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01 December 2012 @ 08:59 am
HAPPY H/D HOLIDAYS, PIR8FANCIER!  
Author: rurounihime
Recipient: pir8fancier
Title: A Song, Incomplete
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, past Harry/Ginny, past Draco/Astoria implied
Summary: Draco’s photograph took up the entire top half of the Prophet’s front page. Below the photo: DRACO MALFOY DEFENDS SON OF FORMER LOVER. As if that were breaking news.
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): Angstiness.
Epilogue compliant? Definitely.
Word Count: 11,200
Author's Notes: I’m not sure how much of your prompt I actually got in here, but I hope it hits the spot. J Thank you muchly to C for all your patience and assistance, and to S for betaing! Title borrowed from Plato.


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kayladie: supermenkayladie on December 1st, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
This story made my heart ache for both of them! I love the way what went wrong before wasn't spelled out explicitly, but was woven in among the story of James' trial. I loved the bit where Draco says he wasn't doing this for James, and Harry replies that he knows who he was doing it for. Then when Harry apologizes for the past and offers Draco his heart forever...and Draco replies that he's been Harry's for a long time now. Just...*sigh*. Although I do hope that Harry is able to repair his relationship with Albus Severus, I am so happy that he decided to do something for himself, and to hell with what the rest of the world and the press thinks!
rurounihime: callistorurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Oooh, thank you so much, first commenter! ^__^ And what a great first comment it is. I'm so happy the story managed to hit so many good spots for you. I hold out hope for Harry and Albus' ability to work things out, and I agree: it's high time Harry did some "Me Things". He's given so much to everyone else.

Thank you again!
HelenaDax: D/Hhelenadax on December 1st, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous story! It broke my heart to see Al so angry at Harry. And poor Harry, so sad without Draco. Loved the fic.
rurounihime: Duncan/Fitzrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
It was kind of strange, when the Albus-fight angle came up. I've never written THEM at odds with each other. Refreshing in a way, but also (yes) sad. Thank you so much for this comment! ♥
omi_ohmy: Leafomi_ohmy on December 1st, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Oh my, that was wonderful. I loved – loved!– the ache, for the past, for what had been lost, combined with a father's love. And Albus, ah, how sad, but real. Both Harry and Draco were so grown-up, I did like that too. This was a real treat to read. :)
rurounihime: I thee wedrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for what you've said here. I'm so happy you liked the story, especially the older-H-and-D aspect. It was really great getting to know this version of the guys. ^_^
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 1st, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
I loved the subtlety about it. The meaningful looks and the attention to details said so much about their past way before it was stated.

I loved the depth of it. I did feel like you were telling two stories at once; the one that happened all those years ago and the one happening at the present.

I loved how sexy you made them, adults and grown up. Maturity is so sexy, and boy, you showed it plenty on this fic. I loved it.

And my romantic heart thanks you so much for that ending! I wonder if you asked yourself it it'd be too much. Well, if you did, it wasn't. It was the perfect way to leave us with a smile for the rest of the day.

Wonderful story, mystery author. :)
rurounihime: blue penguinsrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
The meaningful looks and the attention to details said so much about their past way before it was stated.

Thank you very much! I'm relieved it conveyed so much.

I did feel like you were telling two stories at once

And this. Love how you put this. You're exactly right.

I wonder if you asked yourself it it'd be too much.

In several senses, maybe. In the end, I didn't want to tie everything up, just give a little bow to the main aspect of Harry's life at this point. The rest could come later, but Harry needed Draco, and Draco needed him, and I really wanted to give them each other at least.

Thank you very much for such a great review! *hugs*
stellamoon: Moon defaultstellamoon on December 1st, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Beautiful fic. Thank you for sharing.
rurounihime: animerurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Thank YOU for reading! *hugs* I'm so glad you liked it!

How are you doing? ^_^
MelusinaHP: Melusinamelusinahp on December 1st, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
That was lovely and warm, and also very interesting. The progression of the court case--Draco's arguments--felt very believable and satisfying. So clever. And I very much enjoyed the lovely melancholy longing between Harry and Draco, especially as it had such a Wonderful and effecting conclusion.
rurounihime: boromirrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
The progression of the court case--Draco's arguments--felt very believable and satisfying. So clever.

I'm so excited you thought so! Ha, that was the main omg spot for me... I don't know law and I only have a hobby-like interest in the subject in terms of entertainment (movies, TV, that kind of thing). It's wonderful to hear that it was gripping.

Thanks for reading and for such a great review!
fantasyfiend09: Rain Postcard Red Rahlfantasyfiend09 on December 1st, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
This was so achingly good. My heart was in my throat for most of it, but the ending was absolutely perfect. I love how you slowly revealed hints of six years before and the choices and mistakes Harry had made. I'm so glad that he learned from them. Perhaps, someday, Albus will come around. He seemed more lost and troubled than even Harry.
Beautifully written story.
rurounihime: bradley colin facesrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I love that you enjoyed the ending, specifically. I wanted to give them some closure, and also an opening for something new. Harry couldn't not learn, in my mind. Poor thing. Took enough hits to do it...

Perhaps, someday, Albus will come around. He seemed more lost and troubled than even Harry.

Yes, I think you are right about him being even more lost. I have high hopes for them, though. I think between the two of them, they can work this out. ^_^
月下老人: Aegyo Luhanwanderlust_mr on December 1st, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
This was so heartbreaking-ly beautiful and haunting. Every word ripped a piece of me until I'm hanging on this rope where I'm slowly slipping and the next thing you know, I'm free-falling into a pool of feelings I can't even fathom anymore. My heart ached just as much as it did from the very beginning and even more so at the history underlying the story and then, even more at the unresolved open-ended-ness of it. And I can literally wax poetic about how amazing this story is, but I'm afraid I'll run out of words and descriptions to depict how this story got under my skin and crawled into my heart.

Wonderful, wonderful job, mystery author. And thank you. Thank you so much for sharing a piece of you into this great fandom.
rurounihime: comfortrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm hanging on this rope where I'm slowly slipping and the next thing you know, I'm free-falling into a pool of feelings I can't even fathom anymore.

Wow, thank you! Oh, that's gorgeous...

how this story got under my skin and crawled into my heart.

A real treat to read about my writing. Thank you so much for leaving me such kind and lyrical thoughts about my story. ♥
sisi_rambles: pic#115243331sisi_rambles on December 1st, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
This was really gorgeous. Loved the court case aspect of it. And the melancholy feel of the relationship was wonderful.
rurounihime: faramir and eowynrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I don't even know where the court idea came from, just suddenly it was there and I HAD to roll with it. Had to. I love a good courtroom scene...

Thanks again for this comment!
rickey_a: H/D Kissrickey_a on December 1st, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thoroughly enjoyable read. The tension was deliciously palpable and I loved the AFewGoodMen-esque court room mixed with the family & relationship stories. :)
rurounihime: bradley's beardrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
HA. A Few Good Men is a favorite movie of mine. That courtroom scene with Tom Cruise vs. Jack Nicholson... *happy sigh* I think I could watch that forever, and I admit to being inspired by it for this story. Thank you so much for this comment, darling!
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lee: Harry/Draco - textsnegurochka_lee on December 1st, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I loved this! The court case was so perfectly paced, escalating in believable ways, and -- can I just say, thank you for making the actual charge somewhat... well, not insignificant, certainly, but not overly melodramatic, either, like James accidentally killed a busful of kids or something. IDK, it could have gone really over the top, but I thought the actual events and the charge were really nicely done, and everyone's anxiety about it was really fitting. Loved all the supporting characters, too, especially the secne with Albus. And I really like how you kept exposition to a minimum; I thought that worked really well. I still have a couple of questions about how things went down 6 years ago, but really, it doesn't matter! You captured the heart of the story, of their relationship and all its bumps in the road, so well that I don't need more details.

And the UST between H/D was ;lkasjdf;lksajd;flkjsa;f. My very favourite setting is just like this for them, when they are older and their kids are grown, and I loved how you wrote these middle-aged men at the height of their careers, smart and professional but still so human. I think I clawed at the screen and whimpered when Draco finally kissed Harry. :))) And the sex was beautifully written, so passionate and capturing everything they needed to say to each other.

/ramble. :) Loved it! ♥
rurounihime: budweiserrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
thank you for making the actual charge somewhat... well, not insignificant, certainly, but not overly melodramatic, either

I have a thing for good courtroom scenes, and I find I like the subtle ways in which the lawyers play each other, and how creative they have to get in order to get by the other's attacks. I'm so glad you liked the scene! And yeah, I don't think over the top would have done any service to the fic, honestly. I wanted something that anyone could have done: an honest mistake or accident that had icky consequences.

I do have a backstory about six years ago for these guys, but I think most of it managed to find its way in here in some way, you know? I kind of like the idea of not knowing myself, of coming into a story already in progress, so it's fun to write that way when I can.

I loved how you wrote these middle-aged men at the height of their careers, smart and professional but still so human. I think I clawed at the screen and whimpered when Draco finally kissed Harry.

Thank you again! I love this. ^_^ Thanks generally for such a wonderful review of my story. I'm so glad you liked it. ♥
chrisvel: pic#111676591chrisvel on December 1st, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
A lovely story! I like that we don't get the whole story of what happened 6 years ago but only small glimpses. The court-scenes were interesting and not too much and the scenes with Draco and Harry just perfect.
And such a beautiful and heart-warming ending! Love this.
rurounihime: assmanrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this comment! I'm so glad you felt the pacing/organization worked for the story, and that you enjoyed the ending especially. Thank you again! ^_^
Marianne: defaulteidheann_writes on December 1st, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
This was beautiful and heartwrenching and.. gah. I love angst, and this had just the right amount. So much was going on behind the scenes, you KNEW there was more to it, but it felt complete in and of itself. Lovely. <3
rurounihime: browsrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!

So much was going on behind the scenes, you KNEW there was more to it, but it felt complete in and of itself.

What a lovely thing to say. ^_^ I really appreciate these comments on my story!
Truthful Plum Logical Horsemegyal on December 1st, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
[spoileryish comment, so I hope this tag works]

I like the court and office details in this; they were so well fleshed-out. I found myself wishing I could watch this on some legal drama on TV. I can never get over lawyer!Draco, and you wrote him just the way I like him: brilliant, and laying traps for those on the stand. I was hanging onto tenterhooks for that bit about James' evaluation. I also love the conflict between Harry and Al; it's rarely seen, and I felt Al's unhappiness, anger and even his love for Harry.

Harry’s eyes found Draco again, still knelt by Albus’ chair, now listening intently. I think it's supposed to be James here instead of Albus?
rurounihime: familyrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
(Ooh, see, I had no idea they had made it possible to use cuts in comments now! Learn something new every day...)

I found myself wishing I could watch this on some legal drama on TV. I can never get over lawyer!Draco, and you wrote him just the way I like him: brilliant, and laying traps for those on the stand.

I have to admit, I find I rather like lawyer!Draco myself. >.> I'm so happy the courtroom scene worked well for you! I love a good courtroom scene, and you've made my day. ^_^

I also love the conflict between Harry and Al; it's rarely seen

Yes, I don't think I've ever seen it before in any fic I've read. I've certainly never written it before. It was an interesting angle to explore.

I think it's supposed to be James here instead of Albus?

ARG, yes! Thank you. Changing it in my own copy now.

Thank you very much for this great review! ♥

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Oshun: Draco emoheartofoshun on December 1st, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
I adored this story. It is very well done. The plot works and the UST is exquisite, the stuff with Draco being so very good at what he does and the fact that both Ginny and Harry know it. The second-hand pain of James and his ultimate relief that communicated only to the reader through Harry is done very, very well. Ah, poor Albus! He does need to grow up. It hurts to be young. But parents are people too and it really isn't all about him. I love the love scene. Heartbreakingly beautiful because we still do not know if they are going to really try again or not. The end is lovely. Satisfying and filled with hope, but never certainty. You leave the reader believing it will work, but still knowing it doesn't always. A realistic happy ending. I loved it beginning to end.

Edited at 2012-12-01 07:09 pm (UTC)
rurounihime: haldirrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
parents are people too and it really isn't all about him.

YES. Exactly. I wanted Harry to remember this and finally do something for himself, you know? Because yes, he's a parent, yes, he has responsibilities to other people, but he also definitely has responsibilities to himself and he needs to be able to look to them.

Heartbreakingly beautiful because we still do not know if they are going to really try again or not.

I like how you read this. Personally I feel they are going to make a go of it, and be successful, but I love that it can be read ambiguously because it IS sort of unfinished. Mostly I adore that you think it's realistic. Thank you so much for this wonderful review!
piratesmile331: leochi h/dpiratesmile331 on December 1st, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful! This made my heart ache. I hope that Al and Harry will reconcile at some point. Your quietly yearning Draco especially broke me.
rurounihime: hephaistionrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, darling! *hugs* I have high hopes for Albus and Harry. I think they can work it out; they're smart guys and they definitely do care about each other or they wouldn't be so hurt by this.

*moar hugz just 'cause*
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Pimea Feenix: dark0feenixdark0feenix on December 1st, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
This was beautiful and amazing! The court case was built well and it created a good setting for Harry and Draco to get together again. I'm so glad you ended it on such a hopeful note. Harry and Draco really deserved their happiness after what they had been through in the past. Well done!
rurounihime: alienrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, especially for your comment about the court case and the ending being hopeful. I think they definitely deserve to be happy and I also definitely see their future as bright. ^_^
scford: pic#113005094scford on December 1st, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Oh that was wonderful! I love how their history is hinted at, never fully explained. I hope they'll be happy now!
rurounihime: dear ljrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and for leaving me such a nice comment! I personally think they will be happy. ^___^
Jad: HMS Guns n Handcuffs || H/Djad on December 1st, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
This was lovely! I particularly loved how their past was left as mere hints, never full divulged! It's rare to see a serious, heart-felt fic of the boys so well-matured, and this was executed beautifully :) Not to mention, I have a special place in my heart for solicitor!Draco and plotty fics, period - and I particularly enjoyed in how Harry had real relationships with his kids. My most favourite part was how he instantly protected James from the press, turning the attention to himself and taking the brunt of it... *gushes for self-sacrificing!Harry*

The sex was my second favourite part, but not because it was the sex, but because of how it was written. It... flowed, seamless and hot and beautiful. It spoke of a lot more than just that sex on the couch, about a lot of feelings that were old and aching between the two of them, as well as fresh and new from the current stress.

Not to say that I've only two favourite parts, but those two scenes stuck out for me. This fic had just the right amount of angst, love, plot, smut and hope! Well done! I'm certain pir8 is going to adore this <3
rurounihime: handsome bobrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
I have a special place in my heart for solicitor!Draco and plotty fics, period

ME TOO. The solicitor!Draco angle is a newfound love for me, but the plotty fics have always held my heart. I'm so glad you enjoyed these aspects of the story!

My most favourite part was how he instantly protected James from the press

Awww, yay! *dances*

It... flowed, seamless and hot and beautiful. It spoke of a lot more than just that sex on the couch, about a lot of feelings that were old and aching between the two of them, as well as fresh and new from the current stress.

You're making my day here, I hope you know. ♥ Thank you for such a wonderful review!
Minxie: Minxie Brown Eyesthe_minx_17 on December 1st, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
This was delicious. There was so much going on but it was never overwhelming. Thank you for a wonderful story that I'm sure to come back to again1
rurounihime: king returnsrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, especially for this There was so much going on but it was never overwhelming.

I'm so glad you liked the story!
Zahzzahz87 on December 1st, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous x
rurounihime: draco ginnyrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! ^__^
pir8fancierpir8fancier on December 1st, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
How did I get so lucky?????????????? Gah, I hate waiting and would be frantically hitting the refresh button all month to see if my gift had been posted and now I don't have to. What I do get to do in bask in the very lovely fic that has been gifted to me!

Where do I start? There are so many lovely turns of phrase here I had requested them as older and I know that this isn't everyone's cuppa, but you know, I want them a little wistful and wiser, with some years on their faces Something that reflects what they've gone through and the choices that they can't unmake, and the sense that time DOESN'T heal all wounds That yes, we can find a wee bit of happiness, but as they say, shit happens, and it can continue to haunt us, even if we still acknowledge our potential for happiness. I think this is only possible when they are older and have some perspective. And this does all this so NICELY. I love how Draco is still Draco, but he's a bit of a wistful Draco. Still sharp enough around the edges but so much wiser and gentler than his younger self. I see him that way myself

I could cite the many marvelous turns of phrase (gorgeous) and marvel that Draco is a lawyer (and I've never seen him that way, but he is SO THAT and why have I never considered it because it's such a natural fit for him? Whywhywhy?), and the fantastic scene between Harry and Albus and the hotterthanblazes sex, but for me what I really adore about this fic is that it's intelligent. And by that I mean it doesn't hand everything to the reader on a platter. It hints at trauma and failures and gives us just enough detail to frame the story but it doesn't overwhelm the story. It just provides enough for us to see where these two are in terms of their relationship (or non-relationship). I liken it to a coloring book where we have the lines, and then the rest of the story is about filling in the color. It's such mature, nuanced writing that warms the chambers of this editor's heart

Thank you so much for the gift. I love it.
rurounihime: speak friendrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
You were a pleasure to write for, dear. I was thrilled to get you as my recipient, and I'm glad (and surprised!) it came so early in the fest, too! Was not expecting that...

I love how Draco is still Draco, but he's a bit of a wistful Draco. Still sharp enough around the edges but so much wiser and gentler than his younger self.

Quoting that, but generally I want to comment on your wish for older H/D. I love to write older H/D. I don't know what it is, but I think you've described it so well here. Life. Life happens. Life changes people, and how could it not change Harry and Draco? I'm so happy the story fulfilled this niche for you.

Draco is a lawyer (and I've never seen him that way, but he is SO THAT and why have I never considered it because it's such a natural fit for him? Whywhywhy?)

Right?? As soon as I got into it, I was like, wait, why have I never seen this before? And I don't think I ever have. It was a pleasure to explore the idea.

what I really adore about this fic is that it's intelligent. And by that I mean it doesn't hand everything to the reader on a platter.

Thank you so much. Again. I can only say that I hate having everything handed to me on a platter when I read. I think one of the signs of great writing is the ability to trust the reader. To get things, to be paying attention, to be interested, and to be curious. Thank you ever so much for complimenting me in such a way.
pir8fancierpir8fancier on December 1st, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
PS WHAT A FANTASTIC TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
rurounihime: lokirurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Ahahaha, thank you!!! I had coffeejunkii's help on choosing it. ^_^
Meri: Meri - Contemplatemeri_oddities on December 1st, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
Great story. I was so sorry to see Al at odds with Harry. But really liked the interaction between Harry and Draco. Well done.
rurounihime: hair rufflerurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading. I don't think I've ever seen a story where Harry and Al were the ones who are fighting. It was a neat angle to explore for me. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks again for this comment!
oakstone730: pic#118166040oakstone730 on December 1st, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Incredibly beautiful story that was almost poetic at moments. My breath caught in my throat and yearned for the aching wistfulness of this Harry & Draco. Mistakes made in the past, harsh words spoken, hearts broken but they are able to move beyond all that and know that this time, the time is right. I love stories with an older pairing of H/D. Well done.
rurounihime: clucking bellrurounihime on January 17th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, particularly for calling my story poetic. What a wonderful thing to say! I, too, like older H/D. I'm so glad you enjoyed the read, and thank you again for this comment!
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