*And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?*
Merope's life is full of painful memories that make her wish to vanish forever. Even when she finally gets what she wants, she lets it slip through her brittle fingers, and she is left to fend for herself and an unborn baby in the bleak, grey world.
Will the fates allow her to die?
This is Nagini Riddle, writing for The Chaptered Challenge in the Great Hall, prompt La Vie et La Mort.
**Lyrics taken from "Fix You," by Coldplay.
Summary: A year after the war, wounds remain fresh. Survivors struggle just to keep surviving. They’re plagued with guilt, illness, and new prejudices.
Harry always thought his life would get easier after the demise of Voldemort, but he was wrong.
Summary: It's been six years since the Battle of Hogwarts ended, and the Wizarding world is being plagued with a string of brutal house-elf murders. Auror Theodore Nott is on the case. When the murderer starts targeting witches and wizards, the race is on to stop the killer before the Wizarding world falls into chaos. Tick-tock Theodore Nott.
This is eternalangel of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Chapter Challenge using the Redrum Prompt.
Summary: Two years ago, the United Kingdom was overrun by parasitic insects, which turned most of the population into mindless Hosts. Those who survived eke out an existence wherever and however they can. Hermione Granger is one such Survivor, and she will do anything to protect the group she leads, including the unthinkable.
Summary: Theodore Nott is a man with an obsession. Hermione Granger is a woman with a vision. One has a secret that could end them both.
Summary: FACT: There had been a death at Hogwarts.
FACT: Deceased was a sixteen-year-old male by the name of Marcus Akers, a Gryffindor student in his sixth year.
FACT: Deceased had had contact with Neville Longbottom between 19:00 and 22:13 the previous evening.
FACT: The poison was administered in a near-exact amount.
FACT: Neville Longbottom is familiar with one of the possible poisons used in the murder.
FACT: Marcus Akers had been romantically involved with Magnolia Longbottom.
SUSPECT: Neville Longbottom. Male, 43, head of Gryffindor House at Hogwarts.
Thank you to the ever inestimable Soraya for the beta and Ellie for helping me reconstruct the story after my planning file was corrupted.
This is Acacia Carter of Hufflepuff writing for the Great Hall Chaptered Challenge of 2012.
Summary: While in Azkaban, Sirius has a lot of time to think about things best forgotten. And then he leaves, and he is confronted with these things head-on. They even follow him to death.
Summary: The fears of one's youth are often quite different than the fears of adulthood. For some, it remains the same, simply shifting form as one's fear moves from without to within.
For Sirius Black, light will always conquer any fear of the dark.
This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Boggart Challenge.
Summary: Her heavy despondent face stared morosely at the thick dust on the wooden floors. Just dust. Dust covering up the wear and tear of poverty. Dust proving the abandonment and desolation of happiness and love. Dust, dust, dust.
She herself was a mess. True, she was slightly more clean than her father or brother, but still, dirt stuck to her pale skin. Dirt covering up the wear and tear of poverty. Dirt proving the abandonment and desolation of happiness and love. Dirt, dirt, dirt.
Second entry written for the Boggart Challenge in the Great Hall.
Summary: After having not seen her nephew for six years, Petunia is shocked to see Harry on her front doorstep, presenting his newborn son, James. One-shot! Petunia's POV.
Summary: She is restless with the wait- but she doesn't realize that she has the best thing ever.
Written for the Boggart Challenge in the Great Hall
Summary: After the Battle of Hogwarts, the Wizarding world starts to piece itself together, but Molly Weasley knows that’s easier said than done.
Summary: Peter sits alone in the Shrieking Shack and reflects on his decisions and his life.
Summary: Adrian Pucey has always had a tumultuous relationship with Miles Bletchley, but as the years tread on, 'tumultuous' is just the beginning. And when Miles is found dead at the Battle of Hogwarts -- and as a Death Eater -- Adrian's sense of loss pales in comparison to what he finds at the funeral.
Summary: In the Indian society, the arrival of a baby girl in the house is considered equivalent to the arrival of a goddess. Women are considered the glue holding a family together. They go on to become mothers and they’re the emotional support of a family unit.
Then why is it that baby girls are still frowned upon by so many families?
This is Ginny Weasley Potter of Hufflepuff house, writing for round three of the 2012 One-Shot Triathlon at the Character Clinic.
Summary: A series of vignettes taken from Sirius' mind when he is in Azkaban, and the threads that hold them together.Expanded from a drabble written for an SBBC Challenge.
Summary: "Neither can live while the other survives."
She often thought on that - ever since she heard it in Harry's hushed tones. Maybe before that even. Not in the exact sense, of course - she would not claim the powers of a Seer (Merlin forbid). But something close to it, maybe - a strange, half-formed thought; ethereal and not quite tangible.
She sometimes tried to think about what it meant - she spent many hours puzzling over it, in fact. She always was one to think of all the possible outcomes. And think she did. And imagined and theorised and wondered and dreamt.
Never once did she imagine this.
Summary: For most people, dreams are happy places. And even when they aren’t happy themselves, when the dreamer awakens, they are happy that the dream isn’t real. However, this is not the case for Neville Longbottom, for he is not just dreaming, but he is remembering things he would rather forget.
Summary: Embers in a cage made from bone
slowly growing cold
Albus needed her. She didn’t need him.
He was a shadow of who he used to be; there was no life in him.
She was the one who sucked the very soul out of him.
When all was said and done, nothing remained of either of them. They were human debris.
This was written for, inspired by, and generally blamed on Jamie (Acacia Carter). She’s an amazing author, and I hope I did the video, IKEA table, and her justice.
This is iMusic17 from the house of the snakes writing for the final round in Alex’s triathalon 2012.
Tom and Camelia are two people in search of something unobtainable, and each is prepared to kill to achieve their goal. For both, murder is simply the means to an end. For both, their victims are unimportant; they are merely collateral damage in the quest to live forever. What happens when two very different killers meet?
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw House writing for Round Three of the 2012 Character Triathlon.