April is almost over and I haven't posted anything this month. Therefore, have a couple of long overdue recs:

The HP Beholder is currently running, my favourite HP exchange of all times. And my gift fic is truly fabulous:

Author: ???
Title: No Charity
Rating: PG
Pairing: Aunt Marge/Rita Skeeter
Word Count: 3200
Warnings/Content: None
Summary: Rita sets out on a tough assignment – to interview Miss Marjorie Dursley.

To quote my own comment:

First and foremost, the pairing is inspired. I love the humour of the whole piece, I was grinning all the way through, despite the harsh mood swing brought about by the morning after confrontation. It might seem that their relationship is over even before it began, but this is not how it feels. It feels like the beginning of something, not the end.

The entire story is very Pratchett-esque in that it is a lighthearted humorous piece on the face of it. But just like in Pratchett's books, the humour mostly derives from your turn of phrase. Underneath, it is a poignant and melancholy character piece with a bittersweet ending, sketched very skilfully with only a few words. So much remains unsaid, lurking just outside our field of vision: the ongoing conflict between the magical and the Muggle world, Marjorie's deep trauma, Rita's attempt to leave herself behind and be somebody else.

This fic reads actually like a teaser, the prelude to a bigger story: you can tell that Rita and Marjorie would be a good match. They would fight constantly, but they would fight on equal terms.

Link to fic: No Charity

Today, I read a heartbreaking Aberforth/Severus fic, which pushes so many of my buttons it's unreal:

Author: ???
Title: A Lonely Road
Rating: R
Pairings: Severus Snape/Aberforth Dumbledore
Word Count: 4,800
Warnings/Content Information (Highlight to View): *anal intercourse, age disparity, angst, alcohol, violence towards an animal, reference to a canon death (Albus Dumbledore's)*.
Summary: Two men. Dark times. Conversations which fail to communicate; communication through silence.

Again, quoting my own comment:

Oh, this is exquisite! Such a tense, atmospheric tale, so very dark yet with tiny specks of light interspersed throughout. I love the pairing; I don't think I've ever read it before, which is odd, because it makes a lot of sense. Aberforth and Severus are both torn between and tortured by the love and resentment they have for Albus. Aberforth would be the one to guess what his brother is putting Snape through. The way they understand each other without talking about what is going on, the way they both understand the necessity of secrecy, it all rings very true.

The slow, understated understanding, Severus despair and loneliness, their affection for each other and for Albus - it's all heartbreaking. And the last line is the killer.

Link to fic: A Lonely Road

I also participated in this year's Winter Companions exchange, and here, too, I was gifted with a fantastic fic:

Title: A vignette from the 2nd hour of Dark on an unnamed station orbiting a dead zone planet.
Author: anonymous
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Jack Harkness/Tenth Doctor
Spoilers/warnings: fetishistic self-harm, depression, knifeplay, mild drug use
Summary: Jack doesn't ask to go and the Doctor doesn't offer.

It's dark and needy and absolutely them. They are using the power of the vortex as their fetish, and it is exactly what I imagine Ten to get off on. And Jack, oh, desperate, damaged Jack. His need to feel good, whatever the cost, is palpable.

Link to fic: A vignette from the 2nd hour of Dark on an unnamed station orbiting a dead zone planet
Since everybody's doing it, here's my fic round-up for 2009. I actually did manage to write three things. Fancy that!

Frozen, Poppy Pomfrey/Severus Snape, PG-13, written for HP Beholder 2009

The Full Circle, Doctor Who crossover, Remus Lupin/Tenth Doctor, rated R for some sexual contents and general emo-ness

Not the Model Boy of the Village, gen, Sirius-centric, R (for language), written for the Big Bang Blackout and based on Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer

The last one, I am rather pleased with, as I managed to create a Dumbledore who's so ambiguous that even I myself are not sure whether I can trust him or not. I found myself believing him, even though I knew I shouldn't, seeing as I wrote him and knew what he did last summer.
You know, before OotP and HBP respectively, I was totally sure (and very freaked out) that Remus would die. Now, that DH is approaching fast, I no longer am. I wonder why. It's either a) a false sense of security or b) I assume that now, with the Tonks plotline, JKR has something else for him in store than dying or c) I stopped caring about Remus. Hm. (Well, I'm certainly no longer madly in love with him like I used to. Now, it's more the comfortable "Oh-we've-been-married-forever-and-of-course-we-love-each-other-we'll-spend-the-rest-of-our-lives-together" feeling rather than burning hot passion, which is a bit sad, but not unusual.)

It is a bit sad, though, that I seem to use LJ only to talk about my crushes on fictional men. And that there are so many of them. What am I, twelve?

Anyway. If Remus isn't dying - who is? And why? (Apart from Snape, because - duh!)
Title: Glowing Embers (The Phoenix from the Ashes Remix)
Author: Donna Immaculata
Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore
Rating: PG-13
Warning: Character Death
Summary: "To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure"
Disclaimer: Not my characters, I'm just playing
A/N: Written for the Remix/Redux Challenge, remixing [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth's story The Man Who Lived

Glowing Embers
Found through [livejournal.com profile] skylark97: A seriously very not worksafe picture of Snape's bits. Make sure you're not drinking anything when clicking this link.
Right. First I'll have some fun with My Very Own Snape, then I'll answer my emails and comments, and then I'll do some work... Oops, it'll be lunch time by then. Shame.

Here he is, my Snape )
...And already there are "Oh no, poor Snape has been forced by evil Dumbledore to continue teaching Harry!!!11" vibes. But look at it logically: We want Dumbledore to force Snape to continue teaching Harry. Because the books are written from Harry's perspective. If Snape no longer teaches Harry, there will be less Snape in the books.

Unless, of course, one doesn't care for canon!Snape, because Rowling has no grasp of his character anyway.
I am just catching up on the posts over at [livejournal.com profile] babb_chronicles, haven of bizzare badfic quotes. I've been giggling happily for quite a while, but this gem has just made me lose it completely:

Just then with a flash Snap appeared sneering in his black clothes. ‘What do you want you nasty man.’ She said. ‘I want to take you away from all this.’ Said Snape as he revealed he underneath his cape he was bear.

*dies all over again*

ETA: Draco's hand trailed down to vagina, and he began to rub softly. Hermione was in great thoughts now.
He slowly inserted a finger, and he rubbed it around in circles. Hermione was very horny, and she was ready to come when she did. It felt like the world was crashing down, she is a virgin, and she had just orgasmed, well she WAS a virgin.

*is teh dead*
Trapped-inside-a-portrait-with-Snape-meme, gacked from [livejournal.com profile] ptyx:

I should be working, but this is so much more fun. )
Well the characters are revolting... and pretty darn mad too. They have had it and are challenging you to justify yourself. The only real requirement is that you, as an author, and a character of one of your fics have a confrontation. No length restrictions or time frames. Frankly, I just want to know what the hell you were thinking. Please link to your original piece for reference and pimping, The Treacle Tart said. And yes, so I did:

Wherein Snape and Lupin pop by and cause Donna to turn into Donna-Sue
Some weeks ago, [livejournal.com profile] soawen and I created a monster. It all started innocently (right, [livejournal.com profile] ellensmithee?) enough, with discussions of the different cane varieties and culminated in [livejournal.com profile] soawen's replying to my comment on Hagrid's multifunctional umbrella: "Umbrella Corp?"

To which I replied: "I wouldn't put is past Hagrid to breed zombies in the basement. "Look 'ere, 'arry, if yeh hand 'em the piece of meat like this and hold 'em at a distance with the cane, they can't hurt yeh!""

And so the plot was born.

Because Babycakes asked me nicely )
Written for [livejournal.com profile] adinkra, as a response to the pairing Snape/Percy and including tea, a comb and a minor disagreement. Since I can't write a Snape fic without his getting involved in disagreements whenever he opens his mouth to speak, that wasn't a problem. I have, however, never written Percy before, so I don't really have a Percy voice. I hope he is to your liking.

Title: Tea for Two
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Snape/Percy Weasley
Summary: The day Peter Pettigrew was Kissed, Severus Snape got drunk for the first time in his life.
Disclaimer: These characters are not at all mine.

Read more... )

In other news: The German Telekom managed to fuck up my phone connection even though I'm with a different provider. I haven't had Internet and phone for one week now and it'll be a few more days before they'll sort it all out. So I've been told. Since I don't like reading fandom-related stuff on public computers (and because I'm leaving for a weekend trip later today anyway), I won't be around for a little while longer *sighs heavily*

I have also missed the deadline for the CCC. Oh well, there'll be another wave.

Speaking of which: [livejournal.com profile] babycakesin, I loved reading your comments. I'm glad the 70s-style furniture amused you. I quite liked it myself, and Remus is too polite to object...
Three fics I enjoyed recently. Remus in in all of them. So not surprised.

Of Monsters by [livejournal.com profile] nitroxa is a haunting, desperate take on the confrontation between Severus and Remus after the Shrieking Shack Incident in sixth year. Some of the best sensory writing I've ever read. By far the best confrontation fic I've ever read. Nitro's characters feel exceptionally real, and both Remus and Severus are written as teenagers who are too old for their age in many respects, but at the same time clueless and insecure when it comes to personal interaction. The dialogues are spot-on, absolutely in character (there's a brilliant conversation about potions) and the sex is awkward adolescent fumbling and - most importantly - doesn't seem out of place. Remus' subsequent confrontation with Sirius is almost non-existant, and therefore exactly like I picture it. Unlike in most fics I've read, I don't imagine Remus and Sirius to have been very eloquent on that matter. Remus, because he didn't want to let on how hurt he was and because it was easier to ignore than to confront Sirius, and Sirius, because, well, he was being Sirius. Rated R.

Pomfrey’s body blocked most of the procedure from view but Severus watched anyway as she dressed wounds he couldn’t see (and what on earth could have so badly hurt a werewolf?), held Remus’ head at an angle and slipped a spoon into his mouth, wiped his face and hair with a wet cloth, made soothing nonverbal sounds at him. She hadn’t been as warm to Severus when Potter had dragged him in. She had clucked and patted his head and called him dear and given him a warm drink and a pill. He envied Remus’ bathrobe. His robes were damp-gritty like unwashed sheets and still smelled of the tunnel, and of his sweat.

[livejournal.com profile] stellamaru wrote a Sirius/Remus fic I like (and for which I owe her feedback, um...). Still Be All Right explores the often-discussed and oh so obvious possibility of Sirius' drinking the Polyjuice Potion to leave Grimmauld Place and go shopping with Remus. Stella's characterisation of these men happens to correspond with mine, and the fic appeals to me so much because it's based on the assumption that Remus and Sirius have never really talked about the things that stand between them.

Sirius focused his hard gaze on Remus. "Go to hell, Remus Lupin," he said, pushing Remus away with a hard blow to the chest.

Remus shook as he caught his breath. "Say that again, and I'll send you there," he choked out, rushing at Sirius and pulling back a fist.

"I've been, thanks," Sirius said

Heritage by Seeker made me laugh. It is a highly original take on the good old the-Malfoys-have-Veela-blood scenario, focusing on Lucius. Now, I am not a Lucius fan, but Seeker writes him just the way I imagine him to be (and which isn't often explored): not overly intelligent, but displaying a clever, calculating, no-nonsense, to-the-purpose approach to problems, especially when his life is in danger. An original idea, dry and witty dialogues, combined with a characterisation that is rather over-the-top and yet so very canon, and of course, oooh, shiny! I like muchly.

"Father?" Draco asked tentatively. "What happened?"

"Disaster," Lucius told him bluntly, but with a kind edge that visibly frightened Draco.

In RL news: I'm invited to a party and can't be arsed to go. Yet, I promised. There was a party two days ago. And last weekend. And the weekend before. And before. And... Anyway, I'd much rather stay at home and watch TV. I already decided to drive so I don't get tempted to drink (too much). How the hell have I acquired the reputation of being a party girl? *whines*



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