Private Detective Ginny Weasley makes her living from investigating affairs, but on this case, only one thing is clear: there's more to Draco Malfoy than meets the eye.Category: Long and Completed
For the DG Forum 2015 Fic Exchange - Winner of Most In Need of a Sequel.
(sticks head in) There will be reviews. YES, yes, there will. Very soon. :)
When a case of workplace sexual harassment leaves Ginny in a truly desperate state, the natural thing to do is to convince Draco Malfoy to pretend to be her boyfriend. Naturally.Category: Works in Progress
Written for SunnyStorms in The DG Forum's 2015 Winter Fic Exchange.
Love this chapter! Pansy's character has grown on me, and this is a great portrayal. She knows what's going on, which Ginny and Draco aren't about to admit yet. I think that you showed in some very subtle ways why they can't yet make that admission. Draco actually thinks that he honestly can't define the reasons why he's fighting this attraction so hard, but I think that his mother's reactions tell the whole story-- if he gives in to his desire for Ginny, then he's really kind of giving up on the world that the Malfoys used to inhabit. And even though he's not happy with his mother for her attitude towards Ginny and her attempts to force him into behavior that was appropriate for that world, he's just not quite ready yet. It's a major step for him to take. My guess is that this is basically what Ginny is struggling with too.
Anyway... on to the next chappie!
Author's Response: Narcissa is a pretty big reason for Draco's reluctance to admit his feelings. There's definitely more under the surface (some stuff not related to their families, but personal demons) that contribute to their denial as well. It's a big complicated mess, and the fact that they won't acknowledge the mess makes it messier. ;) I'm so glad you enjoyed the last couple chapters! Thank you for reading and reviewing! n_n
Love this chapter, LOVE!! The smut at the start was great, although I kind of knew from the very beginning that it couldn't actually be happening in 3D space-time... ;) Loved the conversation with Astoria; she really has a personality here, and yet-- although it's a little hard to pin down exactly why-- it's easy to believe that she wouldn't be compatible with Draco. My favorite part, though, had to be Ginny's meeting with Colin. Such a wistful evocation of an encounter with a ghost... I wonder if he's sticking around only because he wants to see Dennis and stay at Hogwarts. Hard to tell. But clearly everyone doesn't become a ghost, so he must have some pretty good reasons. On to Ch 6! :)
Author's Response: Thanks, Anise!
Wonderful chapter!! There's so much revealed here about all of the characters. Your Hermione is so well done that I'm actually considering shifting her towards a more sympathetic character in Shadow... and that's saying a lot. :P I kind of lost patience with Hermione's character by the end of DH, but you give me hope that she can be redeemed! :) And this paragraph really sums up the realistic reasons why Ginny is so unwilling to admit that she does want to be with Draco:
The difference between Hermione’s reaction to seeing the brand on Draco’s arm and Ginny’s reaction disconcerted Ginny more than she cared to admit. What did it mean about her that she was drawn to that kind of darkness rather than repulsed? It wasn’t the first time—no, definitely not the first time—that she’d wondered whether some essence of Tom Riddle still lingered inside her, and her interest in Draco’s Mark did nothing to relieve her of her fear."
That's a genuine, believable reason, and it makes a lot of sense. It's a big reason why I think that Draco and Ginny would be drawn together in the first place, but it could also be what frightens Ginny enough to drive her away from him. It feels REAL rather than like just another one of those plot devices used to keep the pair apart.
Anyway.... on to the next chapter, and eventually, I'll catch up to the present day! :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much, Anise!! We're going to see Ginny confront that darkness in future chapters, too. I'm glad you think it's a believable possible setback in their relationship!
NO! You're not imagining it. YES! I'm actually leaving a review! :) The past year has just been... well, there hasn't been a lot of fanfic reading, forget about reviewing. :P This chapter seriously went up a year ago, I know. But this means that there are a whole bunch of delicious chapters to catch up on. :) And this one is so much fun-- from Draco thoughtfully providing Ginny with a hex dummy to a three piece suit being made droolworthy. Off to the next one.
Author's Response: Doth mine eyes deceive me?? ;) Your persistence to catch up means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy the chapters to come!
Snerk—Draco’s reactions re just so perfect. He actually kind of WANTS a disastrous reception. Although I wonder if in a way, he just convinces himself that he wants to see it because he can’t imagine that kind of reaction not happening, and he wants to feel in control of the possibility. I LOVE Harry and Astoria together!! Hint… I’m kind of writing that too. ;)
Some of the Weasleys really do have a terrible reaction eventually, of course, so he was kind of right. :P Interesting that Arthur is the one to defend him even though he seems genuinely uncomfortable with Draco being there.
Such a great scene when she wants to see the Dark Mark… she’s really straightforward about it, which I think is the only way this Draco could have been honest about it in return. Their relationship is moving ahead in such a believable way.
On to the next chapter!
Author's Response: Harry and Astoria is my way of subverting the epilogue of DOOOOM. It's not Astoria's fault that Ginny is a better match for Draco! So she takes over Harry for me. :) Arthur defending Draco is more of an act of support for his wife, since Molly is the one who requested Draco to attend. It would be super rude of them to invite him over and then let their entire family gang up on him, you know? And Molly has never approved of the Malfoy-Weasley fighting. Just see how she reacts at the beginning of CoS when Lucius and Arthur get into it.
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing, Anise!
I really loved this story in the exchange, and I'm so glad to see it here! :) This is such a great portrayal of Ginny's character... these lines sum it up, I think:
“Yeah, actually, I do! What do you think you’re doing? She’s my sister! Harry Potter’s ex-girlfriend! She’s a Weasley!”
“Do not define me by my relationships, Ron!” Ginny said, her temper rising quickly. “I don’t belong to anyone. Least of all to you or Harry, so don’t treat me like the only thing that I am is who I am to someone else. I’m my own person, and Malfoy sees that. Don’t you?”
This is exactly how i always felt about Ginny in canon. She could and should have been so much more than a character defined by her relationships, but she never got anywhere NEAR enough of that development by the end (as we all know.) On to the next chapter!
Author's Response: Ugh, Ginny was even worse in the movies, as everyone knows, because she went directly from being Ron's little sister to Harry's love interest. She didn't get enough time to shine as a wonderful character in her own right, which is sad. We did get more of an independent Ginny, not defined by her relationships, in the books, though, before Harry began to notice her. This line you quoted is a direct nod to movie!Ginny's portrayal. Plus, Ron's logic is flawed, and that needed to be pointed out. ;)
A very cute and pivotal chapter. So much is revealed about their respective personalities through dinner conversation-- Ginny's stubbornness and determination to handle the situation without letting others know that she needs help, Draco's complexity even as his selfish and spoiled qualities aren't exactly hidden, loved his list of pros and cons!, a hint of his desire for something more meaningful in his life... looking forward to the next chapter! :)
Author's Response: As you know from your first read through, and as I hope to highlight even more in the expanded content, Ginny's stubbornness and independence can be admirable, but it will certainly cause some problems for her. That should be fun though. ;) Yes to that hint of Draco's desire for more!! He's stubborn himself so he doesn't see that he wants more yet, but it's there if he'd only be open to it! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing, Anise! n_n
NO! You're not imagining it! YES! I'm reviewing again!! :) The previous chapter... I THINK... was the last review. So, we're starting here, yippee cat yay! I really like this chappie, of course, no particular surprise there. ;) Love the plot device where the hideous horrible boss maneuvered Ginny into going on the trip with him instead of apart from him. The character of Colin is so fascinating here, too. We certainly see quite a few ghosts in canon, and they're explored to an extent, but we don't ever really get anything on the question of... well, what would actually happen if a ghost who was a Hogwarts contemporary decided to stick around?? Would he be happy, sad, welcome, a big pain in the butt, etc etc etc?? This, I think, is a very realistic way of looking at it. Colin had a choice, and he chose to become a ghost, and now... well, he's not that overjoyed with it, largely, I think, because it's hard to directly affect anything. Maybe he'll decide to pass on to the light at some point. ;) Anyway, on to Ch 9!!
Author's Response: I love exploring Colin as a ghost! You're right that we don't see what contemporary ghosts would be like in the HP series. How sad would it be to see your friends' ghosts around Hogwarts? I mean, it's happy, too, because they're still there, you'd still be able to see them and talk to them, but at the end of the day, the ghost is stuck as they are and where they are as their friends and family move on with life. They can only be a passive observer. :( Poor Colin.
Again, love this chapter! Every review might just start this way. :) All of your Dracos are different, and this fic really provides a good example. Sometimes they're extremely different, sometimes they're subtly different, but they're all unique, all individuals... and yet all variations on what Draco could have become. This Draco is at such loose ends; he really doesn't know what he's doing at all, and I think he feels much more lost than he ever wants to admit to anyone, especially himself. But something tells me that he just might change...;) On to the next chappie!
Author's Response: Oh, Draco gets even more interesting in the next few chapters (in my personal opinion, of course ;D). I love writing him in different ways and exploring his different outcomes if he'd just reacted to what he went through in certain ways. He's such an interesting character to play with! Thank you for reading and reviewing, Anise!
When Lord Voldemort gives an order, no one dares defy him. So when he orders Draco to reform one of the biggest blood traitors, Draco has no choice but to follow through, even if it means risking his heart in the process.Category: Works in Progress
CiH is BACK!! I will r and r later today.
sorry, there was an unfortunate keyboard accident there... anyway. How amazing to see this again!! And I really like that you're rewriting it. The original was great, but I feel like you've matured so much as a writer since then. And what a gripping first chapter this is. Your Draco is haunting, chilling, creepy, but totally understandable. His actions make sense, even as we try to find something sympathetic in him and really don't. And yet... he's unforgettable. Is it horrible to say that I'm glad Harry is dead in this universe? :P It really does make a lot more sense. I'm so excited for the next chapter!!
Author's Response: =D I'm so gad you're excited to see it again! I'm excited to be rewriting it. Major plot changes occur in the next chapter so I'm super excited.
Ginny isn't afraid of the shadows--after all, darkness came and made its home in her head when she was just a child. She's made a happy, if lonely, home in the Forbidden Forest, but the ancient magic dwelling there has its own plans for her happily ever after.Category: Works in Progress
Wonderful and amazing! Mysterious and haunting... O.o. Great concept with the wolf, the barely contained savagery and the clear implication that he's drawn to her for more than one reason, but we don't know what it is... And there's nothing wrong with purple prose sometimes. :) I'm going to call this "periwinkle prose" instead, that being my favorite color.
And when it comes to not being old and yet having medical issues.... I feel you on that one!! Trust me. ;) Hang in there!
I love this alternate reality fairy tale! (The original Grimm's fairy tales, as you may know, could be incredibly sinister and frightening.) So much of this is mysterious, but I think we get enough to understand what's happened to her already as much as we need to. I love the writing style! Looking forward to more. :)
Author's Response: Thank you! Sometimes I wonder if the original versions aren't the more honest ones, for all that they are totally unsuitable as children's bedtime stories (though, as a kid, I was also never very good at putting down the books that were sure to give me nightmares. I remember being around 8 and reading a collection of vampire folk tales. Had terrifying nightmares for years, and I still can't sleep with my feet uncovered. It's been almost twenty years since then. So yeah, the old folk tales definitely qualify as sinister and frightening.) Hope the next chapter doesn't disappoint!
After five months, Blaise and Luna's relationship is on the rocks and breaking up fast. He's callous; she's determined to teach him a lesson. Ginny is all too willing to contribute to Luna's cause, and Draco... well, he just keeps stepping right into the middle of things and suffering the consequences.Category: Works in Progress
(sticking head in)
I will leave a real review for this amazing fic very soon. For now... AMAZING!@
Author's Response: Looking forward to it!
I'm catching up on this fic, and this chapter was so much fun!! All of the little details were great... Ginny's Potions skills, her banter with Luna, Draco snidely noting that Oktoberfest is actually in September (there's a reason for that... can't remember what it is, though.) And then he eats the chocolates!!! Oh, this is going to be good. :) BTW... the mail function isn't always working, so if anyone emailed you about beta-ing, it didn't go through. Let me know if you still need a beta.
LOVE this chapter! The perfect balance of snarkiness, humor, sharply observed details, and just enough of a serious undertone.
Make her happy, Greg—don’t do anything that I would.
Bloody lucky bastard, that one. His past didn’t haunt, didn’t hang around his neck like a rotting albatross.
That's pretty much how I would see Blaise. I'm not sure if we ever really knew how much contact Blaise had with the Death Eater crowd, although I tend to think that he was able to wiggle out of it.
Looking forward to more!
And dog breed... I don't know... I'm not the biggest dog person in the world... I'm more about cats.
I really love Luna in this fic! It's easy to write her as a very insubstantial character, and you've avoided that pitfall here. A short but sweet chapter... so looking forward to the next one.
Perhaps they would have been happy anywhere else, but Draco knew that they were doomed here. This might as well be a bullfight, and he the bull.Category: Completed Short Stories
An extended metaphor of Ginny and Draco's relationship--how could they succeed with the world against him?
Dang! Okay, that wasn't a happy ending. ;) But then again, some narratives really aren't supposed to be. This is so intriguing, so mysterious. Are any of these events literally happening? Is it all just a metaphor? Because we're in a magical universe with HP, there's never really any way to be sure. Is it some kind of magical ritual of punishment? I could actually kind of see it that way, and in that case, it could be something that is literally happening. Maybe some weird Wizengamot-ordered thing? although I don't think that this is what you intended... in fact, I think it's pretty clear that you really do mean this to be a metaphor... it does kind of work that way too, as a story of actual events. So many different ways to see this fic!
Harry reflects on Ginny Weasley as she moves on in her life without him through a series of secret letters.Category: Completed Short Stories
This was a difficult task to take on... more so, I think, than it would seem to be at first. But I really think that you made it work. The reason this concept is so hard to pull off is that Harry was not, NOT a reflective character. And I think that for a lot of this, through several of his letters, he still isn't. In a way, that's the whole point. Until he sees her with Draco, there's not a whole lot there besides "oh, Ginny, you should have been there for me when I finally bothered to get around to you." But it's like he finally does get it, their essential incompatibility with each other, the way that a real relationship between them never would have worked out, the way that it could even be said they would have brought out the worst in each other. (Because I think that's what did actually happen by the Epilogue of Doom. :P) I still feel kind of sorry for Parvati, though. Anyway... this is the way it SHOULD have gone in canon!! Very well done. :)
Author's Response: Receiving a review from the great Anise!? *faints* I love you! I love that you would grace my story with a review! I love that it's favourable! I'm so glad my idea worked and that it gave you these feels. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!
During the war, Draco and Ginny are hiding together in a small cottage in the Cotswolds. They could both use a little cheer and comfort, and maybe some romance. A Secret Santa gift for writerdragonfly.Category: Completed Short Stories
He smiled then, so abruptly that Ginny thought it must be genuine. How he must have looked as a child on Christmas morning, waking to a mountain of presents. Her heart ached. The Malfoys must have had their moments; otherwise, he could not be so sad now. Like she was. The sadness was palpable, and she was tired of it. For one night, they would be as merry as if they were secluded here by choice.
She’d never asked why he was here with her or why he hadn’t handed her over to the Dark Lord when he had the chance. It was oddly noble and yet she couldn’t think he’d done it for noble reasons. She couldn’t bear it if he had. Too many people she knew had done the noble thing and died for it. Give her a selfish reason any day.
!!! A new Xmas fic!! I will read and review lavishly tomorrow. :)
Perfect-- PERFECT! The Platonic ideal of a short D/G fic. The characterizations, the tension between them, the beautiful descriptions of the setting-- just a delight. The pacing was great for this length, although I have to say, this DOES leave the reader wanting MORE. ;) It's all very subtle, with lots that is left unsaid, lots left to wonder about. And cutting it off where you did!! TEASE. You're a complete tease. :) Anyway... what a great Christmas fic, and I WILL go back and R&R your last posted fics, too.
Author's Response: Thank you! It was fun to write and I admit that I wanted to leave a lot unsaid. I'm not too keen on neatly wrapped packages. I'm glad that it worked, even if it is a tad depressing for a holiday fic. :)
Ginny's part-time job takes an unexpected turn when she runs Draco over with the Knight Bus. The next twelve days are a lesson in Christmas spirit. Complete as a one-shot.Category: Long and Completed
You DO realize that I ended up singing the entire song with those words, right ;) It's hardest to get the first, second, and third days to kind of scan...a nyway.
LOVE this fic! Just the right balance of fluff, romance, and atmosphere. And it's so great to see fics set on the Knight Bus! Love, love, and hope to see more soon.
Author's Response: The song is definitely meant to be sung. ;) Thanks for reading, Anise!
"The peculiar sensation of ice against my skin now, so cold it felt like I was on fire, was like I was being branded as a punishment for yearning for the unattainable." For the DG Forum's 2015 Kris Kringle.Category: Completed Short Stories
Love this fic!! So much in so few words. I really like this concept of what material things might mean to Ginny vs. her mother vs. Draco... and the way that Ginny links the present and the past. Her younger self realizing that she really didn't care about these things as much as her mother cared about not being able to get them for her... then her older self understanding that it means something to Draco to be able to give her a gift, and understanding how to accept it. Anyway, that was pretty incoherent, but great fic, and I look forward to reading more from you soon! :)