the joke is on me

Title: The joke is on me.
Rating: PG.
Characters: Cho Chang, Cedric Diggory.
Word count: 200 words.
Summary: She had not thought of him, and yet there it floated in front of her.
Disclaimer: I don't own anything.

She did not think of him.

Cho was thinking of her parents. Back when she was young enough to depend on them for some of the most basic necessities but old enough to do some wobbling, which on its own, was a form of walking. Back when life was simple and easy, and not as gray as it appeared to be now; when the biggest of her troubles was not having a sibling to play with, and when the closest thing to a heart-break that she experienced was the loss of her favourite toy.

She was happy, then—which is not to say she was not happy after that, but her life back then had seldom been tainted by sadness.

When the incantation slipped out of her mouth, silver sprouted from the tip of her wand and what had moments before been a shapeless mass, formed itself into a large, winged animal. Harry Potter himself had left the Longbottom boy to congratulate her, but she was busy pondering the bitter irony, the cosmic joke of it all.

She had not thought of him, and yet there it floated in front of her. A silver swan.

Didn’t Swans mate for life?

in the end it'll be sweet

Title: In the end it'll be sweet.
Rating: PG
Characters: Cho Chang, Cedric Diggory
Word count: 350 words.
Summary: They never get to take over the world.
Disclaimers: These kids are not mine though I'm sure I love them more than JKR does.

The antique, over-sized locket opens easily, and inside of it, a picture remains attached to it, as if someone had taken the job to themselves to put a strong, and everlasting sticking charm to it. The picture in question is old enough that the person who took it has been dead and buried for several decades now, and it is as frail as it is delicate. It’s also well on its way to become colorless, but this, for some reason, only adds to the strange feeling of vacancy and sweetness the photograph seems to hold. It’s the sort of vacancy of something worn-out and discarded, and yet, for some reason, utterly and inexplicably irreplaceable.

Main focus of the picture: A couple of teenagers, both clad in formal, old-fashioned but all the same elegant dress robes.

The setting: The Great Hall. Twinkling faeries are flying above and around them, while flower petals shower them, the result of a charm the boy never managed to properly accomplish.

Time: Christmas.

The boy stands behind her, arms tightly draped around the girl’s slim waist. She seems to be standing on her tip-toes, and as she tries to look taller, his shaking shoulders, the result of thinly veiled repressed laughter, clue her in and a fit of giggles breaks away from her. Soon, he is chiming in and they are both carelessly laughing in mirth and smiling at the camera, as though they have all the time in the world to waste.

As soon the fits of laughter and giggling begin to fade, the girl, quite unconsciously, it seems, fixes her expression into one that perfectly mirrors the boy’s; their countenances ooze happiness mixed with small hints of superiority that young, smart, popular and good-looking people often seem to have. Completely content and pleased with themselves and each other as the pair looks, the girl and the boy appear to be ready to take over the world with their ten thousand galleons-worth smiles, steal it with your permission, and keep it inside the safe places that their hearts are.

Unnecessary spoiler alert: They never do.

Two Oh Eleven

 It's been a loooong time, I suppose. 2010 was a year of... discoveries, I guess, some good and some bad. Some surprising, some not-quite-surprising. As it is, I don't think I'd change a thing about it. :D Well, okay, perhaps I'd change a thing or two, but I believe that whatever happened, happened for the best and hopefully bigger and better things will come for me in this new year. 

As obviously seen below, I neverrrr really did read all the books I thought I would. Or at least, I didn't read the ones below. So of course I have a new list, but that one shall go up tomorrow. For now, I'll just post my new year's resolutions.

-Go back to being 5-6 like I was in 2009, and not the 7-9 I'm now. And now that I say this, I may as well try to stay away from junk food, too, and try to eat healthy. 
-Keep my job; now that I have one, I don't think I can go on without having one. Having and spending money that you actually earned through hard work is quite an experience. It makes me feel like a grown-up, though some may say that at 20, it was about time that happened. 
-School, school, school. And more school.
-Read and write. A lot. 
-Change my attitude; I know that I say that I like myself just the way I am, and I really do, but some people don't and hurting people's feelings is not cool. 
-Coming to terms with the fact that since I'll be turning 21, I'm no longer a kid anymore. I need to behave like an adult not sometimes, but all the time. 
-Actually, you know, DOING all these things.

Happy new year, everybody!

Sleep when?

And here we go again. Like last time, I'm complying a list of all the books I intend to read on 2010. And yes, I DO plan on reading them all (even the House of Night ones, in spite of the love/hate relationship I have with those books) just like last time. :D Wish me luck! I'll be VERY busy next year, but I'll try anyway.

Have yet to read
Currently reading
*** Stands for books I have tried to read in the past, but epically failed
[ ... ] Books that have yet to be released

Academy 7 - Anne Osterlund
Annie On My Mind - Nancy Garden
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
Argeneau Chronicles: Single White Vampire - Lyndsay Sands***
Argeneau Chronicles: Tall, Dark and Hungry - Lyndsay Sands***
Argeneau Chronicles: A Bite To Remember - Lyndsay Sands***
Argeneau Chronicles: Bite Me If You Can - Lyndsay Sands***
Argeneau Chronicles: The Accidental Vampire - Lyndsay Sands***
Argeneau Chronicles: Vampires are Forever - Lyndsay Sands***
Argeneau Chronicles: Vampire, Interrupted - Lyndsay Sands***
The Atonement -  Ian McEwan
Beautiful Creatures -  Kami García & Margaret Stohl
Blue Bloods: Misguided Angel - Melissa De La Cruz [ ... ]
Bones of Faerie - Janni Lee Simmer
El Bosque de los Pigmeos - Isabel Allende
La Ciudad de las Bestias - Isabel Allende
A Company of Swans - Sarah Dessen
Dark Swan Series: Storm Born - Richelle Mead
Dark Swan Series: Thorn Queen - Richelle Mead
Fairy Oak: The Secret of the Twins - Elisabetta Gnone
Fairy Oak: The Spell of Darkness - Elisabetta Gnone
Fairy Oak: The Power of Light - Elisabetta Gnone

Fairy Tale - Cyn Balog
Fallen - Lauren Kate
Fire - Kristin Cashore
The Forbidden Game: The Hunter - LJ Smith
The Forbidden Game: The Chase - LJ Smith
The Forbidden Game: The Kill - LJ Smith
The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carry Ryan
Georgina Kincaid: Succubus Blues - Richelle Mead
Georgina Kincaid: Succubus on Top - Richelle Mead
Georgina Kincaid: Succubus Dreams - Richelle Mead
Georgina Kincaid: Succubus Heat - Richelle Mead
Ghostland - Jory Strong
Graceling - Kristin Cashore
Heart of Valor - LJ Smith
House of Night: Chosen - PC & Kristin Cast***
House of Night: Untamed - PC & Kristin Cast***
House of Night: Hunted - PC & Kristin Cast***
House of Night: Tempted - PC & Kristin Cast***
House of Night: Burned - PC & Kristin Cast [ ... ]
Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell - Tucker Max
The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks
The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan
Looking For Alaska - John Green
This Lullaby - Sarah Dessen
Luxe: The Luxe - Anna Godbersen
Luxe: Rumors - Anna Godbersen
Luxe: Envy - Anna Godbersen
Luxe: Splendor - Anna Godbersen
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Morganville Vampires: Glass Houses - Rachel Caine
Morganville Vampires: The Dead Girls' Dance - Rachel Caine
Morganville Vampires: Midnight Alley - Rachel Caine
Morganville Vampires: Feast of Fools - Rachel Caine
Morganville Vampires: Lord of Misrules - Rachel Caine
Morganville Vampires: Carpe Corpus - Rachel Caine
Morganville Vampires: Fade Out - Rachel Caine
Morganville Vampires: Kiss of Death - Rachel Caine [ ... ]
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Need - Carry Jones
Never Let Me Go -  Kazuo Ishiguro***
Nightlight: A Parody - The Harvard Lampoon
Night of the Solstice - LJ Smith
Night World: Strange Fate - LJ Smith [ ... ]
The Pact - Jodi Picoult
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea Monsters - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian : Rick Riordan

Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars: Flawless - Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars: Perfect - Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars: Unbelievable - Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars: Wicked - Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars: Killer - Sara Shepard

The Princess' Bride - William Goldman
PS I Love You - Cecelia Ahern
El Reino del Dragón de Oro - Isabel Allende
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Saga of the Isles: Wolfskin - Juliet Marillier
Saga of the Isles: Foxmask - Juliet Marillier
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger***
The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
Vacations from Hell - Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray & Maureen Johnson
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy: Frostbite - Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy: Blood Promise - Richelle Mead
Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls - LJ Smith 
Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely: Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely: Fragile Eternity - Melissa Marr
Wondrous Strange - Lesley Livingston

Of Irish Girls and Brooding Boys that may or may not be rotten

What IS it with these Sevenwaters girls? Sorcha marries the wrong Briton (this is set in Old Ireland and back then, Irish and Britons were enemies), Niamh falls for his uncle and Liadan decides that an outlaw is the one for her.

Indeed they do. Or rather, they end up FALLING for the, erm … wrong people? Or not so much as wrong people but … just … UGH. I am talking about, of course, the girls from the Sevenwaters trilogy. So far I am on the second book, almost done with it, and GOOD LORD do these girls keep falling in love with the wrong people. What I mean is: Why must you wreck my ships? Why must you make me fall in love with a certain character and wish that said character would be with the girl since he clearly cares for her, and then have the girl go and fall for someone else? Like, Sorcha and Simon at first; it was painful to read how damaged Simon was and how Sorcha was healing him and how later she was forced to leave his side. But, you know, I had hope that they would find each other again and be together. Because Simon loved her. But NO, Sorcha went off and almost got herself drowned to only be saved by Red aka Lord Hugh of Harrowfield aka Simon’s BROTHER. Yes, BROTHER. And, of course, he fell for him. And viceversa. Now, now, I love Red as I think he’s great, and I loved how Sorcha’s love for him was not instant and how the process of falling in love was in fact very real, but SERIOUSLY? SERIOUSLY? You make me ship ship Simon/Sorcha to then WRECK my ship by having Sorcha fall for Red? And then, worst of all, have SIMON return (Thanks, Lord Hugh), basically tell her that he loves her and asking why had she not waited for him, only for Sorcha to REJECT him and chose his brother instead? SERIOUSLY?

Deep breath, Angie.

And now, now … Liadan. Liadan and Eamonn. Eamonn the brooding boy who was forced to grow up early. Eamonn who loved her and was willing to wait for her, and was sweet and awkward and serious and just precious and Liadan was actually WILLING to think about it. She was actually considering it, thinking that he was in fact good for her. But noooo, of course she had to get kidnapped and she had to fall (and had sex with it, mind you) BRAN aka John of Harrowfield’s troubled kid who happened to be a serial killer. GOOD LORD. I do love Bran, don’t get me wrong since Bad Boys and Brooding Boys are my favourite kind of male (I have issues, I know) and was this man sexy! But I wanted Liadan/Eamonn. Of course, by the time Liadan was back in Sevenwaters, she was pregnant and refused to take anyone else for husband even though there was no future for her and Bran. Yes, I cannot fault her for that the same way I cannot fault Sorcha for falling for Red, but … seriously? Why must you DO this to me? Making me ship and fall for characters that will have no future for the other.

Yes, I am talking to you, Juliet Marillier.

Of course, Precious Eamonn did not care that Liadan was no longer a virgin and that she expected someone else’s child. He didn’t care and he was willing to take her and make her his wife because he loved her that much. And he proposed to her several times. Of course, I know the Sevenwaters girls well enough to KNOW that Liadan would not take him. Still, I had hope. Eamonn, however, had no hope, not anymore and therefore, seeked for revenge.


My sweet, awkward, precious, serious, loyal Eamonn took revenge by betraying the Sevenwaters, killing Liam and torturing Bran.

Great. My Eamonn is horrible, apparently, because he cannot stand to lose.

When it comes to Niamh falling for Ciaran, her uncle, I guess I don’t have much to say on the matter except, heck - Poor kids. They didn’t KNOW they were related and went off and fell in love, had sex and then were forced to be separated by the Sevenwaters males because they knew they were related. Still, they did not give Niamh an explanation and just told her that Ciaran was forbidden (they did tell Ciaran - poor kid, I do feel bad for him) and that she had to marry that Fionn fellow. Who abused her in every possible way. How tragic. I cried a lot.

… Why am I still reading these books again?

Oh, right. Because they are brilliantly reading and in spite of how much they have managed to frustrate and make me cry, they are BRILLIANT, and quite possibly the best books I have ever read before. Including Harry Potter and all the Isabel Allende books I have read so far.


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