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Hello! I'm Julia and when I'm not cavorting with elves in Middle Earth, I'm a moderator for this archive, among other things.

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Summary: Past Featured Story

Harry Potter had seen death - a lot of death. Friends had passed in his lifetime, more so than any one person should ever experience, but how much is too much, even for the Chosen One?

Ron Weasley is dead, leaving behind his wife and his best mate. How can these two cope with their Trio being cut down to two? And when danger lurks in the shadows, can they find the strength to fight for one another?

 



Categories: Harry/Hermione Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Epilogue? What Epilogue?, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Violence

Word count: 54202 Chapters: 17 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/29/10 Updated: 11/09/13


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 08/11/10 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 1 - Silence

I love Harry, I really do, he is my favourite character but his hero-complex can be so annoying at times. Well done! This was another great chapter and I think you wrote Harry's reaction really well. As I wrote in Waking, I imagine that Harry would feel so guilty about Ron's death that the thought of any Weasley, and especially Ginny, would upset him too much to be around them at all. First Fred and now Ron... it would be too much for him to bear.

Can't wait for the next update! I'm so glad you're writing this, Jess... it's exactly what I need at the moment!

Julia XD

Author's Response:

Oh, Julia Greenleaf, you are balm to the soul sometimes...you know that? I've been waffling about writing a new chapter of this or attacking a new installment of Written in the Stars. Not ten minutes ago, I chose to keep going on this. I may only have two paragraphs, but I WILL have a chapter in the next couple of days. It's a burning need of mine, like drunk sex or taking a piss after drinking a six-pack (charming, I know).

Heart you, and thank you for stopping in!

Jesssssss (a little Slyther-action for you :D )

 
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 12/02/10 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 8 - Expectations

:O I have a feeling this baby won't have red hair!!!

Author's Response: Jules, it's been foreverrrrr! Ya know, it's weird, because right after DH came out, this fic has been getting reads/reviews left and right. *basks* I hope you're enjoying the story thus far. It took a turn for the weird, that's for sure, hehe. Thanks for the review, dear. ~Jess

 

Hexed! by Equinox Chick
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 2]

Summary: A poem written about that famous 'Eat slugs' incident in The Chamber of Secrets.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, or Sylvia Plath.



Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 129 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/02/10 Updated: 08/02/10


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 08/04/10 Title: Chapter 1: Hexed!

Oh I'm so glad to see this up on the archives, Carole. You really caught the essence of Plath's original AND within the constraints that I made XD

This is a great poem (and I have to say that it's nice to see something from Ron's perspective). Now I must decide whether or not it's too late to post a new challenge...

Author's Response: AGHHHH... too late to stop the evil new challenge. Thank you for reviewing, Julia. I enjoyed this challenge very much because it gave me the chance to revisit favourite poems. Not looking forward to August though .... eeep! (That's a joke. I will do it) ~Carole~

 

Before I Forget by hestiajones
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: Sometimes, the visions are mere flickers – hazy and muddled. Sometimes, their clarity shakes me out of the limbo. But I’m always sure it is him I see.

I’d have loved to tell you the whole story, but you see, I cannot remember much of it.



Thanks to Kara (Karaley Dargen) for her wonderful beta-ness. :) And Carole (Equinox Chick) for 'Warwick'. ;)

DISCLAIMER: Everyone/everything you recognise immediately belongs to J.K.Rowling. However, the first names of the Death Eaters (except the main characters) aren't canon. The pairing, of course, is mine.

Categories: Same-Sex Pairings Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death, Mental Disorders, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 6754 Chapters: 2 Completed: No
Published:
08/05/10 Updated: 04/27/11


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 08/10/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Love

Natalie, this is brilliant. You are such a talented writer. Everything seems to flow so well. I loved the way you told this fic. In my mind it was as if Rabastan was remembering this while in Azkaban, trying desperately to hold onto this one (not so happy?) memory. I don't know if that's what you intended but it really seemed like that to me.

Your characterisation was excellent. Rabastan felt so real to me. I'm not always a fan of first-person but it really worked for this. I didn't just feel like a spectator but as if I was in his head and that really stood out for me. Regulus was also incredibly well written. You kept him consistently mysterious (I suppose that is the right word...) and the way you ended the fic just drove his characterisation straight home.


And it astounds me to this day that all that time, I was discovering only myself, while he continued to be lost to me.


This ending really rendered me speechless and is probably the reason I'm leaving a horribly incoherent review right now.

Natalie, this fic is superb. I hope someone nominates it one day for the SBBC as it would be a fantastic discussion piece. There are so many layers to explore. I love it!

Greenleaf

Author's Response: JuliA!



Thank you so, so much for this lovely review. :) *I am late, but I thought I had already responded. How odd.*



To hear that you aren't a fan of 1st person narrative but still loved the fic is such an awesome compliment. :D I did want the readers to get inside Rabastan's head, and and to be unnerved because he is going to be a cruel DE, after all. *wink wink*



You have given me great encouragement and happiness with this "incoherent" review, Greenleaf. :) I will be sure to finish the second chapter as soon as I can.



~Natalie.

 

Promises by Nitwit Blubber Oddment Tweak x
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: Past Featured StoryPromises.

In the Battle of Hogwarts, Tonks has nothing left but promises to keep.

I'll be back. I promise.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 2431 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/07/10 Updated: 08/08/10


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 08/08/10 Title: Chapter 1: Promises

*sniff* Emma, you've made me cry, too. That was so sad... and so well written! I'm not SPEW worthy so sorry for the squee/sob review but I loved it!

Author's Response: Juliaaaaaa! Psssh, I love any kind of reviews! Thanks so much <3 :)

-passes tissues-

--Emma

 

The Seven Potters by Gmariam
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 21]

Summary: Past Featured StoryHarry is about to leave the Burrow for the final time when his six doppelgangers give him something to think about. Set during book seven and based on the chapter of the same name, but having little to do with it, really.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill award for Best Humour story.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Substance Abuse

Word count: 1888 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/09/10 Updated: 08/09/10


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 09/04/13 Title: Chapter 1: The Seven Potters

I've just listened to this on Audiofics and I have to say it was just as funny as I remember it being way back when I read it in... 2010! Gosh has it been that long??? I'm sitting here giggling into my yoghurt and trying not to choke.

 
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 08/10/10 Title: Chapter 1: The Seven Potters

Oh, Gina. That was hilarious. I knew you could pull this off! I loved how sexyboi!Harry liked Hermione... gosh, surprising much?

"Mmm, Hermione," nodded DirtyHarry appreciatively.

"Stay in canon, stay in canon," hummed DrunkHarry. He tripped into the living room and passed out on the floor.


Definitely my favourite bit XD

Author's Response: Oh, thank you for reading this! I'm glad you found it funny. I'm relieved I pulled it off, lol. Had to get a nod to Harry and Hermione in there somewhere. ;) As for "Stay in canon" I'm glad you liked that. Carole thought it was a bit breaking with the rest of the piece, and I think she's right, but I can still hear it in my head so I just couldn't bring myself to cut it once I wrote it. Fourth wall, smourth wall. ;) Thanks again for the lovely review!! ~Gina :)

 

Going Against Salazar's Grain by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary: "Sometimes," said Dumbledore, "we sort too soon."





Originally writtten for TTB's ReSorting Challenge. Many, many thanks to Riham (padfoot_returns) for her wonderful work on this story. :D



This story won a 2011 QSQ for Best Alternate Universe in the one-shot category.



DISCLAIMER: I am not J.K.Rowling, though everything you recognise belongs to her. AU because Dumbledore was a Gryffindor. ;)

Categories: Alternate Universe Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1189 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/11/10 Updated: 08/14/10


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 01/25/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow, Natalie, I can't believe I hadn't read this before now! I am such a failure at keeping up with my must-read list. Argh. Anyway, this is fantastic. Beautifully written, as always, and beautifully structured. I love the way you can write in small snapshots and blend them together in such a way that they flow perfectly. You did this in The Receding as well. What struck me was where you placed Albus' sorting. I love how you didn't place it as the beginning, but left it until you had exposed Albus' character enough to make his sorting justifiable. You built and built his characterisation up until you finally revealed his sorting.

That is another thing which you mastered. You managed to make this a completely plausible AU. You haven't changed Albus' character in the slightest, merely focusing on the parts of him which would place him in Slytherin rather than any of the other houses. It makes me think that, yes, he could well have been a Slytherin. There is the underlying current of Albus' belief, or rather faith, that the end must justify the means. If that wasn't true in his mind, then the struggle between his conscience and actions would be so much harder for him to bear. He will do what is necessary for his desired outcome even if it means the loss of an innocent soul.

It is necessary, Albus told himself, even though the thought alone hurt him.

This, I think says it all. You’ve captured his character perfectly. It is truly Dumbledore and yet, you have portrayed him in such a way as to lend his characteristics to that of Slytherin. And what you have the sorting hat say rings so true. It doesn’t matter whether or not the end is noble and moral and just, Albus will still do whatever means necessary to get there. And he does, as we all know.

The comparison between Dumbledore and Snape that ran right through the fic was also a nice touch. It created a sort of balance between the canon of the fic and the AU. When you think about it, as you obviously have done when writing this fic, Albus and Severus are both rather similar in certain aspects, and I think that Dumbledore saw a bit of his young self in Severus.

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling now. This turned out to be a lot longer than I intended but I am so glad that I’ve finally read this fic. It is a wonderful piece of writing and your exploration of the characters was truly insightful. I hope we can discuss this in the SBBC!

Greenleaf x

Author's Response: “There is the underlying current of Albus' belief, or rather faith, that the end must justify the means. If that wasn't true in his mind, then the struggle between his conscience and actions would be so much harder for him to bear.”

I completely agree with this. In fact, it is the idea upon which the story was built. I was shocked when I found out that he had known Harry must die in the end. In fact, I was shocked about a lot of things that Albus did – allowing Harry to face Riddle in first year, leaving him with the Dursleys and not bothering to remind them of his warning to Petunia all those years, etc. Yes, whatever he did had a grand reason behind it, and the end itself had never been useless, but he didn’t care much for the means. In fact, Albus could be very unfeeling if circumstances required him to.

That said, Albus is still my favourite character. It is impossible not to love him.

There would be similarities between Albus and Severus, although Severus was far more unloved than Albus ever was. Both had to deal with unrequited love, both had to prove themselves, and both had mastered the art of concealing their ulterior motives. It was an interesting thing to write about.

I’m glad you liked the structure of this fic. You see, I wouldn’t have expanded the original drabble if you hadn’t asked me to in my thread at TTB. I thought the drabble itself was compact and didn’t need any further elaboration. It was quite a task attempting to turn it into a one-shot. I am very, very grateful that you encouraged me to – it has been well-received, and is one of the fics I am rather proud of.

Thank you for this wonderful review, Julia! I actually squee-ed when I saw it.

~Natalie

 

The March by Liandrin
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 2]

Summary: Past Featured StoryA look at the war raging outside of Hogwarts, where we honour the other weary and brave witches and wizards who fought and continue to fight the good fight.

‘Never back down!’
Nary would a witch or wizard dare?
No, they’d fight for freedom;
They’d triumph or die:
To fulfil orders said,
To do what others dread,
To bleed blood that’s red,
Into the shadows of the moors
Marched the weary and the brave.


Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 307 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/12/10 Updated: 08/15/10


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 08/17/10 Title: Chapter 1: The March

Hey Lia! I am so glad you finally got this up onto the archives. It blew me away when I first read it and you really did ace the challenge. You caught Tennyson's style so well and yet put it into a Harry Potter context. I love it. The tone, the flow, your use of repitition... it mirrors the original and yet it is unique in its own right. Well done!

Author's Response: Yay! Thank you so much for the support, Julia. You're the reason why I got this posted on the archives in the first place. So thank you. ^_^ I'm glad that I was able to emulate Tennyson while being unique. And thank you so much for your lovely comments, they make me feel all warm inside, and proud. ^_^ ~Lia

 

Taking Direction by WeasleyMom
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 115]

Summary: What if the characters in the Harry Potter films were portrayed—not by actors—but by the book versions of themselves, as created by Rowling? How might things unfold on that set? What would the characters think of the changes made from the stories they’d already lived out… to the ones written for the script?

This fic is a series of one-shots, posted as chapters, each from the perspective of a different character who is dealing with the changes occurring between the book and the script.

 

Holy Movie Canon, Batman! This fic won the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Chaptered Humor Story. Thanks so, so much!

 



Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe

Word count: 5896 Chapters: 4 Completed: No
Published:
08/23/10 Updated: 02/06/13


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 01/19/11 Title: Chapter 3: Saving It for Seven

Ahahahahahahaha. Shoelace! The suit!

*giggles madly*

Author's Response: Glad you liked it, Julia. Thanks!

 

Tales of the Battle by Northumbrian
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 274]

Summary:
Over fifty people died at the Battle of Hogwarts. There are dozens of stories of loss, betrayal, heroism and sacrifice. These are some of those stories.

Nominated for: Best General (Chaptered) story – Quicksilver Quills 2011


Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Violence

Word count: 49415 Chapters: 25 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/28/10 Updated: 03/31/11


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 10/29/10 Title: Chapter 7: Ernest Endeavours

Yay I was looking forward to this one because I remembered Ernie casting a Patronus during the battle in DH. You really caught his character, Neil! He was pompous and full of his own self importance but his loyalty and desire for good trumped the flaws. And I loved the way you built up the story until you reached the end when he and the others save the Trio. Another great chapter as always :)

Author's Response: Thank you. I wasn't sure how my version of Ernie would be received. I tried to make him self-important and rather frightened. Itried to make him a bit of a Captain Mainwaring (not certain whether many people will get that reference). But despite this he 's a good friend and a staunch ally. This particular chapter was intersting, because Ernie seemed to take on a life of his own. -N-

 
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 10/13/10 Title: Chapter 6: Good Bones

Yay another update! I love the way you are able to take characters we only know a little about in canon and turn them into such real, tangible people. It really brings the battle to life for me again. Susan's focus, composure and loyalty really came through. I love the way you have her mentioning her aunt throughout the fic- it is clear that Amelia is someone Susan looks up to and it adds another dimension of her loyalty to family and to what she believes is right.

This was such a nice read after a long day of study and I'm really looking forward to seeing your take on the other DA members during the battle. Great job as usual, Neil!

Author's Response:
Julia

Thanks for the review.

I tried to make my Susan (and she is mine – I don’t think that I’ve ever read a story in which she appears) focussed and somewhat in awe of her aunt. I’m really pleased that that this came across. I see her as being very “prim and proper” and rather obsessed with words and names, too.

Not all of these stories will be about the DA members. Augusta, Polly Protheroe, Oliver Wood, Mark Moon, Draco, Goyle, Lavender's parents, Buckbeak, Millicent Bullstrode and a motley collection of Aurors will also get a chance to shine (or, in some cases, tarnish).Next: Ernest Endeavours
-N-

 
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 11/24/10 Title: Chapter 11: Waning Moon

I can't believe I've missed three chapters of this! Where have I been?! First of all, Voldemort Doesn't Play Quidditch was such a touching chapter. It brought tears to my eyes! Also, I generally enjoy Oliver Wood fics and your take on his post-battle character was great to read.

Ahh, it was so good to see more of Mark Moon. This chapter was intense to say the least. I loved it. And it was interesting to see another reaction to Voldemort's demise. While people around him are celebrating, Mark's life is still in turmoil. He can't find his sister and the celebration just fades into the background. It doesn't even seem relevant. I loved the way you showed that. And thank you so much for the dedication. It brought a smile to my face.

I see you have another chapter up now but I'll read and review later after I get some sleep!

Author's Response: Julia Thanks for the review(s). Oliver is such a Quidditch fanatic I really could not see any other way to drag him to the battle. I’ve been trying to write a “Lee Jordan Show” story for some time, too. This was not the story I’d intended to use, but it seemed appropriate. I give poor Mark a hard time in this chapter, and his future girlfriend an equally hard time in the next. I find that OC stories get very few reads (perhaps it’s just me). I rather like Mark and your championing of him persuaded me that this chapter was worth writing, and deserved some recognition. There will be more of Mark, eventually. Neil

 
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 02/12/11 Title: Chapter 21: Snakeslayer

Oh I loved this chapter, Neil! I've really been looking forward to Neville's turn and this certainly lived up to expectation. You really captured that awkward bravery of Neville's. The way he wavered after Harry spoke to him, could he follow him? He still has that self-doubt that seemed to hinder him when he was a young boy and yet he has grown so much that now, when he makes the right decision, he knows that he can do what it takes to fulfill his duty.

Author's Response: Julia, Thanks for the review. This chapter is one of the longest, because the unchosen one deserves his moment in the spotlight. Neville is as determined as Harry when he puts his mind to something. -N-

 
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 10/02/10 Title: Chapter 5: The Confession of Augusta Longbottom

Wow, I wasn't expecting that. Another great chapter, Neil, and another plot-point that seems as if it could fit into canon. I especially enjoyed Neville's characterisation here and his reaction to his Gran's letter. Very well done. I'm loving this series and can't wait to read the rest :)

Author's Response:
Oh, good.

I try to add something unexpected, but still possibly canon, though this is the only thing I've ever written which is set in the future (beyond 2010) and it's even post-epilogue.

The next four: Good Bones, Ernest Endeavours, Abbot Ails and Justin Time are being beta'd (you may spot a theme there) and so is Voldemort Doesn't Play Quidditch.
-N-

 
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 11/03/10 Title: Chapter 9: Justin Time

*sniff* I knew this was going to be sad. Poor, poor Justin and poor, poor Colin. It always pains me in DH when we find out Colin died (it pains me when anyone good dies, even Hedwig!) but it was sad to relive that in this chapter. However, I loved the story you came up with for Justin. For someone was going to be sent to Eton it certainly made sense!

Thanks for another great chapter. This fic is keeping me going through my exams, honestly. And again, congrats for your 2 QSQ awards! It's great seeing Mark Moon get the recognition he deserves :)

Author's Response: Thanks for the review (and for the congratulations – I’m “reet chuffed” about the awards). I haven’t finished with Colin’s death yet. As I reread these stories (and I’m busy on chapter 20 now) I’ve realised that Colin’s (and Fred’s) deaths are the ones which form a thread through these stories. I’ve ignored (almost entirely) Lupin and Tonks. But then most of the DA didn’t know Tonks. Next: Voldemort Doesn’t Play Quidditch, then: Waning Moon (about guess who?)

 
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 09/12/10 Title: Chapter 2: Galleon

Oh I hadn't noticed this was up! What a nice surprise. I particularly love this chapter. Cho is a character I love reading about but she is often given a bad rep in fanfiction and your characterisation was very refreshing. You wrote her desire to prove how she had changed very well. It wasn't too over-whelming, instead it was more of a subtle undercurrent, rising to surface at the end, and tying everything together with the scene in the Room of Requirement that we are all familiar with. I've always thought about what her life was like after the final battle, but this has really made me think more about what her life was like during the war, as well. Thanks for another great read, Neil. I look forward to the next installment.

Author's Response: Julia Thanks. Cho turned up for the final battle. She did this despite the fact that she and Harry barely acknowledged each other after their split. That shows a certain strength of character, I think. I tried to make this story understated, because that’s how I see Cho, she’s really quite a quiet girl and (in my view) not particularly self-assured. I think that she’s a bit like Hermione without the bossiness. Her final school year was the year of HBP, so this story barely scrapes the surface of what she did. Next, the story which almost turned my brain to blancmange – Good to be Back. I’ll be very interested in what people think. Neil

 

Frozen Silence by Equinox Chick
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: A poem (nay, a tritina!) written about the last moments of Sirius Black's death.

Disclaimer: Although I may want to own Sirius Black (and often claim he's my husband), he does in fact belong to JK Rowling.

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 112 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/15/10 Updated: 09/15/10


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 09/16/10 Title: Chapter 1: Frozen Silence

Oh I'm so glad you've put this up on the archives. I really loved this. You have great flow and the repetition of the words is not too noticeable which is the trick of course! I adore the third stanza in particular, especially this:

A good man swallowed by the veil

The way you describe the veil as swallowing someone really heightens the mystery - as if it is its own being, its own entity. I love that.

Well done, Carole!

Author's Response: Thank you Julia. the idea of the Veil being an entity is intriguing. I love the while mystery surrounding it, and the fact that Harry hears things but Ron and Hermione plainly don't sparks more of a mystery in my eyes. Hmm, if he hadn't fallen into it, would Sirius have survived? Glad you liked the poem and thanks again ~Carole~

 

Different in the Morning by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 19]

Summary: Seventh year is almost over, and after indulging in the kitchen a bit too much, James inadvertently reveals his deepest fears for the future. Lily realizes he is not quite who she thought he was, and admits to something she had never really considered before.

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: Substance Abuse

Word count: 12404 Chapters: 2 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/17/10 Updated: 09/30/10


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 06/09/11 Title: Chapter 2: Part Two-The Day After

Wow, Gina, this has to be one of the best fanfics I've read. It's such a beautiful story with the most wonderful characterisation. I loved the way you wrote James, it felt fresh but just so... right. You say in the end notes that you wanted to explore a deeper side of James and you truly excelled at that. And the way that Lily comes to see a whole new side to James was paced so well. I really feel like you built this wonderful journey for the two of them even though it's over a relatively short time.

Everything about the fic is perfect--the characterisation and pacing and flow, I loved it all. This is certainly going in my favourites.

Julia x

Author's Response: Er, one of the best?? Wow, thanks Julia! You really are on a J/L kick, aren't you? Hee hee, do I sense another OTP coming your way?? They are fun, aren't they? I love writing them. I loved writing this. I was up in the middle of the night once with insomnia and Natalie came on and said something about James getting drunk and I said - ooh, can I borrow that idea? And this came out. I was in a big dialogue phase then, lol. I'm glad you liked it even though it was really just a lot of talking! Thanks so much for reading this, your reviews have made me want to keep working on the story I started a few weeks ago, heh heh. Thanks again! ~Gina :)

 

Shrouds by Equinox Chick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 78]

Summary: Not all Voldemort’s victims were on the side of right.

Over a year has passed since the Battle of Hogwarts. Families grieve, but their dead are remembered with honour.

For Draco Malfoy it has been a year of nothing. Merely existing, he is bound tightly to his past as if enveloped in a shroud, unwilling to accept help. It takes a chance encounter on a cobbled street to jerk him into the realisation that he cannot go on like this. A chance encounter with the one person who has most cause to hate him.

But shrouds, however tightly bound, unravel.

A huge thank you to Natalie (hestiajones) who put her laminated canon card in jeopardy by beta'ing this fic and being very supportive all the way through.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Her lawyers agree, so please don't mistake us. I just like taking the odd liberty (ahem) with her characters (and pairings)

Nominated for two QSQ's in Best Non-Canon Romance and also Best Post Hogwarts story for 2011. Thank you.



Categories: Hermione/Draco Genre: Warnings: Mental Disorders, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 41216 Chapters: 6 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/18/10 Updated: 10/30/10


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 11/02/10 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6 - My Talisman

*sobs* Okay, this is embarrassing. I am crying, Carole! You've made me cry! To be honest, I'm actually pleased the way you ended things. I think it was the most plausible ending for this fic. She helped Draco to heal and he healed her in a way, too, but while I'm sure Hermione has strong feelings for Draco, she was still very much in love with Ron. I have a feeling that Ron knows something more happened between Hermione and Draco, but since the battle I think he's matured enough to realise that when it comes to relationships nothing is black and white. He knows Hermione loves him and I'm not sure he'd want to shake things up that might break them... I wonder if you wrote an epilogue whether this would be addressed ;D Wow, reading that you wouldn't think I was a deluded one...

Great fic as usual, Carole. I'm sad that it's finished!

Julia xD

Author's Response: Thanks Julia, hmm, I do think Ron suspects something more, but doubt he'd allow himself to think that. he had a hard enough time believing Harry, Draco would be unbearable. If I wrote an epilogue (it's an if) then I might allude to that, but ... Oh i don;t know. I still can't see any of the Weasleys as being that forgiving (Bill and Charlie, possibly). Thank you for reading and reviewing. Next up ... Snape Umbridge! (I'm kidding)

 
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