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11 July 2009 @ 10:21 pm
The Five Meme - character sketches.

You post a "Top Five" topic, list, category, whatever, in my comments section. (examples: "5 Draco and Hermione Didn't Kiss, But They Should Have", or "5 Things Bones Never Told Jim"). Then, in comments, I'll post the answers to all your Top 5 ideas, according to me. Serious or fun! Then you post this offer in your own journal.

Only offering this in Harry Potter and Star Trek (except for Ree, who can request anything, and maybe Tabby, if you have something really cool, m'dear).
lilian_cho: Aziraphale also worshiped bookslilian_cho on July 12th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
5 Books Hermione Never Finished

Gelsey: Picture - message in a bottlegelsey on July 12th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
5 Books Hermione Never Finished
1. Practical Guide to Camping in the English Countryside by Ihava Tenthouse. What she remembers is complete rubbish and didn't help at all, anyway.

2. The Biography of Harry James Potter by Rita Skeeter. Needless to say, three pages in Hermione tossed it in the fire and wrote a letter to the Animagus Registry.

3. Sonnets and Other Poetry by Ginevra Weasley-Potter. Sometimes Hermione feels guilty about this, but mostly... well, she likes being sane.

4. The Bible of the Followers of The Savior Harry Potter. She was just laughing too hard after only two pages. She keeps it around, though, for whenever she needs a good laugh.

5. The History of the Voldemort Wars, Part II. It's not quite comprehensive, a bit embarrassing, and she can never get past the pages that list all of the dead.
babsbybend: sunshinebabsbybend on July 12th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Re: 5 Books Hermione Never Finished
This was great - you nailed it!
Gelseygelsey on July 12th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Re: 5 Books Hermione Never Finished
lilian_cho: Penguin!Chiyo-chan from Azumanga Daiohlilian_cho on July 12th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: 5 Books Hermione Never Finished

AHAHAHHAAH on #3 *loves*

And hee on #4. Sounds like my reaction to the Mormon bible

Aww on #5 =(
Gelseygelsey on July 12th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Re: 5 Books Hermione Never Finished
Glad you liked it.
lilian_cho: kid!Spocklilian_cho on July 12th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
And, if I can request a second one:

5 Times Jim Kirk Hated Being Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise
Ree: Enterprisetriskellion on July 12th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Five times Spock acted human.
Loren: xi;; to boldy go.wolfishinsanity on July 12th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Five Times Jim Kirk Charmed Spock Into Thinking He May Actually Know What The Hell He's Doing. (8D)
Keladry Lupin: Hermione Readingkeladry_lupin on July 12th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Five men Hermione never fell in love with (and why, if you don't mind).
Gelsey: HP - crystal meth in potionsgelsey on July 12th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Five men Hermione never fell in love with
A/N: Please don't kill me for this. It kind of went this way all on its own. Blame my muse, she's on crack.

1. Ronald Weasley. He was always one of her dearest friends, and she had been on the cusp of falling in love with him for many years. For a little while, after the war, she even thought she did love him... but her mind kept going back to how he left when things got tough, and the two of them... they would never be easy.

2. Draco Malfoy. He's a handsome and charming bastard, yes, it's true, but there's just something that will never go away about being called so many horrible names while growing up.

3. Severus Snape. His mind was fascinating, his expertise enormous. His attention was flattering and the sex was fabulous. However, he never trusted her, was emotionally stunted, and bordered on creepy-stalker at times.

4. Viktor Krum. She will always be eternally fond of Viktor. He was the first man to make her feel like a woman, he was kind, and he was quietly clever. She even liked watching him play Quidditch, even if the sport was something she disliked--but therein lay the rub. Their differences were just a little much, in the end.

5. Harry Potter. The words "brother" and "incestuous" keep coming up with this one... Just, ew.

Bonus: And the one she did fall in love with:

Kingsley Shaklebolt. Odd, yes, she knew that, but they both had the goals and the drive to make it work, and they simply clicked from the time they broke Harry out of Privet Drive and onward. It was something she couldn't explain; it was something she didn't have to, for when she looked at him, everyone just knew it.
Keladry Lupin: Hermione Readingkeladry_lupin on July 12th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Re: Five men Hermione never fell in love with
*purrs* The fact that you listed Ron made me so happy that I didn't mind you listing Severus, too. (And it's your ficlet; I'm not gonna kill you!) This is closer to canon than most fanfiction gets, anyway. Very nice!
Gelseygelsey on July 12th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: Five men Hermione never fell in love with
Grins. Despite my willingness to "make shit up" as I write, I seem to have the almost disturbing tendency to stick to the basic tenets of canon. *scratches head* Never thought I'd do that, but a lot of my stuff seems to do it these days.

I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for not minding poor Sev!
Ree: Earthtriskellion on July 12th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Five times Teal'c made a joke.
Five times Jack referenced Oz on an alien planet.
Five ways Sergei tried to tell Ree “I love you” while Belle was still alive.
Five ways Belle tried to tell Ree "I love you."
Five times Nimue almost died.
Five times Wilson told House what he really thought of him. Your choice if House ever listens.

Feel free to tell me to shut up at some point.
Gelsey: Potc - orlando/sergei small textgelsey on July 12th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
Five times Nimue almost died.

She was four years old. She and her dad were in Venice and they were having a grand time. The violence, like all violence is, was senseless and random. They shouldn't have been caught in the attack.

After all, the mages had been trying to kill a high-ranking technocrat. What would a proper mage and his daughter have been doing in that particular techno-store? So, unlike her Uncle Tobias, they hadn't been a target.

The magical blast threw them back against a pillar. Her father, Teague, had grabbed her just before that, and she was cushioned against his chest. He wasn't so lucky. A sliver of bone from a broken rib punctured several organs. No healer could save him by the time help arrived.

Nimue claims to this day that she doesn't remember this at all. Perhaps she doesn't; after all, she was only four years old, and it was so traumatic that she probably made herself forget it.


Nimue was fourteen. Her Uncle Tobias just moved to America to teach at a school, and she just married Duc Dubois yesterday. Her body is sore in places the girl had never contemplated being sore in.

This place, this stifling museum of a mansion, was stifling to her. Shame and fear of her new situation tightened in her chest, making it harder to breathe. Her only refuge was the widow's walk on the roof. The air tasted sweet and for a moment, she could think.

She would later claim to everyone that she'd merely fallen over the railing, though from the look in the Duc's eyes, he knew it had been no accident.

He'd probably been the one to reinforce his family's protection wards up there, she thought in retrospect. She should have suspected there would be some; she probably wasn't the first woman to think jumping off might solve all her problems.


Physically, Nimue was seventeen. Beautiful, rich, and attached to a very powerful mage. Inside, she was an old woman, battered and worn down but not quite out for the count. Desperation does strange things to people, and in the end, despite the Dubois tacked on at the end of her name, she is a Galaway. Her spunk and spirit wasn’t completely beaten down.

Her plan was dangerous and cunning. It was desperate. It was her very last resort.

The poison was potent and served in the soup. Nimue watched her husband dispassionately as he turned colors, as he choked and clutched at his chest; she remained unmoved as he begged her for help (how many times had she begged him? How many?); she didn’t twitch as he realized that she had done this to him, and that it was too late for him to get help.

She barely paused as she raised a spoonful of soup to her mouth, swallowed. She didn’t yell for help until she felt the very beginnings of the poison in her system.

No one would believe her, after all, if only her husband’s bowl were filled with it. Watered down a bit, hers was less potent, but no less deadly if she didn’t get help.

But it was the only way to freedom. And, in the end, she won. She was free.


She was nineteen and in the middle of yet another internal power struggle with the Dubois family. As always, it was a dance that alternated subtlety with overt acts of hostility, but it was a dance she was intimately familiar with by now and rather skilled at besides. She had allies these days, Jonathan almost always at her back when she went back to France, though they could not marry yet for many reasons.

The concept of the curse was not completely unexpected; the actuality did catch her offguard. Like a proper mage Duchess, she almost always wore a corset at the events the family must hold. The plan had been well thought out, she would think later, for the very laces and fabric of this particular corset had to have had the curse laid into them as they were made.

Her lips had been blue by the time Jonathan had managed to cut it off of her. The healers had to fix four broken ribs and some other internal damage.

No one could ever prove that her evil-in-laws did it, but she knew they had. She was just grateful to have had Jonathan there with her to save her life.

Gelsey: Potc - orlando/sergei small textgelsey on July 12th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Re: Five times Nimue almost died continued

She’s twenty-five, and it hurt. Nimue didn’t think that childbirth should hurt quite that much. Jonathan was somewhere else, hopefully trying to get to a travel circle, and she was supposed to remain pregnant for another month.

The worried look on the healer’s face was another tip off, and she tried unsuccessfully not to scream as the next contraction hit. Yvette was there suddenly, though, and Nimue wrapped her arms around her best friend as soon as she came up to the bed. Yvette had to have heard her, she thought, from wherever she’d been, and she’d come immediately. Yvette had done this before; Yvette always knew what to do.

Indeed, her musician friend began to sing, and the pain eased. Yes, the music… there was magic in that. Jonathan arrived, and Yvette coaxed him into singing a simple counter-melody, and between them and the healer, little Anna Morgause was safely delivered. Nimue ended up a little worse for wear, but she was alive, and so was her daughter.


These are not to be confused with the times Nimue swore she thought she was going to die, which include the following:
~ negotiations with one bunny over Jonathan’s room visitation rights
~ when Uncle Tobias walked in on her and Jonathan snogging and her shirt on the floor. When Uncle most decidedly didn’t know she was in a relationship with his fellow teacher. Yeah. That one.
~ when Nimue helped Sergei and Ree escape the Mansion of Doom. Ree’s grandmother is crazy scary.
benebubenebu on July 12th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
Re: Five times Nimue almost died continued
I love those. I've missed reading in this universe more than I thought.
Gelseygelsey on July 12th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Five times Nimue almost died continued
Aww, thanks! I'm glad you like it so much!
Gelsey: Star Trek - James T Kirkgelsey on July 14th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
Why do I suddenly have the absurd urge to make Jim Kirk make Oz references while on alien planets?
Ree: Earthtriskellion on July 14th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Probably the same reason Spock keeps trying to say "Indeed" in a deep tone with a raised eyebrow.
Gelseygelsey on July 14th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Yeah, probably.

Those characters need to stop talking to each other in my head.
Somiglianasomigliana on July 12th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
~5 times Bel wanted to Stun Miles and lock him in the bulkhead locker.
~5 times Haymitch wanted to deck Effie Trinket.
Gelsey: HP - unforgivablegelsey on July 13th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
5 times Bel wanted to Stun Miles and lock him in the bulkhead locker
1. The first time they met. Needless to say, he stunned Bel and basically stuffed it in the locker (well, confined to quarters, but that's just the details). The sentiment was completely returned.

2. The day Bel realized that Miles pulled a fast one on them with the whole mercenary business. It was so obvious, really...

3. When he came back from the dead. The bulkhead locker seemed like a good place to keep him whole and safe after that debacle. It was that, or fold him up and tuck him in its pocket, and he wouldn't like that sentiment at all...

4. The day Bel received the message that Miles was getting married. It realized then that there were no more chances for a relationship there. That hurt, more than it thought it should. It wasn't sure if the stunning and locking would be in order to run off with him, or as punishment for stealing what could have been.

5. When he arrived at the Quaddie station. What the hell was he doing there? was its first thought. Later, the impulse to lock him up til he admitted to whatever it was he was up to was withdrawn, as he did save its life...

Edited at 2009-07-13 01:53 am (UTC)
Gelsey: Hunger Games - District 12gelsey on July 13th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
5 times Haymitch wanted to deck Effie Trinket.
1. Today's a big, big, big day!

Every. Fucking. Time.

2. There was that time, a few years ago, when she stole his alcohol and dumped it down the sink. He definitely wanted to punch her then.

Or maybe he did punch her, he didn't really remember that clearly. All Haymitch knew was that she never did it again.

3. Anytime she comments on wanting to get promoted to a better district. District 12 may be poor and may not have had a winner except for him, but dammit, that didn't mean it wasn't worth putting forth effort for.

4. Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Enough said.

5. The way she criticizes every move the cameras show of the District 12 candidates. Katniss is the first that she's ever said anything good about.
Gelsey: Hunger Games - mockingjaygelsey on July 13th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
5 times Haymitch wanted to kiss Effie Trinket instead of deck her
(Okay, so you didn't request it, but you did mention it)

1. It's probably the first year since Effie's been at District 12 that Haymitch has been entirely sober at any point (utterly disregarding the year she threw out his liquor). She's figured this fact out, and there are random times that she simply beams at him. He wants to kiss her then.

2. Haymitch discovered once that Effie cries every time one of her candidates dies, even if she loathed them. There are times he simply wants to hold her and kiss both their tears away.

3. He could have kissed her when she took his side against the doctors and publicists who wanted to surgically alter Katniss.

4. He wasn't sure if he wanted to laugh or cry, punch or kiss her when she said she wasn't going to transfer to another district, after all.

5. She was adorable when drunk, and he did kiss her that time.
benebu: shrimpbenebu on July 12th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
Five Times Percy Didn't Take Points From Hufflepuff (Because It Was Cedric)

Except that 'Take' isn't the right verb, but the word eludes me at the moment.
patricia_writespatricia_writes on July 12th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
I don't have a listing but I'm enjoying reading these!!
Gelseygelsey on July 12th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
You can make a request and not have to post this, if you want :)