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That Thing About Pride and Falls... by Leigh Adams    (Reviews - 7)

Ginny Weasley writes a cautionary tale to her unborn child.
Category: Completed Short Stories
Rating: Not Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Humor, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 1249 | Read count: 1073 | Published: Jul 26, 2014 | Updated: Jul 27, 2014
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Jul 29, 2014 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I really enjoyed the format of this! The idea of Ginny writing out her story with Draco for their unborn child - and Draco commenting over her shoulder as she writes - is super cute. Even though Draco doesn't have a massive part in this, I think you still captured him - both him and Ginny - really well in this compact story. Great job!

Slytherin Squad by HalfBloodDragon    (Reviews - 156)

As the unintended Captain of the most despised Auror squad, can Draco Malfoy lead his band of Slytherins through Death Eater attacks and threats from the Ministry? Definitely not. At least, not without the help of his reluctant Lieutenant: Ginny Weasley. Inconveniently, the last person he'd ever ask.
Category: Long and Completed
Rating: Sorta Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Other Characters, Ron Weasley
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Action, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Blood
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 26 | Word count: 93595 | Read count: 41417 | Published: Sep 08, 2014 | Updated: Sep 17, 2015
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Nov 06, 2014 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12: Trying Something New

Ha! I thoroughly enjoyed Draco and Ginny watching - and discussing - X-Men. And Draco insisting that wizards were playing the characters (or that the characters themselves were wizards instead of mutants) because he couldn't believe the movie effects! XD

I like Hermione more and more as the story goes on. She only had a little part in the beginning, but she has a backbone now that I'm loving. And her reaction to going back inside Malfoy Manor - sad, but perfect. I think it's just the reaction she'd have. There's no way she left there emotionally unscarred.

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Oct 17, 2014 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Prologue

I love, love, love this paragraph:

//There he was informed that a background check and references were required. Knowing a certain snake-and-skull-shaped tattoo was not looked upon favorably by the current administration, he completed the application as more of a joke than anything else. The reference acquired from Snape was surprisingly honest, and, paraphrased, said, “He’s still a useless wimp, but if he tries, he means it.” Draco thought this was the icing on the cake of his awful application, and submitted it happily. Knowing he had tried, he could then forever more blame his miserable wretchedness on someone else, and thus live the rest of his days in bitter contentedness.//

So much insight into Draco's character right here. The fact that he doesn't care about anything, just playing it off as a joke (though I suspect he really *does* care and he's just trying to tell himself that he doesn't); Snape's comment that he's a wimp but when he does actually get off his butt to do something, he puts effort into it; and the fact that if the application doesn't get accepted, he'll feel free to blame someone else for it. All very canon Draco to me!

Harry's nobility is so Harry, too, waiving Draco's background check because he "fought" in the battle just like Harry did. I see Harry as someone who, once an impression has been made about someone, he doesn't easily change it (that's why he always thought the worst of Draco and Snape during the books... even though he was right sometimes) unless the person makes a big move to change Harry's impression. But since he doesn't easily change his opinion about people, he only sees one side of them. That's why he glorifies Snape after the war (from what we know about post-canon from JKR), and that's why I think Harry would stick up for the Malfoys. He saw that Draco didn't really want to do the things he did, and Narcissa saved him, so for him that would be a done deal. The Malfoys are good now. At least, that's how Harry would see them, until they do something truly awful again. So I love that he had a hand in Draco's acceptance into the academy! (Sorry that was so long-winded; I just love when Harry takes Draco's side "for his own good" or, you know, *because* he thinks Draco can be good!)

//If he failed or succeeded, it would be entirely his own fault. For the rest of his life, he would have no one to blame but the face staring back at him in the mirror. Could he live with that? He wasn’t sure, but was terrified of finding out too late that he couldn’t.//

Awww. But this is ALSO a concept I love in post-war fics. I love seeing or writing Draco trying to make it on his own, trying to make his own way, without his parents' influence, because society just won't allow the Malfoys to continue as they had in the past, or because Lucius and Narcissa are literally, physically or emotionally cut off from him. He might have applied to the Auror Academy as a joke, but he probably didn't realize the true repercussions of being accepted. And now he understands the price of success. Or trying to succeed.

There are other lines/paragraphs that I loved in this so far, but I don't want my review to just be spewing your own words back at your and gushing over them. I'll just skip straight to the gushing. Or the preliminary version of it. This is such a great setup for the story and I'm so glad you added in this prologue! You set the scene for Draco and the Slytherin Squad very nicely, and then you ended with a mystery to force the reader on to the next chapter. I'm excited to see what happens next!

(This isn't very gushy, but I promise there will be more once the ball gets rolling.)

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Oct 18, 2014 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Aurors

I love Blaise so much! I like to think of him as a neutral party, even though he's a Slytherin, and he displayed some of that neutrality here. Of course he sides with his friends and classmates, but he's also fair and open to other possibilities and allies. I love seeing him working with Ginny, or befriending her, or just treating her like she's not the scum of the earth, and by doing so, forcing Draco to warm up to her and her to Draco. That warming up doesn't appear in this chapter, but it's sure to come. ;)

I also love all the different personalities of the squad members, and how they still act just like Slytherins because they never received the proper training to be Aurors. Hopefully Ginny (hopefully with Draco's help and not his antagonism, but from the chapter(s) I've read while validating this story for the Cabal, I know he and Ginny will be allies in no time!) will be able to win their respect and whip them all into shape.

Looking forward to more!

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Oct 18, 2014 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Back for More

My guess is Nott Sr. will be the one to try to help Yaxley. But I really appreciate that even among his own classmates/friends/teammates, Draco has a core group of people he can trust. And maybe it's not that he can't trust the others, but he can't trust them to be the reformed people society thinks they can't be. It's good to know how well Draco knows his own team.

And Ginny getting them a mission to try to 1) get in the team's good graces and 2) extort Draco for better treatment was a brilliant idea on her part. She has to think like a Slytherin if she wants to be accepted by Slytherins!

And I'm surprised Draco didn't argue in favor of Ginny continuing to make the tea, but I guess he doesn't want to give her the satisfaction of knowing she did something he approved of. Plus, he has to pick his battles.

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Oct 18, 2014 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: Yaxley

I'm loving this conflict of Slytherin Aurors having this duty of catching and locking up their acquaintances/families/friends, and how each member of the squad reacts to that. And, like, the very thing that makes Ginny a great Auror is what makes them all dislike her. That's such a great conflict for her. It's not just that she's not a Slytherin; it's more that she and her family fought against them and theirs during the war. I wonder why they all went the Auror route, then, since it's such a conflict of interest. Half of them aren't even willing to fight. Were they recruited by Murstow? Or was Slytherin Squad widely advertised as a safe place for reforming Slytherins and, like Draco, they applied just to see what would happen? The fact that they are such a failure of a squad now is going to make their success later (because of course they are going to succeed and become an awesome team, if not one of the best Auror teams there is. u_u) that much more victorious. I can't wait to see how they shape up!

I'm also really interested in Warrington's character. What's his deal? I like him.

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Oct 18, 2014 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: Repercussions

//“No, that’s what I meant. More than I meant, actually.” Malfoy added, more softly, “And I doubt I’d be brave or good enough to welcome them.”//

I love that while Draco is being reaaally honest with Ginny, he's also honest with himself. Draco would be so contemptuous of someone with Gryffindor or Hufflepuff qualities getting sorted into Slytherin, especially if they weren't pure-blooded, rich, or powerful. That he recognizes and admits that is really nice.

Draco to the rescue! Hermione's reluctance to give Draco Ginny's address and his response made me grin. XD

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Oct 24, 2014 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7: Maladies & Maneuverings

//She adopted her most dramatic voice. "Your mission, should you choose to accept it--"

Blaise raised his hand. "You plural? Am I included in this?"

Ginny nodded. "Yes, you too, Blaise."

About to continue, Blaise cut in again. "Is Daphne included? I don't want to have to push my own wheelchair."

She massaged her forehead. "Yes, she can come too."

Draco raised his hand. She glared furiously at the man, who just smirked broadly. "No questions, Lieutenant. I just wanted to see you make that face."//

HAHA. This part, but especially this part to the end of the chapter, is so funny! The chemistry between the characters is so good in this story. You just can't help but laugh along. And now Blaise isn't the sole reason Ginny is tolerated. Draco likes her for herself now, and you can totally see him opening up to her, even in such a minor way as joking and being silly with her and Blaise.

Blaise and Daphne are adorable together, and I liked Warrington teasing Draco and Ginny in the previous chapter. Since he's part of the squad I'm sure we'll see more of him, but I hope we get a little more background with him and interaction between him and Ginny.

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Nov 03, 2014 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10: Illnesses and Ice Cream

//“Don’t worry, Hermione!” Ginny answered with false brightness. “I’m still a Weasley, and that’ll keep him further from me than anything you could conjure up.”//

Bahahaha. Little does she know...

I wonder why the Death Eaters wouldn't attack Draco. I'm guessing he's being saved for someone a little higher up the totem pole. Or maybe they want to pin Ginny's death on Draco?

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Nov 03, 2014 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11: Surprises

Awwwwwwwww. ;______; This was such a good chapter. I felt so bad for Draco in the beginning, pining away while Ginny acted as if their date was nothing serious. But the headline in the paper was hilarious! And yay! Blaise is back!

Some of my favorite parts:
//He pulled his arm back, using the other to push up its sleeve. The faint, raised scar of the Dark Mark stood ghostly white against his pale skin. "My entire life consists of two halves: wanting this, and hating it. Its taint rests on everything I've ever done." Even now, this was the first time he'd shown it willingly since Voldemort's defeat.//

Ginny touching the Dark Mark (I just find something so nice about it. ;_; Intimate in a vulnerable way.)

//Ginny didn’t let go of his arm. The sleeve caught on her hands. He waited, unsure what she was up to. “I always knew it was there,” Ginny offered lightly. “I didn’t expect it to be so faint.”

Draco blinked hard, and she could see as the emotions caught in his throat. “It’s all I can see,” he finally managed.

“It’s not all I see,” Ginny replied. She slid one hand down his arm, lacing her fingers through his.//

And, of course, their kiss and this exchange:
//“What, you think I let just anyone share my chocolate ice cream?”

“You think I put up with just anyone spoon-feeding me?” he growled in response.//

Great chapter!

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Oct 05, 2014 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8: Weekly Weasley Welcome

I really need to read this story from the beginning, and I'll be sure to review when I do! The two chapters I've validated for you so far were wonderful. I love the interactions between the characters, especially Ginny and the Slytherins. The dynamic between them, as reluctant and unwanted teammates, is so nice, and seeing Ginny become accepted by the Slytherin Squad and vice versa is so much fun. It's all just lovely. I love what I've seen of Blaise and Daphne, and this line in particular made me laugh out loud - literally:

"And Blaise and Daphne!" Blaise added, legitimately put-out. "Everyone keeps forgetting!"

Mr. And Mrs. Weasley's acceptance of the Slytherins was heart-warming. I thoroughly enjoyed when Ginny and Draco were telling everyone about how Draco saved Ginny and Ron had to eat his words while everyone else was shocked and grateful. Hopefully I can catch up on the rest of the story soon. From what I've read so far, you're writing such a delightful story!

27, Female, Pureblood by haniqua    (Reviews - 9)

In which Ginny attempts to cope with the perils of pro-active dating, and Draco is a merciless tease. Banter - among other things - ensue.
Category: Completed Short Stories
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Other Characters
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Humor, Romance, Smut
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 7876 | Read count: 4088 | Published: Sep 24, 2014 | Updated: Sep 26, 2014
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Sep 26, 2014 Title: Chapter 1: 27, Female, Pureblood

As I said the first time I reviewed this summer, or maybe when I was beta-ing, I love how Stephen is basically Harry, like, that’s the kind of guy that Ginny is going for. “Dependable” and “wholesome.” XD I particularly love the contrast between Stephen’s wholesome image in his photo, and then immediately after, Draco’s unwholesome smile. And of course, Draco shortening Stephen’s name on purpose! Just to be needling. What a git. And “she wondered if [Stephen] needed glasses,” omg. Now, that would just complete the Harry picture! Poor Ginny can’t help herself when it comes to Harry.

*shakes fist at Percy* Speaking of gits. The attention you pay to slut-shaming and double standards between men and women really make this story. Draco and Ginny’s banter is awesome, the tension between them also awesome, but I don’t think this story would be complete or… right if you didn’t address the feminist issues involved.

//Draco leant down and kissed her hard, effectively wiping away her smile. “This is important, to me,” he told her, and with the way he was pressed all along her body she knew exactly what this was. “You’re important,” his fingers brushed gently along her cheekbone, before his hands cupped her face. “I want to be important to you, too.”//

Omg. Could you write a more swoon-worthy Draco?? If all this had been written this past summer, I definitely would have voted for your Draco for the I’d Tap That Draco award, omg.

//Ginny made a show of biting her lip and grimacing, “Your pants were tackled to the ground by a team of Aurors earlier this morning, when they refused to stop running laps around the fountain - the monogram was a dead giveaway that they were yours. In fact, I think it would be fair to say that Harry Potter has his hands down your pants today.”//

Omg. Like, I’m sitting at work trying not to grin my face off in case my coworkers think I’m a loon. This was amazing. I loved the original version, of course, but the expanded parts were marvelous. I particularly liked the Woo Woo section of the story. ;) I just don’t even know what to say. I really loved everything about this, top to bottom. You are such a fantastic writer and I am so glad to see that you’ve been writing more because the internet needs more of your writing.

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

A Second Beginning by Sannikex    (Reviews - 148)

For Ginny Weasley, being thirty-two years old and divorced while struggling to raise a teenage son on her own, romance just isn't on the map. But when help comes from the most unexpected source she has to re-examine her priorities. Draco Malfoy has it all, the house, the job and the perfect son, but when he meets Ginny Weasley again he realizes all of what he never had.
Category: Long and Completed
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Other Characters
Compliant with: HBP and below
Era: Future AU
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 18 | Word count: 95749 | Read count: 25578 | Published: Oct 04, 2014 | Updated: Sep 04, 2016
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Apr 10, 2016 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11

//Reaching the hall on the upper floor, Draco pushed Blaise down on an armchair before seating himself opposite in an alcove where a stuffed raccoon wearing a tiara resided on a shelf above their heads. The tiara was a Zabini heirloom, three hundred years old and made from the finest goblin wrought silver and dragon egg emeralds. It had been gifted to Luna by Mrs. Zabini on her wedding day and Luna had thanked her and told her it was perfect for Burrito. Confused, Mrs. Zabini had not enquired further, but if she had, she would have found out that Burrito was the name of the raccoon.//

This seriously has to be the best paragraph I have ever read in a fan fic. The. Best. I love Luna so much. I love what you've done with her in this story. I generally really like Blaise and Luna together, but the way you've written their relationship is just so perfect. And, as always, your dialogue, especially Blaise's in this chapter, is on point and feels so real. It's funny, it's heart-breaking, it's witty. Ahhh!! I don't know how you do it!

Author's Response: Wow, that is some overwhelming praise, thank you! I'm a Luna fan as well so I try and keep her a little quirky :) Very glad you like the dialogue as my stories tend to be a bit conversation heavy! Thank you again for very sweet words, I am over the moon you like it! //S.

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Sep 06, 2016 Title: Chapter 18: Epilogue

These last two chapters were so emotional to read. They made ME feel emotional, and I have no maternal instincts to speak of at all.

The scenes between Draco and James, all throughout this story, but especially when Draco asked James for permission to propose to Ginny, were so touching. Draco is so lovely in this story, and I love how much he loves Scorpius and cares for James. The epilogue, too, was so emotional, of course, seeing the kind of family they've all become. I'm tearing up just thinking about it right now, just because this is what I want for my OTP. I want to see them happy and madly in love, even several years later, with a close-knit family, and children who adore them, and you've given us that.

This story is such a treasure to the Draco/Ginny fandom. Thank you so much for sharing it! I can't wait to see what else you write! (Also, you might want to change the category of this story from Works in Progress to Long and Completed!)

The Giggling by Sareer Malfoy    (Reviews - 6)

Draco moves his head forward and touches his lips to Ginevra's. Their kiss only lasts a moment, but I can tell that their love will last forever. Because when two people look at each other like that, how can it not?
Category: Completed Short Stories
Rating: Not Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Future AU
Genres: Humor, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 2499 | Read count: 811 | Published: Dec 06, 2014 | Updated: Dec 07, 2014
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Dec 07, 2014 Title: Chapter 1: The Giggling

Very cute story! Your narrator/OC has such an original voice, and I love how the last line ties back into things Leena has said throughout the story. I think you captured Draco and Ginny perfectly! Draco being so sure of himself and Ginny finding that awareness of himself (and of the situation) amusing. They don't have to be disgustingly sappily in love for that true love to show through. It's apparent in their quiet intimacy. Their relationship from a third party objective POV is sweet, and even though Leena doesn't know anything about them, their characters shine.

A really lovely story!

The Scandalmongers by LadyEndymion    (Reviews - 17)

You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance. ~ Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor

When an engaged Ginny Weasley was traded to the Wimbourne Wasps, she never expected to fall in love with teammate Draco Malfoy. She certainly never expected their love letters to be stolen and published to the entire Wizarding public. This is a story of how a love affair began and the scandal that rocked Wizarding society.

Originally written for the Fall 2011 DG Forum Exchange; now heavily expanded and revised.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, Other Characters
Compliant with: HBP and below
Era: Future AU
Genres: Drama, Humor, Romance, Smut
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 5 | Word count: 25769 | Read count: 1936 | Published: Jan 07, 2015 | Updated: Sep 02, 2015
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Mar 18, 2015 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 1: A page from the fairy-tale books

Ahhhh! I love Lavender and Luna as business partners in this! And George/Luna, oh my! I think I adore it! At least the way you've portrayed them so far. ;)

I enjoyed the backstory of this chapter, with the explanation of Ginny's discontent with Harry. But you haven't painted Harry in a bad light. You haven't turned him into a horrible person that Ginny has no reason being with. He's just Harry, and Ginny realizes (though she ignores it) that he's just not the person she built him up to be. I could see Harry being too protective, too, and those little moments in this chapter, where Harry confuses a gesture from Ginny as weakness, really set that up. I can *feel* the suffocation Ginny is experiencing but not acknowledging, not only from Harry's protectiveness, but also from the pressure of being The-Boy-Who-Lived's fiancee. It's quite sad, but you've written it so well.

Like Ginny, we readers have just missed seeing Draco, but I'll look forward to his appearance in the next chapter! Can't wait for more!

Author's Response: Thank you so much! It is really good to know what is working with the Hinny portrayal too. I was very anxious, because I don't like stories that make Harry into the villain just for Draco's sake. I want Harry to be Harry and Draco to be Draco and we just see that Draco and Ginny fit each other better. There is no need for character assassination, you know?

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Jan 07, 2015 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

Oh. Ohhh. I didn't read this during the exchange because that was basically the year I'd stopped reading and writing things, but oh man, I should have. The *tone*. THE TONE! You can so feel the desperation and nervousness and paranoia that Ginny feels so clearly. I usually don't like to read about adultery because true love shouldn't start with cheating and it's so unfair to the person who gets cheated on, but Draco and Ginny's connection is undeniable. (And we don't want Ginny with Harry anyway, so how bad can you really feel, am I right?) I know this is a prologue, and you leave it at a cliffhangery moment, but you also do a really great job of making D and G look, well, doomed. Like, I have this ominous feeling that things are not going to go well. And I'm sure they won't at first, but the way you set that up is so nice, and I'm very eager to read more. :) Lovely, lovely start! Was this prologue in the original version of the story?

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I did try to capture their anxiety and paranoia. This prompt was actually my first choice in that exchange precisely for the reason that I'd never been partial to adultery fics either (fanfic or otherwise) and I wanted to explore how someone could put themselves in that situation. I'm happy that you like the story so far. This prologue is somewhat like the original - basic scene, though I've rewritten nearly every paragraph and it is somewhat longer.

A Walk Down Memory Lane by Nutmeg44    (Reviews - 5)

Hogwarts is a place to make memories. For Draco, some of those memories are more pleasant than others.
Category: Completed Short Stories
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (girl), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Pansy Parkinson
Compliant with: GoF and below
Era: Past AU
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 5793 | Read count: 1038 | Published: Jan 08, 2015 | Updated: Jan 09, 2015
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Jan 17, 2015 Title: Chapter 1: A Walk Down Memory Lane

Awww, such a cute story! There definitely was that angsty/sad element, that wistfulness as Draco recalled his memories, but I'm glad it ended on a happy note, especially with Ron's outrage.

There were a bunch of lines I particularly liked, but I can't seem to get them to copy and paste. The one about how rare it is for Malfoys to be speechless, and Ginny's amazement that it only took two meters of ribbon to get him that way, made me lol. And poor Draco being all sulky because he thought Ginny hadn't got him a gift! XD

It was a very enjoyable read. Thank you for sharing! n_n

Author's Response: I've never really done angst before so this was a challenge, even if it was a bit unexpected since I didn't plan for angst at all. Draco is such a spoiled only-child sometimes. I could see him very clearly throwing an inner tantrum about Ginny forgetting his present. I'm really glad you liked it. It's high praise coming from you. You write some of my favourite stories. Thank you!

Author's Response: I've never really done angst before so this was a challenge, even if it was a bit unexpected since I didn't plan for angst at all. Draco is such a spoiled only-child sometimes. I could see him very clearly throwing an inner tantrum about Ginny forgetting his present. I'm really glad you liked it. It's high praise coming from you. You write some of my favourite stories. Thank you!

The Life of a Personal Assistant by MemoriesFade    (Reviews - 138)

The last thing Ginny expected when she got called into work was a promotion; and she certainly didn’t expect the disruption it would cause to her carefully constructed life.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Lucius Malfoy, Narcissa Malfoy, Other Characters
Compliant with: OotP and below
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Humor, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 17 | Word count: 96780 | Read count: 16522 | Published: Jan 31, 2015 | Updated: Apr 14, 2018
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Sep 30, 2015 Title: Chapter 1: Lucius Malfoy’s Intentions

So every time I validate one of your chapters, I keep telling myself I need to read this story from the beginning, to the point where I almost stopped reading your most recent chapter because I didn't want to read any spoilers! But I powered through, and now I'm going to start reading from the beginning.

Having read at least three other chapters that were from Ginny's point of view, I wasn't expecting this chapter to be from Lucius's. I think his annoyance/exasperation with Draco is so, so, so in character. It's really how we see their relationship in canon, and with Draco's behavior in this story, I don't see Lucius's attitude toward his son changing between Draco's adolescence and adulthood.

Poor Romilda thought she was going to pull one over on the Malfoys. I love how quick, how smart, Lucius and Narcissa are in this situation!

And now that I've read the first chapter, I am now aware of Lucius's interest in Ginny! I wondered why he recruited her so heavily. I thought it might have been because he assumed Draco wouldn't sleep with her, but all the fancy clothes the Malfoys provided her seemed to me a temptation for him instead.

Can't wait to read on!

Author's Response: I think it was a mix of reasons why Lucius wanted Ginny - primarily because of the twins and also because his son wouldn’t want to sleep with her. And I am doing my best to keep Lucius in character to what we see in the books but to also develop him into something more. I’m glad you’re getting around to reading it now! I have to get around to being more regular with updates :) Thanks for reviewing! - Ann

Royal Pains by Aiyoku Saotome    (Reviews - 3)

At twenty-three, the thing Draco Malfoy has been dreading his whole life, bestowed upon him by blood, has finally come and he is NOT ready for it. He feels his dreams slipping through his fingers and decides to try living on his own while he still can. He soon realizes he needs a roommate - but the only person available is the hated Weasley girl, whose life he just ruined...
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Arthur Weasley, Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Lucius Malfoy, Molly Weasley, Narcissa Malfoy, Other Characters, Pansy Parkinson, Ron Weasley
Compliant with: OotP and below
Era: Future AU
Genres: Drama, Humor, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 2 | Word count: 4205 | Read count: 347 | Published: Mar 08, 2015 | Updated: Mar 10, 2015
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Mar 08, 2015 Title: Chapter 1: As Reality Sets Back In

Ooooh. I see a mostly arranged marriage to a Weasley in Draco's future! I'm interested to see how this alternate universe is developed. How will Draco rule? What exactly will he rule over? Your Draco seems very mature and level-headed, which of course makes him a great candidate for the throne, even if he wasn't the only candidate! ;)

Great start to your story!

Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review! It made my day! I really appreciate your suggestions about capitalizing things like Mum and Father, etc. That completely slipped my mind. I've been changing that in all of my stories! As for your questions, you'll see! ;)

The Foxmere Catastrophe or How I Fell in Love with an Insufferable Git by blair_witch    (Reviews - 7)

Foxmere has approximately 250 inhabitants, one pub and nothing magical whatsoever.

Simply put, it's plain boring and in the back of beyond, which made my best friends decide it was the perfect get-away for me to clear my head.

No one had expected that the quiet process of getting my life together would involve breaking bones, breaking hearts and breaking prejudice.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Drama, Humor, Romance, Smut
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 2 | Word count: 7466 | Read count: 410 | Published: Apr 23, 2015 | Updated: Apr 24, 2015
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Apr 27, 2015 Title: Chapter 1: The Tiny Dancer Incident

Hi blair_witch. You might need to update your email address in your profile settings. The emails from the mods about your submissions are getting bounced back as undeliverable, and this could hinder the validation process for your chapters.

Author's Response: Oh my! Thanks for letting me know, I changed it just now. Sorry about that!

The Malfoy Inquisition by haniqua    (Reviews - 56)

Private Detective Ginny Weasley makes her living from investigating affairs, but on this case, only one thing is clear: there's more to Draco Malfoy than meets the eye.

For the DG Forum 2015 Fic Exchange - Winner of Most In Need of a Sequel.

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Category: Long and Completed
Rating: Sorta Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Other Characters
Compliant with: All but epilogue
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Humor, Mystery, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 4 | Word count: 13240 | Read count: 5038 | Published: May 04, 2015 | Updated: Sep 20, 2015
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Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: May 24, 2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

//Lack of human emotion – Sociopath?//

One thing I love about your writing is that you have this biting wit, a dry sarcasm that isn't overtly funny, but it's funny because it's so sardonic. You can see Ginny's resignation towards the career she's built. She thought being a PI would be more exciting, but she realized it's not. It's tedious, and the cases are the same boring cases. It feels like Ginny's trying to make the most of an annoying case. This note can't be all serious - she's certainly not qualified to make that sort of claim - but Draco is an acquaintance from school that she dislikes, *and* she dislikes the case, so it feels like she's poking fun more than she's making a legit observation. It's a funny way to show how Ginny feels about Draco AND the case all at once, and the line is so short, it's almost a throwaway.

But, that said, and I'm sure I've said this before, I love that even though Ginny finds PI work, especially for affair cases, so dull, she still takes it seriously, as mentioned in the next quote:

//Ginny might not be enthusiastic about taking on this type of work, but she took more than a little pride in her profession.//

It's tedious, but she compiles every piece of information, records her subject's every moment, even going so far as to grab a flier Draco had taken to add to her pile of clues/evidence. Her job may not be as interesting as she expected, but she still does her best at it. She certainly doesn't have to. She could dissolve her business and move onto something else - it's not like she works for anyone and no one works for her - but I suspect that there is something she likes about the work, even if her cases are often boring.

In other words, you say a lot about Ginny's character and work ethic in so few words. There's no need to go on and on about her history with her PI business and her thoughts on it because you make it obvious by these simple lines and her actions. That's another thing I love about your writing. Your characters are so real in the way they behave, you don't *have* to write too much exposition about their backstories and how they feel. You write complex characters in such an easy way. It's lovely to read. :D

Author's Response: Soooo, I might be replying four months later... but it's better than not replying at all. :D
I'm so glad you enjoyed this fic - especially since it was for your prompt, but I tried to write it with you in mind. ;) And I particularly tried to make Ginny someone you'd enjoy reading about, considering the context of the fic. Speed dating was a tricky prompt to write for since it would have been soooo easy to go with fluff, but I know you always prefer some substance with your fics so I tried to at least give you that (and a semi-exciting plot)! Believe it or not I think the prompt was my first choice, because it was so simple I thought I could do something clever and surprising that you might enjoy! And I really wanted to write for you specifically, anyhoo.

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: May 24, 2015 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Figured I'd reread chapters 1 and 2 before validating 3. ;)

Hannah and Neville are so cute together! Neville's nervousness (and impending drunkenness) are adorable.

//He smiled brightly at her, presumably at the idea she might be nervous in his presence...//

I just love this line. One of those moments where you so easily say a lot about a character in so few words. I envy that skill a lot!

//Ginny thought it was more likely he’d been spending too much time in Muggle London, and seen one too many advertisement testimonials for Match.com.//

BAHAHAHA. Was this line in the original version during the exchange? Poor Alphonsus. He was a little charming at first, until he began to prattle on about fate and blind dating.

Seriously, the speed dating is everything I'd hoped it would be, and there are too many funny bits for me to copy them all down (Ginny's second date's spa bath and her rash, for instance, omg). And Draco is annoyingly drool-worthy in your descriptions of him and his easy banter with Ginny. I always love the chemistry between your Draco and Ginnys!

Author's Response: I'm pretty sure that Match.com line was in the original, based on the fact I distinctly remember having a giggle over it when I came up with it. I recall that I was originally going to try and make some snappy remark about Tinder, but I figured I'd keep it age-and-stigma appropriate to really reinforce that a loser this guy was instead.
I'm so glad you liked the dates. It's so tricky to come up with humourous characters who appear in such a short piece of the fic, without being overtly cliche or making them way too two-dimensional.
And I'm glad you liked the chemistry between Ginny and Draco, their dynamic was a little trickier than normal because they both have ulterior motives, so I tried to let the banter make up for it lol. Glad it worked. :D

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: May 24, 2015 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

(This is going to be a really awful, fangirly review full of my favorite parts and not much feedback from me. I'm sorry.)

//Draco had emerged from the men's room, Neville thrown across his back in a fireman's carry that made Ginny want to find how exactly where he was hiding all of that muscle. "Don't tell me I have to carry you, too," Draco said to her, with a smirk...//

//Draco smirked at that, but his expression seemed to take on a sardonic tone following her comment - almost as though that was the plan - and didn’t that thought just make her feel hot all over?//

//Ginny stifled the urge to outright ask him what he had thought he would be riding instead - and not because she was terrified that the answer might be you. //

//Cheeks burning, she pushed off him, but not before she managed to get a good handful of his toned stomach and chest. "Sorry," she said, fully aware of his hands on her arms as he helped her off the bed, and disappointed she hadn't taken the opportunity to land a little lower on his person, since it was only a matter of time before aforementioned opportunities were non-existent.//

//He took it gently, his thumb sliding across the back of her hand in a way that made her ache for it to touch naughtier parts of her body, and she was immediately stunned by how intimate Draco had managed to make a handshake, of all things. “It’s been a pleasure.”//

Yaaaaass, gurl. Get it. I am here for it! Ahhhhhhhh, the chemistry between them is blinding!! How do you write these kinds of interactions so well??

This chapter is so great because of these moments between them, but just as Ginny is distracted from her investigation by Draco's flirting, I think your readers are also distracted. It's so easy to forget that Draco is supposedly the subject of an affair case, and that there's something sneaky going on that Ginny is trying to figure out. The way this chapter ends, with the harsh reality crashing down on her, is perfect, because the readers, too, are being reminded that Draco is sneaky and he's been one step ahead the whole time. The chemistry between Draco and Ginny might have been real, but Draco was exacerbating it to get into Ginny's head. And that's just beautiful and so Slytherin of him.

Can't wait to read the conclusion again!!

Author's Response: //How do you write these kinds of interactions so well??//
Extreme sexual repression?
Srsly tho, Draco is just such a big old tease that he makes it easy for me. And quite clearly difficult for Ginny - poor gal. ;)

Reviewer: idreamofdraco Signed
Date: Sep 30, 2015 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

I completely forgot to review!! I'm rectifying that RIGHT NOW.

There's something so fitting about Ginny keeping an extra typewriter lying around. 1) It fits the whole film noir feel of the story, and 2) I mean, OF COURSE Ginny would have a typewriter lying around! Maybe it was in the office prior to her taking residence there? Maybe Arthur gave it to her? Maybe she admired it in a thrift shop window and had to have it for herself? Part of me wants to know the origins of this typewriter!

//with a tone that implied Ginny was a few bludgers short of a Quidditch match//

Omg. What a great line! I love when people take these kinds of idioms and adapt them for the wizarding world.

I know I'm repeating myself, but I love how unexpected the Astoria/Narcissa twist is. There really, really, really needs to be fic about them. Not necessarily saying you should write it (but I would fully support you if you did ;D); it just needs to exist.

I love how Ginny takes advantage of the situation to get more money out of Astoria. I wonder if Ginny's rate for extortion truly is higher than for affairs or if she only said that for the higher fee. I mean, I think she kinda deserved it considering Astoria was planning to use Ginny to do her own dirty work and completely lied about the situation, but it felt like there was a bit of manipulation involved on Ginny's part as well. And of course she gets more money from Draco for solving his problem as well. For someone who finds investigating tedious and not exactly what she signed up for, she's really good at it!

Draco's comments on Ginny's notes are hilarious. I love that they are as witty with each other in text as they are in person. It's twooo wuuuv.

Part of me is surprised that Draco paid the consultancy fee?? He SAYS it's robbery, but he gives her the money anyway. It's nice that after all he put Ginny through he would give her the pay she asked for. Since he didn't hire her and he didn't sign a contract, it seems like he's not obligated to pay. But of course he wants to be in Ginny's good graces. ;)

And then to end a perfectly perfect story, you've got one of the best pre-kiss exchanges I've ever read. Seriously, the progression from payment to asking for dinner to asking for a kiss, and the money-related dialogue around it, is just perfect.

I seriously couldn't have asked for a better exchange fic. You took my prompt and made something truly interesting and exciting out of it, and you included all the best and most important things about Draco/Ginny: banter, antagonism, sexual tension, and then the satisfying resolution. *happy sigh*

I could always go for that sequel whenever you feel up to it! ;) Whether there is ever a sequel or not, I love this so much. Thank you for the wonderful story!!