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05 December 2008 @ 07:05 pm
HAPPY H/D HOLIDAYS, SOFTLY_SWEETLY!  
Author: rurounihime
Recipient: softly_sweetly
Title: Yuletide Treasure
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, mention of D/OMCs
Summary: Harry finds he has a lot to lose this Christmas.
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? This fic is EWE. Just some good old fashioned H/D.
Word Count: 10500
Author's Notes: softly_sweetly, I hope you enjoy this flashback to the type of fic that popped up before book 7 came out… I was in the mood for some Auror fic. :)


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beatnikspinster on December 6th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
I love the ending: Harry's realization, hand holding, and food. Very tender. :)
rurounihime on May 11th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Heh, I wanted Harry to kind of take things into his own hands there at the end, and to realize that he can make of it what he wants to, to some extent. Getting yummy food is a way to loosen some of the tension, I feel. At least it gives them something to do while they struggle through it, and something else to have in common, or remind themselves that they have in common: a propensity to enjoy croissants and danish. *grins*

But all joking aside, I'm so happy that you liked the story! Thank you so much for reading it.
(Anonymous) on December 6th, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
Yultide Treasure
Sigh. That has to be one of the most difficult things in the world to deal with - that fear of losing what you have in the attempt to make it more. All the fears and the dreams clashing against each other. I can really empathise with Harry, not knowing if it would even work for him.
You've written this scenario so well. I'm truly impressed. There's still a lot of insecurity to overcome, and Draco will have to be patient, but it will work out if they keep being honest with each other. Happy Christmas, boys. And Happy Christmas to you, mystery writer.

C Dumbledore
rurounihime on May 11th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Yultide Treasure
Thank you so very much for this review. That has to be one of the most difficult things in the world to deal with - that fear of losing what you have in the attempt to make it more. That, in particular, is sooooo true. As someone who feels uneasy about change, this was an intriguing fic to write, and I love that it touched you so.
Grapemeisterbluelittlepig on December 6th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Wow, this was gorgeous!
rurounihime on May 11th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Aww, Grape, thank you!
SoftlySweetly: *fangirls*softly_sweetly on December 6th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this!

It's so hard and firm, drawing me in and making me feel like I read the whole thing just holding my breath. And it hurt, and they hurt, and it was all so real as they tried to figure out what they were. I love how real it was, how difficult it was for them, because it felt so true to life. And it was beautifully written; your language was perfect, and I felt like I was right in there with them, watching it happen. I'll be coming back to this again and again.

Thank you so much! & I can't wait for the reveals, so I can find out who you are and fangirl you shamelessly!

rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
First, let me say what a pleasure it was to write for you! You gave me the chance to go back to the H/D I love best and fiddle around there without all the extra heavy canon stuff strapped onto everyone's backs. Felt good to write in that world again.

Second, let me apologize for taking so long to respond to your comment. I read it when you first posted, and it made me feel so happy to know that you liked it. I'm sorry I haven't replied till now.

Thank you again for such a heartfelt review! I love reading it.
snottygrrl on December 6th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
guh.

am always blown away by stories that express the inner so well. i adore how real everything is. from them both being so confused about the other to the fear of taking it further to the need and desire that they've developed.

loved the whole thing, but had to quote this bit:
“Oh, no, that is not my only chance,” Draco breathed. His fingers clasped Harry’s nape more firmly, and then he was angling his head and pulling Harry in, and they were kissing again, and this time it was heavy and frantic and deep.

this is a stunning piece. [*sits at your feet in awe*]
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
am always blown away by stories that express the inner so well.

Snotty, I'm always blushing after your reviews. How do you do that? <3

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this one. Thank you.
(no subject) - snottygrrl on May 12th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
misscake: HarryDracomisscake on December 6th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
This was so intense and sensual. Really beautiful language.
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! *HUGS UBER TIGHT*
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rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm so excited that you like the story! And thank you for calling the story so much more than how I described it. That is a very sweet thing to hear about my work. Thank you!
nolagalnolagal on December 6th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Such true concerns about falling for a friend and the dance they were doing with each other. Wonderful story!
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Writing this was cathartic in a way, and confusing in other ways. I'm so glad the end result was something you liked, and I love that you found it to be so realistic.
rickey_a: Getting Thererickey_a on December 6th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. I like this microscopic look at the "the night" - the first night that it all changes. All the thoughts and emotions that are jumpled and clouded when transitioning from friends to lovers and how to navigate through to the clearing.
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
I will say that the journey isn't easy. I have walked down part of it before, and this was an interesting story to write because of it. Thank you so much for this review!
Geoviki: animals - nice - flamingogeoviki on December 6th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
So intimate and powerful! Well done, mystery writer.
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I am such a slacker this year... *hides*
reicheruchanreicheruchan on December 6th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
SO GOOD!!!!
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you!!
Seshetasesheta_66 on December 6th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
This was such an incredible ride. It's so difficult to cross that threshold from friendship to more. You can spend hours imagining how it will be, and then when facing the other person, your doubts come to the surface, and you inadvertently push the person away. You described that inner turmoil so well. I was on the edge of my seat, stomach clenched, for much of this fic.

What a great gift.
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
You can spend hours imagining how it will be, and then when facing the other person, your doubts come to the surface, and you inadvertently push the person away.

Oh, yes. That's exactly it, exactly. Thank you so much for zeroing in on that and then putting it so succinctly. It's so convoluted sometimes...

Thank you so much for reading, luv!
Draco Malfoy-Potter: H/Dlayingdm_p on December 6th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
This whole story went from cold and tense to warm, uncertain, but inviting. I wasn't frustrated by the boys, because damn that's a hard choice to make, but I was so pleased they they decided to hold hands and jump.

Lovely, lovely story.
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so, so much for this comment! I find it really awesome that the boys weren't the frustrating part, because you're right, it is truly a difficult situation, and everyone reacts differently besides.

Thanks again!
Anonymuncule.twistedm on December 6th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
oh lovely. so much h/d completely ignores these potentialities: psychological discomfort, uncertainty, willingness tempered with fear of ruining friendship. your thorough exploration of them all is that much more satisfying for their lack almost everywhere else.
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Hahaha, I'm always excited to find another lover of realism! It's a difficult situation to write because it's such a painful one sometimes. I have had my own ups and downs concerning this more-than-friends enigma, and I'm so happy you found my fic realistic. Thanks again!
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on December 7th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
Ohhh. I sort of felt like I was holding my breath all the way through this -- the emotions between them were so intense and yet so fragile, somehow. This really was old school H/D, and I loved it! I particularly loved the sensual way you wrote their kissing. So gorgeous.
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much for letting yourself be absorbed so completely by my story. That's such a great compliment to give a writer. And I'm so glad you are an old school H/D fan! Viva la classics! *pumps fist*