18 May 2008 @ 10:04 am
TEAM PHOENIX ENTRY: Treewishes "Kukolka"  
Title: Kukolka
Author: [info]treewishes
Team: Phoenix
Genre(s): Romance, Alternate Universe *Hover/Click for Games Definition of Alternate Universe*
Prompt(s): Inheritance
Rating/Warnings/Kinks: Adult themes; *Minor character death*None (What? It's a romance.)
Word Count: ~17,500
Summary: Harry Potter receives a gift from his dying mother that is much more than it seems. (Pretty lame summary, you say? Where's the romance, where's the adventure, you ask? Well, I'll tell you, it's all here. Flying Cauldrons. Magic Wands. Bad men. Good men. Love. Hate. Revenge. Ugliest witches. Bravest wizards. Ogres. Giants. Curses. Death. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles. Come on now, try to keep up....)
A/N: Alternate Universe: *In 1913, Albus Dumbledore kills Gellert Grindelwald during a heated argument, and his sister Ariana lives. This changes everything.*

A reader may recognize in this hodge-podge pastiche a number of sources in addition to the Harry Potter books 1 through 7. Additional "borrowed-froms" include The Princess Bride: A Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The 'Good Parts' Version) by William Goldman, The Diamond Age or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson, Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back by George Lucas, and two traditional Russian tales: Vasilisa the Beautiful and The Death of Koshchei the Deathless. Ideally, one should read all of these to appreciate what has been borrowed from previous works in this 'literary collage'. Those familiar with slash fandom may find additional irreverent references herein as well. The author has deliberately co-opted plot elements, inserted snippets of dialogue, and evoked scenes from movies to create a cultural blend. Whether all together this is more or less than a sum of its parts remains a question for the reader.

Many thanks for critical beta reads from Venivincere, Rubyrosered, and Ad Baculum; any errors that remain are my own doing. Also thanks for language ideas from Vorickson and painless_J, and structural discussions with BethBethBeth, cmshaw, and LightGetsIn. Finally, none of this would be possible without semi-constant advice and encouragement from Fuschia, whose knowledge of Russian literature has always delighted me.

Kukolka by Treewishes )
18 May 2008 @ 08:47 pm
TEAM DRAGON ENTRY: Jadzialove "Of Cabbages and Kings"  
Title: Of Cabbages and Kings
Author: [info]jadzialove
Team: Dragon
Genre(s): Post-war and Romance
Prompt(s): Sleeplessness
Rating/Warnings/Kinks: NC-17 *EWE, mentions Ron/Hermione, Snape Lives! Wanking, Virgin!Harry.*
Word Count: Approx. 23,830
Summary: Harry was supposed to enjoy life after the war. Instead, he can barely stay awake for it. Running out of hope, he finds help from the most unusual sources, and in a wholly unexpected place.
A/N: Thank you so very much to [info]joanwilder—our fearless Capitan, my talented beta, and my most awesomest friend—for talking me down from the tree when I hated my story and despaired of offering anything decent. Many thanks to my Dragon teammates, who kept me from a terrible disservice to my poor deprived Harry, and to my friend from the future, [info]blamebrampton, for the Brit-pick and for kitten-inspiration. And a huge thank you to [info]djin7 and the mods for all of their hard work, and for letting me play. It's been an exciting, terrifying and very fulfilling experience for me.
Lastly, though it's not necessary to the story, I feel compelled to mention that Kreacher sounds like Boris Karloff in my head—if you don't know who that is, think Grinch.
Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter, but he sure as hell owns me.

Of Cabbages and Kings by Jadzialove )