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21 December 2008 @ 11:21 am
Happy H/D Holidays, anathema91!  
Author: novembersnow
Recipient: anathema91
Title: Father of the Bride
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Lily/Scorpius, assorted canon ships (past and present)
Summary: Harry's little girl is getting married, and the identity of her chosen suitor is about to open up a world of complications—for better and for worse.
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): References to prior character deaths (not Harry or Draco)
Epilogue compliant? 100% compliant
Word Count: ~29,400
Author's Notes: Happy Holidays, anathema91! I truly hope you enjoy this. Thank you to M and J for feedback and generally letting me whine at them, to C for the late-night company (although, no, kitten, I'm still not letting you write the Author's Notes), and especially to the mods for their incredible, superhuman patience. ♥


( Father of the Bride )
 
 
 
OkyDoky: harryokydoky on December 21st, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Arghh, this was brilliant. I've just sped through it, and I have to go out in like five minutes and I'm no where near ready to go out. BUT. I will be back later to leave better feedback.

I loved this so much. So so much.

anathema91 is a very lucky person!

&hearts.
anathema91anathema91 on December 21st, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
OMG I so totally am! XD
(no subject) - okydoky on December 22nd, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - novembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
anathema91anathema91 on December 21st, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
*squeeeeeee!* My gift is posted and its loooong!

*runs to read*
Amandastereosymbiosis on December 21st, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, anonymous author, that was utterly amazing. Thank you so much for writing this!
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
The Rec Ho...ravenqueen55 on December 21st, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
That was absolutely fabulous. I loved everything about it, from the beautiful young love of Lily & Scorpius, to the achingly intense relationship of Harry & Draco and the evolution of it from one thing to another; I loved the gentle mystery of Narcissa's whereabouts and the secretiveness of Draco & Scorp's work. The sex was real and raw and hot and beautiful. This fic just grabbed me and wouldn't let me go! Very, very, very, well done. *applauds*
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and that the love story worked on both levels for you. :)
kloudydayzkloudydayz on December 21st, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Wonderful story!!! I loved it!
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it.
beachlass: balloonsbeachlass on December 21st, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
*squeals*

Ohhh, that was lovely! I'm storm-stayed at home, with a miserable winter storm outside, and this was delightfully warming. Terrific interplay between the characters - I loved Lily and Scorpius (that was so right; and the tension and building affection between Harry and Draco and the investigation - Wonderful!
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad this managed to keep you entertained on a snowy, blustery day (goodness knows, I am all too familiar with what that is like *g*). I'm so pleased that both the Harry/Draco and the Lily/Scorpius relationships worked for you.
Meri: hp harry-draco kissmeri_oddities on December 21st, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Well done. I seriously enjoyed the whole thing. I love a long story with a good solid plot. You Draco was very IC as I see him, and Harry was, too. He really should have trusted his instincts. *g* Scorpius and Lily were wonderful, too.
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! This means a lot to me, since I've long been an admirer of your work. :)
gina87gina87 on December 21st, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Really enjoyed the story. Thank you for writing it!
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for reading! I'm glad you liked it.
This Girlthisgirl_is on December 21st, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Was there anything I didn't love here? Hmmm, no.

I really liked the shift in Harry's attitude to Draco as he got to know him, it worked really well. And this is Draco as I love him best - all prickly and defensive. I also really liked the secondary characters. The Lily/Scorpius aspect was interesting and worked really well, and I liked Albus as an Auror.

The drug-ring plot was really interesting, especially with the Narcissa angle, which was very well-played, particularly the reveal. The mixture of illness and dignity was rather wonderful.

Well done!
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!

The drug-ring plot was really interesting, especially with the Narcissa angle, which was very well-played, particularly the reveal. The mixture of illness and dignity was rather wonderful.

I'm so pleased to know this worked for you; I worried that the Narcissa angle might be a bit too much angst for what was otherwise a fairly light story. It's a relief to know readers felt this added to the depth of the story rather than took away something.

Thank you for reading! I'm so glad you liked it.
hepson on December 21st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
That was wonderful! I loved Draco's hurt so much and Lily and Scorpius was such a good choice!

&hearts
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really pleased to know the Lily/Scorpius worked for you in addition to the H/D. ;)
misscake: HarryDracomisscake on December 21st, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Great plot! I love the characterization of Lily and Scorpius. And I liked the buildup between Draco and Harry. Nice job.
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's such a challenge writing next-gen characters when they have no real established personality in canon, yet readers have very distinct ideas about what constitutes "in-character" behavior regardless. ;) I'm so glad to know Lily and Scorpius worked for you. :)
anathema91anathema91 on December 21st, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
My love, let me show you it... (Part 1)
OMG, OMG, OMFG!!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, mystery author! Ths was absolutely, completely and utterly brilliant. And beautiful. And so amazingly awesome.

Okay, I know I'm obviously biased, as it's a gift fic for ME, but dude, this is my favourite one of all the holiday fests this year. Like, by far! How friggin awesome is it that the fic I get written for me is the best one of them all? Srsly!

I've read it twice, cuz after the first read I was too incoherent with squee to actually write a decent comment. So, on the second read, I started copy/pasting all my favourite bits and there's like way too many to quote, so I'll have to be like Inigo Montoya and simply sum up. (Although some parts are just too damn good not to quote.)

This is kinda all over the place, but I'm too giddy to make it any better:

  • Lily. She's awesome! Like such a wonderful character, and her relationship with Harry and her brothers is so beautiful. And the love between Lily and Scorpius... just wonderful. Really. That scene where Harry observes how smitten Scorpius looks when he is looking at Lily...*sigh*

  • James and Al are also both made of win. Protective big brother James, and cheeky Auror Al. Awesome!

  • Harry stepped back to allow the two of them to enter the foyer and shook the young man's proffered hand, catching an inexplicable flash of resentment in the elder Malfoy's eyes as he did so. I bit my lip when I read this. And loved that Harry chose to offer his hand to Draco. *loves grown up Harry*

  • The changes in the decor of the Manor just speaks volumes. I love that little detail, and the moment Harry and Draco share when they know they're both thinking of what happened in that room during the war. And the fact that the changes were Narcissa's doing. OMG so perfect.

  • Narcissa. So heartbreaking. Thank you for putting her in this story. I love her, and that she was Draco's main motivation for his research...so sad and beautiful. *pets Draco*

  • And speaking of appearances from characters I love, thank you for including Neville! ♥ ♥ I love him so, and his mature attitude toward Draco, and the fact that Draco consulted him as an expert in Herbology. Just so friggin awesome and brilliant and wonderful. Thank you for fanning the flame of my Neville-love!

  • OMG. This: The wine felt like velvet against his tongue—impossibly warm and lush and deep. He closed his eyes to savor it, and when he opened them, Malfoy was watching him, an inscrutable expression on his face. "What?" Harry asked. Sent a tingle of excitement up my spine. Such gorgeously awesome UST!!! I can totally picture it in my head and it's making me drool. *gurgles*

  • This: Malfoy's face and body may have looked to be all hard, unforgiving angles, but his lips were soft and smooth and—perhaps literally—intoxicating, his mouth flavored with the rich taste of wine. Malfoy's tongue teased its way into Harry's mouth, and Harry sucked on it, drawing a guttural moan from Malfoy, who nudged his hips insistently into Harry's, producing utterly divine friction against Harry's erection. TOTALLY PWNS ME! I asked for a powerful first kiss, and you most certainly delivered.

  • Actually, you delivered on all kiss-related requests. Stolen kisses! OMG *loves* HOt kisses! Needy kisses! Soft kisses! So many kisses! Srsly, I think I'm in love with you right now for all the amazing kisses you included in this.

  • And OMG Harry kissing and then licking Draco's Dark Mark scar?!?! aksjfdalkdsjfsadkjfdsalkj OMG That was THE. HOTTEST. THING. EVAR! (I now totally get wook's tattoo-licking kink.)

  • Also hot: the fighting leading to snogging and frottage. OMG. Just. GUH! Again, you have brilliantly incorporated one of my favourite things in this fic! <3
anathema91anathema91 on December 21st, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: My love, let me show you it... (Part 2)
And since I am too verbose for a single LJ comment, here's the rest of my reaction:

  • Draco's reaction to Bill & Fleur forgiving him totally broke me. So beautiful and sad.

  • Hermione & Ron's daughter Rose as a Slytherin FTW!!! Srsly. I love that! Let's face it, the girl who could come up with the sneak hex for anyone betraying the DA would have done very well in Slytherin, so naturally her daughter would fit right in. XD

  • Oh man, this right here: He was endlessly fascinated by Malfoy's reactions: the way his cock twitched at Harry's slightest touch, or even a word; the way his face flushed when Harry pressed close to him; the way he was still Malfoy, struggling against Harry for control of every kiss, muscling Harry against a convenient wall, glorying in every noise of surrender he could coax out of Harry with the firm, relentless strokes of his hand along Harry's shaft. It was more than just lust, less than an affair—it was a struggle for dominance, just like in their schooldays. Only now the weapons had changed dramatically. Pretty much sums up my entire reason for loving H/D. That power-struggle dynamic that you can so easily picture being present in their early encounters. You've captured it so wonderfully and beautifully here. It completely and utterly blows my mind. Thank you for writing such brilliance. ♥

  • "Because it's Harry Potter in an Auror uniform, about to suck me off," Malfoy replied, looking annoyed at being forced to explain himself. "What part of that triumvirate of wank fantasy-worthy material do you not get?" *squee* *giggles* So true! I love it!

  • Oh and throughout that whole scene in Harry's study, I kept talking to my laptop and telling them to move to a different room so that Draco wouldn't discover Harry's files... It was like, you know it's got to happen, you know their happy little bubble has to break, but you just don't wanna see them hurt. *pets Harry and Draco*

  • Malfoy's hand drew Harry's face down to press into his shoulder. "I couldn't bear the thought of erasing you entirely from my skin," Malfoy said. Harry felt the vibration of the words against his skin and pressed a slow kiss to Malfoy's jaw. *iz ded*


Dear mystery author, I don't even know where to begin to thank you! You have touched on sooo many of my biggest kinks, and also seemed to uncover a new one (dark mark-licking, which I never found hot til now). You have written a beautiful, plotty, emotionally charged story, with utterly fantastic characterisations of not just Harry and Draco, but everyone else you've included in the story as well. I absolutely love this fic, and I honestly can't describe how completely delighted I am that my request has been so wonderfully and masterfully fulfilled.

I can't wait to find out who you are so I can fangirl you madly. (And if I already do, I'll just do it even more.)

Thank you, thank you, a THOUSAND times thank you! ♥ ♥ ♥


ETA: another reference to something I loved in this fic

Edited at 2008-12-21 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: My love, let me show you it... (Part 2) - novembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: My love, let me show you it... (Part 1) - novembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
I have an Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator: harry/dracosimons_flower on December 21st, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
This was beautiful. I love how you wove life into the next gen characters who are really only names, but also how you let Harry and Draco's relationship as middle-aged adults evolve. The humor -- and the verbal foreplay and physicality -- helped, too :)
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment! I'm really pleased the story worked for you, especially the next-gen characters, since it's such a challenge writing characters who have no real personality in canon, and yet for whom readers in many cases have preconceived characterizations regardless. ;)
romaine24romaine24 on December 21st, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Damn, what a wonderful story! I enjoyed every word of it. Lily was perfect in being the only girl in a houseful of men. She reminded me a bit of Ginny in that way.

Draco was pure love in this. I LOL when Harry found him in the pantry. *snicker*

The Manor was described in beautiful detail. I really want to commend you on not going overboard with detailed descriptions but giving us enough to build the vision in our imaginations. The dialogue was so IC for h/d.

While you let us know early what was likely going on with Narcissa *sniffle* and Draco's potion endeavours, it was still a relief to have it confirmed.

The ending was wonderful. I love epilogue compliant stories and this rates up their with my favs.
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm so very glad you enjoyed this, especially since I think you and I share a lot of the same ideas about post-DH fic. ;)

The dialogue was so IC for h/d.

Thank you for this. It's always such a challenge trying to walk that fine line between not-snarky-enough and too-snarky-to-believe-they're-falling-for-each-other. I'm so glad it worked for you. :)

While you let us know early what was likely going on with Narcissa *sniffle* and Draco's potion endeavours, it was still a relief to have it confirmed.

Ah, I'm glad you picked up on the hints early on in the fic. I worried that it might not be enough and the Narcissa angle might seem to come out of nowhere, but I didn't want to lay it out too clearly early on, either, for fear of spoiling the ending. Such challenge! ;)

The ending was wonderful. I love epilogue compliant stories and this rates up their with my favs.

Thank you so much. ♥
adores_dracoadores_draco on December 21st, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
I felt really bad for Narcissa. Even though it must be even harder for her son to see his once so intelligent and talented mother change in a horrible way.

Definitely not one-sided attraction. That was SO hot! It's always amusing how lovers think that no-one notices what is going on between them. The electricity is usually impossible to miss. I'm glad their children interfered when Harry and Draco were being just stupid. Thank you for a great story and especially for a happy end.
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed the fic.
(Anonymous) on December 22nd, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Ffather of the Bride
Bravo!! Absolutely wonderful. Great development of plot and characters alike. I think it's the detail (Al's talk with Harry about Auror business, Draco in the pantry, Ron and the Cannons) that makes it such a fine read. Loved the whole Narcissa thing: the scene with Harry and her was great and the description of her realisation that there was something wrong was so realistic.
Terrific story. Thanks.

C Dumbledore
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Ffather of the Bride
Thank you very much for your comment. I'm especially pleased that the Narcissa angle worked for you, as I was afraid it might seem too sad or sudden for an otherwise fairly lighthearted fic. I'm so glad you liked the story.
Re: Ffather of the Bride - (Anonymous) on January 31st, 2009 07:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
trusting things beyond mistakesnarkyscorp on December 22nd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Wow. What a lovely, complicated, and honest portrait of H/D. I really enjoyed this, and I don't quite know how else to say it. <3 I think the Scorpius/Lily relationship was so sweet, and Harry and Draco falling in love after all the fucking around was just blissful.

Wonderful, wonderful stuff.
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm very glad that both the H/D and the Scorpius/Lily worked for you. :)
Anonymuncule.twistedm on December 22nd, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
that was seriously wonderful.
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it.
I just hope there's another Arnold where I go nextexx_cecilegr on December 22nd, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
I loved everything about this.
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm very flattered, and so pleased you liked it.
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November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
winstonmomwinstonmom on December 22nd, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
What a wonderful story to read in this cold and rainy night. It had all the elements necessary to capture my attention. I love the young ones, Lily and Scorpius were so cute and lovable, their relationship was sweet and full of love. Now, my boys were incredible. I liked how they agreed to have a "convenient" kind of a relationship but we all knew it would turn into a hell of a lot more (thank God for that).
You did a beautiful work with your writing and giving us images all along the story.
Thanks a million for sharing and Happy holidays!
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for your comment. I'm so pleased the story worked for you in so many ways! :)
nolagalnolagal on December 22nd, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
"why it is I seem to like hearing you insult me in creative new ways,"

"I couldn't bear the thought of erasing you entirely from my skin," Malfoy said.
Both of those lines were my favorite. I loved this fic, how Lily and Scorpius were perfect how Harry and Draco were drawn together and how Harry was investigating but really just wanting draco.
The characters were perfect. Wonderful fic!

November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it, and that both the H/D and the Scorpius/Lily relationships worked for you. :)
Betelin Notecorbetelin_notecor on December 22nd, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
This was so perfect. Lily/Scorp was well written and felt realistic and not like a plot point meant to enable Harry and Draco's relationship. Harry/Draco was beautiful and touching and so very realistic and perfect. =)

I adored this whole fic!
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm so glad you liked the fic.
scrtkprscrtkpr on December 22nd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Oh my god, I loved this SO MUCH. It was beautiful, and lovely, and wonderful, and awesome, and I am so glad I found time to read it tonight! Thank you for writing it!! (And I have a guess about the author's identity too, haha. Am looking forward to reveals.)
secretsolitaire: ahahahasecretsolitaire on December 22nd, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
LOL, I thought you might have written this! I'm not doing well at guessing this year at all. :-P
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secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on December 22nd, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
Truly amazing -- one of my favorites of the fest so far. I loved your Draco; I seem to have some sort of kink for a Draco who has feelings for Harry long before Harry starts thinking of him that way, and whose feelings include the teeniest bit of hero worship. These lines made me wibble a little:

"He told me once," Scorpius continued, holding Harry's gaze, "that he wanted me to know that story so I'd understand that heroes really existed in the world. That they were among us."

and

"Just be good to him," Scorpius told Harry. "I think he's still a little awed by you, too, to be honest."



Other stuff I liked: Scorpius and Lily. They were charming and likable without seeming unreal or too perfect. Lily in particular was sort of a breath of fresh air every time she appeared. Also: the sex. I liked that it was never gratuitous, but helped show what the characters were feeling at any particular time. Also, I liked that it was hot. ;-)

And gah, the moment where Draco resorts to the bottom of a bottle because Bill and Fleur forgave him? One of the most powerful parts of the whole fic.

Very nicely done, mystery author! Will be reccing. :-)
November Snowflakenovembersnow on January 11th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment!

I seem to have some sort of kink for a Draco who has feelings for Harry long before Harry starts thinking of him that way

That's definitely one of my fic kinks as well, so I'm very glad this worked for you. ;)

Other stuff I liked: Scorpius and Lily. They were charming and likable without seeming unreal or too perfect. Lily in particular was sort of a breath of fresh air every time she appeared.

Oh, I'm so glad you liked the two of them. It's such a challenge writing next-gen characters who have no real personality in canon, and yet about whom readers still have preconceived notions, so I was very nervous about this angle of the story.

And gah, the moment where Draco resorts to the bottom of a bottle because Bill and Fleur forgave him? One of the most powerful parts of the whole fic.

Part of my personal canon about Draco is that a fair amount of his prickliness and tendency to act like a total bastard arises from fear, and I think that a post-war Wizarding world would have been reluctant to immediately forgive those on the other side. So Draco's had a lot of years to build up his defenses against the rejection he hates and fears so much--so when he isn't rejected by people who, by all rights, have more right to do so than most, it's a shattering experience for him. I'm so glad this worked for you.

Thank you very much for reading!