Title: Twelve Years of Christmas
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco; Harry/Ginny (past); Draco/Astoria (past)
Summary: Every year, Potter visits when Draco waits for his son to come home for the winter holidays. Every year, he brings presents based on The Faith of the Law, the French interpretation of a carol in which a true love receives twelve gifts, one for each day. This is because, Potter says, he and Malfoy are one every Christmas—ashes from a shared destiny that set their lives ablaze …
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): Angst. Highlight for details: Ambiguous ending, multiple character deaths (minor, off-scene & possible major, on-scene—depends on interpretation), mental illness.
Epilogue compliant? Yes
Word Count: ~13,500
Author's Notes: Happy Christmas, moonlitdark! I hope this little gift is to your liking and, um, makes you cry, as you requested! Many thanks to my beta W, who Apparated to my aid on little notice, to the lovely mods of the fest for their patience, and to R and CG for their cuddles and encouragement. Wikipedia supplies the information on La Foi de La Loi, for which I have not been able to track down further sources; it is noted that the song is to be sung with solemnity…
( Twelve Years of Christmas )