Penname: melakem [Contact] Real name: melissa decker
Member Since: 07/31/2007
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forty-three, mother of four, wife of one, reads too much.
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If a Man Answers by risiepookie Rated: RT - Restricted Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 218]
Summary: When Ron comes back after two years, he dreads another man answering Hermione's door in the middle of the night. He certainly didn't expect the other man to be Harry. Jealousy, sex, betrayal, confusion, and heartache ensue.  Unfortunately, all is not as it should be and Ron must survive the unexpected consequences of his return, including broken relationships and promises.

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Categories: The Broomshed > Erotic Couplings
Characters: Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley
Genres: Angst, Drama, Erotica, Romance
Time Period: None
Warnings: Alternate Universe, Angst, Contains Spoilers for DH, Het, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 40051 Read Count: 30070
[Report This] Published: 08/27/2006 Updated: 04/21/2008
Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 01/04/2009 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 - Frozen

This is just heartbreaking.  I have  to keep reminding myself that it isn't happening to me.  Your writing is absolutely brilliant, though, you bring me right in and make this MY world.

Author's Response: My goodness, what an absolutely lovely review!  Thank you so much for your compliments.  I'm actually blushing! I'm thrilled that you're connecting with Ron's emotions so well!  *chocolate brownies for you*

Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 01/04/2009 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 - Hearing Without Understanding

" I'm not mad about anything, I'm just frustrated and scared and hurting.  I imagine I'm not the only one, yeah?""  If only we could all be that succint and honest.  Reading this the first time around, I worried that, no matter the outcome, someone I cared for would be hurt.  My worry this time around is that everyone I care for will be hurt.

Author's Response: *nods*  Being that succint and honest while in that kind of pain- well, it's something to strive for, eh?  I think your worry is realistic.  How could they all possibly come out unscathed?  I promise I'll try to bandage them up a bit... Thanks for the thoughtful review!  *rainbow sherbert for you*

Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 01/04/2009 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 - Memories of a Lifetime Ago

I was actually so caught up in this that I forced myself to take a bit of time before starting this chapter.  If I hadn't, I knew I'd be in tears reading it.  I came close despite the break.

Author's Response: Thank you for such a genuine response!  Though you were close to tears, I'm quite pleased to hear how deeply you are connected with the plight of our beloved characters...  I know it can be hard to read!  *bread pudding for you*

Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 01/04/2009 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6 - A Real Homecoming

Now my heart hurts for Ron, Hermione, Harry, Ginny, and on a whole other level, for Molly, too.  I don't know how I'll bear it when someone breaks the heart of one of my children and I can't fix it.  Poor everyone.

Author's Response: *snuggles you*  Thanks so much for continuing to read (and review!) through the painful moments!  There's hardly anywhere to go, but up...  *snuggles you again and passes dark chocolate for good measure*

Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 01/04/2009 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7 - Rumination

"Oh, yes. Anything that's worth waiting for can't be rushed."e

 Okay, so, now Molly and her orange tree have given me hope.  I didn't remember that from the last time I read this.  (That's how long it's been!)  So, here I sit, all hopeful, and thinking to myself that, yes, just maybe this can work out.  If all four of the major players can forgive themselves, perhaps they can forgive eachother as well, and accept that Harry and Hermione fell together out of need for comfort and affection and duty.  That because they love eachother, they were able to convince eachother that they could, over time, fall IN love, as well. 

And, maybe then, just maybe, the players can all return to their proper partners and heal and be happy.

I'm going to hold onto this, even though it's been a very long time since you've updated.  After all, until you finish it, the story is mine to shape in my head, right?  I can speculate a thousand different endings until you give me the one you want me to have.  (No pressure, though.  I'm assuming that real life is giving you stumbling blocks, not that you've abandoned this wonderful story.  Because, surely you wouldn't do that.)



Author's Response:

My dear, you are spoiling me with your thought-provoking and lovely reviews!  Thank you so much for doing that- I can't tell you what a boost it is for me!  As I said in response to an earlier review, I have had several family emergencies to deal with... that's been quite stressful and left little time for fic writing.  But, you're right- I haven't abandoned this piece!  Not by a long shot.  Thank you for letting me know you still care about the outcome. 

*nods knowingly* A little bit of hope never hurt anybody...  I hope I'm able to untwist the knot in a way that is satisfactory and fitting to the story.  Hopefully a new chapter will be on the way sooner, rather than later.  Thank you again!  *pineapple-coconut gelato for you*

Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 01/04/2009 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 - The Question Game

We’ve all read the ending, Ron; we just have to decide if we’re going to re-write it or if we’re going to let everything take a natural course to that place.”

So, I'm taking this quote from you as foreshadowing that things will be fine.  That even though you're giving my friends a different path than I think JKR has imagined, that ultimately, you're going to give them the same ending as she did in her epilogue.  I'm crossing my fingers that I'm right!



Author's Response: Thank you for a last lovely review!  Honestly, I'm quite overwhelmed with emotion at how much time you took to let me know your thoughts and feelings- you are so very appreciated!  I really think the ending will be unsurprising in many ways... this fic was always going to be about the journey.  I'm glad you're finding the rays of hope I've dropped into the storyline.  Thank you again!  *caramel apple for you*

Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 04/10/2009 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9 - Immersion

Oh, dearest Risiepookie, is there any chance we'll see more of this someday?  I so want to know how you move the pawns around to resolution.  Pretty please?

God, I Miss the Screaming by Mad Maudlin Rated: MT - Mature Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Past Featured StoryFilch reminisces about the Weasley Twins after their departure.

Categories: Hallowed Halls > From Diagon Alley to Hogwarts
Characters:
Genres: Darkfic, Horror
Time Period: None
Warnings: Angst, Graphic Violence, Strong Language, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1108 Read Count: 990
[Report This] Published: 09/06/2006 Updated: 09/06/2006
Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 12/04/2008 Title: Chapter 1: God, I Miss the Screaming

I picked this up from the random story queue.  I'm not sure what to say about it.  Everything I can think of seems like it would come out wrong.  I'll give it a try, though.

This is one of the most adult things I've ever read here.  When I first saw the description and the rating, I thought,"ew, I bet I know where that's going."  And I nearly didn't bite.  But, I have a bit of time, and thought I'd just quit reading if the story slid into sbdm slash.

I'm so thankful that you didn't go that route!  This is so much more subtle.  I think it's ever so slightly implied that Filch would enjoy that angle.  His descriptions of the actions, the expected reactions and the physical results are just a little too graphic for him not to be into the sexual side of things.  But, it's the fact that you didn't say it that makes it such a great piece of writing.  In fact, I think it's the line, "M for miscreant, M for mischief, M for magic, M for mine..." that really brings that out. 

This is a perfectly creepy and disturbing piece of work!  I loved it and admire the writing!

Housewarming by Mad Maudlin Rated: FG - Family Guidance starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Hermione's bad day gets a little better, thanks to a couple of ginger-haired boys.

Categories: Remains of the Day > Eternity
Characters: Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley
Genres: Fluff, Romance
Time Period: None
Warnings: Het, Major Fluff
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2176 Read Count: 1458
[Report This] Published: 09/07/2006 Updated: 09/08/2006
Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 12/04/2008 Title: Chapter 1: Housewarming

Okay, I'm sold.  You are a fantastic author.  Brilliant.  I read one of your stories that came up in the random story queue and was impressed enough with the writing to go looking for more of your work.  Slash is not my cup of tea, but if all of your work is as good as the two I've read, I may very well read your slash as well.  This is one of the sweetes, sexiest stories around.  You have such a way with setting a scene!  I swear, I actually felt warm, soft flannel sheets and heavy blankets over me when Hermione finally crawled into the bed.  Just brilliant.

Interesting Creatures by Mad Maudlin Rated: GP - General Public [Reviews - 2]
Summary: Thanks to his brother Charlie, a young Bill Weasley has a small probelm...or five...on his hands.
Categories: Bad Moon Rising > War and Peace
Characters: Rubeus Hagrid, Bill Weasley, Charlie Weasley
Genres: Comedy, General
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3175 Read Count: 489
[Report This] Published: 09/09/2006 Updated: 09/10/2006
Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 03/22/2010 Title: Chapter 1: Interesting Creatures

Terrific bit of work!  I can easily imagine Bill and Charlie being just like this.  Poor Hagrid, smiling, never able to resist the lure of buying an egg in a pub!

Just Crash Here by Mad Maudlin Rated: FG13 - Family Guidance13 starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 5]
Summary: He'd never quite understood what in vino veritas meant until just now.

Categories: Remains of the Day > Eternity
Characters: Hermione Granger, Various, Ron Weasley
Genres: Romance
Time Period: None
Warnings: Contains Spoiler for HBP, Het
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4392 Read Count: 828
[Report This] Published: 09/09/2006 Updated: 09/10/2006
Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 12/04/2008 Title: Chapter 1: Just Crash Here

Sigh.  Even if this story weren't really funny, (which it is,) and really sweet, (which it is,) and just all around charming as hell, (which it is,), the line, "An ogre with the emotional maturity of a sack of hammers and less intellect than God gave a dormouse?" would still make the whole story worth reading!  (I wish there were more chapters to this.  I'd love to read what happened next and next and next!)

Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 05/07/2009 Title: Chapter 1: Just Crash Here

How funny!  I loved that Ron completely let the goat go during the reading of the list, but stopped them when they said a stripper! 

Drunk Hermione was quiet funny, as were all the Weasley boys and Luna an Fleur, too.  The whole thing was just really funny, which made the sweetness all the better.  Poor Ron.  I'm crossing my fingers that they'll have a great time in Bulgaria!

The Way to a Man's Heart by coffee_n_cocoa Rated: FG - Family Guidance starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 3]
Summary: “Have some more,” she said. “Don’t tell the others, but I made those myself.”
Categories: Bad Moon Rising > War and Peace
Characters: Arthur Weasley, Molly Weasley
Genres: Fluff, Romance
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1350 Read Count: 375
[Report This] Published: 09/09/2006 Updated: 09/09/2006
Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 01/05/2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Thanks!  This is just sweet as can be!

Expected and Unexpected by Thistlerose Rated: GP - General Public [Reviews - 1]
Summary: Osric Lovegood is reluctant to send his daughter to Hogwarts. Dumbledore sends Minerva to straighten things out.
Categories: Hallowed Halls > From Diagon Alley to Hogwarts
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Luna Lovegood, Minerva McGonagall
Genres: General
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3113 Read Count: 381
[Report This] Published: 09/10/2006 Updated: 09/10/2006
Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 03/11/2014 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

What a terrific bit of work! Thanks for the read.

One True Pairing by Mad Maudlin Rated: FG - Family Guidance starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 10]
Summary: Ron and Hermione are worried about Harry. They probably should be.

Categories: Remains of the Day > Leaving Feast
Characters: Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley
Genres: Comedy
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1749 Read Count: 477
[Report This] Published: 09/11/2006 Updated: 09/11/2006
Reviewer: melakem Signed
Date: 12/04/2008 Title: Chapter 1: One True Pairing

This one is hysterical!  I loved it!