Title: So Hard a Master
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco; also Harry/Ginny, Draco/Astoria, very minor mentions of Ron/Hermione
Summary: When it comes to love, not all dreams can come true. But how do you know which dreams to let go of and which ones to hold on to as tight as you can?
Betas: The most amazing beta team of T, U, and W - I owe you big; and also A for her input and support
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended; all characters engaged in sexual situations are above the age of 18.
Warning(s): Angst, swearing, minor violence, miniscule bit of explicit het
Epilogue compliant? Umm... epilogue-ambiguous?
Word Count: 24,500
Author's Notes: Sherant gave me a lovely list of prompts and one crucial that almost killed me (see if you can guess which one it is). Here are the ones I attempted to include in the fic: something that explores their canonical hate-obsession with each other and not the physical side - to the end that maybe they never actually do get together, or maybe they never get to/want to take it further than a touch or a kiss, at most; anger, frustration, angstyness, regret, hope; a secret uneasy truce, like when they have to be stuck together they actually can talk a bit and enjoy the company - but would likely never admit it; annual Yule Ball; a fight in the snow; winter coats in Diagon or London.
Sherant – I’m not sure how successful I was at capturing the canonical relationship and I think it’s a bit different than what you had in mind, but I hope you like it. It was a pleasure to write for you. And HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
( So Hard a Master )