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26 December 2012 @ 12:23 pm
HAPPY H/D HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!  
Author: olimakiella
Recipient: The hd_holidays community!
Title: Gemini
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Ron/Hermione, Seamus/Zacharias Smith
Summary: A stray unforgiveable gives Draco a gift he can’t give back and it helps him uncover a family secret linked to a series of murders five years later. With the help of Harry Potter they work together to solve the mystery of a familiar constellation.
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended. Some references used come from the Hp-Lexicon, credit to the site for Gryffindor and Hufflepuff names, past Ministers and individual character histories.
Warning(s): Post DH AU, Seer!Draco, death, references to suicide (not the boys), references to euthanasia (again, not the boys), OMCs, OFCs
Epilogue compliant? Nope
Word Count: 33,976
Author's Notes: I’m so glad I took part in this fest. Special thanks to the mods for letting me have the time to complete this. And, as always a humungous glomp to my fabulous beta nenne, who has fingers of magic and seriously saved my arse this time around. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with love and laughter with family, friends and significant others. Since I have no specific giftee, this is my contribution to make your Boxing Day a little brighter. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year.


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HelenaDax: D/Hhelenadax on December 26th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Omg, I might have fallen in love with Seer!Draco, he's brilliant. But Harry and the other characters are great too, I mean, I've never been interested in Zach Smith and I just loved his scene with Draco. I'm glad Castor was alive, he seems cool. I only disagree with Ron saying that Draco's useless: he's a Seer! He saved Harry's life, among other things.

Well, it was an amazing story, thanks for the reading ^^
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm happy that you liked it. This is only my second time writing suspense but it's the first time I've gone so in depth with it. I'm so happy it came across as I wanted it to.
Chesty la Rue: woahhogwartshoney on December 26th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was a really well-thought-out and interesting story! Couldn't put it down!
I loved the premise, and I did the "OMG" thing when we learned of Castor's existence.
So many great touches: Sirius making a "deposit", Castor being kept as a back-up plan, Hermione hating her job, Ron as a cook (WIN !!), seer!Draco and his visions.... A very satisfying read!
Thanks!!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The OMG moment was on purpose, so I'm glad it registered when it did. Your list of likes is an almost exact match to the list of things I wanted to include when I first began, lol.
isinuyasha: love youisinuyasha on December 26th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Wow this was just an amazing ride!

What a well thought out story, I felt as if I was reading a mystery novel, with my favourite OTP as the main characters, simply fabulous...it was so well-written and (for me) in character it could have been a side story by Rowling herself.
I loved Seer!Draco and Auror!Harry, as well as the slow built up that leads the reader to find out what Gemini really is and the idea itself is great, haven't seen a lot of (if any) fics about wizarding sperm donations.
Loved that you addressed the ethical factor as well because if we 'Muggles' have all kinds of issues about sperm donation, like 'analyzing' if the sperm is good/healthy, and thus creating the discussion of disposable children, I wonder what it would be like in the Wizarding world where Pure-bloods would probably do everything to produce a healthy and most-likely male 'specimen'.

Harry's and Draco's relationship was awesome as well, how Draco foresaw it but was still kind of apprehensive...and Harry being all hopeful :D AND BAKING!RON, so cool :D

I love this idea and story so much I fear I'm rambling away :D

Such a wonderful job, mystery author, love it!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy that you liked it! I'm blushing with all the compliments.

It's true the sperm donation thing isn't really seen. I'm on an ethical roll these days with all my classes and watching the last couple series of torchwood. yay!
goddess47: pic#56246505goddess47 on December 26th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
What a lovely story! I love the intricate plot and the characters you've used... and Draco and Ron learning to get along.

Nicely done!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so happy you liked it!
sess18: pic#101017649sess18 on December 26th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Great story!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Truthful Plum Logical Horsemegyal on December 27th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this a lot; the mystery of the case, the detailed connection of the victims, Rita Skeeter, Draco and his gift, the Aurors, everyone fit in and worked really well. I like all the mythical names scattered around this. [spoileryish]After seeing 'Pollux', I was waiting for 'Castor' and was tickled to see 'Lydia'. I find myself wanting to read some side-stories in this: Seamus/Zach, for instance, after that lunch-date Draco predicted, and oh gosh, I would love to see Ron returning from culinary school, Hermione and Harry greeting him like they were in the wilderness for YEARS. Ron's career and Harry's addiction to fruits of it were particularly satisfying elements; it spoke so much to their friendship. Draco and Castor's meeting was wonderful.

Who says ‘I missed you’ to someone they’ve never met?
At that, I adored Castor Malfoy; I'm not usually into familial-OC's like that, but Castor really works so well, because of all the technical and pureblood reasons. The addition of Rita Skeeter's sister was great, too, and the thing about Rita being good at her job but hiding it to investigate her sister's murder was kind of sad and nice at the same time? I can't describe what I mean. I wondered how many people Castor killed, though, and what his punishment would be.

Thing is, if you train a wizard from birth to use something Muggle, he’ll master it, because his magic augments its practical use. So teach a bunch of wizards how to hone a gun and you get a fleet of super soldiers at your finger tips.

That is so cool. It made me instantly think of Hawkeye from the Marvel comics, mainly because I adore him so much, but the World's Greatest Marksman could have magical augmentation, right?

Ron is amazing in this, just the way I like him.
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I sometimes go into so much detail it hurts, don't I? *le sigh* but I'm glad it worked for you. I have little side stories in my head about the minor characters in this fic. I didn't think anyone would be interested in them though, so I'm kinda stoked that they mattered enough for you to want to see them.

Oh Hawkeye. I love you just for hinting a line of my fic reminded you of him. I'm friending you right now.
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Nennenenne on December 28th, 2012 10:48 am (UTC)
I love this story and you know it. :)
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
I do, but it's always nice to hear it again!
vampisandi: vampisandivampisandi on December 29th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
This was completely and utterly brilliant!
The plot was really interesting and the mystery kept me glued to the screen. I loved the seer!Draco, so awesome, baker!Ron was soooo fantastic and I want brownies now.
I'm so in love with this story ♥
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
Lol, I was eating brownies when I was creating his character. Harry's reaction to his cooking was mine when my mother brought them round. Thank you for the wonderful comments, love. It warms the heart.
sorrel_forbes: stockings 2sorrel_forbes on December 29th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this story. You built such an intriguing mystery, and timed the revelation of the details quickly enough to be exciting, and slowly enough to create some wonderful suspense. The reality of Gemini was chilling, but really not all that surprising in the long-standing tradition of Potterverse ministry corruption: that was well done, I thought, but even more clever was the way that your warm characters and sense of humour provided a more light-hearted counterpoint. Thank you for sharing this story with the community!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the ministry is known for being used as the regular bad guy, isn't it? It was hard to resist the pull, lol. Thank you for commenting, it's lovely to read the appreciation. I'm so happy!
Leela: Solemnly swearleela_cat on December 30th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
Very nicely done. I loved the plot with all its twists and turns. I can just see purebloods, with their fanatic insistence of children of their blood, putting something like that together.
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I thought. It was Pottermore that got me thinking about it. How pureblood families like the Malfoys didn't even care about muggles until coming up to the first war. Then I wondered 'surely they must have something in place because inbreeding is never the answer' and voila. *makes demonstrating motion to fic*
somehow socially inept...: branches d'arbredifferente on December 30th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Wow! Such an interesting story! I was captivated throughout!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
ibexcellence: Tom Hardyibexcellence on December 31st, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
This right here >>> “Too late now, can’t unsee it. Like those weird porn sites with donkeys. You don’t look for it, but wham, there it is, and you can’t unsee it.”.

Idek how your brain works. Favourite line out of the whole story. Could not stop laughing <3

I will have to read this again, when i'm not so bone tired, so I can appreciate this story even more.

Anyway, i adored the banter between the characters, the plot was so well thought out (im such a sucker for wacky/seer Draco), and Ronnykins ginger baker extraordinaire?

LOVED IT.

olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you don't even want to know where my mind was when that line came out.

I hope you got some sleep, darling. It's important.

Glad you liked my fic too.
Appleling: Appleling icon2appleling on January 2nd, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
Oh wow, oh wow, just... WOW! This was brilliant! I've always had a thing for Seer!Draco fics but this one was particularly brilliant in terms of plot and character development! The plot was original, engaging and thought-provoking while the characters (all of them, even the supporting ones) were incredibly realistic! You made me adore even characters I've never really bothered with before like Seamus and Zach Smith! OMG don't even get me started on Zach Smith. He was... he was... sooooo awesome with what he does and that anti-Obliviation scene with Draco. It made me almost want to start shipping Zach/Draco too! But then Harry was awesome too! He was definitely a good Head Auror! The scene in the meeting room when he was trying to sniff out the wayward Auror who had been using Draco's gift for 3 years in secret.... *flails* it was soooo swoonworthy!! All the control! The power! Your Harry was super hot! The thought of baker!Ron was awesome too! That gave me sooooo many squee moments I lost count of them. I'm glad Castor isn't dead, in fact I'm super happy you decided to give Draco a brother! That was such a lovely twist in the story that it just made me fell in love with it even more! I literally couldn't put this down! It was that super! It was like reading a particularly satisfying mystery novel! What an amazing ride! I loved every moment of it!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Coming from you, that's like the largest comment EVAR. Yeah Zach Smith has become a little less irritating in my head lately. It's probably the fic I'm working on.

I'm so happy you liked it, love. It's makes me warm inside that so many people appreciated it. It's not my first mystery but it is the first time I went so in depth with the plot and stuff. I was trying my hand, you see. I'm hoping to part take in a big bang next year, so I'm warming up the mystery fingers!

Draco having a brother has always been a like of mine and something I hoped to accomplish by the time I finished fic writing one day FAR FAR in the future. I'm glad it translated the way I wanted it to. I read it over after it was posted and I must say, it's needs a bit of polishing before I transfer it over to my lj or AO3.

Thanks for commenting, though. I always love your comments. They make me feel special inside.
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welcome to villa cariño!capitu on January 2nd, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
oh my GOD.

I started reading and I didn't stop until I finished it's SO good!

I loved it. I love Draco Seer. I just can't get past it, it's so wonderful. I loved that Harry just trusted him, well, naturally he had to, seeing as Draco saved his life, but still! I loved how they got along. I loved Harry's attitude towards Draco all the time. I loved those visions. I kept hoping, waiting, holding my breath for when it was going to happen, and then finally. And it was so sexy. It was so lovely. Draco knowing it would happen but once it happened, it's like he could breath, and me too! I was "YES! YES!@@@W##!" when it did.

It was so exciting, too. The whole conspiracy, intricate without being confusing to the point of frustrating. I loved how everything fell into place.

Then that moment with Ron near the end IHEARTITSOBAD!

I loved it. Is that clear enough?? Because I loved this story. Instant favourite, I can't wait to read it again and again. Thank you so much for giving this joy to the community. <333
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah I had a picture of Jolie in Girl, Interrupted for some reason when I saw him as a seer. I don't know why. Harry is an odd one to me. Unknown to me, I keep writing him as having implicit trust in what Draco does when, in canon, the only redeeming thing he did was not identify him and then throw him his wand near the end. *le shrug* actions maketh the man, yeah? I guess so.

Oh yes. The smex scene was the first thing I wrote. Isn't that funny? Usually it's the last. But so much was riding on it, that I had to do it first and add or take away at my leisure.

I'm happy you loved it, and tickled it's now a favourite of yours. I have to polish it up but I'll be posting it on AO3 if you want to read it again.
Black Silk: clutchpervyunitwins on January 3rd, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
My first though when I finished reading this was 'Awwww, Harry.' the. 'Wow' then 'Oh no it's over'. Needless to say, I very much enjoyed reading this story. It had plot galore. A great deal of plot and mystery and lost of intrigue. I loved it. I was satisfied at every turn. I absolutely loved Draco as a seer. I think I added maturity to his character and a calm was too; while still maintaining that smugness that we know and love. I loved that you made Ron into this amazing baker/cook. In the end he kind of became his mother and had Harry and Hermione to look after and feed. So even though in the end he was talking about feeling useless and having to feel superior in being a pure-blood; he's needed in a whole other way. I loved that you gave Draco a brother; someone who could carry on the family name in his place and someone who he could love and call family. I liked how Draco kept seeing Harry and himself in certain situations. And then Harry realizing it. I very much liked how you took a secondary character from the books like Rita and made her your own and have her this extraordinary back story and a very big redeeming quality. I am well impressed with your story and it is definitely one of my favorites from this year's batch!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
Plot galore is hard on the brain. I don't know how people like Moffat do this on a regular basis, lol. I'm very glad that you liked it. A bit of effort went into it because pressure of THE FINAL EVAR holidays fest was riding on everyone's shoulders.

So happy you caught that about Ron. That's exactly what I was trying to say. He may not be the cleverest, or the most important, but he has things about him that make him unique and needed. This was something his younger self in the books didn't seem to grasp, and now he's mature and thought about it (and had Hermione and Harry starve for his meals when he's away) and pretty much turned into his mother, he understands his place with his friends and can impart that wisdom he's gained onto others, like Draco.

Mmm, yeah, Draco's brother was useful in many ways. He was a good twist, a lovely plot point and an easy way to have Draco let go of his responsibilities and go with Harry in the end. Rita.... well, she was another story. I remember coming up with that particular piece of plot and 'casting' an original character into it. She was a reporter too, but it seemed needless to have a whole new character when I could just build on the ones I had, right? that's the purpose of fanfiction, yeah? Yeah.

Thank you for the wonderful comments. It was great tiring fun to write this.
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olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah Rita was a compromise over everything, her character was originally an OC before I reshaped her in editing. Thank you very much for the compliments. Draco as a seer was too good to pass up once I decided on him as a character. I built everything around him and Rita, so I'm happy it came across the way I wanted it to.

Yeah, the supersoldiers was an accident. It just came out while I was writing. I was going to delete it, actually, and then thought 'screw it', lol.

Edited at 2013-01-18 10:30 pm (UTC)
sweething10: Drarrysweething10 on January 6th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
I just love a long, well thought out plotty story. This was fantastic! The characters were so much fun to read, and the whole concept of the company and the unwanted children was interesting. I loved Seer!Draco and Baking!Ron. Now all we need is to continue that thought about that threesome... LOL!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you, that's such a compliment. It was a lot of fun to write. Tiring, but fun.

Mmmm, threesome....
nonajf: Ebenholtznonajf on January 7th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Love, love, love this!

I loved how intricately wound everything is and how well plotted. Such an engrossing mystery! I loved Draco, and how you interpreted the Seer gift/curse. Oh, the magic! Oh, the wonderful characters! And Oh, such a great mystery!

Fantastic writing!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, such a lovely review! Thank you so much, that makes me warm inside!
Marianne: defaulteidheann_writes on January 8th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
THe layers and levels of "Gemini" used throughout this fic was just... So very well done. I had some fears about the reunion between brothers, but thankfully they each wanted the same thing. <3
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, they did and I'm so happy it came out that way. For a while it was going the other way, but then I ran out of time :(

But thank you, love, it's great that you liked it so much!
astardanced77: pic#119760319astardanced77 on January 13th, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
I liked this story's intriguing premise, and thought it was entertainingly written. Draco was great fun to read, though I will admit I now have a huge soft spot baker Ron! I very much enjoyed your story - thank you.
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
We all have a soft spot for a baking Ron though, don't we? I've had a baking Draco, before, baking Ron was bound to come out sooner or later. I need a baking Harry now.
Randy: Purpledrgaellon on January 13th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
Taking memories is a synch

I suspect you meant "cinch," no?

cinch (plural cinches)
1. A simple saddle girth used in Mexico.
2. (informal) Something that is very easy to do.
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Duly noted.
Hollyhollys_tree on January 13th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
The amountof plotting this fic must have taken, just boggles my mind. So many layers in which the Gemini theme was woven into the fic, it's really brilliant. And very, very clever. I don't think I've ever read such a well executed version of seer!Draco.

I spend most of my Christmas days with this fic --when I could get away from my family-- (and yes, late comment is late), but even after I finished it I kept thinking about it. Really smart fic.
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah. The plotting was a long process, but it needed to be because I was dealing with something so intricate. I understand that because there were so many layers to it, that the theme of Gemini could get a bit tiresome, though. I read it through, and you're right, it does need quite a bit of polishing, but I'll be reposting it somewhere else, likely AO3 once it's all done.

I'm glad you liked it enough that it stuck with you. I always dreamed of being 'that fic', lol.
justbecause421: treejustbecause421 on January 14th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
What a great conspiracy story, it kept me on my toes! In fact it wasn't until Harry and Draco made it to the lobby that I started to suspect a twin. I love the way you worked in the seer angle, and built all the backstory for Castor. Great story!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
I love to keep people on their toes, so YAY ME! I'm glad Draco's brother wasn't a complete giveaway, means I did my job. Thanks for the comment!
oakstone730: pic#118166040oakstone730 on January 14th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
I thought this was a great way to provide a new perspective in Skeeter's character. And I loved Draco. Getting the gift and not truly understanding all that was given with it. And the twists! Such a lovely story!
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
She was a complete accident, though. I didn't think people would like that so much, to tell the truth. Rita was originally an original character before she was seen as redundant and Rita took her place. The only hard part then was making it believable.

I don't think I would like to know the future all the time and most times have no way of changing it. I channeled that into Draco's character. That and Angelina Jolie, on some level. So odd.
ayurubie: Vulnerable HDayurubie on January 14th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
I've already read this twice and this is amazing..
olimakiella: Journal Postsolimakiella on January 16th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. Twice? Damn. Thank you. I'm happy you liked it so much.
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