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Lie to Me by Jack Tamara    (Reviews - 147)

Draco is in love with Astoria. Astoria is in love with Harry. Harry is in love with Ginny. So, how did Draco end up married to Ginny?
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter
Compliant with: OotP and below
Era: Future AU
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 4 | Word count: 10356 | Read count: 5455 | Published: Mar 01, 2010 | Updated: Apr 06, 2010
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Date: Mar 20, 2010 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

This should be interesting, because the way in which Draco and Ginny will work things out is far from obvious. The idea that Draco would already have been pursuing someone else is actually quite believable, and it points up the theme of just how oblivious he is to *everyone's* feelings here. (snerk) I look forward to Ginny slapping him down a bit.

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm really honored that you read this, since I always get excited when well-known DG authors read and review my work. :) The DG relationship will kind of change from time and time, and should fluctuate and get kinda rocky at points. Don't worry--they'll work it all out though. As for Ginny....with someone like Draco antagonizing her so much, I think you could be right about the slap. Or at least a verbal bashing. :) Thanks again for reading and reviewing!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Apr 09, 2010 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

Highly, highly amusing! I really think it works extremely well for Draco to be jerk-like (jerkesque? jerkoid?) at this point. It would not be in character or believable for this Draco to develop in any other way... yet. And it makes sense that the first positive things he'd notice about Ginny would be physical, such as the apples-and-vanilla scent and the nice arse. I particularly liked Ginny going for the kitchen knives, too. They've both got a long way to go, and it's far from obvious how they're really going to get there, which is much more interesting.

Draco's Dangerous Dilemma by Anise    (Reviews - 1416)

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…

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.


Category: Long and Completed
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Lucius Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Narcissa Malfoy, Other Characters
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Action, Angst, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Smut
Warnings: Character Death
Completed: Yes
Series: Ever Since Draco and Ginny: Reflections on Their (Un)Natural History
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Chapters: 118 | Word count: 575068 | Read count: 239337 | Published: Mar 19, 2010 | Updated: Dec 03, 2011
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Date: Sep 10, 2011 Title: Chapter 98: Chapter 98

An Announcement

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.


Anise

Dirty Blond Little Secret by shmeilia    (Reviews - 23)

Draco's deepest, darkest secret is accidentally revealed to the world. A hissy fit ensues.
Category: Completed Short Stories
Rating: Not Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Future AU
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 1127 | Read count: 3143 | Published: Apr 02, 2010 | Updated: Apr 02, 2010
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Apr 09, 2010 Title: Chapter 1: Dirty Blond Little Secret

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.

Paper Hearts by jessica k malfoy    (Reviews - 53)

Living in captivity can only last so long. ***COMPLETE***

Written for the LJ DG Fic Exchange 2010 and winner of the Best Angst award. The rating is for the warnings.

Category: Completed Fiction, Works in Progress
Rating: Sorta Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Other Characters
Compliant with: HBP and below
Era: Hogwarts-era
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: Character Death
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 5 | Word count: 19128 | Read count: 16522 | Published: Jun 27, 2010 | Updated: Aug 24, 2010
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 25, 2010 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

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!

Moments: a Story Told in Drabbles by idreamofdraco    (Reviews - 29)

Draco and Ginny overcome the effects of war one moment at a time. A series of connected drabbles. EWE.

An ongoing response to the 100 Days, 100 Drabbles challenge on the DG Forum.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Other Characters
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Hogwarts-era, Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 11 | Word count: 17459 | Read count: 7594 | Published: Jul 12, 2010 | Updated: Nov 06, 2013
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Nov 16, 2013 Title: Chapter 11: 41 - 44

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. :)

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 10, 2013 Title: Chapter 10: 37 - 40

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!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Nov 10, 2013 Title: Chapter 11: 41 - 44

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. ;)

When The World Ends by Eustacia Vye    (Reviews - 31)

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
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Other Characters
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Hogwarts-era
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 11 | Word count: 52075 | Read count: 9764 | Published: Jul 14, 2010 | Updated: Aug 13, 2010
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Date: Jul 22, 2010 Title: Chapter 2: Forming Alliances

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!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 03, 2010 Title: Chapter 7: Finding an Equilibrium

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

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 06, 2010 Title: Chapter 8: Faces In The Firelight

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.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 10, 2010 Title: Chapter 9: Innocence Lost

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.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 16, 2010 Title: Chapter 11: To The Last

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

Christmas in Hell by dykeadellic    (Reviews - 95)

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
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Narcissa Malfoy, Other Characters
Compliant with: OotP and below
Era: Future AU
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
Table of Contents

Chapters: 16 | Word count: 46565 | Read count: 16446 | Published: Jul 16, 2010 | Updated: Jul 22, 2012
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 17, 2010 Title: Chapter 1: A Proposition

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.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 30, 2010 Title: Chapter 2: Malfoy Manor & the Meeting of Kora

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!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jun 27, 2011 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11

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*

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 21, 2011 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12

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.

The World in Snippets by Boogum    (Reviews - 29)

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
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Other Characters
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Hogwarts-era, Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Blood, Character Death
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 20 | Word count: 37696 | Read count: 14032 | Published: Jul 21, 2010 | Updated: Mar 18, 2011
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Oct 04, 2010 Title: Chapter 9: 41-45

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. ^_^

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 22, 2011 Title: Chapter 13: 61-65

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.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Feb 13, 2011 Title: Chapter 16: 76-80

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.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Feb 24, 2011 Title: Chapter 18: 86-90

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.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Mar 08, 2011 Title: Chapter 19: 91-95

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.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Mar 18, 2011 Title: Chapter 20: 96-100

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


OVER....



!!!!


(runs screaming)


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

A New Light by Mungihead    (Reviews - 44)

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
Rating: Sorta Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 7 | Word count: 16908 | Read count: 17817 | Published: Jul 23, 2010 | Updated: Jul 19, 2011
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Nov 11, 2010 Title: Chapter 5: When it Gets Personal...

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!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jul 30, 2011 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

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!