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02 December 2008 @ 05:48 pm
Happy H/D Holidays, lesyeuxverts00!  
Author: okydoky
Recipient: chiralove
Title: Learning to Breathe
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Harry/Ginny, Draco/Astoria.
Summary: Draco knew what his life was going to be like, there was never any doubt. He never expected to fall in love especially with someone who wasn't his wife. But, he did, and somehow, Harry Potter became the thing that kept him breathing.
Rating: NC-17.
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: Excessive use of profanities, explicit sexual situations, angst, infidelity.
Epilogue compliant?: Yes, fully.
Word Count: 18,000
Author’s Notes: I adored writing this fic, so thank you for the opportunity, I very much hope it is to your liking, chiralove. Happy Holidays.

Thank you to L_S for reading this numerous times and helping me along, C for an early read and reassurance and L_C for beta-ing this. Any remaining mistakes are my own.


( Learning to Breathe )
 
 
 
goddessrissgoddessriss on December 2nd, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this story. Loved how their relationship evolved over the years and how they eventually managed to be together in the end. I could've cried for Draco, watching Harry get married and seeing Harry staring at him while kissing Ginny... Good stuff. Thank you for sharing.
OkyDokyokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I'm so glad you enjoyed this, and slightly pleased that I managed to tug at your heart strings :) Thanks for reading and commenting. ♥
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OkyDokyokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeeeee, thankyouthankyouthankyou!

I'm so glad you liked the finished product - thank you so much for reading this so many times!

*hugs*

The Rec Ho...ravenqueen55 on December 3rd, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
OMG. I love this fic. LOVE IT! I love the building of the relationship; it was so full of need, want, love, and desire...all those things were a constant, only getting stronger as time progressed. There were parts that made me smile, laugh, cry (Please don't die), and the whole thing together just felt so thorough and complete. Fabulous job!
OkyDoky: Albusokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! For reading and commenting :) I'm so glad I managed to get so many emotions across to you, I felt a lot of them when I was writing it, so I'm so glad someone else felt the same :) Thank you! ♥
mahaliemmahaliem on December 3rd, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
This was marvelous! You did a great job of showing us their relationship through the years and I love that it was epilogue compliant.
OkyDoky: Albusokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting ;) I'm so glad you liked it! *hugs*
Sarahmorganmuffle on December 3rd, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
That was a wonderful story, painful and difficult and yet I always believed they'd find someway to be together inthe end.

I especially liked that Draco recognised how Harry loved Ginny, and how he did try with Astoria. Plus the wedding scene.

Thank you.
OkyDoky: harryokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed this :) Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm glad you held the belief that they would be together in the end - how could they not be? *grins*

I'm glad you liked the wedding. I was very torn as to whether Draco would actually attend, but I felt, for his mother, he would do nearly anything!

Lyvchiralove on December 3rd, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much, mystery author! This is absolutely delightful. :D

I was so excited to see that my fic was posted, I dashed off to read it, even though I'm at work and technically shouldn't ... *wg* and I must say, it certainly didn't disappoint!

I love the way that you developed the relationship between Harry and Draco over the years, and the way that you worked them through the epilogue and into a happy ending. The infidelity just hit my infidelity-kink straight on, too! Harsh and realistic and difficult - you can really tell what a strain those twenty years have been on Draco.

Thank you so much! I really, really enjoyed reading my gift! :)
OkyDoky: harryokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked this! As I was writing this I read over and over your sign up to check, but I was so nervous! I was so glad it was posted early on in the fest! *grins*

Thank you so much for your prompts, I had so much fun writing this fic you wouldn't believe! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

♥♥♥
woldywoldy on December 3rd, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Very nice. They definately didn't get off easily, but in some ways the wait makes it better.
OkyDoky: h/dokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it! ♥
romaine24romaine24 on December 3rd, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I love this story, I mean seriously love this story. The realism of it is wonderful. The moving of time was flawless. I winced through the wedding. It was angst at its best. My favourite scene was the hotel, where they planned for the future. And I especially adored how Draco noticed Harry had grown up. They'd both grown up.

The intimacy was present throughout. They never said the words, but you could tell how much they cared about each other. I smiled at Draco's moments of insecurities and how Harry happily reassured him with sparse words. The kitchen scene with Harry and Scorpius broke my heart. Draco getting a glimpse of how things could be.

Sigh, I could continue on and on. :D


OkyDokyokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! When I got this review it seriously made my day! *grins*

The funny thing is, when I was writing this it didn't occur to me just how angsty this was. But re-reading it, I really wasn't very nice to our boys, was I? Oops!

I'm so glad you liked Draco and Harry's ways of communicating, and Draco's Slytheriness getting him the reassurances he needed!

Thank you so much! *hugs*

♥♥
parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on December 3rd, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
that was so wonderful. painful at times but still sweet and heartwarming. fantastic job mystery writer!
OkyDoky: janicechessokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you thought the sweetness shined through depite the angst! It was always going to turn out OK, it had to right? Thanks again :)
beatnikspinster on December 3rd, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
This was quietly epic and so realistic. I really enjoyed the emotional tone of the relationship and the agreements made throughout their life. The muggle bar moment was so much fun! And Draco with Teddy and Scorpius was adorable. Great job!!!
OkyDoky: scorpiusokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting :) In regards to the muggle bar moment, I just felt that the rest of their time together was so hurried and desperate, that when they finally got some real time, Harry would just be giddy with glee :) Thanks again! ♥
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OkyDoky: scorpiusokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I managed to lure you in *grins*

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing, I really appreciate it! :) I'm so pleased I managed to convince you the epilogue is not all bad!

Thanks again :)

Kajagr8fae on December 3rd, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Simply amazing!
OkyDokyokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
undisciplined_iundisciplened_i on December 3rd, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this. Thank you.
OkyDokyokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it ;)
your_huckleberyyour_hucklebery on December 3rd, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed reading your story. Thank you.
OkyDoky: janicechessokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting! *hugs*
stellamoonstellamoon on December 3rd, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
That was a terrific story! It took me a little while to read it all, but it was wonderful. I wish I could leave a thoughtful comment detailing all the wonderful things about it, but it would take way too long!

Gorgeous story. I feel almost like I've lived a lifetime with them since the beginning of the story.
OkyDoky: harryokydoky on January 8th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it and I really appreciate you taking the time to comment! ♥