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01 December 2011 @ 12:00 am
Happy H/D Holidays, [name redacted]!  
Author: snegurochka_lee
Recipient: [name redacted]
Title: Humbug (A Christmas Tale)
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco. (With implied Draco/other men; implied past Harry/Cho; and brief, future, imagined but not-real Harry/Charlie.)
Summary: Draco has been taking his casual relationship with Harry for granted. Visits from four key ghosts the night before Christmas just might shake up his priorities in life.
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): EWE. Discussion of the terminal illness of a child (a la Tiny Tim), but if you know Dickens, you know it will be all right.
Epilogue compliant? Not for Harry or Draco, so no kids for them, but there is implied Ron/Hermione.
Word Count: ~30,000
Author's Notes: With the greatest of apologies to Charles Dickens. The idea to write an adaptation of A Christmas Carol as H/D landed in my brain and would not be moved. Many thanks to my beta M. for not discouraging me, but also, oh God, why didn't she discourage me?! Huge thanks also to H. and L. for more beta help once the deed was done. [name redacted], you are a lovely person who did not in any way ask for this particular craziness, but you did have many marvellous things in your sign-up that I tried to incorporate here. Happy Holidays!


( Humbug (A Christmas Tale) )
 
 
 
mayfly_78mayfly_78 on December 13th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous! There could not have been a more perfect beginning to this years hols!

This was a beautiful re-write of the classic original story. It had me gripped from the beginning, my heart going out for poor Harry and Draco. By the middle you almost had me crying, your writing was just so powerful. Beautiful, just beautiful!
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I definitely won the lottery in being posted first. o_O. Best luck ever! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)
♪彡magelet on December 14th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
This fic was so amazing, I actually sat still for a good few hours in front of the computer because I just couldn't stop reading! I still want more of it, it's way better than a simple re-write of a classic. All those simple glimpses of past, present and future really illustrated just how much Harry adores Draco rather than Draco just being a miserable arse. I'm also kinda thrilled you somehow managed to put Cho in without making her a wimpy mess and Teddy being ill... that honestly makes the most sense with Remus's altered genes and Tonks being pregnant during such stressful times. Just, such ♥!
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm glad all those elements worked for you. I did actually hope it would be more of its own story, not just a re-write, so it's great to hear that from you! :) My recipient actually put Cho-love in her sign-up, so I wanted to write some of that into the story for her. She definitely gets a bad rap in fandom (well, and canon!) And ooh, yes, I like your ideas about Teddy! ♥
It's Lion Turtles all the way downlettered on December 15th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
I really liked this. My favorite part was what a jerk Draco was in the beginning. Especially with his desire for meaningless, casual sex. I thought it was very well done. Also hot. I dont know why I like people being assholes in this way quite so much, but its very enjoyable, and the porn was hot too :o)

My favorite trip with one of the spirits was Christmas past, specifically the scene where Draco demands that Dobby play with him. That was so heart-breaking; I loved it. Thanks for this story!

Edited at 2012-01-05 04:05 am (UTC)
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on May 28th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
Dear sweet jesus, where are my comment replies?? So sorry!!! I think I was still in conversation with you about your awesome fic back in January and dropped off the face of LJ for a bit there, too, aaargh. But thank you! I'm so glad you liked this.

I dont know why I like people being assholes in this way quite so much

LOL, me too. Casual sex while being dickish with feelings, then falling in love, is one of my bullet-proof fanfic tropes anywhere, heh. ♥♥♥
SessaSessahhh on December 18th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
This was absolutely fantastic. So well adapted from the original classic. You did a beautiful job. I almost thought this would've been too cheesy but it was just perfect. And the bit about little Teddy. Awww. *heart clenchy* I loved the part with Draco playing with him at the end. That was such a touching moment.
And of course, the sex! So good. But it felt like this story was way more important than the porn. The whole thing was so detailed. Great, great job.
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on May 28th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, and forgive my super late reply! *irons hands* I'm so glad you liked this. Draco playing with Teddy at the end was one of my favourite parts, too. ♥
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lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
silva_draconis: HP- Severitus- H/D/Ssilva_draconis on December 18th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
This was a fantastic fic, you hit the 'Christmas Carol' spot on and tailored it perfectly for Draco.
I really enjoyed seeing how he made it all right. There was just the right amount of angst with a brilliantly smexy happy ending.
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on December 19th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely, lovely, not-so-mystery author! (We'll see if my guess is right. *g*) This was a thoroughly enjoyable read -- I loved vulnerable!smitten!Harry and Draco being such a prick. They were darn hot together. ;-) And I loved that in the end Snape never steered Draco wrong. ♥ (But I feel badly for him, being stuck with all those chains! Surely he lost a few after helping Draco? *hopeful*)

Edited at 2011-12-19 05:00 am (UTC)
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on May 28th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
GOOD LORD, where are my comment replies?? :( SO SORRY! But eeee, thank you for this! Was your guess right? I thought I was well hidden! But then some folks told me otherwise as they laughed and laughed. :( Ah well. :D

(But I feel badly for him, being stuck with all those chains! Surely he lost a few after helping Draco? *hopeful*)

Agh. I'm still torn about that one. In all earlier drafts, this had a very different ending, wherein in the last scene, Snape and Andromeda are having a drink together and quietly congratulating themselves on a job well done. :) I liked that closure for Snape, but all four of my trustworthy betas said it read as far too manipulative, to have Snape steering the whole thing like that all along. :( With more time, I think there would have been a way for me to make it less manipulative but still give Snape a happier ending, but alas, all I had time for was to cut it out completely and end at the Weasleys'.

But yes, in my head, Snape is perfectly fine, and much of that scene with him and Draco was a performance meant to light a fire under Draco's ass. :D
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(no subject) - snegurochka_lee on June 6th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Eanelineaeanelinea77 on December 19th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
This was both funny as hell and just wonderful. I loved this story very much. Thanks so much!!
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Filomena: <3aubade_saudade on December 21st, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
loved this fic, for reasons. reasons having to do with how amazeballs this fic is. <3
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, thank you! I love this comment. ♥
CallistianStarcallistianstar on December 31st, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
This was immensely enjoyable. It was hard, obviously, to hear that Snape had that bitter end after all the good he had done, but it all worked well. It could have turned out very "corny" with the story being what it is, but you managed that aspect awesomely. Very sweet and believable.
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on May 28th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, and so sorry for the late reply! I did want to make it clearer at the end that Snape is doing just fine in the afterlife, and much of the chains business was a performance meant to get Draco to be a better a person, but alas, I ran out of time. I'm glad you liked it, though! :)
resident badass, yo.: hp: h/d great hallsugareey on December 31st, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
No idea why this escaped my attention until now, but OMG...perfect Christmas story, and definitely going to become one of my favs from now on!

You've done such a lovely job in craving out your characters, and having a Christmas Carol in this was soooo epic. You've got the personalities dead on, and I am so glad Draco decided to change his fate before it was too late. Yayyy for Snape and the way you've described the sex between the boys...each time was so different and it really shows. Strong emotions here with the happiness and angst, and I think I'm in love! Thanks so much for sharing! ♥
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on May 28th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, and so sorry for the late reply! I'm really glad you enjoyed this. ♥
belphemonbelphemon on December 31st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
I cant believe I have never read a Harry Potter Christmas Carole before this was great.
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
em615em615 on January 1st, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Brilliant spin on A Christmas Carol. Well done!
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
jjjingleheimers on January 2nd, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
Nice story. Thanks for the read. Smoothly written.
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
mindabbles: Harry over the shoulder lookmindabbles on January 2nd, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
Thank you for this completely, utterly delightful story. I enjoyed it more than I can say. It was my perfect Draco. I love the journey he went on. Brilliant use of your theme to also let us see a little of Harry's POV, that added so much. Melting sex scenes. Fabulous!
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on May 28th, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
Min! Thank you very much! And aaaaargh, so sorry for failing at comment reply! :( I'm so glad you liked this. And eeee, yes, tricks of the trade to secretly get at Harry's POV, yay! I'm glad it worked for you! ♥♥♥
enable l♥veenablelove on January 3rd, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
Oh man, this was BRILLIANT. I had stuff I had to do, but instead got so caught up in reading this!

lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. :)
veritas03veritas03 on January 3rd, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
Wow - this was fantastic!!
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
sra_danvers: Roger Nadalsra_danvers on January 3rd, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
I was so busy this Christmas, but I keep this link that various people reced to me. Now I put it in my new ebook, and oh, so wonderful afternoon you gifted me!
That Draco was perfect for Scrouch, and Harry was delicious. Teddy, oh my poor Teddy. All was perfect! And loved the end! Thanks again!
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on May 28th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, and argh, so sorry for the late reply! :( I'm really glad you enjoyed it! ♥
(Anonymous) on January 5th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
I'm a total lurker but I had to leave a comment because I absolutely loved this story. Ive read just about every entry and I can honestly say this is one of my favorites, if not my #1. It's one I keep thinking about even weeks later and one I'll definitely be re-reading. Such a wonderfully told story and fantastic writing. I'm anxious for your identity to be revealed so i can read your other stories.
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on June 6th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm delighted you enjoyed it. ♥
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on January 5th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
This is, without a doubt, the one of the best version of Draco Malfoy's repentance that I have ever read. I love Harry, the HARRY-NESS of him. Teddy as Tiny Tim makes my heart ache. And the sadness of them together, the fact that Harry fell too hard and what is revealed. Just GORGEOUS. And funny. And sexy. And too too yummy for words. Snappy dialogue, too. Such a treat!

This though

But Harry was at that moment naked in his kitchen making Draco coffee simply because Draco had said he liked it, and it was Christmas morning, and it was cold as fuck outside the covers, and Draco could not imagine being anywhere else.

I laughed until I cried. Beautiful stuff, darling. Just beautiful.

PS I love your Andromeda.
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on June 6th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
NOE!!! *tackleglomp* So much comment-reply fail, but THANK YOU!!! I am so super pleased you liked this. I always wibble about writing H/D, 'cuz I'm so new at it compared to all the awesome veterans, so I am delighted it worked for you! ♥♥♥

(Hee, Andromeda was faaaar too much fun. :D
mumu_dollmumu_doll on January 5th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Re-reading it for like fifth time.

Really amazing.
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on February 12th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! That's fantastic to hear. :)
Jacquelinepink_mint on January 5th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!! ♥
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on June 6th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Eeee, thank you! And aaaargh, comment-reply fail, SORRY.

Also, if I haven't told you lately, YOUR GIFT + MY HEART = a;lksjfd;lsajkfals;kfja. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
beeppearljamz on January 7th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
I have to confess - i have yet to read any Dickens novels, so i can only draw from what i remember from watching the muppets christmas carol.


Oh my sweet sweet jeebus. What is this hotness? My brain. You have broken it with all the feelings. I was alone during christmas day (cos my parents had buggered off to some holiday with their middle-aged friends), and i felt a bit like draco! Hahaha but i watched bridget jones so it was okay. And hhnngggg...the sex here is so well written - just the right kinks omg! Anyway, prepare for some intense stalkage once your wonderful self is revealed!!
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on June 6th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Gah, so sorry for the ridiculously late reply, but THANK YOU! Hee, Muppets Christmas Carol is more than enough to go by for this. ;) I'm so delighted you enjoyed it! ♥
marlina_a on January 11th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
This is possibly the most brilliant H/D fic I have ever read. There's angst, hurt/comfort and most of all, good sex scenes with a happy ending! It's hard to find a fic that can manage to pull all those off! This fic made me happy, and I have read it twice. My first read was yesterday. It's beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. ♥

Edited at 2012-01-11 10:16 am (UTC)
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on June 6th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Gah, so sorry for the ridiculously late reply, but THANK YOU! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it! ♥
Lynaellelynaelle on January 13th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
This was absolutely lovely. There isn't a single thing I didn't like in this story. Everything was so perfectly well developed, it leaves me completely speechless.

Snape's ghost, which followed Draco until the very end (even though he didn't appear before him anymore), was a wonderful idea.

Seeing Harry so vulnerable and Draco so carefree towards him was heartbreaking. Draco's realization of his behaviour through all those Christmases he witnessed was amazingly described. Most of these scenes turned out to be heartbreaking as well (the one in which Teddy was eating an ice cream made me teary-eyed. Poor child!).

Harry and Draco's relationship was wonderfully grasped: the sex scenes were extremely telling of their true feelings. I loved your characterization, too. It just seemed so typical of Harry to tell everyone about them, somehow looking for some pieces of advice as to how to handle that relationship. Sweet! ♥♥

Draco playing soldiers with Teddy was an adorable scene to end this no less adorable story.

Thank you so, so much for the fantastic read! ♥♥

Edited at 2012-01-14 03:10 pm (UTC)
lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on June 6th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Gah, so sorry for the ridiculously late reply, but THANK YOU! I'm so delighted you hear you enjoyed this, even though by now it's so terribly out of season. ;) Harry telling everyone about them even though they were kind of just fuck buddies, awww! I like H/D where they keep each other a secret, but somehow for this, I thought it would be interesting to see how it would go down in Harry was so honest, not hiding Draco. And for Draco to find that out and not quite know how to deal. *pets him* And I'm really glad Teddy's scenes worked for you! He was a heartbreaker to write, but I had to keep reminding myself that he would be okay, he WOULD, dammit!

Thanks again! ♥