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07 December 2012 @ 11:57 pm
Author: phoenix_writing
Recipient: sky_blue44
Title: The Ties That Bind
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, a few extremely peripheral het pairings
Summary: Upon Andromeda's death, Harry and Draco are given custody of Teddy. Their lives will never be the same again.
Rating: PG-13. (Some swearing.)
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic/Raincoast. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): none
Epilogue compliant? Nope, but canon-compliant otherwise.
Word Count: *cough* Just over 61K *cough*
Author's Notes: You know how some people are concise? How they can write a hundred words and slay you with the precise emotion? *stares at word count listed above* Yeah, I'm so not one of those people. But if you're bored on a sick day or have a long bus ride ahead of you, I'm your girl. ;) A fast read this is not, but I hope very much that you enjoy it all the same, Sky_blue44. Thanks to N for beta-ing for me! Any errors are my own. (Oh, and I was reading a lot of Inception fic surrounding the writing of this fic, so please forgive the Eames influence.)

( The Ties That Bind )
Oshun: alex wandheartofoshun on December 8th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
I do love me a long chaptered fic! Yay for you, Anonymous. I'll be reading if anyone needs me!
omi_ohmy: Winter branchesomi_ohmy on December 8th, 2012 09:52 am (UTC)
Wowzers, that was great! I love fics this length, you can really relax into the story and the characters. Except that despite this, the pacing was incredible and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, willing both Harry and Draco to be ok, to open up, to just do that final bit of growing up. This was such a good read - their confusion and annoyance was all so believable, and their coming together so much sweeter for it. Teddy/Theodore was a good focus and foil for them, and I loved Hermione, hardened and hurt but still warm and wise. It was all beautifully done, Bravo!
astridfireastridfire on December 8th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Mystery Author. I have wanted to read this story for such a long time! By that I mean the Harry and Draco raise Teddy story, and it was wonderful! But this story was also so much more than that, and I just loved it.

I loved all of it. :)

isinuyasha: love youisinuyasha on December 8th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh Salazar, that was just wonderful and moving and perfect!
Been sitting on this story since this morning and just couldn't stop reading, it was so wonderful!
The development of their relationship and acceptance of their pasts and who they are, loved every bit of it, don't even have words :D
When the fest is done I would loooove a Sequel to this that shows a bit how Draco's and Harry's relationship, now that they've finally realized their feelings, works especially with Teddy and the Malfoy's/Weasley's in the mix...I would read the hell out of that :D Loved it!
Truthful Plum Logical Horsemegyal on December 8th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
That was wicked-awesome, I enjoyed it so much.
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Marianne: defaulteidheann_writes on December 8th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Oh I *loved* this. I loved the length, loved the pacing, and loved how cannony everyone felt.

Lovely lovely lovely job!
HelenaDax: beso 1helenadax on December 8th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant! I loved the way their relationship developed from hostility to love. It was interesting to see Ron and Lavender together again but the real surprise was Snape! ^^ I'm sorry we didn't have the chance to see his reaction. Your fic was full of great moments, like Lucius teaching Teddy combat tactics, the references to Harry's childhood, Theo Nott, Harry's partner comments... Well done!
germankitty: hp being rightgermankitty on December 8th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant. Everybody in character, a natural progression of their relationship (if a tad fast), wonderful character studies, a silly-seeming mystery coming out of left field, and a resurrected Snape -- all the best stuff in one neat package.

One of my favorite reads this year; I love it!
krenta: pic#54169729chronzo on December 8th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
A good read. I loved how Harry & Draco came to terms with the joint custody, the pacing and development are very believable. Teddy is absolutely adorable. Very original mystery too. Thank you, mystery author!
月下老人: Kris - Selected VIPwanderlust_mr on December 8th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
askhfakshf!!!! SPEECHLESS. :D That was brilliant! Thank you, mystery author!
all_not_well: Ginny windsweptall_not_well on December 8th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
This fic was such a joy to read. Truly amazing. I was sad to see it end, and I want nothing more than to dive back in and enjoy it all over again.
funkyhm on December 8th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
I thought this fic was fantastic. I really really enjoyed the whole thing, and Teddy was adorable. And Narcissa and just...yeah. Everything. I'd love to have a sequal though and find out whats happens to Snape and the whole Ron/Hermione situation.
Ensign Sparklypoolauriegilbert on December 8th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
It seems I only come back to H/D fic at Christmas with these exchanges, but this story made me regret that fact. Your story grabbed me, and wouldn't let me go. I loved watching Draco learn about Harry's past and how much it had made Harry the man he is, and just how much he'd hurt Harry with his own dealings back at Hogwarts. Teddy was adorable and many many times I wanted to cuddle him myself. Thank you for this amazing, well written and captivating story. You've made me remember what I loved about this fandom, and this ship.
playing_perfect: pic#106779346playing_perfect on December 8th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
This was utterly fabulous. It had me riveted to it the whole way through and I could have kept reading it for ever. Beautifully written. One of my favourite stories in ages. Thank you.
shameful_desire: pic#117039058shameful_desire on December 8th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
That was a wonderfully sweet ending. *sighs* The progression of their relationship was well paced. I was quite angry with Draco for a couple of chapters though. I enjoyed how everything came together. Nice work! I love a good, long fic to lose myself in.
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ladynovemberladynovember on December 9th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
you have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! This is the most amazing thing I've read in forever! I loved the story and I loved the characters and I wish there were more (And I have 4 days of college left with tons of exams and I ignored EVERYTHING for this!) I haven't been able to BREATHE since I started this fic!!!

I'm keeping this fooooreevveerr......
Mab: Emily in thoughtmab on December 9th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
This was a brilliant fic and kept me enraptured all day! I adored the way Harry and Draco came to love each other and was so happy to see Snape revived!
Verde~...: Draco♥ Harryazrim_midori on December 9th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
This was such a brilliant story, I enjoyed like you don't have idea, it has so much details and little things that make it perfect! I love the way they get to know each other and to realize they want each other! WONDERFULL WORK!
(Anonymous) on December 9th, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
That was bloody brilliant. I don't think I've read anything quite like that before. Not sure where to even begin, to tell you what I loved the most. The length and careful consideration you gave to this fic... wonderful...It felt REAL. I even cried twice.
From a long-time lurker who rarely comments, I thank you for writing such a beautiful story - and what a surprising end with () in the shack!
daemonic: pic#118966704daemoncas5 on December 9th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
oohhh i've been waiting for monster fic [i do love me a healthy dose of two-digit-k fic, even more so if the first digit is >5] and now it's here! and what an awesomesauce too!

very fullfiling read, i always adore h/d being with small child and their way of interaction with them. and i love in this fic that their interaction with teddy and each other is the focus, but still has those wonderful cases in the side for extra spices. i love that draco gradual understanding of harry's past made them closer, and he taking care of harry. so very sweet ;p and oooh snape is alive!!! and that, the wolf!preg, i didnt see it coming. heee. such a surprise. i love this, very much. thanks for making my weekend very enjoyable! ♥
Appleling: Appleling icon1appleling on December 9th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
*happy sigh* I thought this was brilliant! All kinds of wonderful, sweetness and utterly exquisite to devour! I loved the length of the story (long fics have always been a personal weakness! I'm like Hermione like that), I loved the character development of Harry and Draco, I loved the way you literally showed us what Harry and Draco were feeling/going through rather than just spelling it out.... I even loved all the minor characters, from Lavender Brown to Harry's Auror partner to Fawkes! I absolutely loved that everybody was sooooo.... in character and canon! The pacing of the story was... omg beyond brilliant! You had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, silently willing both Harry and Draco would make peace with each other and open up already! You had me feeling Harry's pain when it looked and sounded as if he wasn't wanted anywhere - and that hurt! You had me weeping when Harry sobbed! You had me laughing when the boys laughed and you had me cooing when they kissed! It was so brilliant, I couldn't stop reading.... I even skipped dinner just to finish this! This story had everything I want in a Drarry fanfic and then some! I can't even begin to describe how very much in love I am with this fic.... but do know that you're all kinds of awesomeness, mystery author!
alicesaturne: femslashalicesaturne on December 9th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
This fic was brilliant! I wanted to make a list to tell you what I loved in it, but really, there's too much, It would take hours.
Narcissa! I always love Narcissa in fics, and this Narcissa was lovely!
"No, but seriously," Draco pointed out, "they kidnapped a small child? A small child Harry knows? And thought that they could leverage her against the ministry? Dumbest plan ever." HAHA
Draco's characterization was SO perfect.
Hermione was really beautiful. I loved the idea of her being so hurt, but still so strong, like in the last book when Ron runs away.
Thank you for this wonderful fic :)
Minxie: Minxie Brown Eyesthe_minx_17 on December 9th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
This was wonderfully well done! The characterizations, the slow slide into understanding... all of it.