Mothwing
31 July 2016 @ 09:30 pm
<3  
"Did no one teach you to knock, boy?"

This excited I haven't been in a long time.
 
 
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Mothwing
28 February 2014 @ 05:00 pm
Book Round-up: February  
15.


Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Crocky and I are probably not the best fans considering how little we've actually been reading the books ever since the last movies came out. Sure, I've certainly flicked through them occasionally, but the last time the two of us read a book together was when DH came out. I love reading with her.


14.


Pratchett, Terry: Dodger
I really wanted to like this book. I don't. And ... I don't know what to say. I judge this author by much higher standards than any other, anyway, because his books meant and mean so much to me.They have a huge influence on how I see the world, their humanism and underlying optimism inherent especially in his late eighties and nineties books changed me and how I see people forever and made me a much happier person.
Sadly, somewhere around, oh, it may have been around Thud!, that seems to have gone lost forever and taken over more and more by the mandatory cynical grittiness that are apparently a mandatory hallmark to achieve depth these days. Dodger... I was scared of this book. There were many possibilities and pitfalls, and... it just doesn't work. The characters don't, the Dickensianism... also sort of doesn't, the historical figures didn't. Oh, and that love plot, too, but there aren't many love plots that I'd ever consider entirely necessary, so. Shame -there are many things that could have worked if he'd picked a different main character instead of writing Harry King's biography in Dickens' London.


13.


Davis, Lindsey: The Silver Pigs
Private Eyes in Vespasian's Rome, strong female characters, a walk through the underbelly of the Aventine, a fun read.


12.


Goldacre, Ben: Bad Science
Re-listening after finishing Bad Pharma.


11.


Galbraith, Robert: The Cuckoo's Calling
A very decent crime story by an not entirely unknown Scottish author who's shown before that they can do plots, and didn't disappoint here.
I liked the characters, I didn't like the moment when our sleuth tells the murderer what they'd done and they never actually confess or say much to agree or disagree with the sleuth's version. It seems strange that anybody would sit and listen at length to someone laying out what happened without any input from them, but this is a gripe I have with many crime novels with sleuths.
 
 
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Mothwing
02 February 2014 @ 03:35 pm
Hermione/Ron, Hermione/Harry, Hermione/...?  
So, now that we have voice of god confirmation that Hermione/Ron was not a good idea, whom do you think should Hermione have ended up with/married instead?

Some suggestions in ticky boxes.

[Poll #1954822][Poll #1954822]
 
 
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Mothwing
17 October 2013 @ 10:01 pm
Art: Azkaban  
Title: Azkaban.
Characters: Bellatrix Lestrange.
Rating: G
Credits: falln-brushes's Hair Brush set and Smoke Brush set, amorphisss's Snow Brush, Wolfcatstock's 694 as reference.
Summary: Bellatrix in winter wonderland Azkaban at night.



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Mothwing
23 March 2013 @ 12:12 am
Art: Detention. (Werewolf, G)  
Title: Detention.
Characters: None. There is a werewolf, though, and others are mentioned.
Rating: G
Credits: =charfade's Grass Brush set, *HOTNStock's Mexican Wolf Stock 22, ^PirateLotus-Stock's Crouching Ninja Pirate Pack 2.
Summary: James and Sirius get bored during detention and decide to deface school property.
Comment: Having fun imagining what windows at Hogwarts might look like and that mermaid hints that there are creature windows and possibly less student-safe versions in the private chambers? Who knows.



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Mothwing
21 March 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Art: Brothers (Regulus Black, Sirius Black, G)  
Title: Brothers.
Characters: Regulus Black and Sirius Black.
Rating: G
Credits: ~mostlyguystock's Standing 6, *Beinspyred's Art Nouveau Border 28, =charfade's Grass Brush Set and ~Frozenstocks' Broken Glass. Thank you!
Summary: A window on the second floor of Grimmauld Place.



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Mothwing
28 December 2012 @ 04:59 pm
Fireplace Icons  
I made some festive Minerva/Severus icons from a fireplace gif I had seen online several times and which I now stole from found on a site selling oil and firewood here.

I realise that it is hard to tell that it's them at all, but here the icons are, anyway, for those of you who might like them. 

Preview: 


10 variations )
 
 
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Mothwing
03 August 2012 @ 09:03 pm
Dear Pottermore  
Elizabeth I is perfectly capable of making her own decisions regaring matrimony. 

Without magic of any sort, thank you ever so much. 
 
 
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Mothwing
23 June 2012 @ 10:16 am
Art: Gotcha! (Marauders, Severus, G), Soft (Lily, Severus, G)  
Title: Gotcha!.
Characters: Peter, Remus, James, Sirius, and Severus.
Rating: G
Credits: geoectomy-stock's JBD Runner, charfade's Grass Brush Set. Thank you!
Summary: four Gryffindors and a Slytherin. 
A/N: Had to spend the time during the match yesterday somehow, so I made this. 



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Title: Soft.
Characters: Lily Evans, Severus Snape
Rating: G
Credits osorrisstock's TheDuo Sitting, charfade's Ultimate Grass Brush Set".
Summary: Lily, Severus, two teddies and a pond. Sorry about the cheesiness.
A/N: I wanted to do something with water, and this was the result. Working up to the mermaid one. 



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Mothwing
19 June 2012 @ 10:20 pm
Art: Mermaid. (Mermaid, Pomona Sprout, G)  
Title: Mermaid. 
Characters: a mermaid, Pomona Sprout. 
Rating: G
Credits: Mermaid: ~sinned-angel-stock's Mermaid 24 and *linzee777's hair brush set. Water: frozenstarro's Water brushes. Border: ~gvalkyrie's Suddenly Spring brush set
Summary: Wysiwyg, really: a skinny-dipping Pomona being waylaid by a mermaid! 
A/N: Yes, it's warm over here. 



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Mothwing
10 June 2012 @ 11:15 pm
Shameless dA Plug  
If you are on DeviantArt and love HP witches, please consider joining 


It's a new community (and as yet in need of another co-mod, too) dedicated to the lovely witches of the Harry Potter series, especially the adults. There are of course also plenty of other great Yuri groups who have a lot of lovely art showing teenaged witches from the series, but I couldn't find one specifically for adult witches. So here is one. 
 
 
Mothwing
10 June 2012 @ 01:49 pm
Fanart Recs  
I usually check art tagged "Minerva" once a month to find pieces for DownyThistle, but since I'd taken a break from posting, I missed out on some great works that I'd like to show you here, too. 

To start us of, this is a must see: 


Minerva and Irma
by ~Johny-and-Mary on deviantART 
I love the colours and their expressions. Perfect. 

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Mothwing
09 June 2012 @ 10:04 pm
Art: Catch.  
Title: Catch
Characters: Minerva McGonagall/Rolanda Hooch
Rating: G
Credits: *SenshiStock's Sailor Gossips, *charfade's Grass Brushes and ~eMelody's Bird Brushes.
Summary: This early, school and grounds were hers. Minerva soared higher, surveying the cold pitch, which low mists filled like water. For an hour she enjoyed the lonely rhythm of throwing and catching until far movement stopped her. She left, but the memory of the Ravenclaw's lean body soaring across the sky lingered on her mind all day. Minerva saw her again the next day, and the next. On their fourth day, Rolanda flew up and asked, voice gruff with shyness, if she wanted to join her. The speed of Minerva's weak-kneed agreement was mostly due to the girl's golden eyes.
A/N: My indecision when it comes to femme!ships makes my Minerva get a lot of action, and here is one more Minerva/Rolanda. Sorry about the clumsy quidditch title metaphor and the spam.



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Mothwing
04 June 2012 @ 12:56 am
Art: Tender. (Madam Rosmerta, Professor Sprout. PG)  
Title: Tender
Characters: Madam Rosmerta/Professor Sprout
Rating: PG
Credits: ~gvalkyrie's Suddenly Spring brush set.
Summary: A look through the curtains reveals Pomona Sprout enthralled by her favourite bartender, Madam Rosmerta.
A/N: Sorry about the spam, and I hope it's at all possible to tell who's who. 



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Mothwing
03 June 2012 @ 06:18 pm
Art: Summer (Lily Evans, Severus Snape. G)  
Title: Summer.
Characters: Lily Evans, Severus Snape
Rating: G
Credits: *Eirian-stock for He and She, ~nathies-stock's Pouring Rain Brush and *charfade's Grass Brush set.
Summary: Severus and Lily frolicking in a field. 
A/N: Weather we had over here on Friday. This is very saccharine, be warned!



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Mothwing
29 May 2012 @ 11:42 am
Art: Sisters  
Title: Sisters.
Characters: Lily Evans, Petunia Evans
Rating: G
Credits: Sailor Kerrie Pushing by *SenshiStock, Smoke brush by ~Falln-Stock.
Summary: "That's where you're going. A special school for freaks. You and that Snape boy… weirdos, that's what you two are. It's good you're being separated from normal people. It's for our safety." - Not a happy memory, needless to say. 
A/N: I've been wanting to do something Pensieve-related for a while now, as I'm wondering what Severus did with the memories he had of Lily after her untimely demise. If a Pensieve serves to preserve memories as well as organise them it's likely to me that he'd be keeping some of his Lily-memories there. 



Step into the Pensieve... )
 
 
Mothwing
10 April 2012 @ 06:32 pm
Congratulations!  

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who won the Spring Fanfic Polls - you all deserve it and I feel proud to have you on my flist! ♥ 

I hope you celebrated your own abilities accordingly and had a lovely Easter. 
 
 
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Mothwing
12 March 2012 @ 11:49 pm
Art: Avada Kedavra, Keeper  
Yes, I do have too much time on my hand now that my exams are over, what gave me away?  Sorry about the spam. 

Title: Avada Kedavra.
Characters: Severus Snape, OC
Rating: PG-13
Credits: lightning by *redheadstock, Severus by *senshistock, muggle by ~dazzle-stock
Summary: Severus Snape using the Killing Curse on a muggle woman.
A/N: I believe Severus Snape killed during his DE days, though I respect other readings of the character. Though this is, as always, not very explicit, I put this behind a cut because I believe it can still be potentially upsetting. 

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Title: Keeper. 
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank.
Rating: G. 
Credits: Like a magpie. Corner brushes by =Eterea86, Pose references for Wilhelmina by ~BlooDoveStock here, Minerva by =Kxhara here - would have been lost without them, the limbs were all over the place in my reference-free attempt. Birds by ~WingsOfAHero here.
Summary: Minerva and Willa spending some time on the quidditch pitch. The latter is not the greatest flyer and lost her broom, but Minerva is there to help. 
A/N I think that the placement of my goal hoops is non-standard. Sorry about that!



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Mothwing
09 March 2012 @ 02:35 pm
Art: Ghosts. (Lily Evans, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Dougal McGregor, G)  
Title: Ghosts.
Characters: Lily Evans, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Dougal McGregor.
Rating: G.
Credits: Lily by ~Gracies-Stock and Dougal by ~Johnny-Yong, texture by `cloaks, grass and flowers by !ro-stock
Summary: Sometimes, if the light was right, in the hours around dawn, they almost seemed close enough to touch.
A/N:  Severus and Minerva being haunted by the ghosts of their past - Lily and Dougal. Loved ones who died remain a part of you, and navigating a relationship around those still half-with you must be pretty challenging. Yes, I caved in and did something Pottermore-backstory-related and kitschily indulgent. Apologies! 



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Mothwing
04 March 2012 @ 06:38 pm
Art: Minerva's Life (Minerva McGonagall and various others, G.)  
Title: Minerva's Life.
Rating: G
Credits given in posts for individual images 
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, her family, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, 
Artist's Notes: My version of Minerva McGonagall's biography from before birth to her seventies from 2010. I never got round to posting these, but here they are now. I'm not happy with all of them anymore and surprisingly happy with others in hindsight.
Anyway, here they are, each is a click-through link to the entry with a larger version. 





 
 
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Mothwing
03 March 2012 @ 01:08 am
Art: Troubles. (Tobias, Eileen and Severus Snape. G.)  
Title: Troubles.
Characters: Tobias Snape, Eileen Snape. Severus Snape.
Rating: G.
Credits: pose for Tobias by ~thepropagation3, Severus, texture by `cloak
A/N: Another non-subtle one, I'm afraid. There is a companion drabble that goes with this "drawable". Also maybe I did have a little too much fun when I was doing "Argument", but overlapping silhouettes are awesome. And my deepest apologies to the arachnid community for the blobby specimen, I don't seem to do spiders well. 



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Mothwing
23 February 2012 @ 11:54 pm
Drawable III  
Title: Boggart.
Characters: Tobias Snape, Boggart Tobias, Eileen Snape. 
Rating: G.
Credits:  Boggart by ~wookiestock, Eileen by ~WolfCatStock, background flower by ~MorfineDoll-stock, texture as ever by `cloaks



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Mothwing
19 February 2012 @ 10:22 pm
Awesomeness  
I'm usually late with recs and such, so scroll past if you have seen these already. 

1. Tigerbeatdown: "G. R. R. Martin is creepy" - putting into words what I've thought about the series for years. It's one of the series that I get as 24/7 kinkster Fantasy series, but not as mainstream Fantasy without the niche SSC context or a warning label. 

2. If you haven't updated your knowledge in 2009 what you learned about female reproductive anatomy at school is probably outdated and not as awesome as reality

3. McGonagall and Umbridge, a new piece by ~ehay. Her Minerva's cheekbones are as delightful as ever. 

4. If you haven't already, check out The Half-Life by *Sigune, a watercolour portrait of Snape. 

5. Though I'm not a Snarry fan I can recommend Cordiality and comfort of my new home, which has amazing light. 

6. ~LadyMacbeth1755 has the four heads of houses as silhouettes here

7. I'm late with this rec, but if you haven't already, drop everything and read In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning by [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi, which is hauntingly beautiful and powerful. 
 
 
Mothwing
19 February 2012 @ 12:42 am
Drawables with drabbles  
Title: Family.
Characters: Tobias Snape, Severus Snape, Eileen's broom and cloak.
Rating: G.
CreditsTobias by *SenshiStockSeverus by ~Struck-Stockgrass by *charfadebirds by ~WingsOfAHero and texture by `cloaks.
A/N: I'd like to imagine that the pictures speak for themselves, but since they're vague and silhouettes to boot I've included in a drabble at the bottom of the picture. Highlight if you're curious. 


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Title: Son.
Characters: Eileen Snape, Tobias Snape, Severus Snape, Death Eater of your choice.
Rating: G.
Creditsofficial Dark Mark as a reference here and *sarahebear-stock stock image for the Death Eater.
A/N: Another companion drabble that explains what is going on here. Apologies for the bad quality. 


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Mothwing
16 February 2012 @ 12:18 am
Art: Weekends, The Curse (Severus and various others)  
Title: Weekends.
Characters: Tobias Snape, Severus Snape, Eileen's broom and cloak. 
Rating: G. 
Credits: Texture by `cloaks, grass by ~cougarLV, tree by ~Winerla, and the bike by ~fudgegraphicsfirst cyclist reference by ~paulussebastian, second cyclist reference by ~fantanicity
Summary: The Snapes on a clandestine family outing beyond the borders of the city. 



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Title: The Curse.
Characters: Severus Snape, Lord Voldemort 
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "At once, the spider's legs bent in upon its body; it rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side. No sound came from it, but Harry was sure that if it could have given voice, it would have been screaming. Moody did not remove his wand, and the spider started to shudder and jerk more violently."
A/N: Hardly subtle. I'm not quite happy how it turned out, something's off about the textures. Specifically the use of ALL THE TEXTURES. And Voldy, especially his sparkly flare there. 

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Mothwing
12 February 2012 @ 12:12 am
Art: Favour. (Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, G)  
Title: Favour
Rating: G
Characters: Remus Lupin and Severus Snape.
Credits: Wolf: ~MoonsongStock here, Severus: *SenshiStock here, Trees: ~Winerla here
Summary: Lupin never remembers what he does or does not do in wolf shape. Severus does not mind that at all. 
A/N: Rather silly than serious and not entirely in character, but fun. 



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Mothwing
08 February 2012 @ 10:09 pm
Art: The Potion (Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape. G.)  
Title: The Potion.
Rating: G
Characters: Minerva McGonagall and Severus Snape.
Credits: Many this time because I continue to suck at poses: Severus: *SenshiStock here, Minerva: ~Essence-stock here, texture: `cloaks here, and the light brush: *redheadstock here
Summary: Severus demonstrates his Potions expertise to Minerva. Though I like to think that it's him showing her Neville's (Orange, Longbottom?) handywork to explain why he docked points. 



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Mothwing
29 January 2012 @ 07:23 pm
Icon post  
Various cropped icons of silhouette art with various pairings. I made several versions because I'm indecisive, sorry about the spam! 

Pairings
  • Minerva/Severus
  • Minerva/Pomona
  • Minerva/Rolanda
  • Pomona/Rosmerta
  • Book
  • Minerva/Poppy
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Mothwing
29 December 2011 @ 06:51 pm
Book Challenge 2011 Masterlist  
I have to try keeping closer tabs on my list. Most of the books I read during the first half of the year are on my Oyo - which died in November, which makes it harder to piece together what I've been reading. Though since the books I read and forget probably shouldn't count, anyway, this list works just as well. The bold titles are my top seven of this year's books. 

Complete list and top 7 (bold) )
    Half-assed statistics: 
    '09'10'11
    Female authors 143021
    Male authors 363629
    Re-read books 180911
    New books 325439
     
     
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    Current Location: Home
     
     
    Mothwing
    13 October 2011 @ 08:26 pm
    Art Recs: SSMM  
    This is a fairly unorganised collection of really great SSMM pieces I really like, and mostly a [livejournal.com profile] calicogoat fanpost. Some of them are quite old and you've probably seen them all already, I'm also not very articulate in my fondness for these amazing pieces and they deserve a better introduction than my uncoordinated squeeing, but they're all worth checking out. 

    One: Duellers )

    Two: Losses )

    Three: Lovers. By ~Calicogoat.  )

    Also noteworthy is ~hellanim's  beautiful 12 Pictures from Snape's Life in beautiful monochromes with a dash of red and ~calicogoat's Flight of the Goldfinch which has Minerva and Severus battling a dragon on a flying machine and what could be more awesome than that?
     
     
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    Mothwing
    11 September 2011 @ 03:28 pm
    Procrastinate more  
    Yes, I ought to be preparing lessons for Monday - I still need to finish my one-page-guide on how to write an essay, come up with fourteen mini-research topics for next Friday and a way to explain gender to the unenlightened.

    Also, is it just me, or is Pottermore just a slightly less interactive, official, child-proofed version of HEX?
    And I must say I diasagree with the house system. Not that I mind being placed in Ravenclaw, but what about a violin, a forest, and a preference for saving valuable spellbooks over school administration documents and teacher's property says "Ravenclaw"? 

    Hrumph. It's a nice time-sink so far, in a point-and-click kid of way. Anyone else on there, though? Let's be buddies (I'm SilverSky77).

    And as for Minerva's backstory )
     
     
    Mothwing
    08 June 2011 @ 12:40 am
    OMG! ♥  
    Just when I thought this day was bad and would stay bad I found the [livejournal.com profile] close_contrast masterlist full of SS/MM goodness, which includes a beautiful piece by [livejournal.com profile] sigune .

    This one is called "Unspoken": Between Headmaster Snape and his Deputy Headmistress, what is essential remains unspoken."

    I'm always incredibly excited when she's drawn something new because her art always speaks volumes with such precise, efficient means, if that makes sense. She has a way of capturing the expressions so beautifully, and their clothing style and the furniture she's shown them on is just perfect for them.

    So. Perfect.

    (There are so many fics which look promising over there and at [livejournal.com profile] hp_beholder , I'm really missing out unless I head over there this weekend.)
     
     
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    Mothwing
    05 June 2011 @ 05:16 pm
    Art: Choices  
    Title: Choices
    Rating: G
    Characters: Minerva McGonagall and Eileen Snape
    Summary: Minerva has called on a childhood acquaintance to see how she is doing after her wedding and the difference between them could not be greater - one is a witch at the height of her power, the other had to make a lot of uncomfortable compromises for her new life. The choices both witches had to make to get where they are were not easy for either of them.
    Credits: =Lileya's great floral and foliar brush set, ~gvalkyrie's suddenly spring brush set, as well as *redheadstock's light brushes, another favourite.



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    Mothwing
    29 November 2010 @ 05:10 pm
    Art: 16. Scarred. (Minerva's Life)  
    Title: Scarred.
    Rating: G
    Credits: =cloaks's  Vintage Texture Pack V, ~Eterea86's beautiful corner brushes
    Characters: Minerva McGonagall. 
    A/N: If you noticed the snitch in the other pictures you can see why this is one of her worst fears. 



    Whenever the summer had emptied the castle and the heat haze and sunlight preserved it in transient amber Minerva sat in her abandoned classroom with a glass of chilled wine, for one hour, looking at the studentless chairs. 

    Then the first war emptied some of them forever, as did the second; funerals were held, cemeteries filled. 

    She made two trips each November, wandering from grave to grave, leaving unheeded greetings, candles and remembered, and as the cold seeped into her bones a colder chill touched her: she feared another one might one day be for a member of her family.


    Other parts in the series:
    00. Cover
    01. Loved
    02. Timid
    03. Daring
    04. Proud
    05. Careful
    06. Playful
    07. Brave
    09. Busy
    13. Stern
    16. Scarred

     
     
    Mothwing
    29 November 2010 @ 05:00 pm
    Art: 15. Trusting. (Minerva's Life)  
    Title: Trusting.
    Rating: G
    Credits: =cloaks's  Vintage Texture Pack V, ~redheadstock's light brushes, ~Eterea86's beautiful corner brushes, and Hogwarts Crest, (C) Bloomsbury PLC. 
    Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape.



    Trust him, had been Albus' parting words.

    If it had not been for the mask, this would not have been a problem, but it remained a fact that this was no longer the student she had known. The casualness with which he held it was more unnerving than the story he told, of clandestine meetings in graveyards and carefully omitted, hinted-at horrors the mask was a silent witness to. Minerva was not certain how much she could believe of it, but she had never been with any of his stories. 

    His wand was still lying on the desk. The young man's gaze had been fixed on it as soon as he had sat down to answer her questions, though sometimes his curiously dark eyes had looked up and pinned her with that same intensity she knew of old. Never long, though, they stole back quickly, hungrily. 

    She remembered something and noticed his pose, hunched on the edge of the chair, the troubled student rather than the man she was supposed to hire as a teacher. The former Death Eater whom Albus trusted. She made a decision. There was the briefest flicker in his expression when her hand closed around his wand and she raised it to him, but it was gone when he realised what she was doing.

    "I believe this is yours," she said, holding out his wand. When his hand closed around it, his shoulders lost their hunch and she gained a first idea of the man he had become since she had seen him last.

    Although this had been the question she had begun the interview with she thought it best to start fresh. She had not been interviewing the person who would be taking the position. 

    "Why are you applying for the Potions position, Mr Snape?"

    Other parts in the series:
    00. Cover
    01. Loved
    02. Timid
    03. Daring
    04. Proud
    05. Careful
    06. Playful
    07. Brave
    09. Busy
    13. Stern
    15. Trusting
    16. Scarred
     
     
    Mothwing
    29 November 2010 @ 04:50 pm
    Art: 14. Disappointed. (Minerva's Life)  
    Title: Disappointed.
    Rating: G
    Credits: =cloaks's  Vintage Texture Pack V, ~redheadstock's light brushes, ~Eterea86's beautiful corner brushes, and Hogwarts Crest, (C) Bloomsbury PLC. 
    Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape.



    He was standing as close to the door as he dared, and his carefully blank expression reminded her of a much younger man. Albus had given her Snape's wand and told her what he thought viable options might be, but had left the final decision to her, as the Deputy had the right to veto staffing decisions. In this case, she was very close to believing that Albus actually meant that. 

    A Death Eater turned was unlikely enough, but the fact that it was Severus Snape made it even less so. Minerva turned first the wand and then the mask in her hands, looking at the eye holes, trying to imagine Severus Snape's eyes, so like Hagrid's, looking through them. She couldn’t, didn't want to. 

    After melting out of Albus' shadow he had silently remained standing next to the doorway, curiously poised for flight, face impassive. When Albus had swept out again Glaucus rustled his feathers and fixed large yellow eyes on him silently, waiting for the boy to move. The boy. The murderer. The Death Eater. The young man. 

    "What position are you applying for, Mr Snape?" she asked, even though she knew. The spectre had not said a word, she wanted to hear his voice. 

    "That of the Potions Master, Professor," he answered silkily, tone and stance as pointedly non-committal as his face. 

    "Come closer," she said. 

    He came to stand in front of her desk, ignoring the chair behind him, hands in his pockets like a boy she had known. This was not him, clearly. The mask was not the only evidence of that. He looked older, thinner, and she resisted the urge of offering bisquits or holding up the mask and demanding an explanation. Minerva also bit back the disappointment. 

    "Have a seat," she said instead.


    Other parts in the series:
    00. Cover
    01. Loved
    02. Timid
    03. Daring
    04. Proud
    05. Careful
    06. Playful
    07. Brave
    09. Busy
    13. Stern
    14. Disappointed
    16. Scarred

     
     
    Mothwing
    29 November 2010 @ 04:45 pm
    Art: 13. Stern. (Minerva's Life)  
    Title: Stern.
    Rating: G
    Credits: =cloaks's  Vintage Texture Pack V, ~redheadstock's light brushes, ~Eterea86's beautiful corner brushes, and Hogwarts Crest, (C) Bloomsbury PLC. 
    Characters: Minerva McGonagall, family.
    A/N: another headcanon one from 2010. Although Minerva's stern personality might work with any other teenage student especially in this case this is a bit hypocritical, considering



    "Where have you been? What happened to that broomstick?"
    She looked up and decided that it would be best not to say anything, given the flaring nostrils and the flashing eyes. Instead, she raised her chin challengingly. 

    "Fifty points from Gryffindor. Yes, fifty. And you will be joining Mr Filch every afternoon at five this week to help him clean the castle."

    "But the tryouts-"
    "Will be held without you if you continue in this fashion!"

    Other parts in the series:
    00. Cover
    01. Loved
    02. Timid
    03. Daring
    04. Proud
    05. Careful
    06. Playful
    07. Brave
    09. Busy
    13. Stern
    16. Scarred
     
     
    Mothwing
    29 November 2010 @ 04:39 pm
    Art: 12. Impartial. (Minerva's Life)  
    Title: Impartial.
    Rating: G
    Credits: =cloaks's  Vintage Texture Pack V, ~redheadstock's light brushes, ~Eterea86's beautiful corner brushes, and Hogwarts Crest, (C) Bloomsbury PLC. 
    Characters: Minerva McGonagall, family.
    A/N: I always wondered what it would be like for Hogwarts staff to have their children attend Hogwarts, and what that'd be like for the children. Being a teacher's child is bad enough without being a teacher's child at the only wizarding school in Britain. 



    Albus, another Gryffindor, she mused, maintained that the hat was impartial, but given that it was Gryffindor's, Minerva had her doubts. Over the years, she had gotten rather good at guessing which student would end up in which house, but there was still the moment when the hat made them one of hers, and she would spent the rest seven years denying the stronger connection she felt towards her own. She knew her grading was as impartial as possible, but she still worried, second-guessed, and feared. 

    This time, however, it was impossible to stay all too impartial, because seeing her, her nervous apprehension and joy at finally being here was like looking into a mirror. 

    She suppressed a smile as she raised the hat in invitation to sit down on the stool and shushed the voice that kept saying her own house's name, daring the hat to say any other. 

    Other parts in the series:
    00. Cover
    01. Loved
    02. Timid
    03. Daring
    04. Proud
    05. Careful
    06. Playful
    07. Brave
    09. Busy
    12. Impartial
    13. Stern
    16. Scarred

     
     
    Mothwing
    28 November 2010 @ 04:34 pm
    Art: 11. Responsible. (Minerva's Life)  
    Title: Responsible.
    Rating: G
    Credits: =cloaks's  Vintage Texture Pack V, ~redheadstock's light brushes, ~Eterea86's beautiful corner brushes, and Hogwarts Crest, (C) Bloomsbury PLC. 
    Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore and Sorting Hat.



    "Congratulations, Deputy Headmistress."

    She was too tense to answer right away and thus only nodded, accepting the scroll with the student's names, securing the Sorting Hat in her other hand carefully. It weighed more than the faded exterior had made her anticipate and she fought the urge to put it on again. 

    Uncannily, Albus seemed to realise this, eyes twinkling, and Minerva briefly wondered what this expression would look like on a younger face. 

    "Any instructions?"

    "As you know most first years don't realise what the sorting entails. They will welcome the calming sight of a responsible adult."

    Minerva nodded.

    Other parts in the series:
    00. Cover
    01. Loved
    02. Timid
    03. Daring
    04. Proud
    05. Careful
    06. Playful
    07. Brave
    09. Busy
    11. Responsible
    13. Stern
    16. Scarred

     
     
    Mothwing
    27 November 2010 @ 04:29 pm
    Art: 10. Talented. (Minerva's Life)  
    Title: Talented.
    Rating: G
    Credits: =cloaks's  Vintage Texture Pack V, ~redheadstock's light brushes and light swirls, ~Eterea86's beautiful corner brushes, and Hogwarts Crest, (C) Bloomsbury PLC, baby by ~o0oTamaraStocko0o. Reference: an anatomy book with a cat skelleton,  
    Characters: Minerva McGonagall and child.
    Summary: I can imagine Minerva marrying young, the marriage not lasting very long and both taking turns parenting their child, though said child would have had to stay with her father most of the time. Here she's enjoying a rare stay at Hogwarts.  



    Other parts in the series:
    00. Cover
    01. Loved
    02. Timid
    03. Daring
    04. Proud
    05. Careful
    06. Playful
    07. Brave
    09. Busy
    10. Talented
    13. Stern
    16. Scarred