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Joined 06-30-11, id: 3033705, Profile Updated: 04-11-19
Author has written 4 stories for Sherlock, Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter.

I never know what to say in these things.

I am a writer, sort of. I write things that are seldom seen by people who are outside my own head. Someday, I'm going to publish a real book, but for now I'll settle for pulling up a chair in the fanfiction world and letting my little twiddles escape into the ether of the internet.

My username comes from a book by Amitav Ghosh called The Circle of Reason, which says that "Rhetoric is only language flexing its muscles." In addition to Ghosh's works, I also like to read mysteries, dramas, literary fiction, classics, and urban fantasy. I have, at various times in my life, become obsessed with Robin McKinley, Dick Francis, and the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde.

And now I have to stop writing, because in my time that's not taken up re-watching Sherlock and finding Martin Freeman desktop wallpaper, I am a university instructor who needs to grade papers.

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A Thousand Words by Ailee17 reviews
Harry never could have predicted how much his life would change after making a surprising discovery at the Dursley household the summer before Second Year. The young wizard returns to school looking for answers, and ends up finding a whole lot more. Snape/Harry mentor fic. No slash.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 54 - Words: 162,078 - Reviews: 3159 - Favs: 4,562 - Follows: 6,683 - Updated: 5/8 - Published: 1/4/2015 - Harry P., Severus S.
Crime and Punishment by mlocatis reviews
Harry is accused of burglary. The Dursleys leave him to rot. Dumbledore sends Snape to remedy the situation. Harry finds himself in the care of an irate Snape. Not slash, gen-fic w/ focus on Sevitus relationship. Angst galore. Warnings: language, mentions of abuse/neglect. Un-betaed, un-Britpicked, unapologetic.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 27 - Words: 179,269 - Reviews: 1231 - Favs: 1,252 - Follows: 1,777 - Updated: 4/15 - Published: 5/29/2018 - Harry P., Severus S.
Mason Jars by gzdacz reviews
Several months after the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry and his friends are figuring out how to best live lives that do not revolve around defeating evil lords. They are possibly not great at it. A post-DH, Snape-Mentors-Harry (Or, Tries To) Story.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 16 - Words: 45,477 - Reviews: 62 - Favs: 118 - Follows: 85 - Updated: 8/17/2020 - Published: 7/13/2020 - Harry P., Ron W., Hermione G., Severus S. - Complete
The Cost of Freedom by Lovejoypeas reviews
When the Machine gives Finch and Reese the Number of a young Asian woman working at a nail salon, their investigation becomes a race against time after she threatens her tyrannical employer, Mr. Lee, with blackmail. But Mr. Lee turns out to be a dangerous and savvy opponent, and protecting their number will throw Reese into one of his most daring—and hazardous—escapades yet.
Person of Interest - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 21 - Words: 34,883 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 2/25/2019 - Published: 1/31/2019 - J. Reese, H. Finch, Detective Carter, Bear
Occupational Hazard by McMoni reviews
"Finch has always known that, with all those guns and weapons and deadly equipment that come into play daily, mortal danger lurks from behind every corner." Or, shameless John whump in which he gets hurt for the first time in Finch's employ and Harold has to take care of him. Hurt/Comfort, (tentative) Friendship.
Person of Interest - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,479 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 4/23/2018 - Published: 4/20/2018 - J. Reese, H. Finch - Complete
Strength in Weakness by Littleforest reviews
Set during OotP. When Harry falls ill in Snape's lesson, the last thing he expects is for the ensuing drama to unveil a deadly plot that could end his life once and for all...
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 53 - Words: 196,514 - Reviews: 2850 - Favs: 2,783 - Follows: 3,627 - Updated: 4/14/2018 - Published: 1/11/2013 - Harry P., Severus S.
Carcass by Merope-Malfoy reviews
In the summer before his sixth year, Harry ventures outside the blood wards and is abducted by Death Eaters. After three weeks of torture in Voldemort's secret headquarters, he is rescued by the Order, but when he wakes up in the hospital wing, he is no longer the same boy. Will an unlikely connection with his draconian Potions Professor help him overcome his demons? (NO SLASH)
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 7 - Words: 35,844 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 196 - Follows: 118 - Updated: 5/7/2017 - Published: 1/29/2017 - Harry P., Severus S., Lucius M., Albus D. - Complete
Not From Others by FloreatCastellum reviews
She may not have been able to join Harry, Ron and Hermione, but Ginny refuses to go down without a fight. As war approaches, Ginny returns to Hogwarts to resurrect Dumbledore's Army and face the darkest year the wizarding world has ever seen. DH from Ginny's POV. Canon. Winner of Mugglenet's Quicksilver Quill Awards 2016, Best General (Chaptered).
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 35 - Words: 133,362 - Reviews: 459 - Favs: 1,031 - Follows: 450 - Updated: 2/25/2016 - Published: 8/1/2015 - Ginny W., Luna L., Neville L. - Complete
Reverberations by aesopianalex reviews
The summer after the debacle at the Ministry, Draco Malfoy is sent to live with Harry Potter. He writes letters to Severus Snape, telling him how he's doing- and what's really going on in Harry Potter's house. [Complete]
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 30 - Words: 64,939 - Reviews: 899 - Favs: 1,743 - Follows: 1,794 - Updated: 1/8/2016 - Published: 2/5/2014 - Harry P., Draco M., Severus S. - Complete
An Innocent Man by Fang's Fawn reviews
"And what about John Watson?" Sherlock had asked. He had expected a rather dull answer...after all, he had been away. He had not expected to hear that John had spent the past two years in prison. Series 3 AU. Not slash.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Angst/Mystery - Chapters: 42 - Words: 192,063 - Reviews: 1167 - Favs: 868 - Follows: 665 - Updated: 12/5/2015 - Published: 4/13/2014 - Sherlock H., John W., Mycroft H., DI Lestrade - Complete
The Dynamics of Risk by BullDemon reviews
"I'd normally agree with you, Detective, however at the moment, I'm selfishly wondering why we don't consider our own lives to be as precious as the ones we endeavor to save." Harold Finch
Person of Interest - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 18 - Words: 76,573 - Reviews: 117 - Favs: 76 - Follows: 38 - Updated: 9/10/2015 - Published: 5/14/2015 - J. Reese, H. Finch, Detective Carter - Complete
In Care Of by Fang's Fawn reviews
During the summer before sixth year, Harry finds an injured bat in the garden and decides to try to heal it...and an unwilling Snape learns just what kind of a person Harry Potter really is. No slash.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 47,029 - Reviews: 2200 - Favs: 11,720 - Follows: 4,067 - Updated: 2/3/2015 - Published: 3/16/2009 - Harry P., Severus S. - Complete
The Professor's Discretion by Twelve Years in Azkaban reviews
The only thing keeping Hermione out of trouble and Harry Potter alive is... the Professor's Discretion. AU.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 22 - Words: 138,741 - Reviews: 1032 - Favs: 1,429 - Follows: 711 - Updated: 9/30/2011 - Published: 10/14/2009 - Hermione G., Severus S. - Complete
Do or Die by No Illusions reviews
"Don began to turn, but never finished. The pain on the back of his head was sharp and sudden, and he felt himself fall forward, losing his grip on his gun." Don whump, appearances by the rest of FBI team. Don/Robin. Mentions of various episodes.
Numb3rs - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 13 - Words: 18,963 - Reviews: 94 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 22 - Updated: 2/12/2011 - Published: 1/18/2011 - Don E., Robin B. - Complete
Time to Free the Monster by Rinne reviews
Don starts acting out of character and putting lives at risk. Has he had a psychotic break, is this who he always really has been, or is there something more going on? Don/Robin, Charlie/Amita. COMPLETE
Numb3rs - Rated: M - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 36 - Words: 105,390 - Reviews: 110 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 1/6/2011 - Published: 11/3/2010 - Don E., Robin B. - Complete
Seasonal Shift by ivywatcher reviews
The year after Sunnydale, in moments and changing seasons. Time may not heal all wounds, but it bandages most. After the end, Buffy and her friends start to find a new beginning.
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 4 - Words: 13,288 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 8/31/2010 - Published: 1/8/2009 - R. Giles, Buffy S. - Complete
The Poor of God by kilara25 reviews
After Snape's visit to Surrey, Harry writes him a thank you letter that triggers an extended correspondence between the two of them. Sequel to The Guiltless.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 17 - Words: 103,741 - Reviews: 1445 - Favs: 2,581 - Follows: 1,207 - Updated: 9/1/2009 - Published: 8/24/2007 - Harry P., Severus S. - Complete
Mind Games by Serialgal reviews
The brothers go on an undercover operation that goes horribly wrong.
Numb3rs - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 69 - Words: 233,843 - Reviews: 975 - Favs: 170 - Follows: 104 - Updated: 7/13/2009 - Published: 3/13/2009 - Charlie E., Don E. - Complete
Assault by ALEO reviews
Don finds himeself in the hands of a psychopath when the tables are turned during a pursuit. Don!Whump. Warnings: violence - deliberate harm to another, drug references. COMPLETE
Numb3rs - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,899 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 6 - Published: 6/26/2009 - Don E., Alan E. - Complete
Watch Out For That Tree! by She's a Star reviews
Or, five times things accidentally rekindled between Giles and Joyce.
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,248 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 4 - Published: 6/20/2007 - R. Giles, Joyce S. - Complete
Collateral Damage by celadon reviews
It's been a physically and emotionally draining case, but Don is finally poised to make an arrest. So why is it never that simple? So, so sorry for the lengthy delay!
Numb3rs - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 27 - Words: 59,516 - Reviews: 359 - Favs: 122 - Follows: 45 - Updated: 6/27/2006 - Published: 2/10/2006 - Don E. - Complete
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Like a Hand in a Flame reviews
Harry is abused by his Uncle Vernon, until one day Snape arrives unexpectedly at the Dursley house and rescues him. Will Harry recover under the less-than-cordial eye of his surly potions professor? What will happen to him now that he can't go home again? AU. Complete.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 11 - Words: 31,515 - Reviews: 128 - Favs: 473 - Follows: 418 - Updated: 3/9 - Published: 4/8/2019 - Harry P., Severus S. - Complete
Taking Care of Her reviews
Lizzie Bennett Diaries - what if the news Lizzie got in ep. 84 was much more tragic? AU to the show; Darcy's point of view.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,890 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 17 - Published: 1/8/2019 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy - Complete
You Know Who I Am reviews
Companion (and sequel) to Fire, Fury, and Flame. Read that first! After the effects of the drugs wear off, John is still acting strangely. Sherlock realizes his friend is embarrassed and tries to fix it. One-shot. Drug references, no slash. Rated T to be safe, but no language.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,268 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/1/2013 - Sherlock H., John W. - Complete
Fire, Fury, and Flame reviews
Sometime after TRF and the reunion, John is kidnapped and drugged. This story begins the day John escapes. Can Sherlock help John through the aftermath of his experience? Drug references, no slash (unless you squint). Now complete. (A companion/sequel titled You Know Who I Am is now up).
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 12 - Words: 15,576 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 46 - Updated: 12/28/2012 - Published: 12/21/2012 - John W., Sherlock H. - Complete