*These are the times that try men's souls.
Well, that couldn't be any more real for Draco Malfoy than on the eve of his wedding. He was getting married the next day, but all he could think about is how his life was about to become so much more damned complicated.
He had no idea.
*Quote - Thomas Paine, American revolutionary.
This fic was nominated for a 2010 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Humour
That was great! Wow! Wasnt expecting that ending! Jess, you are amazing!!!
Author's Response: Hehe, this was written for a story challenge about a big wedding. Since weddings are fluffy and disgusting and I'd rather be beaten than write that sort of fluff, I did this instead. I like a nice, raunchy Draco. :D
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?
Hey, Jess! Hpoe you can get this one going again soon! Have enjoyed your other stories but you know this is my fav.!
Author's Response: I am indeed still working on it. Just slow going while updating some other stuff, but it is second on my list of things to do, so I project under a week. :) ~Jess
Thank you much. It's sort of odd writing a male POV in the delivery room. Harry is such a sucker for Hermione's little girl. He didn't know he had it in him.
Until we meet again...
Jess, this is awesome! I love how you included Draco in this storyline! Like I said last month, this story just keeps getting better and better! Thank you again for all of your hard work! You are really, so very talented! Each chapter is well worth the wait! I look forward to the next chapter!
This chapter was so easy to write. I suppose adding Draco to any fic is good for at least a thousand easy-to-write words, but most of all, I wanted Hermione to realise that she would do anything for Harry, even beg Draco for ransom money in the middle of the night. I added the last bit because I'm slightly evil and vindictive, lol.
I'm glad you still love the story and that the updates are worth the wait. Thank you again for your continued support. It really does mean a lot.
Thank you for the dedication!!! That was sooo nice of you, sweetie! Loved the chapter. Felt like I was actually buried alive along with Harry there for a minute. But, thats what great authors do...make you feel like you are a part of the story! It was well worth the wait! You know you are my favorite author and I will always follow and enjoy anything you write! Thank you again for all of your hard work! Looking forward to the next chapter!
Yay! I'm glad you thought it worth the wait. I really didn't mean to let it slide this far, but I'm back on track now, and the end is near! It was quite difficult to write about Harry in the box without being repetitive, but the biggest challenge was getting him out. lol
I'm glad you're enjoying the story as much as ever, and the dedication was my pleasure. :D
Great chapter, Jess! Thanks for all of your hard work on this story. I know it has taken a while, but just like I always said...its been worth it! Looking forward to your final chapter with this one! Have a great Thanksgiving as well, my friend!
Glad you liked it. It was kind of like giving birth to a crate of nails trying to get it right, but in the end, I think it turned out okay. I've already started on the last chapter, so it should be up in a bit. Thank you so much for being a loyal and patient reader, as RL seems to blow up in my face just when I get some steam going on a story. And a Happy Turkey Day to you, too! I will be working overnight, but I will have turkey. *cackles*
Looking forward to the next chapter. Great story!
I'm glad you like it. Updates are coming shortly.
I totally agree with the last review. This story is one that you can really believe may happen. Great job!! Do you have an idea when the updates will come out? I keep checking each day.
Author's Response: I was going to release an update today, but I'm having some last-minute betaing done. I think I might just skim it myself and put it out anyway. I'm glad you like the story. Thanks as always for reading. ~Jess
I really liked this chapter as well. Like the direction you are going with this story.Would love to discuss this more with you without taking up to much space in your "review" section. Is your e-mail listed somewhere?
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoy the story. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to drop me a line anytime. :D ~Jess
Jess, take your time! I'll be here as one of your loyal fans as long as you continue to write for us. Thank you again and we understand that to put out the quality you do, it takes time. Many times I say "can't wait!", but really, I can. I would rather you take a year and finish this up the right way, than rush it to make a few people happy. You're the best!
I've been a s*** about updating, but I've recently been promoted to a moderator, so I have less time on my hands. Fortunately, though, I've scheduled some vacation time at the end of the month, with which I plan to tackle the end of this story and a few others. Thank you so much for being a great reader. :)
If you finish it up this month or next year, we will be here!
Author's Response: :)
Jess, finally!!! Really, I'm very pleased with this chapter. This story is getting very exciting! Great job! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!
I'm glad you liked it... since you had to wait long enough. :-(
I had the events of this chapter mapped out in my mind for ages, but constructing the intricacies of the plot was aggravating at times. But, finally, I got it worked out. The next chapter should come out in a bit more of a timely fashion. Writing doom and gloom is far easier.
All I can say is "Wow!" This story keeps getting better and better! Didn't see any of that coming! Please, keep going and add another chapter when you can. You are really amazing, Jess!
Thanks, David. I wrote almost all of it today, actually, since I had time to percolate the story in my head. I wasn't really expecting to beat the crap out of Harry, but these things happen. :)
Thanks for reading and for your eternal support.
In her seventh year, Katie Bell knew what it was like to fear death. A year later, she learnt what it was like to see it in front of her. Nothing she had ever experienced had prepared her to deal with the aftermath of that. And then he came.
Caught in a whirlwind of Quidditch, heartbreak, and a rivalry, Katie struggled with her jumbled mess of feelings, one of which she hadn't expected but was growing certain that she could never live without.
Oh my freaking Salazar! This story WON TWO 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Post-Hogwarts Story and Best Non-Canon Romance Story. *flail*
This (late) update was brought to you by the (belated) birthday of the ever-lovely Hannah / h_vic. She is a star and an excellent friend!
I really like the direction you are taking with this story. And ,yes, you did bring the "trio" back into play! Oliver doesnt seem like the type to just walk away from her and it all over a thing like this, so I am interested in your next chapter (as I always am because you are amazing!!) Anyway, this was worth the wait as well! Thank you again for all of your hard work!
I'm glad you like it, and I told you Hermione wasn't just thrown in there. I used her for the purpose of auditing Katie's class because that's the sort of thing that higher Ministry officials couldn't have had time to do while war reparations were going on.
No, Oliver wouldn't dump Katie like that, but Katie was convinced that he would and had done so. Nedt chapter (about 1/3 written already) will go into that a bit more.
Until next time!
After it was all said and done, Harry wanted a sandwich. However, Ron knew that what he wanted was far deeper and complex and maddening and insufferable. But could Hermione ever forgive him for leaving her behind? Could he ever forgive himself?
This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Canon Romance.
This is really good, Jess! Sorry that I am just coming around to reading it, but very good! I also think that you captured Ron's character really well. I know this is a departure from the normal for you, but it was really well done!
Hehe, canon is good for the soul. It makes you think harder about how the characters are rather than what you'd like them to become. Ron is probably my least favourite of the Trio, so I tend to leave him out as much as possible, so I felt that, for Hannah's birthday, I would write her something right up her alley, even if its far from mine. It's turned out to be one of my most popular one-shots by far. I'm rather proud that I was able to write something this... non-violent. It's been a while. :D
Thanks as always for the lovely visit, and take care!
Honestly, Jess, I had actually read this last week and just forgot to post a review. Overall, as with all of your works, I thought it was great! I do have one question...in all the times I have read DH I was under the impression the Hestia was a lot older than you have her here. Does it say and I just didnt pay close enough attention? Dont get me wrong, I am not complaining in any way, just a little curious. Like I said, though, this is once again another one of your great works!
Hehe, this is canon trickery on my part, I will admit. Both in DH and in alternate canon information, Hestia isn't noted as having a specific age. The only age indicator is in OotP, when Harry observes that Tonks appears to be the youngest of the group come to take him away from Number Four Privet Drive. All that says is that she looks older than Tonks... nothing more. I therefore decided that, since I haven't really liked Dean paired with any of the canon Gryffindors, that a shift in perspectives was in order and that I should think outside of the box. And then I thought, "What the hell -- why not?" and picked Hestia. The fact that her canon physical description happens to match that of MNFF user hestiajones, one of my favourite people on teh site, may or may not have anything to do with it. :X
Thanks for the review and the sustained interest in my stories. It truly does make my day.
A night of paperwork, coffee, and burning the midnight oil... it wasn't an unfamiliar occurrence. But add in a minor slip-up and a mistaken potion, and events were sure to take an interesting turn.
This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Non-Canon Romance
Jess, this is great!! Really enjoyed it! The warning label...wow! Great job as usual!
Well, as you know, I tend to want my Harmony pieces to fall into the realm of canon-compliance, or at least plausibility. This is, to me, something that could actually happen. I'm glad you liked it, and I put that sort of warning on everything I write that is borderline. If only I could have posted the uncensored version... *sigh*
A war had raged; everyone had felt alone and afraid at some point. And when it was over, most people went back to business as usual, but two of those haunted souls found respite from the most unlikely of sources.
After all, who doesn't need a little bit of catharsis?
I think that this pairing is very plausible. Possibly not as bizarre as you may think. I also like how you show what I had always felt about Draco which is he has remorse and is not totally evil. I always love how your stories tend to fill in gaps and answer questions in detail about characters that were not fully developed in the Potter series. Well, I guess that is what fan fiction is for and of this you are a pro. If I havent said this before, thank you for all of you hard work! I've enjoyed every minute of reading yours and hope you will continue.
Hehe, I try to specialise in breeding the strange and the unknown. There is just something innately satisfying in taking an idea that may be summarily dismissed and making one think twice about what they know or think they know about a certain character or event. Nobody knows what happened to Katie after the battle, and nothing is known of Draco outside of his marriage, his son, and his slight nod at Harry (or was it?) on the platform. Why not a strange symbiosis with someone who should hate him but doesn't.
I'm glad you enjoy my work. I have striven for a high standard since I joined the site and started writing fan fictions, and I will never be satisfied with the status quo, which means that each successive piece I write is meant to be better than the last. I hope that my work continues to bring enjoyment for you as well as everyone else. 'Tis my mission. :D
For over four years, Dean Thomas had been sending his polite regrets to his mum, begging off of coming home for Christmas. But when he sensed discord in the most recent letter from his Muggle family, he decided that he needed to stop making excuses and start counting his blessings.
What he found when he got there, however, proved to be more than just a simple family gathering.
This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Post-Hogwarts Story
Jess, I didn't think I would at first but I really enjoyed this one! It is one of your best! Do you plan on any future "Dean" stories? I really think you have something here!
Hello again, David!
I do actually have another Dean story, which puts a name to his hitherto nameless girlfriend in this story, called Barely There. Whether I'll further explore him after this, though, I have no idea, because so many characters in my brain are begging for their stories to be told. This is merely one of them.
Glad you liked it. Have a nice morning, since it's not night anymore in your neck of the woods, lol.
Hey, Jess! I liked this one. Now could the story possibly tie in to "In the Ashes". I mean, is this sort of a prequel? Just curious. Anyway, great work as usual! I always enjoy anything you write!
This isn't really much of a prequel to In the Ashes, because that Oliver had worked his ass off to make the reserve team his first year in the league. This Oliver, however, is reeling because he had never been told he wasn't good enough before. Sure, he had lost games and championships, but there had always been something else, something he couldn't help, to precipitate that, and he doesn't know how to properly deal with this unfamiliar sense of personal failure. Honestly, though, when I started this stor, I had no idea how it was going to go outside of not wanting it to be a romance. This is what popped up.
Glad you liked it, and as usual, thanks for reviewing. :D