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27 December 2012 @ 07:46 am
HAPPY H/D HOLIDAYS, RUROUNIHIME!  
Author: icicle33
Recipient: rurounihime
Title: For Love of a Family
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco , background Ron/Hermione, past Harry/Ginny, past Draco/Astoria
Summary: A series of attacks by a group of neo-Death Eaters causes the Ministry to implement a new set of restrictions on former Death Eaters and their children. When Scorpius falls ill, Draco decides that he will do anything to save his son, even if it means marrying Harry Potter.
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): Post-War AU, Unsavoury Ministry politics and propaganda, non-linear storytelling, sexual content, minor character deaths (occurs before the start of the story), some invented science and magical theory
Epilogue compliant? To an extent. Draco and Astoria married and had Scorpius, but Harry never married Ginny. He always liked boys. ; )
Word Count: ~30,000
Author’s Notes: A special thank you to the wonderful mods and to my lovely betas and cheerleaders: A, A, W, and D. I never would have finished this without your help. Dear rurounihime, I was both thrilled and nervous when I received you as my recipient. You are such a wonderful writer that it would be impossible to match your skilled prose. However, reading your stories has given me such pleasure that I’m glad to be able to give something back to you. I tried to incorporate as many of your requests as possible even the faked marriage. Enjoy.


( For Love of a Family )
 
 
 
HelenaDax: beso 1helenadax on December 27th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, what a beautiful story. I wanted to kick those assholes from the Ministry but everything else was brilliant. I loved the three of them, Harry, Draco and Scorpius. And I loved even more the fact that Harry was ready to fight against those horrible laws.
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 15th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I hated those Ministry assholes too. I just needed a believable reason for Harry and Draco to be forced into marriage. I like to think they'll get what's coming to them eventually.
robinellen: owlrobinellen on December 27th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Whew -- I ached for Harry in this. But I loved his continued courage -- and I loved how Draco finally pulled his head out (ha) and starting learning how to love back. Scorpius, of course, was lovely :)
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 15th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I know this wasn't easy for Harry but both he and Draco had a lot of growing up to do first. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Susannah Wilde: pic#118333451susannah_wilde on December 28th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
I love this fic! My heart broke for Scorpius, but he's very brave despite his illness. Draco dealt with all the obstacles the Ministry threw his way and still managed to take care of his son, which is a testament to how much he's changed. And Harry, this Harry is perfect. How he goes beyond what is required of him to save Scorpius, not because he has a hero complex, but because he's in love, even if he thinks it's hopeless. The love letter made me cry and is quite possibly the best thing in the fic. Thank you for writing this, mystery author.
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 23rd, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥ No, thank you for reading and leaving such a lovely comment. I was worried about the letter, so I'm glad it worked.
rurounihime on December 28th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG

I am so excited to read this!!! I SHALL BE BACK. O.O
rurounihime on December 31st, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
*HUGS* Oh wow, you really nailed all my requests! I can't tell you how much I've been jonesing for a forced marriage H/D. Just... *LE SIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH* Thank you very very much!

I really love the Healer angle in this, particularly Draco being very much adept at it, and most of all, Harry going through school to become one! I've read a lot of fics where I see the aftermath of Harry carrying on with some form of higher education after Hogwarts, but rarely (if ever) have I seen him while he's doing it, and this aspect was lovely. I feel like I could have read a whole other fic all on its own of his experiences in this school with these teachers and classmates.

Another thing I loved was being plunged directly into the middle of the story, as if I already knew what was going on. I ADORE it when I, as a reader, am trusted to pick up on cues and I don't have everything laid out for me in advance. Your opening sequence with Harry waking alone and immediately giving me the reasons why this is a sad, sad thing was wonderful, and then his interaction with Scorpius! Made my day!

I enjoyed the dire aftereffects of the war on this society. Maybe "enjoy" is the wrong word... Let me say I appreciated them, then. Because it was really vivid and horrible and lent a lot of credence to Draco's desperation in terms of being out of options to save his son. I love a good deep backstory and world building, and this definitely scored. Like Draco and Harry did, eventually. *snerk*

Harry's letter to Draco broke my little heart, but it was also so very him: sad, but strong, too, not leaning over backwards anymore. That's the Harry I love. He knows what he wants, but he's also not one to sit by and let the world run him over with it. He comes to terms with what he can't have and he moves forward.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! *HUGS SOME MOAAAAR*
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Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 23rd, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
No, thank you for reading lovely! ♥
winterstorrm on December 28th, 2012 11:06 am (UTC)
What a heartwarming adorable story this is. I couldn't put it down. Scorpius is just too cute and the boys... Loved every word! :-)
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 23rd, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. ♥
Dracones: pic#110756290dracones on December 28th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
This was absolutely heart-warming and wonderful :D and the part where Draco pushes Harry down was really hot.

Scorpius was also too cute for words :D

and the letter was very moving and touching and filled with so much feels! <3

I can't wait to find out who you are mystery author.
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 23rd, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading and your lovely comment, dear. I was nervous about the letter, but I'm glad it seemed to have worked. ♥
celya: firecelya on December 28th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
this was a wonderful fic. i had a wonderful evening yesterday, reading this. the nonlinear storytelling worked out great. i loved the characterizations and omg! the sexual tension almost killed me. wonderfully written.
celya: firecelya on December 28th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
forgot to mention that this was most beautiful love letter i've ever read in fiction. it made me cry and my heart ache.
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bernerbaer: pic#119359574bernerbaer on December 28th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
This was a nice story. I liked the time -jumps and the fact, that you didn't overexplain everything. I would have enjoyed some more details of their marriage though, both fake and real...(just for fun)
Thanks for sharing!
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 30th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting, dear. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. = D
123cariad: pic#116161612123cariad on December 28th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Such a beautifully written story ... Harry's letter just about broke my heart xxx perfect simply perfect x
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 30th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
♥ Thank you so much for reading and your lovely comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
cassie_black: created by <lj user=the_muppet>cassie_black12 on December 29th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
I adored this story SO much!!

Scorpius was just the cutest little boy -- that scene where he tells Harry he loves him...ahh, my heart almost exploded.

I liked the backdrop you created of an oppressive ministry, and either of the boys as a Healer is my favourite career for them. Harry's letter was beautiful and I was so relieved that Draco finally came to his senses. The three of them really do make the perfect little family.

Thank you so much for a lovely read.
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 30th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for reading! I love seeing Harry and Draco as Healers too. ♥
Nennenenne on December 29th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
This was a wonderful story. I really enjoyed it.
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 30th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, dear. I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reading and commenting. ♥
vampisandi: vampisandivampisandi on December 30th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Harry <33333
Awesome story!!!
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 30th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading and commenting, dear. I'm glad you enjoyed it. ♥
call me trys: me myself and Itryslora on December 30th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
Awww it was so sweet! I'm so glad Draco comes round eventually. And Scorpius is adorable!!
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 30th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, dear. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. ♥
Geneva2010: B&W Teasegeneva2010 on December 31st, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
Delightful. When Harry wondered if Scorpius was the name of Draco's dog or something - that was one of many funny, poignant moments in your fic. I loved how cute and attached Harry and Scorpius were. You did a wonderful job with the structure, it was very interesting how you jumped around in time and it must have been complex to put together. Loved this and enjoyed reading it very much.
Icicle: hot chocolateicicle33 on January 30th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I appreciate that you took the time to read and comment. ♥