Call me Mari. :)
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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! :)
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...
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.
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.
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
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!
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 :)
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.
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!
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!
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 :)
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 :)
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.
Summary: Albus Dumbledore lost everyone he loved, and he knows that, without them, nothing will ever be 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
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!
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
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.
Summary: An unexpected mission has Sirius teasing Remus about his standards--which leads Remus to do something even more unexpected. (Contains sexual innuendo--but with a title like that, what else would you expect?)
This was my first ever Remus/Tonks and ooh I think I really like this category already. :) Characterisation is wonderful here and I especially love the dynamic between Sirius and Remus. One of my favorite parts is when Remus decides he has to get some milk for his cake as a way to prolong his absence from the conversation. Cute. :) I also found wonderful the part where Sirius encourages Remus to Tonks, who is washing the dishes.
But the best part, hands down, is when Remus says he'd make love to Tonks. So utterly sweet and just plain GORgeous after appearing to reject her. For some reason the feeling of Tonks pulling the plate out of a distracting Remus's hands was a nice touch. Truly lovely. :)
Author's Response: I feel terrible not responding to your review until now. I must iron my ears or slam my fingers in the oven door now... Anyhow, I always try for good characterisation when I write because it hides a multitude of sins. ;) It helps that Remus and Sirius--and Tonks--are such great characters anyhow. This whole story grew out of that line of Remus' about making love to Tonks. That line popped into my evil head one night and it wouldn't leave me alone until the rest of the story evolved, so when people say they like that line, I'm always doubly pleased. Thanks for the lovely review--and again, sorry for the delay in responding!
Summary: James would do anything to get inside Lily’s head. Lily would do anything to get away from James. Lily was brewing a banned potion. James went to find her. Lily made a mistake and the potion exploded. James got his wish, but is it much more than he bargained for?
After a year the Epilouge is now up! Come read for a bit of fun!!
Runner up QSQ - Best Chaptered Canon Romance
Reason for Nomination:
This is the most unique take on how James and Lily really got to know each other. The story is hilarious and keeps you laughing throughout, but it never lets you forget the serious stuff. Plus, she somehow manages to end each chapter with a nice cliffhanger.
I used to be an avid member of this site and forums but, much like you, became too busy with schoolwork to continue. I did return here a couple days ago and have been looking for good L/J fics to read. I found this one and, like other reviewers on the Epilogue, I haven't been able to stop reading! From start to finish, I've been completely absorbed in your fic!
So I just wanted to say, I loved your characters. I felt they were all quite in-character, including the Marauders, characters many often struggle with. Great job! As for your imagination and the course the plot took, you are just fabulous! Amazingly original, and I loved every bit of it.
It kept me smiling from start to finish. Thank you for a fantastic read. :)
Summary: Assigned to work on a project together, James Potter and Lily Evans find themselves getting to know one another through a silly game James has devised. A light, fluffy, slightly cliche one-shot. "Don’t look at me like that! I’m going to behave today." *one-shot*
This, honestly, must be my favorite fanfic to date. Not only is it wonderfully and excellently written, but it was the first fic I have read since going on a seemingly-permanent hiatus. Now I'm considering coming back. :)
First, a question. James says he's allergic to dogs. Doesn't he say he has one at home? Though there are ways around that, obviously, since there are fixes for allergic reactions.
And when you talked about Ten Things I Hate About You (great movie :] ), you accidently placed an 'A' before 'Hate.'
Now onto the many praises I have:
I would love to pick out my favorite lines and moments, but I would just end up highlighting the entire story. The transitionings in time were perfect; you didn't keep Lily hating James for too long, and you didn't change her opinions too quickly. As a read it, I kept watching for the subtle hints that her opinions were changing.. And I loved it. It was just perfect in that aspect. That clinched it for me; you're one of the rare - very, very rare - few who was able to pull that off so well. I tip my hat off to you. :)
I also am extremely envious of the incredible ease with which this seems to have come to you. It flows extremely well, and I love the fact that dialogue is so prevalent in the fic, without also constantly repeating "Lily said, James said, etc."
Another thing I thought was great was the fact that you wrote only of their study sessions. No hallway interactions, no classes, nothing but the study sessions. (By the way, I also applaud you on having placed them in the library rather than in the Common Room.)
And, lastly, the transitioning in emotions was amazing. The fact that you had them argue (and that you also didn't tell the reader straight out what it was about until later) set the stage for Lily's profession of missing James and for them getting together later. The ending was the greatest, ever, by the way, with James' oh so cute line of O' Reilly's greatest accomplishment. :) !
Excellent. You should be proud of this one. :)
Author's Response: Thanks very much! Reviews like this make the time and energy spent writing more than worth it. The dog thing -- I'll have to fix that. I originally had them allergic to cats, but then someone reminded me that they have a cat in the future according to the seventh book, so I carelessly changed it to dogs. I'll have to change it again, although this time with a bit more attention! ;) The transitions from Lily slowly coming to like James were what I was most focused on -- I really wanted it to be slow, and subtle, the way I imagine it really would be. I don't think Lily would suddenly wake up one day and have an epiphany that she loves James, the way she does in some fics. I'm glad you think I managed to pull off those transitions well! The ending might have been one of my favorite parts to write, so I'm glad you enjoyed that as well. As for everything but the start and end happening during their study sessions -- I kind of think of that as the glue of the story, and I don't think it would have been the same had their been any interactions outside of their study sessions. It's good to know you agree! :) Thanks again.
Summary: Six weeks after the battle, Hermione puts on a bathing suit for the first time in nearly a year... scars are revealed as painful memories rise to the surface yet again.
I almost submitted this under dark/angst, but at the end of the day, I see it as Ron/Hermione. *shrug* Also, a gazillion thanks to my awesometastic beta Natalie, and to both Neil and Carole for helping me with all things British. :D
This is absolutely marvelous. What a fantastic story! I can very well see why it won. :)
The characterisation is spot-on; I was truly pleasantly surprised to see Ron and Hermione so well written. The pain of Hermione's memories is stunning and truly makes this fic. I love the fact that she can't see the scars, much as she hates them. It makes her all the more vulnerable and Ron all the more wonderful for showing her how much he loves her, scars and all.
I expected Ron to make a slight gasp or a comment about how much it must have hurt to be that bad, but that just shows me how wrong I was to expect that! Because how he did react was infinitely better; I love the emotion his reaction evokes between them. I especially love Hermione's acceptance of his love, and I smiled when Tonks and Fleur were mentioned for their acceptance of their husbands - that was my favorite part. :)
Amazing, stunning job! Truly wonderful - and I don't normally read R/Hr! You may have turned me to the category! This is going to my favorites. :)
Author's Response: Going into someone's favorites is, well... my favorite. :) Thanks so much for the lovely review. I see what you mean about Ron's reaction. I have always imagined that he would have as many nightmares of that memory as she would, as it was so traumatic for him as well. For that reason, I don't think he would be surprised to see that it was that bad, as he would have imagined it to be that bad in the first place. (Sorry, that was a crazy sentence.) I'm glad you liked the way I went about it with Ron and that you enjoyed the story so much. Do read some more R/Hr... you can find several on my author page. /shameless plug
He returned with a quiet sadness and a surprising new responsibility to keep him focused. She returned with a misplaced bitterness and the matching position that forced them to work with one another. Yet fear, resentment, and stubborn arrogance kept pushing them apart, even when they were meant to be together.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill for Best Canon Romance. Thank you!!
All I have to say is "wow." well, that's a lie, because you've got a whole lot more than that coming your way! I stumbled upon this fic and, while I like the instant gratification of reading completed stories, I couldn't help but read this after your strong, appealing summary. I'm so glad I did because, my goodnes, I love it. I love the non-cliche start and the freshness of the characters. It gets so tiring to read a James who wants nothing more than to prove himself to Lily, cliche Head Boy/Head Girl beginning, etc, etc. I hope you know what I mean. Yours is so different though; I love the way you portray James. I very much think that's the way he is meant to be in canon.
The animosity between him and Lily made my breath catch! It is so very powerful and well-written that I could not help but be furious with Lily! (not that you didn't portray her well; on the contrary! This is a compliment, I promise :) ) Like I mentioned before, this is such a nice, fresh, strong L/J and I can't wait to read more.
Also! I love the allusions to the attack in Hogsmeade and James' courage.
PS I'm a sucker for your stories. Whenever I see one while browsing, I know I have to read, because it'll be good. :) I haven't reviewed, I know, I'm terrible! But I promise to, as soon as I get on the computer and get off of my iTouch, on which it's so hard to leave reviews!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the amazing review. I really appreciate it because I was quite leery of starting a seventh year J/L fic on the train - I'm so glad you feel it avoided cliches, because that can be hard. I really wanted to try something just a bit different. The animosity between James and Lily is pretty intense, yes, and that was my plan so I'm glad it came through. Thank you so much for taking the time to review, I really appreciate the compliments! And I hope you enjoy the story! ~Gina :)