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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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Bryoneybryoneybrynn on December 8th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
This was a beautiful story. You did such a lovely job capturing the emotions of it - the tension in the beginning, the confusion and anger and fear as they began to talk it out, to admit to their feelings. I could feel Draco's frayed emotions, how he was barely hanging on, wanting it so badly but so tired of hurting. And Harry, wanting more time to figure something out, to be sure and not understanding that it wasn't about time but about trying. Until suddenly he did understand. And then, oh, the passion and the wonder of them coming together. I love that the very first kiss was nothing. I love that Draco didn't let it stop there.

Harry's realization of how invested Draco was was absolutely gorgeous. I loved all the layers to Draco in this fic. It was an interesting portrayal of Harry (and by that I mean actually interesting - it's not code word for bad!). We don't usually see him so cautious, so afraid of a misstep. But I think that's quite IC really - in the books, Harry takes a lot of shitty behaviour from his friends before he snaps. He holds tight to love whenever it comes into his life. I can see him being afraid of risking his friendship with Draco.

Anyway, I'm just rambling now. Thank you for this beautiful fic. I can't wait to find out who you are!! :)
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
I could feel Draco's frayed emotions, how he was barely hanging on, wanting it so badly but so tired of hurting.

Oh, this makes me happy. It really does, because I can't speak for other people, but I know how I would feel, and I can only guess if it is similar for other people. I'm so glad it struck a chord with you while you were reading.

I love that the very first kiss was nothing. I love that Draco didn't let it stop there.

That bit felt so right, because I'm not sure I buy the whole thing about perfection and stars bursting... It's a lovely idea, and I have definitely written about it. But this time I wanted to try the other route. ^__^

And I also extremely happy you found Harry to be genuinely interesting! I think you are totally correct in your assessment of why this would feel threatening to Harry on a friendship level.

Thank you so much.
gabtastic!: Garden State: Cuddlingwhimseywisp on December 9th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Wonderfully romantic and full of longing and just... I can just see them curled up together on the couch, their coats still on. Harry's thoughts are so honest and are a fantastic narration to the story. Draco is vulnerable, but he also stands up for himself, and you've captured that. Old school H/D all the way :).
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
I can just see them curled up together on the couch, their coats still on.

Awww, yay! I'm so excited that that scene stuck with you like this.

And thank you for using "honest" in terms of Harry's thoughts. Harry can come across as a bit irritating in this type of story, and I was really trying to sneak by that because he might be irritating, but he's also human, and entitled to think what he thinks. I'm so relieved this portrayal worked for you!
Raven: h/d otp movie picaki_hoshi on December 9th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Wow...this was...extremely powerful and very accurate, I feel, of the actual sensations and feelings that many people go through when they're with someone for the first time. Made all the more complicated by that friendship. Beautifully done. I am in awe of your ability to put this into words.
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this review! I'm really excited that it struck true with you; I drew on some personal experience for parts of this story, and it's so comforting to find that others have felt the same things, or similar ones.
Scaraccioscar on December 9th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
WOW! This is simply stunning! Such beautiful and powerful language used to tell a breathtaking story.

I can't wait to find out who you are, mystery author!
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading, and for this review. I had a great time writing this one, and it's wonderful to hear what you thought. ^__^
Keeper of the Superfluous Es!: Leetje/HPDMShagthemostepotente on December 10th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Over here on frayach's rec as she never steers me wrong. What a lovely and poignant piece. Old school H/D never goes out of style. Thank you for this :-)
rurounihime on May 12th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading my hols fic. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply. I'm a real slacker so far this year... :(
acromantularacromantular on December 10th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Oh wow.
You've given a beautiful glimpse into Harry's head, and the emotional intensity between the two of them was incredible. Slow, and yes sometimes frustrating, but perfect.
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading, dear! It was so nice to see your review, and I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner. This year, I have been really bad in the lj department. I'm working to correct that.
rehsipusrehsipus on December 10th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Oh- this was so .. so - wonderful, so- tender, made me struggling to remember to breath.. sitting on tenterhooks, afraid that any sudden movement would scare Harry in the wrong direction... Feeling the warmth, the strange wonder, certainty that the struggle is over. The friend is kept, the lover gained...The power of your Yuletide magic is going to be with me for a loong, long time. Thank you so much for sharing. I have no words to describe how warm and fuzzy this made me feel.
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
made me struggling to remember to breath.. sitting on tenterhooks

Oh, that is AWESOME. Thank you so much for this description of how the story made you feel! That is truly a great thing to read, as the person who wrote it.

The friend is kept, the lover gained...The power of your Yuletide magic is going to be with me for a loong, long time.

And that is just so poetic. Made me sigh happily. ^__^
Black Silkpervyunitwins on December 10th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Wow. I cannot get over how much emotion and feeling and jumble three is in this. It was just perfect and so real. I liked it. Again, wow.
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading! I'm really happy you enjoyed the story, and that it touched you deeply like this. ^__^
beccaoutofthisplace on December 10th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Sigh. I love semi-angsty emotional blowouts that force the truth out. :) I love this whole sort of confused inner rambling monologue/dialogue, it's so very... real. and familiar. Wonderful.
Oh, SO MUCH TALKING, around and around in circles... you've really got a fantastic wind-up going here....
Oh, these first kisses make me so woobly. I really shouldnt be reading this at school....
Oh, squee. I loved this.
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I love semi-angsty emotional blowouts that force the truth out.

ME TOO. If you couldn't tell. ^_~

Thank you so very much for this lovely review! It's wonderful to hear that you felt the inner issues were realistic.

And yeah, alas, probably not for reading during school. Though I think fic-reading should be instituted as a course. *shifty eyes* I'd enroll.

Thank you again!
super elle!!!: fashion;  save your scissorsirrevokable on December 10th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
oh wow, this is good. ♥ it was beautiful and complex and emotional -- basically, absolutely perfect for this friend to lover scenario that is always so difficult. love love loved it ♥
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Oh, it's so wonderful to hear what you thought, and especially that you enjoyed it!
Voldemoofrantic_mice on December 10th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
OMGAWD! Amazing & deeply atmospheric and hard to come by and grown up and smart and sexy but again in a very grown up way. I totes liek this aggressively hesitatin!Harry and this Draco that has his own lief and his own peeps and more possibilities than just being Harry's boyfriend.

Not oldfashioned ATALL --althou it totes has a RLY strong classic feel.

Lovely. ♥
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so, so, so much for such a wonderful review of my fic. I'm so excited that you describe them as "very grown up"! That's absolutely awesome, and music to my ears. ^__^
lorac64lorac64 on December 11th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
The kiss...ah, that kiss will go down in fandom history!
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Ahahahaha! Awww, THANK YOU for saying that! *glomps*
rrandomalia on December 11th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Gorgeously done. I really enjoyed it.
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and for commenting!
Pimea Feenixdark0feenix on December 12th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Mmmmm. Very intense and emotional. I'm happy things turned out alright for them.
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm happy, too. I don't like leaving H and D in a lurch... It's nice to let them be happy. ^__^
Truthful Plum Logical Horse: harry potter [would rather not say]megyal on December 14th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
This is so intense. Such descriptive writing. Lovely work!
rurounihime on June 2nd, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!