Due to major changes in my life, I will not be able to submit anymore stories in the near future. I have several unfinished stories that I would love to post, but, again, major changes renders me unable to. I will however respond to your lovely reviews. So, thank you so much to everyone who has read and reviewed. I deeply appreciate your support and faith in my writing.
Until we meet again...
The series of Hermione/Draco one-shots
Some people find the Hermione/Draco pairing outrageous, and I agree – when speaking of the likeliness of this relationship arising in the books by JKR. But the reason I like writing stories with this pairing is because of the challenge; it’s a challenge to make a Hermione/Draco story seem believable and original. An IC pairing such as Hermione/Ron has the advantage of likeliness, and the challenge in this pairing is therefore simply to make it original. I find Hermione/Draco fascinating. Two people who are so unlike each other, but still both have a strong belief in themselves and their abilities. They do have certain similarities and it’s a puzzle that is intriguing and fun to piece together.
I’m posting a series of Hermione/Draco one-shots. I have 9 of these one-shots posted already. “Not Going to Happen, Chica” (Parody), “Finality”, “New Year”, “Two Lattes from Hell, Please”, “On Edge”, “Isabelle”, “Take the Plunge”, “For Innocence We Sin” and "Masked Ferret Unmasked" (Parody) are up, the latter of which being the newest instalment. None of these one-shots relate to each other. They are each very different and new. Any more one-shots will be reported here and under ‘Story Updates’ below. Enjoy!
Story Updates: N/A
Two Lattes from Hell, Please
won the Her Story Award (Hermione POV)
at the Dramione Awards (round 4).
Thank you to everyone who voted.
I am so deeply touched that you like this fic so much.
I think that was by far the best chapter. I was red as a tomato and waving my hands to get cold air on my face. This was mostly when Harry cried, "It burns, IT BURNS!" As I read it, I immediately thought of Gollum in the Two Towers after being captured by Frodo and Sam. Anyway, to sum up - hilarious! *10*
Author's Response: Wow, the best chapter! I can't believe that - thank you! Ha ha - oh LotR, what would I do without you for back-up?
Finally! This chapter was great! I really liked the 'man-to-man' talk Harry and Ron had, it was quite funny. I can't wait to find out what happens next. I have a feeling Dobby took Harry's crumpled letter and send it to Hermione nonetheless. Maybe he even spiced it up a bit, lol. Very well written! 10! ~Eilime~ PS. The last part of this chapter was accidentally in italic, just thought you'd like to know :)
Author's Response: It's pretty funny that everyone really liked the talk with Ron and that was like that last thing I added to this chapter. In its originally version, Ron wasn't even in this chapter. You might just be right about Dobby ;). Thanks for the great review.
I like your story very much indeed! It's a very good idea with the play - a new and creative way of making two people meet! Great. Can't wait to read who the Slytherin is (the one who's coming towards H+D without them knowing!) Update asap! ~Eilime~
Author's Response: Thanks, I'm glad you guys like it. Keep reading! I hope you're surprised!
Great chapter! Update soon, looking forawrd to see what Ron says to Hermione and what happens next between Draco and the Gryffindor boy! Keep up the good work! ~Eilime~
Great story! I like the way you switch from Hermione's to Draco's point of view. Can't wait for the next chapter. Keep up the good work!
Hi sparx! I’ve been waiting patiently alongside everyone else for chapter 32 to be validated, and then what do I realise? I haven’t even read chapter 31! Nor reviewed it. Seriously, where was my mind the day I oversaw this huge mistake? I’m truly sorry; to think that you had to survive a whole chapter without my seemingly perpetual reviews must have been hard on you. But, of course, having 198 reviews for that sole chapter might have helped your suffering. Anyway, on to this chapter then… At the beginning, I thought the air of this chapter was completely new. Not that it was a different writing style, but it just… felt different. But when Lucius came back, not particularly far into the story, everything was back to normal. When Lucius said Narcissa was considering throwing the wedding ‘here’, where did you mean? At the Malfoy estate, in France, or Hogwarts where his head was floating in the fireplace as he said it? I like the fact that he’s complaining about how much money his wife has been throwing away, and then ends their conversation by saying his caviar is served. My, what a hypocritical man. But, honestly, what can you expect? I liked their conversation on the night before the match. It was very sweet, and I enjoyed this irrational overdramatic Hermione who sees Quidditch as a game where you chase balls and get your skull split open, and nothing more. “It’s nothing some sexy red lingerie cannot fix.” Or a dancing sheep nightgown with bright pink pompoms for buttons. I love these little secret thoughts of Draco’s. You had another one in a previous chapter (“His favourite nightie.”) I remember it because we discussed it in a review, me saying that the fact that he doesn’t prefer a see-through, black nightie is really comforting and adoringly foreshadowing. So you knew I’d love this one, too. I like that fact that they’re talking about the miserable life his future wife will have when he has such a passion for Quidditch too, and neither of them have really realised that she, Hermione Granger, is the one he’s, probably, going to marry. Which means she’s the one wearing red lingerie and soaking in a hot tub with Draco in the vision (You can’t see it, but I’m wriggling my eyebrows). “Having fulfilled his goal of making Hermione stop thinking about the upcoming match, Draco flopped back onto his pillow.” Yeah, right, like that was his only goal. Like he didn’t secretly enjoy leaning close to her and whisper sweet nothings – or rather, whispering complacent lies and secret hints, whichever you prefer – into her ear? And then as I read along, he admits to having thought he was about to snog her, too. Major step-up! Oh, and I absolutely loved Hermione’s comeback with “…considering how much you enjoyed the first one.” Take that, Draco. Get yourself out of that one. Well… sadly, he did… but only after a long, uncomfortable silence. I liked the little incident with Pansy where she gave him her usual good luck kiss (yucky in its own simple way) and that he now, unlike before, felt like wiping his lips for some strange, phenomenal, unknown, inexplicable reason that will remain a mystery till the end of time, I’m sure (I’m being extremely sarcastic, if you couldn’t tell…). I’m happy to hear Harry and Ron are back on track with Hermione. I really liked the promise Draco gave her about taking all the responsibility should Slytherin lose the match, even if Hermione had something to do with it. I agree with Jinx; very gallant. Which leads me to him buying – oh yes, “buying” – robes for her to wear for the game. He is very thoughtful, a quality you don’t lightly allow Draco Malfoy to be capable of having. “Don’t want any of my players coming in while you change and getting a heart attack, do we?” Hermione was very right about this comment; it could be both taken as a compliment and an insult. I rather prefer ‘compliment’, but when have Hermione and Draco ever listened to me? “I still don’t see why you insist on taking the potion,” Draco scowled. His reluctance to agree to this is perfectly understandable. Firstly, because, as you said, he doesn’t like to be in debt. Secondly, because it’s kind of an indirect insult to his flying, his advice on how to overcome her fear, and his passion for the sport, but of course this is not how Hermione sees it at all; she’s just all good will and wants to help him, bless her. “Don’t you dare ever make the mistake of saying something like that again!” Draco bellowed at Hanson. Does Draco yell because Hanson is somewhat insulting Hermione’s inability to stay on a broom without screaming or falling, or because Hanson makes the mistake of believing that Gryffindor will go easy on them because Hermione is tailing along, or just the asset/liability difference you mentioned in the text? (I feel like I’m not making any sense). I’m glad that Harry got hit by a Bludger – okay, that sounded wrong! What I mean is I’m glad you didn’t just let Draco reach the Snitch first because that would be, in my honest opinion, quite unreal (what with him never having beaten Harry to it, let alone with another person weighing on his broom). So I’m pleased with the way you let him win, though of course now I’m dying to read the next chapter to see what happens next – whether or not Draco and Hermione are dead (I’m guessing not), and whether or not Hermione will know that Draco did in fact position her above him in the fall. So, I’m off to read the next chapter! And I think I can say for sure that this is the longest review you’ve had from me yet. Sorry.
Author's Response: Hi Eilime! K first, let me just say that I was ridiculously happy to see that you have such a long review for me! Haha… I\'m going to enjoy replying this one! (And like you, I have employed the tactic of writing in Word while reading the review so I can comment where appropriate). Anyways, let’s get started on the long, glorious review. Yup, I did happen to realize that there was no review from dear old Eilime for this chapter, but I thought it was because you decided that leaving long reviews for sparx has become too tiresome! I did miss the review and it wasn’t at all easy to survive knowing that you hadn’t left one (oh the suffering!), but I guess the 198 reviews did help ease it a little (to all you guys reading this response, YOU ALL ROCK!). Right, I\'m side-tracking again. On with the chapter… Hmmm, I think I understand why you felt that the chapter started out differently. I admit, I did want to give it a different feel, but that didn’t turn out too well, so I went back to my usual writing style (probably when Lucius came into the picture again, in fact). Ah, I guess I didn’t make it too clear where Lucius and Narcissa wanted to hold the wedding when they said they wanted it “here”, right? I actually meant France, but, now that I think about it, it could have been any of those places you mentioned. I’ll remember to be clearer about that in the future. Hahaha… I\'m glad you caught the so-called irony of the situation: where Lucius keeps complaining about how his wife is spending his water like money, but then disappears to enjoy his high-class caviar. The hypocrisy is all too evident when it comes to Lucius Malfoy. The little talk they had before the Quidditch match was necessary I felt— I wanted to show how much they’re relationship had developed (from couch in common room where they didn’t talk at all to same bed on which they actually have a normal conversation— I think you get the idea) over time. So I\'m glad you enjoyed that whole talk, including Hermione’s anxiety and momentary overdramatic-ness. Yes, I couldn\'t resist! I had to bring in the nightie again. And I knew you’d like the comment, especially after the review you left the last time about the black, sheer nightie… Lol, and you\'re right, Hermione is probably going to end up becoming Draco’s wife in the future (probably, unless I decide to turn things around… *evil smile*), so it’s like Hermione in the vision, wearing that red lingerie and soaking with Malfoy junior in the hot tub (ooooooh, *wriggles eyebrows with you*). How exciting. ;) Oh, I would think he was whispering BOTH complacent lies and secret hints into her ear, don’t you think (and of course enjoying every moment of it…)? Yup, he admits to having enjoyed the kiss with her! He thought he could outsmart dear Hermione with that, eh? But Hermione’s much too fast for him (well, sometimes anyway, when she’s not too tongue-tied at least), so she came back with the “considering how much you enjoyed the first one.” But then, like you said, even after the silence, Draco DID make a comeback (dang it!). LOL… Your sarcasm (yes, I could tell and I loved it!) about the inexplicably, unknown reason that Draco felt Pansy’s kiss to be icky this time had be rolling over with laughter. But yes, I think that little incident did show how Malfoy is moving away from a certain pug-face and moving TOWARD a certain brunette… =D I had to have Harry and Ron make it all up with Hermione again because, to be honest, it would be difficult to handle them still being mad at her for such a long time. I would think (or at least hope) that they’re friendship is strong enough to withstand such problems. About the responsibility talk— I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if it was befitting initially. I was having second thoughts about including it in. Then I thought it would make sense for Draco to say something like that after all Hermione has done for him (and we all know how Draco hates being indebted to anyone, so I guess he would have jumped to take her responsibility… Did that make sense?). I think he “buying” robes for her (though not admitting to it because he’s an idiot like) is definitely a big hint to Draco’s changing attitude towards Hermione (nope, I\'m not gonna bore you with the full details, don’t worry). I mean, like you said, how often do we get Draco Malfoy being thoughtful?? LOL… I know you’d rather have the “heart attack” comment be a compliment, but what Draco meant, only Draco knows! But think about it, Draco has seen the body Hermione Granger possesses beneath all those layers of clothes… ;) So, you decide! You\'re conclusions about why Draco doesn’t want Hermione to take the Potion are perfectly right— but on Hermione’s part, she just wants to help, sincerely, just like you said. And if she thinks taking that potion is going to help Draco, then take it she will! About Draco screaming at Hanson (don’t worry, I actually do get what you\'re trying to say! Haha…), I think it’s a little bit of all the three. Draco doesn’t like the fact that Hanson sorta indirectly insulted Hermione, but he also doesn’t want Hanson underestimating Gryffindor’s ability, and thus underperforming, with Hermione around. (now does that make sense??) Then there is that whole asset/liability thing that I mentioned (which I can’t really recall now, so we’ll leave it at that. =P). “I’m glad that Harry got hit by a Bludger – okay, that sounded wrong!” ---> LOL, yes, that DID sound wrong indeed! But I do get what you mean. I couldn\'t let Draco just get the Snitch like that, because honestly, Draco does have the disadvantage. Not only is Harry the better player, but with Hermione adding to the weight of his broom, it would have been near impossible for Draco to put up a fight with Harry. But the thing was, I really wanted Draco to catch the Snitch (can you guess why? Heehee… *evil grin*) and for that I knew that Harry had to be stopped (by means of a Bludger— that was the only thing I could come up with that wouldn\'t hurt Harry too much). So now, you will have to read the next chapter to see what becomes of our two heros! Will they be dead (kinda defeats the purpose of the story, but you never know! I might have decided to go for a really morbid ending)? And if they survived, were they injured? Will Hermione remember what Draco did for her? Will… OK, I will stop now, promise! And yup, I think this is the longest review you\'ve written, but it was awesome going through it, really! And, err, I\'m really sorry you’ll have to read this awfully long response Eilime…
I have to say, that was one heck of a chapter. Absolutely amazing. I’m sorry I haven’t reviewed since, well, forever, but here I am! I love this story. I especially like the way that you stretch out the inevitable romance; it makes each chapter more intriguing and captivating. Of course I want them to get together but it’s as if, when they’ve got each other at some point, you think, “Okay, well, on to the next story…” This way you keep your readers wanting more and, basically, it is the pursuit that’s the most fascinating part of such a romance, at least that’s how I see it. The growing, however slowly, jealousy (by the way, emotion that started with ‘j’ and ended with ‘ealousy,’ was great) and interest for each other is endearing, and how they don’t know what or why their feeling this. Krum was great in this chapter; how he was “pleased yet mortified,” as you so well put it, by Hermione’s drunken state. And while we’re on the subject of Hermione – hilarious. It is very true to her characteristics that she would be overly talkative, in my opinion. And that she kept wanting – consciously or not – to tell everyone of Draco paying Simone to come along was funny. In one of these episodes, though, you accidentally wrote Draco clamped his head on Hermione’s mouth before she could say anything further. Though hilarious, I know it was supposed to say ‘his hand’. So, all in all, wonderful writing, sparx! I can’t wait to see what happens when they wake up and/or if Hermione even remembers half of it.
Author's Response: Hello Eilime! It's Ok that you haven't reviewed in a long time; at least you did so now! =D "I especially like the way that you stretch out the inevitable romance; it makes each chapter more intriguing and captivating." ---> That was well put. Sort of sums up my intentions really. I want it, in the end, to be believable and I want the readers to keep guessing how is it going to work out for them. I admit, it can get draggy at times, so I'm really thankful that you guys stuck with me so far! About the emotion with starts with a 'j' and ends with an 'ealousy', I dissected those words on purpose. I just don't want to outright say what they're feeling, or what they're going through, but I do want to drop certain hints to the readers. And this is just one way I thought i'd do that. Krum was a nice addition. I needed him to act as a contrast to Draco and just to add to the humor really! =D Hermione intoxicated, in my opinion, would be talkative beyond reason, like you said. It was fun writing her and I enjoyed playing around with her actions and lines. Haha.. I went to correct that typo mistake; wouldn't want Draco to clamp his head around her mouth, would we? Besides, that already happens later on. ;) Thank you very much for the review, Eilime!
Great chapter! Loved your idea about the Love-Knot -- nice imagination you've got! Can't wait for more, keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thank u! I'm really glad you liked the idea of the Love-Knot. i was praying hard that it would work out and not seem to far-fetched. seems it worked out after all! thanks once again!
First, I want to congratulate you on winning those awards. You deserved it; It’s a wonderful and amazing plot line and it’s so well written. Second, I want to say that this chapter was very good. The descriptions are wonderful and really imaginative. This chapter didn’t push the plot that far except for the fact that someone has pointed the inevitable out for Hermione and Draco. I have to say, though, that this chapter first caught my attention about halfway through. Well, of course, that was where the action of this chapter lay. Draco gasped, feigning innocence. “You should have said something rather than turn to alcohol.” Brilliantly said. It was so him. After the Healer had understood the fact that Hermione was indeed not an alcoholic, he began to ask about their Valentine’s Day fiasco, which I thought was very cleverly done by you, honey. It was a very good way of making the two lovebirds interpret their own and each other’s actions in a way that didn’t have to make them embarrassed because now they were ‘forced’ talk about it. This way they can blame the Healer for all their revelations and exposures. As the Healer’s questions progressed, I couldn’t help but think that he had an ulterior motive. Well, he didn’t in the way I had first thought, be he had discovered what Hermione and Draco were too short-sighted to see themselves. Malfoy confessing to having enjoyed their kiss was the best part of this chapter, no doubt. Absolutely thrilling moment, that was. One step closer! Oh, and Malfoy has a slight attitude disorder? What and eloquent way of saying he’s an arrogant git… “A load of tripe!” - “Absolutely outrageous!” Aww, they’re agreeing that it was totally rubbish what the Healer had said. How sweet. And they’re so completely in denial, the little nutters. I feel like shutting them into a very tiny room, so they can figure out what everyone else did a long time ago. I noticed one typo (you’ll not get an email from me this time, *applause*) which was, Draco rolled her eyes. I don’t remember where it was, though… I’m sorry for the short review. You’ve grown accustomed to my rambling that this one doesn’t seem fair. To end it off, I’d just like to say I really enjoyed this chapter and that I’m looking forward to your next chapter which I’m sure I will enjoy just as much. By the way, please don’t let Hermione or Draco forget that he confessed that he had enjoyed their kiss. It was such a big step, a step in the right direction, I might add, and I would be sorry to see it go uncommented.
Author's Response: Thank you very much Eilime! Coming from you (my unofficial editor =D), it means a lot! Also, I'm glad you liked the chapter and it’s descriptions and all. I know it didn’t really contribute to the plot in a major way, but I guess sometimes you just need chapters like that eh (at least I think you do…)? Ah, I'm glad you liked that line! I mist admit it, I quite enjoyed writing their lines in this one. It was really fun! Heehee… I guess you kinda figured that I needed the two of them to talk about Valentine’s Day, to understand what was going on that day and why they did what they did, so I thought the logical way to do it would be through third-party intervention! With Healer King giving them no choice but to talk, we gain deeper insight to the minds of the two. Plus, like you said, they can, at the end of it all, blame everything they disclosed on Healer King. So yay for you thinking it was cleverly done! *does happy dance* About the Healer having an ulterior motive… Well, we’ll see about that. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t. Oh yes, Mr. Draco Malfoy confessing about enjoying the kiss. I had to have that in this chapter because I thought it was time for some form of admittance about something amidst all that denial! Lol… Awesome moments for everyone reading I'm sure! And can’t you totally see Malfoy being diagnosed with an attitude problem? Not surprising at all right? Haha… And yup, though they’re complaining about Healer King’s stupidity, they are in fact agreeing with each other— a fact that I don’t think they quite realized. Denial again, the key word (but the little Draco admitting to liking the kiss kinda helped, didn’t it?). “I feel like shutting them into a very tiny room, so they can figure out what everyone else did a long time ago.” ---> Awesome idea! Potential story maybe?? =D Yes, I noticed that there was no email from you this time!! Only one typo?? Man, it’s a miracle! I found the error and corrected it right away, so thank you for that! Nah, it’s ok about the short review! I love it nonetheless. And don’t worry, I won’t let the two idiots forget that Draco confessed about liking the kiss. Like you said, it’s a major step, and overlooking it would just seem wrong… ;)
Okay, so now you’ve dug your own grave, darling. You’ve officially given me free rein to babble endlessly in my reviews, so the day you die from hyperventilation in attempt to read one of my overdone, seemingly perpetual sentences that leave you panting, sweating and begging for mercy, an ‘I told you so’ won’t be unlikely, though, of course, I couldn’t live with myself knowing I had killed you, so I would end up taking my own life, and thus the world would be rid of us both to dwell, reluctantly of course, in the unhappiness everyone has been shrouded in since we crossed over. Oh, the misery! The despair! The lovely piña coladas left untouched in my absence! No way am I going to let that happen. I’m just going to have to leave a short review. *Sparx is shaken off her desk chair as the Earth rotates off its axis* Eilime, leaving a short review? Three words: No way! - We both know that’s impossible. “Ah yes, it’s quite freaky how you pick up on these little details and infer so much and so precisely from them!” (-on the topic of the light from the Love Knot growing). I can’t believe my guessing and ostensibly ridiculous interpretations were so correct. You can’t see it, but I’m applauding myself and throwing roses at my feet. I’m an altruist, if you couldn’t tell *coughs violently*. And to continue from the fact that I undid an inextricable knot (*applause arises out of the blue again and Eilime blushes from all the unwanted attention*), it sounded as though I was on to something that you couldn’t disclose for the sake of the continuation of the story, and I just have to say, I’m pretty excited about whatever is to come. “After giving that whole long speech and him not caring and all that jazz, he leaps outta bed in a jiffy with all of those injuries. Sigh. Men are such idiots at times.” True, but they’re cute idiots, which makes it all the more difficult. Damn this weakness… Okay, NOW I’ll start commenting on chapter 33, which has been, unsurprisingly, greatly anticipated for a long time. I thought the Hermione Healing Draco moment was – though sadly predictable, I have to say – cute. You wrote it in a way that wasn’t too cliché, but just the fact that their relationship is growing quite slowly, and rightfully so, in this story, made me like this little moment of compassion because, damnit, we need some action. I don’t really know why, but I thought the “Awwww, look! They’re having a quarrel! Isn’t that sweet?!” comment was cute. As for the “Ignorance is bliss” mantra, I find it equivocal. For it’s both urging Hermione and Draco to be purposely ignorant of the rumours and the whole incident at the match, but it also seems to me that they need to convince themselves that they’re not affected by the rumours and the possible truth behind them (at least the rumours of them having romantic feelings for each other). The whole toilet sequence with Lavender and Parvati was a really nice touch. I’m sure Draco’s head was inflating conspicuously, but I also liked the fact that he heard some not-so-complimenting things like how Hermione had looked as though Parvati was a loon when she had said Draco was hot. Serves him right. But it was actually quite an important moment for the imminent development in Hermione and Draco’s relationship, since – like in the chapter with the psychiatrist who so innocently cut it out in cardboard for them – someone is stating their compatibilities and the possibility of them being together. I have to agree with Hermione though; laughing like a maniac about it was a bit too extreme. I thought I’d just like to point out that during this chapter Draco has taken Hermione’s hand twice. Though he is just leading her somewhere, I’m sure he’s all tingly inside when doing it. Well, it’s nice to know that Draco would prefer to be stuck with Hermione for an interminable amount of time rather than some ninny, but I’m sure there are other reasons than the ones he fed Hermione. Sparx, I have a theory. It’s a possible ending to this story that my mind has been pondering about whenever I read another chapter. Okay, I’m going to tell you what it is whether you like it or not: Throughout the story, Draco and Hermione get closer, more conspicuously now after he’s saved her, and as you wrote at the end of chapter 32, And from that moment on, the two Heads definitely grew closer, whether they knew it or not. And then, sometime in the future, they’ll grow even closer, close enough to, on some level, not mind so much that they are doomed to be married. Then, they accept it, either out loud or just in each of their minds, but before they get to admit it to each other, they find a way to break the Love Knot, which they do, without getting married. So now, emancipated and without any perceptible reason to stay together, they feel like they’re missing something. And then, BOOM! – they realise that what they’re missing is each other, and they get together on their own accord and not because the Love Knot deemed them to be together for all eternity. What d’you think, eh? This is of course your story, and you do whatever you set out to do, but in my anxiety for this story to end so I’ll know what happens (and on the same time not to end, so it can go on…), my mind just started to imagine things. Well, in conclusion – Loved the chapter. Until we meet again… ~Eilime.
Hi sparx. It’s me again! I’m honoured to be called your saviour. Applause for honesty! I’m such a good person! And humble, too ;) Okay, completely off the topic there! Here’s my review (Oh, yes, this message does have a point. Shock, huh?): First, about my last review (ch27) and your response to it; I’m glad we agree it would be funnier to have Hermione remember the night before. I get the impression that some of the stories here where alcohol is involved, it seems that a blackout is inevitable. I’m not saying people should get drunk before writing those stories in order to find out how often a blackout happens (that’s what I call research =D), but this is so much more realistic. Good choice. And, yes! I know! I’m rambling, but I’m on a roll here… Well, I think we can safely turn our attention from chapter 27 to a more contemporary issue: Chapter 28 (you never thought I’d get there, did you?) I really enjoyed this chapter… Jinx is always fun to have around. Hermione was really sweet in this chapter, telling Harry, Ron and Ginny to stop poking fun at Slytherin, and more pointedly at Draco, for losing the match. Pansy was carelessly insensitive to their loss but that just makes Hermione stand out, so applause to Pansy’s incompetence! “There’s a piece of good news in my otherwise bleak existence.” How sad, yet how characteristically wallowed in self-pity. Hermione referring the Love Knot to “A minor setback”? An interesting perception of their situation, however new and groundless it may be, but I would definitely have called it something else, and I’d even throw in some eloquently derogatory expletives just for the heck of it. I like this rational Hermione and how she now actually wants to help the bastard (excuse my French). Though Draco might be a better Seeker than Malcolm Baddock, I can’t help but doubt Draco’s abilities on a broom while having Hermione attached behind him, thus weighing down the broom and making it much harder to navigate the flying. The speed would be more limited too, I imagine. I felt so sorry for Hermione when Ron and Harry took the news badly. Hermione’s reasoning was completely understandable but I guess since I’m not a bloke and don’t play Quidditch (shock, right?), I see it differently. The reappearance of Godric and Salazar was enjoyable; I feel like they’ve been gone for a long time. “You would think they would be a little clearer as to what they meant knowing that they have an audience around.” Yes, that is a wonder. Lovely input by Salazar there. But who the hell would have torn out the pages about the Love Knot?! Lucius? Nah, this is the school library we’re talking about (though I wouldn’t put it past him). “Great way to spice things up a little, eh?” Great way to end the chapter. I feel like it was aimed at the readers, though not because your previous chapters were uneventful (definitely not) but you said yourself that the Valentine’s Day sequence had taken up a couple of chapters and you were going to go on to something new. In conclusion… (See? This review does have an end) I really liked this chapter though there wasn’t much progress in Draco and Hermione’s impending love. Their understanding for each other’s sacrifices and growing feelings are great, and Draco/Hermione stories should never jump into romance too soon. However, I can’t help but feel, this was chapter 28 and I want some action! Like last time, I seem to let my fingers lead me and I just ramble on and on. But this time I mean it when I say I have nothing further to say. Seriously. Mind’s blank. Nada. Finito. Not adding a single thing. Not even one word. I’ll bet you anything. By the way, can’t wait to the next chapter! Dammit! I really shouldn’t gamble…
Author's Response: Hi Eilime! Once again, I'm going to call you my saviour because you have helped me point out the careless mistakes. Again! What would I do without you?? Heehee… Indeed, applause for honesty, good-will and your awe-inspiring humility! ;) Right, now on to the response to the review (I went off topic myself—your influence perhaps? =D). I would actually want to say something in response to your response of my response of your review in Chapter 27 (are you still with me here? Because I think I'm quite lost myself), but then the whole responding thing for that chapter will never end. So I'm just going to say, bottom line is: yay for thinking that Hermione waking up to remember everything from the previous night is a good idea! Great minds think alike. =D Don’t worry, you’re not the only one rambling here. Apparently, rambling is my past time as well. Right on to chapter 28 (I’ll admit, I was a little doubtful about getting to it. Lol, kidding…)! I love having Jinx around too. She’s a ball. Hermione was rather sweet, wasn’t she? And a little surprising too. I mean, since when does Hermione tell her friends to stop poking fun at DRACO MALFOY?? LOL, I think you get the point. Yup, applause to Pansy’s insensitiveness and general lack of genuine compassion! She makes Hermione look good. I think that’s the only reason it’s good to have Pansy around. =P I do quite like the “bleak existence” line. I know it sounds a bit depressing, but then again, like you said, it’s so like Draco to wallow in self-pity. I do agree with you on calling the Love-Knot “A minor setback”, when it is clearly ANYTHING but. I guess my only explanation to why she’d say something like that would be because she didn’t want Draco to feel as bad as he already was feeling (though the “eloquently derogatory expletives” does sound absolutely wonderful). I'm glad you like this rational side to Hermione. Her wanting to help the bastard (your French is so excused my dear) does seem a little unexpected, but it makes for a nice twist. Plus, I guess it shows that nothing stops Hermione from doing what she thinks is right, not even the fact that Draco Malfoy is her arch enemy and jerk extraordinaire. She doesn’t discriminate, in a manner of speaking. Hmmm, you have a very good point about Draco not being able to navigate the broom as well with Hermione attached to him at the back. That point kinda slipped out of my mind, so I think I have to take note of that. However, I still do hope it’ll work out for them because it’s a matter of the Slytherin reputation here (which really isn’t very important to me, but it is to Draco and well, you get the idea). Harry and Ron’s reaction was inevitable— I just don’t see them as agreeing to something like that. Yes, I did feel bad for Hermione (her life isn’t going too well as it is), but it had to be done. I had to bring Salazar and Godric back! They were indeed gone for long. It’s always fun to write their lines and play around with their characters. They inject some humor here and there and are pretty entertaining. Ahhh, the torn pages mystery! Who did it? Who did it? Lucius? Seems a possibility and like you said, it wouldn't be totally uncharacteristic of him. Maybe Luna??? *gasp* Nah, I'm just kidding with that one. The poor girl barely has anything to do with anything. Maybe a character that I'm going to create out of the blue?? *evil grin* You’ll have to wait and see! Hahah, the “Great way to spice things up a little” line was sorta aimed at the readers. In a way, it was to hint to them of the things that are about to come and to keep them on a lookout for a these little things. Awww, your review’s ending… I guess all good things do have to come to an end, huh? Oh well… Your conclusion pretty up sums up my aim of this chapter (and quite possibly, this story). But I hear your cry— there should be some action after 28 WHOLE chapters! Heehee… It will come, for sure. WOW, now that was a long review, but yet I didn’t feel like it was that long until now, when I'm finally looking at my response. I absolutely LOVE long reviews, so don’t worry about the rambling; by all means, ramble on for as long as you like. It gives me a chance to do the same! And yeah, I don’t think you should gamble… You don’t seem to be very good at it! =D Anyways, thank you for the awesome review, Eilime! Would love to see another one in the next chapter. Till then, ciao!
Hi sparx. I’m so happy my rambling is appreciated! It really does make one wonder if Hell has frozen over… Even though I’m allowed, I don’t think I’ll talk so much in this review. But let’s just get on with it: I really enjoyed this chapter. The flow of the story is wonderful and I liked the little progress in their relationship in this chapter. The Silencing Charm seems to be working okay, though I’m still doubtful about Draco’s abilities to navigate the broom properly to complete a match. But anyway, “Is it permanent, by any chance?” I really like this input by Nott about the Silencing Charm. It’s such a small thing but, I don’t know, I just liked it. Another thing I liked was the way Jinx tried to calm Hermione down by telling her to ‘breathe in, out, in…’ Such a nice ring. Not at all filled with cruelty, malice and the will to dominate all life like stupid Ring of Power by stupid Sauron. Even though you’ve mentioned it in previous chapters, you really see that Quidditch does mean a lot to Draco in this one. I mean, he allows Hermione to bruise him all over, yet he doesn’t complain for the sake of her overcoming her fear and him being able to play again. And the nightie… Oh, the nightie, the nightie. What’s a Harry Potter fanfiction without a pink nightie with dancing sheep and pompoms? “His favorite nightie.” Aww, how cute is Draco? That he doesn’t prefer a see-through, black nightie is really comforting and adoringly foreshadowing. And oh, he was trying to keep his eyes from wandering all over her body? In that nightie? Hey, whatever gets him going… Considering you practically hauled me out of bed, no,” Hermione snapped. Touché. Like Nott’s input, this is one of the minor things but the things that I really like and want to mention. “For your information, I'm going to do a Silencing Charm on you, before you start snapping at me and presume that I'm going to hex you.” I love it that he’s starting to get to know her much better. Even though he could as easily have said this when they were still “sworn enemies” (which they still are as for what people think but, hah, I know better) because he would still have known she’s a know-it-all friend of Harry Potter who would not wish to have evil Draco Malfoy’s wand pointed at her, but it gets a whole new meaning now. And then there’s that part of their evening flight where it says, “She squeezed. Immediately, Draco lowered his speed.” I love it that he sticks to his word and, however reluctant he might be to admit it, cares for her safety and, yes, I know, he doesn’t want to be showered with vomit, but still! I believe in the better side of him. However dangerous and long the journey to his good side is, I will get there. And so will Hermione. Ooh, loved the electricity between the two of them at night. Him being conscious about the proximity they were in, her pulling herself closer to Draco because she was now quite at ease. At ease with, might I point out, Draco! The reappearance of Lucius was enjoyable. However agitating it is for the Head Boy and Girl, he really does amuse me with his little inputs like, “Just what where you two doing anyway?” Then there’s the drinking problem… However amusing it was when Parvati (or was it Lavender? Who cares…) came over and was all sweet about this ‘problem’ of Hermione’s, I do hope this won’t be anything major in the future chapters. I’m sorry for bringing all the quotes into this review, but it’s a great way of letting you know what the hell I’m on about. My review is nearing an end (indeed, it is), so I’d just like to say, great chapter! Powerful and sweet. But please, more action. Until we meet again! Eilime. PS. “Even though I’m allowed, I don’t think I’ll talk so much in this review.” Whoops, I guess I just proved myself wrong…
Author's Response: Eilime! My eternal life-saver! LOL, kidding. Seriously, your rambling is appreciated, as unbelievable as that may seem. =D Righty, let’s get on with it then since you want to keep this review short. ;) I'm glad that you liked the flow of this chapter and that the little progress the two had did not go unnoticed! I understand that you're a little doubtful about Draco’s abilities to navigate with Hermione behind him, but hey, he’s a big strong man so I'm sure he’ll be able to handle a little extra weight. Heehee. That dialogue by Nott just seemed like a very Slytherin thing to say, so I had to add it in. good to hear that you liked it! Jinx is essentially a good ring, even though she can be really bitchy to Draco when the need arises. Definitely nothing like the Ring of Power that Sauron was after in LOTR. But I'm sure Jinx would love to meet this Ring of Power if she had the chance. She’s got an active social life you know? ;) More active than mine, sad to say. Yup, Quidditch does mean a lot to him and I can’t exactly explain why without blabbering on and on, but it just does. Like you said, you can see it especially in this chapter. I do love the sheep nightie! I know it may seem a little odd that Draco Malfoy would prefer a nightie that has dancing sheep and pink pompoms on it to a sexy back lingerie, but I guess that kinda adds to his appeal, doesn’t it? Plus, I think the nightie is just so atrocious that you have to love it. Am I making any sense at all? K, moving on… The bit where Draco warns Hermione before performing the charm on her was put in the chapter for the precise reason of letting the readers know that he now knows her better and knew instinctively that she would have snapped at him. Like you said, he could have easily said that when they were sworn enemies (they still believe that, don’t they??), but him saying him now bears a totally different implication. And you're right about that line— despite not wanting to be covered with puke (we’ll overlook that fact for now), there’s certainly a deeper meaning to why he “IMMEDIATELY lowered his speed” (notice especially the word in caps). He does (as much as he doesn’t want to admit it) care about her safety and since she is keeping true to her word of flying with him, the least he can do is return the favor. I had to show you readers the chemistry between the two of them as they took the broomride. It was just one of the things I had to do. Having them actually realizing each other’s presence does say a lot about their relationship. =D Sparks were flying (ignore the really bad pun)! Hermione was in fact at ease with, of all people, Draco. Wow, did you ever think this day would come?? Lucius had to make a reappearance eventually, despite his wife being obsessed with France. I cannot stand him, but he is fun to have around, especially when dialogue as the one you mentioned has to be delivered. About the drinking problem, well, it was Parvati (though it doesn’t really make a difference), and I assure you, it won’t be a problem in the future. I just needed to lay out the groundwork for my next chapter. *wink* You’ll see. I'm actually really grateful that you did bring all those quotes into the review. I do appreciate it and it definitely makes it easier for me to understand what you're talking about. Well, I'm glad that you enjoyed this chapter. There will be progress (and soon, I assure you). Ta for now dear! And thanks for the “short” review. Hopefully, your next one will be even “shorter”… =D
Sparx, honey… I might as well say this beforehand: I’m not going to apologise for however long this review is going to be because we both know it’s inevitable. That said, I can inundate you with my invaluable opinions. And, no, I’m not impertinent, lethal, impetuous, pertinacious, imperious, or otherwise incapable of withholding my thoughts, I’m just incessantly garrulous. So, chapter 32… Well, I can honestly say that I was extremely pleased to see that it had finally been put up, after all the torture the moderators put us through with the perpetual update emails. And you, getting all those reviews saying how many emails they had got, how annoyed they were, and how the moderators should just drop dead. Personally, I think people are overreacting, and responding to all those reviews must have been hard for you. Okay, off the topic here! I’ll just skip this and turn to a more contemporary issue: The wonderful appearance of chapter 32. Hermione remembered! Yay! She remembered Draco protecting her, swearing to her that nothing would happen to her. God, I could kiss her for remembering! (You know, had she not been a girl and a fictional person…) For some inexplicable reason, its silver colour seemed brighter than before. Or maybe it was just her. I feel (you see, this is where I start commenting on every little detail, poor you) that it shone brighter both because of the power it had produced to protect Hermione and Draco in their fall, which Dumbledore explained was one of the properties of the Love-Knot, but I also think it’s because of the initial purpose of the Knot to bring these two together in matrimony, and this purpose is now closer to its goal because of the bond between Hermione and Draco strengthening. Do you understand what I mean? As they get closer, the Love-Knot will shine brighter, or just become more conspicuous. I loved the mentioning and the combination to Venus; it was a great and clever input. A thing that I noticed in the conversation between Hermione and Dumbledore was that he at one point called her Hermione instead of the traditional Miss Granger, and I really liked it; it gave their conversation a personal touch, a thing that Dumbledore normally only has with Harry. I don’t know if it was on purpose, though, but I did notice it, and I thought it was well-placed. I felt very sorry for Draco when he woke up. And he was so petulant, not liking how kind Hermione was, trying to help him with the vial. But you wrote that it was only after he drank the vial that he remembered the fall and his chivalrous act, so what exactly was he so petulant about? Just the fact that he doesn’t want Hermione to think that he needs her help? Hermione fussed around with the blanket and fluffed her pillow, very obviously thinking of something. Draco, knowing her well enough by now, prepared for it. Aww, he knows her! And he’s accepted that fact. And when Hermione thanks him for saving her, the little fellow gets all defensive, indifferent, and shy (oh, yes, ‘shy’). But in his diatribe he’s actually indirectly, and definitely unconsciously, confessing his changed feelings about her; “So don’t get any ludicrous ideas about me purposely wanting to save you, or about me actually caring about you, or me developing any sort of feelings towards you, or whatever else it may be that you're thinking, because that’s not it, that’s really, really, not it.” No, that’s not it at all. Thank you for clearing that up for us, Draco. (Sarcasm is my middle name, if you hadn’t noticed that by now, sparx dear). And as you wrote yourself, it sounds like he’s trying to convince himself rather than her. (I noticed a little typo around here: “What so funny, Granger?” But that’s the only one in this chapter). “Miss Granger, I'm afraid I have some bad news.” Right away, Draco shot out of bed so fast that his back creaked. Oh, I just want to hug him. He’s just finished his unbelievably serious and trustworthy tirade (*cough cough*) about him not caring at all, and then he’s jumping out of his bed – with broken ribs, an arm in a sling, and a head contusion, I might add – in worry. And then there was the sigh of relief… Pansy’s appearance in the Hospital Wing – well, I’m not going to rest that long on that topic, since we all know what a pain in the arse she is. The only thing I want to say regarding her, is that I loved how worked up she was, and that the rumour mill doesn’t really bother me if it just serves to bring Hermione and Draco closer together. I loved the look of acknowledgement that passed between Draco and Harry. It was very big of Harry to say thank you to his arch nemesissy (I heard “nemesissy” from Jack from Will & Grace and I haven’t been able to drop the word since…). I liked Hermione and Draco’s little bickering before they went to sleep in the end, about him being awake or not. It was very sweet. And Hermione is “lucky for him”? *sigh* Now, if only there was a way in which he could express this gratitude… *sticks hand in the air enthusiastically* Pick me, pick me! I know a way you can show your gratitude! It doesn’t require much, just a dark, secluded room, and two pairs of lips… But, of course, he can simply say thank you…
Author's Response: Eilime! How have you been doing? And honestly dear, you have NEVER needed to apologize for your long reviews and I think you\'re fully aware of that by now! I mean, I truly enjoy them and like you said, your opinions are indeed invaluable! Yes, I don’t believe you\'re any of the above-mentioned adjectives, and being incessantly garrulous is absolutely fine with me, because hey, I\'m not exactly the quiet one myself! =D I am very, very happy myself that the chapter’s finally up as well. With all the updates emails and the waiting, it was about time, especially with some of the readers very near killing me and the mods! Hahaha… It is true that some of them overacted and it wasn’t easy replying to some of them, but then again, it kinda shows how attached they are to TUP, and that’s good in a way too I suppose! Right, now back to the issue of chapter 32! Yes, she remembered! I didn’t want her to forget or have a sudden lapse in memory because that would have kinda defeated the purpose of having him save her life like that. Lol, I\'m sure you would have indeed kissed her, if it weren’t for the two minor setbacks! (I love it when you start commenting on every little detail, so yay!) Ah yes, it’s quite freaky how you pick up on these little details and infer so much and so precisely from them! I completely understand what you mean, and all I can say, without divulging too much information, is that your guessing and inference skills are awesome! Venus and the drop of pure love was an idea that had been roaming around in my head for the longest time and I finally decided that it was time to use it for real. So it’s awesome to hear that you liked it! I actually did make Dumbledore call her “Hermione” on purpose at that point— like you said, he only usually does it with Harry, and I wanted to give the conversation a personal touch. And I didn’t want him, Dumbledore, to use it over and over again, so I thought having him say it at that one point was good enough. So yay for it being well-placed and you liking it! Hahaha… I guess I didn’t quite explain that bit properly. He was actually grouchy because of the previous medication that he was given, and also because of the pain in his head due to the contusion. So he was in a bad mood just because he was in a bad mood, and not because of what he had done earlier. Am I making sense? I don’t think so… Yes, hurray for Draco actually knowing and understanding Hermione’s moods and actions by now, and he seemed to accept that fact, as you said. I guess after spending all that time with someone, it’s hard not to! You know, you\'re absolutely right about him being shy, because yes, he does defensive and indifferent, but there is a part of him that is shy and embarrassed about it, and hence his whole tirade about not caring, not having feelings and blah, blah, blah. And you\'re spot on about him “unconsciously, confessing his changed feelings about her”, that’s so true. I mean after going through that whole thought process and thinking of all those words to use, I\'m pretty certain he has had a change of heart… He can deny it all he wants, and convince himself all he wants, but we know better, don’t we? ;) (And I do love your sarcasm, Eilime. It always makes me laugh. Oh, and again, thanks for pointing out the typo! I’ll change it ASAP). LOL, I\'m sure you wanna hug him! ;) And I was trying to show just that— that after giving that whole long speech and him not caring and all that jazz, he leaps outta bed in a jiffy with all of those injuries. Sigh. Men are such idiots at times. =P Pansy is getting to be rather bothersome to write about too, actually. I mean, I need her there, but sometimes, I just don’t wanna include her in the scene. Haha, again, I don’t think I\'m making sense. But anyways, yup, I needed her to be worked up with the rumors, which WE of course do not mind at all! I actually thought that was a very important step for Draco and Harry to take— that simple look of understanding. And I do like the sound of the word “nemesissy”… it has a very nice ring to it! Hahaha… Nemesissy. Now just hope I don’t accidentally use it while writing… That little bickering scene was to basically show the readers that even though their feelings towards each other might have changed, some things aren’t going to! Heehee. And yes, Hermione’s lucky for him! How who would have thought that Draco Malfoy would go on to say something like that? Ooooh, and the way you want them to show gratitude is certainly going to stay in my mind for a long time, because I LIKE IT. I mean, why just leave it at a simple thank you when you can do SO MUCH MORE… ;)
Hi, sparx. Congratulations on another fabulous chapter. I’m glad you didn’t make Hermione forget about the previous night since it wouldn’t be very realistic. I was excited when they started talking about the night before because I, like every other reader I expect, believe that the kiss must have consequences. Draco’s rather abrupt and amazingly honest statement that led to, “Better than Simone?” made me want to slap Hermione. Though humorous in its conciseness and simplicity, it was very risky of her, and what Draco replied to this was even better. I loved how Draco made Hermione admit that she remembered the previous night, telling her lies which she couldn’t help but want to contradict. Well, the whole scene where they discussed the night before was just rightly awkward, smug and delightfully packed with hinting questions and evasive answers. Hermione’s “drinking problem” was a nice touch. I would definitely not want to be in her shoes at that moment. And when Harry and Ginny found out that Draco had given Hermione roses - so cute how they fidgeted in their seats (Draco and Hermione, of course). I also liked how Blaise and Draco (though the latter hiding it) sniggered at Hermione’s comments to Pansy. The whole dinner seemed, as you wrote Hermione found it, enjoyable and I like the slow progress the story has, both between Draco and Hermione but also the fact that Blaise seems quite indifferent to, and even seems to enjoy, her presence at dinner. You can relax now – I’m finished talking. Seriously. Not going to say another thing. Not a word. Not even one. I’m absolutely certain. I’ll bet you anything. By the way, can’t wait to the next chapter! Dammit! Lost the bet.
Author's Response: Hi, Eilime! My savior (yup, read the email)! Thank you so much for the review! It’s good that you liked the fact that I didn’t make Hermione forget what happened the previous night. If she did forget, where’s the fun in that? ;) That whole scene where Draco tells Hermione that she’s a good kisser and she asks if she’s better than Simone… I was debating whether or not to have that scene in this chapter. I thought it might seem a bold move on both Draco and Hermione’s part, but I decided why not. It added a nice touch and did catch Hermione completely off guard. But you do have a good point— it was awfully risky of her, and that is why I added the statement “And since when Hermione talk before thinking?” to let the readers know that she had no idea what made her say, “Better than Simone?” I wanted their exchange about the events of the previous night to be awkward, but not overly awkward because that wouldn't have given me room to do much with their characters. I’ll be honest with you; the rumor about Hermione’s “drinking problem” was a last minute touch. I did it because I wanted to make sure that Hermione would never repeat the mistake of getting herself drunk, ever. Harry and Ginny had to find out eventually, though it was unfortunate that they had to find out through Ron, who, as we all know, as a tendency to blow things out of proportion. Ah, the dinner scene with Slytherin. I quite enjoyed writing that bit as well. Pansy was back, and it seemed right that she would say something nasty to Hermione, who would definitely counter. You're right on the count that Blaise seems indifferent to Hermione’s presence; enjoy would be a bit too strong a word, at the moment. I actually need Blaise to not mind Hermione’s company, for reasons you’ll find out later in the story. Hahaha… Liked the way you ended the review! Brought a smile to my face. You don’t have to worry about talking too much actually— look how much I have rambled! All right, I shall leave you alone now. Thank you so much for this wonderful review!
Great story! Some of the situations went by quite quick but I liked it none the less! I'm looking forward to reading chapter 2, ~Eilime~
Author's Response: Yeah, they did go by quickly. Sorry. lol! Thanks!!
I really liked your story. I just have one question: "L'Amoureux Du Serpent", do you mean "The Serpent's Love" because if you do then Draco is gay, lol. If his "Love" is supposed to be a woman (Hermione of course) it should say "L'Amoureuse Du Serpent". But I liked your story anyway of course! Good job, update soon
Author's Response: Yeah I know about the whole title deal and everything, but I think it just sounded better like it is. I'm glad you like my story though! : )
Author's Response: I changed the title anyway, lol. I had to recreate part of the plot line and this title fits better.
Are you going to update anywhere in the near future? Coz I read this chapter a long time ago and it hasn't been updated. I'd like to see where it's going.
Author's Response: I tried to update it, but the chapter didn't get approved... :/ I'll try again. =)
I really like your story so far, but I didn't understand that part where Uncle Vernon came to Harry's bedroom and started yelling when he saw Hermione in Harry's bed. It said that Harry used the 'Pretrificus Totallus' curse but his wand was on his bedside table a second later... Maybe I just read it wrong, but I got a bit confused. Anyhoo, I'm off to read the next chapters!
Author's Response: In the last story, Harry showed signs of wandless magic in front of Hermione. Here he used that ability when he felt she was being threatened.
Ooh, it's getting exciting now! The little hairs on my arms rose when I read the sentences about the Evans and the 'Auburn Summer.' Very well written. And can't wait for the next chapter!
One word: WOW! I loved it! I really enjoyed the "You're him too?!"-part (the boogeyman), it was hilarious! I think it is very well written and I like how the POV changes - it gives the story a kick, y'know, like everything goes faster and it's interesting that way! I don't know what else to say but update soon and *10*!