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26 December 2012 @ 06:37 pm
HAPPY H/D HOLIDAYS, RAITALA!  
Author: rickey_a
Recipient: raitala
Title: Fledglings
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Summary: When it's time to leave the nest, it's a comfort to have someone to fly with you.
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): None
Epilogue compliant? EWE, but pulling a few bits that might be construed as epilogue content.
Word Count: ~15k
Author's Notes: raitala, I did a happy dance when your name appeared in my inbox. I truly hope this makes your holiday bright. Special thanks to the swashbuckling lover and the fine liquor imbiber for the beta assistance. I <3 betas.


( Fledglings )
 
 
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shameful_desire: Violateshameful_desire on December 27th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I quite liked this. The idea of them learning to fly, in that manner, together was great!
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 17th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
alisanne: Golden lipsalisanne on December 27th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Clever plot! And clever Narcissa, lol.
Poor Draco. I felt for him when Harry succeeded first, but when he got it, too, it was lovely.
Sweet story!
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 17th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Alisanne. I'm a sucker for Narcissa.
Oshun: alex wandheartofoshun on December 27th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
Unique story. Great idea.
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 17th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
pir8fancierpir8fancier on December 27th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
Such a wonderful, wonderful idea. Hearts muchly!
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 15th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for everything my dear swashbuckling lover :)
sorrel_forbes: stockings 2sorrel_forbes on December 27th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
What a beautiful story. Thank you, mystery author!
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 17th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you:)
Nennenenne on December 27th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this. :)
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 17th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
HelenaDax: D/Hhelenadax on December 27th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Great idea, I loved it. Draco's anger when Harry's able to fly is childish but I can understand him. And the island seems very interesting.
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 17th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting:)
Pureblood Princessraitala on December 27th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Yaaay! I've been waiting for ages for my gift to post and now it finally has and I really loved it, so thank you very much!

I really enjoyed the idea of them learning to fly, first in competition with one another and then together. I liked the idea that they made one another be better. I liked the balance through the story, where Draco's success, studying on the island, and relative sense of self-knowledge (not wanting to marry Astoria), is balanced by Harry's natural drive and focus and Harry's almost effortless success is balanced by the struggle he has in the aurors and with his general sense of redundancy. You really captured what they have to offer one another.

I loved the location of the lake house. It really conjured up some gorgeous imagery: the dark green, verdant, chill dampness of a lake in the off season and the idea of their pale bodies flashing through the air to splash in the water. Also rolling on the mud together. All very delicious!

I also loved Narcissa, seeing everything so clearly right from the start, and engineering her son's happiness ♥ Also, finally, there is a special warm place in my heart for ridiculously stubborn Draco, repeatedly breaking his bones, jumping off the roof, because in many ways he is as bone-headed and hot-headed as Harry ♥ ♥ ♥
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 15th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Dear Dear Rai,

I truly hoped that you'd enjoy this. I would say that I wrote this for you specifically more than I have any other gift fest or prompt fest. I really wanted to. I usually look at the prompts, likes, and squicks to guide me, but end up writing 'my fic'. This was tailored much more for you and I found myself quite nervous about it. It's a subtle little fic, and not for everyone, but I thought that it fit in with your ideas about Draco and his parents. You've created such incredible imagery over the years that definitely influenced this piece.

To be sneaky I even used Brit spellings and Brit word usage (had to find and replace elevator to lift in the opening-lol), although you probably saw mistakes and knew it was an American trying to get by. I usually adopt the JKR American version of the HP novels for words and spellings ;) I missed my z's, but for you... I was willing to sacrifice them. I hope you're pleasantly surprised.

♥ ♥ ♥ Rickey
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icmezzo: pic#114764502icmezzo on December 27th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Very cute. Thank you. :)
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Thanks:)
resident badass, yo.: hello: i am a cupcake!sugareey on December 28th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
I loved this relationship between them. Really great concept of flying. Great characterisations and a good way for them to trust each other. Nice work!
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Thanks, I had fun exploring the flying aspect, and well, yeah, it makes a nice metaphor.
Susannah Wilde: pic#118333451susannah_wilde on December 28th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
I loved this unique story! Thanks!
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks, I had to dig deep to find something not done a 1000X.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 28th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
That was amazing. I'm glad Harry has this now. He seems so dejected, with Ron and Hermione with their own lives, his Auror career not going as well as he wanted, but now... God, now I can be truly happy for him. :D I'm so glad Draco finally saw he could count on Harry rather than compete with him all the time. I loved it. :))
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
When I saw your lovely comment, I wondered if you spotted me. ;P guess not. But seriously, I'm glad you connected with it. Thanks, hon :)
Marianne: defaulteidheann_writes on December 28th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Aw, I love the Harry and Draco with more in common than they want to acknowledge thing, and this does it very well. Bravo to them both!
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I had fun writing this.
celya: firecelya on December 28th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
beautiful :) i loved the vivid descriptions of the flying, and the tension was great. I'd have loved to read more of this, in case there is any possibility of a sequel. The characterizations and backstory had a lot of potential for moooore... ;). Great writing!
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks you so much. Never say never, but I don't have sequel ideas at the moment.
MelusinaHP: Melusinamelusinahp on December 28th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
What a lovely concept. I love the magical theory behind flight and the fact that they used Snape's notes. I also liked how believable they were as older versions of their canon selves. Really lovely.
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mel, I'm still giggling at my stealthiness. I love to explore the magic, so it's fun when I glom onto something that I'm not sure has been done yet (or at least widespread).
Dracones: pic#110756290dracones on December 29th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Lovely read mystery author, I always love stories with magical theories :D

also I loved your Narcissa she was very motherly and clever :D
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I think exploring magic is my favorite part of writing HP fanfic. And I can't seem to resist writing motherly Narcissa either.
vampisandi: vampisandivampisandi on December 29th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Great story!
I loved the idea of them learning to fly together.
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you:)
somehow socially inept...: branches d'arbredifferente on December 30th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Very nice story!
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Jocelyn Lavin: new utd hatgroolover on December 31st, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
I really liked this :-)
rickey_a: accio fandomrickey_a on January 18th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading:)
Appleling: Appleling icon2appleling on January 2nd, 2013 06:58 am (UTC)
This was so lovely! I loved the dynamics between Harry and Draco! Plus, the whole idea about magical flying was brilliant! When Harry succeeded first in flying, I actually felt jealous on behalf of Draco too, but then, Draco started flying too and it was brill! Wonderful story! Loved it!
rickey_a: h/d loverickey_a on January 19th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
Thanks. It was fun to explore the magical flying along with the metaphorical flying.
omi_ohmy: Winter branchesomi_ohmy on January 4th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
I liked Harry's emotions on seeing Snape's handwriting, and the little details you added to establish a scene, like Draco watching the peacocks. And at the end I really loved the sense of freedom that came with the flying.
rickey_a: H/D Kissrickey_a on January 19th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
Thanks. It's really nice to hear that you noticed and appreciated the details. The devil's in the details indeed.
Black Silk: clutchpervyunitwins on January 5th, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
This was a rather ubique story idea. I liked it a lot. I also liked how you managed to include Snape in this, even though he stayed dead. And I liked how they became friends with there being something more. And while I liked how you ended this I do still rather wish there was more.
rickey_a: Getting Thererickey_a on January 19th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
Thanks, I truly strive to find new and different stories to tell, or at least new twists on old tropes.
... And always leave them wanting more.
embolinaozembolinaoz on January 6th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
Really interesting idea and lovely banter - enjoyed muchly!
rickey_a: desire h/drickey_a on January 19th, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
Thank you :) I try to keep my dialogue fresh and fast paced.
fantasyfiend09: Rain Postcard Red Rahlfantasyfiend09 on January 6th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
What a great story! I loved Harry's awkward 20's. It was so realistic to watch him struggle with changing friendships and career failures. Learning to fly was a perfect way of representing that transition to adulthood and coming into themselves. Best of all was the way that tied them both back to Snape and the major role he had in both of their lives. Bonus points for meddling!Narcissa. ;)
rickey_a: h/d loverickey_a on January 19th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment. It was fun to explore their 'fledging.' And I adore Meddling!Narcissa!
nonajf: Ebenholtznonajf on January 7th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
This worked on so many different levels! They both have so many issues, it was good to see some healing.
rickey_a: H/D Kissrickey_a on January 19th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. There was a lot to explore on this topic, and I'm glad to hear that some folks liked how it worked out.
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