pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
I finished chapters for all the Marauders' parents last year, but now I've gone back and added Lily and Snape's families as well, and recorded a podfic. This series of shorts is compliant with A Conspiracy of Cartographers, and acts as a sort of prequel.

Title: A History of Cartographers
Words: 7127
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death (Original Character)
Relationships: Remus Lupin’s Parents, Orion Black/Walburga Black, James Potter’s Parents - Relationship, Lily Evans’ Parents, Peter Pettigrew’s Parents, Eileen Prince/Tobias Snape
Characters: Walburga Black, Orion Black, Eileen Prince, Tobias Snape, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s), Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James Potter, Lily Evans Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Severus Snape, Regulus Black, Petunia Evans Dursley, Alphard Black
Additional Tags: Canon Compliant, Foreshadowing, Family, Marriage, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Babies, Children, Parenthood, Werewolves, Black Character(s), POC James Potter, Trans Male Character, Pureblood Culture, Arranged Marriage, Poverty, Prostitution, Teen Pregnancy, Domestic Violence, Abusive Relationships, Abusive Parents, Implied/Referenced Suicide, Strangulation, Parent Death, Terminal Illnesses, Internalized Misogyny, Homophobia, Transphobia, Podfic, Podfic Available, Podfic Length: 30-45 Minutes
Summary: 1958-66: Remus, Sirius, James, Lily, Peter, Severus. Six children from six very different families. Twelve parents who only exist between the lines of canon, but who were instrumental in shaping the characters we love, and the story as we know it.

Excerpt from "Rose Evans":

Rose was not her real name. She had left that behind with everything else when she ran away from the base and her father's cruelty, her mother's indifference. She learned to copy the accents of the other children, bought a train ticket to London, and disappeared. For a while, she lived on the streets, trading her body for the money men gave her, because it meant surviving for another day.

When the truant officers took her, she refused to tell them who she was or where she came from. They sent her to Wool's Home for Children. That was where she met Harry Evans. His parents were dead. She told him hers were, too. He told her that her green eyes were pretty. She said she liked his red hair.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
My plan was to have this up much earlier in the weekend. Sorry. But here it is! So much dialogue, most of it written during bouts of exhaustion. Hope it's coherent.

Excerpt:
"They're going to figure it out," insisted Remus. "They're too clever not to."

"They won't," Sirius soothed. "It'll be fine."

"They will." Remus was in no mood for baseless assurances.

"They might," said Peter.

"Shut it, Pete," snapped Sirius. "You're not helping."

Chapter 18: Dunheath
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Pedanius Pettigrew loves his wife and son, and never wants them to have to be afraid.

Warning for character death. I'm losing my grip on the whole "500 words per chapter" thing. This one is over 650.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
A few years back, some of you may remember, I wrote a ~500 word fic called A Brush With Destiny, about baby Remus and baby Sirius meeting for the first time at a Ministry Christmas party. The story was from the POV of Remus's mother, Sylvia Lupin, a Muggle. Well, today I got bunnied to do similar mini-fics from the POV of each of the Marauders' parents. So I've changed the name of the story, and today I added James's mother, Eleanor Potter, to the mix. I'll try not to get too sidetracked by this one.

Excerpt:
The early years of their marriage had been filled with a monthly round of hope followed by disappointment, but now, almost eighteen years later, she had resigned herself to childlessness. She was past forty now, and her husband nearly fifty. They never even talked about it anymore.

ETA: I wrote another one. Meet Almira Pettigrew. TW for mentioned domestic violence, transphobia, and internalised misogyny.

Excerpt:
It didn't matter how hard Almira Perkins tried; she had not been able to save any of them. After their parents' early deaths, she had done her best to raise her younger siblings. She had married, too young, to a man with a good job, in order to provide them with a stable home life. Instead, he had beaten her and taken away her wand. He had sneered at her brother Constantine, calling him by his birth name, Constance, and telling him he could never be a "real" boy. He had led their baby sister, Delilah, over to the side of Grindelwald, and ultimately, to her death. He had been tried, found guilty of crimes against Muggles and Muggleborn wizards, and had died in Azkaban prison.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Summary: Excuse me while I pour a bucket of subtext on a couple of unsuspecting 12-year-olds.

Excerpt:
"D'you want to go outside, Moony?" Sirius asked.

Remus shook his head. He looked better than he had in Potions, but he still seemed exhausted and unwell. "I'm going to meditate for a bit," he said, voice barely above a whisper. "You can go. I'll be fine."

"It's too cold out for me," Sirius told James. "You go ahead; I'll see Moony back to the room."

~ Chapter 16 ~
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Summary: The November moon and Sirius's newly tainted blood combine to exacerbate his quarrel with James.

Excerpt:
He felt restless, like he wanted to run and run and never stop. Taking the great staircase two steps at a time, Sirius almost flew to the third floor landing. He didn't want to go back to Gryffindor tower yet; all the rooms there were too small. Instead, he sprinted down an empty corridor, taking turns without paying any attention to where he was going. This part of the castle was cold and dark and silent, with only the faint glow of silver moonlight through the unglazed windows to light his way. Sirius yelled as he ran until his throat was raw, throwing inarticulate rage at the darkness.

~ Chapter 15 ~
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Thank you for your patience. I think I figured out part of what was giving me so much trouble: this chapter has a shit-ton of dialogue in it.

EXCERPT:
The feeling was hard to put into words. It was somewhere between a flutter and a tug, and he couldn't say whether it was in his belly or only in his mind.

The dormitory door opened behind him, and there it was again, just at the edge of his senses. Sirius smiled to himself, but didn't look up from his Transfiguration homework. He didn't have to.

"Hey, Moony."


Chapter 14: High-Strung
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Title: A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year Two, Chapter 13
Author: [personal profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~66,000 and counting
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Rating: T
Timeline: Marauders' 2nd Year (1972-1973)
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, Severus Snape, and many others
Pairing: Remus/Sirius (pre-slash)
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters and the Wizarding world are the sole property of J. K. Rowling. I own nothing except my own ideas, and make no profit. No copyright infringement is intended.

Chapter 13 Summary: The brewing war touches the Marauders' lives for the first time. (Sirius & Remus's POV)
Note: I know I've been awful about updating this. So sorry. Apparently guilt is the only thing that can break through my writers block.


Excerpt:
Sirius scowled, shooing the owl away and glancing sidelong at James, ready to deflect any questions. But his best friend was still staring at his own short letter, a troubled expression on his face.

"Everything okay?" Sirius asked.

James looked surprised to find that Sirius was still there. He shook his head. "It's from Mum. Dad's in hospital."


(Chapter Thirteen: Dampened Spirits)

[Year One] * [Year Two]
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
The hell with it; I don't want to sit on this any longer.

Title: A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year Two, Chapter 12
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~61,000 and counting
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Rating: T
Timeline: Marauders' 2nd Year (1972-1973)
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, Severus Snape and many others
Pairing: Remus/Sirius (pre-slash)
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters and the Wizarding world are the sole property of J. K. Rowling. I own nothing except my own ideas, and make no profit. No copyright infringement is intended.

Chapter 12 Summary: Remus's gratitude at his friends' acceptance doesn't necessarily mean he thinks they are sane. (Remus, James & Peter's POV)
Author's Note: So very, very sorry for the long hiatus. I have no good excuse. My plan from here on is to update with a new chapter once every two weeks until I accumulate a comfortable backlog, and then maybe around the first of the year, switch to posting once a week. As a reward for your patience an understanding, I hereby present the longest chapter of ACOC to date.


Excerpt:
"But you're a Marauder!" protested Sirius, bouncing knees-first onto Remus's bed. "You can't not help with at least planning the Second Great and Wonderful Official Marauders' Halloween Prank!"

Remus drew his feet up the bed, eyeing Sirius warily for signs of imminent pouncing. Ever since Sirius's mad actions the previous week in the hospital wing, Remus had been more than a little nervous of him.

"Dunno how I got to be a Marauder," he mumbled. "Marauding's not really my thing."

"Sure it is," said Sirius. "You just haven't had enough practice. Anyway, James and I say you're a Marauder, and that means you are, so you have to help."


(Chapter Twelve: A Halloween Caper)

[Year One] * [Year Two]

Yayness

Oct. 14th, 2011 11:48 pm
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
I get so intimidated by writing action sequences or scenes with lots of logistical issues. Emotional scenes and dialogue? No problem! But the other stuff is like pulling teeth. Maybe I really can still do this, though. I discovered a small canon issue involving the location of the Slytherin dormitories halfway through writing the chapter that completely changed the outcome and almost got James and Sirius expelled. Sorry, boys. I'm having some fond feelings for Peter at the moment, as he is being rather endearing in a pathetic kind of way.

The good news is that I have a first draft of ACOC 2.12. At almost 6400 words, it's shaping up to be one of the longest chapters in ACOC so far, but I just looked at my notes and realised there's one or two details I forgot to include. Can't believe I'm at 61,000 words and I'm only up to October of 1972. Can't believe how tired I am right now. Whatever else happens (unless I drop dead between now and then, knock on wood), there will definitely be a new chapter posted by the end of this month.

Ta so much for your patience.

ETA: The really laughable thing is that, unlike Harry, no one is out to get these kids, and yet there is still so much going on that I'm having a hard time keeping track of it all. Sometimes I worry that I will run out of plot and the series will become repetitive. Other times, I worry that every single one of the Years is going to be as long and complicated as OotP, and I will be about a hundred years old by the time I finish.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Title: A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year Two, Chapter Eleven
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~55,000 and counting
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Rating: PG-13
Timeline: Marauders' 2nd Year
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, Severus Snape and many others.
Pairing(s): Remus/Sirius pre-slash. Other pairings implied or mentioned.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters and the wizarding world are the sole property of J. K. Rowling. I own nothing except my own ideas, and make no profit. No copyright infringement is intended.

Chapter Synopsis: Sirius finds his purpose, and makes a choice he can't take back. (Peter, Remus & Sirius's POV)
Author's Note: A bit of a tradeoff; the emotionally intense chapters tend to be shorter. Hope that's okay. I should work on that whole "plot" angle, huh?


Excerpt:
"Remus's gone home again, has he?" James asked mildly.

Sirius cast James an annoyed look. "He knows."

"What?" asked Peter blankly, as James, brow furrowed, echoed the word.

"He knows," repeated Sirius, sitting up. "He knows we know. I told him last month."

"What?" said Peter again. Clearly he had missed something.

James frowned. "It was our secret. You should've told me you were going to tell him."

"It was his secret," scowled Sirius. "Don't need your permission to tell him, do I? You just said not to tell him last year because of exams; you didn't say anything about this year or about consulting you first."

"What?" Peter said, a small whine of irritation creeping into his voice. He was beginning to feel not only left out of the conversation, but invisible as well.


(Chapter Eleven: Creature Comforts)



[Prologues & Year One]
Year Two: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Title: A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year Two (1972-1973)
Word Count: In progress...
Rating: T
Genre: Drama, Coming-of-Age
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, Severus Snape and many more
Pairing(s): Remus/Sirius pre-slash, other pairings implied or mentioned
Synopsis: Remus faces challenges to his self-confidence, and must find the courage to face his friends and himself when his secret is revealed.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Progress is being made on Year Two. 2000+ words so far today. Remus is being nice, James is being nice, Peter is noticing girls, and Sirius is being a first-rate dickhead. But we love him anyway, right? *wanders back to the snarky dialogue*

Edit: ~5000 words, and I think it's bedtime. Hopefully finish CH 1 and post tomorrow.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
*sings* This is the fic that never ends, it just goes on and on, my friends...

Title: A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year One (17/18)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit
Word Count: ~90,000 and counting
Genre: Drama, Coming-of-Age
Rating: PG-13
Timeline: Marauders' first year (1971-1972)
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, Severus Snape and many more
Pairing(s): Remus/Sirius pre-slash, other pairings implied or mentioned
Synopsis: The story of a werewolf's bite that sealed the fate of four boys, and of the Wizarding world. Being a chronicle of the Hogwarts years of Mssrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters and the Wizarding world are the sole property of J. K. Rowling. I own nothing except my own ideas, and make no profit. No copyright infringement is intended. Please don't sue me.

This Chapter: The boys survive the exams, the Quidditch final yields unexpected results, and Remus and Lily patch things up. (Sirius, James, Peter & Remus's PoV)
Author's Note: Right. So after weighing the pros and cons, I've decided to split this chapter yet again. It was going to be at least 7000 words if I didn't, but I decided was just way too long. I should stop trying to predict these things in advance. I apologise for the chapter title, which I came up with at the last minute while half asleep. Did I mention I hate writing Quidditch?


Excerpt:
Remus looked pained. "It's not that we're not speaking, she's just --"

"Not talking to you?" Sirius suggested, rolling onto his front to look at Remus.

"Yeah, something like that."

"I still can't get over the fact that you told her you love her in front of all of us and Snape, too," said James, shaking his head.

"Told you." Remus's ears were pink. "She's just a friend."

"Do you love us, too, Remus?" asked Sirius, batting his eyelashes.

Remus looked down his nose at the dark-haird boy. "I'll admit to moments of fondness. I usually just lie down until they pass."


(Chapter Seventeen: Dubious Honours)

[Prologue I] [Prologue II]
[One] [Two] [Three] [Four] [Five] [Six] [Seven] [Eight] [Nine] [Ten] [Eleven] [Twelve] [Thirteen] [Fourteen] [Fifteen] [Sixteen]
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - MWPP - 1975)
I'm currently watching the 1973 version of The Three Musketeers (which is brilliant, by the way), and the Marauders are having an argument in my head about which of the characters from the movie each of them is. Peter is D'Artagnan for sure, and Remus is probably Athos, but James and Sirius can't decide which of them is Porthos and which is Aramis. They are also confused about why the obvious Slytherins in the film are all dressed in red and gold.

*makes note to have the boys see this movie when I get around to writing Year Four*

As of this afternoon, I'm off from work for about two weeks. I'm going to get some quality sleep tonight, and then get down to some serious writing. I'm hoping to finish Year One next week, and possibly write my entry for the [livejournal.com profile] rs_games before I have to head back to work on July 8.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Title: A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year One (13/15)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit
Word Count: ~69,000 and counting
Genre: Drama, Coming-of-Age
Rating: PG-13
Timeline: Marauders' first year (1971-1972)
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, Severus Snape and many more
Pairing(s): Remus/Sirius pre-slash, other pairings implied or mentioned
Synopsis: The story of a werewolf's bite that sealed the fate of four boys, and of the Wizarding world. Being a chronicle of the Hogwarts years of Mssrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs.
This Chapter: News reaches the boys over the Easter holiday that changes the shape of their world. (Remus's PoV, Letters, Daily Prophet articles)
Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. I own nothing. Please don't sue me.
Author's Note: I'm so glad I took journalism in high school. News articles are sort of tricky to write.


Excerpt:
EVENING PROPHET
2 April 1972

Domestic Dispute Ends in Tragedy
An Easter Sunday row between Mrs Antigone Atwood of Stotfold, Bedfordshire, and her husband George Atwood, a Muggle, ended in murder when Mrs Atwood turned the Killing Curse on her spouse.

Mrs Atwood, a professional crup breeder, claims not to recall the incident, but interviews conducted with the couple's children before they were Obliviated indicate a dispute over appropriate places to hide the children's Easter eggs, a Muggle tradition adopted by the family.

The Atwoods had been married for eight years, and had two children together, ages five and three.

Mrs Atwood has been taken into Ministry custody, pending trial, and the children have been placed in foster care for the time being. Neighbours claim this was not the first domestic dispute at the Atwood residence in recent weeks.

Use of the Killing Curse, one of three curses classified as "Unforgiveable", is punishable by a life sentence in Azkaban Prison.


(Chapter Thirteen: A Flurry of Owls)

[Prologue I] [Prologue II]
[Chapter One] [Chapter Two] [Chapter Three] [Chapter Four] [Chapter Five] [Chapter Six] [Chapter Seven] [Chapter Eight] [Chapter Nine] [Chapter Ten] [Chapter Eleven] [Chapter Twelve]
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - MWPP - 1975)
Think back to where you were and what you were doing three years and four months ago. Doesn't seem like such a long time, does it? That's the same amount of time as the Marauders and Lily had between the day they left Hogwarts and the Halloween night when everything ended for them. Just forty months. They were 21 years old. Kind of blows your mind, doesn't it?

In other news, I started listening to Philosopher's Stone with a coworker at work today. She's never read the books, and I haven't actually read them since Deathly Hallows came out, so it's been an interesting experience. Just listening to the first chapter and realising what was happening to my OTP on that same day broke my heart a little bit.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - MWPP - 1975)
But I am an occasional doodler. I was bored at work today, and sat in the woods (between rain showers) and did a couple ... er ... "impressionistic" Marauder pieces, one happy, one sad. Just thought I would share.

Marauders June 1978 & November 1981 )
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Title: A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year One, Chapter Five: Prewett Proteges
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit
Word Count: 5729 (this chapter)
Genre: Drama, Coming-of-Age (eventual Romance)
Rating: PG-13 for mild language, mentioned sex, drugs, nudity, world-domination plans, and discussion of Voldemort's tits (this chapter)
Timeline: Marauders' first year
Characters: James Potter, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, Minerva McGonagall, Gideon Prewett, Fabian Prewett, Remus Lupin, Lily Evans, Apollyon Pringle
Pairing(s): Mentioned Arthur/Molly, Lucius/Narcissa and Dumbledore/Grindelwald (heading towards Remus/Sirius)
Synopsis: The story of a werewolf's bite that sealed the fate of four boys, and of the Wizarding world. This Chapter: James and Sirius have managed to impress Hogwarts' current resident pranksters, who decide to take the boys under their wing. (James and Peter's PoV)
Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. I own nothing. Please don't sue me.
Author's Note: I wonder how long it will be until I get to Year Five and can start in on the porny?


Excerpt:
"What do you say, boys?" asked Gideon.

James glanced at Sirius, wondering if his own eyes were as round as his friends'. The secrets of Hogwarts -- five years of accumulated knowledge about the school, the professors, their fellow students, not to mention a wealth of potential pranks and hexes offered up to them on a proverbial silver platter.

He fell to his knees, grinning and bowing down at the feet of the Prewett brothers, amidst the pile of pink robes. "Teach us, O Masters of Mischief!"

The older boys looked at Sirius. "What about you, Black?"

Sirius grinned and inclined his head toward James. "What he said."


(Chapter Five: Prewett Proteges)

[Prologue I] [Prologue II]
[Chapter One] [Chapter Two] [Chapter Three] [Chapter Four]


Also, I added this tidbit to Chapter Three, the day after Remus's first full moon at Hogwarts:

Remus half-listened to the sounds of them bumping around the room, mumbling to one another and slowly getting ready to go to their own beds. He tried to read, but he couldn't stop thinking about the dream he had had that afternoon -- a dream at once strange and familiar -- of the half-forgotten black dog of his childhood. It was the first time he had dreamed of it since he was bitten. The dog hadn't actually appeared in the dream, but Remus had known it was somewhere nearby, and he had been searching for it. The unseen presence had been oddly comforting.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Title: A Conspiracy of Cartographers (1966-1972)
Status: ~93000
Rating: T
Genre: Drama, Coming-of-Age
Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, Severus Snape, and many others....
Pairings: Remus/Sirius pre-slash, other pairings implied or mentioned
Summary: A young wizard with a secret comes to Hogwarts and discovers that making friends is not so impossible as he thought.

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