My daughter and I bonded over Harry Potter fanfic

Fanfic exists to fill in those gaps between episodes, to make plots make more sense; to carry on a beloved series of books after the author has abandoned it. And, let’s be honest here, to let the characters do what their creators never would — have sex. Lots and lots of sex.

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Forging a relationship with my new step-daughter

Sophia's technically not my step-daughter yet, and if I stick with just the off-hand comment of how my fiance has a child, it sounds like I’m not involved in her life. “Soon-to-be step-mom” is awkward and clunky, and referring to her as a room mate is clearly not an option.