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 - RL/SB - Marauder's Map)
Title: On the Cusp of Slytherin
Word Count: 6600
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Minerva McGonagall/Tom Riddle
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Tom Riddle | Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore, Moaning Myrtle, Galatea Merrythought, Armando Dippet, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Teen Pregnancy, Chamber of Secrets, Accidental Incest, Secret Identity, Pureblood Culture, POV First Person, Unplanned Pregnancy, Emotional Manipulation, Riddle at Hogwarts Era, Minor Violence, Podfic, Podfic Available, Podfic Length: 30-45 Minutes
Summary: 1942-43: A Gryffindor girl learns the hard way why Slytherin boys are best left alone, especially if that boy is named Tom Riddle. Edited July 2014.

This fic grew out of a pre-Deathly Hallows fan theory that McGonagall would turn out to be a secret villain (balancing Snape's secret hero), based on circumstantial evidence found mainly in Chamber of Secrets, and the birthdate originally given for her which would have made her a year older than Tom Riddle.

Excerpt:
If you were to ask someone from each of the Hogwarts Houses what it means to be a Gryffindor, you would probably come up with four different answers. Gryffindors themselves will harp on proudly about bravery in the face of terrible odds, and great feats of heroism. Ravenclaws, on the other hand, will point to their history books and happily tell you about dozens of historical Gryffindors who were anything but heroic. A more naturally-cautious Hufflepuff might tell you that Gryffindors have a tendency to dive into dangerous situations without thinking, or stick their noses into things that do not concern them. And Slytherins? Everyone knows what they think: that Gryffindors are all hot air and arrogance, and that a person usually has to die to be proclaimed a hero.

Which do I think is right? They all are, to some extent. Some Gryffindors are more one thing than the other, and for some of us, it depends upon the day of the week, or which way the wind is blowing. One thing upon which all the Houses can usually agree is that, if a person is doing something for shock value, nine times out of ten, that person is a Gryffindor.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (magpie)
Title: Affection Falling Just Short of Love
Author: [personal profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~4300
Genre: Friendship, Drama
Rating: T
Warning: racism, transphobia
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters: Earl Harlan, Cecil Palmer, The Apache Tracker, Steve Carlsberg, Tak Wallaby, Kevin, Original Characters
Pairing: Earl/Cecil (unrequited)
Summary: 13-year-old Earl Harlan is nervous and excited about his Boy Scout troop's wilderness survival training campout, but not for the reasons one might think. Sometimes the skills one needs to survive are not what one might expect.
Disclaimer: Welcome to Night Vale characters and the world they inhabit are the sole property of Commonplace Books, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. I own nothing except my own ideas, and make no profit. No copyright infringement is intended.
Note: I know I am supposed to be working on ACOC. I just got a little distracted by baby boy scouts. The title comes from WTNV Ep. 28 "Summer Reading Program".


Excerpt:
Both of his moms drove with him to drop him off at the middle school. "Mo-o-o-o-o-o-o-om," he groaned, embarrassed, as they hugged and kissed him and told him to be careful before letting him out of the car.

Shouldering his tent and sleeping bag, Earl hurried over to the group of boys clustered around Scout Master Marshak. Tak Wallaby was already there, as well as Steve Carlsberg, the new boy who had moved to Night Vale from the East Coast only a few months before. As usual, Dougie Marshak, the Scout Master's son, wore a ridiculous homemade feathered headdress. Earl ignored him, but greeted a few of the others while he waited for his best friend to arrive.

They were loading their equipment into the Marshaks' van when a voice called, "Hey, Earl!"

Earl turned around, grinning, to see Cecil Palmer and his brother Kevin hurrying toward him. "Hey, Cecil." He rubbed his suddenly-sweaty palms on his pant legs. Soon, he would know.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Default)
The power was out today in my neighbourhood. Look what happens when there's no internet to distract me! Who would have thought?

Excerpt:
"I'm OK," said Sirius. "Are you?"

"Yeah, fine." Remus began to walk in the direction of the stairway to Gryffindor tower.

"You look like death," Sirius said, following him.

"Thanks. I'm tired, Sirius. What do you want?"


Trans*Figured, Chapter 5


(I'm still looking for someone knowledgeable in trans* issues to advise me on a non-problematic way of dealing with Snape in this story. Volunteers?)
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Tender)
I've been feeling the itch to work on my trans* Remus story a lot lately. I wrote pretty much the whole chapter in the last six hours. Hope it's good!

Excerpt:
Remus and Snape's heads both jerked up to see Sirius lounging against the wall between them and the classroom.

Snape's mouth twisted into a sneer. "I wasn't hurting your girlfriend, Black. There's no law against me talking to her."

"There is now." Sirius pushed away from the wall, his wand clenched in his fist. "I don't ever want to hear you speak to Remus again. I'm fairly certain Dumbledore told you not to bother him."

"Just because I'm keeping that stupid secret doesn't mean I can't have a little fun." Snape's hand twitched towards his wand pocket.

Chapter 4


ETA: I need some help with resolving Snape. Can someone knowledgeable in trans* issues please contact me? I would be very grateful for any help you can provide.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Default)
Orion Black had a lot to say, as it turns out. I had to work hard to reign this one in, cutting as many words as I could. I think I spent more time cutting it down than I did writing it. It still hit 660.

Excerpt:
"Stand up straight," muttered Orion Black. "Say 'good day, sir' or 'ma'am' to anyone who greets you, but no more. Understand? This is a wake, not a soirée."

"Yes, Father." The two small boys walked a little taller, self-conscious in their black dress robes.

Orion noted with a frown that Regulus held Sirius's hand.

"A man of the House of Black needs no one to hold his hand."


Orion Black - February 1965
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)
Because I've written 17 chapters and I've only made it to December of the Marauders' second year at Hogwarts, I've decided to just go ahead and release the first "half" of the audiobook now. If I wait and do it all at once, it will be a massive file, and also, I don't like making people wait for things for no good reason. No, I don't know how long this story is going to end up being. Long. Very, very long.

Year Two, Chapters 1-16 audio link @ AO3
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
I changed the title (again), and I think I'm happy with it now. I wanted a way to indicate that it's part of the same arc as ACOC. Tonight, I bring you Walburga Black's perspective on motherhood, on the day of Regulus's birth.

Excerpt:
Walburga had done her duty, providing "an heir and a spare", as the expression went, for the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black. Her husband had kept to her bed for the agonisingly long time it had taken for her to conceive seven times, and birth two healthy male infants, though Orion Black had taken no joy in the task. Walburga hadn't minded the act of making heirs -- the husband her parents had selected for her was a handsome man who treated her gently -- but she knew Orion found little pleasure in the beds of women. Still, so long as he was discreet about his perversions, she could ignore them.
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 - RL/SB - Tender)
I am delighted to announce that Trans*Figured now has its own page on my website! Upon the advice of the incomparable [personal profile] themessrs, who has my undying gratitude, I have expanded Part II by ... er ... 3000 words. Meep! Looks like this is going to be another one of those stories that gets away from me. Enjoy!

Part I * Part II


(Also, don't forget that there is still time to vote in the [community profile] rs_games! The participants have worked hard and deserve all the love they can get!)
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Tender)
Title: Trans*Figured (2/5?)
Author: [personal profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~3800 and counting
Genre: AU, drama, angst, hurt/comfort, romance
Rating: T
Warnings: Trans* character written by cis author, references to Dark magic, attempted suicide
Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Poppy Pomfrey, Mr & Mrs Lupin (OCs)
Pairing: Remus/Sirius
Summary: Remus has a secret: he's not a werewolf.
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.
Note: I've been feeling recently that there is an under-representation of trans* characters in fanworks. Which is to say, I've never encountered one. This story is my attempt to improve trans* visibility in HP fanfic. I acknowledge that there are probably as many ways to be trans* as there are trans* people in the world, and I know that this story will probably not ring true with everyone's experiences, but hopefully I haven't made too much of a mess of things. I apologise in advance for any problematic elements that may have sneaked into the story in spite of my best intentions. I encourage everyone to check out Not Your Mom's Trans 101. It contains some great advice on being an effective and compassionate trans* ally.

Part I

Part II )
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Tender)
Title: Trans*Figured
Author: [personal profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~2100 and counting
Genre: AU, drama, angst, hurt/comfort
Rating: T (so far)
Warnings: Author writing about issues she has no experience with or business writing about, probably.
Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black
Pairing: Remus/Sirius (pre-slash)
Summary: Remus has a secret, and it's not what you think.
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.
Note: This bunny bit me the other day and wouldn't let go. I don't know when I've ever been so nervous about posting something I've written. I apologise in advance if I've made a mess of this.


He could not really remember what it had been like, Before. He had been too young. Sometimes he wished he could recall what it had felt like to be whole -- to be himself -- but more and more as he grew older, he felt that knowing what he had lost would be too much to bear. Mostly, Remus Lupin just felt alone.

Making friends was difficult. His Special Circumstances made him awkward and self-conscious around other children. The secret locked inside him was too big and too complicated for him to explain in a way that they would understand. His parents loved him, and they did what they could to ease the path for him, but they did not always seem to know what to do with him, either. They researched spells and bought expensive potions that left Remus feeling sick and weak for days, but they could find nothing to reverse what had been done to him.

Trans*Figured )
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: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Hermione)
This is mostly for [livejournal.com profile] _jenc_, who offered to Scotpick for me, but you know how I like to share. It's the start of a non-magic, present-day R/S romance that began its life as a piece of original fiction (with different character names, obviously, though they were always Remus and Sirius in my head) that was going to be submitted to an online contest for romance novels to be published as e-books, but I never got around to submitting it. As much as anything else, it's intended to be a love letter from me to Scotland, which I miss rather desperately. This is all there is at the moment, but it's something I'm planning to get back to once I finish ACOC, Year Two.

Highland Fling )
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Tender)
Title: A Cure For Nightmares, 7/12?
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~19,000 and counting
Genre: Drama, Romance, Non-Magic AU
Rating: R (so far, but will be NC-17)
Timeline: Marauders' 6th Year
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, and a few other familiar faces
Pairing(s): Remus/Sirius, mentioned James/Lily, Peter/OFC
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 is miserable until Remus shares another secret that changes everything.
Chapter Warnings: Recreational drug use. Liberties taken with 1970's British boarding school culture.
Author's Note: I'm having a hard time working on this and A Conspiracy of Cartographers in tandem, so I think I'm just going to try and finish this, since it's shorter and easier, so I can devote the attention to aCoC that it deserves. Sorry if this is disappointing for anyone, but I promise that I will be getting back to it SOON.


Excerpt:
"Thought you'd be here," said the brown-haired boy. "Can I talk to you?"

Sirius nodded, and Remus slumped down the wall beside him, staring straight ahead. There was a moment's awkwardness before Sirius realised he was being less than sociable, and passed the joint to Remus. As Remus took a deep drag, Sirius cleared his throat, knowing that he owed it to Remus to admit his guilt before the other boy began leveling accusations at him.

"Sorry," he mumbled, eyes fixed on his hands. "So sorry. Was an awful thing to do. And I know you're not queer."

He held his breath, waiting to see what Remus would make of his apology. Remus had come to him, after all, he slowly realised, and it didn't seem a very Remus-like thing to do -- to smoke the last of his grass and then tell him to fuck off. So maybe --


(Chapter Seven: Where There's Smoke)



[Chapter One] [Chapter Two] [Chapter Three] [Chapter Four] [Chapter Five] [Chapter Six]
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Tender)
Because I love you guys and because I promised to post something today that I was not able to deliver on. And also because Chapter Seven will probably be finished by tonight....

Title: A Cure For Nightmares, 6/10?
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~17,000 and counting
Genre: Drama, Romance, Non-Magic AU
Rating: R (so far, but will be NC-17)
Timeline: Marauders' 6th Year
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, and a few other familiar faces
Pairing(s): Remus/Sirius, mentioned James/Lily, Peter/OFC
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: When Remus is triggered, Sirius can't help but react.
Chapter Warnings: Self-harm (cutting). Liberties taken with 1970's British boarding school culture.
Author's Note: Apologies for the long wait. I'm currently being eaten alive by job- and apartment-hunting. Apologies, too, if I have rendered a Guernsey accent badly here. It's been a very long time since I heard one.


Excerpt:
"Remus?" he ventured a whisper.

Slowly, Remus's head turned toward him, staring brown eyes fixed on his face, but he did not seem to register Sirius's presence at all.

"Remus, go to the loo or something," he begged. "Get out of here."

Remus did not so much as blink.

Tentatively, Sirius reached over to lay a hand on his wrist. "Remus --"

The boy reacted to the touch as if burned. He stood up so fast his chair overturned, and bolted from the classroom.


(Chapter Six: Catalyst)



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