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jealous is the night when the morning comes by Leigh Adams    (Reviews - 6)

It’s her first Christmas as a divorcée. That doesn’t mean Ginny has to spend the night alone.
Category: Completed Short Stories
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Pansy Parkinson, Ron Weasley
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Humor, Romance, Smut
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 3688 | Read count: 1065 | Published: Jan 08, 2016 | Updated: Jan 12, 2016
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 17, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I loved this one! Short, straightforward, and yet filled with complexity. You certainly didn't wrap everything up neatly in the end, which I felt worked well for this fic. Everything doesn't need to be tied up in every possible detail. Anyway, great work. :)

dance for me by LadyEndymion    (Reviews - 6)

Running off to the Continent had seemed romantic in the misery of Post-War London. Too bad it didn’t last. That was 5 years ago. Ginny gets the reunion she’s never really wanted in the most awkward way. Draco/Ginny. Blaise/Luna.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood
Compliant with: HBP and below
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Humor, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 1316 | Read count: 304 | Published: Feb 10, 2016 | Updated: Feb 10, 2016
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Date: Feb 10, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Separation

I will r and r tomorrow! In the meantime, yay! :)

The Haunted Manor by idreamofdraco    (Reviews - 9)

When Draco opens Malfoy Manor to the public as a haunted house attraction, Ginny must find out what the notorious recluse is up to. Written for the "This is Halloween, This is Halloween, La la la!" Challenge on The DG Forum. Complete as a one-shot. Please read the story/chapter notes about warnings.

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Category: Completed Short Stories
Rating: Sorta Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Other Characters, Ron Weasley
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Drama, Horror
Warnings: Character Death, Incest
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 5114 | Read count: 800 | Published: Mar 06, 2016 | Updated: Mar 06, 2016
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Date: Mar 09, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: The Haunted Manor

OH, SUPER CREEPY!!! But... wow, it really works. I'm not even completely sure what to say about this one (although it's all good.) Afterwards, some logical questions did occur to me (is it believable that Draco would actually open Malfoy Manor as a haunted house in order to make his memories known, to tell his truth, would he really have opened it to everyone, or...) But while reading it, I was just caught up in the spell, like going along with an irresistible dream.

And actually, or did Draco really just do it that way because he knew that Ginny couldn't resist the temptation? The most haunting sentence in this is probably the one about Tom Riddle having groomed her as a child-- the word has a very specific meaning applied to abusers, as you probably know (or you wouldn't have used it.) That really is what Tom did, and so the fact that he wasn't able to take shape in a way that enabled him to do exactly what he wanted to do to her didn't somehow erase everything (and the canon message that this DID happen and now it's all okay was what made me so mad about the trashing of Ginny's character, in some ways even more than the icky pairing with Harry.) And Draco is the one who understands. In this fic, he couldn't escape the past, which at least Ginny did manage to do.

Anyway... great job!!
I think that your writing is maturing, getting more subtle, more meaningful. I want to see where you go with this, so you'd BETTER KEEP WRITING and posting it where I can see it, as in D/G here. ;)

Author's Response: (I am apologizing in advance for an unasked-for ramble!!)

Thank you, Anise!! My stories, especially my one-shots, are always open to interpretation, so you can of course read into this story however you'd like. To me, I don't see Draco setting up this haunted house scheme as a way to attract Ginny specifically there. I see Draco as suffering from depression and PTSD after the war. For whatever reason, his parents are no longer in his life and life/society was unforgiving toward him after the Battle of Hogwarts. So he has no support system at all. I see him planning his suicide and his memorial at the same time, as a way to reach out to people, even though it will be too late by the time anyone goes through the manor and sees his memories. He opens the manor to the public because he's dead, his parents are dead or gone, so what does it matter? But as Memory!Draco tells Ginny, there are protections on the manor so that no one can steal or destroy Malfoy property. He sets his ancestral home up as a museum and a mausoleum. And to me, the story is even more tragic if Draco isn't targeting Ginny, because that means that out of the hundreds of people who go through the manor and see Draco's memories (because, honestly, who would ever pass up such an opportunity to see inside if they could?), Ginny is the *only* one to make a connection with him, the *only* person moved enough by what she saw to do something about Draco's memory. Just look at the way Harry, Ron, and Hermione react at the end of the story. They are appalled by what they saw, but they don't think anything of it and just leave. Ginny is the one who stays behind for a final look at the manor and she's the only one who vows to tell Draco's truth. Draco couldn't have known that she would be affected in such a way. He couldn't have known that they had trauma in common. If he had known, maybe he would have tried reaching out to her before killing himself. Who knows?

By opening the manor to the entire public, Draco is not only hoping someone comes to understand him more, he's also shaking his finger at society. Like, "Look what I went through, and none of you cared, and now I'm dead." You know? It's not just a plea to be heard, it's an admonishment that no one cared about him or reached out to him sooner. And now it's too late because Draco's dead, so everyone can feel guilty for what happened. Now, whether or not the public learns from the manor or takes any truth out of it is open to interpretation, but I do see all of Draco's memories being memorable to the average (and not so average) citizen because of their deeply disturbing nature.

I have a tendency to write Draco as an isolated, haunted character who receives no support for his suffering after the war, and Ginny is the compassionate one who sees that mutual suffering and reaches out to him. I think ALL of the holiday one-shots I've written since 2012 feature this dynamic. While Ginny, of course, would also suffer after the war, she's been dealing with trauma since she was 11 years old. Draco, on the other hand, lived a very spoiled, comfortable life until he was 15/16, when Voldemort gave him an impossible task. I guess I see Ginny as being able to come to terms with her grief and her trauma (or at least *recognizing* it) more easily than Draco because she's had more time to sift through those events and emotions, so I also see her being compassionate towards people who are suffering since she understands that pain. And that's why she's able to connect with Draco when no one else is. The second tragedy is wondering how Draco's fate might have changed if Ginny had been able to reach out to him before he killed himself. Maybe she would have been able to offer him the support he needed to keep living. :(

And, yes, I did very intentionally use the word "grooming" to describe Ginny's relationship with Tom. Of course what Tom made Ginny do in CoS is horrific enough, but I think, for her sake, we should be glad that Tom was more interested in Harry than he was in her. Her fate could have been a lot worse. D:

Thank you so, so, so much for reading and for the extremely flattering review! I keep thinking "this is going to be my last DG story"/"I don't know if I can write any more after this one," but I'm always amazed and grateful when the muse kicks in with a new story idea, even in this year of 2016, ten years after I jumped on the Fire and Ice train. I have every intention to keep writing until I can't write anymore. ;)

Samsara by Ely_Baby    (Reviews - 17)

Three unlikely people find themselves on the same path to understanding.
Category: Completed Short Stories
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Other Characters
Compliant with: Fully compliant
Era: Next Generation
Genres: Action, Angst, Mystery, Smut
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 5 | Word count: 44944 | Read count: 1783 | Published: May 16, 2016 | Updated: May 27, 2016
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Date: May 29, 2016 Title: Chapter 5: Asamprajnata

I LOVE this fic! :) It all fit together so well, and I especially like the way that the Yeti scene works in this version. I feel that Draco has really won through by the end, undergone a personal journey, and come out the other side with new understanding. Most importantly, I think he's finally realized just how much he DOESN'T know. I also think it may be a very good thing to have a fic on this site that doesn't end with a neatly wrapped up living-happily-ever-after D/G conclusion. We really don't know where those two may end up, in time. I do get the feeling that we're subtly shown that Draco may have issues with Astoria; as far as Ginny and Harry, we honestly don't know. It's kept a mystery. But for now, I think that Draco is finally, FINALLY starting to grasp the fact that his salvation and his quest for a meaningful both can only depend on himself-- not another person. And who can say where that will ultimately lead.

So, in short... it's all good, thanks for letting me beta, and I hope that you write more in the future (whether it's D/G, other fanfic, or originals!) :)

Author's Response: And I LOVE you, Anise. Thank you so much for this epic comment. :D I'm so glad you enjoyed this Yeti scene, and I wouldn't have been able to churn it out without your suggestions and directions. Thank you for that. Aww. I have to admit that I was a bit scared to post this story here because of that ambiguous ending, but most of the comments have been very supportive (and someone even asked for more Lily/Scorpius! Hehe!), and that made me incredibly happy and relieved. I like to let my readers make up their own conclusion, though. You know what I think, but anybody can imagine whatever pleases them about the characters' fates and their future relationship. I do believe that their bond is even stronger than a romantic one, though. Hope that makes sense.. And yes, Draco definitely learnt so much in this journey. He finally did all that growing up that he needed to put his life together. Thank you so much, hon. I hope that your inspiration keeps coming and coming and that you'll manage to finish all your projects. Thank you again! :) xxxx

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: May 21, 2016 Title: Chapter 3: Sananda

Well, hon, you already KNOW that I love this fic. ;) (It's possible that I'm not totally 100% unbiased here... ) But this is one of my very favorite chapters... it's telling that Draco was just so incredibly oblivious to the fact that Scorpius and Lily had anything at all to do with each other, much less such a serious relationship. I think it sums up a lot about the dark place he's ended up as a person by this point. And I think that by putting two and two together, we can see that he's been headed there for a long time. But at this very low point, he finally understands that his son really didn't hate him, that the desire to get away from his father wasn't why he went on the expedition. It's the beginning of real hope for Draco. And... I won't say anything else, because readers do read these reviews! ;) Looking forward to more.

Author's Response: Thank you SO much, bb! Hehe! I know only one thing: you helped me make this story 200% better. You really gave me the best suggestions and made me think about my characters and situations and were invested in the story like not many beta-readers would have been at your place. Thank you so much for that. Ah, I love that part where Ginny tells Draco what's going on between Scorpius and Lily, too. I love that we get a glimpse of his son's life and we discover how different it is from what Draco let us believe that it was. And yes, indeed, that's the beginning of hope for Draco, and I love to give him hope. He deserves it, because I think he's too harsh on himself when he talks about his private life to Ginny. And I think it's lovely that he manages to open up to her. It shows how much he actually needs her and finds comfort in her company. b29; Your comment completely and utterly made my day. Thank you so much for that, hon. Thank you! b29;b29;

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: May 17, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Savitarka

Hey Ely, You KNOW I'll review this later on! :)

Author's Response: Aww, thank you, my love. Wow! My first comment on this website! I'm excited! :D Thank you so much for being the first! <333 x

What Mortal Men Sow by EvShadow    (Reviews - 15)

When she was 11 Tom Riddle stole part of Ginny’s soul, now four years later he’s back and she’s developed an unexplainable attraction to a infuriating blond. As her relationship with Draco Malfoy unfolds and she becomes more acquainted with the decadent world he inhabits, she finds herself down a path she’s not sure she can escape from. This new world is intoxicating but everything keeps leading her back to the incident with the diary four years ago.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Narcissa Malfoy, Other Characters
Compliant with: OotP and below
Era: Hogwarts-era
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: Graphic Violence
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 5 | Word count: 23776 | Read count: 1267 | Published: Jul 15, 2016 | Updated: Sep 08, 2017
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 18, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: September

LOVE it! And thanks so much for posting this! It's a treat to see a Hogwarts-era fic that really works. This fic is starting to explore so many of the themes that I think logically make sense, considering the information we have in the books, and yet were obviously never followed up on. Draco and Ginny are the only two people who have actually felt that pull towards darkness. The difference at this point is that he's in the middle of getting dragged into it, and her connection to Voldy is in the past... or is it? That's the question that was dropped so completely in canon, which never should have happened (and didn't make any sense in terms of the internal reality of the narrative.) It's a huge part of why the tacked-on fake "happy ending" felt so wrong in canon. But it looks like you're going to explore it here, yay! Looking forward to more. :)

Author's Response: Yay! I'm so thrilled that you love it. I've been writing it for years and never had the courage to post it until recently, so I'm so happy that I have. There's so much going on in canon that didn't get the chance to be explored, and IdreamofDraco said something in her most recent fic about why Draco and Ginny are so good together - about them both understanding the darkness and recognising it in each other without judgement. I think the happy ending for this fic is quite a way away and it won't be the one anyone is expecting... Next chapter will be up soon, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review, it means so much to me. xxx

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 31, 2016 Title: Chapter 2: October Part One

So cool to see an author going back to the events of canon! It actually reminds me of Harry’s character in HBP, which I haven’t read in a while… he was oblivious, wasn’t he? ;) Great juxtaposition of Harry being clueless while Ginny and Draco are … doing things he didn’t know about. I like the attitude of the other Slytherins, too—they’re suspicious of Ginny, which is natural, but it seems like they’re ultimately accepting her, at least to some extent. We don’t yet know, of course, if Ginny and Draco’s relationship is strictly confined to sex or if there’s more going on (and I don’t think they do either.) I do wonder about just how involved she was with Harry at this point—is he really oblivious enough to not suspect ANYTHING? (Well, could be..) What’s happening in this chapter seems to be happening on so many different levels—there’s what Harry and Hermione and Ron know, there’s what Draco and Ginny know, there’s what Voldy and Bella know.. and at some point, all of that knowledge is going to come together… so what will happen then? There’s a real feeling here of the calm before the storm.

Looking forward to more! 
So cool to see an author going back to the events of canon! It actually reminds me of Harry’s character in HBP, which I haven’t read in a while… he was oblivious, wasn’t he? ;) Great juxtaposition of Harry being clueless while Ginny and Draco are … doing things he didn’t know about. I like the attitude of the other Slytherins, too—they’re suspicious of Ginny, which is natural, but it seems like they’re ultimately accepting her, at least to some extent. We don’t yet know, of course, if Ginny and Draco’s relationship is strictly confined to sex or if there’s more going on (and I don’t think they do either.) I do wonder about just how involved she was with Harry at this point—is he really oblivious enough to not suspect ANYTHING? (Well, could be..) What’s happening in this chapter seems to be happening on so many different levels—there’s what Harry and Hermione and Ron know, there’s what Draco and Ginny know, there’s what Voldy and Bella know.. and at some point, all of that knowledge is going to come together… so what will happen then? There’s a real feeling here of the calm before the storm.

Thanks for posting, and looking forward to more! :)

Author's Response: Thankyou! So oblivious, that's what I like about Harry, everything could be considered canon and he just wasn't aware of it. I love reading your comments, you're so good at reading into everything (which is totally awesome because everything has been over thought in this and its nice when it gets noticed.) I'm so happy you're enjoying it so far and thank you so much for taking the time to review, it makes me so happy! xxx

Somewhere I Belong by Tiny Q    (Reviews - 96)

It’s been just over ten years since the Battle of Hogwarts. Society has moved on but not in the utopic way everyone assumed it would. For Ginny Weasley, however, everything is going great until a season-ending fall derails her Quidditch career and forces her to reevaluate her life. It also forces her to realize that there’s more to Draco Malfoy than she ever thought—something Luna has been telling her for the past six years… This is what happens when Slytherins find themselves filling the roles of Gryffindors, Ravenclaws rule the art world, and Weasleys are unable to use magic—or at least, one Weasley can’t.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Drama, Humor, Romance, Smut
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 11 | Word count: 97003 | Read count: 11856 | Published: Jul 21, 2016 | Updated: Aug 06, 2017
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Date: Aug 21, 2016 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 - You Are Mine

LOVE, love this chapter! It works in so many ways… the macro level of the wonderful plot, the accurate characters, but also the tiny details (Death Eater’s wands being confiscated when they go into a Ministry building, Harry’s office being a mess, Draco keeping a packed emergency bag, etc.) I love the characterization of Harry—stubborn determination rather than actually thinking about what’s going on up to a ridiculous point, but then he does start to relent and use common sense. This is a softer picture of Draco than we often see, but I think it’s very believable as far as where he would be several years after the war. He definitely has a softer side in canon, and once he’d escaped from the life he ended up rejecting, I think he would have allowed that side to come out.
And then when we start learning more about who’s really behind Ginny’s kidnapping… it makes SO much sense. On to the next chapter!!

Author's Response: Thank you! I live for details, and hardly realize that I throw them in there half the time, so it's neat that they're actually noticed. :D

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 25, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - Bad Blood

LOVE! Love, love, love.
The longer version is: so many things about this to like. You actually wrote a Hermione that isn't annoying. To me, anyway, that's amazing. ;) I love this version of Ginny's life, and it feels quite honestly so much more believable than what we got in the Epilogue of Doom and Destruction. In the actual universe as it was established in the books (and by the laws of basic reality), it's so much more likely that Ginny would have married Harry, but the marriage wouldn't have worked out in the long run. The injury was an interesting plot device, and it's very believable too. And THEN... what you've done with the characters!

It was impossible to know exactly what to think when Draco originally showed up on Ginny's doorstep, largely because you'd already laid the foundation for a different Draco than most readers expect. His character is very believable (doing so well with potions could logically lead to being a Healer.) But the sudden about-face of his attitude towards Ginny... there did seem to be something off.

And of course, there did turn out to be. But why? And exactly what happened to Ginny at the end of this chapter? This narrative is really intriguing in its own right, not just as a fanfic-- and that's what makes it work so well. REALLY looking forward to more! :)

Author's Response: Aw, thanks! Coming from you this all means a lot. :D As I've gotten older, I've really come to respect and love Hermione, so I couldn't write her any other way. And I completely agree with you on the H/G relationship in the epilogue--it's actually one of the things that bothered me the most (and still would have even if I wasn't a rabid D/Ger...). Relationships just don't run on wishes. As for the healer role, a large part of medicine is retaining knowledge and knowing when to apply it, and given that he was right behind Hermione in marks I'm thinking he could do very well as a Healer. Hopefully I'll manage to do that idea justice as the story continues. ;D Thanks again!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 30, 2016 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 - Hopeful Hearts

LOVE this chapter! I don't have very long, so this will be a shorter review than I would really like... but it's so, so good. Draco and Ginny both feel so real, for want of a better word. This is such a believable Draco, in all his good points and faults. SO GLAD you're writing again. :)

Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad I'm writing again too! I forgot how fun this all is. :D

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Sep 06, 2016 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 - Cannonballs

Wonderful chapter! It's so hard to really write a scene at the start of Draco and Ginny's relationship where everything works right. So many authors get so close, but there's just something that doesn't exactly fit... but you did it! Yay! :) I love where Draco is in terms of his relationships with other people-- we can see how emotionally stunted he is, unavoidably so, but he is trying, pushing himself out of his comfort zone. My feeling about Harry (YMMV, of course), is that this never really happened for him in canon, and he didn't try to make it happen. He made no real effort-- or we would have seen much more between him and Ginny in the Ep of Doom. But that's enough space spent on Harry... ;)

Really looking forward to the next chapter! (I know what you mean about school... I went back to school AGAIN, who knows what the schedule will end up looking like... but I still want to keep seeing more chappies. ;)

Author's Response: Really? Yay! I was really worried no one would buy it. :S But you made my day when I read that. :D What are you taking in school??

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Oct 02, 2016 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 - Ghosts

Love! LOVE!! And just the right amount of D/G interaction for this point in time, I think. There are so many great things about your writing, but I think I would have to give the gold medal to characterizations... everyone, from Draco, Ginny, and Luna, to the more background characters like George, is complex and fascinating. And I love the idea of Luna painting souls. :)

And oh God, you're going to make me go to ffnet. :P:P:P:P and :P. But JUST for you, and to read the prequel-ette... i will. :)I hope you do eventually post it here, though. (mutters unpleasant things about ffnet.)

Author's Response: I'm sorry!! But there's no mention of Ginny in it, so I didn't feel right posting it here (and I don't actually want to attach it to this story because it's superfluous...) Hopefully the experience wasn't too traumatic? :S But thank you for the gold medal. :D

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 17, 2017 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 - Ghosts

I'm so glad to be able to get back to reading this fic!! :) I know what you mean about making too commitments, believe me... sometimes I still think I was crazy for trying to go back to school while co-running a business... but I pledge to keep up with your fics. :) And my own writing. And-- okay, there's a long list.

I love, love this chapter! So many great aspects of it, from the realism of the trial to the subtle exploration of the broken places in both Draco and Ginny to their tentatively growing relationship to Luna... I love the way that your portray this true, genuine affection between Draco and Luna that feels very pure, that by its nature, is not romantic, is not about attraction, but is so meaningful.

Anyway... I'm going to keep up with these chapters, even though I'm kind of behind...and I'll get to your other fic too. :)

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 22, 2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - Bad Blood

Ahem. I just realized that I reviewed chapter 5 twice. Well... It was very memorable. I'll be moving on to chapter 6 now...

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 23, 2017 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6 - Rainbow

Yay, another great chapter!! So many things in this one... the subtlety of Draco and Ginny's growing relationship, the tentative trust building between them, those evenings on the couch... honestly, I think that Poltergeist is the creepiest movie ever... and most of all, the reality of the things that could come between them. A lot of fics don't include this, but I think that it's vital to have real reasons why a connection might NOT work out between them, and why they might not make the choice to be together. Such as:

"Was he that desperate to have anything at all with her that he was willing to sacrifice himself in the process? Was she worth that? He hardly knew her—the real, actual her, not the woman he had built up in his mind over half his life. How could she even compare to that? No one could."

See, these are real issues. Draco is afraid of losing too much of himself to be with her, which I think is actually a valid concern from his point of view. It may seem inevitable to the readers that they're going to end up together, but within the reality of the story, it is not a foregone conclusion at all. The differences between them really could be insurmountable in the end. And that's what we have to feel when we read D/G-- that it's not just an exercise in getting them together, but that because of who they are and what their life experiences and situations have been, it's a fight against uphill odds for them to get there. And maybe there's some alternate ending someplace where the relationship just did not work out. That makes it meaningful when things DO work between them.

Anyway... great job, and look at all these chapters I still haven't read! Yay! :)

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 29, 2017 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7 - My Little Ruin

I think this was a very important “grounding chapter”—so don’t sell it short. The way that Molly Weasley’s acceptance of Draco seemed to mean that the whole family would cooperate… it just seemed too good to be true. The reactions of other Weasleys in this chapter really helped to ground things—it makes sense that Ginny’s father, Bill, and Ron would react the way they did here. It’s also realistic that Harry would react in this way. He doesn't seem to be an awful person, but he’s VERY possessive and intolerant, and you can just see some clues why the marriage ended… :P

But… none of them are exactly *wrong* when it comes to anything they say or think about Draco, which I think is another aspect that feels so grounded. Ron’s accusations are over the top in the way he makes them, but they’re not unreasonable either. It’s easy for us as D/G readers to expect the happy ending, but in this reality, nobody would have forgotten Draco’s Death Eaters affiliations, and everything would have been stirred up yet again by the most recent DE activities. The detail of the way that he knows exactly how the wards around the Burrow work… it says everything. He can’t forget, nobody else can forget, and unfortunately, it makes a lot of sense than they can’t. Ginny really is vulnerable because of her illness, her injuries, her inability to use her wand, and the entire situation, and she does owe a lot to Draco. Would she ever have been with him in this reality if all of these things weren’t the case? Realistically—probably not.

BUT, this doesn’t mean that what they feel for each other isn’t genuine, or that they can’t make the relationship work. It *does* mean that they have a lot to overcome, and that it’s not a foregone conclusion that they will be able to do it. And that’s what makes a good D/G fic meaningful, as well as what makes it work. It has to be just as believable that they would NOT end up together.

Anyway… yay, still two more chappies to read!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 14, 2017 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10 - Breaking the Cycle

NEW CHAPTER YAY! Okay, I'm not going to review it, because I'm kind of behind on reading chapters... ;) But it's summer, so I have more time, so I WILL catch up with this amazing fic and r and r!!! Yay, you're back!! And even more yayness!

Author's Response: Yay! And that's completely okay! (I think I still have a few reviews of yours to reply to still on my end...) You are a very busy person! But thank you the acknowledgement. :) I hope your summer is treating you well!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 22, 2017 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11 - Get Up

I love this fic so, SO much that I have to leave a review even though I'm hideously behind on r and r ing the exchange fics. ;) Every aspect of this story just feels... right. This is exactly how everyone might react. We can see Draco and Ginny's relationship evolving over time; we can also see the very real barriers between them. Everything is unfolding naturally. I hope to see more chapters from you soon!! :)

Beware! Beware! by idreamofdraco    (Reviews - 26)

Draco Malfoy is a wanted criminal, charged for crimes committed during the war. Ginny Weasley is the Auror in charge of bringing him to justice when he finally returns to England. Little does she know how much Malfoy has changed in the four years he's been away.

Winner of the Best Kiss, Best Response to the Prompt, and Most Creative awards during the DG Forum's Winter 2016 Fic Exchange.

PLEASE heed the warnings, which are explained in a little more detail in the Story Notes.

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Category: Long and Completed
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Other Characters
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Mystery, Smut
Warnings: Character Death, Slash
Completed: Yes
Series: None
Table of Contents

Chapters: 5 | Word count: 18186 | Read count: 3776 | Published: Jul 21, 2016 | Updated: Nov 01, 2016
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 18, 2016 Title: Chapter 2: Two

I forgot how much I loved this second chapter! :) Especially the way that you weave Ginny's current job with the Ministry into what she's doing now... there's such a strong undercurrent of Ginny constantly needing to suppress the inner darkness from her past. She's channeled it into her current job, but all it takes is stir it up is being in the same room with Draco. On to the next chapter...

Author's Response: Thank you so much, Anise!!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 03, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: One

A quick note: I AM r and r ing the second chapter soon. don't worry! I haven't forgotten about it. :)

Author's Response: Take your time! :)

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 21, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: One

This fic, this fic.... (shivers) I kinda know how this ends, obviously, it having been on the ffn fic exchange. No, I'm NOT going to give it away... ;) But... wow. I don't honestly know if I can read it again, because it's wonderfully creepy and disturbing. But it's a great fic. Just very intense. ETA: Of course I'm going to read it again. ;) You know I can't resist!!

Author's Response: Hahaha, thanks, Anise! I was going for creepy and intense (and even disturbing) so I'm so so so glad this story affected you that way. If you read it again, I hope you continue to enjoy it!

Altered by ReverseBeauty    (Reviews - 27)

Someone stole Draco's memories of the time he spent with Ginny years ago, and he's determined to get them back.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Sorta Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Pansy Parkinson
Compliant with: Fully compliant
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
Table of Contents

Chapters: 14 | Word count: 15229 | Read count: 9461 | Published: Aug 13, 2016 | Updated: Jan 10, 2019
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 21, 2016 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

The plot thickens and gets more intriguing! Draco is kind of being a dick, isn't he... but does he honestly not remember their shared past? And if not, why not? So many mysteries...

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Sep 10, 2016 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

So they're working together to solve this mystery... but no real clues as of yet. I still have to wonder what Draco's going to think if he finds out that she DID come so close to erasing his memory... there could be some real drama there. Anyway, looking forward to finding out more!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Sep 10, 2016 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

Great chapter! The interplay between Draco and Ginny is captured perfectly. She knows something he doesn't, but he isn't giving her any incentive to share the details. And it's so true to both their characters.