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I was tagged by @carpemermaidtales on Tumblr in the first line meme. Kind of excited to do this again -- I haven’t done a first lines retrospective in a while...this should be interesting. Here goes nothing: 

Sam stood under the spray of hot water, arms braced against the shower wall as he mentally replayed what had happened on his run.  (Connections - Sam/Steve)

Draco cautiously pulled Lucas's bedroom door closed. (Sea Glass - Draco/Harry)

"Beck to sleeping quarters, STAT." (Trip Home - Chris/Mark)

It was Christmas but there was no joy aboard the Hermes. (Marry Christmas, Mark - Chris/Mark)

"You are stark raving." Albus blinked at Scorpius. (Night Out - Albus/Scorpius with a side of Draco/Harry)

There was someone in his bed. (Starting Over - Charlie/Harry)

His heart still racing from the last hill they'd pedaled up, Mark pulled off his bicycle helmet and ran his fingers through his matted hair.  (Newton’s Second Law and Other Forces of Nature - Chris/Mark)

The rasp of metal against metal woke Mark with a jerk. (Rain - Chris/Mark)

Draco hated the blue and gold tile pattern of the third floor of St Mungo's.  (Solder - Draco/Harry)

Harry stared at Slughorn in disbelief, "Malfoy? Why not Hermione? I can't -"  (Firebond - Draco/Harry)

Johanssen's voice was muffled, Chris barely heard it through the beat of the Rolling Stones in his headphones.  (Without Him - Chris/Mark)

At last, the Hermes repressurized and gravity was restored. (Homeward Bound - Chris/Mark)

"Dad, they are here." My son, M.J., stood in the doorway of the kitchen. (Watney Out - Chris/Mark)

The five words were swirling through my head as I went into freefall, plummeting through space, fighting for the ability to breathe. (Million Miles Away - Chris/Mark)

I slammed down on the brake pedal of the hired Jaguar, skidding to a stop as the recorded voice told me to turn right, which would have been fine except there was no paved road. (Unexpected Turn - Draco/Harry)

Steve jerked awake, the echo of a scream still ringing in his ears. (Taps - Steve Rogers gen fic)

The beech tree was perfectly situated to catch a bit of breeze coming off the lake and still provide sufficient shade from the April sunshine, which seemed determined to force the last dregs of winter away. (New Path - Harry/Draco)  

Ginny shouldn't have noticed it at all.  (At Second Glance - Harry/Ron)

Harry shifted uncomfortably on the wooden chair, grimacing as needles of pain shot through his left leg.  (Bedside Manner - Harry/Charlie)

“Harry.” The urgency in Ron’s voice barely penetrated the fog of Monday morning paperwork. (Secrets Revealed - Harry/Draco)

It is interesting...seeing how I open stories, and I think it has changed a bit. I tend to open with an action, (might even be considered a pre-cliffhanger). And I’m dabbling a lot more with first person. I don’t think any of my early stories were first person. 

Please note if you click through that several of these stories deal with Major Character Death, other pairings, and potential triggers. Read the warnings on the AO3 descriptions.

AND I’ve gotten much more diverse with my pairings and fandoms - YAY!

Consider yourself tagged! 

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Cross-posting from my Tumblr.

The lovely @eidheann tagged me in the five fics meme where you rec five of your own fics. Eep. Instead of rec’ing, I’m commenting on my fics that are most significant to me. I'm sure if I were to do this next month my answers would be a different but these are the one's I picked today.

First one is easy. It’s the one I think I’m known for (I’m Oakstone730, by the way, *waves*), and certainly the most read (holy shit when did it pass 40K views on AO3?), shared, and rec’d: Twist of Fate.

Twist is significant to me in that it was the third or fourth story I wrote and due to its length (300K) I can see my writing evolve and improve from the beginning to the end. I also like it for the way I was able to wrap the canon of the books into a Harry/Draco Hogwarts story.

The Day After: The Missing Chapters from the end of Deathly Hallows would be my second fic that stands out. It was my first story, written in a frenzy in August 2011 before I even knew fanfiction existed, because I had read and re-read Hallows and felt so unsatisfied that I sat down and created my own ending. Full of typos. Harry/Ginny Ron/Hermione

Taps - this is my only Captain America offering, even though I have dozens of ideas floating around in my head, Taps is the only one which has been completed. Kind of completed. I actually have another 10K that I cut from it because I decided that less is more. For me the time just after Steve wakes up in the 21st century is the most evocative. How would it feel to be trapped between the two time periods and trying to move on? It’s a gen fic.

Solder - written as a pinch-hit for Erised. I like this one because it has components of stories that I tried to write several times in the past and couldn’t fit together, until I had to throw together a story in a few weeks and Solder was born. It is typical of my longer fics - combining high angst with fluffy moments. Deals with the difficult subject of addiction and the effects it has on a family - but with a tentative yet still positive ending. Harry/Draco

Smoke and Mirrors - Harry/Charlie. Although I’m known as a Harry/Draco shipper my true OTP is Harry/Charlie. This story is *not* for everyone. It’s BDSM but because I don’t wander too far from my favorite writing style it is also fluffy and angsty. This is one of those stories that asked to be written and I couldn’t stop until it was done.

That’s my five - but just a quick shout out to any Mark Watney/Chris Beck readers (all 4-5 of you...) I do have six Mark/Chris stories of varying degrees of angst, fluff, and death.


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