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29 September 2009 @ 09:36 pm
Oh HI!  
Sound asleep at a reasonable hour last night, woken by a crashing sound avec Irish folk songs. There, at the door, almost upright, was my writing talent.

'Oh HI!' it said.

'You smell like a distillery and you sound like a LOLcat,' I said. 'Get inside.'

'I bought you something!' it slurred. Five minutes of pocket-turning-out, it looked up again. 'But I ate it. Or lost it. Or maybe femme's talent has it. I think hers has my socks.'

'You're wearing tights.'

'Yeah, they're not mine.'

'Get inside!'

I put the coffee on, told it to sleep on the sofa, and went back to bed. This morning, I woke up to a small bunch of roses (picked from my front garden) and some new Fathers. Here, have a snippet for proof! (Alas, this is the third fic to finish on my list. Nothing on the other two. Stupid bloody talent!)


Draco watches as Lester looks from him, to Harry leaning rumpled against the doorjamb, then back to him, and swiftly sums up the situation inaccurately.

“Potter was still with Weasley at the hospital when I went to pick up the children,” Draco says, in what he suspects is a doomed bid for clarification. “We have a surfeit of bedrooms, it seemed only polite to offer him one.”

“Of course, sir,” says Lester with a very passable stab at wide-eyed innocence.

Draco comforts himself with the knowledge that Lester won’t share his conclusions with anyone. He’ll just mentally file them in the Useful Things To Know About My Superiors part of his brain, a part Draco suspects takes up several lobes.

Harry ambles in and pours himself a cup of tea from the still-warm pot. “Any news?”

“Backing for the whole op seems to have come from France. Lester tells me that Kingsley’s waiting for you to come in.”

Harry makes a face while he sips his tea. “It was too much to hope for that it would all be wrapped up neatly by the time I got up, I suppose.”

“Yes,” says Draco. “It was. Not to mention that it’s eight and you were going to be up at seven.”

“But you’ve breakfast for me, yes?”

Lester’s eyes are like saucers, Draco realises and, as he replays that conversation in his head, he is forced to admit Lester’s suspicions could seem reasonable to the untutored mind. Probably not helped by the fact that Harry is still wearing his pyjamas. With the DM monogram.
old_enoughold_enough on September 29th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
/me does back flips of joy!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 29th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
It's very annoying. I keep pointing it at things it needs to do, it keeps saying 'FRANCE! THEY NEED TO GO TO FRANCE NOW! AND THERE'S A PLOT TWIST!'

I think someone fed it sugary drinks, maybe even red cordial. Still, nice it's home!
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on September 29th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 29th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Alas, you KNOW the two fics that need to be finished first, and how much needs to be done!
Seshetasesheta_66 on September 29th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 29th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Don't get excited, it's come up with a whole new subplot. And nothing on the two fics I need to finish for other people! I think it's doing it to annoy me.
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maggiemarguerite_26 on September 29th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
HAHHAHA!!! Your talent is a feisty little bugger with no sense of loyalty or decorum but GOD, it is close to my heart. Hands it more chocolate. It can come visit me when you are done. I have a comfy couch to sleep on and a pair of tights for it to wear. I would do much for such a wit.

That snippet was FABULOUS. ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 29th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
I think it's my body's fault, we've been on a health kick and recently bought a stack of red tights. Clearly the talent took it as a sign to bunk off and indulge. The bugger.

Thanks, dear!

anna_wing on September 29th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
I find it particularly amusing that (naturally) the French are now involved.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 29th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
But are they? Or is it a cunning ruse? Stay tuned!

(And why was I born 70 years too late to write for Saturday film matinees?)
parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on September 29th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
talent needs to have a pint or five every once in a while too, you know. you can't keep ALL the booze for youself.

glad it decided to return home.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 30th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
But I am so sober and well behaved!

Me too!

lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on September 29th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)

No one with absent writing talent could have even pieced together the entertaining snippet about the arrival of the talent, you know, never mind the fic bit. Which made me smile a lot. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 29th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Oh you are an encouraging soul! Thank you!

Yay smiles! And yay cheers! You hear that, brain! Get to work!
Robyn: gleetimeasmymeasure on September 29th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
France and monograms.
I've just fallen in love with your talent.
It should run away more often and bring us such wonderful gifts.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 29th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
It should have brought ME something French and monogrammed!

*Glares at it*
*Shakes head in despair as it waves drunkenly back*
*Wonders where the hell it found drink in the house?*

I'll beat it up over the long weekend and see what we can do about finishing a few things.
the source of all heresiesms_worplesdon on September 29th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
HaHAH, very good!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 30th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Cheryl Dysondysonrules on September 29th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)


*hands out cookies*

I need more of THAT, BTW. *points to fic snippet*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 30th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks Cheryl! I need more of it done, too! I actually have a big gap after that bit, then full scenes again. *Must think of something to do with Lester!*
some kind of snark faeryshyfoxling on September 29th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
lol. I almost like The Return Of The Talent bit better than the ficsnippet. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 30th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it gets by on charm and charisma, but you should see the mess it leaves about the house!
goddessrissgoddessriss on September 29th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Lovely to see your talent is back, even if it does sound like a LOLcat, is what I actually meant to say. It just sort of came out sounding like squee. Sorry. You know 'Fathers' is my favourite *nods*
*mumbles to self* Right, missus, you've embarrassed yourself enough, now go and collect the boys from cookery club...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 30th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
I think I may spend too much time on Cheeseburger ;-)

And don't think I have not been thinking of you while writing it. You are a motivating force!
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on September 29th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
'You smell like a distillery and you sound like a LOLcat,' I said. 'Get inside.'
And snippets of Fathers????
We remember, we who dwell...
uh... "In this sixth ring of LJ hell"?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 30th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)

I have to finish the fic for CF, but have been writing at least 100 words of Fathers a day. Talent has been staple-gunned to a chair!
Pureblood Princessraitala on September 29th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yay Fathers, I love Fathers! I love Lester too! :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 30th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
I know! My talent said to apologise to you specifically. It's allegedly feeling chastened, but I think it's just the hangover from hell.
Brissygirlbrissygirl on September 29th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
YAY *\o/* for the talent returning, however briefly!

Thanks for the morning giggles with the fic snippet.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 30th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome! It's produced more than that since it's been back, despite its hangover.