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11 December 2012 @ 07:04 am
HAPPY H/D HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!  
Author: marriesue
Recipient: The hd_holidays Community
Title: As in the Dark all Cats are Grey
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Harry/Ginny, Draco/Pansy (sort of), Ginny/Neville (possibly)
Summary: In which Draco dreams, and his dorm mates cannot stop asking questions. And at the end of a very long night, a decision is made.
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): First time, Oral sex, Anal sex, Sex spells (inappropriate use or otherwise), Dream sequence and memories can be confusing.
Epilogue compliant? Unfortunately nope.
Word Count: 13,147
Author's Notes:
I cannot thank the mods enough for putting up with me, for I had been an absolute pain. You ladies have been truly amazing and I am very grateful. And my beta, G, thank you for all your support and kindness, please get better soon!
The story is loosely based on two of G’s videos: "Scandalous" and “I feel you” (mature contents, be aware). It took a lot of twists and turns, and different ideas to get here; other inspirations were drawn from N. Hawthorne “My Haunted Mind” , M. Bulgakov “The Master and Margarita”, and H. R. Haggard, “She”. Best wishes and happy holidays!


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Darry Willis: Dramaramanursedarry on December 11th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
WORK! I read this at WORK! You cannot tempt me with a summary like that and NOT expect me to pass it up. I need a lie-down now.

Thank you for a great ride during a dull day.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! Very glad to have made your day better!
call me trys: me myself and Itryslora on December 11th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Aww, Draco! I love the moment where Draco's mouth gets ahead of his brain, and the wonderfully awkward pause and resolution. Nice!
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Erm, I must admit that I do have a thing for resolvable awkwardness, if it's not already evident in my stories. Lol. Thanks, dear!

Edited at 2013-01-17 04:31 am (UTC)
Karmabella Zephyrsparkle Nottkaraz on December 11th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
Oh Draco. He made that decision ages ago, he just couldn't admit it to himself. I love the book mix-up and that it gave Draco the courage to send Harry the journal. Lovely story, well done.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Yes, you're totally right. It's a decision made long time ago. I wanted to take a close look at the moment or moments when the realisation hit Draco. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
funkyhm on December 12th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
This felt really real. And different. I'm not sure I've read anything like this before :)
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
In a good way, I hope? Thank you for reading. :)
Appleling: Appleling icon1appleling on December 12th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
Gah! I have no words! I am.... stunned speechless by how AWESOME this was! It was... so many kinds of wonderful... I have happy feels, I tell you! So many happy feels for this fic! I just... omg... so awesome, so wonderful, so unghh... I can't...*fans self* I need a break now to re-organize my thoughts. Oh. My. Gawd!
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
Hi, darling. Did you guess it was me, I wonder? Yours must be the most perfect imperfect comment ever. Love your happy feels. Thank you.

Edited at 2013-01-17 04:30 am (UTC)
(no subject) - appleling on January 17th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mab: Emily in thoughtmab on December 12th, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
Guh! This is gorgeous! Beautiful words and OMG>>> A spell to relax the spine for self-blowing!!! O.O I would kill to see that!

Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely story!
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
Oh yes, Draco is just the type to see to his own satisfaction, isn't he? Thank you for reading. Let's hope in another universe, that spell does exist. :)
Corona.S: yooooocatcorona_0304 on December 12th, 2012 08:54 am (UTC)
♥♥♥
Seconded nursedarry.
I read this at work and can not stop grinning like a fool, in a now-I-can-die-happy way, yeah!!!
This is brilliant. I love that we got the story change from past and present time to time. And the angst bit...oh, my heart clenched every time seeing Harry's hurt expression (like I can really see it). A bit dense, Draco? But he's cute nonetheless. Anyway, I love this fic to pieces! Thank you mystery author! ♥

Edited at 2012-12-12 08:56 am (UTC)
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
♥ reading this at work. I hope your colleagues have not given you stinky eyes for grinning at work. :) Thank you for taking a liking and recommending the story to various communities. I am truly grateful.



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lamerezouille: antisocial #1lamerezouille on December 12th, 2012 09:47 am (UTC)
Draco is just big softie, deep down, isn't he?

This was beautiful and a very nice read. ♥
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
I'd like to think he has his soft edges. He just never gets to show them that much. Thank you for reading. ♥
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 12th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
The magic of Harry and Draco lives through your story.

I've read the fandom, ship is dying but how can anyone say such things when stories like this one are out there?

His head felt empty, yet heavy, dropping towards Potter of its own accord. He pushed. His body knew exactly what he should be doing without his mind needing to control all his limbs and bones. He just melted on to Potter, slid in, banished the initial resistance and pressed forward inexorably. No matter what happened from then on, this moment would always be his, his to keep, his to savour, his to remember. And Potter, who moaned into his mouth, blissfully in awe but more than responsive, in this moment was also his.

Delicious and intense, just the right side of awkward first time, but so all-consuming it was undeniable.

I was so wrapped up on the story I didn't realise until it was nearly finished that Draco had a decision to make. And I loved the ending. I'm so tempted to ask for more, but such a good story, leaving me wanting so, so much more makes me happy.

Thank you for this.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for such a sweet comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I don't know if the ship is indeed dying, but I know the love for HP and Drarry will be with us for a long time coming. /hugs
icmezzo: pic#114764502icmezzo on December 13th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh, I really enjoyed this actually. I loved living in Draco's head as he experienced such a wide range of situations between his dreams and his time with inexplicable Harry. Thanks for sharing.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
His head is a fascinating place, isn't it? I wonder how many things in there are not linked to Harry, one way or another. Lol. Thank you for reading.
vampisandi: vampisandivampisandi on December 13th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
Draco is so slow XDDD
But I'm glad that he finally realized what he had to do.
I want to know what kind of face is going to make Harry when Draco kisses him :P
Lovely story!!!
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
If a boy is in love (even though he is slow in admitting), I suspect it doesn't take all that much in the facial expression department. :) Thanks for reading.
thrilladdict: pic#105455299thrilladdict on December 13th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
What was this I just read? It was so heart wrenching, mind turning, hauntingly beautiful. Your sentences and passages are gonna hunt me. I'm downloading and archiving this story. Thanks author for sharing your gift.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading! Not hunted in a bad way, I hope?
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Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for speaking so highly of my little story. I had a surprise of my own when I saw your recommendation, having never really read Gothic Literature before. It must be the Romanticism influence, I guess? But it was such a wonderful surprise. Again thank you! :)
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(no subject) - marriesue on January 18th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
magnolia822: Dracomagnolia822 on December 13th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
GAh! This was amazing. Well done, anon!
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
emrys_mk: baby harry - destinyemrys_mk on December 15th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
So happy Draco decided he needed Harry. Lovely story.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
He always needed Harry. It's just taken that long for him to realise. Boys will be boys. Ha! Thank you for reading.
justbecause421: treejustbecause421 on December 17th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
There is such lovely classic feel to this story, angsty but also inevitable at the same time. I'm glad that Draco decides to be brave and not run away from something they both so clearly want! Thais for sharing.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading. It's about time Draco snaps out of it, isn't it? Good thing Harry waits for him. Ha!
privatebozz: pic#110083422privatebozz on December 19th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
I like the poetic language of the dreams, and I love how Draco has his victory there. You write Draco very well, and also the inteactions between the characters. The Slytherin boys discussing Draco's relationships in the middle of the night as if he wasn't there was priceless! Also, great ending.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Thank you for such a lovely comment. I am glad you enjoyed the story. Let's hope that in different universe, Draco will succeed and have lots of victory. :)
cassie_black: created by <lj user=the_muppet>cassie_black12 on December 29th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
This was great! I love first time sex where the boys are a bit awkward/uncertain, and this hit by buttons completely. Also, I loved the scene between Draco and the other Slytherins - it's nice to see them portrayed as good friends
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you! I have a thing for awkward first times myself. Aren't those the best? Gone so soon. We really should appreciate it more. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the story.
kayladie: supermenkayladie on January 7th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
This was wonderful! I love how Draco decides that he will go for happiness with Harry.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you for a lovely comment. I'm glad you liked my Draco. :)
Marianne: defaulteidheann_writes on January 8th, 2013 10:09 am (UTC)
This was lovely. Poor Draco.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
But now he has Harry. Thank you!
Who you set out to be. Isn't always who you become: Name onlydrarryxlover on January 13th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
Thoroughly enjoyed this! I loved how real and raw everything felt and how cleverly written this was. Wonderful read!
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you for such a sweet comment. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the story! /hugs
your_hucklebery: trust meyour_hucklebery on January 13th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm glad Draco chose Harry but what other choice could he make really. Great story.
Let the poets pipe of love: pic#116130422marriesue on January 17th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
No, we wouldn't leave him alone if he chose anyone else. Ha! Thank you for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
Forever flirting with sanitydacro on February 5th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Ok, this is the second fic in a row where I haven't been able to quite figure out what the title had to do with the fic. Maybe it's just me. :)
Other than that, I enjoyed Draco's deliberation and dreams. I thought I wouldn't like hearing 'darling' from Draco's lips, but I did, and so, apparently, did Harry! :)
Conacha: Do the evolutionconacha on March 31st, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
Lovely!!
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