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31 December 2009 @ 05:00 pm
Author: taradiane
Recipient: dragenphly
Title: Chasing Time
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, past Harry/Luna and Draco/Pansy, Ron/Hermione (but just barely)
Summary: "Happiness is temporary, but joy is not. After everything that your father took from him, we owe it to him to try and give some of it back. The debts that we owe the Potter boy cannot be numbered, and what we took from him cannot be measured, but you will find a way, and maybe then, you can find a little joy of your own."
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): Character death (not Harry or Draco, but two others took one for the team), periods of angst/grieving (I swear this isn't a wholly depressing story!), UST/longing to the nth degree
Epilogue compliant? EWE (see notes also)
Word Count: 30,700 +/-
Author's Notes: dragenphly, despite there being no porn, and a fair amount of angst (albeit resolved), I hope that you enjoy this story. I also hope that you enjoy Pansy's heavy presence in the story, as your request for a Harry-Pansy friendship made for an interesting challenge. I gave you loads of dialogue, as requested, though this may not be the sort of plot you had in mind. It's more of a character-centric plot than an action-based plot. You said that you weren't fond of the children in fics, hence EWE, but I also took the liberty of omitting Teddy since you didn't seem to jazzed about him in your sign-up, either, so we'll just pretend that he never existed. :) I feel the need to say a thousand words of pre-emptive apology should you not like this story, but instead I shall hope for the best and hope that you do, even if only a little bit.

Special thanks to my circle of support - S, C, E, AtF, and a secret nudge goes to sesheta_66 for a reason that only she and I are privy to - and we'll never tell. :) And to everyone who makes this fest run, mods and participants alike, THANK YOU!

( Chasing Time )
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Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Jocelyn Lavingroolover on December 31st, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful story to read in the last few minutes of New Year's Eve! Well done to the mods for posting it at the perfect time, and even more well done to the author - this was FABULOUS. Thank you.
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Heh, I totally timed it that way! Thanks for reading. :)
darcy58darcy58 on January 1st, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
you just made a grown man cry....this is so compassionate, and so moving. A superb story full of love and joy. Congratulations on such a beautiful piece of work
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Aw, did I? *hugs*

Thanks so much for reading. :)
Seshetasesheta_66 on January 1st, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
OMFG, this was incredible! I adore the characters so very much. Especially Luna, even though she wasn't present. This especially clinched it for me:

She understood Harry like no one else ever had, and saw things through a different set of eyes than everyone else did – she wasn't like Hermione, who had to dissect and know every last detail just to understand something. Luna had an unbelievable amount of faith, not just in people, but in the way the world around her operated and functioned. She wanted for nothing, because she knew that if she needed it, it would be provided by someone, somehow, somewhere. It was why Harry spoiled her so, giving her things she never asked for and taking her places she never asked to go. Harry needed to be needed, and Luna needed him, but without expectation or pressure in the same way that Ginny did. Ginny's need was…oppressive and stifling. But Luna's was freeing and liberating, because he knew that as long as he loved her, she would never be disappointed in him even if he made the wrong choice.

Ginny wanted him to be so many different things, but Luna...she just wanted him to be.

Yes! I love Luna, and you've captured her giving soul so well throughout this story.

And Draco ... his love for his mother, and pain after losing her. He gave up his life to become anyone and no one, to fulfill her dying wish. Wow. And how he fell for Harry, and despite wanting him, knowing that he could never hurt Harry. Much, much love for this Draco. ♥

And Harry ... so alone, so empty after the loss of his wife. No matter that he had friends, Luna's death left as deep an ache and emptiness in his heart as the loss of Narcissa left Draco.

I adored their relationship. How they had an immediate connection, how 'Ben' settled in from the get-go, and how they helped each other heal. I love the little details - the crinkles at the edge of the eyes that told whether a smile was genuine and heartfelt, the fact that Harry allowed himself to smile again, the enjoyment of people-watching, Harry eating dessert first, showing his childlike side and how Draco adored that about him, and Pansy ~ well, everything about Pansy, really.

Again, it comes back to Luna, as she (all-forgiving) befriended Pansy first, but I think Harry and Pansy needed each other, needed to keep a part of Luna alive in and for each other.

My God, I'm crying as I'm typing this, because I'm remembering all those little moments that had me on the verge of tears (some happy, some sad) when I read this gem.

I could go on, but I suspect I'm pushing my luck with the length of this already. This story is wonderful, beautiful, emotional, and ... yeah. Just perfect. What a great way to conclude the fest!
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 10th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
I cried while I rec'd it. It's so gorgeous...
(no subject) - taradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - taradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sesheta_66 on January 17th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Alaanaalaana_fair on January 1st, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
That was amazing, hon! Just... amazing! *twirls you*
Tara: aw shuckstaradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
boy, why are you crying?: hdbroomsashe_frost on January 1st, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
This is really fantastic. I really loved all the details about the clocks.. And I am kind of a secret Luna/Harry fan, so I liked that bit as well. =) Great work!
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I did so much research on clockmaking - 99.9% of it went waaaaaaaay over my head, but I added as much as I could without sounding like a total idiot LOL.

Thanks for reading. :)
marcelmoonstone on January 1st, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
You made me weep several times during the reading of this story. So sad but with a lovely ending.
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
I'm sorry! I seem to have made lots of people cry with this story...

Thank you for reading. :)
misscake: HarryDracomisscake on January 1st, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
How absolutely perfect that I finished this shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve/Day. Wonderfully complex. I love the idea of Draco becoming Ben not to trick Harry, but to help him. There was so much emotion wrapped up in this and I found myself teary quite a few times.

Happy New Year!
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
I timed it to be here just in time for New Year's...haha, benefit of modding!

Thanks so much for reading. :)
Felinepierian on January 1st, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
What a wonderful way to end the fest on the fic front! The pensieve scene broke me. I thought that I'd make it through the month without even sniffling much less crying despite all the amazing stories and art that have been posted, but then Narcissa shows up on her death bed bearing great wisdom on happiness, unending love for her son, remorse for the past, and hope for the future. In the face of all that emotion, how can I not tear up?

Beginning the year with an ending like this is an auspicious sign for the way 2010 will unfold. Merci :)
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading! And thanks for taking from Narcissa exactly what I wanted you to take. :)
Remula Wazokanaremula on January 1st, 2010 09:23 am (UTC)
Awesome fic to ring in the New Year with -- I finished it a little after midnight. XD

Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading - and reccing! :)
sweetmmsweetmm on January 1st, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Wow u made me cry <3
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm sorry! But thanks for reading! :)
reicheruchanreicheruchan on January 1st, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks!! :)
Stéphdragenphly on January 1st, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO HEPPPEH! I'm simply excited for the posting, let alone the reading. Im sure all your preemptive apologies are unnecessary, and that I will love love love it. Will try to read it asap! (definitely before the end of today!) WOOOT!
(Anonymous) on January 1st, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
No rush. :)
Re: Too much gushing so must be split into multiple parts... - (Anonymous) on January 2nd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The Rec Ho...ravenqueen55 on January 1st, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
OMG, that was so beautiful. I love Luna, and even though I'm a true H/D girl, I always thought that her relationship with Harry in the books was so much more a love story than anything that happened between him and Ginny.

In any case, I loved this fic so much! Really satisfying read.
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
I feel the same about Luna as you. :) Thanks for reading!
snowy_owlsnowy_owl_000 on January 1st, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was cute! I love Harry the clock maker...
Tarataradiane on January 17th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! I thought that it might be something different for him. :)