lionheart (can be read standalone)
Playing with Fire
Taste of Blood
If I Had a Heart (can be read standalone)
all my stories (except The Edge of Oblivion) are set in the same The Art of Being Nonchalant universe
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F.R.O.G.S.: best short-form romance: Nuclear Love (2019) | best dialogue: The Art of Being Nonchalant (Or Not) (2019) | best reviewer runner-up (2019)
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The Art of Being Nonchalant (Or Not) - chapter 16 - 0% done
The student of Slytherin House were born with everything: wealth, prestige and pure wizarding blood. Now it's Severus Snape's job to help them find the one thing they don't have: careers.
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i'm honestly not sure which line i liked more?!??! the one about crabbe not being the worst at potions because goyle is in the class? the one when snape concludes crabbe is mental??? tbh i think the best thing was when snape secretly wanted draco to brw his father's hair potions so he could use them......secretly of course. :P
but i laughed out loud at this: “Have I mistakenly left on the invisibility cloak that I don’t own?”
i mean, your snape is just perfect and i giggled all the time while reading this. your story is going right up there with The Puzzling Prattlings of a Pulchritudinous Potions Professor as my favourite snape stories because honestly, the best part about him is how snarky and grumpy and sarcastic he is!
i also loved mcgonagall's last line - it's perfect for her, truly! but really, the whole thing is brilliant and i think i'll come back to this story every time i want a good laugh :D
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Since her mother was killed, grief and pain have become the biggest part of Brienne's world. Unable to come to terms with her death, Brienne blindly jumps into the world of Hogwarts School, where she encounters matchmakers, red-headed pranksters, very disturbing dreams and - hopefully - the answer to the ultimate question: Who killed her beloved mother?
oh, so brienne is a new student at hogwarts. i wonder where did she transfer from (figure hugging blue dresses sound like beauxbatons to me)? and, more importantly, why?
i think that for someone who was new at hogwarts, it's good that brienne met luna on the train - it seems that luna's company is exactly what she needs because luna is pretty much accepting of every decent person that she meets. and obviously, she's letting brienne do things, like not talking and just sitting in silence, in her own way and her own time.
i feel bad for brienne - first time going to hogwarts and the dementors end up stopping the train and searching it. it's definitely not a perfect way to start in a new school. how come she or luna didn't know that those were dementors?
i don't quite agree with brienne about the boats being an inelegant way to introduce the students to the school - it's actually a great way for them to see hogwarts for the first time. but brienne is probably used to things being handled differently at her old school. i'm excited to see where she gets sorted! :)
the first years can act so stupid sometimes, but brienne should just ignore them. i think she might be glad now that she came over the black like by a boat instead of the carriages, just because of the grand view that the boats offered. i'm glad she seems to like hogwarts - hopefully she'll be able to feel at home there.
and of course silly first years are expecting brienne to be the first one to climb the steps first and meet professor mcgonagall.
i can definitely understand brienne's embarrassment at being put in the spotlight and being sorted with the first years, like it's not enough that she's a transfer student. but, she got sorted into gryffindor, and while it isn't luna's house, i'm sure she'll be able to make friends quickly.
from your summary i understand that someone killed brienne's mother - she doesn't want to think about it, which makes sense, but i'm definitely intrigued by the whole thing! who killed her and why?
beuxbatons has a terrible dress code - kitten heels and figure fitting dresses? i bet brienne is glad to be rid of that part of her old school! and hogwarts students imagining beuxbatons as glamourous is something that could be expected since for them, bauxbatons is this kinda exotic place (and i can't imagine madame maxime wanting to dispel the rumours, she probably enjoys them!).
i think you've written brienne's reaction to seeing harry in a realistic way, though it's refreshing that she was surprised but not one of those people who basically fangirl over harry - i think this tells us a lot about the type of person she is.
and the twins make an appearance, with george seemingly being just a tiny little bit smitten or interested in brienne (fred will probably tease him about it). i love how they just grabbed her and dragged her off to class and even though she might seem a bit disgruntled, i think brienne will be glad to have made some friends.
and wow, lupin knew her parents?!
so, brienne didn't know that her mother was killed - she thought she just died from an accident or something? from her father's letter i would have thought that her mother died fairly recently if they just managed to conclude that she was killed - i mean, investigations into how a person had died don't take too long, the coroner usually knows pretty quickly, and especially if it was the killing curse, everyone probably knows what it looks like when a person is murdered in that way.
i'm not surprised that brienne didn't tell fred and george about her mother's death - who would want to talk about that, especially since she just started in a new school and the twins are her first friends there. she probably doesn't even want to think about it, let alone talk about it (which isn't exactly healthy).
and first the muggle police and then the aurors tried to investigate her mother's death - no wonder it took them a while to get to the cause of death, the muggle police probably had no idea what to do.
the little shared moment between brienne and george was very sweet.
it's nice to see that brienne managed to fit in with the gryffindors, even going to quidditch practices and joking around with the qudditch team. she made friends not only with fred and george, but also with angelina, alicia and katie. i think that a lot of the reason why fred and george first asked brienne to come to their quidditch practice is to kinda keep her busy, keep her mind off of things (like her mother's murder, obviously).
the fact that brienne finally managed to let herself laugh and have fun and relax a little bit tells me a lot about how much the friendship fred and george have offered her means to her and how much it helps her. i also see that the girls noticed that george might fancy brienne - it's funny how oblivious she is to his feelings, but at the same time, i think she just didn't expect it. especially with her mother's murder, i think that romance is probably somewhere at the back of her mind, so things that are obvious to someone else, might not be to her.
Remus Lupin is not who he says he is, and James Potter is not dead. One man has to live a life that is not his own. How can a secret so big be kept so long?
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with remus being so self sacrificing in the books, i can absolutely see him taking on the role of the spy in the order. he already feels guilty for being a werewolf, so i can imagine it wouldn’t have taken dumbledore a lot of convincing to get remus to agree to the plan – he would feel like it was his way of giving back to the order, of doing his duty.
i loved the way you wrote the meeting with dumbledore, especially the beginning, how they say the stuff only the two of them would know – it feels so natural, and it also reminds me of remus and harry.
the whole idea of james and remus switching bodies is incredibly original – how did you even come up with it? it’s something i would’ve never imagined…but it’s so cool! james is probably going to feel so so guilty after lily&remus’ murder…and him having to stay away from harry? how is he going to take that?!!
what an awesome first chapter! you really draw the reader in ^_^
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Fifth year’s barely over, but the future is all everyone wants to talk about. Regulus is determined to outshine his brother. Walden’s planning a marriage that’ll never happen. Tibs wants to be a politician. Becoming the next Bellatrix Lestrange is my goal, and the only one that seems achievable. Yet with the Death Eaters falling like flies, the future looks bleaker than ever.
In five years’ time, we’re all going to be dead.
wow isobel just wow :o
i probably said this at some point but if i didn't someone should punish me :P BUT YOU ARE AN AMAZING WRITER.
this first chapter (i haven't actually read skulls properly before :O) is absolutely perfect - it adds enough detail and information about everyone but at the same time it's still kind of mysterious and makes you want to read more (now i'm very jelly you hid the rest of the chapters!).
posy is an interesting character. i like her for her determination to not be considered just a girl, be a subservient wife and all that good stuff, but ultimately, her wish to become the next bellatrix lestrange then makes me feel guilty for liking her. so then i stop and then i go back again and the circle starts again so i'm very conflicted, but i think you wanted to achieve that because it makes for a more interesting story than the classic 'good hero' and i love that. i adore morally gray, and even immoral characters so i'm definitely looking forward to read more about posy and the rest of the cast :D
aww, isobel i just i can't wait until you post another chapter!
this was too good and even though only like three scenes happen, there's so much story and backstory that i think i'll have to go back and re-read it just to catch everything!
lucious is deliciously mysterious and cunning and a bit evil and i love him! i also enjoyed reading about the hitchens family dynamic - i really understand posy's frustration at being treated like something lesser than her brothers all the time :I
i do wonder about tibs!?! what's going on with him :O
i'm just ahh! i know this review is basically me just gushing over everything but well, that's how much i like your story *_*
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**Slytherin Story of the Month: June 2017 & January 2018**
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When tragedy strikes, Lucius Malfoy is forced to make a difficult decision. He then hands his only son over to the Order of the Phoenix, in the hopes that they will protect him from Lord Voldemort. Now, with nowhere else to go, Draco Malfoy is stuck living at the Burrow with the Weasley’s. But when another new witch from America moves in too, things start to get... interesting.
i was very surprised with the start of this chapter - i wouldn't have expected anyone not to celebrate draco malfoy's birth but as i continued reading, i can definitely imagine narcissa being full of rage at lord voldemort. seriously, how much of an evil dark lord can you be to force a mother to give birth at home with only lord voldemort and a house elf for company? i could imagine her wanting to scream at voldemort but trying her best to keep quiet so she wouldn't make him even angrier. being held hostage just because you're pregnant and about to have a baby is really messed up.
i'm almost close to pitying poor lord voldemort at all these children making it difficult for him to take over the world (draco, harry).
okay, back to the serious stuff - i really feel bad for lucius and narcissa, i can't even imagine how they must be feeling with voldemort deciding that draco should die. i can understand why they accepted voldemort's terms for the unbreakable vow. but voldemort just had to go and put a dark mark on a baby! he's truly a madman.
i think the whole concept for this story is totally original and very interesting - draco having absolutely no choice in the matter, his parents being forced to force the dark arts on him. i think that the consequences of this night will be huge.
"Conflicted interests" is one way you could describe Sirius Black and Millie White's relationship. At best, there's one-sided small talk. At worst, it's all-out war. But when Sirius manages to convince Millie into one of his hare-brained schemes, the coming clash will ensure that seventh year at Hogwarts won't be what either of them expected.
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why is millie having nightmares filled with blood? did something happen to her to cause them or are nightmares just regular occurrence for her?
she's funny though - her comment about the basilisk living in lily's bathroom made me giggle. and lily is way too flustered for someone who supposedly hates james. are they staying in the leaky cauldron? since james and sirius are apparently coming and going as they please and they also have their rooms there and millie is later eating ice cream in diagon alley? and millie plays quidditch - how great! i love girl quidditch players, it's always great to see them breaking the sometimes stereotype that quidditch is a men's sport.
i love how sirius is trying his best (and failing) to deny he was eyeing millie, and especially his question whether or not millie would be like other girls (i imagine he would find her even more attractive if she wasn't). and james is adorable, though his concern for millie seems to be because of the possibility of a breakup causing her to play badly.
and what exactly did millie have to go through this summer?
lily's outrage at james being appointed head boy is believable and understandable, but her drugs comment and then millie saying it is the seventies made me laugh and almost choke because i was drinking a cup of tea. so you nearly made me die but that's okay because i love reading funny stories.
millie advocating for james and suggesting that he might have changed lately was cute - i think she likes her quidditch captain (obviously, in the friendly sense of the word). the whole exchange between remus and mille trying to diffuse the situation and then having all their friends confused was cool because i could just imagine all their heads following the exchange like a tennis match.
poor sarah - she needs to get a grip on herself. and lily is great at teasing millie about sirius. but i want to know more about millie's family problems! and she can't hold down a relationship? interesting. though what both lily and sarah are saying seems to be true - her and sirius might be quite similar, even though millie might not want to admit it.
sirius trying to be nonchalant is just...not working for him hah! his friends know him too well not to notice he might be interested in millie.
sirius black, the ex(prince) or purebloods sounds like a pretty good moniker. but i'm still dying to know what happened to millie over the summer.
sirius and millie being potions partners seems like a good way for the two of them to get closer but judging from their exchange and millie's hostility towards him, it's going to be a long time before she is more civil towards him. does she hate him on principle or did he do something to her? i do love the way both lily and sarah are teasing her about sirius. but i'm still wondering why is millie in such a bad mood or at least, why is she so hostile?
sirius brooding in the common room and thinking about millie instead of doing his homework is cute but i'd love to know more about why he is suddenly finding millie attractive and interesting - they've known each other for seven years. is it because she doesn't seem to fall for his many charms?
well, clingy boys who cling to you after just going out with them on one date deserve to be dumped. so the thing that happened over the summer had something to do with millie's parents/her family. did she run away like sirius? did they disown her or something? if she's a pureblood, i can imagine that they might support voldemort, while millie definitely doesn't seem the type to do that. she has a bit of slytherin in her - not burning her bridges with rex and thinking of using him for ancient runes notes.
okay, i was wrong - her parents died during the summer? that's sad and definitely explains why millie is in such a bad mood all the time, even if she might try and hide the sadness behind sarcastic jokes.
the fact that millie draws just makes her so endearing to me - i have a soft spot for artists and i think the idea that she should maybe communicate with people through her pictures isn't actually that bad. after all, it's what artists do!
oh sirius was most definitely snogging marissa to make millie jealous (and he failed at that, i'm sure)!
i definitely agree with millie that making it actually rain in the great hall during breakfast was a brilliant prank. and while lily, the closeted quidditch fan (would she admit she likes quidditch if james wasn't on the team and the captain?), might think that dumbledore would cancel quidditch or make gryffindor forfeit their matches, i can't see that happening, even under threat of mutiny by the other teachers. it was just a prank, the weasley twins did a lot of them and they only got detention. so the marauders are probably going to own up to their prank, do a bit of detention and everything was going to be well with the world.
sirius' atrocious attempt at flirting had me giggling (especially when i remembered that millie's shirt became see through because of the rain). okay, he was obviously thinking about that, as well.
and maybe his attempt at flirting wasn't so bad - he seems to have gotten under millie's skin. and she thinks he's adorable and handsome!
oh is marissa the one who has a crush on rex? and she dumped sirius after millie broke up with rex? nope okay, she was just using poor sirius.
and millie&sirius fake dating to thwart marissa's rumours seems like a grand idea to me :D
well, marissa's dastardly plan is absolutely fine by me if it means millie and sirius will start interacting with each other in a non-hostile way. even if it means they are going to be fake dating.
and sirius telling people that the two of them are, in fact, going out was a good move on his part. he just needs to be a little more persuasive with millie to convince her to help him out.
i'm smiling at the flattery sirius is using - what girl wouldn't want to be told she was 'smitten-worthy'? but rex not giving up when she already broke up with him and told him she wasn't interested just doesn't sit right with me. sirius is right in thinking that rex might be a little less determined to win millie back (or over?) if she already had a boyfriend.
and millie finally agreed to fake date him! wonderful - i think that it's bound to get very interesting between millie and sirius. and that last line was hilarious!
james seems to be the type of quidditch captain that trains his team really hard if millie is so tired from quidditch practice. but, i have a feeling that she might be also tired from the nightmares (caused by her parents' deaths?) if she is still having them?
millie's surprise at sirius actually doing his homework made me giggle but more than that, it seems to me like she might be warming up to him, at least a little bit. she doesn't seem as hostile as she used to be and they haven't really argued in a while. it's cute that sirius is trying to keep her company while she does her homework (for a little while) but the darling comment was adorable. he's definitely still interested in her, judging by his actions (i mean, sitting in front of somebody and staring at them might not be someone's idea of romance but with sirius, i think it counts).
i can't wait to see what kinds of rumours are going to start tomorrow and how they're going to deal with them. and i definitely wouldn't mind a little public display of affection!
oh, so millie didn't tell lily and sarah about her deal with sirius and that the were fake dating? interesting, though i guess it's understandable. she probably thought they would make a big deal out if it. but still, having them find out through rumours seems like it would just make them more suspicious about the whole thing. lily doesn't seem to think that they have any chance of staying together for a longer time period (though, since they are fake dating, i think that the fake relationship might last longer than their real relationships actually last).
why do both sirius and millie have this huge fear of commitment?
the little detail you included about both of them enjoying shepherd's pie is very cute - just shows that they have similar tastes. maybe they would work together. if millie could try and be a little less defensive and sirius could try and be a little less arrogant.
millie falling asleep in class without anyone noticing was my dream goal, tbh, when i was at university!
a quidditch match between gryffindor and slytherin is bound to be interesting!
millie and james are both so anxious - i didn't expect that. maybe from millie, yes, but james seemed so confident usually (except when it came to lily). at least his pre-game pep talk has managed to give his team a bit more confidence so they aren't going out there so extremely anxious.
did millie actually take a beater's bat and hit a bludger at a slytherin keeper's nose? nice going, millie! i love reading about quidditch, especially if some sort of dirty tactics are involved, it's just that kind of a sport that allows for a more physical approach.
wow, millie literally flew herself to the ground in order to catch the snitch! that's serious dedication on her part, hopefully it was worth it and she isn't hurt too badly.
she may have addled her brains from the fall if she forgot that sirius was her (fake) boyfriend but the fact that he was actually concerned about her is too cute.
lily sort of ran for it is definitely the best line in this chapter but i still aww-ed at the fact that she finally admitted she likes james.
lily is definitely way too nervous for someone who supposedly doesn't even like james (but obviously she does and she is still to nervous for someone who james has been in love with for i don't even know how long).
millie climbing out the bathroom window and escaping the double date sounds so definitely like her - she doesn't seem the type that would enjoy a double date, especially with james and lily who are probably right now lost in each other. and now i wonder how sirius managed to escape them!
sirius and millie's fake date seems to be going well, and they're actually being normal around each other, almost as if it were a real date. and millie thinks sirius is charming and handsome! she's definitely flirting with him. but yeah, she just had to mess it up, didn't she? sirius could pretty much say the same thing to her and i'm not sure why doesn't she realise that. how can they go from being kind of cute and sweet with each other to fighting in hogsmeade in the span of a couple of minutes?!
sirius and millie together are just too cute for words! i loved this whole chapter - from their playful banter and pillow fighting, to the tickling that really, should have ended up with them snogging, to the way sirius was so incredibly kind and caring for millie that he put a blanket over her.
and then the arithmancy homework - i think that by this point sirius is definitely a goner, it's obvious that he isn't only interested in millie because she might be attractive, and millie definitely seems like she is starting to think about him in a different way (dare i say she is starting to really like him? i think yes!). it's sweet of her to agree to tutor sirius in arithmancy while just at the start of term she was rolling her eyes at being partnered with him in potions. it shows the gradual change in her and in how she sees sirius.
lily in love with severus? no way! lily is probably just overreacting at the whole thing, and i agree with millie - james had changed, it was obvious from the first chapter. but i don't think anyone can expect him to be civil towards severus when they have been steadily hating each other for the past six or seven years. and we know that snape is problematic to say the least.
i think you're writing this budding relationship (never mind the fake one) between sirius and mille really well - it's progressing slowly and they didn't just suddenly realise they are madly in love with each other. for millie, it started out with sirius being annoying as ever but slowly she's finding herself not minding his company and actually maybe even enjoying him. for sirius, i feel like it started out because he found millie to be attractive (which is understandable for a teenage boy) but now i get the feeling like he is seeing her as the person she is and finding out that he doesn't mind her personality, as well as her looks.
sirius and millie really need to think up something so lily will forgive james, i'm getting sad just reading about how james looks like he is about to cry in the middle of their potions class. (sirius looking adorable is in turn making me smile so i guess that's good - and especially millie noticing he is actually adorable.)
but faking james' death does seem a bit on the extreme side of things, though the idea of faking that he is injured is marginally less so. let's just hope james doesn't actually get injured during this scheme.
okay, but i don't really like this plan that millie concocted - it seems like it can go wrong in about a million ways, mostly with james ending up truly dead. which nobody wants except maybe severus. and while sirius might like the sound of uncle sirius, if james actually dies they're all going to be pretty broken up about it. but he won't die. hopefully. maybe remus will stop this plan before it goes any further.
oh merlin, yes, millie, look at sirius' lips! snog him senseless!
so the whole plan they hatched worked and james didn't die in the process of their scheme of getting him back together with lily even though for a moment there millie seemed to think that the plan may go wrong but it didn't so all is well. i wonder if they will ever tell him what they did? probably not, or maybe they will - i can imagine james actually being grateful to sirius and millie for basically poisoning him as long as he got lily back.
lily is still oblivious to the fact that james is actually in love with her, and he isn't just saying that - hopefully she realises the truth soonish.
the little moments sirius and millie shared during this chapter were cute, what with the hand holding and with sirius complimenting her that i really think millie might give in to her obvious like for him soon.
millie is just being mean about james and lily snogging - she should be happy that her and sirius' plan worked.
but i'm totally aww-ing at the whole 'spontaneously combusting every time sirius looks at her' thing because that means we're getting close to her actually admitting she likes him. the fact that sirius just practically said he wants to spend time with her and that's why he's failing arithmancy should be enough for her but of course she has to tease him about it for a little bit. but at least she is pleased about it. though all that teasing him about her not actually liking him seems a bit cruel to me - he seems to genuinely like her. it's a good thing that he took it as a joke.
the talk with lily about sirius was funny, though millie finally admitting to herself that she does like him was cool - now she only needs to act on her feelings and let him know. i love how she's suddenly disappointed that he never even tried to kiss her!
but that whole exchange in the broom closet, especially how sirius helped take her mind off of things, and later when they were walking to class was perfect.