All Ginny wants is to get the upper hand just once with drool-worthy hunk of man candy and callous playboy Draco Malfoy before he moves on to his next careless conquest. So how did this simple plan lead to time travel, nefarious plots involving the most infamous whorehouse in the wizarding world, and the teenaged Draco’s achingly sweet, chocolate-flavored kisses? Even Draco Malfoy was innocent once, as Ginny learns all too well…Category: Long and Completed
Chapter ONE HUNDRED EIGHTEEN Quote of the Day:
THE LAST CHAPTER
The minutes ticked by, long enough for Ginny to know that against all reason, all common sense, she still wanted impossible things from him. But she would leave. Even after today, even when her body ached from him and for him, when she could feel that he had begun to shape her to him, she would turn around and leave him. I will, I will, she thought.
“You don’t understand,” said Draco.
“Oh?” Ginny said stiffly. “At least he hadn’t touched her, she thought. She would not be able to find the strength to pull herself away from him, and she knew it.
I have decided to stop posting any more of DDD until the entire fic is completed to the end. I probably should have done this a couple of months ago when I originally considered simply stopping 100%. However, I’m doing it now. I just feel too tired and beaten up to want to continue this process of putting it out there anymore at the moment. If anybody wants to know more, I can be reached through email in the author link.
Draco's deepest, darkest secret is accidentally revealed to the world. A hissy fit ensues.Category: Completed Short Stories
I loved this and laughed a LOT. And I must, MUST ask... was it in any way inspired by Tom Felton's comment about Draco's character. "He's so evil, and what's with that hair? How does he have time to get his roots touched up every two weeks?" Poor Tom, he's had to do the same thing all along...
Author's Response: Oh my God, did he really say that? That's so funny, was it part of an interview/do you know where I can find it? (So in answer to your question, no it wasn't inspired by that comment, but I might pretend it was in the future... shh!) And I'm so glad you liked it.
Living in captivity can only last so long. ***COMPLETE***Category: Completed Fiction, Works in Progress
Written for the LJ DG Fic Exchange 2010 and winner of the Best Angst award. The rating is for the warnings.
Well, now I can FINALLY leave a review. I like to read other people's reviews, you see, and there have been some unfortunate incidents of endings being revealed early IN reviews when these multichapter fic-exchange fics are published here.
Anyway... a beautifully heartbreaking fic, of course, and it became apparent at some indefinable point that Draco and
Ginny just weren't going to escape in a traditional sense. But I still think that they *did* escape, because they learned to love each other. All I can say is that this particular afterlife had better follow the Nicene Creed (or is it the Apostle's Creed?), which includes a resurrection of the body, so that they can have heavenly sex. :) After that kiss, though, I think it's likely.
Author's Response: yeah, i was a little bummed by the early spoilers, but i didn't know what to say about them. :(
i feel kinda fan-girlish that you are reviewing btw! lol
i haven't heard of heavenly sex, but i am all for it! woo! and yes, it did become really clear when i was doing a 2nd draft that they were not going to reasonable "escape" so my betas convinced me to scrap the ending i had a write a new one. thank you for reviewing!
Draco and Ginny overcome the effects of war one moment at a time. A series of connected drabbles. EWE.Category: Works in Progress
An ongoing response to the 100 Days, 100 Drabbles challenge on the DG Forum.
Another great drabble set! :) Draco and Ginny have such an interesting relationship here. There's clearly more caring involved than either one is willing to admit... but there's something almost chilling about where they end up by the end, which shows that we are not getting fluff here. He's risking both himself and her... but then, she's going along with it. What a fascinating dynamic, and looking forward to more!
Author's Response: Yay, thanks! So glad that all these interesting details about their relationship are getting through, despite the limiting word count. Sometimes I wish I had more words to really dig into these complexities, but I think the format I'm using is forcing me to highlight those complexities in different ways. It's hard, but I'm enjoying it, and I hope others are too. :)
Erhg-- I've gotten SO behind on R and R'ing fics here!! (Yes, "erhg" is now a word. ;) But in my defense, I'm beta reading for about a zillion people, and I'm working REALLy hard on the big site transfer. These were really good... I love drabbles that are interconnected, but could actually kind of stand on their own as individual pieces. We are certainly left wondering at the end of "Clothes." ;)
Author's Response: Hopefully you won't be left wondering for long! I just need to write two more drabbles before I can post again. One thing I have been trying to do is make sure these drabbles CAN stand alone, even if the context isn't always clear without the rest of the story as background. I don't think I've succeeded in that for EVERY drabble, but I'm pretty proud of what I've been able to accomplish so far. Now, if I can write all 100 drabbles and make this a decent story, then I think that's something I could really be proud of. No wonder this has been a three-year effort (so far!). Anyway, glad you enjoyed! And can't wait to see what you have in store for FIA!
I promise... pROMISE a real review for this one. I'm just losing my mind from everythign I have to do right now. But it WILL happen!! :)
Author's Response: It's no problem, Anise. ;)
Ginny is tired of being pushed into the background as if nothing she endured counted for anything. It turns out, Katie feels the same way. They plan on making a difference in the war, even if no one takes them seriously.Category: Long and Completed
This is really, really well written. It's been a long time since I've seen something that actually could have come from canon (or particularly cared about seeing that, to be perfectly honest!) But you're doing it *so* well that I just had to tell you. :)
Author's Response: Thank you! I've been playing around with the DH timeline a lot lately, probably because canon is so full of holes for that time period, and the actual bits of canon are awful anyway. :) I'm so glad you like this!
This really is so believable as a "missing piece"fic for DH. First of all, Harry's lack of interest in what actually happened to Ginny during that year was just awful and made me want to shoot him (um... except that he was a fictional character... yes, that's it. :P ) But we get CLEAR information that things just like this have got to be happening to her. And the Draco in the film version of HBP (which is another type of canon, for reasons explored at great length in essays which will not be reprinted here, to everyone's relief) is obviously experiencing some of the guilt that your Draco does in relation to Katie. Everything fits, and you actually make me care that it does. :)
Author's Response: Thank you SO much! I checked the timelines for DH so many times to be sure that events would fit neatly into it. I don't buy JK's handwaving of trauma for the plot purposes. I know that Harry wasn't around and he wouldn't know about it, but he should've known about *Ginny* of all people. Draco's behavior, of what little Harry actually saw, tells me that he was waffling even as he was doing things he had to do. I don't believe he's the evil git that JK does. He was a prat and an idiot, but still a boy. The war forced him to grow up in all sorts of ways he wasn't ready for, IMHO. And this was a chapter full of uneasy choices and ramifications, so it was time for Draco to face his guilt. Hopefully you think I take it to a reasonable conclusion. :D
Fascinating chapter. The contrast between the two couples works really well-- we can see both the similarities and the differences. Marcus knows that he would do anything he had to do to save Katie, for instance; I think that Draco has kind of convinced himself that he might not do the same for Ginny if he were actually put in that situation. But if it *did* happen, yes, I think that he would. And yet it also makes sense that *Ginny* would be the one who would owl Draco and attempt to break off the relationship because she thinks she's doing for his own good.
It's hard to write Draco and Ginny so that they're completely believable according to canon and yet also believable as a couple at Hogwarts that seventh year (I don't know if I've seen anyone do it all that well), and the strange part is that it's not because it's hard to believe it would have happened. It could be because Harry's interest in what was happening to Ginny at Hogwarts during DH was either totally missing, focused on remembering the physical aspects, or very dismissive (laughing when he heard about her being punished for trying to steal the sword, for instance. That was pretty much it for me and Harry after that moment in DH.) That POV was so overwhelming that for me, anyway, it made it hard to imagine what Ginny actually might have been doing. But you're really pulling it off! :) (Katie and Marcus are easier in that way because we don't know anywhere near as much about them.)
Reading D/G as it is written here, we *know* there's a direction it could go in which would make the DH epilogue believable as an ending, which it certainly isn't at the end of the actual DH (pause for hisses and boos... oh, never mind.) But it would also be very sad, because it would mean that this Draco AND this Ginny decided not to grow as people. (In the actual DH, of course, this was sold as a fake happy ending, and-- slap slap slap. I'm better now...;) But the point is that we know and feel the divided loyalties that pull them in different directions. Good stuff. :)
Author's Response: Yeah, well, I'm one of those for whom the Epilogue doesn't exist. So yeah, if I were *completely* into sticking with canon, I could go that way. But HELL NO. (Prolly spoiling my ending, but OMG, that Epilogue is dead to me. DEAD. If I felt better about desecrating books I'd razor it out of my copy.) I've written a few different iterations of Katie and Marcus now, which is really easy to do because we have next to nothing about them in canon, but I'm really fond of this iteration, actually. They're much more grounded, I think. The D/G scenes in this chapter and the last were difficult for me to write because I was trying to keep them in character though this. (At least, what little we know about them as characters in DH, because Harry has no interest or interaction, really. That's another reason the Epilogue of Doom bugs me. Ginny goes from being badass DA member/leader to simpering housewife that obviously has no input into even her children's names? HELL NO. She's capable of more than that, and I really wanted that to come across in this story.
Really fascinating and a great job, as always! There's a wonderful compare-and-contrast with the motivations and behavior of all the characters involved, and I think it's really a strength of this fic overall. Some thoughts:
Katie: She starts out with the same very strong, capable persona she's had all along, but I think she begins to realize in the Death Eater party situation just how little she really may be able to control. She's gotten in too deep with Marcus at this point (from everything that she knows, not from where the story might be going.) He'll do anything to protect her, but he's still a Death Eater.
The readers really feel the bind that Draco is in here, and so does he. Draco's strength, maybe, is that he fully understands his own weaknesses, and he isn't fooling himself about them. I like that Goyle is smarter than he looks. ;)
Oh, and Bella! This is very true to how this character would actuallly think, and would really explain why she goes after Ginny so specifically at the last battle at Hogwarts. But I also think she underestimates both the depth of Draco's feelings for Ginny and his capacity for self-determination.
Looking forward to the last two chapters! :) But sad that this fic will be over...
Author's Response: I love how much you're enjoying the story! I really wanted Katie to realize over time that yes, she can be strong and capable, but that doesn't mean she can do everything on her own. There's so much she doesn't know and she really only started realizing it once she put herself out there. By contrast, the Death Eaters understand who and what they are, and try to play up their strengths. As for Crabbe and Goyle... in the books they're flat, one-dimensional idiots. I wanted to flesh them out a bit more, even if I didn't go into much detail. So Crabbe pulled away and feels self important, and Goyle is the one that is more reflective. I think it explains their behavior in the Room of Requirement at the end, too. And I love how singleminded Bella was in this, too. :) I'll be posting the next two chapters this week.
Well, now that I'm FINALLY at the end of the Oregon Trail (and it might have been easier to take a covered wagon), I can actually get online again. :) A great and very realistic end to it all! While you've obviously gone *beyond* canon, everything that happened also fit potentially into canon, if you see what I mean. What happened between Katie and Marcus made perfect sense given how their characters have been delineated up to this point-- she herself knew that he really might do anything at all to save her, I think, and she wouldn't let him destroy himself by giving him the choice. They both made it through, and actually it wasn't a foregone conclusion, because if I remember correctly, we really *aren't* told in canon whether they did or not.
Draco and Ginny's journey is extremely believable, and a very intriguing thing about it is that everything you've written could have happened within the boundaries of canon (because we're ignoring the Epilogue of Doom, because it was clearly written by evil aliens from the planet Zoofelfutz.) Given that all we have is Harry's POV in DH, he easily would have been oblivious enough to miss all of the D/G interactions. Of course, even HE might have figured it out at SOME point afterwards.... I really, really liked your final ending for them, because I think it had to be. It was a different choice from what some readers would expect, no doubt about it, but again, it was realistic as the *best* choice for them. While we don't know exactly what's going to happen in their future, we do know that they've built something real between them in the past. A short D/G sequel to this fic would be fascinating to read (although I don't know if you would write it), because there are still a lot of issues for them to work out, and the way that they'll manage to do it is very much up in the air. But I don't think it could be any other way at this point.
Happy to read this fic, sad to see it end, looking forward to more from you! :)
Author's Response: woo for being online! Having moved recently, I can feel the pain. :D No, we're never told what happens to either Katie or Marcus in canon, and it's not even mentioned if they're at the Final Battle or not. But given that Katie was in the DA, I can't see her *not* being there, and especially not in this iteration of her that I've written. So yay for adding that element of suspense for you. :D And thank you so much for feeling that the D/G could have been canon. I was trying very hard to have this fit into what we do know of DH and still have it believable. (Harry conveniently ignores things that don't immediately apply to the situation, after all...) In keeping with canon!Draco, though, I couldn't have him immediately sweep Ginny off of her feet and declare his love with wine and roses. This simply wasn't that kind of a story. I don't know if there's a sequel to this, so I can't promise anything. Some other stories I thought for sure I wouldn't write one, yet I did... even if it was a few years later. ^^; We'll see about this one. I do want to write more D/G, and I do have some more boxes left on my hc_bingo card before I get a blackout. :D
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
Quite, quite intriguing. Clearly, this will be a dark Draco, but on the whole I think he'll walk the right side of the fine line they have to walk in order to still be readable and believable (because the darker ones definitely can go too far overboard.) The premise is very snicker-worthy. (Is that a word? Well, it is now.) The fascinating part will be to see where it all goes from here, especially in terms of the interaction between Draco and Ginny given the type of relationship set up between them from the beginning. Looking forward to seeing more!
Author's Response: First off, I'm amazed that my favorite fanfic writer actually reviwed my story. Give me a sec, having a huge fangirl moment....okay. In the second chapter, we will see the more human side of him. It's all intricately planned out. I'm so glad you like it! I need to stop writing before I have another fangirl moment. lol.
This second chapter works very well, particularly when it comes to the new OC's. Don't worry about how fast the action is going-- I think it's better to show how Ginny is beginning to adapt to her new environment. (Of course, this can get out of hand and turn into 345,876.76 chapter fics... ;)
Non-canon characters are hard to handle a lot of the time, but Kora is really fitting in so far. I'm a little nervous about heading over to your LJ because I'd rather be surprised by what shows up in this fic I think... but IMHO you're smart to keep things on LJ. Facebook has *serious* security and privacy issues. Anyway... looking forward to seeing more soon! :)
Author's Response: Besides Kora, there will only be one other OC character...but she isn't original. More of a Hindu goddess. But thank you! I have yet to put up Kora's picture on my LJ. But I will sometime later today. Glad to have your approval!
WQO-HOO! She finally published the chapter! Yay.:) Oh, I do love this chapter. Why? Um... It's so... sweet and nice. (bats eyelashes innocently.) Seriously, though, we can really see how Draco can actually feel tender emotions, how he can truly love Ginny and want desperately to please her, and yet not actually lay aside any of his ruthlessness. Because in truth, he hasn't; it's all still there, just not where Ginny is concerned. And I haven't read the next chapter yet, so even *I* don't know what happens when we fall off the cliff (runs after dykeadellic)
Author's Response: You're always right. How can you be always right?!?! But the next chapter is crazy, doll. You'll be wicked proud! Draco might lose a bit of his ruthfulness-yness for a few chapters. But it WILL come back. In full force. Yay! Plus the number seven. You'll have to help me reign this fic in. Otherwise, this might be longer than yours, dearest. *attempts to run faster than Anise and starts failing*
Ohhh... thanks! :) Yes, this is an intense chapter. But I do think that a lot of things really start to come into play here. I don't know if Draco could have realistically started to see the price he might have to pay for choosing to be a DE in any other way-- he's sworn to be Voldy's loyal servant, but that would now mean giving up Ginny. I'm really not sure how you're going to get them out of this one. I don't think you'll get to the point where you have to use the ending that a former bf of mine often used to bring up when something just went on TOO long...
"There was a big car crash, and everybody died."
"How did the Dukes of Hazzard movie end?"
"Oh, there was a big car crash, and everybody died."
"How did the dinosaurs become extinct?"
"There was a big car crash, and everybody died."
You get the idea. I'm really tired... Nighty night... ;)
Author's Response: Anise, my dearest! No, that will not be the ending. I have two written. One of them will be used. Not sure which one. As for Draco getting them outta all this... that's a very good question. But when I asked him about it, this is what he said. Me: Draco? *knocks on door* Draco: Go away! *throws teddy at door* Me: What's wrong? Draco: He wants to take my woman! And you won't even tell me how to stop him him! And you won't let me see her between scenes! Then it goes black. So yeah, that's nothing. Yet. But I'm off for two days, so hopefully I can figure something out, as well as send you the next chapter. Now I am tired. Nighttt.
Fiery and stubborn Ginny Weasley is forced to be partners on an assignment for the Ministry with the elusive, self-righteous, and impossibly handsome Lord Draco Malfoy. They step into a world of magic, secrets, legends, and mystery. Little do they know what they are getting into..Category: Works in Progress
Ha. Well, I would guess Astoria, except that the crackling and crooning kind of leads me to believe that it's someone older. Clearly, this fic has to be a characters-who-kicked-the-bucket-in-canon-AU to some extent (I really like those:) simply because Snape's still alive, so my guess is... Bellatrix.
Anyway, I love this chapter! One of the best reasons to explore what would have happened if certain characters hadn't been killed off is to see what the effect would have been on *other* characters, and it's clear that Snape had to be some kind of father figure to Draco in canon (not that this was ever explored... oh, don't get me started.) So I love the fact that you're taking that path. More soon!
Author's Response: AHH! [squeal] Sorry, I totally had a fangirl moment! :D Great guess, btw.. ;) I really do love the whole Snape-as-father thing, considering Lucius was a mental case and a tyrant in my eyes... and Narcissa liked him, and even depended on him at some point... I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy you love this chapter, and I'll try to add more soon!!! Thanks soo much for reviewing!
I'm so glad you've continued this fic! And I really want to see where Draco's taken Ginny. Not to mention that ball... ;) I don't think they've seen the last of Bella either, so I wonder when she'll show up again. We shall see!
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! :)
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.
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!