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31 December 2008 @ 12:01 am
Author: femmequixotic
Recipient: violet_quill
Title: Once Upon A Time, Yesterday
Summary: "You've always been obsessed with Malfoy, Harry. That should probably tell you something."
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): past relationship, older Harry and Draco
Epilogue compliant?: Oh, so very, but perhaps with a bit of filling-in-the-blanks.
Word Count: ~22,000
Author's Notes: Many, many thanks to my three wonderful betas and to the mods for their generous patience with me. And happy holidays to violet_quill! Thank you so much for the chance to write this.

( Once Upon a Time, Yesterday )
Alysha・アリーシャotakuangel on December 31st, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Wow. I loved that from start to finish. I loved that Harry was so realistically flawed. Sometimes I feel authors tend to write St!Harry or dark!Harry but aren't really able to find that a realistic balance in between. I enjoyed it immensely!
naposaurusnaposaurus on December 31st, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
I never comment, I lurk, it's how I roll. But seriously? This was utterly amazing. The whole fest has been fantastic and this one is my favorite. I loved how real everyone was. The character flaws were wonderful, Ginny wasn't evil (yay!), Ron was AMAZING, Luna was awesome. Even the supporting characters came to life. Luna and Scorpius were, by far, my favorites. That last bit with Scorpius calling Harry a twat was genius and hysterical. Poor James but I'm so happy that everything didn't neatly tie up at the end (sorry Al and James).

I was hooked from begining to end, the entire thing was brilliant. Great job!
resident badass, yo.: two fishiessugareey on December 31st, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
That was so charming. So yes, I really do prefer EWE over epilogue compliant...but this was spectacular. Even from the very start...I loved the way you developed the characters even more, with Luna being close to Harry, Ron actually pushing Harry to go to Draco's, and I even loved James, Al and Lily. Scorpius was definitely like Draco...but most important...you have kept Harry and Draco really real with their personalities and I love all the dynamics of everyone's lives revolving around each other.

Almost like a soap opera...a good one. One that has a good ending. Very nice job!
kelahnus_24kelahnus_24 on December 31st, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Lovely...sometimes it takes a few years to find true love ^^
the girl with kaleidoscope eyes: h/d deathly hallowspandoras_chaos on December 31st, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
that was achingly brilliant. i love the past relationship and the caged familiarity of the whole thing. i'd like to say i don't know what that's like, but unfortunately, i've been there.

wonderfully written, as always ::grin::
well done!
rehsipusrehsipus on December 31st, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
Last day of the year, and you bring a story of true Christmas magic. So heartwarming, even the angsty bits were more like little pieces of spice caught between your teeth, only there to balance out the sweetness in a big Christmas-cake, filled with juicy peaces of fruit, dowsed with exquisit cognac, .

I loved this story. Harry drinking too much, always late for everything, (Calling his wife "Gin", how's that for a devoted drinker? ;) )!

Stinging cleaning charms, Bad tasting hangover potions. Victor inviting Draco to his wedding..

The Idea of Ron keeping Harry's secret all those years, even from Hermione. Scared young Harry, just desperatly wanting to be normal. Luna's usual insight, (love that girl!)

Draco taking Harry's advice of finding a occupation that he likes, even if he beats himself over the head, knowing where it came from.

Every freaking person being understanding, even past lovers.

And WOW- Steamy hot make up sex, after twenty some years apart. had to wipe the screen, it kept fogging up.

Harry's shock when Donaghan walked casually into Draco's flat. James and Albus, both pining for people they could not have. But in this story you just Know it doesn't matter, someting will work out.

Rounding it all up beautifully with Harry finally seeing the light and get his ass to where it belongs... Peace on earth and good will to all...

And I need to shut up and stop rambling. Thank you!!!

Edited at 2008-12-31 11:00 am (UTC)
OkyDokyokydoky on December 31st, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
This was brilliant. I absolutely loved it. ♥♥♥♥
Coffeejunkii: draco kisses harry [art by lillithium; icoffeejunkii on December 31st, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
teehee, i've been waiting for your fic to get posted! yes, i'm pretty sure i know who you are. it was a treat, as per usual, and made me want to smack harry for having left draco all those years ago [even if i also liked the idea that harry was longing for a normal life and wasn't ready to be the odd one out yet again]. i'm quite sure that harry and draco will get themselves together this time around :D
misscake: HarryDracomisscake on December 31st, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I laughed, I cried, I ached, I smiled. There was so much to love in this - especially the characters. As many have already said, they are very real. Definitely another of my favorite fics in this fest.
salviagsalviag on December 31st, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
From now on, when I re-read Deathly Hallows, I'll know that this fills in the epilogue nicely... I'm not fond of "with Ginny because he's scared to be out of the closet" Harry, but this is really well done. Such realistic characters, a lovely plot arc--I loved it all!
Amandastereosymbiosis on December 31st, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was amazing! I'm so impressed. Definitely one of my favorites so far!
(Anonymous) on December 31st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Once Upon a TIme..
What a lovely story. First off, I find it difficult to write in either first person or present tense, so for you to have done both with such apparent ease (though I'm sure it wasn't) is awe inspiring.
I loved the nontraditional turns the story took. Harry being the ass who walked away in the first place instead of it being about Draco having to have an heir, James being gay and Albus pining over a girl who Scorpius took. Just little things. Draco's choice of professions is unique as far as I know. Both men being so much more mature and, especially Harry being so human. Harry's problem having shoes (twice). In short, it was the detail that really made it just a cut above.

C. Dumbledore
Maraudersaffairmaraudersaffair on January 1st, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
This fic had my soul.

Jesus Christ. I absolutely loved it. Cried a bit, as well. I loved your characterizations of Harry and Draco. The whole James and Teddy relationship made me so sad.

I loved Ron as well -- and Luna. This was just so great. The sex scene was --- unfffff.

Yes. Yes. Amazing! Thanks for it. ;D
beatnikspinster on January 1st, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this, especially the dialog. It was clear and real. Harry was funny and complex and age appropriate. I loved the meeting of Scorpius and Harry!
Alaanaalaana_fair on January 1st, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what to say about this other than it was fabulous! Draco and Harry were both so real and wonderful, and James... hell everyone was remarkable. What a fabulous way to say goodbye to the old year and ring in the new.