Literatti: Fiction By Deslea
Stories By Date 2010-present
The Devil In Her (840 words). And Then There Were None (2015 Mini-Series Version). Vera Claythorne/Philip Lombard. PG-13.
After the love and before the fall. Read it here
Satisfice (2500 words). Terminator. Kate Brewster/John Connor. PG-13.
Kate's marriage was pre-ordained from the future. But even if it wasn't, where do you go after you've been with the last, best hope of humankind? Read it here
Dead Man Walking (5700 words). The X Files. Knowle/Shannon. M.
They were facing forever together, and it was better than facing it alone. Read it here
Rewired (6000 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. PG-13.
Five years after the final battle, Bellatrix has been brainwashed to forget the Dark Lord...or maybe she brainwashed herself. Either way, the Dark Lord has other ideas. Read it here
Resurgence (1800 words). And Then There Were None (2015 Mini-Series Version). Vera Claythorne. NC-17.
The Judge thought the power of suggestion would work on her. He was wrong. Trigger warning for graphic discussion of hanging. Read it here
Coda (530 words). The X Files. Krycek/Marita. PG.
They won't tell her you were trying to save the world, but that's okay. She knows. Read it here
Sweet Delusion (1400 words). The X Files. Krycek/Marita. R.
Marita does not have the knack of consistent self-delusion. Her own, peculiar brand of integrity will not allow that. But for the period in which she achieves it, its effect is total. Set some years after The Truth. Read it here
Becoming (2200 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. R.
After Voldemort's return, he and Bellatrix find a season of rest together. But it isn't their nature to stay like that for long. Read it here
The Fabian Strategy (3400 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. PG.
When Voldemort saves Bella in the Department of Mysteries, the gossip columns assume she is his lover and consort. Teen witch fangirling, manipulative PR campaigns, and speculation about Voldemort's manhood ensue. Read it here
Not So Selfless (100 words). Harry Potter. Severus/Hermione. G.
A moment of truth for Severus and Hermione. A little dialogue-only SSHG drabble for grangersnape100 and teddyradiator. Read it here
Friday's Child (3250 words). Harry Potter. Gen, references to Bellatrix/Rodolphus, Lucius/Narcissa, and Bellatrix/Voldemort. R.
Blood defines and entwines us, and sometimes it explains what we are. (Or: A brief history of Narcissa, Bella, and Andromeda). Read it here
The Secret Wives of War (1300 words). Harry Potter. Draco Malfoy/Astoria Greengrass. PG.
On the eve of the final battle, the Malfoys draw together, and Astoria is asked to make a choice. One artwork. A shorter and PG-rated version of Familia Nuptis. Read it here
Familia Nuptis (5800 words). Harry Potter. Draco Malfoy/Astoria Greengrass, Lucius Malfoy/Narcissa Malfoy, Rodolphus Lestrange/Bellatrix Lestrange, and other combinations. (Ritually-based wartime polygamy, consenting adults, extended-family combinations but no parent-child). NC17.
On the eve of the final battle, the Malfoys and Blacks strengthen ties for the protection of those who survive, and Astoria is asked to make a choice. An expanded, explicit version of The Secret Wives of War. Read it here
Salon Kitty (3500 words). Harry Potter. Hermione Granger/Bellatrix Lestrange (abusive and psychologically dark). NC17.
At Salon Kitty's in Knockturn Alley after the war, Bellatrix is hiding as a lookalike of herself and turning a good trade letting people take out their anger on her. Hermione is one of her regulars, but her games are getting dark enough to be dangerous. Read it here
Night Give Way To Light (1800 words). Harry Potter. Lucius Malfoy/Narcissa Malfoy. NC17.
On Yule in 1997, Lucius and Narcissa pay homage to ancient traditions. The seasons are not the only things reborn. One artwork. Read it here
The Fall (5700 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix Lestrange/Tom Riddle. M for mild sexual references.
In 1981, Tom and a dying Bella throw caution to the wind. It saves them both. Includes four artworks. Read it here
Mark of Cain (3,500 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa. M for mild sexual references.
Narcissa had hoped that her arranged marriage would be a loving one. After years of coldness, she discovers a secret that changes everything - for better and for worse. Also available in an Illustrated Edition with 11 artworks. Read it here
The Substitute (18,000 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Tonks, Snape/Tonks, Lucius/Narcissa. M for mild sexual references.
A desperate Lucius brokers a deal with the Order to get his family away from the war, allowing Tonks to infiltrate the Manor in Narcissa's place. Living as Narcissa leaves Tonks floundering to hang on to her own identity, and the ray of light she is beginning to find in Snape. Living with a constant reminder of the wife he may never see again leaves Lucius floundering, too. Goes alt-universe immediately after the Battle of Astronomy Tower. Cover artwork added late 2014. Read it here
Requiem Sung (1500 words). Harry Potter. Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwald. M for mild sexual references.
The funeral marks the passing of many things. Ariana Dumbledore is only one. Two artworks. Read it here
Voyeur (2500 words). Harry Potter. Lucius Malfoy/Narcissa Malfoy, Irma Pince/Abraxas Malfoy. NC17.
Irma knows exactly why newly-engaged Seventh Years Lucius Malfoy and Narcissa Black are so willing to help her catalogue the library stacks. They aren't the first young lovers she's spied on, and they won't be the last. Read it here
Living Doll (2000 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix Lestrange/Voldemort. NC17.
Voldemort likes to be alone with Bella - completely alone. Bella has her own reasons to oblige. Trigger warning for references to father-daughter rape. Read it here
Purgatory (2700 words). Harry Potter. Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwald, Albus Dumbledore/Tom Riddle. NC17.
Sometimes, when we can't have the lover we want, we take the lover we deserve. Read it here
Closer (2000 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa. NC17.
Sex in Azkaban is more a labour of love than a thrill, but today he needs to be closer than iron bars will allow. Read it here
Hallowed Ground (1100 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. NC17.
On October 31, 1981, the Dark Lord finally allows Bella to take the Mark. Read it here
Feildelm's Apocrypha (4500 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. PG.
As his Horcruxes die, they take the best and worst of him with them. The Dark Lord's last day. Read it here
Elemental (8100 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Tom Riddle, Bellatrix/Voldemort, Lucius/Narcissa. M for mild sexual references.
Tom wouldn't be Tom without dirty tricks and mind games. That doesn't make it any less of a love story. Also available in an Illustrated Edition with 25 artworks (includes non-explicit artistic nudity). Read it here
Redemption (3800 words). Harry Potter. Draco/Astoria. M for mild sexual references.
After the war, Draco abandoned the life he knew to redeem himself. He didn't think to wonder - then - if that was the life he really wanted. Read it here
The Economy of Submission (1,100 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. PG.
He doesn't understand lovers, but he understands submission and he understands exchange. He understands Bella. Set the night of Bella's breakout from Azkaban. Read it here
The Art of Perfect Surrender (4,200 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. NC17. Explicit.
Bella understands it, the breaking. You only break the things you love, things you want to tame and keep. Explicit domination and submission. Set during the First War. Read it here
Oubliette (1,200 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. M for moderate sexual references.
When he thinks he has her under the Imperio, it doesn't affect her, but it affects him. Bella's point of view. Content warning for romanticising of controlling behaviour by a partner. Read it here
Mercy (615 words). Harry Potter. Rodolphus and Lucius friendship. PG.
All things considered, the passing of Rod and Bella's newborn was a mercy. Dark themes, content warning for complex grief and infant death. Read it here
Real (2,600 words). Harry Potter. Rodolphus/Bellatrix, Bellatrix/Voldemort. PG or mild M for very mild sexual references.
The Lestrange marriage isn't a love story, but it's real just the same. Content warning for euthanasia. Read it here
Biophilia (13,000 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. M for moderate sexual references.
The Biophilia series is a psychological drama, following Bellatrix and Voldemort through a relationship of political expedience that, over decades, profoundly changes them both. At its heart, the story is both a strange and compromised, but very real love story, and a character study as well. The stories - Biophilia, Chameleon, Not Loveless and Dark Knight - can also be read independently. Also available in an Illustrated Edition with seventeen artworks (includes non-explicit artistic nudity). Start here (chapter links inside)
The Limits of Perception (860 words). Harry Potter. Voldemort. PG.
Tom's perceptions have always been bendable. Voldemort character study told in five vignettes, spanning 1926 through 1981. Read it here
The Edge of Reality (4,200 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. NC17. Explicit.
Tom has perfected his mother's pursuit of the love of others, by choosing his targets and methods with care. Every grant of the Mark is a seduction, but every seduction is different. Read it here
One's Station In Life (2,100 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. NC17. Explicit.
During the First War, Bella's father, Cygnus, asks the Dark Lord to help get his wayward daughter under control. In doing so, he unwittingly plays into both their hands. This one is a relative rarity for me - a simple smut biscuit. There is a shred of a plot, and characterisation too (Tom is at his manipulative finest, and young Bella is feisty as hell), but it's really just a bit of fun. Read it here
Damnable (4,200 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. Borderline NC17 for brief explicitness.
The Dark Lord knows his obsession with the wife of one of his most respected lieutenants is a strategic error of epic proportions. He means to remedy the situation. Really. Also available in an Illustrated Edition with seven artworks (includes non-explicit artistic nudity). This was my first Illustrated Edition, so the artistry is less mature than Biophilia, but still reasonable quality. Read it here
Proxy (1,100 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa. Strong PG for implied violence.
The Dark Lord has never hesitated to impose on the Malfoys' hospitality, and Lucius and Narcissa dare not refuse him anything. But what happens when he demands Narcissa in his bed? Written for Death Eater Fest 2013 (the summary shown here was provided as the prompt). Content warning for non-explicit references to sexual assault. Read it here
Into the Donacon (1,200 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. M for mild sexual references.
While freeing his followers from Azkaban, the Dark Lord is reunited with his lieutenant and lover. She is not what he remembered. Neither is he. Read it here
The Kings and Queens of May (4,250 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. Borderline NC17 for brief explicitness.
Every year, just for Beltane, Bellatrix is the Dark Lord's queen for a day. Written for the HP Rare Fest 2013. Read it here
Garden of Memories (8,400 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa. M for mild sexual references.
When the Dark Mark grew stronger in 1994, the Malfoys knew their time of respite was coming to an end. So, they laid the groundwork to protect the most precious thing they had: each other. But even they could not dream how utterly they would lose themselves in the hope of coming out the other side. Read it here
Witch Break A Vow (4,400 words). Harry Potter. Astoria/Draco, Astoria/Severus. M for mild sexual references.
A Muggle novelist wrote that God loves to make a good man break a vow. Apparently, he does it to witches, too. Read it here
Folie a Deux (Madness of the Two) (3,500 words). Harry Potter. Bellatrix/Voldemort. NC17. Explicit.
Voldemort rewards his most faithful servant with her greatest wish. It summons memories he'd have rathered stayed buried, and sends them both tripping deeper into madness. The piece is rated NC17 for explicit content, but at its heart, it's a Voldemort character study. Some dark psychological and psychosexual themes. Read it here
Under Your Skin (1,100 words). Harry Potter. Snape/Tonks. PG.
Tonks always wanted to get under Professor Snape's skin. This wasn't what she had in mind. Fluff, written for Trick or Treat 2012 on Rarepair Shorts. Mildly inappropriate student/teacher flirting (Tonks is seventeen, Snape thirty). Read it here
Spoken For (1,400 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa, Andromeda/Sirius, Bellatrix/Rodolphus, Alice/Frank, others. PG.
Some children come to Hogwart's already spoken for, meeting their Promised spouses there for the very first time. How do these betrothed children make sense of their world? Arranged marriage, Pureblood society. Read it here
Silver Starlight and Golden Wine (4,400 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa. NC17. Explicit.
A diligent groom and an untouched bride. Lucius and Narcissa's wedding night. Standalone prequel to the Blue Vial series, but quite distinct and not as dark. It can be read on its own. Read it here
Of Vials Blue and Shades of Grey (13,000 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa, Lucius/Tonks. NC17 for implied violence and disturbing material. Mild sexual references.
Companion story to The Blue Vial, told from Narcissa's point of view. Narcissa knows there is another woman - but when she learns who and why, she must make hard choices to bring them all through a hell of someone else's making. A journey of silent dignity and selflessness. Content warning for off-camera rape, passing reference to cutting, sympathy with abuser, and disturbing material generally. Read it here
The Blue Vial (13,000 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Tonks, Remus/Tonks, Lucius/Narcissa. NC17 for violence and disturbing material. Mild sexual references.
Instructed by Voldemort to make a sex slave of his captive, Lucius gives Tonks a choice between two vials in a bid to save them both. The red vial is for an easy death; the blue vial is to endure. Tonks' choice has repercussions that outlast the war, and ripple through both their marriages for the rest of their lives. Content warning for rape, Stockholm Syndrome, messed-up responses to trauma, and disturbing material generally. See also Narcissa's perspective, Of Vials Blue and Shades Of Grey. Read it here
Awake (1,300 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa. M for mild sexual references.
Narcissa will make sure Lucius hangs on to his mind in Azkaban - whatever it takes. Read it here
Want You To Want Me (2,500 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Tonks. NC17. Explicit.
Tonks is hell-bent on seducing Lucius, in the name of the greater good. Lucius is hell-bent on letting her, in the name of his own. They both get more than they bargained for. Explicit. Sons of July missing scene, but stands alone. Read it here
Sons of July (36,000 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Tonks, Snape/Narcissa, Lucius and Narcissa friendship. M for moderate sexual references.
Narcissa and Lucius found friendship in their arranged marriage, and love outside it with Severus and Tonks - spies with divided loyalties, both. Their secret loves and loyalties would, quite by accident, add the final layer to the force that might bring down the Dark Lord once and for all. Goes alt-universe from the Battle of Astronomy Tower. Start here (chapter links inside)
Kill To Be Kind (2,100 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Tonks. PG.
As the Second War comes to a head, two lying lovers find themselves on opposite sides in a world where murder is sometimes the most loyal act of all. Alt-universe battle scene. Read it here
Between Worlds (1,100 words). Harry Potter. Moaning Myrtle/Ginny Weasley (crackpot humour). M.
All Moaning Myrtle ever wanted was a little girlfriend. Fifty years later, she finally got one. Crackpot Chamber of Secrets missing scene, non-explicit underage fumblings. Read it here
Fair Fight (1,800 words). Harry Potter. Severus Snape/Hermione Granger (humour). PG.
Snape is a reluctant war hero, and the witches come a-courting. To his bemusement, Hermione Granger is among them. Read it here
Two Of A Kind (41,000 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Tonks, Andromeda/Xenophilius, Draco/Astoria. M for moderate sexual references.
The four stages of grief are shock, anger, denial and acceptance. Or: After the war, two unlikely widows find a way to keep on standing. Also includes Yuletide Interlude, an Andromeda POV on her flight from her family of origin. Start here (chapter links inside)
I Enjoy You (300 words). Harry Potter. Severus Snape/Hermione Granger. G.
At a Hogwarts function a few years after the war, Hermione uses a willing Snape to make Ron jealous. At least, that's the way it starts. Total fluff. Read it here
Vigil (1,000 words). Harry Potter. Severus Snape/Hermione Granger (unrequited). PG.
He was just her professor. She was just a schoolgirl with a crush. Then he saved them all. A moment by a lonely grave. Read it here
How It Happened Doesn't Matter (24,000 words). Harry Potter. Severus Snape/Hermione Granger (postwar). M for mild sexual references.
An adult Hermione knew sex was a weapon of war. She prepared for it on her own terms, and when it came, reshaped it by her will into something to end the war. What she didn't bargain on were the choices she would lose when the battle was done. Content warning for references to sexual coercion. Read it here
The Good Wife (2,400 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa. PG.
Narcissa was the perfect trophy wife, until her perfect world fell apart. Set the night of the Department of Mysteries. Read it here
It Takes A Pragmatist (2,800 words). Harry Potter. Slytherin children, Narcissa Malfoy, Severus Snape. PG.
Slytherin House is huddled in the dungeon. A portrait of the newly dead Snape appears on the wall. Read it here
Five Memories That Might Have Changed The War (4,900 words). Harry Potter. Snape/Lily. PG.
Harry didn't see all Snape's memories. Spans the First and Second Wars. Read it here
Apologies, Surrender, and Other Things a Malfoy Does Not Do (800 words). Harry Potter. Lucius/Narcissa. PG.
Lucius doesn't apologise. Set not long after the Battle of Hogwarts. Read it here
The Red And The Dead (300 words). Harry Potter. Malfoy Family. PG.
In this tiny challenge piece, Lucius, Narcissa, and Draco think about the ways it all went wrong. Read it here
The Kindness of Women (4,500 words). Harry Potter. Snape/Tonks, Snape/Lily. M for mild sexual references.
The search for identity, and the ways in which people collide. A missing scene during Order of the Phoenix. Read it here
The Space Between (1,200 words). Harry Potter. Snape/Lily. PG.
Lily meets Snape in the space between life and death. Read it here
Devil You Know (1,700 words). Harry Potter. Draco and Luna friendship. PG.
In this Draco/Luna friendship piece, Draco flees the hell that is his home and finds refuge in the dungeon. Set during the final months of the war. Read it here
Unbreakable (1,200 words). Harry Potter. Snape/Narcissa, Snape/Lily. M for mild sexual references.
Narcissa reciprocates Snape's Unbreakable Vow with one of her own. Set during the final months of the war. Read it here
The Host (UNFINISHED) (4,500 words). Harry Potter. Gen - Snape and the trio, humour. PG.
In this old unfinished humour piece, a spell gone wrong sees a very grumpy pregnant Slytherin Housemaster. There are no plans to finish this work - it's strictly for a giggle as-is. Read it here