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
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.
My response to The DG Forum's 100 Days, 100 Drabbles challenge. Featuring everything from fainting Malfoys, eccentric Weasleys, babies, marriages, first loves, and just about every other scenario you can think of for a Draco/Ginny love story.Category: Long and Completed
These snippets seem, to me, to go together more than the others, because I actually could see the *same* Draco in all of them, and I think that what you've done with this particular Draco is fascinating. He's got a real streak of cruelty, but he's chosen to handle it so differently in each snippet. In "Servant", he's given in to the dark side completely; in "Roots", he's let his guard down, and I think he's going to allow the good part of himself to win out. In "Too Easy", I don't think he's redeemable, but he does recognize it, and he's decided that he won't inflict what he is on Ginny. In "Insane", he's possibly chosen to suppress that part of himself in order to care for Ginny, and in "Clouds", he's found some way to integrate everything that he is into a coherent personality. Anyway, I just wanted to leave a review at last! :) Keep up the good work.
Author's Response: I'm really glad you pointed this out to me, as I've never really thought about Draco being essentially the 'same' in these five drabbles. I don't have a 'set' Draco in my mind, nor do I particularly try to keep him 'canon'. I just prefer to let the situation dictate what his character should be like, so I find it incredibly interesting that you perceived a similar trend in these five Draco's. I had a read over them to see if I could find the similarities, and you're right, they are, in essence, the same Draco. Of course, your analysis of how he deals with his potential for cruelty in the different drabbles is spot on.
In any case, I found your review very interesting, and I'm glad you decided to share those insights with me. ^_^
I really love this drabbles series (does it go all the way up to 100?? Hopefully, it will...) I don't see how it could work with any other characters besides Draco and Ginny. Well, technically it *could*, but it would get tiresome pretty fast.
These really are the only two characters from canon where such complete personality shifts are actually believable. We've seen each of one of them as everything from happy lovers in total marshmallow fluff cutesiness to vicious cold-blooded insane killers, and it's all within the spectrum of what both Draco and Ginny could have become. I just don't see this as being possible with Harry and Hermione, for instance. They were only ever going to turn out one way (especially Harry.) But both Draco and Ginny had profoundly strong temptations in other directions, and it would have taken strong characters and difficult decisions to *not* go in those directions. So maybe they did-- maybe Ginny gave in to that bit of Tom Riddle, and maybe Draco gave in to what his family and his entire world had always expected of him, and that's where we get the dark fics about them. Or maybe they didn't, and that's where we get the other kind. Either way, it's always going to be fascinating. Looking forward to the rest! :)
Author's Response: Ha, funny. I just finished reading and reviewing your new chapter for DDD. ^_^
Anyway, yes, these do go all the way to 100. I just, er, forgot about uploading them. I'm terrible like that. I fully agree that only Draco and Ginny could pull something like this off, and that's really why I like the pairing. There are so many possibilities for these two -- it all depends, as you said, on which way they decide to go. Both had such traumatic experiences in their childhood, and it's not easy to just throw that off and live a 'normal' life. It can be done, of course, but it does take a lot of strength to do that. I think that's why I enjoy reading your fics so much. You naturally seem to delve into that struggle, while others (including myself at times) are content to skip past it in favour of writing straight fluff.
This was a fluffy-esque batch of snippets, I think (takes them out of the oven with a big hot pad), and I really needed that today. :) The marshmallow comparison in *Abandoned* was HILARIOUS. (Kind of makes you picture Ginny trying to take a bite... or at least a lick... ;) Anyway, the point is that not everything D/G has to be deadly gloom-and-doom serious, which is certainly a lesson I could learn sometimes. And hopefully, Draco came back after *twenty* minutes at the end of *Waiting*. :)
Author's Response: This was a very fluffy batch, but I think it is necessary to have that balance -- especially in a collection like this. The last lot were all quite angsty from what I remember.
I like to think that Draco did come back at the end of 'Waiting' as well. As for the marshmallow, I'm glad you found it funny rather than just weird. Sometimes I can't be bothered trying to be serious at all, so random things do pop up in my fanfiction. Ah well, we all need some amusement now and then.
Oo, more complex snippety worlds! (claps hands in delight)
"Mother Nature" is cute but also sort of eerily fascinating, because it's so hard to say what's really going on. Is Ginny actually some kind of earth sprite? And it's so typical of Draco that he'd be dismissive of that at first, and then get sucked in by the promise of following Ginny. ;)
"Obsession" and "Magic" do seem to basically feature the same Draco, except that Ginny ended up with one of them and Astoria with the other one. You do have a way with writing disturbed!Ginnys, I must say. This is severelycodependent!Ginny, I think. Although it's pretty hard to feel sorry for Astoria in "Magic". :P
Let's see... Draco probably deserved the thrown parchment in "Multitasking"... anyway, I really liked the cat.:)
"Relaxation" is interesting, because it's one of those where no matter how much we might want a D/G reconciliation, we really don't know if it's even a good idea for *this* Draco and Ginny. Nevertheless, I highly doubt that Ginny has actually "finally got rid of" Draco at the end. ;) More soon, I hope! But eek... we're getting to the end... :(
Author's Response: I'm glad you were able to pick up on the eeriness of 'Mother Nature'. One could take it at face value and think Ginny is just a slightly whimsical girl who likes to pretend there are other worlds beyond the trees, or one could believe that there is indeed something else going on here, and perhaps she is more of a siren leading Draco on to, quite literally, a space beyond time. I personally like to leave it as a mystery.
You're right that both 'Obsession' and 'Magic' essentially feature the same Draco: both are dangerous, charming, and certainly not to be trusted. I thought it interesting that even while writing 'Magic', I had this feeling of wondering whether Draco was even actually telling the truth (um, yeah, I don't think my characters have individual thoughts and agendas at all . . . *cough* ). In any case, I think the Ginny of 'Magic' could definitely withstand Draco better, though if it were an actual DG story, she'd probably get herself in a lot of trouble by trusting him too much. The Ginny in "Obsession" really has just lost it. She's built everything on her ideal of Draco, never understanding that the truth is much darker. In a way, this Ginny is sort of like the prequel 'Ginny' to the one featured in "Mirror".
Ah, good old Pocket. I used to own a cat (and this is going to sound horrible), but I was actually quite glad when I had to get rid of the thing because my new landlord didn't like pets. That cat was evil. Ginny definitely got some of my exasperation for cats in this one. They're the most demanding creatures on earth -- besides women, of course. :P And I quite agree Draco deserved that parchment being thrown at him. He can be such a provoking idiot sometimes.
"Relaxation", and its universe, was actually one of the saddest ones for me, despite the fact that I often used humour in those drabbles. My closing drabble for that world doesn't really do justice to it, and I think it's because (as you pointed out), we don't really know if the Draco and Ginny of this world should be together. Draco obviously loves her, and Ginny does love him, but there's so much going on there that just doesn't work. That being said, no relationship does come easy. I think if people are genuinely wanting to make something work, it usually will.
Oo, oo, I really liked these! What a complex bunch. :) "In the Eye of the Storm"-- so sweet and so sad. You just know that no matter what they've found emotionally with each other, it's very unlikely to help, and they're probably going to die. Still, you never know. It might make a difference now that they're truly committed to each other.
"In the Moment"-- cute and fluffy! "Innocent"-- a little eerie, actually. The images of Draco leading a child Ginny into the forest were a bit ominous. Also, the ending is almost ambiguous. She wished for him to be her friend forever but what did that end up meaning? Was it a good wish, or a bad one?
"Troule Lurking"-- bizarre and creepy! Lots of clues and hints, but I'm not sure there's any way to figure out what's going on. They're both at a table, and the broken clock on the wall is important-- then the turning point is when he gets her to leave with him. She wants the "curtain to fall" so that she can break free. Where are they? Is it visiting hour at an insane asylum? Azkaban? What?
And the last cookie! So sweet. Of course, is it really all that fluffy either? This Draco and Ginny have plenty to work out and they'll have to do a much better job than they did last time. But at least they seem to have a better understanding of what they're up against.
Loved these cookies!
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked these ones! I think 'Innocent' is actually one of my favourites out of the whole collection, but you're right to think it eerie. There are definite hints that something is wrong, or at least will go wrong. One of the lines in it "I was always holding him back" suggests as much about their future as it does the now. So for me, I don't think it was a good wish. It was an innocent wish, but she could not comprehend at that moment what will happen in the future, so she could not understand that staying friends with Draco will only cause her pain and to feel torn. Perhaps I will write the story one day . . .
"Trouble Lurking" is one of those ones that are best left as a mystery, I think. When I wrote it, I had a very vague idea of what was happening, but it really just originated from the image of two people sitting at a table with a broken clock. It's amazing the different interpretations people have come up with, though, and I think all of them are right in their own way. This one is more symbolic than anything.
Again, you've hit the nail on the head. It's sweet enough, but we both know Draco and Ginny are not going to have an easy relationship. There are many things they still need to overcome, understand and forgive, and that kind of thing doesn't just happen because a couple has decided to try.
Oh! So bittersweet....
First: All snippets are wonderful, as usual. In "World", I wonder what Draco and Ginny's previous relationship may have been. It really seems that they did have one. Kind of hard to see that it could go anywhere good from here, though. Still, I guess you never know... ;) Considering that she just tried to kill him, there seems to be something... oddly... not-quite-right in his last thought. Maybe this is some type of odd game they play?
I loved "Marriage." It's another one of those deliciously ambiguous snippets. It's sort of fluffy, and yet utterly not, because we really, truly do not know how things are going to work out for this Draco and Ginny. There are probably some very good reasons why they haven't admitted their feelings to each other yet... but the deeper feelings are still there.
Ahem... is it okay that I really, really liked "Fighting"? (I know all the words to all of the different incarnations of all of the Scooby-Doo series, which is actually kind of disturbing...) "Fighting II" was great, too. :)
And "Old"! So sweet! Draco does need to stop being such a drama queen, of course. ;) It was a great end to the series. A great.... END... that means... it's
I guess it had to happen someday. Life must go on.
(Draco and Ginny ride off together into the sunset...)
Author's Response: I honestly have no idea what was going on with 'World'. I couldn't think of anything, so all I did was stick on some music (Faun's 'Tinta', if you want to be exact) and wrote. This was the result. I like to think that Draco has had encounters with Ginny in the past, and perhaps there was a acknowledgment of attraction during those encounters, but she is an assassin, and he is a, well, I don't know. In any case, nothing 'romantic' has happened between them. Or at least, I don't think there has been. You never know with those two. They're quite sneaky when they want to be.
I don't know if you can remember the other drabbles, but 'Marriage' is the end of the 'Bed/Misfortune/Pillow' arc, so the two were very good friends (if somewhat dysfunctional and eccentric). I do, however, think Ginny has reason to be afraid of taking that step from friendship to marriage, just because you never really know what it will be like to be in a proper relationship with someone until you are, and these two are basically skipping the dating stage. That being said, those deeper feelings are there, and they have known each other, and been close to each other, for a very long time. I suppose I'm saying I like to think it will be a 'happy ending'.
I enjoyed writing Fighting I to Fighting II, so I think it's perfectly okay. Of course, it is the drabble 'that never was meant to be'. I only wrote it because Sarah said (as a joke, I might add) that I should write a drabble featuring her saving the world on her birthday, so I did just that. Poor thing probably never thought I would do it, haha. I couldn't resist throwing in Scooby Doo references. That cartoon was one of my 'must watch' cartoons when I was young, though to this day I still don't understand why Fred and Daphne were even there. Did they ever solve a mystery? Because from what I remember, those two were always getting conveniently 'lost' together.
I thought it fitting to end on a melodramatic Draco lamenting his wrinkles. Lucky he has Ginny to put him straight.
But, yes, this is the end. And now the credits shall roll (as Draco and Ginny fade into the sunset) :P
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! :)
"What are you doing here, Weasley?" Draco asked bluntly. "There's only one reason for a woman to visit a man at midnight, and I know such a virginal little prude as you could not possibly be coming here for that."Category: Completed Short Stories
Okay, I don't want to HEAR (all right, *read*) any more prissy protestations about how prim and proper and prudish you are, and how you just don't approve of such salacious silliness as smut. Girl, you've got your smut on. ;) The only thing is that you don't go into every excruciating detail (yet-- you may get there; who knows.) It is smut nonetheless. You are out of the smut closet. This is a good thing.
Come over to the dark side.. we have cookies. ;) (much evil laughter)
Author's Response: I have a confession to make: I did write an explicit smut story once. It was horrible. I have never attempted it since.
But I really /am/ not a fan of smut. Alluding to smutty things, on the other hand, is quite a different matter. ^_~
Draco Malfoy hated Christmas, so why was everyone calling him Santa Claus?Category: Completed Short Stories
"Do you think it's Santa?" a voice whispered from the shadows.
"He doesn't look like Santa," a snotty voice retorted. "Santa is supposed to be fat and bearded and wear red suits. This man looks like a skinny rat. And he doesn't have a beard."
"A skinny rat?" Draco mouthed to himself, feeling his ire rise.
"But he did come through the chimney," the first voice insisted. "I heard him."
"Well, if that's Santa, then I must be a flying reindeer."
I really, really liked this fic. And that's saying a lot, because I could completely relate to Draco's sheer and utter and visceral hatred of Christmas. I ^&*^&^%&^%&^^*^*&^&*^&*^*&^
(insert string of creative expletives here.
very creative. I work with ex-cons all day, you know...)
HATE Christmas. Vile. Anyway... I love the way that I don't think you can say that Draco ever really softens towards the holiday, either. He just responds to the way that Ginny truly cares about him instead of taking him in out of pity, and then, of course, he begins to fall for her. ;) And the generous part of his spirit comes out when he helps her friend Julie, which has NOTHING to do with the sheer horribleness that is Christmas.
Anyway, I'm thankful that it's over for another year, and now we have St. Urho's Day to look forward to. :) (pictures a St. Urho's Day D/G fic. Oh, come on! You know you want to write one. I'll even give you a tip to start out with. He drove the grasshoppers out of Finland.)
Author's Response: I'm one of those awful people who LOVE Christmas. Though I don't sink low enough to wear Christmas jumpers. Now that I refuse to do. Tacky decorations, yes; lots of food, yes; Christmas trees and presents, yes. But jumpers? No!
Anyway, I'm glad you liked this one. I agree that Draco doesn't really soften towards the actual holiday -- he just gets a bit of compassion for Julie and her family because he recognises himself in that situation. And, as you said, he merely responds to the fact that Ginny genuinely cares about him, which really doesn't have anything to do with Christmas.
With the war raging around them, Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy find peace and much more whilst living in the Safe House.Category: Long and Completed
I'm impressed with the turn this fic has taken. There's a reason why there are so few D/G "baby" fics of merit, and I really think a big part of the problem is that authors are just too tempted to fluff out into narratives about how utterly perfect everyone's lives instantly became. But if Draco has been a double agent for both the DE's and the Order, that simply wasn't going to happen here. The only way to be true to the reality of the story is to honestly deal with what would happen if Draco actually showed up at the Weasleys' home, Ginny and child in tow, after the events of the past few years. And that's what you did do.
Now, I do think that both Draco and Ginny were being unrealistic in imagining that they weren't likely to run into some serious problems by just popping up out of nowhere, but maybe that's what happens after being cooped up in the same house for two years. They'd both woven a fantasy for themselves by remaining locked away for the world for such a long time-- not saying that's good or bad, but I think that's why they walked into this.
Anyway, I have a tendency to stay far, far, FARRRRRR away from the baby fics... if you read the nightmarish first (and last) one I ever wrote, you'd understand. ;) But this one is interesting, and believe me, that's a big compliment!!
Author's Response: Well, first of all, thank you for this generous review! I know you are picky, so I really appreciate the compliments.
And I agree with what you said about the baby fics. It was very difficult to keep the fluff from taking over part two of this fic. I think that's why I introduced the outside world then. It needed some contrast with the "normalcy" of their lives within the house. As for them being unrealistic, I did try to show their hesitancy in returning and a bit of the old Draco coming back through. I also didn't want to spoil the twist that was coming in part three.
I have not read your baby fic - though I am intrigued. Again, thank you! I hope you conitnue to enjoy it.
In which Draco Malfoy makes a terrible mistake, Ginny Weasley tries to help him, truffles are consumed, and Valentine's Day is properly celebrated.Category: Completed Short Stories
Oh!~ Sweet and delicious and fluffy and chocolate-y! (bites into truffle.) I really, really needed a fic like this today. :)
I really like the fact that all of your Dracos and Ginnys are so different, and it's particularly obvious here. All of Draco's essential character traits are here, for instance, and yet they've been developed so differently (to say the least) from some of your other Dracos. So he's on the other end of the spectrum from, say, *Different Shades of Grey*'s Draco, and yet they are both believable as the same *potential* Draco. And Ginny is sweetly devious-- I must say I'm not so sure she'd back off gratefully if Astoria decided to take Draco back, though. :P I really like seeing this incarnation of Astoria, because she's a very possible version of this character, even though she's so different from the one we usually see. All in all, it makes for a very happy Valentine's Day. :)
Author's Response: Yes, I decided to indulge in the fluffiness for this one, but I needed it, and Valentine's Day always gives me an excuse to let the fluffy plot bunnies roam free.
Actually, one of the things I really love about Draco and Ginny is that I can write them differently every time. I'm the kind of person who needs to constantly be trying new things, so working with characters that are quite underveloped in canon allows me to play with them how I like in my fics without people screaming at me for butchering the poor HP characters, haha. I try not to steer too far away from their foundational character traits, though, so I'm glad you were still able to see that point of 'origin'.
I don't think Ginny is selfless enough to back off straight away if Astoria would take him back. She'd fight, but if she saw that Draco really wasn't going to love her, then I think she might accept defeat. Still, I think she was definitely happy that Draco got over his thing for Astoria.
I always try to give Astoria a chance in my DG fics, and not just because I like (and have written) Draco/Astoria. I think everyone has their own idea of what she should be like and it's up to us as authors to convince the readers of that. Your Astoria in DDD is very different to mine here, but I don't doubt your Astoria when I read your fic because you convinced me she should be that way. That being said, I think, if given the right situation, even this Astoria could very well end up like the one you have written. It all depends on the environment they are given to develop.
The mission was simple: go to Timbuktu and retrieve the dark object before it fell into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, Ginny's partner just happened to be Draco Malfoy, and he made life anything but simple.Category: Long and Completed
Snerky! I just love this fic; I can see you letting your hair down and rubbing your hands and really biting into a deliciously tasty treat of a good old-fashioned adventure yarn. (For some weird reason, I kept picturing one of those Tarzan fics... I think it was the one where he ended up trying to find the treasure of Ophir... Also, King Solomon's Mines.)
Draco and Ginny really do dislike each other quite sincerely at the beginning, and it's refreshing that it's *not* because they had a failed relationship in the past. But I like that he's got a strong enought sense of obligation towards her to come after her when he knows just how dangerous it is to him (and that she'd undoubtedly do the same for him.) And then there's the dragon... and the way she Transfigured the ruins of his shirt into booty shorts, which made me think of that episode of Jerseylicious where they all had that dress code they hated so much... and girlfriend, you are really tweaked out on this one. ;) So much fun!
Author's Response: Haha, yes, I definitely went for the adventure, Indiana Jones-esque type fic for this one. I'm just going to ignore your mention of King Solomon's Mines (I used to really love the film, until I watched it again a couple of years back and discovered it wasn't as good as I remember it. *sigh* It is unfortunate, though it will forever be hilarious to me, even if only to laugh at.)
In any case, I'm really glad you're liking this fic! This was the original prompt I was given for the exchange (my other two stories were just last minute fill-in fics for people who dropped out), so it's always nice when the one I actuallly took time and effort to write gets some recognition. It's funny you mention that it's refreshing the two hate each other because they don't have a past, as I have noticed that a lot of adventure fics like this tend to do have Ginny and Draco at least having some kind of relationship prior to their adventuring. I'm not really into writing Draco/Ginny stories like that (I prefer to start with a 'clean slate'), but the prompt also asked for no past relationship baggage, so that worked out perfect for me. I think it's much more fun to write the two hating each other simply because of their own personality differences and way of thinking.
I'm glad you picked out they would both go out of their way to help each other, despite their obvious dislike for the other. Draco definitely thinks he is skilled enough to do the mission on his own, but he does not have the callousness to just let her die either. Whether he likes it or not, he does see her as his partner and will protect her because of that. The dragon was one of those things I had to throw in. I think I spent close to four hours researching Mali before I started writing this fic and discovered all about the dragon god and the old legends and beliefs. It was the perfect setting for my story, so I decided to go with it. I would have explained all that in my notes, but there was so much blending of history and fiction in this fic that it would have taken pages and pages of explanatory notes. I figure if people are curious enough, they can always research it themselves.
Those shorts. I actually cackled to myself while writing that, because it really is just one of those "what the?" moments. But I couldn't very well have Ginny running around naked, and it gave a nice excuse to keep shirtless Draco. Actually, that could definitely be the King Solomon's Mines moments. Next time you watch the movie, look at Sharon's shorts. They gradually get shorter as the movie progresses. I'm serious!
But enough of my ramblings. What I really want to say is thank you for the review! Your thoughts, as usual, are very much appreciated. ^_^
Oh, wow! (Okay... deep breath. Dives in.)
What was the name of Indy's antagonist in the original film? I can't remember, but Cyras definitely was bringing back memories of him. "Once again, remember there is nothing you possess that I cannot take away." I could just picture Cyras saying that, especially when he said that sacrificing Ginny to the dragon would have been a waste after all... ;)
I LOVED Ginny's "I'm not a defenseless female" move! You go, girl.
Hm, I didn't know if Draco would leave Ginny at the end or not. But it does make sense that he would; he knew that she wanted him to, and I think he also knew that he'd be able to help her more by actually finding the skull. Can't wait to find out what happens next! :)
Author's Response: Was it Rene? Rene something. Bah, I can't remember. I think I know what one you mean, though. The French archaeologist, right?
I thought it was about time Ginny showed her mettle (it's the feminist in me), but she definitely bit off more than she could chew by the end of the chapter. I don't think Draco wanted to leave Ginny at all, but he knew what he had to do and that, as you pointed out, he would be able to help her more by finding the skull.
In any case, there's only one chapter left, so you won't have to wait long. ^_~
A very, very cute ending. :) It was also true to their relationship in the rest of the fic, and I loved that Draco knew he'd rescued her but Ginny didn't. At some point, I hope he tells her-- hopefully when she's being very annoying. And just think-- now that I've read this, there's no need for me to ever actually *go* to Timbuktu. ;)
Author's Response: I couldn't resist the cute ending. I thought they deserved it after all that drama and action.
Hehe, I think it would be just like Draco to pull out the "I saved your life" card during one of their arguments. Ginny, of course, would probably say he was talking rubbish and that she saved his life too, so it really meant nothing. You know, sometimes I think those two are too explosive and stubborn for their own good. They really must rely on make-up sex to ease the tension . . . (this is when I should stop and remind myelf I'm talking about fictional characters).
Once upon a time, in a land not entirely far away, there lived a young girl named Ginevra Molly Weasley, whose life story was so boring that the narrator of the redhead's life decided to take matters into her own capable hands and change it.Category: Long and Completed
I now have a theory. I think there's an insane narrator running loose through ALL the fics on this site. Have you noticed just how many of them feature a thoroughly demented narrator? It even happened to me.... But none of them, my dear, match up to yours. She's even singing the Coconut Song! You know, we get deliveries of meds all the time at work that are very useful for that kind of thing... um, anyway... ;)
Harry Humperdinck! Hmm. Maybe that was actually his name in the original draft of canon, but it was changed because it revealed his personal shortcomings all too clearly. (ponders the point, decides to not go there any further) Who knew that Ginny was delicate enough to feel a pea through 20 mattresses? But we really don't know how *large* the pea was in the fairy tale, after all. And what could serve as a better story for Draco than *The Emperor's New Clothes*! Such a perfect excuse for him to run around naked in front of God and everybody, innocently protesting all the while that it was all the fairy tale's fault. Of course, once the weather becomes a tad warmer, Ginny may get quite a surprise...;) Anyway, they could always try *Rapunzel.* Start growing your hair, Ginny!
Author's Response: Insane narrators? I have no idea what you're talking about . . . .
If I remember correctly, I wrote this whole fic in about a day and a half, on very little sleep, with awfully cheery music playing the whole time. I think moments of insanity were inevitable, but it certainly made writing this a breeze. I decided early on that I wasn't even going to attempt to be serious, so I just went with whatever came to mind, coconut song and all. It was, I have to admit, quite fun.
I couldn't resist making Harry have some tie to the prince in the Princess Bride. Poor Harry, he really does suffer in fanfiction, but he does bring it on himself. All that demanding and expecting people just to listen to him with no real explanations. Heh, I've always found the Princess and the Pea story a little ridiculous. It'd have to be a pretty large pea to sit under those mattresses and not be squished, but I suppose we're not supposed to consider those things. Fairy tales are all about accepting the unbelievable.
When I was trying to think of the fairy tales I'd use for this story, I immediately thought of The Emperor's New Clothes for Draco. It just suited him to a T (or it did in my mind), and the image of him strolling down the street naked was just too priceless to pass up. I actually did consider Rapunzel, but I've seen it done so many times in fanfiction that I decided against it in the end. I hope you will like the fairy tales I did decide to go with, though. ^_^
The narrator is as insane as ever, see. It was nice of her to offer everybody a bathroom break, though... you know, I went to the monthly free Portland art museum night tonight, and I spent the whole night talking to one friend because she was the only one who showed up, and *she* said that she had to go to the loo whenever she had to, well, go. And she was born in Portland. So, I don't know. Maybe that's a Portland thing too...
Well, anyway. Weird digressions do seem to happen naturally around this story. :) The narrator said at the beginning that this was the final installment of Ginny's story, and it doesn't seem to be that, but let's not tell her, shall we? I don't know if I'll ever be able to forget the name "Dracosilla", no matter how hard I try. :P And I have to admit that when I saw Draco *wasn't* going to be Prince Charming, I became very afraid at the thought of who would be... Lockhart did make sense, though. I loved their first kiss. :) And seven little beds all pushed together can't be very comfortable, but I'm sure that our favorite couple are working it. Protect her from the evil queen, Draco!
(waves a twenty)
OVER HERE, CABANA BOYS!!
Author's Response: I personally don't feel the need to broadcast when I need to use the loo, but I know people who do (very loudly at that), and it's always one of those "Oh, uh, okay" moments for me, so I can imagine that must have been 'fun' for you. I think people could have a bit more tact than that. But this is fanfiction, and fanfiction needs no tact. At least, this narrator certainly doesn't, so she had no qualms in leaving the story hanging while she went off for her toilet break after saying no one was allowed to once the story had started. She's quite the hypocritical creature.
I think this story is one large weird digression. I read over it now and wonder how any of it makes even the smallest sense, but it does, in its own weird way. I don't think Draco *could* be prince charming, not in the fairy tale sense of the word, anyway. Lockhart seemed to fit for me -- plus, making Draco the ugly step sister gave me an excuse to put him in a dress, which is always fun. And I would never have got to write an angru "I'm not gay" kiss otherwise, hehe.
Seven beds pushed together would probably be horrible, I agree, but I don't think Draco and Ginny were complaining. Well, I don't think Ginny was complaining.
One more chapter to go! I'll be glad when I've got all these exchange fics uploaded. I feel like such an FIA whore with all my fics dominating the page the way they are, lol.
Well. Alrighty then. Let's see...
I LOVED the line about Ginny's scruples, which might require a magnifying glass to see more clearly. :) I do wonder exactly who the evil queen might have been, though... my best guess is Bellatrix. And I adored the awkwardness-melting-into-interest between Draco and Ginny when they returned to Hogwarts. And as for the appearance of Gus and Gussie...
Girlfriend, you are out of your mind. :) What were you tweaked out on when you wrote this thing??? (In a strictly metaphorical sense, of course.) I'm guessing chocolate, Maker's Mark, and some dubious virtual bath salt-like mixture, all stirred up in a technicolor teacup. ;)
Let's call it "Happy Ending Cocktail."
HEY! CABANA BOYS! The night's still young, you know...
Author's Response: Poor Ginny. She really suffered from the narrator in this one, but it was fun to write, so too bad for her. I did have Bellatrix in mind when I was writing the evil queen, but I didn't have time to elaborate too much on that last story. It was late, I was half-asleep, and I had to start Love Me, Love Me Not by the next day. And I think 'that' is what really added to the craziness here. My mind is not the most sane place when I'm tired -- especially if I have been eating chocolate (so your guess was quite close, haha). But I like the thought of a Happy Ending Cocktail. I could go for some of that right now, actually.
Thanks for the reviews!
COMPLETE! Sequel to The Enemy of Souls. Draco Malfoy has a problem: his life has become unrecognizable. He’s willingly helping a Mudblood. He lives in a Muggle apartment. And he’s constantly forced to make nice with the biggest bunch of blood traitors around. The source of his problems? Ginny Weasley, the witch he’s possibly in love with. Which makes the secret he’s keeping from her his biggest problem of all—because this secret could ruin his relationship with Ginny forever. And he’s not the only one with a secret…Category: Long and Completed
Yay, you've updated!! I WILL leave a real review in the next couple of days-- things have been pretty nuts, as I'm sure you can imagine. ;)
ETA: Okay, here's what I'm going to do. It's been such a long time since I've read this that I think I have to start from the beginning if it's going to make any sense. So just hang out... that review WILL be coming. :)
Draco Malfoy has proposed six times to Ginevra Weasley. How did it get to this, and what will happen the seventh time?Category: Long and Completed
Oh, what a chapter this was! I do hope that reviewers don't get their claws out and sharpen them on your Ginny here. (Cat's on the keyboard-- that's probably where the claw idea came from...) At first glance, she maybe doesn't look all that great here. Poor Draco, she's broken his heart again, etc. *However*, the only thing that really kept Draco from shagging Astoria on the couch and then moving on to marry her was chance, in the form of Ginny knocking on the door in the middle of the night. And then there are the descriptions of his "expert hands" and how much better he's gotten at it all... I don't think he was exactly living the true-love-waits pledge while Ginny was with Harry. :P
Ginny's relationship with Harry had real consequences for both herself and the people around her, and these are unflinchingly explored-- which is what sets this fic apart from the entire genre of teenage wish-fulfillment D/G. It isn't fluffy and nice, but real. (I do kinda want to see Draco reject her a bit by this point, though... he could start to get a bit doormat-y, if not. Can we send him to Co-Dependents Anonymous Meetings?) Anyway, more soon, I hope! :)
Author's Response: Well, thank you. And as for the claws - I've been applying much dittany to my scars from another site. So far no one here has outright declared their hatred of Ginny, but I'm prepared for it to come, especially after the next chapter comes out. And thank you for noticing that Draco is not so innocent. I love the way you put it - there indeed has been no "true-love-waits pledge" from him. And I hope he doesn't become a doormat, I've been trying really hard to keep some real Draco in there, but yes, I also stupidly decided to make him ask her 7 times (although the first two don't really count).
As for Ginny's relationship with Harry, thank you so much for acknowledging it!!! Oops, I might need a little more dittany :) I like to think that the "teenage wish fulfillment" part of this story was really between Ginny and Harry - and it didn't turn out very well.
Thank you, again. I really appreciate your thoughts. I love your work so it's a thrill to hear from you. Well, I'm off to the Co-Dependents Anonymous Meeting, I'll make sure to bring Draco with me!