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05 December 2008 @ 07:44 am
Happy H/D Holidays, rickey_a!  
Author: turningleft
Recipient: rickey_a
Title: The Piano Man
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Summary: They spent the next evening wandering the streets of Johannesburg, marveling in the simplicity of such a Muggle city. There was no magic here, no remnants of a war that had nearly destroyed them both. In which Harry Potter tries desperately to fix a problem that he caused, and Draco Malfoy really just wants to play his piano.
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): Flangst, established relationship (sort of), H/D outside of England.
Epilogue compliant? EWE
Word Count: ~3,700
Author's Notes: Études Op. 10, composed by Frederick Chopin, has twelve parts to it. Three of these are mentioned within this story and if you're interested in learning about them, you can find out more about them here. Title is a reference to the song Piano Man by Billy Joel. rickey_a, I really hope that you enjoy this! Many thanks to B for holding my hand, and to E and A for giving this a last minute beta when I had no where else to turn. ♥!

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Coffeejunkii: comfort (art by lillithium for me)coffeejunkii on December 6th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
oh ♥. i adore the melancholy tone and the way the story flows from one scene to the next. everything is slow and quiet. it could be a much longer story in which we find out a lot more about what harry and draco were like before harry left and how they continue to sort things out now that harry is back, but i think we've heard all the important things in this version, too.
(Anonymous) on December 6th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Mid-life crises are a bitch, no matter how young you are when you have them. I've often thought that if anyone would have a delayed period of self-loathing and uncertainty, it would be Harry Potter. I'm glad Draco was so willing to understand. I'm not sure Teddy will be as easy. Oh, he'll be happy to have him back, but kids react strangely to abandonment. Sigh. Nice story. Good musical choices.

C Dumbledore
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on December 6th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Ohh. Lovely.
rickey_a: H/D Kissrickey_a on December 6th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh... sigh. This had such a gentle flow and pace to it - very simple and very natural. It had a genuine feel of two people who love each other dealing with disappointment and trying to move forward. Well done. Thank you so much mystery author!
rickey_a: H/D Kissrickey_a on January 8th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to thank you again, now that I know who you are. This was lovely and just what I wanted. I rec'd it too (and would have even if it hadn't been written for me).
I just hope there's another Arnold where I go next: SatC: Headphonesexx_cecilegr on December 6th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
Wow, what an incredible story you've packed into just under four thousand words. Great job!
nolagalnolagal on December 6th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. I like Harry's departure and how it played out between them. Great Story.
ally: box of lovenotions on December 7th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
There was so much to this, even in the first few paragraphs you told quite a long story in very few words. It was written beautifully and was very elegantly finessed. Wonderful.
Seshetasesheta_66 on December 7th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
Not a very likeable Harry, leaving Draco and Teddy without a word, but I can see him getting to a stage where he needed to heal his own wounds.

I like how you didn't 'fix' everything in the end. I think Harry is damn lucky that Draco even spoke to him in Johannesburg, and that he's willing to give it another go. It helps that the reason wasn't all self-serving (like an affair would have been).

Nicely done.
SFirresistableplx on December 7th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)

I love this piece... I can just imagine Draco playing those tunes!

Cleocleo_jay on December 7th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
I liked this! Very low-key and quiet - that sense of coming together again slowly, prodding wounds with gentle fingers to see how deep they are. I liked your characterisation of both Harry & Draco too! Thanks!
Daisy-chama: HP - H/D - duelingdaisy_chan on December 7th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I loooooved this. The pulling apart the layers to discover what happened and watching them come back together. I love, love, love Harry and Draco adopting Teddy~~
Jesjes: HDkaterina_black on December 8th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Despite the melancholy beginning, the end left me with a smile. :D Lovely.
maggiemarguerite_26 on December 8th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Draco plays piano, I think I love you! The plot was interesting, slowly unfolding and helping us to understand how they got to this point and why it all so complicated. I thought their relationship was refreshingly ‘healthy’ which is a wonderful twist. They had major problems, obviously the trust has been broken but they are working through it. Well done.
Aquila: HP Harry/Draco closeaquila_star on December 8th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
this was wonderful. I loved your Draco an obscene amount. the whole thing was very tentative and enthralling. well done.
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on December 8th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Mmmm. What an interesting story. I loved seeing them at this point in time, at that critical phase when Draco has to decide whether or not he will allow Harry the chance to explain, whether he will allow them both the chance to try again. It's nice to see a whole fic set in this uncertain, delicate space.

I love that Draco understood so much while Harry was blind to the signficance of each tentative moment, needing it said in clear terms - so very Harry. I love the way they call each other on things, the dance between giving space and demanding answers.

It's a hard story to read in some ways. I understand Harry's motivations but I wonder if he understands how long the emotional wounds he gave Draco will last. I wonder how long it will take Draco to feel safe again.

So many thinky thoughts! Thanks mystery writer!!