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Joined 07-31-07, id: 1339783, Profile Updated: 02-24-12
Author has written 21 stories for How I Met Your Mother, Ugly Betty, As the World Turns, and Downton Abbey.

I have an MFA in writing and currently work in educational research. I used to say I was mostly a reader of fanfic, not a writer... now it's more of a balance, I suppose.

My ships vary quite a bit. I'm currently most into:

Luke/Noah (As the World Turns)
Robin/Barney (How I Met Your Mother)
Andy/April (Parks & Rec)
Jim/Pam (The Office)
Lupin/Tonks (Harry Potter)
Cliff/Marc (Ugly Betty)
Josh/Donna (The West Wing)

...I generally prefer fics that portray how characters initially get together-- the more angst, the better. I don't like it to be too easy.

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play it, sam but i forget how it goes by hyacinthian reviews
Barney/Robin drabbles for each episode of the series.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 207 - Words: 55,576 - Reviews: 344 - Favs: 226 - Follows: 236 - Updated: 3/31 - Published: 5/24/2008 - Barney S., Robin S.
Say When by WhatsABriard reviews
Falling into life, a series of pre-canon Robert/Cora drabbles. 50 prompts, 100 words each. Loosely following the first two decades of marriage, children, and Downton. Updated Daily.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 51 - Words: 5,683 - Reviews: 144 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 3/20/2012 - Published: 2/10/2012 - Cora C., Robert C. - Complete
Beauty and the Beast by cartoonlove reviews
Marc/Cliff story, continuing saga, even though eppie-wise it's discontinued, bleh. POV switches. R&R please! Rated T just to be safe. Chap. 13 now up.
Ugly Betty - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 13 - Words: 20,814 - Reviews: 49 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 27 - Updated: 12/28/2010 - Published: 11/15/2008 - Marc St. J.
Here With Me by LJS4everandAlways2 reviews
He thought she hated him. She thought she was just bragging rights. He kept missing his chances. She was running away scared. A story of love that follows Lily and James from 6th year until graduation. PreDH. RR!
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 20 - Words: 105,074 - Reviews: 270 - Favs: 119 - Follows: 150 - Updated: 10/10/2009 - Published: 2/14/2007 - James P., Lily Evans P.
Heartburn by idioticonion reviews
Luke Mosby discovers that his Dad even more of an unreliable narrator than we first thought. Spoilers for 4.17 - set in 2031
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,131 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 4 - Published: 3/19/2009 - Son, Daughter - Complete
Five Things Robin Scherbatsky Doesn't Do by fearlessfan reviews
Robin doesn't fall in love with Barney -- except for how she totally does . Barney/Robin, with spoilers through the fourth season, although the most recent plot points play out differently in this story.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10,173 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 160 - Follows: 6 - Published: 10/25/2008 - Complete
Home by Upside-Up reviews
Robin/Barney. Takes place after Shelter Island. Robin has moved into Ted's place and is having a bit of trouble feeling settled.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,793 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/25/2008 - Complete
This Thing by glamorouspirate reviews
This thing between them was growing, snowballing until they were barely who they started out as.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,867 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 74 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/24/2008 - Complete
Daisies in the Snow by Otempora42 reviews
Wendy likes to pretend that everything is as it used to be, and nothing ever changes. Her growing feelings for Eric Cartman, however, cause her to rethink that. CartmanWendy, T for language
South Park - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,203 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 5 - Published: 9/28/2008 - Eric Cartman, Wendy Testaburger - Complete
A Certain Preoccupation by wonderflonium reviews
He couldn’t really remember, Barney thought as he sat with his lips on his scotch and his eyes on her face, exactly when he had fallen in love with her.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,146 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/14/2008 - Complete
A Modest Proposal by fiona d reviews
Barney has a proposition for Robin. One-Shot. Takes place in early season 3.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,604 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 34 - Published: 8/5/2008 - Complete
He Counted by Flash Foreward reviews
Robin realizes that Barney counted the 'no's' in her statement. An introspective drabble based during "How I Met Everyone Else"
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 143 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 12 - Published: 6/1/2008 - Complete
through and through by She's a Star reviews
Post-"Rebound Bro." Barney and Robin patch things up.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,344 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 54 - Follows: 5 - Published: 5/7/2008 - Complete
feet touch the ground by She's a Star reviews
Robin deals with the aftermath of "The Goat," in true Scherbatsky style.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,800 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 3 - Published: 4/29/2008 - Complete
Shag Carpet by MercGirlie reviews
Marc muses about his relationship with Cliff after being forced to pick a t-shirt from his boyfriend's dubious collection of clothing. Marc/Cliff, so slash obviously. Don't read if you don't like it!
Ugly Betty - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 850 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/17/2008 - Complete
This is our Last Goodbye by heatherberry reviews
This romantic and angsty romp starts where the episode Transition finished....a vacation in the Bahamas leads to personal and difficult revelations...and some other juicy stuff! JD COMPLETE! chapter 5 repetition fixed!
West Wing - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 6 - Words: 31,070 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 1/5/2008 - Published: 12/24/2007 - Josh L., Donna M. - Complete
Trenches by deemn reviews
It happens because she’s stupid. Because she’s a stupid kind of crazy and somehow okay with breaking all her own rules.
Firefly - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,726 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/14/2007 - Inara, Mal - Complete
A Poem for Marc by MaskedDevera reviews
This is my version of the poem Cliff wrote for Marc and left on his bathroom mirror. CliffMarc romance
Ugly Betty - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 86 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 4 - Published: 11/7/2007 - Marc St. J., Marc St. J. - Complete
Paper Moon by dansunedisco reviews
[LukeNoah. Oneshot.] They need to stop doing this, but it's the only time he ever feels tangible. Angry. Alive.
As the World Turns - Rated: M - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,525 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/28/2007 - Complete
The Ins and Outs of Evening by scullyseviltwin reviews
We were more than this, she said. LupinTonks. Pre HBP. No DH spoilers.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,926 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/24/2007 - N. Tonks, Remus L. - Complete
The Right Words by Springfall reviews
A Christmas blizzard leads to some interesting situations. Adult content. LucyTumnus Romance.
Chronicles of Narnia - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,884 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/25/2006 - Complete
Home by Crookshanks22 reviews
Remus Lupin's voyage of discovery vis a vis Nymphadora Tonks. Turns out there's a lot he doesn't know . . . A leisurely, wistful romance set during OotP and HBP. Delves into his history and hers. Now complete! Written postHBP, mildly AU.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 42,299 - Reviews: 154 - Favs: 82 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 9/17/2005 - Published: 8/26/2005 - Remus L., N. Tonks - Complete
My Own Mr Knightley by non-damsel reviews
A modernized version of Emma. Takes place in college. Becka has a problem with always trying to run everyone else's life... please R&R. It's funny, I promise. COMPLETE. WHOOHOO.
Emma - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 33 - Words: 60,311 - Reviews: 477 - Favs: 199 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 6/12/2005 - Published: 4/28/2004 - Complete
Something To Build On by nycgrl reviews
COMPLETE - She was surprised, to say the least. At how tightly he held on, how frantic his kisses were, how he felt like home. RemusTonks
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,274 - Reviews: 91 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 8/27/2004 - Published: 7/11/2003 - Remus L., N. Tonks - Complete
Love Sick by dime-piece reviews
.:Complete:. Draco and Blaise make a bet. But what if this bet affects both of them, in ways that they never imagined. And what if Draco is in denial? Can Hermione ever find out if Draco really loves her, or was she a one night stand?
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 35 - Words: 76,001 - Reviews: 562 - Favs: 414 - Follows: 56 - Updated: 8/13/2004 - Published: 7/3/2004 - Hermione G., Draco M. - Complete
That muted sort of longing by Serendipity reviews
Humor, angst and adventure color Ginny Weasley’s fifth year as she matures from the girl she is to the woman she will be. Her burgeoning powers are the least of her worries as her friendship with Harry darkens into something else. Updated 7-22
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 17 - Words: 107,481 - Reviews: 810 - Favs: 745 - Follows: 238 - Updated: 7/22/2004 - Published: 6/20/2003 - Ginny W., Harry P.
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Letters to You (If You'll Believe One Word)
Maddie, Noah, and Luke continue working at the TV station through the year as interns. Noah, still dating Maddie, seems more resolved than ever to resist his feelings for Luke. Meanwhile, Luke grows closer with his sister Faith, all the while falling deeper in love with Noah. Relationships are complicated when Casey returns to Oakdale. Angst and romance ensues.
As the World Turns - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 2 - Words: 11,316 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Luke S., Noah M. - Complete
The New Girl reviews
AKA HIMYM High. Or, you know, HIMYM set in high school. Robin Scherbatsky, tired of life as Robin Sparkles, arrives as the new girl in school and soon finds herself torn between sweet sophomore Ted Mosby and womanizing senior Barney Stinson. Angst and more angst.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,843 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 10 - Published: 8/18/2012 - Barney S., Robin S. - Complete
Spinning reviews
Mary reflects at the Servants' Ball. Romance! Spoilers through the series 2 finale/Christmas special.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 439 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 8 - Published: 2/21/2012 - Mary C., Matthew C. - Complete
Now You See Her reviews
Barney angsts. Just a quick drabble, takes place immediately post-"Tick, Tick, Tick", you know, where Barney's heart is totally crushed.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 179 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/5/2012 - Barney S., Robin S. - Complete
The Fix reviews
The autumn that Luke's mechanic skills are put to the test, he falls in love with a dark-haired closet case.
As the World Turns - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,491 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 7 - Published: 9/22/2011 - Luke S., Noah M. - Complete
Street Magic reviews
Sometime after their breakup, Barney and Robin see a street magician on the street.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 532 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 11 - Published: 4/17/2011 - Barney S., Robin S. - Complete
Skinned Knee reviews
After giving Barney another girl's phone number, Robin takes a tumble down the stairs.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,032 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 4 - Published: 2/22/2011 - Robin S., Barney S.
Four Memories and an Unfinished Christmas Gift reviews
It’s the day before Christmas Eve and Noah still hasn’t finished his present for Luke. Instead he tells him about the tribute he’d like to make him...
As the World Turns - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,319 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 5 - Published: 12/23/2009 - Complete
Trick or Treat reviews
Every year, Wendy the Waitress hopes that trick-or-treaters will show up at her door. This year, she gets a surprise guest.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,174 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Published: 11/1/2009 - Carl, Wendy - Complete
Laundry Day reviews
A lovesick Barney watches Robin do her laundry. Takes place somewhere during season four, otherwise no spoilers.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 770 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/16/2009 - Barney S., Robin S. - Complete
The Waitress and the Bartender reviews
It takes exactly one year for Carl and Wendy to come to their senses. Carl acts like an overprotective big brother toward Wendy... which of course drives her crazy... which is unfortunate when he starts to fall in love with her.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,031 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/16/2009 - Wendy, Carl - Complete
Cut reviews
Noah’s been left behind his whole life. His mother. His father. Any friend at the Army base growing up. So when Luke says he has to move on after their internship at WOAK is over, Noah isn’t sure he can let him go.
As the World Turns - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,120 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 19 - Published: 3/28/2009 - Complete
Unhinged reviews
Barney hides a quarter on his person. Robin goes diving for it. They angst. They smut. And Robin has a slight panic attack.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,783 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 4 - Published: 3/18/2009 - Barney S., Robin S. - Complete
Into the Wind reviews
Noah stands on the edge of the Snyders' field, the wind whipping against him, the paper in his hand burning his palm. He wants this. He wants all of this. And most of all, he wants Luke. - A little angst, a little fluff, and a lotta smut!
As the World Turns - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,655 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/8/2009 - Complete
Lily Idol reviews
Lily has something all the boys want... so she makes them compete for it, American Idol-style! Nothing serious, just fluffy silliness. Perhaps more amusing if you've watched AI, but not necessary at all.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,657 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/5/2009 - Complete
The Benefits of a Heart Broken Over Time reviews
The way Barney sees it, there are three benefits to having his heart slowly, excruciatingly broken by Robin Scherbatsky.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,499 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/13/2009 - Complete
Three Hours in San Francisco reviews
What happened in the three hours after Barney came to see Lily in San Francisco, before he had to catch his flight? Friendship Lily/Barney, implied Lily/Marshall, very very minor Barney/Robin.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,622 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 3 - Published: 12/30/2008 - Complete
25 Ways Marshall and Lily Came to Be reviews
25 defining moments in the relationship of the almost-too-cutest couple I know, in no particular order.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,542 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 3 - Published: 12/30/2008 - Complete
Follow Me Back With the Sun in Your Eyes reviews
At first, Marc holds out hope that Cliff will call. Then he thinks he can get over him. And then everything starts to seem wrong. The events after Marc and Cliff break up, plus fluffy flashbacks of random points in their relationship.
Ugly Betty - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 2 - Words: 15,900 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 6 - Published: 12/8/2008 - Marc St. J. - Complete
Five Kisses reviews
Four times Barney kissed Robin, and one time he didn't. Follows regular episodes, but somewhat AU.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,886 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 71 - Follows: 4 - Published: 10/30/2008 - Complete
Here's to You reviews
He buys her celebratory shots, because he doesn't know what else to do. Takes place immediately following 4.03. Barney/Robin.
How I Met Your Mother - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,537 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/8/2008 - Complete