be formatted really terribly. Apologies!
Author's Response: It was formatted perfectly, you sweet thing. :) I hope you didn't feel pressured to read after I pimped this out to you lj, but I couldn't resist. There are lots of wonderful Romione fans around this place, but I always think of you being the same kind of squealy as my over them. I figured, if Amanda squeals, the story is okay. LOL. So yay, you liked it!