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Troubles with upcoming ficlets - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Troubles with upcoming ficlets
So I can get to them before I get to them and go, "Eep!"

Anon who wants a "That You Might Live" ficlet: I know (sort of) which fic you mean, but it's been a decade, and--embarrassing as it is to admit--I don't remember exactly which of the AUs out there we're talking about. Was that the sequel to Sands of Time? Do you have a link? The link to SotS on Vader's Mask seems to be, erm, non-existent. (We can see how often I visit VM these days!)

christine brigg, I'm not sure what you mean Ginny to be apologizing for. Nothing's really sticking out that she did that was particularly nasty or egotistical. Did you have something in mind that I'm just forgetting?

harrietweasley-longbottom, I did already do the only fic I could think of with Harry acting as a big brother to Hermione (I think you mentioned having read it?); he sort of botched it. Would just a sort of sibling-esque moment be all right?

stephan theonlooker--I already did a longer fic on the subject, called The Circle. Does it work for you?

allie_meril, I didn't have Dudley's kids magical (or haven't since JKR said they weren't and I hadn't done anything with the Parvati ship I'd considered)... I had his son marry one of Teddy's daughters. Is that a scenario that would work for you?

amidalareader, I'm a bad HP fan, and don't own "Beedle." I've read it, but it was a while ago. Was the year of the "Fountain" pantomime mentioned?

Anon who wants "How Deathly Hallows should have ended"--the epilogue is more or less what I'd have had it be. Did you just mean, say, if Remus and Tonks had lived? Other than that, I really wouldn't change it much.

Anon who asked for "the kids learning about the family history of their new schoolmate Scorpius Malfoy"... I have a hard time imagining that they wouldn't know going in exactly who Scorpius was. They might not have socialized, but it's a small world, and they'd know family stories. Or do you just mean them actually being exposed to the Malfoys for the first time?

As I'm sure you all might have guessed from the dwindling numbers, I'm currently a little burned out, and I'm just recharging a little. I owe a Stray chapterlet, too, which I ought to do.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
"How it should have ended" meaning R&T not dying, yeah.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 8th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Okeydoke. :D
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)

from Christine Brigg

i didn't want to get you stuck, like i'm so sorry!

ginny never did anything major. but she had a lot of bump that like weren't major but they bothered me. and like I know she is nice a lot, like when she is nice to Luna and helps Neville. but her little imature mean streaks bothered me.

i'll give you examples and you pick one to work on okay?

- that she was really nasty to Fleur, calling her "Phelm" all the time during sixth year trying to get harry to laught at Fleur *and even getting defensive when harry defends Fleur by saying "I suppose you like the way she says Harry?"*
then, related, at the wedding she throws glares at Gabrielle delacour when she looked at Harryand then gets all insecure and goes "you are not planning to hook up with a veela are you Harry?"

-the way she went through two boyfriends, and after breaking up with them, she either referring to them as "git" (michael) or getting annoyed and "i can take care of myself" (at poor Dean).

how she treated Ron like Crap all sixth year and didn't apologized to him once for hurting his self steem. *like i know siblings fight, my younger siblings drive me crazy but ginny was way too mean to Ron when it was a bit her fault he went out with lavender. and like Hermione probably told her not to tell Ron about krum and ginny did it for like pride.

and finally she going "No Harry will Take Luna, will you harry?" when Cho offered Help was just super bitchy and immature. Harry didn't liked cho like then and ginny got territorial.

so one of those where she talks to whoever she was mean, bitchy or treated like crap and gives like a Good apology. like humbling herself to admit she was acting like a *itch

thank you and like i don't want to keep you stuck, if you can't think of something just write whatever

Christine Brigg
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 8th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: from Christine Brigg

Okay, I'll work on one of those! :D
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)

harry hermione sibling like


oh yes i read that, that's where i got the idea to ask for more harry trying to be big brother. cause that was cute even if it didn't worked.

sibling-esque sounds alright. what i am looking for is one where harry cares for Hermione as more than the girl with all the answers, the one that keeps getting him out of trouble, the girl Ron has a huge crush/love for.

because I mean he was always pretty stupid when it came to helping Hermione when hermione was hurting. I do guess that JK Rowling may have done that on purpose because Ron is more attune to Hermione's moodswings and feelings than harry.

but like that Harry didn't even tried was really frustrating

so something with Harry and Hermione where Hermione might feel a bit down (maybe during a fight with Ron After the get together) and Harry tries something Anything to get over his "eek girl toucy feelings crying warning" and cheer up hermione and let her know that everything is going to go well with Ron but in the meantime that he doesn't think of her as just "the girl who helped with homework and got him out of trouble".

like i don't know. he doesn't have to be completely successful but that at least it's a genuine "I really really tried to cheer you up and show you that as a friend I care".

gosh just thinking about I can imagine how frustrating Writing harry must be.

good luck and thanks

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 8th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: harry hermione sibling like

I think Harry's just not all that clued in to anything emotion-related as a kid (when would he have learned it prior to Hogwarts?), but when he's older, I'll bet he's fine.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)


Good luck Fern. you can do it.

and thanks anyway for the hard work.

and if you get sick of it by the end of the whole thing and never ever offer ficlets again, we understand

thanks anyway

Bethany Anne
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 8th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *Hug*

Oh, at the end, I always think, "This is the last time" and then a few months later think, "Wonder what fab ideas will come up next time?" :D
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: January 8th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, of course! They don't have to be magical, just a discussion of wizarding vs. Muggle history.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 8th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


I've located the SotS-page: http://vadersmask.homestead.com/iyw.html.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 8th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: SotS

Of course... it was "I'm Your What?" when it got archived! Thanks. Don't know why on earth it wasn't linked!
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

"That You Might Live" fic

Hi Fern,
Yes, it's the Sands of Time sequel. Sorry for throwing that at you. I'm afraid I don't have a link to it--not really sure how to make links, actually. Although I just discovered the 'verse myself and think it's fascinating, I understand that it's a bit less recent for you. So, if you don't want to jump all the way to the end of the sequel, anything just-post Sands of Time with Anakin dealing with his own potential would be awesome.
I'm sorry you're a little burned out, though that's totally understandable, too. We've asked an aweful lot of you. But you go as slowly as you need to--we don't want to make you miserable and overworked just to gratify our demanding selves. Maybe the next challenge call (if there is one) you could limit the number, so you aren't this bogged down, and it might be as fun for you as it is for us?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 8th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "That You Might Live" fic

I'll have a read (someone found the link) and come up with something. Should be kind of fun, actually.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

more info on pantomime- but not exact year.

*ouch* I should have been more especific. silly me.

okay I re-read my copy of Beedle the Bard *and I recommend you buying it if you can, it's very entretaining! specially Dumbledore's notes*

like okay....

in terms of years I couldn't find an exact date but it does give a bit of a time frame:

the Herbology master/teacher at the time was Herbert Beery not Sprout. (and the date is early 20th century).

Dumbledore says that at the time of the play he "i was a young transfiguration teacher..." (the lexicon says he was tranfiguration teacher c.1940s). and that Dipper was Headmaster.

and professor Kettleburn was still the Care of magical Creatures teacher (and the book implies this was when he had all his limbs).

so based on that (you can make a better guess probably) I'm guessing either during Tom Riddle's school time or during Molly and arthur's time at Hogwarts (which i think also means Molly's brothers are alive).

other things in the notes that are important are these: (taken right out of the book, but a bit of paraphrasing):

"many are unfamiliar with the British tradition of plays presented at Christmas time, usually based on fairytales, including music and audience participation..."

Dumbledore was in charge of "the special effects which "included a fully functioning Fountain of fair fortune" and a hill that while the heroes apparently climb it it would sink down into the stage.

"The Worm" of the story in the play was provided by Kettleburn and it was an Ashwinder who started throwing sparks and slowly getting the stage on fire along with her eggs.

"The students playing *Amata* and *Sir Luckless* had been Boyfriend and girlfriend until one hour before the curtain rose, at which point Luckless transferred his afections to *Asha*"

After the first spark was ignated by the Ashwinder the girls playing Amata and Asha began a fierce duel in the middle of the stage and professor Beery got caught in the crossfire.

* keep on reading my second comment because i'll give you as short a sumary of The tale of the fountain of fair fortune"*


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 8th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: more info on pantomime- but not exact year.

Thank you!
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 9th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: more info on pantomime- but not exact year.

By the way, Fern, it was a magically-made-GIGANTIC ashwinder (not the best plan with a wooden stage).

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Continued from amidalareader -paraphrasing of "the Tale of the fountain of Fair fortune"

just in case you need it:

okay and here is a descriptive summary of "the fountain of fair fortune" story for reference:
There is an enchanted and enclosed garden that is protected by "strong magic." Once a year, an "unfortunate" is allowed the opportunity to find their way to the Fountain, to bathe in the water, and win "fair fortune forever more."
Sir Luckless, Amata, Asha and Altheda

Knowing that this may be the only chance to truly turn their lives around, people (with magical powers and without) travel from the far reaches of the kingdom to try and gain entrance to the garden. It is here that three witches meet and share their tales of woe. First is Asha, sick of "a malady no Healer could cure," who hopes the Fountain can restore her health. The second is Altheda, who was robbed and humiliated by a sorcerer. She hopes the Fountain will relieve her feelings of helplessness and her poverty. The third witch, Amata, was deserted by her beloved, and hopes the Fountain will help cure her "grief and longing." The witches decide that three heads are better than one, and they pool their efforts to reach the Fountain together. At first light, a crack in the wall appears and "Creepers" from the garden reach through and wrap themselves around Asha, the first witch. She grabs Altheda, who takes hold of Amata. But Amata gets tangled in the armour of a knight, and as the vines pull Asha in, all three witches along with the knight get pulled through the wall and into the garden.

Since only one of them will be permitted to bathe in the Fountain, the first two witches are upset that Amata inadvertently invited another competitor. Because he has no magical power, recognizes the women as witches, and is well-suited to his name, "Sir Luckless," the knight announces his intention to abandon the quest. Amata promptly chides him for giving up and asks him to join their group.

On their journey to the Fountain, the motley band faces three challenges. First, they face a "monstrous white worm, bloated and blind" who demands "proof of your pain." After several fruitless attempts to attack it with magic and other means, Asha's tears of frustration finally satisfies the worm, and the four are allowed to pass. Next, they faced a steep slope and are asked to pay the "fruit of their labors." They try and try to make it up the hill but spend hours climbing to no avail. Finally, the hard-won effort of Altheda as she cheers her friends on (specifically the sweat from her brow) gets them past the challenge. At last, they face a stream in their path and are asked to pay "the treasure of your past." They attempt to float or leap across but they failed, until Amata thinks to use her wand to withdraw the memories of the lover who abandoned her, and dropped them into the water. At once, stepping stones appear in the water, and the four are able to cross to the Fountain, where they must decide who gets to bathe.

Asha collapses from exhaustion and is near death. She is in such pain that she cannot make it to the Fountain, and she begs her three friends not to move her. Altheda quickly mixes a powerful potion in an attempt to revive her, and the concoction actually cures her malady, so she no longer needs the Fountain's waters. By curing Asha, Altheda realizes that she has the power to cure others and a means to earn money. She no longer needs the waters of the Fountain to cure her "powerlessness and poverty." The third witch, Amata realizes that once she washed away her regret for her lover, she was able to see him for what he really was ("cruel and faithless"), and she no longer needs the Fountain's waters. She turns to Sir Luckless and offers him his turn at the Fountain as a reward for his bravery. The knight, amazed at his luck, bathes in the Fountain and flings himself "in his rusted armour" at the feet of Amata and begs for her "hand and her heart." Each witch achieves their dreams for a cure, a hapless knight wins knowledge of his bravery, and Amata, the one witch who had faith in him, realizes that she has found a "man worthy of her." The four set off "arm-in-arm" we then learn that the four friends live long, never realizing that the Fountain's waters "carried no enchantment at all."

and that's all

hopefully it will help

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

on the circle...

I can't believe i didn't saw that ficlet before. I don't remember seeing it here in your journal or on humungous big head site.

is it only in FF.net? because I usually don't look to fics there. i don't like many of them there. so that's why i never ran across "The Circle" ficlet before.

*reads it*

that was quite good. as always. it really did adressed my prop. even if just in the last lines of the fic, in terms of Remus adressing Sirius.

Sirius remorse was heartbreaking and it made feel all the more sorry for him. you also give a good reason why he may have been so reckless and done it. he was on the final strains with his family and probably regulus was beginning to see snape as more like a brother than sirius? i can see that as a good reason why sirius told snape about the shack.

still poor Sirius and remus.

can i ask for a continuation of it? it doesn't have to be as long. and maybe at the end of that year, or close to it?

stephan theonlooker
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 8th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: on the circle...

I think it appeared here at LJ, but I couldn't remember when, and figured I'd probably tinkered with it. I'll do a little continuation.
mistralcat From: mistralcat Date: January 9th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
fern, you know you don't owe us anything, right? And I say this as someone whose request hasn't come up yet. :-)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
As someone else whose request is further down the list, I agree with mistralcat. If it is turning into a chore or a job we will be happy with the wonderful stories you have already given us.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 10th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, it's nothing like that. I just spent long enough in school (Masters degree) that I tend to talk in terms of assignments. I like doing these. I feel a little guilty for how long I'm taking, but no, it's not a chore. :D
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 12th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am the one who asked for "kids learning about the family history of their new schoolmate". I think they'd know who he was - but not much more than that. They'd know the broad history and probably some of the more harmless "at Hogwarts" stuff, but don't think they'd know the details of Ron, Harry, and Hermione at Malfoy Manor (for example). I was thinking of a scenario where Rose learns that while she likes her new friend from Herbology, she's not sure how she feels about the idea that his dad was in the room doing nothing while someone tortured her mother, and kept Luna hostage for months, etc. Does that make sense?? I just thought that facing the history day to day would be different from just knowing about it.
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