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Call me Mari. :)

Need a beta? Contact me; I'll be more than happy to do it!

I have recently returned from a year-long hiatus, but I'm back! I definitely am excited at the prospect of being able to write and to read the fics I love so much. I don't think I can stay away from this site for too long; I just love to write and be able to see my works posted and being critiqued and reviewed. :)

Five of my fics are over a year old, so if you want an accurate representation of my current writing, I do not suggest basing it off of at least the first three of the following list. The oldest to newest of those five are The Secret, Blind, It Means Nothing, Draconis Viridans, and Exposure. To Be Loved in Return was written in a similar time period as that of Exposure, but was not posted until my recent return. My newest fic, written post-hiatus, is Fall For You, which is probably my favorite of them all, though it is a very close call.

Well, I hope you enjoy my fics, and please review, if you do read them. Thank you! :)

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Meet the - Children? by Winged Artemis

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 243 Reviews
Summary: Lily Evans is a cheeky, brainy, hopeless romantic seventeen-year-old Head Girl with a sour temper. James Potter is an arrogant, hilarious, prank-pulling seventeen-year-old Head Boy with an immature head on his shoulders. Lily loathes James and James loves Lily. Blahblahblah.

However, when a mysterious locket and a very wacked Headmaster inform the two of them that their son is in grave danger, James, Lily, and of course, Sirius, are magically transported to the future to meet James and Lily's son and the state that the magical world is in.

A twist of mystery, fun, romance and some Sirius humor! And with a wee bit of J/L, H/G, and R/Hr!

WARNING: Tree climbing Dumbledores, valuable pieces of jewelry, and an ecess of sugar are contained inside - oh, and HBP is disregarded.

See profile for update information.
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 12/15/06 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter Two - To the Future

Ooh, I really like this story!

Keep up the good work.

And thanks for beta-ing my story. Sorry I haven't written in a bit over a month; I've been busy, but I'll try to write more soon! :]

Author's Response: Thanks for your review, and chapter three is in the queue!!

Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 12/15/06 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter Two - To the Future

Ooh, I really like this story!

Keep up the good work.

And thanks for beta-ing my story. Sorry I haven't written in a bit over a month; I've been busy, but I'll try to write more soon! :]

Author's Response: Double post! Thanks again!

Promises, Principles, and Socks by Gmariam

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 37 Reviews
Summary: James Potter has resolved to get over Lily Evans and move on with life during his seventh year at Hogwarts. An incident after Potions changes all that when their verbal spat in the corridor turns into something more. As Lily struggles with her principles, James tries to win her over once and for all.
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 12/26/06 Title: Chapter 1: One-Shot


It was all smiles and a warm heart for me. :]

Author's Response: I\'m so glad you liked it! What a lovely response, thank you very much for reading this story and for leaving such a nice review!! ~Gina :)

Slipping Through My Fingers by HPwizzzard

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 17 Reviews
Summary: Katherine Granger was an ordinary dentist. Her daughter Hermione was an extraordinary witch. Is it any wonder they never quite connected? One-shot songfic to "Slipping Through My Fingers" from the musical "Mamma Mia!"
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 12/23/06 Title: Chapter 1: The Woes of Katherine Granger

Oi, how depressing!

But, overall, I like this story and how easily it jumps from year to year of Hermione's life. I also like how you explained Katherine's feelings towards her daughter. :]

Author's Response: Thanks! And I was worried the transitions were choppy.... ;D

Author's Response: Thanks! And I was worried the transitions were choppy.... ;D

The Epic Tale of the Hogwarts Food-fight by Gin_Drinka

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 769 Reviews
Summary: "Some mistakes are too much fun to make just once."

After Lily Evans, Head Girl of Hogwarts, starts a food-fight with James Potter, Head Boy of Hogwarts, they are both given detention for the rest of the year, and are assigned a 'detention journal', which the staff say will help to settle their 'overwhelming and disturbing differences'. We have come across Lily's journal; her take on why the whole affair ever started, her intriguing relationship with one ‘supreme git of the galaxy’, the extents to which she will go for revenge and where it will lead her...

"And if for some unknown reason you come across this, Potter, and the paragraph above does not manage to penetrate your unusually thick head and convince you of my stupendous dislike of you, I hope the following sentence helps: I HATE YOU!"
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 01/07/07 Title: Chapter 2: Third detention...and my growing list of deranged people

I want more! :]

This is a very interesting plot you have here. I like the whole detention idea, and also how it's a diary, but not. You took a whole new spin on this!

This is the second chapter... so how come it says "Third detention.." ? *shrugs*

Anyways, hope to read more soon!

Author's Response: It\'s the third detention because I didn\'t write about the second. Lily spent that detention \'writing down all the names she thought Potter deserved\'. Lol, thanks so much for the review and I hope you\'ll be reading more soon too!

Conversation With An Angel by KASK

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 38 Reviews
Summary: James needs a miracle to get Lily to give him a chance. Luckily, Christmas is the time of miracles. From a simple conversation with a mysterious woman in Hogsmeade, James finds the courage to tell Lily how he feels.

Winner of the the Winter Tales challenge 'A Winter Miracle'.
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 01/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Conversation With An Angel

This is perhaps the sweetest James/Lily story I have ever read. It's also the most believable. :]

I love how the angel is a symbol, and that she appears to James when he needs the advice the most.

I found the characters to be very in character, and in their proper age. Good job!

Author's Response: Thank you!

Author's Response: Thank you!

Trick or Treat by Hallie Black

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 42 Reviews
Summary: It’s the Marauders’ first Halloween outside of school, and, persuaded by Lily’s assurances that it will be great fun, they agree to spend it ‘the Muggle Way’. But how can anything go as planned when you’re with Sirius Black and James Potter?

Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 12/23/06 Title: Chapter 1: one shot

Love it. I'm usually tough to make laugh in fanfics, but this had me in a cheery mood, laughing to myself at the print. :D

I loved it, and also am a fan of another story of yours "First" so when I saw your name next to a title of a humor fic, I knew it was gonna be good! :]

How Predictable! by HPwizzzard

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 126 Reviews
Summary: The Marauders are having their first Divination lesson, and they quickly realize what a waste of time it is. In order to liven things up, Siriusmakes a few predictions without the aid of tea leaves. Obviously, he's no Seer, because there's no way James and Lily will ever get married, Peter will become an evil minion, or Remus will fall for Sirius' baby cousin... right?
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 12/23/06 Title: Chapter 1: How Predictable!

Oh wow.

What a great story :]

I particularly liked the ending. I also like your writing style. It's very clear and easy to understand, yet is pronounced and well developed.

I love the way you portrayed Sirius, and made his predictions seem like fun and random guesses.

And lastly, I like how you ended it on a note from Remus that leaves people thinking about the boys' futures. You didn't just go like "Remus said [what he said] and then they went to the Great Hall and ate and blahblahblah" you know?

Keep writing, I love it :]

Author's Response: Thank you! I try. Your\'e another one for the favorite reviewers list. And of course I\'ll go on writing, I have almost no other purpose in life ;D

Sixth Sense by HPwizzzard

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 16 Reviews
Summary: Dumbledore has just died, and a relationship (or lack thereof) between two members of the Order of the Phoenix has been revealed. Hermione Granger decides something has to be done. Can she help bring a little more love to the world?
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 12/24/06 Title: Chapter 1: A Closed Book

Bravo for this touching story! :]

The format is a little hard to read, as it doesn't have any line breaks, so you might want to fix that.

But I really liked this story. Is it a one-shot or are you going to update? I think that either one would actually be fine, seeing as how this ended very nicely.

I like how you portrayed Remus here. It showed the quiet side of him that we all know so well, yet it seemed like a new side altogether, for some reason.

And lastly, I liked how you hid this story into HBP; it fits rather well, I think.

Keep writing! :]

Author's Response: Thank you! It\'s a one-shot, sorry. I shuld be used to being pestered for sequels though. I was in fact trying to give it a missing moment feel, you know, canon-y. It\'s Obnoxious!Cupid!Hermione, but more, well, human.

A True Gryffindor? by Biscuits

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 17 Reviews
Summary: How would you react if your friends found out your deepest secret, a secret that, if revealed, you lead to you being outcast from wizarding society? When Remus Lupin's fellow Maruaders discover his lycanthropy, how can he cope?

References to suicide, hence the warning.

Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 12/30/06 Title: Chapter 1: A True Gryffindor?

Very nice. :]

Maybe, he thought, it wouldn’t be as bad as he thought. If it was, he could kill himself later;

I really like this line. It shows Remus' reasoning, and it keeps him in character by thinking it out like that.

Not looking back, Remus entered the castle again, leaving the cold tower top, leaving the idea of death behind him.

I also like this line as an ending, especially that you said "Not looking back(...)" because we all know that the Marauders accept Remus for who he is, so there wouldn't really be a reason for him to think about suicide once more.

He had had to mature quicker than others, learn to cope with adult difficulties.

So true. Remus did have to mature faster and learn to cope. He knew the harsh realities of life and the cruelties of people.

I really liked this story; I hope to see more from you soon, so keep writing!

Author's Response: The ending took ages to get right, I was never really sure how I would resolve the issue. In the end, his courage came through so he could face his problems. And hopefully he never had a reason to think about it again. Thanks for the review, I\'m glad you liked the story.

Oh Little Town of Godric's Hollow by wicked angel

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 27 Reviews
Summary: A parody, obviously, on "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem," by wicked angel of Ravenclaw. Enjoy and a very happy Holiday to all of you!!
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 01/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Oh Little Town of Godric's Hollow

Oh gosh, very, very nice. You have a way with words! :]

You won that challenge well, and you sure did deserve it!

Author's Response: thank you so much! still can\'t believe this little story won, but i\'m glad! thanks for reviewing.

Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder by Lurid

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 28 Reviews
Summary: Lily Evans has a secret admirer, but there's no way in hell he'll come any closer with James Potter hanging around. Finally, he convinces her to meet him in Hogsmeade, but Lily still isn't too sure of his character...
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 01/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: I say, to be led blindly

A nice story. Well done! A little fast but a very nice read all the same.

Only thing I didn't get. What was the "code" in the Prophet?

Author's Response: Thank you - it was a little rushed because i had a deadline and I procrastinated. Cough. And the code was L - I - L - Y; every second line started with a letter of her name.

Tie A Yellow Ribbon by KASK

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 40 Reviews
Summary: After going on one date, Lily breaks if off with James, fearful of how he once acted. James decides to move on. But when James goes away and Lily doesn't see him, she realizes what she has and her fear becomes losing James. Her only hope is that he ties a yellow ribbon around the tree.

Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 01/10/07 Title: Chapter 1: Tie A Yellow Ribbon

This is just about the sweetest and most wonderful fic I've read in a long time. I'm all happy now. :]

I like how the ribbon is a symbol in the story- the symbol of their love.

The yellow ribbon symbolized their love, and in that, both Lily and James’ lives. Every time Lily looked at the ribbon, she could feel a warmth on her wrist and knew her place in the world — next to James. Anything less, for either of them, wouldn’t cut it. They were each other’s forever and for always. Neither James nor Lily would have it any other way.

The power in this one paragraph is amazing: it captures just the right emotions. You have a way with words, and it's awe-inspiring.

As she grew closer to the tree, she didn’t see one yellow ribbon. No, there wasn’t one — there were twenty. A grinning James Potter leaned casually against the bark, twirling a sunflower in his hand.

This really made me smile. Count on James Potter to tie nineteen ribbons more than necessary, and then give a girl a sunflower. How original. I totally pictured this entire scene; You didn't go into great detail, but it wasn't even necessary, since the words described the setting with a casual ease.

“Lily?” I can’t make you feel something you don’t.

“But I do!” Lily cried out. “I do feel something!” Kevin stopped abruptly and looked at her.

I particularly enjoyed this. I really liked how you put James' words in comparison to everything Kevin had said. And when Lily burst out with something that was totally off topic to anyone but her, well, let's just say it's rather something I'd do. *laughs*

I think I'll stop here, before I go and quote the entire fic and totally melt about how much I enjoy this story. :D

I can't believe there are only 9 reviews for this: It deserves 9 hundred! *laughs again*

Anyways, I love, love, love this story, and it's definitely going on my faves!

*huggles author for beautiful fic*

Author's Response: Thanks Mari! This review made me happy. I *love* reviews like this. :D :D :D

Victims of a love potion by hermione_at_heart

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 13 Reviews
Summary: Molly Prewett and Arthur Weasley have only been together for a little while. This Valentine's Day, they are both nervous at the prospect of spending the most romantic day of the year together in Hogsmeade. Meanwhile, Molly's friends have daring plans of their own!
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 02/18/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Aww, how cute! :)

I just love the idea for this fic! Molly/Arthur and three love potions = joy.

“So, who are the three poor and unsuspecting boys you will be poisoning this evening?”
Hehe, I love that! It made me smile. :)

“So, tell me more about, what were they? Telephones?” Molly said, continuing their previous conversation.
Omgosh, probably my favorite line in here. This is so IC for both Molly and Arthur, it's sweet. Telephones... *goes off laughing*

*remembers she hasn't finished her review and comes back*

As Jemima described her day with Samuel Green, whose love potion had overcome him to such an extent that he couldn’t stop reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets to her, the others roared uncontrollably with laughter.

Emma had indeed got her revenge on Jessica Patterson, however she had described her day as “one of the dreariest days she had ever had,” and claimed to have fallen asleep several times. Clare seemed to have had the best luck of them all, having lost Patrick Boot early that morning. Apparently, the love potion had had a particularly strange effect on him, causing him to wander off at random intervals.

Very creative effects! I loved it, and it's so original! Usually, love potion fics turn out fluffy and sugary-sweet, but this is much better. :D

It’s still early with Arthur, we’ll see, she thought to herself. But as she drifted off, she couldn’t help but imagine the little farmhouse they would own. I’ll have to see what Arthur would think, but I definitely want a big family with at least five children. And that night was the first of many that Molly slept with a smile plastered across her face.
Hehe, cool. Farmhouse and the five children. I like how you inserted that.

Phily~ Loved it and I can't wait for more. So now I shall go and beta your Remus/Tonks! :)


Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing, Mari! :D I\'m glad you liked it! I think I have said this before but I think I can get away with repeating it on my own author\'s page, haha! I got the idea from Molly telling Hermione and Ginny about a love potion she had made in her youth and them all giggling lots, so I wanted it to have that kind of feeling to it. Light hearted and a bit of fluff never hurt anyone, after all! :) The serious stuff can come later! Phily :)

Devil in the Doorway by BloodRayne

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: Theodore Nott's relationship with his fiancee is in danger of ending. What will he have to sacrifice to be with her?

Written for the Febraury One-Shot Challenge, by BloodRayne of Gryffindor house.

Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 03/14/07 Title: Chapter 1: Devil in the Doorway

Wow, very nice. :)

I like your plot - it has a very interesting take on a character we know so little about. I think your creation of Mr Nott was great and how easily he could manipulate people. What was also really good was how Theodore wanted so hard to believe Elizabeth, but his father just seemed to keep winning him over.

I also like your way with dialogue - the arguments are excellent! *wishes she could do that*

And last, having Theodore a half hour late was a good addition in here. I totally expected him to show up on time!

Nice ending, too, by the way. It sort of leaves you hanging, because it's pretty obvious what will happen next, yet you still want to know more. :)

Great job and keep it up!


Author's Response: I\'m happy you like the dialogue. The arguments are actually my favorite part of the story. You know, it\'s strange that more than one person loved the ending, but when I was first writing the story, I hated the ending. Anyway, thank you so much for this review!

My Belief in You. by hermione_at_heart

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 12 Reviews
Summary: It is the same every night for Ginny. Harry has been staying at The Burrow for a fortnight and is preparing to leave. Yet, his belief in what he is about to do is wavering and Ginny is determined to bring it back, any way she can.

This is for prompt number four, (the belief prompt), in the New Year's Challenge. I am phily on the forums and I am in Hufflepuff!
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 02/20/07 Title: Chapter 1: My Belief in You

Aww, what a wonderful fic!

I loved how you ended this story. It gives a slightly cynical feeling, and yet it makes you sympathize with Ginny for waiting each night.

I also like the emotion in here. Ginny's words, the kiss, and the promise Harry makes...

Is this for the Belief challenge? Good luck with it! :)


Author's Response: Mari! Hi again! I\'m guessing you are still off school as you are being very active today! :D Hope you feel better soon! It is pancake day after all.... Hehe. Okay, firstly, thank you very much for reviewing! First one! This was my first attempt at a serious romance-ish fic and so I was really hoping that Ginny\'s emotions would come off how they sounded in my head. Perhaps it quite similar to my Remus/Tonks one I just wrote? Hmmm. Sorry! Well, yes it is for the belief challenge. A fairly different take on it compared to what I\'ve seen from the others so far! Thanks for reading! Phily :)

The Wedding Ring by KASK

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 75 Reviews
Summary: Lily and James Potter were always happy and in love. In a way, they never had to try to make it work. But, going through a rough time, their relationship is pushed to its limits.

Written for the February One-Shot Challenge by Kask of Slytherin.

Winner of the February One-Shot Challenge.
Winner of the 2007 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Canon Romance.
Thank you everyone :)

Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 03/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: The Wedding Ring

Congratulations on first place!! *throws confetti* You definitely deserve it - you're an excellent writer!

Beautiful. I love the symbol of the ring you have here, and how James is really about to leave Lily.

I imagine that Lily must have gone through some tough decisions when she found out she was pregnant, since her character is not one to be a stay-at-home mom. Nicely done and well thought out!

Sorry this review is so short *hides* but I really wanted to say "congratulations!". :] Awaiting more wonderful work from you!


Author's Response: :) :) :) Thank you so much! I\'m glad you liked it, and I can\'t say that I\'m not happy it won! I\'m very excited.

Never Enough by KASK

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 6 Reviews
Summary: Albus Dumbledore lost everyone he loved, and he knows that, without them, nothing will ever be enough.
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 07/19/07 Title: Chapter 1: Never Enough

Oh my gosh, Keri! I'm speechless. That was absolutely perfect. Beautiful.

I actually think Dumbledore had a family like that too: their lives taken by Grindelwald.. *shakes head* Poor Dumbledore. I love how you captured his emotion in here. It made me really sad, like I was going to cry. *tear*

Really, just, absolutely amazing. You're very talented. :]

Author's Response: :D Thank you! I OMG ONE DAY!!!! I\'m so very excited. :D

Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 07/19/07 Title: Chapter 1: Never Enough

Oh, by the way:

It was as if the world was crumbling in on me. I couldn’t breath.

'Breath' should be 'breathe.' ;]

Omg, I can't wait either! *squees, then sobs for the ending*

Author's Response: Hehe! Thanks! It really takes away from the power of the sentence if a word is misspelled. *goes to change it*. Ah! I\'ve never been this excited! It\'s like Christmas in July... But, ah. I don\'t want anyone to die *weeps*. I\'m just sooooo excited!

Secret Boxes by megan_lupin

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 20 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: “Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret.”

A late night stroll to clear the mind leads to an unlikely conversation between two friends, where walls that have spent years being built up are suddenly torn down.

Edit: Nominated for "Best Non-Canon Romance" in the 2008 QSQ Awards
Reviewer: pheonixflame Signed
Date: 08/16/07 Title: Chapter 1: Secret Boxes

Ooh, I really like this! I especially loved the beginning - vague and mysterious. I like your writing style; it has that certain, wonderful quality about it. *is jealous*

I love the conversation between Lily and Sirius and the symbolism of the box. The kiss was very well done too, and the way you described what it meant was wonderful. I was expecting it to be cliched and have Sirius try to explain to James that he and Lily are together now, but you went for the originality and changed it up a bit! :] Really, really good job, Megan!


Author's Response: Oh, thank you so much, Mari. Your compliments mean a lot to me!

I\'m glad you liked the way the kiss was done; I\'m a canon girl at heart, so I really couldn\'t have it be Sirius/Lily in the end ;) .

But thank you, once again, Mari, for the review.