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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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parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on December 9th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
i really enjoyed this. the pacing was wonderful and your draco was such a delight. thank you for writing this. :)
Scaraccioscar on December 9th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
I must admit, before I started reading this, I was skeptical about a piano playing Draco... but the way you've written him here it just fits. It was lovely and perfect; a great characterisation and a gorgeous story!

Thanks for sharing! ♥

Edited at 2008-12-09 06:52 pm (UTC)
rehsipusrehsipus on December 9th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
There are days, and situations where leaving to heal is the only option. And one day takes the other and before you know it... Thank you for believing, there is always a way back.

(and of course I exhausted youtube while reading this)

acromantularacromantular on December 10th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)

A great treatment of a simple, emotional idea. Just enough background to make it go, and some perfectly chosen conversation.

And I loved this:
You had better find that child a fucking llama or something before we see him tomorrow night, Harry.
Black Silkpervyunitwins on December 10th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed the interaction between Harry and Draco. And I believe that the last piece of Chopin in particular fit the mood just right.
beccaoutofthisplace on December 10th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
"By the way, when I say gifts, I mean large, ridiculous gifts. You had better find that child a fucking llama or something before we see him tomorrow night, Harry.
This really does play out like a piece of piano music. Lovely.
super elle!!!: fashion;  star spangled eyesirrevokable on December 10th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
lovely! ♥ I loved the pacing and how you broke up the story line. all the information wasn't immediately put out there in the beginning and I really enjoyed slowly understanding the truth behind the two of them one little piece at a time.
mcmuffins_js: santa kittymcmuffins_js on December 11th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
WONDERFUL!!! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Perfect for Christmas! Perfect for so many things :)
dracofienddracofiend on December 11th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Really nice. I loved the "fucking llama" line especially--it was a perfectly placed touch. This was like, an ideally portioned fic, you know, like a fun-sized snack pack. There were exotic locations but they didn't overwhelm; there was prosaic life but it was spruced up with Draco's piano--and I felt like this could be the first part of a longer fic that I would totally keep reading, but that I'm not leaving here feeling unsatisfied. Thanks for writing!
conscious, deliberate mistakes.el_em_en_oh_pee on December 11th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
i still love this and i love you and congrats on getting a hot rec! this is an amazing fic and totally deserves it. :x
Voldemoofrantic_mice on December 11th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
It has that Ru feel that I absolutely ADORE. Ty so much. <3
gabtastic!: Billy Elliot: Dancin'whimseywisp on December 12th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Draco + Harry + Teddy = CUTEST. FAMILY. EVER.

Also, I heart musician!Draco :).

I know this comment was kind of inane... it was a fantastic fic. Worth all the recs.
zahavahzahavah on December 13th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
oh, this was lovely. i have always desperately wanted pianist!draco fic, and this was just so wonderfully right. ♥

one thing that did totally jar the suspension of disbelief, though, was johannesburg as a peaceful, quiet city where residents have nothing on their minds but the present - maybe it's because i spent the last year in south africa, but i just can't imagine joburg being even artistically depicted this way. i mean, really, one of the most violent cities in the world? i didn't buy it.

BUT. that one detail aside, this was an absolutely beautiful fic, and i loved draco's realistic combination of resignation and anger that you didn't let them resolve so neatly. love love love. oh, and did i mention the piano? ♥
Truthful Plum Logical Horse: harry potter [would rather not say]megyal on December 13th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
It's a magic that revolves around caring for others and, well, you can't do that if you're so filled with anger that you yourself are broken.

I love that concept; heal thyself.

"We've already started over, Potter."
Yay! After some angst-filled fics, this was just the thing to make me feel hopeful again. Great work!
Pimea Feenixdark0feenix on December 13th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Beautifully written fic. The hints at the earlier history gave so much meaning to their present conversation and their slow way of trying to start all over. I really loved your take on Draco here. Harry might have had his reasons for leaving so unexpectedly but Draco's willingness to try again despite of it was lovely beyond words. Thank you!