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December 5th, 2006


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09:10 am - Potterverse Fic -- Whisky and Minerva
As threatened promised a few days ago, here is one of the stand-alone vignettes from my NaNoWriMo 2006 writing project, my first-ever attempt at writing Potterverse fanfiction -- or any type of fanfiction, for that matter.


Title: Whisky and Minerva
Author: Persephone Yavanna the Entwife
Pairing/Characters: Severus and Minerva
Wordcount: 650
Rating: G for gen (in other words, completely work-safe!)
Warnings: None, unless one hates cats
Disclaimer: JK Rowling and assorted others have rights to create derivative works within the Potterverse, but I am not one of those licensees, unfortunately. Rather not be sued for playing with the characters, though . . . not making a profit here, just exploring the characters and situations created by the esteemed Ms. Rowling.
Summary: Severus loathed shortbread, porridge and all things Scottish -- except whisky. And Minerva.
Author Notes: First time writing fanfiction, Potterverse or otherwise. This is the first of the stand-alone vignettes from my NaNoWriMo 2006 project to be "published" on LiveJournal.


Whisky and Minerva


Severus loathed shortbread, porridge and all things Scottish -- except whisky. And Minerva.

He hated how the cold seeped into his bones, how damp it was, how short the days were in winter. The thought of tartan made him nauseous.

Unless Minerva was wearing it. Then it was alright, because anything Minerva did was good in his book.

She’d feed him shortbread biscuits with ginger in them and he’d eat them with a smile, because they came from her hand. Tea was delicious when served from her pot, a single malt liquid ambrosia when she poured it.

He even forgave her taste in tartans, especially since those she favoured had more green than red or yellow -– surprising in the Head of Gryffindor House. Some days he wondered if she wore as much green as she did in order to please him. He liked to think that, especially when the nights were long and the dungeon corridors seemed to suck the warmth from out the marrow of his bones. Then he’d sit by the fire in his rooms and slowly sip the whisky she’d given him at Yule or for his birthday. Always a different kind -– “so you can educate your palate,” she’d say with a laugh.

Over the years he’d had dozens of types – Islay malts, Highland malts, Lowland malts, ones from Speyside, ones from the Islands, ones from Campbeltown, some aged in sherry casks, some made with peated malt. His favorites though came from Islay. On days when he’d had to deal with one dunderhead too many, he’d pull out the Laphroaig and immerse himself in the flavour of it, drowning in the intensity of its many notes.

On other days, though, he’d take the bottle of Bunnahabhain. Days when it was all he could do to go one more second, one more minute, one more day.

On days like that, he sought Minerva. Ginger Newts, tea by her fire, a relaxing glass of whisky in a comfortable chair. And her whisky of choice was that one.

They’d talk, complaining about one student or another, throwing gentle jibes at one another over which of their houses would win the Quidditch Cup this year. Sometimes they’d spar verbally over whether the House Cup would go to Slytherin or Gryffindor when they had succeeded in restraining their mischief-makers enough to make winning a real possibility.

Other times they’d play chess or even Exploding Snap, just as their charges did in their common rooms. He’d hide a card or two up his sleeve and she’d swat at him when she caught him –- and she always did, sooner or later. She’d call him a naughty boy and he’d laugh and remind her of all the times she’d moved pieces on the chess board while he was in the loo. Then she’d blush and give a little laugh herself and concede the point.

“But you’re still a naughty boy, Severus!” she’d huff.

“Yes, Minerva -– your naughty little boy,” he’d say with fondness in his voice.

“Absolutely incorrigible -– you always were,” she’d reply with a smile, which he would return.

And some nights, he’d sit in the armchair by the fire, a purring bundle in his lap, covered in a tartan laprobe Minerva had tucked around him after pouring him a glass of Bunnahabhain. He’d stroke her gently, chucking her under the chin, playing with her ears, sometimes gently pulling at her tail. She’d butt her head up against his hand and he’d smile. They would doze by the fire together as snow swirled outside the windows of Gryffindor Tower.

He’d wake, eventually, sometimes wiping a bit of drool from his face while she smiled and offered him a handkerchief with tartan trim. Then he’d bid her goodnight and return to the dank hole he called home. There he’d curl up in bed, a glass on the nightstand, and dream of fur.

Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: "Feuer und Wasser" by Rammstein

(54 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

Comments:


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From:zon14
Date:December 5th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
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"Suck the warmth from out of the marrow of his bones" Heh. Sounds like you've been reading my posts on Oregon weather again. <:=8) Still, charming.
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From:theentwife
Date:December 5th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! :)


Persephone
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From:chiralove
Date:December 6th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
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Lovely descriptions and a great atmosphere to this ... I'd definitely like to read more of it. :)
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From:theentwife
Date:December 7th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
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Thank you for your kind words! :)

I plan on posting another part of the tale soon, although that part will not have Minerva.


Persephone
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From:catherinecookmn
Date:December 6th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Nice kitty! And of course she knows how to tame the wild beast, with offerings of food. But be careful when she lets loose her hair.
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From:theentwife
Date:December 7th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by to read my maiden fic.

~~ goes off to read the tale you linked to ~~


Persephone
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From:psyfic
Date:December 7th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
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Lovely! Short, sweet and I love the tartan/whisky details.
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From:theentwife
Date:December 7th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed it and its Scots touches. :)


Persephone
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From:etrangere
Date:December 7th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
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Adorable and lovely writing style. Mmmm whisky
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From:theentwife
Date:December 7th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
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Thank you! :)

~~ pours you a glass ~~


Persephone
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From:purplefluffycat
Date:December 7th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
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Hello! I'm here from close_contrast and I liked this very much - Severus and Minerva is one of my favourite pairings, and all the details about Whisky, cats and tartan are just purrrrfect!

I'd love to read some more of your story, when it's available.

PurpleFluffyCat x
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From:theentwife
Date:December 7th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed it! Severus/Minerva is my favorite pairing -- wish it were more popular with fic writers, though.

I plan on posting another stand-alone vignette from the story very soon -- within the next day or three.


Persephone
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From:shadowycat
Date:December 7th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
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Lovely descriptions and atmosphere. You paint a comforting relationship. :)
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From:theentwife
Date:December 7th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Comfort is something Severus needs desperately -- and Minerva is happy to fulfill that need. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :)


Persephone
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From:josanpq
Date:December 7th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
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There will be more? I'm looking forward to reading the more.
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From:theentwife
Date:December 8th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
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Thanks for saying that! Another stand-alone bit of the story has been posted, if you care to stop by and read it.


Persephone
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From:megganisms
Date:December 7th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Im not normally into Severus/Minerva but this was really sweet and I liked it very much ^_^ I think that it's a fine ending as it is :D I look forward to reading more of your writing ^_^!!
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From:theentwife
Date:December 8th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

Another stand-alone bit of the overall story has been posted, should you care to stop by and read it.


Persephone
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From:ap_aelfwine
Date:December 7th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
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My, that's lovely.

I like the... sublimation, I suppose that's the word I'm looking for, of it. Minerva as a cat sitting in Severus' lap, him dreaming of fur, as if he's carefully avoiding dreaming of her human self. Very nice!
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From:theentwife
Date:December 8th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
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Thank you for your kind words -- I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)


Persephone
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From:jodete
Date:December 7th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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*squees* Adorable, I love it!!
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From:theentwife
Date:December 8th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
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Thank you! :)


Persephone
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From:tattooedsappho
Date:December 7th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
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that was adorable! ^_^ i like the interactions between them - the "cheating", then banter, etc. etc. it's captures the "old friends" feeling wonderfully, the complexity of their relationship. (ok i admit i ship ss/hg and xh/mg but this story just made me all squishy inside!)
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From:defyingnormalcy
Date:December 7th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
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I agree, this was a cute little fic! P.S tattooedsappho I love that icon. :P
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From:theentwife
Date:December 8th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you soooooooo much -- it really means a lot to me to hear you say things like this about my maiden fic, since I have such enormous respect for you and your writing. :D

I must admit the pairing almost put me off, but I made myself read it, because it's you, and as a G I knew it wouldn't make me wince, LOL.

I'm glad you decided to brave the pairing -- although I use the term loosely here, as I've deliberately left the exact nature of their relationship ambiguous, since the relationship at the heart of the story as a whole is not Severus/Minerva. Since the larger story hasn't yet been finished, there may be more Snagonagall in it further on, but as a side dish, not the main course. At least, not as of this writing. :)

And it's so well-written I couldn't pick fault with a syllable, a comma or a word. Marvellous! A real treat to both my heart and my beta-head

I'm glad to hear that from you, since this is un-betaed, just like the next stand-alone vignette, Academic Jeopardy, isn't betaed, although the latter is mostly because of extensive use of dialect, which no beta this side of the puddle would be able to do.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D

~~ bounces about with glee ~~


Persephone

From:slytherinswench
Date:December 9th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
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Oh. This was so bittersweet, but not really angsty. It was.. wow. It had so many layers. I love it.
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From:theentwife
Date:December 10th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)


Persephone
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From:carlalute
Date:December 9th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
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Lovely. :)

You know I matched Severus with a Persephone in my fanfic. Fate. ;)
(If you're curious, http://members.aol.com/carlalute/HPLY.htm )
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From:theentwife
Date:December 10th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Glad you enjoyed it. :)

~~ goes off to read the linked story ~~


Persephone
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From:kasiopeia
Date:December 9th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
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Lovely :)They are so sweet
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From:theentwife
Date:December 10th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :)


Persephone
From:skaill
Date:December 9th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
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oh, I loved that very much! Such a great comforting relationship. *sigh* And whisky, of course.

(And now I'll be going into the kitchen to fetch a glass of Laphroaig 15...yum)
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From:theentwife
Date:December 10th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :)

And the whisky. ;)


Persephone
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From:miyabinohana
Date:December 11th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
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It's lovely. I love the details comforting warm night with terten, wiskey, and of course, with Minerva.
Thank you for sharing it.
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From:theentwife
Date:December 11th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
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Arigato gozaimasu Miyabinohana-san! :)

~~ bows ~~


Persephone
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From:oddnari
Date:December 12th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
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what an utterly adorable story! Gave me warm, warm fuzzies ^_^.
Beautiful work.
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From:theentwife
Date:December 13th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
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Thank you for your kind words! :)


Persephone
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From:lookfar
Date:December 22nd, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
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Aw, gosh, this is so sweet. I'd wish this for Severus. I love the idea of Minerva sitting in his lap in her cat form.
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From:theentwife
Date:December 22nd, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)


Persephone
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From:littlelizzyann
Date:December 23rd, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
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I was pointed to the Quinquatrus comm, and your fic in particular, by lookfar. And I'm so glad I came to read. This is just sweet and lovely, without being gooey or sentimental. It has a quiet, bittersweet, and also happy feeling. And I really liked that you wrote Snape relating to Minerva-as-cat, as well (mmmm, stroking ~g~). Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful story!
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From:theentwife
Date:December 23rd, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)


Persephone
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From:calicogoat
Date:December 2nd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
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Very sweet! But also, somehow, kinda sad. Not sure why. I love these two, though, and you write them so well!
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From:theentwife
Date:December 2nd, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed the story -- I have more at my fic-LJ theentwyfe, if you feel like having a look. Only G-for-gen stories are public there. If you want to read the naughty stuff, you need to leave a comment to the top-post. (I don't automaticly presume people want to read it, so you have to tell me that explicitly.)


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