Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Hermione/Morag/Pansy, Zacharias/Smugness
Summary: In the dangerous days after Voldemort’s fall, Harry struggles to find a way to be with Draco—again. As the magical world threatens to die all around him, it might be more unreachable than even he believes. Includes dying wards, dying beasts, and love struggling to live; sentient magic, wandlore, Founder lore, potion lore, and ward lore; and of course there is Zacharias Smith to ruin everything, as usual.
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): rimming, light orgasm denial, implied femmeslash, some gore and generally off-putting scenes, people dying, people not dying, some mention of religion and politics, frightening things, depressing things, and prolonged misery
Epilogue compliant? Not even a little.
Word Count: 70,880
Author's Notes: I have so many people to thank for this monster actually getting finished. My friends list put up with me complaining about never being done, and icicle33 humoured my sometimes desperate questions about whether ashiiblack would like this plot. Thank you to taradiane for the extensions while I was trying to finish this and grad school finals. Thank you to my long-suffering boyfriend, who read the gay sex scenes without complaint, to my long-time friend L who must be anonymous for now, and to celestlyn, who took on a project 50,000 words longer than she said she would, then proceeded to be the most amazing cheerleader in the history of the world. I really hope you like this, ashiiblack. I think I got all your kinks, your humour and angst, your unusual plot and that one other thing you requested. I did deviate from your prompt, but I think I’ve got the spirit of the thing. Any remaining errors are my own mistake.
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