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31 December 2010 @ 07:18 am
Author: femmequixotic
Recipient: musamihi
Title: As Souls From Bodies Steal
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, past Harry/Ginny, with appearances by Millicent, Blaise, Hermione, Narcissa and Andromeda
Summary: Hope may be found in the oddest of places, even in the bleakness of winter.
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): suicide of minor character, past non-con/rape
Epilogue compliant? semi-epilogue compliant (very semi)
Word Count: ~41,000 words
Author's Notes: Many huge thanks to the mods for their infinite, infinite patience with me, and great love to my betas J, W, N and C for their gracious help and brilliant suggestions. Also, I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to N, in particular, without whom this story could neither have been dragged across the finish line nor written at all, and to W who gave me the title. (And a tip of the hat to John Donne, from whence said title comes.) Happy holidays, musamihi!

( As Souls From Bodies Steal )
coatkneedee: super!danradcoatkneedee on December 31st, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
I think I know who this is already. I see a Millicent and a Blaise. If it isn't her, then whatever, but I'd rather be right.
wemyss: hd kiss 1wemyss on December 31st, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Super stuff.
Then again, it would be.
prone to mischief: Macaroonstreacle_tartlet on January 2nd, 2011 07:25 am (UTC)
Re: Super stuff.
Tis indeed beautiful, and nothing less than what I would expect from this most mysterious of Mystery Authors.
*whistles and waves* - noeon on January 4th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: *whistles and waves* - treacle_tartlet on January 5th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
dilly01 on December 31st, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
My very favourite of every story I've read in this fest. Well done, beautifully written, and I love Draco the Oxford academic. Blaise, Millie and Hermione are just right as well, and the way that Draco gradually starts to recover from his dreadful past, with Harry's gentle help, is so very readable. Also love the test match interludes, and the references to Broady!
OkyDokyokydoky on December 31st, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
This is such a beautiful fic. Thank you for this lovely, subtle, gentle, sensitive insight into Draco's mind, and the state of his health after the war ended and his father died. The way you explored Draco's own exploration of himself and his family and his past was beautiful, and felt so natural and ... I don't know. I have no words. This was lovely. Thank you for this. ♥
kayokokayoko on December 31st, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
That was very very beautiful. It didn't even occur to me that the story was told from a first person POV until at least a third of the way into the story. I really enjoyed the personality that you gave to James. It was peculiar and I can see why Draco found him a bit endearing.

I love what you did with Blaise and Millie! It was quite funny when everyone mistakens Blaise as Draco's significant other when they're just good friends.

It was such a warm feel-good story that's perfect for the holiday season. Thank you for sharing!
Meri: HP - Dracomeri_oddities on December 31st, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, you know, I just loved this. Perfect. Draco. Harry. As always. I loved the idea of Blase and Millie. I bet I know who wrote it, too. *g* Lovely work.
Keeper of the Superfluous Es!: Draco/Ponytail/Charlotteschaosthemostepotente on December 31st, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
*greedily bookmarks*

I'll be back. *g*
sirona_gs on December 31st, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I am completely and utterly speechless. This is yet another masterpiece, a veritable tour-de-force from you (I'm pretty sure I know who you are...)

This was s stunning exploration; it never felt forced, it never felt rushed; the resolution, when it came, was seamlessly interwoven with the overall plot threads. I adored your portrayal of all of them -- Hermione, James, Milly, Blaise... I loved the way you wrote Harry here, and for some reason I particularly liked him in the very last moments -- knowing he has the patience, the stubbornness and the tenacity to see it through.

A beautiful story, even if the issues it deals with are rather heavy and hard-hitting -- yet it never felt contrived or milked for all its worth. A huge well done from me!
Vaysh Swiftstorm: a.David as Draco_ lightvaysh on December 31st, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
re: As Souls From Bodies Steal
This year, even I can tell one paragraph into the story who the author is. Not that I mind - it is a pleasure and joy to have another fic to treasure by you. I am still half in tears because of this story, and part of me hates how easily and predictably you pull at all my heartstrings. But you do, and your Draco does, and your Harry. Every. Fucking. Time. This is an exasperated groan that you hear within the sniffling, yes. ;) Beautifully written, touching beyond words and somehow so very fragile I hardly want to babble silly words about it. Just this one thing: I loved the Manor, the way Harry and Draco reclaimed it for and through their love, both Harry occupying Great-Uncle Alfie's quarters, and Draco's room with the secret passageways. That was awesomely done. Thank you and A Happy New Year to you! ♥
biffes: lee_boyd_HDbiffes on December 31st, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
That was quite a ride you've taken the readers on. From the strong dislike Draco initally felt for Harry, he slowly started to react, began to see what he knew was there from the beginning. I loved this mature Harry and the world you built around the two of the, their history and environment clearly affected who they became. And I was glad there was so much more behind Lucius' action. Probably the first time ever I like James in a story, it was nice to have Draco identify with him. Draco and Harry were wonderful together, their relationship building so gradually, Harry being patient and understanding and Draco fighting his fears and ghosts and starting to be at peace with his fathers actions. Loved this!
Dangeh Rube: their love is so cannon hd || hp pairingwhydowe_fall on December 31st, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, Jesus. 'Mystery' author, you do this to me every time. Absolutely breathtaking.

I felt this one, deep inside me.
icyaurora8icyaurora8 on December 31st, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
This was heartbreakingly beautiful. Fabulous story, very sexy, and you did a good job at making it seem dark and hopeless without actually bringing the tone of the story too far down. Draco is just soo… real. He’s angry and upset and scared and can’t seem to move on with his life, and then you see the people around him (so much love for Millie especially in this). And Harry, so levelheaded and calm, his character is just unshakable which is what Draco needs. Beautiful story and it made me tear up, laugh, and smile.
Jocelyn Lavingroolover on December 31st, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
That was so beautiful. Harry was just how I like him best, and the scene when he offered to let Draco touch him will stay with me for a very long time.
spidermothspidermoth on December 31st, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Fabulous story. (As always! ha!) Your Draco is superb, and you've created a completely plausible scenario for the uncharacteristic sharing of his deepest thoughts and emotions. You never lost his voice. But, holy mother, your Harry! Strong, and centered, and patient, and kind, and....... What a gorgeous portrayal. As were each of the characters' renderings, really. Narcissa, and Millicent, and Blaise, and James were all wonderfully realized. And Lucius, even in the peripheral, was handled so well. I love stories where the dynamic between the Malfoys is portrayed with deftness and understanding, and their own complex brand of familial love rings true. Of course Draco loves his father, even when layered over with bitterness, disappointment, anger, and hurt. You really respected all of the subtleties of that relationship, and Draco's move towards understanding and forgiveness was a thing of beauty.

I loved every bit of this fic--the premise of Draco falling apart at his Father's suicide (which is a brave stance in fandom sometimes--Lucius is so often portrayed as a b&w villain whom Draco hates. Period.); Draco's imperfect re-building of his life, post-war, and his coping strategies for surviving rape and abuse; Blaise and Millicent's halting relationship; the Manor as a character in it's own right; the delightful glimpses of the house-elves, and what light those peeks shed on the characters; the relationship between Narcissa and Andromeda..... Just everything. Gods, I hope some other commentors are better able to put these things into words. I'm afraid my admiration for all the wonderful devices, twists, scenarios, and ingeniouses is stuck in the "I loved it" variety. ;P But I can say, you have such power in the way you make the story move--and an unerring purpose, fully realized. Very masterful. I know I'll be reading this again. Probably very, very soon. Please, never stop writing in this fandom. Pretty, pretty please. :D
dolimir_k on December 31st, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Fabulous story. I love the way it unfolds and the fact that you didn't rush it. Wonderful voice for Draco. Definitely a keeper!