Ginny and Draco continue their illicit affair. Seriousy MATURE content.Category: Completed Short Stories
Well well well well well.
Obviously, you know about the quality of this smut, as well as how thoroughly nasty it really is, but what makes it so intriguing is the dynamic that surrounds it. Why exactly do Draco and Ginny keep ending up in this position? What is it that draws them to each other, really? What would actually happen if they encountered each other outside of this room in their official capacities as Auror and Death Eater (a fascinating possibility for a fic, there)? What is it that they truly feel for each other (and both of them are assiduously not admitting it in this fic)? So many questions!
Author's Response: Okay, first let me say SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I think you're one of the greatest authors here at F&I, so I think I may just die and go to heaven now. Thank you so much for the review. Hopefully I'll be able to answer you questions :D Seriously. *dies* Guh.
Ginny was used to not dealing with things that bothered her. She was used to ignoring when things went wrong. She's not used to having to deal with things, and she's not used to sharing her thoughts. This is now something entirely new to deal with, and she never expected Draco Malfoy to be able to help her. Or become as important as he does.Category: Completed Short Stories
A beautiful story, and what makes it even more beautiful, I think, is that you bring in so many things that are real, that aren't normally associated with Ginny and Draco, and yet are so believable given their characters. BUT-- and this is part of what makes it heartbreakingly beautiful-- the ending is real rather than unrealistically cheerful. Anyone who's ever dealt with cancer knows what lymphoma means-- it's never really 100% gone.
"Unrealistic" would have meant some kind of magic spell that absolutely guaranteed a cure for Draco from that day on. In a way, killing Draco off at the end would have been just as predictable. Instead, we have an ending that we know deep down is bittersweet, and yet that gives Draco and Ginny a future. And that's what really counts.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! It was really really hard to make this ending happen. It kept sliding toward Draco's death, and I really didn't want to do that. They deserved some kind of future together after what I put them through, and I knew it would be a long haul for both of them.
Have you ever wondered why Draco slicks back his hair or why he always looks so perfectly presented? Well, this is the answer.Category: Completed Short Stories
Oh... it's not an overly sweet ending. Not at all. It's real, and it's bittersweet, if anything. But I'm not sure how many readers are really going to get this. Actually, your Draco reminds me once again of why I don't work with kids and teens, although I somehow don't see the Malfoys ending up involved with DHS. :P But he's found his strengths, and he cares about people... he's going to be one of those who makes it. I love that Draco and Ginny have found each other, even though they would face some real challenges in the future if they were an actual couple. But your fic made me think about these things. So, very good job! :)
"What are you doing here, Weasley?" Draco asked bluntly. "There's only one reason for a woman to visit a man at midnight, and I know such a virginal little prude as you could not possibly be coming here for that."Category: Completed Short Stories
Okay, I don't want to HEAR (all right, *read*) any more prissy protestations about how prim and proper and prudish you are, and how you just don't approve of such salacious silliness as smut. Girl, you've got your smut on. ;) The only thing is that you don't go into every excruciating detail (yet-- you may get there; who knows.) It is smut nonetheless. You are out of the smut closet. This is a good thing.
Come over to the dark side.. we have cookies. ;) (much evil laughter)
Author's Response: I have a confession to make: I did write an explicit smut story once. It was horrible. I have never attempted it since.
But I really /am/ not a fan of smut. Alluding to smutty things, on the other hand, is quite a different matter. ^_~
She thought she was losing her mind. He thought he was losing himself. Nightmare or reality, it made no difference. Everything was twisted now.Category: Works in Progress
The angst of it all! It's natural to the situation, though. You know how much I always hate Lucius, so I'd believe him capable of doing anything. The part about Draco coming to an understanding of what his father indirectly did to Lupin is fascinating, because it's true-- none of it would have happened without the senior Malfoy. There's so much material for exploring the relationship between Draco and Lucius; so much love and hate and obligation rolled up into one. Anyway, I'll be interested in seeing where you continue to take this. :)
Author's Response: Yes, this story is very angsty. Possibly because I wrote it way back when I was feeling very angsty, lol. I read over it now and just kind of wince, but I still like this story for all that. For my first 'drama' fic, I don't think it's too bad. Anyway, the relationship between Draco and Lucius does play an important part to this fic, or at least for the effect Lucius's actions have had on Draco. This story is more of an emotional journey than anything else, though there are a few twists thrown in. I just need to find the time to edit the rest of the chapters. *sigh*
All of your Dracos are so different, and it's fascinating to see a Hogwarts-era one. (I can't write those at all.) Also, I really love that Lucius is a completely evil jerk in this fic. ;) It'll be interesting to see where this narrative continues to head.
Author's Response: Draco is pretty 'soft' in this fic. Probably the softest I have written, but I think that is just because he is so young. I'm always surprised at the number of people who make him out to be this hard case when he's a teen. We know from canon he most certainly was not, however much he might like to make others believe him to be so.
Anyway, Lucius is definitely an evil jerk in this. I don't normally like to go to that route because I think that Lucius does love his son, but for the sake of writing this story I'm afraid he had to lose that redeeming factor and really just turn into the father from hell.
Oo! Oo! This one is going to be good. :)
I can't figure out exactly what Draco is talking about, which is (one of ) the really interesting part(s). (I kind of decided to go back and add the addendums... ;) Is it only the fact that he received the Dark Mark? No... I really think it's got to be more than just that. If it's a week since "it" had happened, what is "it"? The Mark seems to be more of a reminder than anything else, and Draco seems to be obsessing over something specific. You've made the readers really wonder what it is. I don't see how it can be the same situation that Draco faced in canon at this point in time, so you've clearly decided to do something different-- whether the difference is subtle or more drastic, we don't yet know. Nor do we have any idea yet of how Ginny will fit in...
Anyway, looking forward to more!
Author's Response: Oo, look, you're my first reviewer. ^_^
I obviously don't want to give anything away, but I can say that this story does not cling too tightly to canon. One of the things about me as a writer is that I very rarely use actual canon events for my fanfics. I find it too limiting, and, honestly, if I wanted to know about what happened in the books, I'd just read them. So whatever is going on with Draco, it is not going to be exactly as the books portrayed.
I have very mixed feelings about this fic myself (possibly because it is one of the earliest fics I have written), but I do hope you like it. The writing itself is nothing to boast about, but I like to think the idea behind it at least is interesting. In any case, it's certainly very different to what I normally write, which is why I thought it worth posting on here.
Oo! So very scary. What's really going on with Ginny and Tom here? He's extraordinarily creepy in this fic, creating such a sense of menace and danger, and I wonder just how far Ginny will go where he's concerned. I LOVE this line, btw:
Of course, she understood that it was this same darkness that connected her with the blond. While she had been forced to serve Tom Riddle when she was eleven years old, Draco was being forced to serve Voldemort now.
It's one of those things that just jumps out at us from canon; it's so incredibly obvious as a subtext (which is an oxymoron, I guess). But it so clearly could have been developed, and should have been. It's a huge reason why D/G will long, long outlive the series itself, I think. Anyway... more soon, I hope!
Author's Response: Tom plays a very important part in this fic, obviously, and you will see a lot more of him.
I've always found it curious that JKR brought in such traumatising events for the characters -- such as Ginny and Draco -- yet it gets brushed off as if nothing as happened. I think both would carry those burdens with them long into their lives, consciously or not. I also think it's difficult not to find those connections with other people who share the same demons. I suppose this was my way of exploring that connection. I'm not saying it's healthy for two broken people to come together, but there is a sense of understanding and acceptance, which is what Draco and Ginny really need at this point and time.
Wow, you really ARE updating all the fics! I like this one; it's fun to read a good Hogwarts-era fic (I really just don't write those anymore, so it's nice to see one from you...) And I've really come to appreciate a positive Pansy character. Poor werewolf!Draco. He needs all the friends he can get.
Author's Response: I know! I feel so productive (though really all of these chapters have been finished and ready to be uploaded for a while - I just forgot about them with everything else I've been needing to get done. *sigh*). In any case, I don't know if I really consider this a 'good' Hogwarts fic myself; it's one of the first fanfics I wrote and I think that 'newbie-ish writer' feeling certainly shows. But I do have a soft spot for this fanfic. I don't write a lot of Hogwarts-era stories either. I much prefer post-Hogwarts, but every now and then it is nice to have a change.
In regards to Pansy, it really got to the point where I was tired of seeing her always castigated as this pug-nosed twit who did nothing but cling to Draco and whine in his ear. The Pansy in the books isn't even like that, so for this story I wanted to take a different approach to her and explore the qualities those biased Gryffindors are unable to perceive. There's also the fact I just felt Draco should have a better friend than Crabbe or Goyle. Much as I love the oafs, for this story he needed someone different, and having a girl for his friend worked much better in that respect.
She wanted to escape. She wanted to lash back. She wanted to do anything but be his little pet. But she was at his mercy – her existence positioned on the edge of life and death, like a single domino waiting to fall. All it would take was one little push.Category: Long and Completed
I'm really, really fascinated by this story, and I look forward to reading more of it. Ginny's emotions are clearly very complex here. What's going on between her and Lucius-- so much to it. From her end, Stockholm Syndrome, I think, is most of it. He rescued her, and for almost six months, he was the only person in the house who showed her any kindness (Bellatrix was frightening; Narcissa was remote and cold.)Also, we know that he's a charming and very handsome man (he's Draco dad! Of course he's good-looking.) And Ginny has all the emotions and desires of any teenage girl. So she's torn between what she knows this man has done, and the mess of twisted reactions he's stirred up inside her.
But I have to wonder if there's also something else... (you know, published authors get this all the time. Analyses of their work that may or may not be what they had in mind at all, I mean. ;) So be prepared!) I seriously wonder if most of the physical reaction that Ginny thinks she's having to Lucius is actually based on what she's felt for Draco for a long time, but has always repressed. Her thoughts about him the first time she saw him were a little over the top in terms of how unexpected his appearance supposedly was for her (how could she seriously NOT have expected to see him, or not have instantly known exactly who he was?)
Anyway, it'll be fascinating to see where this goes. I really hope we get a chance to read all of this one! :)
Author's Response: What I love about your reviews is that you always understand what I'm trying to get at with my characters. Ginny's feelings for Lucius are obviously very confused and twisted. Most of it is Stockholm Syndrome, but there are other things adding to her confusion -- raw physical attraction being one of them. Lucius, of course, is well aware of what he is doing, as will become clearer in the next chapter. As for whether her (repressed) attraction to Draco is part of what she feels for Lucius, I would say that there is a possibility, though I wasn't exactly writing it with that in mind. What I can say, however, is that Ginny and Draco's past is important to the story, not because they had a past relationship, or anything like that, but because he is someone who knew her before she became a servant. He knew her when she was still 'her', you could say, and he is the only person who she has come across in six months who actually does have that connection with her. I have no idea if that explains her initial reaction to him (and why she didn't recognise him immediately), but it makes sense in my head, haha.
Anyway, I honestly don't know when I'll next be able to update this, but it's definitely top on my list, so hopefully I'll be able to find time to keep working on it soon.
Ugh! What a predicament. How can anything good come of this? Ginny was wounded enough to have sex with Lucius, who then abandoned her, and it'll be even worse after he gets back, and I really don't see Draco helping her here so far except by saving her from the DE''s... which is great and everything, but it certainly doesn't solve her real problems...
Um... oh, here's one good thing! It helps to take my mind off my own horrible hideous unspeakable problems, if only for a millisecond. :)
Author's Response: It is a very, very sticky situation Ginny is trapped in, and you're right that there really does seem like nothing good can come from this. I don't know how people will react to the ending I do have planned, but I hope people will appreciate why I did go that route. But I'm getting ahead of myself -- still need to write the chapter first, and that's a task for Hercules at the moment. My schedule stinks in terms of finding time for writing.
I'm sorry to hear things have been rough for you. This fic definitely isn't of the 'cheering' kind, so I hope you read something fluffy afterwards. :)
Boogum, dear, you know that I love your writing beyond words, but I really just don't dare to read this chapter. Just the last little bit I couldn't help seeing was about all I could take. I just wanted to make sure you knew why I didn't leave a real review. I think it would be too much vicarious trauma, but I don't want you to think that I don't recognize your amazing talent. Some hints you left after a review for the last chapter have made me come to the conclusion that the best self-care for me right now would be to not read more of this fic, but it's not because it's not good... the problem is that it's TOO good, and too traumatizing for me. Um, the only ending I can see right now is Ginny burning down Malfoy Manor with everyone in it, and that's WITHOUT reading more than those last two or three lines of Chapter 5 that I really could not help reading... (it's not always good for one's mental health to be a very very fast reader.)
I promise to leave detailed reviews for all your other fics...
Author's Response: Fair enough. I haven't completely decided how chapter six (the last chapter) is going to go because the characters want to take a path that will force the story to go down some intense, traumatic paths, and I'm not entirely sure if 'I'm' up to writing that. I can say, however, that the actual ending to the story may surprise you. If you like (and when I've finished the story), I can just give you a copy of the epilogue to close everything off.
Draco Malfoy hated Christmas, so why was everyone calling him Santa Claus?Category: Completed Short Stories
"Do you think it's Santa?" a voice whispered from the shadows.
"He doesn't look like Santa," a snotty voice retorted. "Santa is supposed to be fat and bearded and wear red suits. This man looks like a skinny rat. And he doesn't have a beard."
"A skinny rat?" Draco mouthed to himself, feeling his ire rise.
"But he did come through the chimney," the first voice insisted. "I heard him."
"Well, if that's Santa, then I must be a flying reindeer."
I really, really liked this fic. And that's saying a lot, because I could completely relate to Draco's sheer and utter and visceral hatred of Christmas. I ^&*^&^%&^%&^^*^*&^&*^&*^*&^
(insert string of creative expletives here.
very creative. I work with ex-cons all day, you know...)
HATE Christmas. Vile. Anyway... I love the way that I don't think you can say that Draco ever really softens towards the holiday, either. He just responds to the way that Ginny truly cares about him instead of taking him in out of pity, and then, of course, he begins to fall for her. ;) And the generous part of his spirit comes out when he helps her friend Julie, which has NOTHING to do with the sheer horribleness that is Christmas.
Anyway, I'm thankful that it's over for another year, and now we have St. Urho's Day to look forward to. :) (pictures a St. Urho's Day D/G fic. Oh, come on! You know you want to write one. I'll even give you a tip to start out with. He drove the grasshoppers out of Finland.)
Author's Response: I'm one of those awful people who LOVE Christmas. Though I don't sink low enough to wear Christmas jumpers. Now that I refuse to do. Tacky decorations, yes; lots of food, yes; Christmas trees and presents, yes. But jumpers? No!
Anyway, I'm glad you liked this one. I agree that Draco doesn't really soften towards the actual holiday -- he just gets a bit of compassion for Julie and her family because he recognises himself in that situation. And, as you said, he merely responds to the fact that Ginny genuinely cares about him, which really doesn't have anything to do with Christmas.
With the war raging around them, Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy find peace and much more whilst living in the Safe House.Category: Long and Completed
I'm impressed with the turn this fic has taken. There's a reason why there are so few D/G "baby" fics of merit, and I really think a big part of the problem is that authors are just too tempted to fluff out into narratives about how utterly perfect everyone's lives instantly became. But if Draco has been a double agent for both the DE's and the Order, that simply wasn't going to happen here. The only way to be true to the reality of the story is to honestly deal with what would happen if Draco actually showed up at the Weasleys' home, Ginny and child in tow, after the events of the past few years. And that's what you did do.
Now, I do think that both Draco and Ginny were being unrealistic in imagining that they weren't likely to run into some serious problems by just popping up out of nowhere, but maybe that's what happens after being cooped up in the same house for two years. They'd both woven a fantasy for themselves by remaining locked away for the world for such a long time-- not saying that's good or bad, but I think that's why they walked into this.
Anyway, I have a tendency to stay far, far, FARRRRRR away from the baby fics... if you read the nightmarish first (and last) one I ever wrote, you'd understand. ;) But this one is interesting, and believe me, that's a big compliment!!
Author's Response: Well, first of all, thank you for this generous review! I know you are picky, so I really appreciate the compliments.
And I agree with what you said about the baby fics. It was very difficult to keep the fluff from taking over part two of this fic. I think that's why I introduced the outside world then. It needed some contrast with the "normalcy" of their lives within the house. As for them being unrealistic, I did try to show their hesitancy in returning and a bit of the old Draco coming back through. I also didn't want to spoil the twist that was coming in part three.
I have not read your baby fic - though I am intrigued. Again, thank you! I hope you conitnue to enjoy it.
In which Draco Malfoy makes a terrible mistake, Ginny Weasley tries to help him, truffles are consumed, and Valentine's Day is properly celebrated.Category: Completed Short Stories
Oh!~ Sweet and delicious and fluffy and chocolate-y! (bites into truffle.) I really, really needed a fic like this today. :)
I really like the fact that all of your Dracos and Ginnys are so different, and it's particularly obvious here. All of Draco's essential character traits are here, for instance, and yet they've been developed so differently (to say the least) from some of your other Dracos. So he's on the other end of the spectrum from, say, *Different Shades of Grey*'s Draco, and yet they are both believable as the same *potential* Draco. And Ginny is sweetly devious-- I must say I'm not so sure she'd back off gratefully if Astoria decided to take Draco back, though. :P I really like seeing this incarnation of Astoria, because she's a very possible version of this character, even though she's so different from the one we usually see. All in all, it makes for a very happy Valentine's Day. :)
Author's Response: Yes, I decided to indulge in the fluffiness for this one, but I needed it, and Valentine's Day always gives me an excuse to let the fluffy plot bunnies roam free.
Actually, one of the things I really love about Draco and Ginny is that I can write them differently every time. I'm the kind of person who needs to constantly be trying new things, so working with characters that are quite underveloped in canon allows me to play with them how I like in my fics without people screaming at me for butchering the poor HP characters, haha. I try not to steer too far away from their foundational character traits, though, so I'm glad you were still able to see that point of 'origin'.
I don't think Ginny is selfless enough to back off straight away if Astoria would take him back. She'd fight, but if she saw that Draco really wasn't going to love her, then I think she might accept defeat. Still, I think she was definitely happy that Draco got over his thing for Astoria.
I always try to give Astoria a chance in my DG fics, and not just because I like (and have written) Draco/Astoria. I think everyone has their own idea of what she should be like and it's up to us as authors to convince the readers of that. Your Astoria in DDD is very different to mine here, but I don't doubt your Astoria when I read your fic because you convinced me she should be that way. That being said, I think, if given the right situation, even this Astoria could very well end up like the one you have written. It all depends on the environment they are given to develop.
The mission was simple: go to Timbuktu and retrieve the dark object before it fell into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, Ginny's partner just happened to be Draco Malfoy, and he made life anything but simple.Category: Long and Completed
Snerky! I just love this fic; I can see you letting your hair down and rubbing your hands and really biting into a deliciously tasty treat of a good old-fashioned adventure yarn. (For some weird reason, I kept picturing one of those Tarzan fics... I think it was the one where he ended up trying to find the treasure of Ophir... Also, King Solomon's Mines.)
Draco and Ginny really do dislike each other quite sincerely at the beginning, and it's refreshing that it's *not* because they had a failed relationship in the past. But I like that he's got a strong enought sense of obligation towards her to come after her when he knows just how dangerous it is to him (and that she'd undoubtedly do the same for him.) And then there's the dragon... and the way she Transfigured the ruins of his shirt into booty shorts, which made me think of that episode of Jerseylicious where they all had that dress code they hated so much... and girlfriend, you are really tweaked out on this one. ;) So much fun!
Author's Response: Haha, yes, I definitely went for the adventure, Indiana Jones-esque type fic for this one. I'm just going to ignore your mention of King Solomon's Mines (I used to really love the film, until I watched it again a couple of years back and discovered it wasn't as good as I remember it. *sigh* It is unfortunate, though it will forever be hilarious to me, even if only to laugh at.)
In any case, I'm really glad you're liking this fic! This was the original prompt I was given for the exchange (my other two stories were just last minute fill-in fics for people who dropped out), so it's always nice when the one I actuallly took time and effort to write gets some recognition. It's funny you mention that it's refreshing the two hate each other because they don't have a past, as I have noticed that a lot of adventure fics like this tend to do have Ginny and Draco at least having some kind of relationship prior to their adventuring. I'm not really into writing Draco/Ginny stories like that (I prefer to start with a 'clean slate'), but the prompt also asked for no past relationship baggage, so that worked out perfect for me. I think it's much more fun to write the two hating each other simply because of their own personality differences and way of thinking.
I'm glad you picked out they would both go out of their way to help each other, despite their obvious dislike for the other. Draco definitely thinks he is skilled enough to do the mission on his own, but he does not have the callousness to just let her die either. Whether he likes it or not, he does see her as his partner and will protect her because of that. The dragon was one of those things I had to throw in. I think I spent close to four hours researching Mali before I started writing this fic and discovered all about the dragon god and the old legends and beliefs. It was the perfect setting for my story, so I decided to go with it. I would have explained all that in my notes, but there was so much blending of history and fiction in this fic that it would have taken pages and pages of explanatory notes. I figure if people are curious enough, they can always research it themselves.
Those shorts. I actually cackled to myself while writing that, because it really is just one of those "what the?" moments. But I couldn't very well have Ginny running around naked, and it gave a nice excuse to keep shirtless Draco. Actually, that could definitely be the King Solomon's Mines moments. Next time you watch the movie, look at Sharon's shorts. They gradually get shorter as the movie progresses. I'm serious!
But enough of my ramblings. What I really want to say is thank you for the review! Your thoughts, as usual, are very much appreciated. ^_^
Oh, wow! (Okay... deep breath. Dives in.)
What was the name of Indy's antagonist in the original film? I can't remember, but Cyras definitely was bringing back memories of him. "Once again, remember there is nothing you possess that I cannot take away." I could just picture Cyras saying that, especially when he said that sacrificing Ginny to the dragon would have been a waste after all... ;)
I LOVED Ginny's "I'm not a defenseless female" move! You go, girl.
Hm, I didn't know if Draco would leave Ginny at the end or not. But it does make sense that he would; he knew that she wanted him to, and I think he also knew that he'd be able to help her more by actually finding the skull. Can't wait to find out what happens next! :)
Author's Response: Was it Rene? Rene something. Bah, I can't remember. I think I know what one you mean, though. The French archaeologist, right?
I thought it was about time Ginny showed her mettle (it's the feminist in me), but she definitely bit off more than she could chew by the end of the chapter. I don't think Draco wanted to leave Ginny at all, but he knew what he had to do and that, as you pointed out, he would be able to help her more by finding the skull.
In any case, there's only one chapter left, so you won't have to wait long. ^_~
A very, very cute ending. :) It was also true to their relationship in the rest of the fic, and I loved that Draco knew he'd rescued her but Ginny didn't. At some point, I hope he tells her-- hopefully when she's being very annoying. And just think-- now that I've read this, there's no need for me to ever actually *go* to Timbuktu. ;)
Author's Response: I couldn't resist the cute ending. I thought they deserved it after all that drama and action.
Hehe, I think it would be just like Draco to pull out the "I saved your life" card during one of their arguments. Ginny, of course, would probably say he was talking rubbish and that she saved his life too, so it really meant nothing. You know, sometimes I think those two are too explosive and stubborn for their own good. They really must rely on make-up sex to ease the tension . . . (this is when I should stop and remind myelf I'm talking about fictional characters).
Once upon a time, in a land not entirely far away, there lived a young girl named Ginevra Molly Weasley, whose life story was so boring that the narrator of the redhead's life decided to take matters into her own capable hands and change it.Category: Long and Completed
I now have a theory. I think there's an insane narrator running loose through ALL the fics on this site. Have you noticed just how many of them feature a thoroughly demented narrator? It even happened to me.... But none of them, my dear, match up to yours. She's even singing the Coconut Song! You know, we get deliveries of meds all the time at work that are very useful for that kind of thing... um, anyway... ;)
Harry Humperdinck! Hmm. Maybe that was actually his name in the original draft of canon, but it was changed because it revealed his personal shortcomings all too clearly. (ponders the point, decides to not go there any further) Who knew that Ginny was delicate enough to feel a pea through 20 mattresses? But we really don't know how *large* the pea was in the fairy tale, after all. And what could serve as a better story for Draco than *The Emperor's New Clothes*! Such a perfect excuse for him to run around naked in front of God and everybody, innocently protesting all the while that it was all the fairy tale's fault. Of course, once the weather becomes a tad warmer, Ginny may get quite a surprise...;) Anyway, they could always try *Rapunzel.* Start growing your hair, Ginny!
Author's Response: Insane narrators? I have no idea what you're talking about . . . .
If I remember correctly, I wrote this whole fic in about a day and a half, on very little sleep, with awfully cheery music playing the whole time. I think moments of insanity were inevitable, but it certainly made writing this a breeze. I decided early on that I wasn't even going to attempt to be serious, so I just went with whatever came to mind, coconut song and all. It was, I have to admit, quite fun.
I couldn't resist making Harry have some tie to the prince in the Princess Bride. Poor Harry, he really does suffer in fanfiction, but he does bring it on himself. All that demanding and expecting people just to listen to him with no real explanations. Heh, I've always found the Princess and the Pea story a little ridiculous. It'd have to be a pretty large pea to sit under those mattresses and not be squished, but I suppose we're not supposed to consider those things. Fairy tales are all about accepting the unbelievable.
When I was trying to think of the fairy tales I'd use for this story, I immediately thought of The Emperor's New Clothes for Draco. It just suited him to a T (or it did in my mind), and the image of him strolling down the street naked was just too priceless to pass up. I actually did consider Rapunzel, but I've seen it done so many times in fanfiction that I decided against it in the end. I hope you will like the fairy tales I did decide to go with, though. ^_^
The narrator is as insane as ever, see. It was nice of her to offer everybody a bathroom break, though... you know, I went to the monthly free Portland art museum night tonight, and I spent the whole night talking to one friend because she was the only one who showed up, and *she* said that she had to go to the loo whenever she had to, well, go. And she was born in Portland. So, I don't know. Maybe that's a Portland thing too...
Well, anyway. Weird digressions do seem to happen naturally around this story. :) The narrator said at the beginning that this was the final installment of Ginny's story, and it doesn't seem to be that, but let's not tell her, shall we? I don't know if I'll ever be able to forget the name "Dracosilla", no matter how hard I try. :P And I have to admit that when I saw Draco *wasn't* going to be Prince Charming, I became very afraid at the thought of who would be... Lockhart did make sense, though. I loved their first kiss. :) And seven little beds all pushed together can't be very comfortable, but I'm sure that our favorite couple are working it. Protect her from the evil queen, Draco!
(waves a twenty)
OVER HERE, CABANA BOYS!!
Author's Response: I personally don't feel the need to broadcast when I need to use the loo, but I know people who do (very loudly at that), and it's always one of those "Oh, uh, okay" moments for me, so I can imagine that must have been 'fun' for you. I think people could have a bit more tact than that. But this is fanfiction, and fanfiction needs no tact. At least, this narrator certainly doesn't, so she had no qualms in leaving the story hanging while she went off for her toilet break after saying no one was allowed to once the story had started. She's quite the hypocritical creature.
I think this story is one large weird digression. I read over it now and wonder how any of it makes even the smallest sense, but it does, in its own weird way. I don't think Draco *could* be prince charming, not in the fairy tale sense of the word, anyway. Lockhart seemed to fit for me -- plus, making Draco the ugly step sister gave me an excuse to put him in a dress, which is always fun. And I would never have got to write an angru "I'm not gay" kiss otherwise, hehe.
Seven beds pushed together would probably be horrible, I agree, but I don't think Draco and Ginny were complaining. Well, I don't think Ginny was complaining.
One more chapter to go! I'll be glad when I've got all these exchange fics uploaded. I feel like such an FIA whore with all my fics dominating the page the way they are, lol.
Well. Alrighty then. Let's see...
I LOVED the line about Ginny's scruples, which might require a magnifying glass to see more clearly. :) I do wonder exactly who the evil queen might have been, though... my best guess is Bellatrix. And I adored the awkwardness-melting-into-interest between Draco and Ginny when they returned to Hogwarts. And as for the appearance of Gus and Gussie...
Girlfriend, you are out of your mind. :) What were you tweaked out on when you wrote this thing??? (In a strictly metaphorical sense, of course.) I'm guessing chocolate, Maker's Mark, and some dubious virtual bath salt-like mixture, all stirred up in a technicolor teacup. ;)
Let's call it "Happy Ending Cocktail."
HEY! CABANA BOYS! The night's still young, you know...
Author's Response: Poor Ginny. She really suffered from the narrator in this one, but it was fun to write, so too bad for her. I did have Bellatrix in mind when I was writing the evil queen, but I didn't have time to elaborate too much on that last story. It was late, I was half-asleep, and I had to start Love Me, Love Me Not by the next day. And I think 'that' is what really added to the craziness here. My mind is not the most sane place when I'm tired -- especially if I have been eating chocolate (so your guess was quite close, haha). But I like the thought of a Happy Ending Cocktail. I could go for some of that right now, actually.
Thanks for the reviews!
"Damn it, Theo, I can't go and see her now. Do you have any idea how humiliating it would be for me to say to Ginny Weasley that I need her to remove the love spell she placed on me because it's making me fantasise about shagging her twenty-four seven?"Category: Long and Completed
Sigh. Well, I knew he'd have to admit his attraction to Ginny eventually, but of course he couldn't be at all graceful about it.
The psychological undertones in this fic are a delight, and Draco is just so unaware and so not in touch with his emotions. (Maybe he's actually a CBT therapist in his spare time... oh, that one's just too complicated to even try to explain. :P) Anyway, we really see that Ginny has an actual reason to be disgusted with him. He's lucky she didn't just punch him, but that doesn't make for a very romantic fic... so cigarette-stealing seems apropos. ;)
Author's Response: I'd say his way of going about it was akin to a car wreck. He's so completely useless with expressing his emotions or even understanding his emotions that it was inevitable he'd ruin his chances. I think Ginny would have liked to have hit him, but I see her as being a little more controlled in this fic, so stealing his cigarettes seemed a more fitting way of getting revenge.
(claps hands!) I loved, loved this ending! Once again, you've created such a distinctive Draco and Ginny, and this is exactly the ending that they both wanted and needed to have.
On the way there,
Draco-as-art-critic was hilarious. ;) (And is Theo actually married? I don't know. I'd be interested to know who his wife is, if so. I'm not sure who I'd match with this one. It's really weird. Theo made me think of Sherlock Holmes, too. I have no idea why. And that's one character who I doubt was written in such a way that a romantic partner would have ever worked for him, whether straight or gay. ) I liked the subtle way you included the subject of Draco's numerous failed-girlfriend attempts-- we can easily imagine why they didn't work out (an unacknowledged yearning for someone else will tend to do that...) Yet it was related to his own character trait too, not just years of mooning after Ginny.
And I must say, you do write unexplicit smut very elegantly. :) (Much better than I would if I had to, I'm sure. I don't ever seem to be able to leave it at that... ) I can just picture how happy your Draco and Ginny will be together... and with that, let's leave them to their smoke-free bed, and move on to the next fic. ;)
Author's Response: Yay, I'm glad you liked the ending! I know when I was writing it that I just didn't feel like it needed much conversation between Draco and Ginny at the end. Really, what those two have been wanting throughout the whole story is sex, so that's all they got, haha. Of course, they do like each other, but you know how it goes . . .
I couldn't resist poking a bit of fun at impressionest art, and who better to do it than a slightly depressed Draco. Don't get me wrong, some of that art can be lovely, and I do admire it, but then there is some that is seriously just weird. But art is art, and I would be very sad without out.
Theo is not married in this fic -- Draco just likes to say Theo is married to his computer, so it is the computer who is the wife. I really don't think Theo (at least in this story) is the type to get married, unless it is many, many years down the track. And I completely agree about Sherlock. I don't see a romantic relationship working there at all, and the Theo featured here is much the same.
Ah, the smut. The person I wrote this for (scubarang) asked in the bonus points for some smut. Unfortunately, she ended up gettting stuck with me as her writer once her original writer pulled out at the last minute, so I thought I would surprise her and give her just a little bit smut. Nothing graphic (I have a reputation to upholad, after all), but just enough to hint that, yes, these two did indeed enjoy themselves. I don't think I would dare to write anything more explicit than that, anyway, even if I did want to. I expect I'd be rubbish at it -- and probably use far too many euphemisms.
In any case, thanks for the reviews! It's always a pleasure. ^_^
COMPLETE! Sequel to The Enemy of Souls. Draco Malfoy has a problem: his life has become unrecognizable. He’s willingly helping a Mudblood. He lives in a Muggle apartment. And he’s constantly forced to make nice with the biggest bunch of blood traitors around. The source of his problems? Ginny Weasley, the witch he’s possibly in love with. Which makes the secret he’s keeping from her his biggest problem of all—because this secret could ruin his relationship with Ginny forever. And he’s not the only one with a secret…Category: Long and Completed
Yay, you've updated!! I WILL leave a real review in the next couple of days-- things have been pretty nuts, as I'm sure you can imagine. ;)
ETA: Okay, here's what I'm going to do. It's been such a long time since I've read this that I think I have to start from the beginning if it's going to make any sense. So just hang out... that review WILL be coming. :)
There's a room where stars shine on varnished brown. My fingers can sketch petals around these stars, creating a halo of flowers with starry faces – childish pictures that mean nothing and everything.Category: Completed Short Stories
Excuse me a minute...
(gets on intercom system)
Paging Dr. Freud!
I've starting rereading *Studies in Hysteria* again, you see. :) It's one of his amazing early (1893) works.
Wow. What the hell happened to Ginny as a child? There are hints that it might have been something more than just witnessing the Oedipal scene, I think, but part of the delicacy of this story is that we can't know either way. And this is exactly the way I could picture her first time with Harry, in universes where such an unpleasant thing occurred. We don't know exactly what it was-- I don't quite see it as date rape but it was horrible insensitivity on his part at best-- but nothing could be more illustrative of why they shouldn't be together.
You do seem to write those psychologically-screwed-up-Ginnys very well. But this is one who seems to be on the path to getting some peace, which is good to see. :) It isn't exactly a fluffy ending, because she's still got so much work to do, but she's on her way.
Author's Response: I was (funnily enough) half-giggling to myself as I wrote this because I could just imagine what Freud would have to say about it. Of course, the subject itself is nothing to laugh at, but you know what I mean.
You are right to think there is more to Ginny's fears and why she became the way she is than what is shown in that very beginning scene. Even before that scene, there is a suggestion that she is a little messed up. Why is she hiding under the bed in the dark in her parents' room? Why does she take such violent dislike to her parents having sex, even before they are actually having sex? These are questions that must be asked, but which I very deliberately chose not to answer. All I offer is a turning point -- an act she witnesses which distorts the fragile state of her mind, making her terrified of men, sex and what it means for a woman's own identity, and then I show what happens when she clings to that distortion through to her adult life.
I'm one of those people who actually doesn't mind Harry in canon, just not when he is with Ginny (or doing his "I'm Harry Potter, now give me everything I want" acts, while still trying to appear humble and like he doesn't care. We know he does.) Anyway, I think his behaviour towards Ginny is horrible in the books, and I don't think she does anything to fix that either. The Ginny in canon is actually quite weak when it comes to Harry, so I could see something like this happening for their first time. It's one of those unfortunate things that /do/ happen when you have an insensitive boy paired with a girl whose stuck between trying to please him and trying to be true to herself.
I like to think this Ginny is on her way to finding some peace in her life (and mind). You're right that this isn't a fluffy ending, because she does indeed have so much more to overcome, and there are some invisible scars that never truly heal; however, she is trying to work through her problems and build a healthy relationship with Draco, and I think that is the main thing.