After five months, Blaise and Luna's relationship is on the rocks and breaking up fast. He's callous; she's determined to teach him a lesson. Ginny is all too willing to contribute to Luna's cause, and Draco... well, he just keeps stepping right into the middle of things and suffering the consequences.Category: Works in Progress
Ahahaha! I wondered if Draco was going to be the one who turned into a dog instead of Blaise! Oh man. Poor Draco keeps getting stuck in the middle of these squabbles.
So clever that the potion Ginny and Luna use is derived from Fred and George's Canary Creams!
Can't wait to see G and L do after Draco eats those chocolates...
I'm going to guess Irish Wolfhound. The image of a dog still kind of wearing Draco's clothes is hilarious! And he doesn't even freak out about it. He's just, like, mildly scandalized.
Your writing is so nice to read. It's fun and funny and also kind of sophisticated. I guess that's what I'm trying to say. I tend to read peoples' writing and envy their vocabularies. You can tell which authors are well-read, and that's how your writing reads to me. Can't wait to see more from you!
Author's Response: Yeah, you're living in my head, 'cause you're absolutely right about it being a Wollfhound (also, it's just going to be more fun with Draco as a big dog, as he's going to be way too big to just shove in purse or spare room when he's being a pest. And oh my gosh, the sad puppy eyes on this breed can just crack your heart in half.) Aww, you are so sweet. Hope I keep living up to the expectation (and please let me know if I start slipping)--Thank you!
What a fun start!
People are always going to disagree about Luna's proper characterization, but, you know what? We didn't read the Harry Potter series from Luna's point of view, so no one except JKR knows what Luna is truly like! I am all for your Luna using her quirkiness to keep her distance from people. I mean, I don't think that's too far-fetched at all. She grew up in a quirky family. If people teased her, maybe she learned to embrace that quirkiness even more and used it so people would underestimate her? Maybe the Xenophilius started acting the way he did after his wife died, so of course Luna is going to take up his mantle of quirkiness, too. But maybe she knows deep down inside that her father used it to hide his pain, so she uses it to hide hers, too? Who honestly knows, right?
But the other thing that bugs me about people trying to tell other people that they've written Luna wrong is that they usually say that about Lunas that are logical and coherent and capable of holding a conversation with someone without mentioning a single made-up creature. But there is more to Luna than the Quibbler and her creatures. Just because that's a big part of her character doesn't mean it's the ONLY part of her character.
My whole point being, of course, that I love your Luna. There is no reason she can't be a formidable AND quirky witch. None at all. I love her friendship with Ginny, too (in general and specifically in this fic). Loved this line here:
//Waterworks were supposed to wait until at least an hour in, right about the time that Ginny broke open a hand-packed quart of Florean Fortescue’s Triple Chocolate Mayhem, complete with Chocolate Frog garnish (childishly, they always named the frog Blaise and proceeded to chase it down with spoons before putting the enchanted chocolate out of its misery).//
Loved Ginny's support of Luna, and I love that Ginny is a Blaise/Luna shipper at heart!
It sounds like Blaise has been listening to Draco too much (much like Mr. Bingley taking Darcy's advice and giving up on an indifferent Jane Bennett, eh?). So I can't wait to see how Ginny and Luna's plan to punish them unfolds!
Author's Response: Very good points about Luna--I also think that, as an intellectual person, she leads a rich inner life and some of the quirkiness is due to making mental leaps that other people just don't follow, but it all makes sense in her head. Luna is just plain fun to write and explore for me. There's a possibility for a lot of different layers to her character. That's probably my favorite line of the chapter too--nothing like a bit of petty revenge on inanimate objects when your heart has been bruised! (Goodness knows I've been there enough times personally) Also, I swear you're living in my head. First you totally peg one of my favorite authors, then the Austen inspiration here (And at this rate, you've probably already guessed that I'm working on a Pride and Prejudice crossover too)! Thanks for reviewing!
Hahaha, oh man. Poor Luna! I wonder how long it will take them to figure out the dog is Draco. But if he can talk, probably not long at all, as much as Draco likes to complain.
And poor Blaise, too! How sad for him to think that Luna got a dog to protect herself from him. D: Maybe that's just the kick he needs to apologize and try to win her back.
I'd be interested in betaing this story. Why don't you send me an email to idreamofdraco at gmail dot com and we can discuss what you'd like help with?
Perhaps they would have been happy anywhere else, but Draco knew that they were doomed here. This might as well be a bullfight, and he the bull.Category: Completed Short Stories
An extended metaphor of Ginny and Draco's relationship--how could they succeed with the world against him?
This is so beautifully written! As I read, I could clearly see how each action, each stage, each hurt could apply to Draco and Ginny's relationship.
Of course, the most tragic part is that Ginny would aid in Draco's slaughter, that she would be the one to hurt him worse than anyone before she made the killing blow. But then the idea that neither of them want to be put in that position, but can't help but to be forced into that arena. I could see the most blood thirsty people being Ginny's family and friends. Why else would Ginny feel obligated to play this role in their relationship? Unless her family pushed her, unless they were so unsupportive of her that she ended up hurting Draco just to try to win some of their love and respect back?
And then once he's been hurt, once he's left her forever, she realizes what was most important, just when it's too late to save him. D:
Such a tragic metaphor. I think you described their relationship beautifully. You've definitely left me thinking about their relationship in a way I never have before. Thank you for sharing! (And sorry if any of this is incoherent and rambley and not very well thought out. I'm so tired, but I wanted to get my thoughts down while they were fresh.)
Author's Response: Thank you! I think this situation is only a possibility, if they allowed communication to break down and Ginny hardened her heart to him because of what people said about him. So many choices, so many different outcomes... thankfully they aren't all this angsty!
Ginny is not pining, okay? She's just … respectfully admiring from a distance. It might only be the two-meter distance between their flats, but still. Winner Best Fanfiction Overall, Best Chaptered Fic, and Mod's Pic at the DG Forum's winter 2016 fic exchange. Now expanded & revised.Category: Works in Progress
I so loved this story during the exchange! It was by far my favorite, and I'm so happy to see you posting it so soon after the exchange, too. And expanded to boot!
I like to read reviews as well as stories, and I noticed during the exchange that some people seemed confused as to how Draco and Ginny could be such close friends for so long without ever becoming more than that, as if that is an impossible scenario, or, at the very least, improbable. But I totally bought their conflict, maybe because of the person I am and the kind of insecurities I have. I can totally believe that these two people would be best friends for years and never want to spoil it with explicit talk of something more, especially Draco, who I don't see ever choosing to risk what he has for the hope of something he hopes to gain. Why not stay Ginny's friend and hope she catches on eventually? That's better than speaking up and potentially losing her altogether! (I'm getting a little ahead of myself, but I held myself back a bit while reviewing during the exchange, so I guess I'm making up for it.)
Anyway, my point is, when rereading this chapter, I started asking myself: how could Ginny not have seen Draco's dinner invitation as a potential date? Especially after he took her somewhere expensive and paid for it? But that's the whole point, isn't it? Why WOULD she assume it's a date? She has no reason to think Draco could like her that way, especially after morning after morning of arguing, especially after an antagonistic history/past. Even after they become friends, why would she question what they have, especially if she might lose it if she looks too closely at it?
I've rambled, and I guess this is kind of a pre-review or something. Ahhh, I can't be brief to save my life! But I love this dearly, you're totally deserving of all the awards you won, and I am looking forward to more. n_n
Author's Response: Aww, that is so sweet! Thank you! I had to cut out soo much to meet the exchange deadline and what ended up making the exchange was choppy in places. Because of this, I feel like DG's conflict and circumstances were not really clear. As you put so eloquently, they are Aaron Burrs - the both of them ;) They aren't exactly the bravest when exposing themselves romantically or being vulnerable, especially when the stakes are so high. I think that canon Draco and Ginny reflect this as well. Ginny is very brave in a physical sort of way, but emotionally is something different. As she gets older, she plays things close to her chest (hiding her feelings for Harry until she is sure of his). Draco is the same. In this universe, DG mean too much to each other to risk anything that may not work out. They are also too close to the situation to see where things truly lie. Others can see that they are in love with each other - like Fleur and Gabrielle - but DG are insecure here. So, they won't risk losing each other. Well, this story and this chapter are in Ginny's POV, so we only see things as she does. We don't really know what is going on in Draco's mind. And Ginny is oblivious - of course, it would never occur to her that Draco might be interested in her romantically. I'm actually going to write a oneshot of their time in Paris from Draco's POV that will have their first meeting and other scenes that have not been and will not be in this version of la douleur exquise. Thanks soo much for taking the time to write such a lovely review!
When she was 11 Tom Riddle stole part of Ginny’s soul, now four years later he’s back and she’s developed an unexplainable attraction to a infuriating blond. As her relationship with Draco Malfoy unfolds and she becomes more acquainted with the decadent world he inhabits, she finds herself down a path she’s not sure she can escape from. This new world is intoxicating but everything keeps leading her back to the incident with the diary four years ago.Category: Works in Progress
So, I mean, I KNOW that Horcrux Tom Riddle was merely a memory, a fragment of soul, but I don't think it ever occurred to me that the real Tom/Voldemort wouldn't know who Ginny is. Like, I'm gobsmacked I never considered that before. That's so.... tragic for Ginny. She suffered through her first year of Hogwarts, being possessed, blacking out, doing things she couldn't remember doing, hurting people - that was traumatic for her. But Voldemort has no memory of it, because he didn't do it to her, a piece of himself he threw away decades ago did it. Which adds a whole new dimension to Gin 'n' Tonic that I never thought of before. My mind is blown.
Even though this Tom Riddle didn't possess Ginny, there's still a connection between them, an undeniable pull, that is intriguing. Maybe Ginny is somehow a Horcrux? Maybe there's something left if Tom inside her? Maybe whatever is left seeks Tom out? The mystery continues!
I'm also curious about Tom's outsiders comment. Power can be isolating, but it's interesting that he would point out such a thing to her. He's trying to win her over (she seems pretty won already), but why? Why other himself and her, separate themselves from the party? What game is he playing, man??
Hmmm, but some part of Tom DOES remember Ginny, is that right? HMMMMMM. I like that Ginny holds onto the good Tom's soul fragment did in being Ginny's friend. She knows he probably feigned interest and all that, knows that he's killed people, that he tried to kill her, but she can't help but remember how it has felt to have him as a confidante. Seems like a dangerous way to approach Tom to me....
(Sorry if this review was rambly. I just wrote down my thoughts as I read!)
I'm so glad Anise changed the number of days that stories show up on the Most Recent page! I haven't been able to read recently, but all the stories I need to catch up on still show up there so I don't forget about them. n_n
The scene with Dean and Ginny at the beginning was so cute! I loved Dean's logic behind his guesses and very solicitously including girls as a possibility for Ginny's paramour. Daphne openly being friends with Ginny was a surprise. I wonder if she only joined them because it was just Dean there. Maybe in a larger group she wouldn't have made her friendship known.
I'm actually really enjoying the political parts of this story! Mostly I'm in awe?? I can't write that kind of stuff well because I don't know much about it and I don't pay attention to it. It's really interesting to see in a Draco/Ginny story, partially because I don't think the war is written about in detail anymore because Deathly Hallows solved how the war played out. But also because we're getting an in depth view of Voldemort's plans even when Draco isn't involved in the scene. It's a nice change of pace to get a love story and a detailed war story at the same time. :)
Okay, I have to get up early (on a Saturday ;o;), so I'll be back to read and review the second half of this chapter!
OOOOH. Fancy Slytherins. I like it. The dinner party felt so Jane Austen, which is funny because they're Death Eaters. Not that Death Eaters can't have hoity toity parties with poetry readings and whatnot, but in so many fan fics, Death Eater gatherings include torturing Muggles and stuff. Narcissa's party is ridiculously tame in comparison. But what I like most about it is how you just show everyone as people. Even when Rabastan showed up, I was expecting something bad to happen. But, no, as it turns out, Rabastan Lestrange is pretty chill.
I thought Draco's summary of the poem for Ginny was as poetic as the poem itself. I'm not sure if I've read the poem before, but it sounds familiar. But the image I have in my head of Ginny leaning against Draco as he explains the poem into her ear... *hearts*hearts*hearts* Is the poem a theme of the story? I got the feeling that it was significant.
And Ginny finally ran into Tom!! I wonder, are you using creative license so that Voldemort doesn't look like a bald lizard man just because, or is there a reason, maybe a magical reason, he still has human features and looks so young? I admit, looking like his young adult self will make it a lot easier to lure/seduce Ginny to the dark side, if that's where this is going.
It feels like big things are underway, things Ginny has no inkling of. And it almost feels like Draco is distracting her from the impending war, even though he's brought her to a new side of it. It just makes me think that a storm is coming, and Ginny - Draco, too, probably - isn't ready for it.
Author's Response: I get so excited when I receive your reviews! It was meant to feel very Jane Austen, I like to think it's been tradition for hundreds of years, long before the Death Eaters. I'm sure they're off torturing muggles at other times, but Narcissa would throw a fit if they tried that at her party. And they are pretty chill, they're still people who need down time and fun, they hardly need a proper job! Though I'm going to make life harder for them soon, so... maybe less downtime. I really really love this poem, I spent ages and ages choosing which poem but kept coming back to Prufrock by Eliot because of the imagery and the subject, and how the inability to speak up can hold you back - and potentially lead to your death, which might have overtones for the future... And it is such a beautiful poem. And she's totally leaning against him and its uber romantic and totally squee and adorable and I love them so so much. She did! Much earlier than originally planned, he was meant to be a fairly small role but he's so sneaky and finds his way into scenes he doesn't belong in! (you'll see what I mean more in the next chapter, I reckon ;) ) And there is a reason he looks like how he looks. He won't always look like that, sometimes he'll be the snake-y Voldemort. (I feel like I should say all will be revealed soon... but Ive said that so much already! Yes, we are definitely in the calm before the storm, but its going to be a very slow storm that kinda sneaks up on you.) I know this chapter was super short, so your comments are so super lovely, thank you thank you thank you :D xxx
I did a LOT of internal squealing throughout this chapter!
Daphne is right to be suspicious of Ginny and to question Draco's sense in being with her/bringing her into the Slytherin dormitory!! I seems, so far, that D and G are not thinking with their logical heads. I love that they can see past their, er, pasts and their allegiances because they just want to be with each other (and of course that is super important in this ship and in building their relationship), but they seem to be moving so fast. Makes me wonder if either of them has an ulterior motive.
Ginny SAYS that she only goes to Malfoy Manor for Draco, but she's obviously curious about Tom and can't stop thinking about him, so I wonder if there's another motivation there, maybe even one she isn't conscious of. And I wonder why Draco would think his mother would like Ginny enough to invite her to their Yule Ball, unless Ginny's plans for being useful are good enough to convince Narcissa she's not a threat. And that line was really ominous, too, when Ginny says she's not going to sell them out to Dumbledore and that she can be more useful. This was when I first started wondering if there was a reason Ginny had so enthusiastically started a relationship with Draco. Is she thinking of changing sides? Is she trying to win his trust to infiltrate Voldemort's ranks and gather information? Why would she voluntarily go to Malfoy Manor, especially when she knows or guesses that there are Death Eaters there? Death Eaters who tried to kill her at the Department of Mysteries!
Hmmmmmm. HMMMMMMMM. I can't wait to find out more!
I liked how this chapter was book-ended with Harry/Ron/Hermione at the beginning and Voldemort/Bellatrix at the end. In the middle, Draco and Ginny are pretty carefree, wrapped up in each other and uncaring of the danger of the looming war. The Harry/Ron/Hermione and Voldemort/Bella scenes remind us of the bigger picture, of the efforts being made and the plans being concocted to try and win the war, which makes this feel like a whole bigger story (which it obviously is considering what you've said about the writing of this story and considering this is only part 1 of a series, according to AO3!).
Okay, two more things and then I'll end this ridiculously long review.
I loooooove Theo and Daphne and can't wait to see more of them. I love what I've seen of their relationship with Draco and can't wait to see more of that, too!
You have some beautiful, thought provoking lines that I'm honestly just jealous of. Like, my favorite line in this whole chapter is this one: "They stood close together, bodies barely touching, like old lovers who no longer need the reassurance of the other's presence to understand the certainty of it." ??????? Amazing. I knew exactly who you were talking about when I read this, and I thought it was such an interesting, clever way to introduce them to the story.
I actually have more thoughts, but I'm having a hard time stringing them together into words, so I'll just leave them be. You've left me with a lot to think about though.
Author's Response: This review made me squeal! Thank you so much!!! Draco and Ginny most definitely aren't thinking with their heads. They're both far too wrapped up in each other to have any sense as to what either of them are doing... I'm trying to not respond to everything you say and bring up even though I totally want to, because I don't want to give anything away. But you're so insightful and curious it's hard not to! It's definitely part of a series, this one and the sequel are fully planned out, and a third for after that is in the works. ;) I feel like it should be a trilogy, it feels right some how. So hopefully it'll get enough interest to keep me motivated. I'll probably keep writing no matter what at this stage tbh. And it's being so well received I'm so happy you encouraged me to share it. As you know Daphne and Theo are my second biggest love, and I just want them to be happy... I love love hearing your thoughts. If you have any questions about anything or are just curious, let me know. I've got so much that I haven't been able to put in without it feeling stilted so I feel like somethings haven't been explained properly. And I love talking about it. My irl friends (who both read and write fanfic though different ships) have to hear me talk about it constantly because I never stop thinking about it. This has just made me so happy, thank-you!!! xxx
It’s been just over ten years since the Battle of Hogwarts. Society has moved on but not in the utopic way everyone assumed it would. For Ginny Weasley, however, everything is going great until a season-ending fall derails her Quidditch career and forces her to reevaluate her life. It also forces her to realize that there’s more to Draco Malfoy than she ever thought—something Luna has been telling her for the past six years… This is what happens when Slytherins find themselves filling the roles of Gryffindors, Ravenclaws rule the art world, and Weasleys are unable to use magic—or at least, one Weasley can’t.Category: Works in Progress
Omg??? I'm so glad there's a second chapter already posted because I HAVE to know what's going on. I can't remember the last time I read a story where Draco is a Healer, so it feels like a brand new concept just because I haven't read it much. I love the idea, and I was getting the vibe that Draco DID like Ginny even before the doppelganger admitted it to her. But now I'm not quite sure.... Who is this second Draco Malfoy?? Is he after Ginny in a malevolent way? I gotsta know!
What a great start to your story and I can't wait to read the next chapter!
Ohhh, I'm so glad Draco's feelings for Ginny are true! The poor guy. This is exactly the kind of Draco I love. He works so hard to make up for what he did during the war, but he still carries some self-loathing, still believes he deserves to face different consequences. And he doesn't believe he's good enough for Ginny ever. I am a huge fan.
I forgot to say in my review for the previous chapter that I LOVE that Draco and Luna are bffs! I adore interesting pairings/friendships that shake up the usual relationships we see in fan fiction, and the fact that Luna is friends with both Draco and Ginny but they're not friends with each other is a fabulous dynamic.
Can't wait to see what happens next!!
Author's Response: I'm quite fond of this type of Draco too, and he's fun to write. :) I saw a little head canon for the Draco/Luna friendship on Pintrest, and it just sort of stuck with me. Thanks for reading! :D
What a great great grrreat chapter!! There's so much to appreciate and love in this chapter, starting with Draco's cowardice. His fear when he goes after Ginny feels so spot on. Honestly, I think anyone would feel, physically, exactly the same way he does. He's in the dark, underground, walking into danger - it's natural for him to be afraid, for his body to shake, for him to be close to tears. But he also wishes he could just go home, wishes he didn't care so much about Ginny and Luna. If he didn't care, he wouldn't be in that situation, and the fact that he IS in that situation means he has grown.
Seeing Lucius when Draco looks at Flint Polyjuiced as himself is such a great scene, too. I loved his awareness that he can't escape his past no matter how good he is simply because he looks like a man who supported evil. I'm just loving this Draco so much. He's everything I think Draco should be.
And could Draco be LESS convincing when he's giving Harry all these reasons he paid the ransom even though he and Ginny have nOoOooOOoo relationship besides that of patient/Healer? XD If I was Harry, I would have thought Draco doth protest too much.
Ginny and Draco's secret backstories are so sad, and I continue to love the relationship Draco has with Luna. There's clearly a lot of love between them, even if it's platonic, and it looks like Draco is in desperate need of her support and friendship. Where would he be if he hadn't had her when he came back to England? Though we have no idea how they became friends, this chapter makes it clear that he would be in a much darker place. Or, at the very least, his recovery and the slog through daily life afterwards would have been more difficult.
I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter. Thank you so much for sharing!
Author's Response: Aw, thanks so much! I was actually a little nervous posting this one because it's taking away all that mysteriousness everyone seemed to like from before. I feel like this is the Draco that would emerge from the events after the series, but I know he's not what everyone expects. Reading this right after it was posted was quite a relief. :D I'm really glad you liked it so much! Also, thank you for the heads up on all my typos... :S I know I've said it before, but you really are fantastic!
Someone stole Draco's memories of the time he spent with Ginny years ago, and he's determined to get them back.Category: Works in Progress
Oooh, Draco better check himself! I don't know how I feel about Draco's reaction in this chapter. I mean, I'm a little angry at him for jumping to conclusions. Ginny ALREADY told him she didn't erase his memory, and he believed her. Yet when Blaise makes an offhand comment about her *wanting* to erase his memory, Draco suddenly distrusts her all over again. Yet he wouldn't even listen to insinuations that Blaise could have erased his memory, even though Blaise has the motivation for it. It just didn't seem fair of Draco to react that way. But now I'm not sure what to believe, because Blaise is still fishy as all get out, and I don't trust him.
Ooooh, Draco must have a really bad feeling about Ginny if he's suddenly so harsh to her after the night they spent together!! I really like Blaise's taking advantage of the situation to try and get close to Ginny. I can't tell if he really means it, or if he's just being funny, but, either way, I like it. And I'm still loving Pansy's friendship with Ginny. Pansy's pushiness about Draco and Ginny reminds me a lot of a friend of mine, so she feels really familiar as a character and friend. Can't wait to see where this goes!
Awww yeahhh. I love Draco's friends interacting with Ginny. The fact that Pansy and Ginny are also friends is really intriguing! Did Blaise and Pansy know about Draco and Ginny at Hogwarts? I'm assuming they didn't. I hope we get to see a lot more of Draco's friends!
The plot thickens!! We finally know a little bit more about what happened to Draco, though, of course, there's still a mystery there. I really thought Ginny was the one who erased his memories, but I'm glad to hear she's not! Now I suspect Blaise... I don't know why. But he likes Ginny, right? Maybe he found out about her relationship with Draco and decided to get him out of the picture. But if Draco graduated from Hogwarts, Blaise certainly did, too, so what hope could he have had with Ginny while she was still in school? Hmmmmmm. Can't wait to find out more!
Also, I can't remember now if Ginny's job has been mentioned before. I'm pulling a blank. So I'm wondering what her job is that would put her in a bar several nights of the week. There's something fishy there, or maybe I'm reading too much into it. Hopefully we find out more soon!
Nice to see you back!!
One of the things I love in Draco/Ginny fics is when Draco has no idea what Ginny's name is. This situation is even worse though, because he slept with her and STILL can't remember her name!
I was confused for a second when you imply that Ginny and Draco are an ongoing thing, and that they've been together before, because why wouldn't he know her name if they'd "ended so badly." But oh my gosh, he has no memory of them being together!! Whhaaaat. So curious to see if Ginny had something to do with his loss of memory and how it happened.
Awww, yeah. You tell him, Ginny! I'm so glad they worked things out for now, that Ginny made sure Draco understood she had nothing to do with his memory loss, even if she'd thought about erasing his memories in the past. Can't wait to see how they move forward from here!
Successful business mogul Draco Malfoy has nothing on his wish list for Christmas - he already has it all. That is, until someone reminds him of what he gave up long ago to get there. Based on the movie of the same name.Category: Long and Completed
Oooh! I've actually seen this movie (a long time ago, but still), so I'm really excited to see how you adapt that story for a DG audience! Can't wait to see what happens when Draco regains consciousness. :)
Author's Response: It is a guilty pleasure of mine, as it is a very cheesy movie but I'm hoping some D/G sass can make it a bit more amusing... Draco regaining consciousness definitely will be!
Ha! I love how Draco thinks he's switched places with an alternate Draco, who is now, at this very moment, living it up in Draco's lavish lifestyle! The fact that he feels enough kinship with this man to make an attempt to NOT mess up his life is charming. I'm sure he only cares this much because the other man is himself. I doubt he'd bother if he thought he had switched places with Colin Creevey or Harry!
Oh no... Draco and dirty nappies. What is he going to do???
Author's Response: I agree, it's totally because it's a "version" of him he's trying to keep the waters smooth. Draco will find himself between a rock and hard place, I think, between dirty nappies and the wrath of Ginny Weasley... I'm pretty sure which one wins ;)
//Turn away, Malfoy, she’s some bloke’s wife, and a mother of two!//
Ahahaha, I laughed out loud at that line!
I love Draco's running commentary about how sorry he feels for Ginny and the "other" Draco because their life is so miserable. Obviously, Ginny and her Draco are madly in love and complement each other well, work well as partners, so it's clear that their life isn't miserable at all, but because Draco is so materialistic, he can't see how good they have it. Of course, he'll learn by the end of the story what's truly important in life. ;)
It's really nice of him not to take advantage of Ginny because he thinks she's married to someone else, but, boy, I'm sure Ginny was disappointed. I'm really glad that he didn't reject Ginny in a hurtful way. I was worried he was going to ruin something between them for a noble but wrong reason, and sex is so intimate already. Draco being cruel or hurtful during it would have just been awful.
Anyway, I hope all Ginny felt then was disappointment and not rejection when she came back and found him "asleep."
Can't wait to see what happens next!
Author's Response: I think it may be doing his head in slightly - she's is some "other bloke's" wife, but that bloke is also him so I think he's struggling a bit! I believe he sensed being back with Ginny on that level would be of a really significant emotional magnitude so he steered clear. Ginny was hopefully not too hurt - I imagine parents of small children often have to forego in favour of sleep! This Draco will indeed learn what's important if I have to beat it into his head with a stick :D Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments, it always brightens my day to hear you enjoy it! //S.
(I'm really sorry about the site going wonky messing up your update schedule! I can't wait to read more when submissions open up again!)
I love that Draco doesn't join in with his bowling buddies complaining about all their wives. This was a good opportunity for him to see that what he and Ginny have is special. Not that he should be comparing his marriage to his friends' marriages, but considering this Draco is an outsider in this life, he can't help but compare. And of course he's pleased that everyone envies him because of Ginny. Maybe that will let him see her in a different and less annoyed light now. ;)
The chase around the house with the cake was adorable!! Evie has the WORST timing ever (the best timing for Draco, though ;D).
As ALWAYS your dialogue is phenomenal. Your characters feel so real because they speak like real people. It doesn't feel scripted or for a purpose. There's always tons of personality when your characters speak that makes reading your stories a joy!
Author's Response: The site has continued to be a bit mean to me :( - but I'm back! Draco here is definitely into the fact that other people want what he has, if nothing else. He's a right twit still ;) Evie knew exactly what she was doing, she's a daddy's girl. She has no concept of time but she knows when her dad is in trouble! Still ecstatic you like reading my dialogue as that's what comes to me the easiest. I just like having them sass around in my head!
//“Who else? Of course I did it for you.” Although it could also possibly be “Wales? Off source I kid lit Anjou.” He was inclined to believe the first one though.//
L O L. You have such a clever way of storytelling!
Ginny is a phenomenal woman, let me just say, and right now, this Draco does not deserve her. I can't wait to see how he makes it up to her "forgetting" their anniversary.
Also, I don't know if I mentioned, but I love how Liam saw right through Draco from the beginning and has since been his accomplice in trying to make Draco fit in. The idea of Draco listening to a 4 year old and taking his sage, pre-K advice is adorable in a way that this Draco just cannot comprehend. He's going to love these children, even if right now he thinks he doesn't.
Can't wait for more!
Author's Response: Hehe, I'm glad you liked that bit as it hemmed and hawed a bit about whether it was actually funny! Ginny is amazing and Draco at the moment is not worth polishing her (well worn but well loved) shoes. He's going to have to pull out the big guns to make up for this one. Especially since he's "competing" in a sense with her real husband - let me tell you, he wouldn't have forgotten! Liam is a cutie pie. And he's much smarter than he looks. Draco should listen to him, in matters of the heart especially. I think that with how sweet he is Liam wouldn't want a stranger to be thrown out so he keeps Draco's secret. That he happens to be quite funny about doing it is a happy coincidence. I have no doubt - because I'm fixing it, I don't even think it's much of a reveal! - Draco will love these children with all his heart. Thanks so much as always for leaving me awesome reviews :D
He hasn't seen his wife for weeks now. It's Christmas, so it's about time he did... One-shot Created for DG Forum's 2016 Secret Santa Exchange.Category: Completed Short Stories
I loved reading this again. The writing is so powerfully understated. Even though you never say the words 'miscarriage' or 'baby' once, you know exactly what happened, and, in fact, *not* spelling it out makes it more heartbreaking. You can see Draco and Ginny avoiding thinking about what happened, haunted by it, but the signs of their loss are everywhere: in the nursery in which Ginny has isolated herself, in the Christmas decorations, the presents under the tree, the unmet expectations. And you so emotionally parallel that by never actually saying the words. You as the writer avoid confronting their loss just as much as Draco and Ginny avoid confronting their loss. The signs are all there, though.
I'm so glad they finally came together, that Ginny recognized Draco's own grief and how they can comfort each other. And even though they don't have their baby, Ara is still in their lives.
Thank you for sharing such a sweet story. :)
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it so much to read it again, and you mentioned some things that I didn't quite notice myself actually. As I was writing it I knew I didn't want to talk about the 'what' behind the moment. I felt even mentioning it would take the away from the true point of the story, but it wasn't until you said it that I realized I didn't even mention the word 'baby'. I had to read through it again because I was genuinely surprised by that, but I guess in a sense while writing it I also realized such a word would be just as painful as anything else. I like to imagine in the long run that they won't always have just each other and Ara, but at this particular moment it's good to know that even in their loss they'll be able to depend and derive comfort from each other.