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23 December 2010 @ 09:00 pm
Author: oldenuf2nb
Recipient: florahart
Title: When Hippogriffs and Pygmy Puffs Collide
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Summary: Harry Potter bakes cakes, brilliantly. Draco Malfoy inks tattoos, brilliantly. Owls deliver post, including messages from clients, with an occasional lack of brilliance.
Rating: R
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): language, sexual content, perhaps a minor fluff warning
Epilogue compliant? Yes
Word Count: 33,000. I know; 33,000 words, zero angst. So, sue me.
Author's Notes: For those reading who are JKR post canon notes aficionados; Yes, I know she said the only Potter child with green eyes was Albus. Well, in this fic, Lily has green eyes. Yeah, I know. I took artistic license.
Dear Florahart; this is a premise you suggested; Harry the cake decorator, and Draco the tattoo artist. Yes, you read that right. I did incorporate many of your suggestions; Harry is a phenomenal baker, Draco is a gifted artist, and their shops are directly across from one another. There is a mix up with designs, and resulting confusion. There is running out of flour, a celebrity client, and very bad coffee. There is no casual infidelity; there is no infidelity at all. No squicks I can think of, no ‘icky’ bodily fluids, and no dreadful nicknames. Ginny is not necessarily a wonderful creature in this, but I don’t believe she’s a bitch. All in all, it’s about as serious as a meringue and just slightly mad. I hope you enjoy it!

( When Hippogriffs and Pygmy Puffs Collide )
Sometimes You Get Marshmallows: cheerleadingflorahart on December 24th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
*laughs for five minutes at notes*


And yes, I am sure I did offer up that premise. It sounds like something I would do.
Sometimes You Get Marshmallows: toddlerfistsflorahart on December 24th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Aaaaand, back.

So: why on earth would it be bad for there to be zero angst in 33,000 words? (although, I submit there is an ooch over the whole separation/custody issue, but that's pretty wee, but still, how is this bad?_

I love that you took this prompt and went nuts with it. I loved so hard the scene in which the mix-up's person showed up to object (everyone defending everyone FTW). I loved Harry's drawing and the thing that made Draco blinky about it --I wasn't surprised that was there, because Harry is Harry, but I loved that Draco still managed not to know that and so, being the enormous overempathetic sap that I am, I was all verklempt with Draco. I loved the Muggle baking and magic adding-to the cakes. I loved the attitude of the owls. I loved the joint tattooey thing. I could just keep going all day... I loved Scorpius. I loved Scorpius coming in and being all OH MY GOD DNW. I loved why Harry quit, and what he did next--and I loved the parenting all over the place. Only complaint: this fic did not come with the actual scones warm on a plate here at my elbow. This is an oversight, right? Because I require all of the scones in my mouth now pls.

(no subject) - oldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - oldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
lijahlover: Draco/Harry/Love and Lustlijahlover on December 24th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
This is one of the best fics it's just brilliant so entertaining. I was actually mad when it ended. I wanted it to go on and on and on. :)
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Thank you, darling. And if I'd made it any longer, I think the citizenry might have revolted!
disagree - martinstjohn on February 2nd, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
astridfire on December 24th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this fic! I loved Harry and Draco's odd careers, and I adored Lily and Scorpius!
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it!
Scarletscarletscarlet on December 24th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
Completely, utterly, relentlessly lovely :). Wonderful! Also, the descriptions of both cakes and tattoos delighted :).
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you, love!
Alice in Slaughterhouse: draco applemijeli on December 24th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
Draco as a tattoo artist? *drools a bit* OK, I can't wait to read this.
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
YOU are so my hero! When I repost, may I link to your lovely art?
(no subject) - mijeli on January 18th, 2011 11:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
sneakypoo2sneakypoo2 on December 24th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh how I loved this - the hotness, the ink, the frosting!! This little piece of brilliance has stolen quality baking time away from me but I'd do it all again in a heartbeat...
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
I hope your family will forgive the dearth of cookies! Thank you!
kayladiekayladie on December 24th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I want to marry this story and have its babies!!!

It was EXACTLY the kind of story that I love...witty, charming, funny, and while we had to wait a bit for the smex, very HOT!

I loved the way you brought Harry and Draco slowly around to the same place at the same time in their lives. I loved Lily/Scorpius! I loved both Draco and Harry being such wonderful dads.

In short, I loved everything about this!!
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
I love this comment! Thank you, so much!
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on December 24th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
That was absolutely delightful:)
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
dolimir_k on December 24th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Loved this story. Loved the back history and the pacing. I think this may be my favorite story this holiday exchange.
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you! There are so many good ones, though!
creme_bun on December 24th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
This story is the best holiday present you could give all of us readers .... except I'm hungry for cake and giggly about Draco's Pygmy Puff tattoo!
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Hehehe, thank you so much!
쉘리 Unmistakably Oatmeal: hp - h/d staringsdkshelly on December 24th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha, what a perfect ending to an incredibly delightful story! I loved this rather more mature Harry and Draco--Draco as a tattoo artist is incredibly sexy, and grown-up Harry is...MROW. Loved the whole ensemble of characters as well, Pansy was so much fun and the side of Scorpius/Lily was adorable too. I really enjoyed this!
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
I'm so glad! Thank you!
Eanelineaeanelinea77 on December 24th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this very much. I'm a sucker for loving fathers Harry and Draco. I liked that though the divorce between Harry and Ginny was sad, it was amicable. I loved the Astoria/Asteria joke, it was funny.

Harry as a baker and Draco as a tattoo artist was unique. I'd never thought of either one having tattoos (I don't consider the Dark Mark as such) and their final tattoos was great. A reminder of how they got together.

I liked this, and thank you for sharing this with us.
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for the lovely comment!
milliesweet on December 25th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
oh my.
This totally saved my yule <3.

i'm speechless.
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Re: oh my.
Oh! Well, I hope it improved for you! And thank you!
nonajfnonajf on December 25th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Great! There were funny bits and wistful bits and romantic bits. I loved the devotion between fathers and their kids. I loved how believably grown up Harry and Draco were. And from the second Draco started purring, he was doomed as far as the bonding tattoo went. LOL!
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Pretty much, that purr did him in! And thank you!
cleodoxacleodoxa on December 25th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
This is so smooth and sweet, it's like a very fluffy fic taken almost seriously so it came out just right; three dimensional with backgrounds and motivations but with that indulgent, in-a-nicer-world quality. You do write very sensuously about cakes; an extra reason why this is a good fic to post during the holiday season. I really liked Harry's tattoo idea, it was so endearing. And you are great at making Harry and Draco sound sexy seen through each others' eyes. Oh, and it was a nice change to see Lily/Scorpius in an H/D fic. Love the vision of Draco being connected to the Weasleys by marriage.
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on January 18th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
I probably write sensuously about cakes because I've never met one I didn't like! And thank you!