The war is over, and so is Draco Malfoy's world. He has run as far as he can, and now, as a taxi driver in a world that has no more magic, he has come to the end of the line... or so he thinks. But when he finds the former Ginny Weasley, he learns just how many mysteries remain to be solved... and how much hope can still be found.Category: Works in Progress
Chapter SEVEN quote of the day:
At three in the morning, Draco turns off the sign on top of his cab and pulls into the parking lot of the pancake house. He sees her small figure tucked into a seat in the corner table. It sends a pang of something like fear through him when he gets an inkling of just how happy he is to see her.
Ginny slides into a molded plastic seat. “I’m hungry. Want to split some pancakes?”
She eats ravenously when they arrive, tearing apart the pats of butter in their foil wrapping, ripping the cover off the sealed plastic pouches of syrup. “I shouldn’t have coffee this late. I’ll never get to sleep. I never do before five or six anyway, so I guess it doesn’t matter.”
This casual Ginny. Flippant. She does not want him to feel sorry for her. She will not accept his pity. He admires her. He wonders just how many Ginnys there are. He wants to meet them all. That scares him, too.
This was great. Your writing was so compelling and I found myself being totally immersed in Draco's character and his story.
The only thing that left me a little confused was the sense of time passing as Draco went about his job. Clearly some time has passed because he's been propositioned by so many people, etc., but there is no indication of weeks or months passing, or if Draco doesn't recognise the passage of time at all. Either way, I felt as a reader this could have been an important distinction to make.
Anyway, you have some fantastic imagery here that really just gave the chapter a beautiful pace and helped give Draco's internal reflections the depth they needed to bring him to life (despite his coming across so dead inside, so extra snaps for you for pulling that off).
I'm curious to see what happens next, why so many wizards (ex-wizards? Or are they Squibs now?) in the same city (the hand of fate or just coincidence?), as well as how - if - Ginny comes into the story. I also love that tiny bit of prejudice against wizards that was leaked into the beginning of the story and I so hope you develop that particular idea further, later on.
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm so glad you were able to find the time to read this. The passage-of-time thing is a little difficult... *Draco* has a very limited feel for the passage of time because of his state of mind; it all kind of blurs together for him. But I agree that it could be more clear. And there's a reason why they all ended up in Portland. It's based on an actual nineteenth century historical mystery, in fact. Tunnels are involved, I've been in a couple of them, and that's all I'm going to say, in case anyone is familiar with the area and will figure out what I mean with a just a *little* more info. ;) Much more soon!
"The world forgetting, by the world forgot." Ginny struggles to remember the important things in a world of darkness and uncertainty.Category: Works in Progress
Okay, can we just pause for a minute, because I think I may faint. *fans self*
That was H-O-T. Can't wait to see the next chapter, which you should be working on STAT because I want to see it finished this instant!
Author's Response: Soooo... I finished the third one. ;D
Okay, as you are well aware, I cannot emphasise enough how much I adore this story. The premise of the whole thing is amazing, from the distopian futuristic feel (the comparison someone made to Gattaca was parfait), to the Communist-type parallels you subtly hint at throughout.
There is something hinky going on in this chapter from the get go, and you set up the story so wonderfully. The characterisation is spot on, too; you can clearly tell who these characters are despite their lost memories, and that sense of loss leaves such an impression on me as the reader. It's as though Ginny in particular knows that there's something wrong, but because she can't figure out what she's decided not to stress over it, and I'm sure in the current climate of society that that's something a lot of people choose to do.
I was devastated that this wasn't up for any awards during the exchange, because there are at least four categories that your fic would have been my first choice for. I don't think you got nearly enough credit for what an amazing piece of writing this story is. Amazing work, H!
Author's Response: Woman, I have you to thank for some of this stuff. So. You know. Thanks. u_u Seriously though, thanks so much for the review! Pretty much everything you've said hit the mark - and haha, it was a shame about the awards, but at least my giftee got her fic. I'm so flattered that you would have voted for mine. Thank you so much!
While Narcissa visits Draco and Ginny at Malfoy Manor for two agonizingly long weeks, corsets are worn, gardens are tended to in the middle of the night, and socks are brutally mutilated as they are born. Draco's simple ruse turns into a not-so-simple case of insecurity for Ginny. What is a real Malfoy anyway?Category: Long and Completed
Written for breereeves in the 2013-2014 DG Fic Exchange on LiveJournal and winner of the Best Minor/Supporting Character (for Narcissa) and the Sweetest Fic awards.
As you are well aware, I adore this fic. The thing I love most about this first chapter, is how well you set up the characterisation - you give us such a clear view of Ginny's underlying insecurities without beating us over the head with it, and I love just how self aware she is about it all because it shows that she's not a passive character.
The small amount of Draco you reveal to us is also perfect, as is Narcissa - your award was well-deserved!
Looking forward to chapter two (and three, and four)!
Author's Response: Thank ya, thank ya! As you are also well aware, I am and will continue to be super appreciative of your help. You're awesome, end of story. ;) More very soon!
When a case of workplace sexual harassment leaves Ginny in a truly desperate state, the natural thing to do is to convince Draco Malfoy to pretend to be her boyfriend. Naturally.Category: Works in Progress
Written for SunnyStorms in The DG Forum's 2015 Winter Fic Exchange.
AHHH!! This was fantastic!
As per every review I have ever left you, your characters are flawless, as are the relationships you've been developing.
I feel like we've seen a lot more insight into Draco's character in the last few chapters (more so than Ginny, but that's unavoidable since Draco has so much redeeming to do from canon) and I love how you've written him. He's clearly punishing himself for his mistakes in his youth and I like that you address that by having confrontation with his friends and not just a frank conversation with Ginny, which would be much easier but far less satisfying. And you've done it in such a great way, because Ginny observed such discourse in the group that Draco - quite plausibly - never noticed.
Also, such A+++ for giving more development and resolution to Ginny's experience with the CoS. I'm not 100% on board with Draco pulling Ginny into all the drama - if I was her I would have been like excuuuuuuuuse you, that is none of your business - but again, you wrote it in such a way I could see why Ginny allowed herself to open up about it.
Great work! :D Cant wait to see what happens with Ginny on her trip. I'm torn - I hope we won't be Draco-less for the duration, however I also think Ginny needs to sort Junker out on her own so she can build more confidence for her situation.
(I apologize for not reviewing the last two chapters, but I've been binge reading this on my phone and that is not conducive to adequate reviews)
Author's Response: Evidently, Draco becomes a bit of a dick when he's under stress. Good thing Ginny sees right through his bad attitude! I think this is the first story in which I've really discussed Tom and the CoS. Usually I focus on the war specifically and hardly ever mention the effects Tom might have had on Ginny. I don't want to dwell too much on the CoS here, but it's really important, especially in establishing common ground between Draco and Ginny. Both of them have mostly moved on from traumas in their pasts, but they can't forget what happened to them. It just becomes a part of them. Draco, clearly, is still struggling with accepting his past, but luckily he has Ginny to help him. As far as Ginny's trip is concerned, all I'll say is the next chapter is most likely going to be a Draco chapter. Do with that what you will. :)))) As always, thank you so much for reading and reviewing!!
I loooove that we got so much more insight into Draco this chapter! And I adore how you've developed him - you can see he has a lot of flaws, but he's also come to terms with them. Also love how Ginny build those flaws up into positive things too (because she lurrrrves him).
Still laughing at Colin's comment regarding Draco's coworkers never being there - and Draco's response! I was thinking the same thing. ;)
I'm interested that Ginny hasn't shared the matter of the work trip with Draco as yet - surely there'll be a big to-do once he finds out about Junker's ploy? I'm quietly hoping Draco tags along for the trip, haha.
Great update, looking forward to continuing! :)
Author's Response: Much more Draco insight to come. :))) Re: Colin's comment about Draco's coworkers - Yeahhhhh, I may or may not have used that to patch over a plot hole. Well, maybe not a plot *hole* so much as a *Draco's coworkers don't serve my plot so I'm going to ignore that they exist* plot negligence. 0:) We'll just have to see what happens with the trip! :)))))
PANSY/THEO PREQUEL?? Where? Please say you finished it and link me immediately.
Colin is the sweetest, I almost think he's my favourite character. I totally ship him and Draco and besties, hahaha.
Also, Jason Junker is a c*nt of a man and I hate him. u_u
Author's Response: Alas, I have about seven pages written for the Pansy/Theodore prequel, but between the DPN sequel and new chapters of TDC, I haven't worked on it in a while. I will, of course, publicize its publishing when it's done. :) It's kind of funny how the sweetest of all sweet characters (Colin) AND the scummiest scumbag in the poop pile (the aptly and unoriginally named Junker) both exist in the same story. I rather like that balance, though, and I know Ginny appreciates Colin all the more with Junker around. :P
Great chapter! I really like how you've developed Ginny, and I so appreciate that she's decided to keep her relationship between her and Draco.
Sad for the lack of Draco in this chapter but I'm definitely looking forward to more!
Author's Response: Thank yooouuuuu!
I loved this chapter! Drunk!Pansy has to be my favourite, and I loved her interraction with Ginny. I like how tuned in Ginny is, yet she's so oblivious at the same time? You can really see that she has different values to Draco in that sense (though I'm sure it helps that this chapter was from his perspective, haha).
Great job with Draco's inner monologue!! But I'm disappointing he managed to cock block himself, because I was enjoying that scene. Though I do agree with him that it does feel totally skeezy in light of the situation with Junker, haha.
Ps. I couldn't guess which line is your favourite, because there were so many lines in this chapter that I loved. I'll take a stab in the dark and say it was something either Colin or Pansy said, based on the fact they are both hilarious.
Author's Response: I think I know what you mean about Ginny having different values than Draco, and that starts here in this chapter, but it's going to come up some more later, particularly where friendships are concerned. This is one of my favorite chapters because Colin and Pansy ARE HILARIOUS IMO, but my favorite line was actually said by Draco to Colin, the one where they're in the bathroom together and Draco says the thing about having war flashbacks. Kinda sad, but I get a kick out of it. Thank you so much for rereading and for all of the reviews so far!! ;o;
Okay, so I've decided chapters from Draco's POV are my favourite.
I am suuuper appreciative of how you've characterised Harry - I get so sick of Harry bashing for the sake of developing a plausible DG relationship, lately.
Also, the Weasleys were hilarious. I loved Molly and Arthur - clearly no-nonsense when it comes to their children, not to mention Victoire's pink hair and the comments about Draco and Ginny having kids one day, hahaha.
Author's Response: Yes! I just think Harry in canon wouldn't be so antagonistic towards Draco, not like Ron. Canon shows that he sees gray morality as white, so knowing that Draco was reluctant to do what certain people wanted him to do during the war, I think he would be sympathetic towards Draco. And I wanted to show that Harry and Ginny really don't want to be together anymore, that they prefer being friends. Harry getting defensive over Ginny's new boyfriends has its place in certain stories, but it didn't fit in this story. (And I don't like it!!!) I think Ron is antagonistic enough for everyone. ;)
I love the Ginny/Astoria interaction here, and I'm so glad you expanded the story to include it - it makes for a much richer story, having all of these interactions that are external to the central plot.
Also super appreciative of the conversation between Ginny and Astoria - it's so true, what both of them have said, and it's so easy to be aware of those concepts but still fall into them regardless (not sure if that makes sense but whatever, I'm sure you get the gist).
It's so sweet how protective Draco has become, too! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEIR DATE (pretend date?)!
Author's Response: Yes, I know what you mean. ;) Lots more Astoria in the next few chapters!
Loooove this chapter - Draco is so thoughtful (almost in a calculating, serial-killer kind of way... but thoughtful, nonetheless).
Ginny was characterised well, as always; I like that she's so frustrated by her situation, because it just comes across so authentically. And LOL at Draco giving her a punching bag in his office to let off some steam. I'm sure it would have been very interesting for his coworkers to listen in on, haha.
Can't wait to see what happens at the Burrow!
Author's Response: Unfortunately, Draco shares his office with two other people. Conveniently, they're never there, so... :)
Another great chapter! Really enjoyed reading this from Draco's POV - he's such a snob, but it's weirdly endearing. He's just so oblivious about it, which is my favourite kind of Draco.
It was nice to see Draco's reasoning here as well, and I like that he's upfront about the chemistry between the two of them - it's a nice change from the guarded, closed off archetype and I'm so interested to see how you've expanded his characterisation.
Ginny was great as well, and it was excellent seeing her from Draco's perspective to reinforce the type of character she is.
I also really appreciate the way you manage to elaborate on backstory - you give us a lot of information to set up the history of your universe without dumping it all at once. You have a really organic way of writing where everything feels like it unfolds on it's own, like a real person's thought process, which is a refreshing way to read from a character's perspective. :) Great job!
Author's Response: What you said about how I incorporate backstory makes me so happy!! (Honestly all of your reviews do, but shhhh...) Sometimes I worry about info-dumping, but I'm glad you think I incorporate need-to-know information organically. :) The Draco chapters are by far my favorite chapters to write because they way I envision him is so much fun. He's cool and suave and a snob and stuck up, but underneath he's a giant NERD in that he's not cool at all. He's just gotten better at pretending he is. ;) Thank you so much for the thoughtful review! ;o;
Okay so I'm FINALLY rereading this, and it's even better than I remember!
I love the issues you deal with in this fic - it's sooooo hard to deal with unwanted attention as a woman particularly in a professional setting. And I appreciate you took the time to tackle feelings of being a failure that she hasn't been able to deter Jason, despite trying everything.
And I absolutely love your Draco already - he's cool, and he plays along with Ginny and I love how you managed to make him plausibly invested in her pretense. It's fantastic.
I totally forgot about Colin, though! He's so sweet, and you characterise him so well.
Anyway, this was by far my favourite fic of this exchange and I cannot wait to keep reading and see how you've expanded it.
Author's Response: Draco doesn't stay cool for very long. In my expansion of this story, one of the things I'm particularly proud of is how Draco's character evolved, too. He's got his own demons he's trying to hide behind a suave veneer. ;) And Colin, poor Colin. He's so lovable, but I always feel bad that I wrote him as a ghost. ;o; I hope you enjoy the parts I've added to the story! Thank you so much for reading (again!)!
I'm sooooo happy that Draco stood up to his family! He is more than man enough for me, for that alone. ;) And Pansy's right - all for a Weasley, no less!
I love that Draco's become to intent on sharing his feelings, but he's sharing with the wrong people! He needs to be sharing with Ginny, so she can fall in love with how sweet he is. GO TO HER, DRACO.
Good chapter, looking forward to Paris!
Author's Response: Ahhh, thank you so much!! Yes, he's going to have to share with Ginny really soon. :)))
I absolutely adore this story, so much so that I barely have words to express this. The only thing I don't like about it is that I didn't write it myself. ;)
This fic was without a doubt my favourite response in the whole exchange, and I have NO IDEA HOW IT DIDN'T WIN ANYTHING because it is a literary work of art (really, I mean it). It's so fantastically written, and the story you craft is on point, from your characterisation to how you handle the themes you explore in it. I particularly love that you don't compromise your characters, even just a little bit to further the plot. Anyway, I'm getting a little ahead of the story here, but all else I need to add is that I can rarely bring myself to reread literature, but your story has been an absolute pleasure the second time around so far and I can't wait to finish it again.
Author's Response: Your words mean so much to me! I also don't have the words to express how much your appreciation of this story means. I just value you so much as a friend and a writer, and your high opinion fills me with warm fuzzies. n_n I hope I don't disappoint with the chapters I'm planning on adding later. Thank you for taking the time to reread and to leave a review!
SYDNEY? UNCULTURED? I'll forgive you that remark, only because Junker is an ass, and also because it's true that it's socially acceptable to drink boxed wine here. u_u
Love this update - I know you're not happy with it but I love how you mixed up the sequence of events after the first time I went over it. Junker was adequately feral and I appreciate that Ginny has found a character who is experienced and can be subjective in the matter. I am sooooo sad for her over the ending, I almost didn't want to read it, though you wrote the scene excellently. Great job. :)
Author's Response: Thank you, Haz!! This was such a difficult chapter to write, but I'm glad it's over. Time for Ginny to get her revenge! (Or will she...?) I knew you'd appreciate Junker's Sydney remark. ;) Thank you for reading and leaving a review, and thank you for looking over one of the first versions of the chapter for me!
Hogwarts flying instructor Ginny Weasley and Potions master Draco Malfoy have a contentious relationship, rife with insults, bad jokes, and unethical wagers. After five years of heated exchanges, their relationship takes a new turn, but will Ginny accept the gamble?Category: Completed Short Stories
Prequel to The Return of the Singing Valentines but can be read alone as well.
I'm sure I don't need to tell you that I *love* this fic (for obvious reasons ;)). You nailed their relationships, and I love that Ginny managed to remain so stubborn throughout. The whole "I am morally against banging you but I am so attracted to you I can't help myself, because I am also a self-possessed person with a grip on my own sexuality" thing is my favourite with DG and you did it so well! I also love that Draco was a little manipulative in getting what he wanted but wasn't forceful in this - if Ginny had said no he would have backed off (and been super offended because I am sure she would insult him in the process, but that's not the point, haha).
Great story, as always!
Author's Response: Luckily for Ginny, Draco is not opposed to being used by her, even when she's trying so very hard to continue to dislike him. ;) Thank yoooouuuuu!! And thank you SO much for all your help!