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Title: Purity
Character(s): Winona Kirk
Rating: G
Word Count: 320
Prompt: "she's gotta break out of here"
Written the daily theme of "hopes and fears" on [ profile] comment_fic.
Remixed into Old Home Ground (The Now and Then Remix) by BrighteyedJill for RemixRedux9

The air is refreshing and pure, filtered three times a day. The grass is green. Smells of earth and crops and baking bread, good clean smells all of them, assault her nose.

Winona can’t stand it. The sheer wholesomeness of it all makes her skin crawl, and she stomps one foot angrily on the grass. Behind her, the Iowa farm house glows with a soft light, a beacon in the darkness. Resolutely, she turns away from it and looks up again.

The velvety blackness is dotted with hundreds of pinpricks of light, and Winona knows each one by name. Both the Starfleet designations and the older, fanciful names given to the constellations.

The sky no longer holds the same kind of dread it did before. She can finally look up again without her stomach and heart clenching painfully. She takes a deep breath of the night air and longs for the slightly stale, slightly metallic taste of a starship.

A shriek from the house, followed closely by a crash, jolts her out of her contemplation, and Winona turns to find what disaster her two hellions have created this time.

It is not until hours later, when both boys are tucked into their beds, that her thoughts return to the sky. Before she can hesitate, before she can second- third- or fourth-guess herself, she heads to the comm link and punches in a once familiar code.

Moments later, the red and gold of an Admiralty uniform fill the screen.

“Winona? Is everything alright? I didn’t expect to hear from you.” Didn’t expect you to come back to us, is the unspoken thought.

Winona takes a deep breath of the too-clean air and lets it back out again, sending with it all of her fear and guilt.

“I know, Admiral, but I need to get out of here. It’s killing me, being grounded like this. I need to come back.”
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Written for [ profile] juliet42in the Summer 2009 multi-fandom [ profile] gen_ficathon.

Title: I Am Become Death
Author: [personal profile] velvetmouse
Fandom: Highlander
Character(s): Methos, Methos, a little bit of Alexa, but mostly Methos
Prompt: a) to exist, b) relationships
Rating: PG
Warnings: Spoilers for the Methos-centric bits of the Timeless/Deliverance/Methuselah's Gift/Through a Glass, Darkly arc in Season 4. But it should make sense without having seen them.
Word Count: 2834
Summary: After five thousand years of death, it takes a dying woman to remind him of life.
Author's Notes: Alex, I tried to incorporate both of your prompts while still keeping it gen-fic! I was intending to make this a light, snappy-dialogue, snarky Methos piece, but the old man had other ideas. He climbed into my head for a couple weeks, got all introspective on me, and this is what came out.

The title is, of course, a supposed quote from J. Robert Oppenheimer, upon seeing the first nuclear bomb tested. Oppenheimer himself was thinking of the Sanskrit Hindu epic Bhagavad Gita; most scholars believe that the translation should be "Time" rather than "Death". Quite frankly, either is appropriate for Methos.

Many thanks to my beta, E.

Remixed into I Am Become Death (The Alexandra Leaving Remix) by [ profile] ishafel for the 2012 Remix Madness.

I Am Become Death )
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Title: The Letter
Author: VelvetMouse
Challenge: New Beginnings
Characters: Assorted
Rating: G
A/N: This drabble was remixed not once, but TWICE(!!) for the Round 6 [ profile] remixthedrabble:
Begin Again ('The Letter' remix) [Hermione, 100 Words, Rated PG] by [ profile] be_themoon
The Durmstrang Letter (Another Place Remix) [Ron Weasley, 100 Words, Rated G] by [ profile] lilian_cho

For Harry, it was a reprieve from the Dursleys.

For Hermione, it was a chance to start over.

For Albus, it was a opportunity to get away from his brother.

For Remus, it was an unexpected gift.

For Tom, it was a chance to show them all what he could really do.

For Ron and Ginny, it was another place to be overshadowed by their family.

For Draco, it was merely what was expected.

For Lily, it was proof that her sister was right, that she was a freak.

But for each it meant one thing: Hogwarts was now home.
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Title: Home At Last
Words: 100
Character: Ginny
Challenge: Free Week
A/N: What if Harry wasn’t the only one to have an argument with the Sorting Hat?

Remixed into Green And Silver (Home Is Where The Heart Is Remix) by [ profile] eustaciavye for the 2012 Remix Madness.


She was in the wrong house and knew it.

Why the Sorting Hat had put her in Gryffindor after such a display of cowardice, she had yet to figure out. But at age eleven she was too cowardly to go against family tradition, and so she acquiesced.

For seven years she suppressed her first instincts, playing the selfless lioness.

Her first act after graduation was to buy herself a new robe.

Standing in the dressing room, she admired the way the green fabric fell and how the silver trim highlighted her figure. She was in her true colors at last.
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Title: Truce
Word Count: 100.
Characters/Pairings: Harry, Draco
Challenge: Redemption
Author’s Notes: This drabble was remixed into Ending (Mutual Feeling) [Harry and Draco, 100 Words, Rated PG, slight angst] by [ profile] hamimifk for Round 6 of [ profile] remixthedrabble

They met in a dark corridor where no one would see them.

Weary green eyes locked onto flat grey ones. The fight had gone out of both.

“So then we both agree, there is too much else going on to continue this petty squabbling?”

“Agreed. But don’t try to save me. I don’t want to be saved.”

A slight smile. “Maybe not yet. But you will some day.”

“Perhaps. Or perhaps I will redeem you some day.” A faint smirk.

“Perhaps. Truce?”


A hand shake settled the deal and brought a little life back into both pairs of eyes.
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Title: For Want of a. . .
Author: VelvetMouse
Recipient: [ profile] serpentpixie in the 2007 [ profile] hp_holidaygen exchange
Rating: PG
Character(s): MWPP & Co.
Warnings: N/A
Summary: You know the saying "For want of a nail, a kingdom was lost"? Well, this is like that. Only different.
Author's Notes: To my dear recipient: Well, you asked for "something
happy, exciting, colourful and fun." Happy, exciting and hopefully fun I've given you. Colourful too, but probably not quite the way you meant it. . . And there's certainly mischief. Enjoy!

Many many thanks to Sherry for the lightning-quick, dead accurate beta job! Loads holiday cookies for her!

Remixed into For Want of a... (the You Know It's Hard Out There for a Prankster Remix) by [ profile] xylodemon for Remix Redux 10 (2012).

For Want of a. . . )
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Title: Voices Within
Author: VelvetMouse
Recipient: [ profile] gm_weasley in the 2006 [ profile] hp_holidaygen exchange
Rating: G
Character(s): Neville-centric; cameos by Minerva McGonagall, Arabella Figg, and a cast of hundreds; and one very special character, without whom this story would not exist. What? You expect me to give it away?
Warnings: Technically, I suppose I should warn for HBP, but if you haven't read it at this point, what are you doing reading fic?! Go pick up the real thing and read! (Written pre-DH)
Summary: Years after the defeat of Voldemort, Neville finds himself forced to confront his assumptions, fears and a branch of magic known as Potions.
Author's Note:This story was remixed into You're Not the Only One (For a Dead Guy, Albus Sure is Busy Remix) [Neville Longbottom, Severus Snape, 100 words, rated G] by [ profile] goddess47 for Round 7 of [ profile] remixthedrabble
Voices Within )
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Title: The Cabinet War Rooms
Written For: [ profile] hilarita, in the [ profile] sweetsaddiction Albus ficathon
Rating: a mild PG, for the unpleasantness of war
Characters: Albus and various others
Spoilers? Probably some for HBP, but nothing too major – this takes place 50 some years before, after all! Written pre-DH
Disclaimer: Anyone you recognize belongs to JKR. Except the real people. They belong to themselves. Or their estates, I suppose. Everyone else exists in my head and can only come out and play if I say so. I am not a Londoner myself, so I apologize for any and all errors. Any mistakes are mine and mine alone.
A/N: The middle of October, 1940, was one of the periods of heaviest bombing by the German air force on the city of London, and much of the area around Parliament was destroyed. The Leaky Cauldron, located on Charing Cross Road, just north of the government buildings, would surely have been effected by such devastation.

Second Author's Note: This story was remixed into Letters Sometimes Lie (the Famous Last Stand Remix) [Dumbledore, Grindelwald, 250 words, rated PG, no warnings] by [ profile] iambickilometer for Round 7 of [ profile] remixthedrabble
The Cabinet War Rooms )
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Title: Impossible Things
Author: [ profile] velvetmouse
Recipient: [ profile] plaidphoenix in the Spring 2009 [ profile] springtime_gen exchange
Character(s): Ginny, Lily, cameos by Bill, James and Griphook
Rating: Something you could let your mother read. Unless she objected to the repeated use of the word "bugger" (G)
Word-count: 6,372
Warnings: Unabashed crack!fic, unapologetic time travel, drunken Goblins and the obligatory Sirius/serious joke
Summary: Due to a slight miscalculation involving a Goblin warding stone, pixie wings (don't ask), and a bottle of Ouzo (no really, don't ask), a 20-year-old Lily Evans Potter and a 20-year-old Ginny Weasley Potter meet face to face. And must break out of a Goblin containment chamber.
Author's Notes: The inspiration for Lily and Ginny meeting in this rabid plotbunny came from [ profile] plaidphoenix's own story A Stitch In Time
Betas: The ever-patient [ profile] sherylyn, who wrangles commas and capitalization with the best.

Second Author's Note: This story was remixed in [ profile] remixredux09: Improbability (The Dead Man Talking Remix) [Harry Potter; Fred, Fabian, Ginny, Lily] by [ profile] emei
Impossible Things )


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