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24 December 2012 @ 05:09 pm
Author: sapphirequill
Recipient: amythystluna
Title: When the Time Comes
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Hermione/Ron, Greg/Padma
Summary: There comes a point when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy. Harry’s choice is neither of these.
Rating: R
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic/Raincoast. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): Nothing graphic is shown “on screen,” but there are trigger warnings for rape and assault. Additional warnings for gender-bending and for Harry being stupid.
Epilogue compliant? mostly EWE
Word Count: 17 000
Author's Notes: Happy Holidays, amythystluna! Thank you for such a fantastic set of prompts; I’m sorry I wasn’t able to use as many of them as I wanted. Thanks also to my beta readers and to the mods for their patience and general awesomeness.

( When the Time Comes )
imuptonogood: Severusimuptonogood on December 25th, 2012 10:52 am (UTC)
This is delightful! I could imagine reading more in this universe, quite happily. I like that Harry is very much Harry, not some feminized version of himself, which is rare in gender-bending Fics.He is his powerful, idiotic, caring self, with no need for gender roles. Draco is also himself. I like how you gave them a way to get to know each other without history or animosity to get over, while still having them be themselves in personality.

Very well done. Going on my favorites list!

welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 25th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, my god. Oh my God. I have no words to tell you how much I love your story. I honestly don't.

I fell in love with your Draco. It was love at first sight, at first read. He's so mature, he's so grown up. And Harry! Yeah, okay. He was being a bit stupid, but I only have to picture his panicky face when he's about to tell Draco who he really is and I got all softy for him too! <3

And then there's Ron. I LOVED how you wrote Ron. <33!~ And Greg! I loved him too, which was surprising because I'm usually very ambivalent towards him. ^^

You know, the thing is, half way through I was almost afraid to keep reading. I had absolutely no clue how you were going to manage to make these two end up together. I didn't see a way. I underestimated Draco like that, who turned to be the most mature of the both of them, with a heart big enough to look past what Harry did.

Honestly. This story is an instant favourite. I loved it to bits.
HelenaDax: D/Hhelenadax on December 25th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
I was a bit scared, I thought this fic was going to be angstier and darker but it wasn't and I'm happy for that. I liked it a lot, well done.
ICMezzo: pic#114764502icmezzo on December 25th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Well done. I enjoyed reading this one! :)
robinellen: owlrobinellen on December 25th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
That was lovely. Harry's discomfort with himself is so apparent -- and I love how Draco is the one who helps him be himself. And I always love Harry as healer :)
shameful_desire: Violateshameful_desire on December 25th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
I was very unsure of this fic. Gender-bending can be squick for me. The way you handled it was great though. Harry was still himself and Draco was so very much the adult. Kudos!
Nennenenne on December 26th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
This was a very special story and I enjoyed it. :)
Truthful Plum Logical Horsemegyal on December 26th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
[spoileryish]I like the idea of the gender-switching potion, and Harry's choice of a female name. This was a real nice read.
Leela: Solemnly swearleela_cat on December 26th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Enjoyed this story and the take on gender-bending. Very intriguing way to get them to know each other again.
vampisandi: vampisandivampisandi on December 27th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Nice work!
sorrel_forbes: stockings 2sorrel_forbes on December 27th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Draco is pretty amazing in this story, and that is my favourite thing about it. But, really, the whole story is pretty amazing. You've struck the perfect balance for me between making Harry a realistically and interestingly flawed human, and yet not too frustrating too be sympathetic.
call me trys: me myself and Itryslora on December 27th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Guh. I apologize for the short length but I'm typing on my phone without glasses. :( But oh man I love this. I love stories about gender and I loved how you handled both Harry as a woman and why he did it. I want to flail so much more!! I love the hopeful ending and I know they will adopt in the future since Draco already did the research. Lovely story!!
omi_ohmy: Winter branchesomi_ohmy on December 30th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
I liked how you did this - I liked how you wrote Harry relating to his body, how you wrote him capable of arousal but with everything ultimately tied to his feelings. And Draco, so grown up and capable of love! Well done. :)
Appleling: Appleling icon2appleling on January 1st, 2013 08:22 am (UTC)
Waaahhh!! This is lovely! OMG your Draco ~~squeeeeee ♥ He's so mature and incredibly swoonworthy!! He's finally grown up and what a fine man he is! He's amazing and I think I may have fallen in love with him ♥♥♥ Also, I'm glad that Harry isn't some... overly feminised and meek version of himself where some genderbending fics tend to go. I love that Harry's still very much Harry, despite the genderbending thing and that Draco is still very much himself (except more mature and understanding! ~~swoon). I love it! Thank you for such an entertaining read!
Black Silk: clutchpervyunitwins on January 1st, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
This was not what I was expecting after having read the summary and the warnings; not at all. I was veryuch surprised with what I actually read mbut I still very much liked it. I felt that of course Harry would want to seek out a way to be completely anonymous. Especially if on top of being the exalted hero he was all responsible for something out of his control. That all made sense. And I am glad to have seen him as a healer. As much as I like him as a Auror; sometimes it makes more sense for him not to want to be one. I like his involvement in Padma's pregnancy. Though the Goyle/Padma pairing was a bit of a surprise. I also very much liked Draco in this. I liked that he had always had a crush on Harry and that for this reason and because he had managed to fall in love eight Harry's essensse he was Nle to forgive Harry in the end. I also very much liked that you managed to include Teddy in this.
amythystamythystluna on January 3rd, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
Oh, anon, I'm sorry I haven't commented sooner!!! I finally had the chance to read this this past weekend on my Nook, but I had no internet to comment at the time :(

I ADORED everything about this, EVERYTHING!!! <333333

Your characterizations were so spot-on, and I LOVED the idea of Draco moving more comfortably in the muggle world, and glimpses we're given of what hard work he's put into turning his life around. He was charming and grown-up in such a believable way, given what we know about what happened to him in canon. His relationship with "Holly" was beautifully handled, and I really, *REALLY* love what you did with his relationship with Greg. I like the hint that there's something more there, and a lot more depth to the background characters--Heck, I think I'd love to read a backstory on Greg/Padma, and I've never had any interest in either of those characters, but you made me want to know more!! :) Your Herminone/Ron was perfect, too, and I love the relationship between them and Harry.

And Ohhhhhhh, your Harry! <33333 I have no words for how perfect I found your Harry. You put him in such a believable state of mind to turn to turn to the extreme solution of gender-bending as a disguise. I love his over-the-top dedication to Healing, as that is something I see as a character trait for Harry--he tends to go above and beyond and a bit too far, doesn't he?

Thank you for throwing in so many nods to my prompts and my preferences--from Harry grumbling about his initial disguise being taller than him, to his metal-working as stress relief, to Draco's piano-playing and Ron's-actually-kinda-smart-and-mature; this story couldn't have been more tailored to me, and I LOVE IT!!!!

Seriously, THANK YOU!!! <3333

*saves to re-read again, and *again,* and AGAIN*
nonajf: Ebenholtznonajf on January 5th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Great story!

Harry is very much the damaged soul, while Draco has already done his healing (luckily). I liked the growth of their relationship. I also liked how you handled the background and minor characters.
Anonymuncule.: h/d black&grey penciltwistedm on January 6th, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
That was lovely!
fantasyfiend09: Rain Postcard Red Rahlfantasyfiend09 on January 6th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
I like how Harry and Draco both retreated to the Muggle world to find the anonymity they were denied in the wizarding world. It shows just how alike they are despite being on opposite sides of the war. I love stories in which they get to know each other without their history between them. Your Draco was so flirty and charming. He was also so mature! I loved that he was willing to wait for Holly's real name, accepting her for whoever she was so long as she was honest about what she was ready to tell.

Ron and George were perfect. *hugs them* And the new and improve Draco and Greg dynamic made me happy. Lovely story all 'round.
Marianne: defaulteidheann_writes on January 8th, 2013 09:41 am (UTC)
This was lovely, perfectly reasonable muggle!living (when so many just don't feel quite right, at least as far as Draco goes). And poor Draco so very in love....
emrys_mk: baby harry - destinyemrys_mk on January 9th, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
I was skeptical when I began this fic, so imagine my surprise when after reading it I had a lump in my throat. Every once in a while we all need to read a sweet fic such as this. There was the potential for so much angst with Harry's backstory and the backlash from Harry lying to Draco, but you chose to go the other direction. I think I thank you for that. This fic is just what I needed tonight!
subtlefire: Dark Phoenixsubtlefire on January 14th, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)
This? Was just lovely. I really felt for Harry, not being comfortable with himself as Harry, and then not able to feel entirely comfortable as Holly either, due to his guilt over deceiving Draco. And this Draco was just wonderful. Caring and so fucking mature (I love mature Draco!), and patient enough to wait for Harry to reveal his true self, even when he had to nudge him to give a little. I like what you did with the title as well, applying to both Padma's babies, and to Harry being ready to reveal himself to Draco. Lovely job, MA.
justbecause421: treejustbecause421 on January 14th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
I really really loved Draco in this. He was so amazingly supportive and the fact that he was willing to forgive Harry for deceiving him was... just ♥
Great story, thanks for sharing.
bernerbaer: pic#119359574bernerbaer on January 14th, 2013 10:01 am (UTC)
This was a fun ride, just the thin line between angst and fluff. And thankfully devoid of the forever repeated childhood/war grudges. Well done.Thanks!
alisanne: Rainbow eye 2alisanne on January 15th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Just wonderful!
The reasons for Harry's deception made sense, as did Draco's reaction throughout. And I LOVE this Draco. He's all grown up and sexy as hell.
The gender-bending was less important than the relationship they managed to develop. Interesting that it took becoming someone else for Harry to realize the kind of man Draco could be.
Fabulous story! :)
Forever flirting with sanitydacro on January 17th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Really liked this. I adored this Harry and Draco - mature and changed, but still figuring everything out. Ron's deduction skills were awesome! And twins! Yay!
Conacha: Do the evolutionconacha on April 28th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
Natt: Link & chickens.nattish on May 25th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
"I'm not going to knock over a library trying to find it, am I?" he asked regardless.


Intriguing read with an attractive Draco. Thank you!