therealsnape: (OLSB Poppy)
I'm an eager follower of The Austen Project, in which six famous, professional authors offer a new take on Austen's book. This summer [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss and I discussed the various books, and especially the recently-published Emma.

We were our usual critical selves, and then I thought it would be fun to try a re-write myself. The result you'll find below. It's my take on Emma and my entry for this year's [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest.

[livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss, ardent Austonian and beta-reader extra-ordinaire, offered invaluable advice, as always. Thank you, dear, for improving my writing and for five glorious years of Minerva-centered works!

Title: Sense and Persuasion
Rating: PG
Word Count: 7900
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey, Pomona Sprout, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, Augusta Longbottom. In due course, pairings will develop.
Summary: Poppy Pomfrey has all the best characteristics of Emma Woodhouse, and the wisdom that comes with age. So when she interferes, it isn’t meddling. Not at all.
Warnings: None.

Sense and Persuasion )
therealsnape: (Muriel)
Title: A Prewett Always Pays Her Debts
Author: [livejournal.com profile] therealsnape
Characters: Muriel Prewett, assorted others
Word Count: 4300
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Muriel Prewett never bets; she doesn’t know what came over her. The long and short of it is: she lost, and now she’s in trouble. But as Molly says, “A trouble shared is a trouble halved.”
Author's Notes: Many thanks to my wonderful beta, [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss, whose insightful comments did so much to improve this story. It was originally written for HP football bets, so I may as well thank the Japanese team, without whose victory this story would never have been written.


A Prewett Always Pays Her Debts )
therealsnape: (Muriel)
This week [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss posted her delightful story Five Creatures That Luna Believes In That Hermione Doesn't

It’s a wonderful essay on Magical Creatures and Their Effects on People, as well as a great characterisation of perceptive Luna and surprising Vincent. It also offers some Hogwarts students’ ideas on what Hooch gets up to in her spare time, and there’s a McGonagall/Vectra to die for.

In short, hop over and read it.

And when you’ve done that, you’ll agree with me that the only point of concrit one might offer is that we are tantalized by the following bit:

Or at least, Luna assumed it was a verret. She couldn't quite see it, but she thought she caught a whiff of its tell-tale sweet scent, the one that worked as a vapourous form of Veritaserum, but that affected behaviour instead of words. It caused people to act on their deepest desires, which was why Luna felt that it was a good thing verrets were so rare. Often it was better to keep one's deepest desires private. Her father had once told her an interesting tale about the time a verret sat under the chair of Ron Weasley's Auntie Muriel. . .

And then Kelly doesn’t give us the tale. Instead, we get a teenage snogfest. Here's my version of what happened:


Something Borrowed, Something Blue )

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