Word Count: approximately 32K
Pairing(s): Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, Lucius/Narcissa
Summary: Harry Potter has a lot to contend with: a failing relationship, a life debt to Narcissa Malfoy, unpleasant family secrets, a grieving George Weasley, babysitting duties imposed by Andromeda Tonks, and a supremely unheroic postwar world. He can be forgiven for passing the Resurrection Stone off to Kreacher without a second thought. He might not have done it if he'd known the stone was meant to work on Inferi.
Notes: This fic has epistolary sections, and the voices there should be credited to the real-life Mitfords. Special thanks to Enname, who gamely took the first crack at betaing this story; and to Caecelia, who held my hand and talked me through the tough parts. She claims she is not responsible for making the story work, but she is wrong.
Title: Romance of the Age
Word Count: approximately 23K
Pairing(s): one-sided Regulus/Snape, one-sided everyone/Lily, Lucius/Narcissa
Prompt: 113: Sirius describes Voldemort’s rise as “Terror everywhere… panic… confusion...” Write a Snape who is not at all terrified, and who in fact thoroughly enjoys these interesting times.
Summary: The rise of Severus Snape, who was born miserable and low, and had nowhere to go, really, but up.
Notes: This owes themes, motifs, and entire lines to Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies. The "hostage" line is straight from Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate. "The male" is taken from the real-life Mitfords, as is the notion of all the Blacks having ridiculous nicknames. Granfalloon is from Vonnegut. Fight scenes are form Jules Feiffer because I've realized that he taught me how to write fight scenes without really writing fight scenes.