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Thursday, February 13th, 2020
7:55 am
Title: Refugees, XIV
Prompt: wealth inequality
Word Count: 100

“You!” Tisiphone, who was even less attractive than Alecto, wrenched free. “Always sucking up to Lucius Malfoy and wishing you had his money! The Princes weren’t even among the Sacred Twenty-Eight! No wonder you’ve latched onto a Vector and – “

“Kindly leave my fiancée out of this,” said Severus, voice like iron, and claimed her wand with a single word. “These children have done nothing save be the unfortunate victims of Muggle fanatics. Leave now, or this – “

He held up her wand between his fingertips.

“ – will be no more. Your choice.”

Tisiphone snatched at the wand and disapparated.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
8:01 am
Title: The Resistance, VIII
Challenge: Inquisitorial Squad
Word Count: 100

“Miss Parkinson. Please come in.” Severus waited for the girl to take a seat. “You probably wonder why I requested a meeting.”

The girl tried to look energetic even as she suppressed a yawn. “Excuse me, Professor. I was up late studying.“

“Which is why we are here.” Severus paused. “Your academic efforts have taken a noticeable downturn over the past few weeks.”

She closed her eyes. “I've been working very hard, sir. Professor Umbridge - ”

“I will speak to her. Kindly remember, however, that you are here to learn, not enforce regulations.”

“Yes, sir.”

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Monday, February 12th, 2018
7:45 am
Title: Alternate Positions, I
Challenge: Resolution: Find new job
Word Count: 100

Severus Snape
#5 Spinner's End
Halifax, Yorks


Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, 1978 (Slytherin House)


Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, 1981-present (head of Slytherin House 1981-present, deputy head 1990-present)

Freelance apothecary consultant, 1978-1981.


“Advanced Techniques for Brewing Polyjuice Potion and Other Recipes,” in Ars Apothecaria #247, January 1994..

“A New Theory of Classroom Presentation in Wizarding Education,” in Magical Education #65,
August 1987.


“The Case for Adding the Wolfsbane Potion to the National Health System”


Member, British Association of Apothecaries and Medical Brewers

References available upon request.

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
7:21 am
Title: Deluxe Edition, XXXXI
Challenge: The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts, I
Word Count: 100

Dear Mr. Scamander:

Unfortunately, Professor Snape will not be able to grant interviews or participate in any significant way in your updating project due to medical issues. He wishes you well -

“I most certainly do not. That book doesn't need to be updated, it needs to be replaced, and - “

“Darling, let me handle this. It's why I'm here.”

“I thought you were looking up baby names.”

“I'm taking a break, nothing more.”

“Carry on, then.”

- and looks forward to the finished project.

Best wishes for your success -

Remus J. Lupin

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Monday, January 23rd, 2017
7:16 am
Title: I (Don't) Remember Mama, I
Challenge: mythbusting: Snape's mother
Word Count: 100

Article from the Daily Prophet excerpting Severus Snape: The Truth Behind the Nose, by M. Melchizedek Mintweed:

...the parentage of this enigmatic figure has never been adequately explained. Tobias Snape was supposedly a Muggle, but was he related to the mysterious “T. Julian Snape” who attempted to claim the Augustulus Snape fortune in the 1930's?

And what about Eileen Prince? A dark-browed devotee of gobstones, she vanished from the Wizarding World soon after leaving school and allegedly died young – and yet, more than one observer has noted her remarkable resemblance to Hogwarts librarian Irma Pince.

What is going on?

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Monday, October 24th, 2016
7:45 am
Title: Blast from the Past, XXIX
Challenge: Squibs
Word Count: 100
Note: this is a Motherless Child story, where Snape and Lupin are married and have adopted a child. Their son is now around ten. It takes place at the same time as “Blast from the Past”

Fortunately Poppy had the time to take John to the broom race, and Remus, after a few moments of silent conversation (and a stiff dose of painkillers) Floo'd out to join them. Regulus sat staring at the floor until the hearth had turned red again.

“It was worse at first. Knowing I was a Wizard but not being able to change.” His voice was rough from non-use. “Makes me wish I'd never mocked Filch. It's awful.”

“I can imagine.” Filch had understood what it was like to be poor. “What about now? Is there anything?”

“Don't know.”

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Friday, October 14th, 2016
7:46 am
Title: What Johnny was doing, XV
Challenge: Exploding Snap
Word Count: 100
Note: this is a Motherless Child story, where Snape and Lupin are married and have adopted a child. Their son is now around ten. It takes place at the same time as “Blast from the Past”

Frau Schauffhausen arrived a few minutes later, traces of beauty clay from her interrupted Full Body Magical Mud Bath clotting her hair. Johnny watched in awe as she reprimanded her daughter, then hauled Angela away before she could once again prove that she'd skipped most of her English lessons.

Tunst du das nicht wieder, du dummes Mädchen!” she cried, and disapparated, daughter in tow.

“Wow,” Johnny said at last.

Aunt Poppy let out a long, long breath. “Are you done with your game? We should check on your fathers.”

Johnny scooped the cards into their explosion-proof pouch. “Yeah.”

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
7:37 am
Title: Blast from the Past, XXII
Challenge: Dervish & Banges
Word Count: 100
Note: this is a Motherless Child story, where Snape and Lupin are married and have adopted a child. Their son is now around ten.

Poppy did have a point. Dervish & Banges was best known for selling and repairing magical artifacts, but they also sold a small selection of user's manuals and do-it-yourself books and pamphlets. Severus rarely patronized them – he was more than capable of most household repairs – but even he had to admit that their offerings could be useful. Visiting them in search of a way to reverse what had been to Regulus made sense.

It was also an excuse to get away from the realization that Regulus was not only alive, but had been a prisoner until very recently.

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Friday, January 10th, 2014
7:43 am

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Saturday, November 24th, 2012
8:40 pm - Fic Pointer: "Captain Fraudulent," Chapters 1 and 2
I have, much to my own shock, committed Avengers fic. Here is where you can find it, if you're interested.

Title: Captain Fraudulent, Chapters 1 and 2 of 10
Pairings: Tony/Pepper established relationship, Steve/Peggy friendship
Rating: PG for occasional swearing
Warnings: Kardashian bashing, insults slung against Fox News, small yippy dogs, PTSD, and the gentrification of large parts of Brooklyn. And kale. Lots and lots of kale.
Disclaimer: this story was written solely for amusement value, not profit. No copyright infringement is intended, and I freely admit that I don't own a blessed thing except the ludicrous plot.
Summary: SHIELD did its best to help Steve Rogers adjust to modern society, but they completely forgot to warn him about the 24 hour news cycle. Oops.
Note: This was supposed to be a fun little romp about art, celebrity, and the modern media. 32,000 words later, I'm only halfway done, and it's not nearly as funny as intended. I'm posting the first two chapters tonight and will post future chapters on Saturdays until I'm done.

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Friday, December 23rd, 2011
7:34 am
Title: Blast from the Past, V
Challenge: Village People
Word Count: 100 apiece
Note: this is yet another Motherless Child drabble series, wherein Snape and Lupin have married and adopted a young werewolf. In this series Johnny is a teenager.

"You had to bring up Sid Vicious. You had to." Severus glared at Remus once Johnny had gotten his electronics charm to work and gone off to look up "disco" on Mugglepedia. "I've done my best to forget that I ever met him."

"I've done my best to forget that I ever went to a Village People concert," said Remus. He shuddered at the memory. "Where did he find that old scrapbook?"

Severus shook his head, expression softening. "At least he didn't find the sex toys. I'm not sure we'd ever live those down."

Remus winced. "Or the Victorian porn."

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Monday, June 20th, 2011
7:41 am - Fic post: The Tichborne Claimant, 6/?
I can't believe I missed two whole months. I am SO made of fail....

Title: The Tichborne Claimant, 6/?
Rating: R
Warnings for domestic abuse, anti-Semitism
Summary: Johnny Lupin-Snape is getting ready for his bar mitzvah, and the rabbi has asked him to look into his family. Little does he know what this means to his fathers.
Notes: This is a sequel to Motherless Child, wherein Snape and Lupin marry and adopt an orphaned werewolf. Johnny, their son, is about 12 in this story, and digging up family secrets that Severus would much prefer to have buried. I will post one installment each month between now and October 2011 in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 'ship.
For the curious, here is the source of the title.

Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three can be found here. Part Four can be found here. Part Five can be found here

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Monday, October 11th, 2010
7:24 am
Title: Life on His Own, I
Challenge: Snape after Hogwarts
Word Count: 100

"He's gone?" Severus stared at the neatly dressed solicitor. "What do you mean?"

"I mean that your father disappeared six month ago and has not been seen since." The solicitor, brow wrinkled in the best professional manner, peered at him over black-rimmed glasses. "Your cousins claimed not to have a telephone number or address for your school, which made it impossible to locate you."

Severus deliberately flattened his palms against his legs. Had Mum's protective spells on the house survived her? "What should I do now?"

"I've prepared documents giving you legal authority for the time being. If you'll sign?"

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Friday, June 4th, 2010
10:27 pm - Why I am not going to Pennsic
Warning: not for the faint of heart (or stomach):

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Thursday, January 21st, 2010
8:30 pm - Help Haiti
I am very pleased to report that the generous people who bid on my items at [info]help_haiti have allowed me to contribute about seven times more than I otherwise would have been able to afford. *hug*

And if [info]geminia is reading this - contact me with your prompt! I want to start writing!

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
11:23 pm - Haiti is devastated. Help me help them.
Help Haiti is a fandom auction to benefit survivors of the horrific earthquake that destroyed Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and killed uncounted thousands of people. I have offered several items to the auction, including:

- a sterling silver, moonstone, and freshwater pearl pendant that I wish to go to a good home.

- a complete set of the legendary KRAITH Star Trek fanzines.

- a hand-knitted novelty scarf in your choice of colors.

- a 2000 word fic.

Please, go bid, whether on me or someone else. This is a tragedy beyond measure, and every dollar is needed.

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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
10:19 pm
Anyone for chat?

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Friday, January 1st, 2010
8:43 pm - Chat, anyone?
Happy New Year - I'll be in the chat room for a little bit. Hope some of you join me!

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Saturday, December 19th, 2009
10:16 pm - Attention! Attention!
If you haven't seen it yet, go check out the incredible gift I received for Snupin Santa! It's an illustration for New York Minute. It's just stunning, and everyone should see it!

*still dazzled*

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Thursday, December 17th, 2009
7:34 am
Title: Since There's No Place To Go, IV
Challenges: dance [info]snape100, "Oh the weather outside is frightful…." [info]lupin100
Word Count: 100
Note: this the end of the de-aged Snape plot that began months ago. He's now an adult with most of his memories, and has reunited with Remus Lupin. They just need to find a place to be alone….

"Admit it." Severus raised himself on one elbow. The only light in the room was the pale, luminous gray of a fresh snowfall from the window. "You missed me."

"I did." Remus ran a hand through his lover's shining hair.

"You were jealous of poor Smithers, taking me to the dance." Severus, skin smooth and young and unscarred, leaned down for a kiss. "Don't deny it. I saw the way you looked at us."

"I felt like a monster. You were so young. I wanted to give you a chance to grow up."

Severus chuckled. "No worry on that account."

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