Quill feather - from artwork by Naadi

Back to School Catch up No6 ... 4th-6th October 2008

Here is Back to School Catch up No 6 ... the final one for this Fest.

It really has been fun, with the most wonderful stories and art. Under the cut are details of the final few submissions plus links to the five previous Catch up posts. The Big Reveal will be on Sunday 12th October, so you still have a few days left to read the stories and check the art you might have missed.

Plus, there might be a couple of suprises between now and Sunday *grins*

Please remember to leave comments for all our talented authors and artist.

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Back to school by naadi

Art: The Losing Streak (PG13)

Artist: naadi
Title: The Losing Streak
Pairing: Pre Harry/Draco implied
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Substitute DADA Professor Harry Potter finds himself facing off against Potions Professor Draco Malfoy once more. This time the stakes are higher than ever - it's the staff Strip Poker night at Hogwarts! After a couple of rounds of cards and a couple of rounds of Firewhiskey, everyone but Trelawney and Malfoy have had to take something off. Then Harry starts to lose every hand. In no time at all, he's down to his black silk pants and wizards hat. And just when it seems Malfoy's smirk couldn't possibly get smirkier and Harry might have to bare all (in front of McGonagall omg), Harry's luck miraculously turns, and the losing streak turns on Malfoy. Or maybe there's nothing of chance at all in that losing streak ...
Warnings: Cross-dressing, a bit of nudity

Original prompt request number: 146

Disclaimer: This story/artwork is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros. Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Artist's notes: For romaine24 - I was struck by this prompt the moment I read it - I hope it did it justice. The Dogs Playing Poker art is "A Friend in Need" by C. M. Coolidge.
Beta: Thank you to calanthe_fics for your always insightful comments, keen eye, and enthusiasm. Your willingness to be involved with me on this in spite of everything else is a testament to your awesomeness and was very humbly appreciated. ♥

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Back to school by naadi

Fic: Barriers Both, Flesh and Stone (NC17)

Author: rurounihime
Title: Barriers Both, Flesh and Stone
Pairings: H/D; (past H/G, D/A, D/OMC, H/OMC)
Rating: NC-17
Era: Post-DH epilogue
Summary: An educational experiment turns disastrous.
Total word count: 56,596

Original prompt request number: 149
Third prompt at link

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros. Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Author’s notes: So this little bundle of joy grew up to be a bonafide monster capable of stomping cities flat with its immense feet. Should have been a chapter fic… khateh, I hope you enjoy this story! Thanks SO MUCH to my betas!
Betas: fireelemental79 and coffeejunkii

Barriers Both, Flesh and Stone


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Fic: The Cards You’re Dealt (R)

Author: Margot/midnight_birth
Title: The Cards You’re Dealt
Pairing(s): Draco/Harry
Rating: R
Summary: They meet the summer after the war at Hogwarts. One, wishing the world could stop for one minute and he could hide away. The other hoping for a new start and the ability to move forward. In each other, they may just find the strength to build themselves back up, along with the shattered walls of Hogwarts.
Warnings (if any): EWE assumed, harsh language, some angst and nudity.
Total word count: 12,037

Original prompt request number: 91

Disclaimer: This story/artwork is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros. Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Author's notes: This was a delight to write, though, once again, it turned out so much longer than I planned. Thank you to all my elves to kicking me through this and getting me to finish it and make it something I could be completely happy with, and thank you to the mods for giving me extra time. ♥
Beta(s): Patrick and leela_cat, who really whipped this story into shape in the end.

The Cards You’re Dealt


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Fic: Time Heals All Wounds (PG)

Author: faerie_lullaby
Title: Time Heals All Wounds
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Rating: PG
Summary: It's sixth year and Harry is obsessed with Draco and what he's getting up to in the Room of Requirement. Finally he manages to catch Draco about to enter, but they barge through the door together and find themselves in Hogwarts in adult bodies six years after the death of Voldemort.
Warnings: Slight UST, mentions of male/male romance
Total word count: 7,100

Original prompt request number: 3

Disclaimer: This story/artwork is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros. Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Author's notes: Well, I got the additions in. The shower scene wasn't as embarrassing, and the revealing dinner conversation probably wasn't the kind of revealing I had planned originally. But I liked the way the whole thing turned out, and I really liked the prompt I had. I hope you all enjoy it, too.
Beta(s): Kami

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Fic: Just Short of Peace (PG15)

Author: dm_p
Title: Just Short of Peace
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Rating: PG-15
Summary: There were places that Harry hated to go, even after the hours of work put into trying to clean up the carnage left behind after the war.
Warnings (if any): It’s sort of dark, but otherwise, none.
Total word count: ~6000

Original prompt request number: 88
Second prompt at link

Disclaimer: This story/artwork is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoat Books, and Warner Bros. Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Author's notes: This was so much fun to write and I was inspired so much by the prompt. I hope you enjoy!
Beta(s): shultzie42

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Fic: Negotiations (PG15)

Author: tweetiescueetie
Title: Negotiations
Pairing(s): Draco/Harry; Harry/OFC (past); Ron/Hermione; others
Rating: PG-15-ish
Summary: Harry Potter always had two left feet and when the Conference of Ministries is held at Hogwarts, he finds himself unable to escape the dancing. To his horror, the only one who can teach him is Draco Malfoy, the resident Potions Master.
Warnings: Humour; snark; a tiny bit of angst; scheming Headmistresses; (hopefully not too irritating) OCs; fake accents of all kinds; and what the cat is doing there I have yet to figure out.
Total word count: ~46,000

Original prompt request number: 199
Fifth prompt at link

Disclaimer: This story/artwork is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros. Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Author's notes: Regarding the dance: It's completely made up, as you might have figured out after reading the story. I wanted to give it some sort of cultural background but I don't know how well I succeeded. Also, I feel that this could have been worked out a bit better than it was, but when I finally had settled upon a plot that would hold beyond 'ohh, shiny!', I had only a couple of weeks to finish it (excuses, I know, I know) and it turned out that I had enough to wrestle this thing into something that even resembled order.
Beta(s): my wife, cueeties_janara, who really hates this pairing but did it (and put up with all my weird experiments including my punctuation and hyphens and semi-colons and what have you) because she loves me. All remaining mistakes are mine.

Negotiations


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Quill feather - from artwork by Naadi

Back to School Catch up No5 ... 27 September-3 October 2008

Almost there!

This is the last-but-one Catch up for the Back to School Fest. Posting will officially end on Monday 6th October and there will be a final Catch up on Tuesday. The Big Reveal with be next Sunday, 12th October

We hope you all enjoy catching up! Don't forget to leave comments for our talented artist and authors!

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Fic: Look Again (PG13)

Author: tiger_flame
Title: Look Again
Pairing(s): Draco/Harry, Remus/Sirius, slight Remus/Severus and Lily/James
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Without Voldemort to take away the things most special to him, Harry Potter is just a normal boy. Until his godfather is attacked and sent into a coma. Now Harry must figure out a way to keep Sirius’ money out of the Malfoy’s greedy hands and his mind out of Draco’s pants!
Warnings: AU (very, very, very AU…like no Voldy), slash (duh), character death, very little smex (the plot kinda took over, sorry), annoying!Ron, mean and nasty Malfoys...and I think that’s it.
Genre: Angst, Romance and a bit of Humour (if I pulled it off)
Total word count: 17,900+

Original prompt request number: 45
First prompt at link

Disclaimer: This story/artwork is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros. Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Author's notes: Next time, I think I’m going to pick a fest that doesn’t have a deadline the week I move... I did try my best with this, but I wish I’d been able to spend more time. I could list all the things that happened during the writing of this fic, but that would take up too much room. If you’re curious, ask when reveals go up... I got all the additions in, but I’m not sure I got the entire scenario like you wanted. I hope you like it and it’s okay! *hugs*
Beta(s): Rhi for HP, Tori

Look Again


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Fic: Unspoken (PG)

Author: nahara
Title: Unspoken
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Rating: PG
Summary: When Draco asks Harry to become the Headmaster of Hogwarts and save the school from falling to ruin, little does he know that Harry will do more than save Hogwarts.
Warnings (if any): N/A
Total word count: 6,123

Original prompt request number: 137

Disclaimer: This story/artwork is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros. Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Author's notes: I just hope everyone enjoys reading this fic as much as I enjoyed writing it. Also a big – scratch that – HUGE thank you to my beta for being so speedy and muddling through my silly mistakes. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Beta(s): norton_gale

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