2003 - Potter, Potter, and more Potter. And eventually, that fall, the beginning of my second round of anime fandom, Cowboy Bebop.

This was a busy, productive, and highly experimental year of work, including my first het smut, second person, and other sundries. College--sophomore and junior years at an intense, creative liberal arts school--was keeping my brain exceedingly busy, and, as such things go, excess brain activity produced fic. (And yet more things for me to do.) It was the first year of my online life that I almost entirely fell out of the Myst fandom, even though, during some months, all of my free time was going into fic and fandom sociolization.

The triumph of the year, I think, was "Red Bird Roulette," which came late in fall term (during finals--ow!), and is still probably one of more widely recced and reviewed fics I've written. Gun porn for the win!

  The Barefoot Rebellion
Harry Potter

"It was like some lovely game of make-believe, as he strode across the entrance hall, except only one of them knew they were playing."

   [ Lucius and Molly; two very different eighteen-year-olds, one Christmas Eve, one bottle of wine ]

  Beta - Kechara
  For - the Restricted Section's Slashers Do Het challenge

Subjects
 hardcore
 m/f
 2003 4,811 w. Canonlit. N 
  Black Bird Jeopardy
Cowboy Bebop

"Every sight here will be imprinted upon his mind forever, along with the slowly rising conviction that he is not human. More like a vision than a dream, a single flash of divine and painful clarity that will be an unspoken birthing and apotheosis for the rest of his life."

   [ Vicious: a creation myth for a character too inscrutable to have a story ]

Subjects
 gen
 violence
 2003 1,408 w. Canonlit. N 
  Blue Bird Rhapsody
Cowboy Bebop

"For the first few months he lives far away from the cities, for fear of discovery. In the countryside of Callisto the snow lies fluffy and a handspan or more deep, and it has its own profound silence and its own soft roar of sound, and he understands."

   [ Gren's story, in sound ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 13

Subjects
 gen
 soc
 2003 1,562 w. Canonlit. Y 
  A Half a Conquest
Harry Potter

"The locket's hinge is broken and the painting is empty. Tom Marvolo Riddle throws it into the lake without a backwards glance as he leaves Hogwarts."

   [ Tom, finding inspiration of sorts in Dumbledore ]

  Canon - written before bk. 6

Subjects
 abuse
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
 2003 975 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Impossible
Harry Potter

"Sunday: you are playing out the conversation that will never happen."

   [ Percy, being hypothetical ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5
  For - Cedar, for her birthday

Subjects
 artsy
 bdsm
 hardcore
 m/m
 2003 1,598 w. Canonlit. N 
  A Lexicon of Serpents
Harry Potter

"Of course I know he plans to be an Auror--everybody knows. He wants to walk up to evil, stare it in the face, and beat it into submission. But he will never defeat me."

   [ Tom Riddle and Alastor Moody do the Gryff/Slyth thing; unfinished WIP ]

  Canon - written before bk. 6 and not retconned
  Beta - Minerva McTabby

Subjects
 m/m
 softcore
 2003 - 2004 15,934 w. Canonlit. Y 
author's
choice
Lime
Harry Potter

"People become prefects here because they're ruthless, or blue-blooded, or have simply mastered the subtle art of making people both love and fear you, which is something Cornelius has never gotten the hang of."

   [ Tom provides counsel in a most Slytherin manner ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5
  Beta - Minerva McTabby
  Ref. - recording (by myself)

Subjects
 m/m
 softcore
 2003 1,413 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Of Disguises and Hearts
Harry Potter

"Magic runs in wizarding veins. It is not a mere by-product; it suffuses a wizard's life, plays a role in everything he does, from the mundane to the sublime, from the pedantic to the erotic."

   [ Snape/Harry surreality ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5 and assuming Snarry-tinted lenses
  For - Icarus' ficdrive for Cybele

Subjects
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
 2003 759 w. Canonlit. N 
author's
choice
Red Bird Roulette
Cowboy Bebop

"Spike, breathing curls of gray-white, brushed Vicious' hair away to bare his face and ran a thumb down the narrow scars that creased their ways out from his eyes."

   [ the Russian kind, of course: a six-bullet slice of Spike and Vicious, before the Bebop, before Julia, with weaponsex ]

  Spoilers - slight for ep. 26
  Beta - Switchknife

Subjects
 artsy
 bdsm
 hardcore
 m/m
 violence
 2003 2,318 w. Canonlit. N 
  Slither
Harry Potter

"When you talk to snakes, everything comes in long stripes, and everybody stares at you as the little scaly garter winds around your wrist and flicks its tongue and murmurs about how blades of grass go this way and that..."

   [ Tom at ten, the crazy boy ]

  Canon - written before bk. 6
  Beta - Dester'edra

Subjects
 gen
 soc
 violence
 2003 1,110 w. Canonlit. N 
author's
choice
So Sayeth Death
Harry Potter

"The priest could not rid himself of the fear that the boy was going to kill himself."

   [ an ordeal in the lost years of the Dark Lord ]

  Beta - strange fire

Subjects
 gen
 horror
 2003 1,395 w. Canonlit. Y 
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