Mar. 18th, 2013

Meme time!

Mar. 18th, 2013 08:50 pm
lady_songsmith: (instigator)
So a conversation this afternoon reminded me of this meme:

What is your favorite scene you've never posted? Why is it your favorite, and why hasn't it been posted? Will you share it now?

Kind of a toss-up for me, but let's go with the one that has no hope of being posted ever, rather than the languishing but still hopeful WIP.

In the post-GoF hiatus, I was writing a story titled Coming of Shadow, Promise of Light. It was to be a MWPP-era 7th year (and just after) fic, setting up the whole mess to come.

And it was thoroughly jossed by the release of Phoenix.

If I'd started posting it, I would have continued; HP fandom is pretty good about grandfather clauses. But I hadn't felt up to posting it as an early WIP, so after the jossing, I shoved it in a drawer.

One of the things I liked best about the fic was writing a deeper, nuanced Peter. He was mostly (at least in the areas I was reading) being written as a completely useless, spineless tag-along and I wanted to give him an actual personality. Of course, seeing as JKR herself wrote him useless and spineless, I guess the fandom knew something I didn't. (My JKR issues, let me show you them.) This scene was one of several (most never got written) meant to set up Peter as a slightly-above average wizard who had the misfortune of being born in the same year as some of the brightest students to come through Gryffindor that generation. Had he been a year older or younger -- or possibly even in another house -- he would have been considered a solid student, better at some things, worse at others, in the upper part of the class but not without effort. In the company of the other three, though, he was doomed to be always lesser; getting reflected glory but never shining on his own. And even his friends tend to see him that way, always playing catch-up to them, because it all comes easy to them while he has to work for it. So of course he resents them, despite the friendship. Without Voldemort it probably would have come to nothing - maybe they'd have grown apart after graduation, maybe there would have been a fight, but nothing worse. Introduce an outside pressure like that, though, and - boom.

*sigh* I would really have liked to finish that story. But it wouldn't have survived being taken down to canon-compliance and rebuilt.


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