23 May 2008 @ 08:09 am
TEAM DRAGON ENTRY: Aqua Alta "Ghost Story"  
Title: Ghost Story
Author: [info]aqua_alta
Team: Team Dragon
Genre(s): Angst
Prompt(s): Optical Illusion, Deathly Hallow
Rating/Warnings/Kinks: PG-13. Epilogue-compliant.
Word Count: 7166
Summary: After his defeat of Voldemort in the final battle, Harry forgot something very important, which is brought to his attention some years later. He has to resort to drastic measures to prevent terrible things from happening.
A/N: Many, many thanks to my betas [info]joanwilder (aka our most esteemed capitan), [info]eeyore9990 and [info]ivylady - you rock! And another heartfelt "Thank you" to my lovely teammates at [info]teamdragon - you were amazing and I couldn't have done this without you.
Disclaimer: Everything belongs to JK Rowling. I did this for fun and I don't intend to make money with it. The lyrics at the beginning of the fic belong to Sting.

Ghost Story by Aqua Alta )
23 May 2008 @ 06:37 pm
TEAM PHOENIX ENTRY: Beth H "Learning the Landscape "  
Title: Learning the Landscape
Author: Beth H / [info]bethbethbeth
Team: Phoenix
Genre(s): Alternate Reality *Hover/Click for Games Definition of Alternate Reality* & Romance
Prompt(s): Tabloid Headlines
Rating: NC-17
Warning/Kinks: * *Strong language, semi-public fellatio, anal sex, references to despicable political allegiances, hate crimes, and other criminal activities.**
Word Count: ~21,000
Summary: Second generation celebrity, pop sensation, rising movie star: Harry Potter is looking for something more meaningful in his life than mere fame. However, when he inexplicably decides to make ex-con Steven Snape part of that "something more meaningful,"'s too much to expect the press to ignore it forever.
A/N: (a) Apart from setting this story in America in 2006, some additional liberties have been taken with the timeline: Harry's parents (and any other "Marauders" who might make an appearance), have the same birth dates they have in canon. The rest of the characters - including Harry and Snape - were all born approximately five years later than their canon birth dates...and Harry is just over 21 for those of you who care about that sort of thing.
(b) The footnotes, which are dotted throughout the story, are partly educational and partly inserted for my own amusement. If you're easily jolted out of the narrative flow of a story, don't bother clicking on them. I guarantee you won't miss anything too significant.
(c) Most importantly, though...shifting this story away from a magical world and back into the real world means that the story, of necessity, deals with some groups and ideologies that JKR was able to examine by way of metaphors in her novels. Believe me when I tell you I'm taking them very seriously.
Many thanks: to the very patient mods - and to Meri and Regan V for their speedy and exceedingly helpful betas!

Learning the Landscape by Beth H )