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16 December 2012 @ 04:31 pm
Author/Artist: incandescent
Recipient: kjp_013
Title: Hindsight
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Summary: Harry goes back in time to change the past, and ends up meeting someone who could really use his guidance.
Rating: G
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): time travel, lack of slash
Epilogue compliant? Nope. Very defiant, in fact.
Word Count: 620 + art
Author's Notes: Well, this is a combination of fic and art. I loved it when I saw that you liked the time travel genre, because it’s one of my favorites. This may not be explicitly slashy, but I think it holds the promise of slash in the future. I hope you like it!

The compartment door slams behind him, but Draco doesn’t stop to glance back. He frowns, flushing with humiliation and rage, and ignores how Crabbe and Goyle trail behind him, calling for him to stop.

Refused. By Harry Potter. It’s intolerable, laughable; it’s ridiculous! And yet, true. How is it that Potter can refuse Draco: to be his friend or even to touch him? It makes Draco hate him like he’s never hated anything before, with a feeling in the pit of his stomach that tastes like bile and a tightness in his thoughts that feels like a headache coming on.

The handle of another compartment comes up on his left and Draco reaches for it, shoves it open. The door rattles and shifts slowly, and Draco snarls at it. He jumps inside and turns, sees Crabbe and Goyle coming fast behind him, and wrenches the door shut. He flips the lock quickly.

“Draco!” Crabbe snaps.

Goyle’s, “Draco,” sounds more like a whine, and Draco puts his back to the compartment door, eyes closed.

“Don’t call me that,” he grinds. “It’s Malfoy.” He doesn’t know them well enough – doesn’t want to know them well enough – to allow them to use his first name.


Draco’s eyes snap open and he blinks through the bright sunlight filling the compartment, trying to locate whoever said his name like that. All he can see are dark robes and dark hair, and a figure much too tall to be a student. Damn, he’s picked the wrong compartment. Again.

Draco lifts his chin and steps away from the door. He tries to look cool and unbothered; no need to spoil all his first impressions. Nervousness twists through his stomach.

“Yes,” he begins. “I’m Draco Malfoy. And you are?”

The man across the apartment pushes up from his seat and nods. “Henry Evans, Assistant Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts. You can call me Mr Evans. It’s nice to meet you, Mr Malfoy.”

Draco nods. “Evans… You’re new?” he tries. His father has told him all about the professors at Hogwarts, but not this one.

The man smiles, and Draco notices that, behind his spectacles, the man’s eyes are very green, and he looks very young. “Yeah,” he says. “Just hired. You probably wouldn’t recognize my name.” He waves off Draco’s curiosity and settles back into his seat. “You’re a first year, right?”

“Yeah,” Draco says, and sits carefully. Evans is so casual, so at ease, that he’s making Draco feel strangely comfortable. He tries a smile, and is surprised when Evans smiles broadly back.

“Meeting some new friends?” Evans asks, smile not faltering for a second.

Draco’s own happiness vanishes and he shrugs, looking out over the flat countryside flashing by. “I guess.”

“Well, you know,” Evans begins, and Draco dearly hopes that this isn’t going be some kind of patronizing adult advice, “Things don’t always work out.”

Yeah, Draco sneers inside. If only you knew.

“But I’ll tell you something,” he continues; Draco is on the edge of getting up and making his excuses, but something about the man’s sly smile holds him in place, “And I knew for certain that this is the truth.” He leans forward and rests his elbows on his knees. “You are going to be a great man. No matter what happens.”

Draco’s mouth gapes open; he’s been taken utterly by surprise, and is a bit flattered. “Well…” he starts, but doesn’t know how to respond.

“And if all else fails,” Evans says, “I’ll be your friend.” He reaches out and holds his hand to be shaken. “All right, then?”

Blinking, Draco closes his mouth. It’s all so surreal and unexpected. But after his first failure, he’s not about to let that happen again. He reaches out and shakes Evans’ hand firmly, and nods.

“Great,” Evans says, a bit louder than necessary, and leans back, his grin fully in place, and even his eyes smiling. Draco’s never seen that kind of smile before. “Friends, then. So… tell me about your classes. What are you going to take?”

Draco takes a deep breath a leans forward. “Well…”

Who you set out to be. Isn't always who you become: christmasdrarryxlover on December 16th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Really interesting. I love how engaged Draco is in the art.
Darry Willis: Trainnursedarry on December 16th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oh this is wonderful! I love time/travel and AU so much and this was just perfect. What a great scene to (re)play, and the depth of character you've injected in such a short piece is absolutely amazing.

This definitely needs to become a WIP after the fest :D
shameful_desire: pic#117039058shameful_desire on December 16th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
You should continue this after the fest. Lovely work!
emrys_mk: baby harry - destinyemrys_mk on December 16th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I love the idea of this. Very nice story and lovely art. I love the colors and Draco's outstretched hand.
Black Silk: clutchpervyunitwins on December 16th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
This was just great. I don't read many time travel fics. I would love to but I guess I just don't look in the right places. This has so much potential, as does Draco (JKR clearly did not explore him enough as a character) that I was there was more! Oh how I would love reading a continuation to this. But overall I loved reading what you have and the accompanying art.
secretsolitaire: xmas jakesecretsolitaire on December 16th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Ooh, very intriguing!
alisanne: Golden lipsalisanne on December 17th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
The story is lovely. Along with everyone else, I'd love to see it continued.
And great use of color here. :)
la, zeitgeist!: [default] z decemberzeitgeistic on December 17th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
I do have a thing for "correcting the past" stories! I only wish this could go on!
没有你日子很黑白: [HP] h/d foreverpapered on December 17th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
I love this, ♥. I've always had a massive weakness for time travel fics, and now I really want to know what happens next. *__*
Anastacia: holiday cookiesicicle33 on December 17th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
The art is lovely and so is the ficlet. You have constructed such an interesting premise. I hope you'll continue this.
Mab: Emily in thoughtmab on December 17th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
Fascinating! The art is really cute too! I'd love to see how this story plays out!
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 17th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Incredible! Of course I want more! The whole idea behind this piece is amazing! I love it.
Vaysh Swiftstorm: b_Potter? wintervaysh on December 17th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
re: Hindsight
Fascinating. There so needs to be a continuation of this AU. I love that Draco doesn't know Goyle and Crabbe so well and asks them to call him Malfoy. :) And your "Professor Evans" looks very cool.
lamerezouille: antisocial #1lamerezouille on December 17th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
This is very good. I love the story--so short, but it says so much, and mostly, it lets us guess at so much...

And the art! I'm completely blown away by your way of coloring. It's just utterly gorgeous. ♥ ♥
i can see your house from herewho_la_hoop on December 18th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, how interesting! What a fun idea.
Truthful Plum Logical Horsemegyal on December 19th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I love time-travel stuff, and this is such a neat idea; I was expecting Draco instead!
Appleling: Appleling icon1appleling on December 20th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Oh! This is really interesting! It has sooo much potential for more! It totally begs for a continuation! Oh please, you must! I'm dying to know what happens next! The artwork is real pretty too! I love the colours and the whole patchwork quality it has to it! Shiny!
simeysgirl: OTPkjp_013 on December 21st, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Is this real?? I have prompted time travel so many times, I gave up hope of ever getting it. YAY!

This is bloody brilliant. Firstly, the ficlet. I can't tell you how much I loved it! But you are such a tease! My mind has been working overtime, thinking of how the story could go. You have set up such a great story. I would absolutely LOVE to read an entire fic of this. Poor Draco, not having friends and not even letting Crabbe and Goyle call him by his first name. Just perfect ♥

Now to the art! I love art, and I love it even more when it's for me! And this is just gorgeous. I love the way you've used the colour. It drags your eye to different parts every time you look at it. I love how Draco is leaning towards 'Evans' - so eager! And how nonchalant Evans looks about the whole situation. I hope it all works out for him!

I absolutely love my gift. Thank you, anon, thank you ♥
Hollyhollys_tree on December 25th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
This is super interesting. I like how you captured 12 year old Draco's voice and his insecurity. I think he'll do very well with "Professor Evans"'s guidance. ;)
sorrel_forbes: stockings 2sorrel_forbes on December 30th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
Harry's hair is so full of life here, and the colours and lines seem suggestive of wonderful possibilities for the future. As other commenters, I would be pleased to read more should you ever choose to explore this scenario in greater depth.
adonis_flammea: weeping angeladonis_flammea on January 3rd, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Ooh, very interesting! I would love to see what happens next.
szefi: Snarry1szefi on January 5th, 2013 08:03 am (UTC)
Very intriguing story and lovely art!
*hopes there'll be more*
Marianne: defaulteidheann_writes on January 8th, 2013 10:01 am (UTC)
aww. This just. <3 Draco's POV was just so perfect in this.
lokifan: converselokifan on January 9th, 2013 05:37 am (UTC)
Very cute, and I LOVE ickle!Draco's pov.
Forever flirting with sanitydacro on January 30th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
I love the idea of this scene played out with a time travel twist. Harry almost has that Dr Who humour and ease about him.
tigersilvertigersilver on February 9th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
Oh...wow! I really, really like this, especially now as I've time to enjoy it. Subtle in the writing (well done) and the art's just lovely. I rather think it's Draco and Harry's expressions that really speak, here.
It's a whole new world, and what could've been, and I like it. Very much.