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 IF YOU'VE GOT A LANTERN HOLD IT HIGH

Summary: Three years after the war, a stranger arrives at Hogwarts with a letter addressed to Minerva McGonagall by the familiar hand of an old friend. Before the summer is through, the contents of the letter will bring together several lives that might otherwise never have touched.

Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Andromeda Black Tonks, original characters (Serena and Joy from "Raise Your Lantern High"), Teddy Lupin, briefly Hagrid, offscreen but alluded to often: Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks

Words: 
12,900 / Chapters: 4

Chapter One: A Visitor at Hogwarts
Chapter Two: A Stranger in Someone Else's Home
Chapter Three: A Day at Diagon Alley
Chapter Four: The Most Amazing Place



A small "coda" story to Raise Your Lantern High, making this the final, capstone piece of the Be the Light in My Lantern series. (Though this fic can also be read and enjoyed as a standalone.)

Can also be read on AO3.

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IF YOU'VE GOT A LANTERN HOLD IT HIGH

Summary: Three years after the war, a stranger arrives at Hogwarts with a letter addressed to Minerva McGonagall by the familiar hand of an old friend. Before the summer is through, the contents of the letter will bring together several lives that might otherwise never have touched.


Chapter Four: The Most Amazing Place )
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IF YOU'VE GOT A LANTERN HOLD IT HIGH

Summary: Three years after the war, a stranger arrives at Hogwarts with a letter addressed to Minerva McGonagall by the familiar hand of an old friend. Before the summer is through, the contents of the letter will bring together several lives that might otherwise never have touched.


Chapter Three: A Day at Diagon Alley )

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IF YOU'VE GOT A LANTERN HOLD IT HIGH

Summary: Three years after the war, a stranger arrives at Hogwarts with a letter addressed to Minerva McGonagall by the familiar hand of an old friend. Before the summer is through, the contents of the letter will bring together several lives that might otherwise never have touched.


Chapter Two: A Stranger in Someone Else’s Home )

 

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IF YOU'VE GOT A LANTERN HOLD IT HIGH

Summary: Three years after the war, a stranger arrives at Hogwarts with a letter addressed to Minerva McGonagall by the familiar hand of an old friend. Before the summer is through, the contents of the letter will bring together several lives that might otherwise never have touched.

Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Andromeda Black Tonks, original characters (Serena and Joy from "Raise Your Lantern High"), Teddy Lupin, briefly Hagrid, offscreen but alluded to often: Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks

Words: 
12,900 / Chapters: 4

Notes:

Set a few years after “Raise Your Lantern High” (not a sequel, since that story is complete – more of a “bonus extra”!) but it also works as a standalone if you haven’t read that story.

“Raise Your Lantern High” followed Remus and Tonks throughout HBP; the two original characters in this story, Serena and her daughter Joy (also known by her werewolf name, River), are characters Remus got to know during his time living with a werewolf pack that year. I’ll include some more background at the bottom of chapter 1, if you’d like to know more, but again, I don’t think you’ll be confused if you just dive in!

(Note for those coming here from “Raise Your Lantern High”: the character was known as Joy in that story, because it was from Remus’ perspective and he thought in human names; here you’ll see her as River, because it’s from her own perspective. And yet I’ve used Serena’s human name here, because she’s among humans and thus using her human name …And yes, I do realise I made this complicated for myself when I created the construct of werewolf vs. human names!)

My great thanks to [personal profile] gilpin25 who provided such a thoughtful beta-read of this story. (And Brit-picking, too!) I appreciate it so much.

Read here, or on AO3.


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Chapter One: A Visitor at Hogwarts )

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TWENTY YEARS ON


Summary: Twenty drabbles about twenty characters, and where they are twenty years on from the start of the Harry Potter series – in honour of the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, first published on 26 June, 1997. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HARRY POTTER!

Characters: Aberforth, Andromeda, Angelina, Arthur, Charlie, Dean, Draco, Fleur & Bill, George, Ginny, Hagrid, Harry, Hermione, Luna, Minerva, Molly, Neville, Percy, Ron, Teddy

Rating: G

Words: 2,000 exactly

Notes:

By “twenty years on from the start of the Harry Potter series” I mean I’ve set this roughly in the summer of 2011, so it’s 20 years after the start of the main action of Philosopher’s Stone (1991: Harry’s 11th birthday/getting his Hogwarts letter), and 13 years after the end of Deathly Hallows (1998: when Harry’s nearly 18).

Probably some small deviations here from Pottermore and latterly JKR revelations about characters’ post-canon lives, since I tend to view those as interesting expanded universe but not strictly canon, and because in some characters’ cases I’d already written stories and established headcanons before JKR’s info came out. Minor stuff, though! Details like where Fleur works. :-)


Read on AO3, or here below:


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TWENTY YEARS ON )



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LITTLE AMUSEMENTS, OR HOW ANTHEA GOT HER NAME


Fandom: 
BBC Sherlock

Summary:

She made up secret personas each day to keep from going mad with boredom at her job. It amused her, and it didn’t matter since no one noticed anyway.

Until Mycroft Holmes noticed.

Characters: Anthea, Mycroft, original character

Words: 3,500

Notes: This is for [personal profile] indybaggins, who once said "I'd be curious to see how you portray Anthea," so ( . . . a little bit later . . . ) here she is.

I suppose I should further note – though it’s not hugely relevant for this particular story – that as a whole I’m pretty much ignoring the existence of S4 . . . so I’m writing the characters as they were around S1/S2-era or so. :-)

Thank you to [personal profile] pipmer1 for betareading!


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Little Amusements )


or read it on AO3.

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IN TWENTY MINUTES


Fandom: 
BBC Sherlock

Summary: After the hug, what then?

Characters: John, Sherlock

Words: 1,900

Notes: Ages ago [personal profile] pipmer1 left a prompt wanting to see “what happens between Sherlock and John right after that epic hug.” That stuck in my brain, and months later I’ve ended up writing my version of it…even though I’ve otherwise been trying valiantly to delete S4 from my brain entirely. ;-)

Thank you to [personal profile] indybaggins for betareading! We realized we were both writing fics about the exact same canon missing moment (though very different in tone) and decided to swap betaing. It was fun! And thanks as always to [personal profile] arianedevere, whose transcripts are a fandom resource and treasure.

Rated T for discussions of grief, and John’s swearing.


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In Twenty Minutes )


or read it on AO3.

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Inspired by bfcure's Russian translation of my short Torchwood fic "Foreign Languages," I thought it would be fun to try my own hand at a translation...into German. This would not have been possible without the German-beta-work-extraordinaire of [livejournal.com profile] vulcan_rhapsody. Thank you!!


FREMDSPRACHEN

Summary: Jack lernt sein Team in fünf verschiedenen Sprachen kennen.

Characters: das Team: Jack, Ianto, Gwen, Tosh und Owen.

Words: 5x100

Rating: G

Notes: Ursprünglich geschrieben für Challenge #342 bei [livejournal.com profile] tw100: “foreign language”. Übersetzt von mir; Beta: [livejournal.com profile] vulcan_rhapsody. Diese deutsche Version ist auch zu finden bei AO3: "Fremdsprachen".


Story:


Fremdsprachen )

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HOLLY TO THE IVY

Fandom: BBC Sherlock

Summary:

It’s Christmas – Sherlock’s first Christmas home from uni – and neither Holmes brother needs anyone.

Definitely not.

Characters: Sherlock, Mycroft, and briefly Mummy Holmes

Words: ~2,700

Notes: To me, this completes the arc of my Mycroft and Sherlock stories – a series of one-shots about the two of them as kids/young adults that I'm now calling “Brothers, Bitter and Sweet.” This story can stand alone, or can be read as continuing the themes in those stories ("Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Father Christmas," "The Truth Will Break Your Heart," "Shadow and Shade"). And I find it pleasingly congruent that this story is set at Christmas, and so was my very first Sherlock story, one year ago.

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] stereolightning for beta-reading!


Story also at AO3!

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Holly to the Ivy )

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] shimotsuki! Thanks for inspiring us all with your Kaleidoscope stories, for bringing us together as a community in places like [livejournal.com profile] rt_morelove, and for being such a supportive friend and reader of others' stories. As soon as JKR announced that Sirius Black shared a birthday with you, I knew I had to write you something for the day…it was simply a question of what. Hope you enjoy!


Sirius Black and the Case of the Missing Dirigible Plums

Summary: There’s a mystery afoot in Gryffindor Tower, and Sirius is going to get to the bottom of it: Who stole the dirigible plums?

Characters: Sirius Black, James Potter, Lily Evans

Words: ca. 2,500

Notes: Happy birthday, shimotsuki! This fic is for you, who share a very special birthday with one Sirius Black. As I pondered “What Can I Write About That’s Sirius-Centric And Shimotsuki Will Enjoy?” I thought of your love of mystery stories, and our shared appreciation of Dorothy L. Sayers’ books. And I had a very silly idea.

Characters belong to J.K. Rowling; plot elements shamelessly and zanily lifted from “Talboys” by Dorothy L. Sayers. (Forgive me for leaving out the snake and the child-rearing debates...but you’ll find most of the rest intact!)

Sirius Black and the Case of the Missing Dirigible Plums )

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RELENTLESS SUNSHINE

Summary:
Sometimes, the young have wisdom for the old. A rare sunny moment in the Order of the Phoenix.

Characters: Mad-Eye Moody, Lily Evans Potter

Words: 760

Notes: For the [livejournal.com profile] rs_games' ficlet activity; I’m not even playing in the Games this year, but I can never seem to resist a prompt. Mine was Mad-Eye Moody + Lily Evans Potter + the phrase “relentless sunshine.” (And yes, I realized belatedly I’d read the prompting chart wrong, and my secondary character was supposed to be Albus Dumbledore, not Lily. Oh well, at least he got a mention in the fic!)

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Relentless Sunshine )
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SHADOW AND SHADE

Fandom: BBC Sherlock

Summary:

“I didn’t need your help,” Sherlock sniffed, turning back to his object of study.

Mycroft sighed. “Yes, yes, I’m sure you didn’t.”

Characters: Sherlock, Mycroft

Words: ~1,900

Shadow and Shade )

First Kiss

Jul. 13th, 2015 08:25 am
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FIRST KISS

Summary:
Perhaps the best part about a first kiss is telling a best friend.

Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin (gen; Sirius/OC)

Words: 445

Notes:

Dear [livejournal.com profile] huldrejenta, happy birthday! You are a pleasure to know. I saw your prompts at the [livejournal.com profile] sirius_black comment fest, and thought I’d use those as inspiration to write you something for your birthday. I’m betting this is not at all what you intended when you wrote this prompt, but I hope you enjoy it anyway! Just a small bit of silliness, really.

The original prompt was:

Prompt: First kiss
Optional prompt: Rain, curfew, Remus

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First Kiss )

Brothers

Jul. 8th, 2015 08:31 pm
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BROTHERS

Summary:
Brothers choose each other. Always.

Characters: Sirius Black, James Potter, Regulus Black

Words: ~400

Notes: Tangentially inspired by something [livejournal.com profile] huldrejenta wrote ("Brother") and more directly inspired by [livejournal.com profile] gracerene’s comment on that story.

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] stereolightning for giving this a beta-read!

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Brothers )
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NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM AND THE YEAR THAT WAS

Summary: It was the people around him who made it worthwhile.

Characters: Neville, Ginny, Luna, Snape, Hagrid, Seamus, Aberforth, Lavender, Ron, Hermione, Sprout, Hannah, Harry

Rating: T / PG-13 (implied violence, mention of character death)

Words: 14 x 100

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Neville Longbottom and the Year That Was )
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FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Summary: Five Torchwood members, five language-related anecdotes. Or, Jack Harkness gets to know his team, one foreign language at a time.

Characters: Hail, hail, the gang’s all here! Meaning: Jack, Ianto, Gwen, Tosh and Owen.

Words: 5x100

Rating: G

Notes: For challenge #342 at [livejournal.com profile] tw100, “foreign language.”

Auuugh, sorry, I borrowed a bit of Sam Starbuck’s headcanon yet again, for Jack’s section.

Story also at AO3!

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Foreign Languages (five drabbles) )
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THE TRUTH WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

Fandom:
BBC Sherlock

Summary: Sherlock had been too intelligent for well-intentioned lies for years now. Mycroft realised he would have to be told the truth.

Characters: Sherlock, Mycroft, Redbeard

Words: ~1,600

Tags/Warnings: Sherlock and Mycroft as kids, discussion of the death of a beloved pet/discussion of putting a pet to sleep, grief, comfort, kidlock, yes: stories of Mycroft worrying over Sherlock are apparently My Thing

Notes: Another story inspired by the musings of those lovely folks over at the Three Patch Podcast ([livejournal.com profile] threepatch) – in this case, Shannon, Roane and Caroline in the Sorting Redbeard segment of Episode 35: The Bitter Brother.

Also at AO3!

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The Truth Will Break Your Heart )
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STEP RIGHT UP

Summary: Lee Jordan has the best idea of his life. Now he just needs someone else to hear him out.

Characters: Kingsley Shacklebolt, Lee Jordan

Words: ~2,000

Notes: An idea that popped into my head when I saw the [livejournal.com profile] daily_snitch was planning a Special Edition for stories about Lee Jordan.

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Step Right Up )
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SCENTS OF SORROW, SCENTS OF JOY

Summary: Crookshanks disliked the loud, ginger-haired one from the first.

Characters: Crookshanks, Hermione, Ron and others

Words: ~1,100

Notes: Something short I dashed off today, while the idea was in my head – [livejournal.com profile] stereolightning (“The Cat in the Night”) and [livejournal.com profile] gilpin25 (“Found in Translation”) inspired me, and I thought I’d try my hand at Crookshanks fic!

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Scents of Sorrow, Scents of Joy )

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