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Sooo I did not plan to participate in Rectober because time, but as it's happened I've just had a chance to dip a toe into what's going on over at [livejournal.com profile] hp_silencio and ran into some lovely stories. I adored writing for silencio last year and was very sorry not to have time to be a part of it this year, and these stories all reminded me of what's so great about it - how authors build tension and focus on the structure of their language and create really lush, evocative stories with no dialogue at all. Pretty impressive, and all of these are great reads.

Beyond Dreams by Anonymous - G, 1,050 - Harry/Draco - Fighting for the Snitch can sometimes be more than they ever imagined.
Draco and Harry fighting for the snitch is a familiar story, but the way this author tells it gives great insight into what it means to Draco. Cool motifs around the difference between waking and sleeping and the meaning of dreams also make it memorable.

Her Private Symphony by Anonymous - PG-13, 1,065 - Harry/Ginny, Hermione POV - The only thing that gives Hermione hope is the music made by her best friends.
This was so unexpected and so fricking cool. Hermione's voyeurism takes on such different dimensions because it's aural instead of visual, and it's a complex, moving look into the costs and victories of the war. Evocative and emotional.

Touch the Ground by Anonymous & Anonymous - R, 1,350 - Pansy/Hermione, mention of Harry/Draco - Pansy remembers, with perfect precision, how Hermione tastes against her lips.
The build up here is fantastic. Their hesitation and attraction, and the tension between the two, is palpable, and the language is beautifully lush and sensual from start to finish. A lovely story and a great experience.
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Title: Leather Bound Histories
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 9k
Warnings/Enticements: established relationship, Quidditch, uniforms, oral sex, face fucking, facials, dirty talk
A/N: My dear, dear [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore, I have been looking forward to your birthday for ages for the excuse to jump back in to this universe, which was such a delight to create. I hope it brings some extra happiness to an already fabulous day, and that the year ahead is full of wonderful things. Happy birthday!!

Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] disapparater for multiple rounds of thoughtful and quick above-and-beyond type beta-ing, and to [livejournal.com profile] eidheann_writes and [livejournal.com profile] firethesound for brainstorming, tea, all commentary on tender loving face-fucking, and serious patience every time I needed just another half hour for blow jobs. And [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore again, for being born, being wonderful, and serving as perpetual inspiration to make things just a little bit dirtier.

Summary: “Like the time you Vanished your favourite cock ring?”
“More like the time I Vanished my old Quidditch leathers.”
“The first time or the second?”
“The first.”

A timestamp to The Vanishing Department, occurring halfway between Chapter 8 (drinks, Dickens and bedrooms) and the Epilogue.

On AO3

Leather Bound Histories )
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Sooooo, the lovely gracerene and I have been talking about going to Leviosa and, long story short, we're gonna do it.

Aside: I am so freaking excited!!! It's now my dissertation completion present to myself (/sort of incentive, but mostly present) and being in the midst of that much HP and that many people who are into fandom and take it seriously, and take writing seriously, sounds pretty fucking divine. And looking at the programming list made me a little drooly. And I've never been to Vegas, which would not be a lure on its own but is intriguing. And I've never been to a Con which would be a lure of its own. And I want to meet all of you who will be there and go to panels and, like, seriously, if I think that much more about actually going I get all jumpy and excited. But I am decided! And going!

Which brings me to a question for all of you. gracerene and I are debating which type of registration to get, because we are both definitely interested in some of the events that would be add-ons to a standard registration but included in the VIP registration. But a lot of the reason for going is to meet and spend time with all of you amazing people, so my gung-ho-ness is a little contingent. Like, the Cocktail Reception sounds amazing - special guests + tons of hp fans + flist + open bar? - but it looks like it might be at the same time as the Slash Track 18+ night, which also sounds amaing, and if ppl are all about Slash Night and/or are like "eh, I don't really drink/I will be in my room with a bottle of wine," less so. Ditto the leaving feast - sounds potentially very fun but if a lot of folks are leaving early on Sunday and/or planning to go to brunch with friends/sleep in/whatever, it's less urgently compelling, or compelling for different reasons!

So, questions!

[Poll #2022667][Poll #2022667]
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Have you heard? H/D COLLAB IS HERE!!

[livejournal.com profile] hd_collab is a new Harry/Draco collaboration fest.
Posting: July 10th - July 26th; Reveals: August 1st
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My favorite part of modly privilge by far is getting to read/see/hear everything in advance. Because these submissions...I mean, did you read today's story, Until it Rains (Don't Keep Me Waiting Too Long)? I have! Possibly more than once, cause that story is gorgeous. And tomorrow's!! Just wait!!! And the day after, and the day after and...I'm excited, okay? And for damn good reason!! SO MUCH GOODNESS!! Come join us and prepare for some serious amazingness!
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Title: Through His Teeth
Pairing: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Rating: M
Word Count: 2.8k
Warnings/Enticements: bruises (of the hickey/love bite variety), boys being a post-war mess, dark themes, unredeemed Draco, perhaps a bit of mind-fuckery
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
A/N: Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sophie_french for the eleventh-hour pre-read/beta/reassurance. I've tinkered since, and any lingering mistakes are my own.
Summary: "C’mon then, Potter. Don’t tell me there’s nothing you’ve ever wanted to do to this body.”

My darling [livejournal.com profile] this_bloody_cat,

It's your birthday!! And gosh, that's a day worth celebrating. Knowing you is such a pleasure. Your art, your fic, your modding skills, your clever commentary on life; if I didn't like you so much I'd be dead jealous. But I do like you so much (really quite a lot - you're a bit of a gem, you know?) and wanted to celebrate the occassion of your birthday with a bit of smut. As one does. Only then I got to reading your likes and prompts lists and this whole other thing took shape that's sort of a mish-mash of some of that, and there is still smut - there is! I promise! - but other things as well, like feelings, and brokenness, and things that are perhaps not what they seem, and a pale Draco who bruises easily and...well. I hope you enjoy this whatever-it-is! And most of all, hope you have a wonderful, creative, brilliant, rewarding, happy year ahead!! ♥♥

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Through His Teeth )
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Title: Endowment (Part 1/2)
Pairing: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 11k
Warnings/Enticements:hung!Draco, bottoming-virgin!Harry, oral sex, anal sex, fingering, comeplay/post-sex fingering, super mild dubcon in that Draco talks Harry into something, dirty talk
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
A/N: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] disapparater for the beta-ing and britpickery!
Summary: Potter has got under my skin for far too long, in far too many ways. I fully intend to return the favour.

Dear, dear [livejournal.com profile] gracerene,
Sharing a fandom with you is such a joy. Your comments, your recs, your fic, your posts on lj and tumblr, the very fabulous postcard from Tasmania that's decorating my refrigerator, your lovely brunch company. I'm so happy I've gotten to know you! So when the lovely [livejournal.com profile] nia_kantorka organized a birthday event to celebrate your awesomeness, I was fully on board. "I'll just hammer out some porn!" I thought. Ha. Best laid plans, right? Erised kicked into high gear, and then RL, and then dracotops, and, well, keeping things short has never really been my forte. A new plan was hatched: half-birthday porn! So today, on the occassion of your half birthday, I offer you birthday porn, with interest. I hope I've managed to hit some of the right spots, and that you enjoy. Most of all, thank you for being such a brilliant, kind, thoughtful, fantastic person. Here's to a wonderful, exciting half-year to come!! ♥♥

Below on LJ, posted in its entirety on AO3

Endowment (Part 1) )

On to Part 2 or Read on AO3
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Title: Endowment (Part 2/2)
Pairing: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 11k
Warnings/Enticements:hung!Draco, bottoming-virgin!Harry, oral sex, anal sex, fingering, comeplay/post-sex fingering,super mild dubcon in that Draco talks Harry into something, dirty talk
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
A/N: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] disapparater for the beta-ing and britpickery! [livejournal.com profile] gracerene, you continue to be awesome and I continue to hope you are enjoying in part 2!
Summary: Potter has got under my skin for far too long, in far too many ways. I fully intend to return the favour.

Return to Part 1 or Read on AO3

Endowment (Part 2) )
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Title: Make Me a Headline (I Want to Be That Bold)
Pairing: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson/Blaise Zabini, mention of Harry Potter/Lee Jordan, general mention of past sexual partners
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 31k
Pining, getting back together, penseive memory sex, oral sex, face-fucking, semi-public sex, anal sex, bit of dirty talk, feelings

Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: Draco never expected to see Harry doing that again. Especially with someone else, in a grainy photograph that's landed on his desk one Monday morning.

This was my fic for the always fabulous [livejournal.com profile] dracotops_harry fest! Huge thanks are due to [livejournal.com profile] disapparater for telling me every time that Draco got to be too much of a jerk and for pushing me to go deeper in thinking through Harry and Draco's motivations. In addition to brit-picking and beta-ing, this story owes quite a bit of its emotional coherence to her thougtful questions and interventions. Also to [livejournal.com profile] sophie_french for reading through an early draft and being incredibly encouraging and thoughtful, and for many discussions about how to proceed, and to [livejournal.com profile] vaysh for being a phenomenally supportive, patient, kind, all-around incredible mod. And, of course, to [livejournal.com profile] firethesound for a prompt that was a great deal of fun, and for indulging my overthinking on the subject of knees.

Also, and very importantly, a huge, huge, huge thanks to everyone who's read and commented. Once I hit a stride I really enjoyed writing this, but the process of figuring out how these various pieces would fit together was...a struggle. I was quite convinced that this just didn't work, and that the emotional resonance I was hoping it would have was just not going to hold together (which I say as someone who is not generally given over to false or exaggerated humility. I just really thought it, you know, had some good moments but pretty much sucked on the whole). I've been overwhelmed and moved by the very kind, thoughtful, thoroughly amazing comments that people have left and the reactions people have shared, and if you left one of those comments please know how grateful I am. It's been one of those experiences that makes me feel so incredibly lucky to be part of fandom, and this fandom community in particular. Huge ♥s to all of you!
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Sign-ups: March 2nd - 9th; Claiming: March 16th - 22nd
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Title: Subtle Science and Exact Art
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dicta_contrion
Pairing/Characters: Portrait!Snape/Lucius Malfoy, brief mention of Harry/Draco, Lucius/Narcissa
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 6k
Warnings/Content Notes: dirty talk, anal play, object insertion, wanking, D/S dynamics, infidelity (of the consensual, mutual, explicitly encouraged variety)
Author's Notes: This is a spin-off of Potter’s Parselprostate (and the Chamber of Secrets). Some context given there may make relationships, settings, and motivations a bit clearer clearer, particularly themention of Draco and Harry's relationship and the allusion to Lucius' seeming infidelity, which he is pursuing with Narcissa's explicit encouragement and as part of an ongoing mutual arrangement; as Potter's Parselprostate ends, she sends him off for a mood-improving dalliance with Snape while she pursues Professor Sinistra.However, this can be read as a stand-alone one-shot.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] disapparater for fab beta work on more than one draft/occassion! ♥
As part of the [livejournal.com profile] hp_concrit_fest, this story benefited from the thoughtful comments, critiques, and encouragements of many of my fellow participants, to whom I am very grateful. I think it can be important to explore process and see how stories change through various drafts; towards that end, you can find the earlier draft of the story and the comments it received here. Concrit is a labor of love and is welcome and appreciated here, especially in the spirit of concrit's "at least one positive point along with the criticism" guideline (please do not comment on the concrit entry, as per the mods’ request). Of course, purely positive comments are welcome as well!
Summary: Death has come with many delights. No more afternoons spent dodging explosions. No more evenings marking the barely legible drivel that passes for coursework. No more bowing before madmen intent on destroying each other. If not for the display about to unfold before me, that might have been death’s greatest pleasure. But then, there is Lucius Malfoy’s arse.

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Title: The Vanishing Department
Pairing: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 47.5k
Warnings/Enticements: kissing, light bondage, blowjobs, facials, dirty talk, intergluteal sex, wanking, first time, maybe dub con, in that Harry is reluctant at first and tied up throughout but Draco insists on enthusiastic, affirmative verbal consent and works quite assiduously to get it out of him.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: The things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, even if that involves a lot more form-filling, bickering, covert glancing, miscommunication, and flying furniture than we might expect.

This was my fic for [livejournal.com profile] hd_erised, and it was the most invigorating, fun writing experience I've had in a long time. That plus the quality of every other erised fic made this fest such a delight! I've been thrilled beyond measure that other people seem to have enjoyed reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it. My unending thanks to everyone who commented, messaged, recced and discussed. You've all really made my holiday season, and on into January, and I can't thank you enough.

Particular thanks go to [livejournal.com profile] disapparater for being a patient, patient beta who handled every panicked 2am inquiry with thoughtfulness and aplomb. Also to [livejournal.com profile] firethesound and [livejournal.com profile] sophie_french for excitement, encouragement, and suggestions at all the right moments, and for thinking this madness was a good iea worth doing, and to everyone in the [livejournal.com profile] hd_writers comm, especially the chatzy room, for encouragement and Strict Discipling. To the [livejournal.com profile] hd_erised mods for being patient and kind and for running such a phenomenal fest. And, of course, always, to [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore, for a "content I would love" list that sent my imagination running wild, for comments that left me with the biggest, goofiest grins - for generally being the best giftee a person could ask for. (Which really just means we should all make her more things, doesn't it?)
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Prompting is open at [livejournal.com profile] dracotops_harry!!!!!

Sign-up for the [livejournal.com profile] dracotops_harry Fest! :)

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This fest is so, so, so much fun. The prompts are spectacular, there's so much room to play with genre and style, and last year's fest was just incredible in the quality and diversity of fics. And did I mention, the prompts are spectacular? Go look! Go claim! It's gonna be amazing!

*is excite*
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SO MUCH GOOD FIC. So much good fic that reccing is hard because narrowing it down is so difficult. Just go over to [livejournal.com profile] hd_erised and read everything. Everything.

Some things to start with:

Another Mask Behind You by [livejournal.com profile] lettered - NC-17, 120k - Draco is a high-end prostitute who hides his identity. Harry unknowingly hires him. And then there is porn, questions about identity, domestic bliss, more porn, and truth as seen through a web of lies. (And then more porn. Seriously, if you don’t want sex scene after sex scene you probably shouldn’t read this. And please read the warnings.)
If anything, I think this summary sells the story short because while the sex is hot - and hot damn the sex is scorchingly, meltingly hot - there is so much more to this fic than the sex. The hidden identity component becomes a fascinating device for exploring the evolution of these two men's beliefs about themselves and each other. Draco, especially, is explored in such beautiful, complicated ways as he sees who he could be without the baggage attached to being a Malfoy post-war. The whole story is moving and engaging and the end had me quite literally gasping out loud. It was so easy to get invested and so worth it, and even at 120k (which really flew by) I would've been happy to read more.

House Style for Gryffindors by [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic and [livejournal.com profile] noeon - NC-17, 11.5k - The Slytherins have always ruled the Sortilegus, a wizarding society magazine popular since the Middle Ages which lost most of its staff during the recent Unpleasantness (informally known as the Campaign against Noses). Pansy Parkinson has just been made the youngest witch ever to head the publication and has been charged with livening up the magazine and helping it move into post-war society whilst maintaining tradition. Which is all fine by Draco until she brings Harry Potter on staff, an obvious attempt to force Draco into a nervous breakdown by requiring him to work cheek-by-jowl with his arch nemesis.
This fic is so brilliant snarky. Draco is delightful - snappy and clever and just a bit hilariously oblivious, and his interactions with Harry are fantastic. There's an excellent cast of secondary characters - Blaise and Pansy are everything wonderful you could imagine about Slytherins running a fashion mag - and the hilarity that ensues at the big main event at Hogwarts is, well, hilarious. To say the least. One of those fics that is seamless and lovely and feels like such good, indulgent fun. Like a good cocktail in fic form.

On the Turning Away by [livejournal.com profile] blamebrampton - PG, 25.5k - It's one thing to be good at not making a besotted fool of yourself over a man when he's busy being the most famous wizard in the world and you're tucked away quietly in Wiltshire. It's quite another when you have to see him every morning.
This story was positively lovely. It was full of fabulous lines and descriptions that were funny and warm and clever. Every line of dialogue hits the nail on the head; I could read these conversations forever. Harry and Draco are both more adult, in a really charming way - they have a different sort of appreciation for each other and come to slowly enjoy each others' company on new terms, but without forgetting the past. There's also a fabulous OC, a fabulous Luna, and a moment with Lucius that is positively priceless. The whole experience of reading was a pleasure.

A Private Reason for This by [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic - NC-17, 92k - When the wife of a star politician in the Scottish Ministry turns up dead just outside Hogsmeade, Draco Malfoy and his murder investigation team are called in from the Edinburgh Auror force to find her killer. What DCI Malfoy doesn't expect, however, is to have an ex from two decades past end up in his murder room, cocking up not only his case, but also his heart.
I don't even know where to begin. As evidenced by the at least half a dozen lengthy comments I've left? (*cringes* Sorry, MA!) Anyway. Whew. Deep breaths. This was my gift, so perhaps I'm biased, but jfc, it's perfection. It's so beautifully written that it felt less like reading a story and more like taking a trip into another world. Every setting and every character felt so perfectly, amazingly real. The way they speak to each other and know each other, the complexity of everyone who is in this story, is mindblowing. And I haven't even talked about the plot yet, right? Well. It's a murder mystery, and it's a really good one. There are interesting, viable suspects and the pursuit of the killer is excellent. Draco's team - Pansy, Susan Bones, Lee Jordan and, in this case, Harry Potter - are all motivated to solve the case by different and equally compelling reasons that tell us so much about them, and seeing how they work together is a pleasure. (The whole cast of secondary characters is a thing of beauty.) And the relationship between Harry and Draco...holy shit. They're brought together by the case, but it goes so much further. Their relationship becomes - already is, in some key ways - really close, and they challenge each other and know each other. And the sex is fucking steamy as hell, and there are also not-quite-sex scenes that blew my mind for the sheer intimacy between these two. There's no amount of flailing I can do that will really convey how much I love this story. I will say, though, that this is one of those stories that I wanted to read all in one go but also had to ration out so it wouldn't end, and then when I got to the end just started reading it again. Which I highly recommend doing, and then we can be speechless together.

Tea and No Sympathy by [livejournal.com profile] who_la_hoop - NC-17, 70k - It's Potter's fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It's been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco's getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he's falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?
I was not necessarily expecting to get totally sold on the time loop premise. I got totally sold on the time loop premise. It's brilliantly done. Draco's reactions to repeating the day are so telling. He evolves slowly and beautifully over time as he rethinks/re-imagines his options and gets to know Harry. This characterization of Draco in general felt really wonderful and spot-on. There's snark and cleverness, but also that desperation and frustration that we see in the books, and his evolution in this story is one I can absolutely see as an extension of canon. And the depiction of Harry is brilliant as well, as is the whole world of the story. Thoughtful and skillful and wonderful.

Un Noël Très Parisien by [livejournal.com profile] noeon - NC-17, 14.5k - When Draco crossed paths with Auror Potter at a political function in Paris, he was not expecting their former animosity to change into something rather more intriguing. But he could be certain their casual flirtation would not last more than the night, couldn't he?
Somehow, someway, this fic came out feeling like the best parts of the holiday season. It's got a wonderful, festive, glamorous feeling in parts, and really moving warmth and nostalgia in others, and loads of humor and wit all the way through. Harry is fabulously (hotly) confident, Draco is both wonderfully skillful and doing Slytherin proud in moments of sneakiness. Hermione and Pansy, as their besties, are a delight as well. And while it's going along being funny and charming, the feels are building and building, towards a conclusion that is hot, then gut-wrenching, then sweet.
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Can you believe that December is half over? I cannot. Really, I can't. There might be some denial involved, but wow, that flew by. And if December is half over that means Erised is half over (definitely in denial about that! I want more!) and this is post is going to be so long already that it's probably best to get reccing before the list gets any longer!

Erised Fic Recs )

Erised Art Recs )

And one non-Erised Advent Rec ) And if you want to talk about it after, I am so all about that.

Enjoy these fantastic stories! And really, go check out H/D Erised in its entirety. There's so much amazing writing and art coming out every day that it was, tbh, a bit difficult even to pick stories to rec. We are one hell of a lucky fandom.
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Title: Paint It Red
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dicta_contrion
Pairing: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 4,838
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Author's Note:Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dracogotgame for the inspirational prompt, to the mods of the Career Fair at [livejournal.com profile] hd_fan_fair for their patience, and to my wonderful beta, [livejournal.com profile] disapparater for incisive commentary, brilliant suggestions, and “I really like stripes,” my all-time favorite smut-related comment.

Paint It Red (On AO3)

Paint It Red )


Nov. 2nd, 2014 12:05 pm
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Title: Rapture
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dicta_contrion
Pairing: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1765
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Author's Note: Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] disapparater for being an amazing beta, brit-picker, and partner in wordplay, to [livejournal.com profile] vaysh for a brilliant prompt, and to [livejournal.com profile] kedavranox for running the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] hp_silencio fest.
Summary: To fuck is not to know. You like it like that. Except. Tonight. Next to the bar. You won’t learn a face but you know that hair, that walk, know the jut of that hip and the smirk on those lips, and though it’s been ten years he is no less to you. You feel him the way you feel your own hands, your feet, the thrum of the room.

Rapture on AO3

Rapture )
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There are exciting things afoot over at [livejournal.com profile] hp_concrit_fest! Part of what's been so valuable is having the chance to sit down and really think about how different authors balance different aspects of storytelling. It's got me thinking about stories that take narrative risks. It doesn't always work, but when it does the results can be phenomenal. A few of those fics, below.

Fear and Loathing at the Phoenix by [livejournal.com profile] curiouslyfic - NC-17, 20k, H/D - Harry's Hunter S. Thompson. Draco's his attorney. It's the Tenth annual Victory Day and there's Journalism afoot.
So, I don't especially like Hunter S. Thompson. Not my cuppa. I was not expecting to like this fic. Holy fuck, I love this fic. Ten years after the war Harry's a journalist (nom de plume: Regulus Black), Luna's his editor, and Draco's his (very necessary) attorney (aka: Malfuck). He won't go to the Ministry's official events in commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts; Instead he goes to, essentially, a Wizarding Harry Potter Con. People are cosplaying a million different Harrys and Dracos (aka: Malfakes) and everyone elses, and Draco and Harry are wandering around taking it all in. It could've been entirely cracky. Instead, somehow, it turns into a meditation on who these people are, what the war did to them, why they're together, how their shared experiences during the war, their history together, makes them indispensable to one another. It also gives an extraordinary sense for how surreal it would be to actually be Harry Potter or Draco Malfoy, what it would be like to try to parse the world after becoming that famous. And the writing, damn. It's gut-wrenching, gorgeous, emotional, sad, funny, hot. Everything. Exquisite.

On the Couch by [livejournal.com profile] frayach - NC-17, 26k, H/D - It’s a Mind Healer’s worse nightmare to lose a patient to suicide, but Mind Healer Nick Nichols can attest to the fact that a murder/suicide is even worse. If only Dr. Freud had come up with a sure cure for love.
This story is told through the eyes of Draco's therapist. It's quite a trip to go on this journey with him, to learn Draco as he does, to figure out what's going on between Harry and Draco as he does. It's sort of the opposite of Fear and Loathing at the Phoenix - instead of being inside the space of the story with Harry and Draco, you're placed outside of their relationship. Instead of feeling distanced from the emotional core of their relationship, this choice and the way it was executed had me hooked. I had to know more, to keep reading, to find out what would become of them. Their attraction is so strong, so irresistible, that it pulls everything along with it, and starting from this vantage point, with this distance, only made that more apparent. Very compelling, very intense, and brilliantly executed.

Salvation and Sacrament by [livejournal.com profile] abbycadabra - PG-13, 16.5k - "It seems as if everywhere I go, I find the nowhere in somewhere, or make it of anywhere."
This is another "story in the style of," this time Dave Eggers. Who I like more than HST, but mostly inasmuch as I'm pretty solidly "meh" about Dave Eggers. This one also takes on a bit of a different temporal structure - it starts by telling you the ending, and then gets you there. Because of the eventual destination (as revealed in the first line) that seemed like it was going to be rather a big challenge. And yet, it got me there. And it got me there in such a brilliantly unexpected way. This story explores Harry's hero complex and his guilt - where it comes from and where, without a war to fight, it would go - and does it starkly and unflinchingly. And while Harry is the focus, the same is true of Draco. Just as we get the darker side of Harry's "saving people thing," we see the strength the war brought Draco. It's an unusual portrait of the characters and I can't think of another fic that left me feeling this way about the two of them, or that made me feel so okay about this particular end point.

I think all of these stories are quite extraordinary, though mileage may be especially variable around narrative/structural things. They're also all fics I love talking about, so if you're so inclined (or have recs for similar) please come chat!
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I'm so woefully behind on Career Fair and quite sad about it. Everyone's raving about this collection of fics and, indeed, every time I've gotten to sit down and get into one it's been so, so worth it. I'd wanted to wait until I was caught up to get reccing on these but, you know, there's always room for more Career-Fair-related rec posts, and at this rate there probably will be. For now, a few of the Career Fair entries I've been flailing over lately:

Just Pick the Right One (or Harry Potter Needs to Get a Job) - NC-17, 10k - From the moment he left the Aurors, Harry had been making an increased nuisance of himself with his new found free time. So his friends, instead of killing him and feeding him to the Manticores (plan A), decide to ask the help of a professional.
This is so, so funny. Harry's friends are perfection. The jobs Draco comes up with for Harry are pure gold. The way they handle each other is fantastic. And the way this story is funny - it's just so clever. It's smart humour and silly humour and the way it's constructed - the plot, the clarity of the writing - just lets that humour shine through. It was a really, really fun read, the kind of fic that just made me go "wow, I'm in a better mood. Thank heavens for this fic."

REVOLVEVLOVER - NC-17, 46k - The work Harry does is justifiable. It’s justice. He works for his country, and his country is a republic—the magical side, anyway. It’s not laudable work, it’s not work he’s proud of, but it’s necessary work. Harry has always taken the necessary jobs that no one else has the stomach for. It's just that he's never deciphered a kill sheet and seen Draco Malfoy's name on it.
This summary led to a real, honest to goodness bug-eyed double take. Draco, Harry, political intrigue, ethical quandraies, repressed or previously undiscovered but potentially irresistible feelings? I am so there for everything about this. But then, getting that excited about something before you read it comes with a potential for being let down. Did that happen? Fuck no. I was sneaking off to read this all day. So gripping, so awesome, so damn cool. There were a million little details that made this pop; the number of feelings I have about Harry's hair and Draco's glasses could be their own post. And, while being super cool, it's all always working towards plot or characterization. Speaking of which, the damn plot...damn. Everything that happens in the last third of this story had me completely on the edge of my seat. Gripping and memorable and awesome.

The Sleeping Prince - NC-17, 25k + art - Harry is miserable and tired of being an Auror, coasting through life until he’s forced to make some changes. Spurred on by his passion for drawing and working with best-selling author Draco Malfoy, Harry develops a charm which gives children a magical, interactive reading experience. But when it’s time to test the spell, the two men find themselves trapped in a nightmarish fairy tale world. Can they escape unscathed, or is Draco right in his assertions that there is no such thing as a happily ever after?
This is one of those stories that sucked me in completely. I could feel the world Harry and Draco were exploring. It was intricate and beautiful and scary and breathtaking. The art and story complement each other perfectly to create an incredible atmosphere that left me on the edge of my seat and had my heart aching for these two. And I am absolutely not going to spoil the ending, but damn, that ending - whew. Superb and one to remember.

Where the Shadows Fall - PG-13/R, 19k - Four years ago Draco left England without a second thought. Now Harry Potter has shown up on his doorstep looking for a yeti.
This fic is so beautiful. The setting is lush and vivid and the images stuck with me to create an atmosphere for the story that feels really special. And I love, love and adore, the way things unfold between Harry and Draco. This Draco feels so substantial - he's grown and changed, but he's still him and Harry is wonderful - he's charming and open-hearted and stubborn and a teensy bit dense but still smart and brave. And the Luna here is fantastic! Really, this story has a bit of everything - it's funny and subtle and emotional and sexy. And the Yeti hunt? Perfect in all sorts of unexpected ways. This is the perfect story for curling up with a cup of tea, and, in fact, that's a little bit of how it feels. Gentle and nourishing and lovely.
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It may be October 29th, but it’s not over till it’s Rect-over, right?

One of the things I struggle with most is keeping things short, thus doing a couple of fests recently that had strict word limits. It's had me thinking about what makes a good shorter piece of fiction and why the short fics I love work. The process brought me back to a lot of short fic I really love. This rec list is inspired by that – a few favorite short pieces that, in under 4k (sometimes much less) manage to tell a complete story/build a complete word/create big emotional impact.

The Way (We Break) by nishizono - R, 647 words, Harry/Draco - Harry doesn't hate Astoria. He doesn't hate the way she cries when Draco recites his wedding vows, or the way Draco toys with her curls during the reception. He doesn't hate her, but god, he hates Draco.
The structure of this story is so simple, the writing is so clear, and the ending is so "oh, fuck." The author establishes everything you need to know with a few lines that make the relationship between Harry and Draco just exactly clear enough. And have I mentioned the ending? Not just because it was such a moment, but because it filled in so many blanks effectively and capped the piece beautifully, in no small part because it kept me thinking about what comes next.

Cicadas by [livejournal.com profile] rhoddlet - R, 900 words, Harry/Draco
This story does an incredible job of setting a scene. The language is so visceral. I could feel the heat, the intensity of these moments. Reading this felt like the grueling, stillest parts of summer spent waiting for the heat to break. By the time the pivotal moment arrives I was already invested enough to be shocked and moved. I remain amazed that anyone could fit all of this into, essentially, a couple of pages.

I Am Your Shadow by [livejournal.com profile] eidheann_writes - NC-17, 3,128 words, Harry/Draco - Love (n) An intense feeling of deep affection. Yield (v) To give up or surrender (oneself).
Okay, technically I've already recced this here, but there's no way I could leave it off a list of short fics because the words:feels ratio here is out of control. This story is devastating in the best of ways, and eidheann has such a perfect sense for what to say and what to leave open to interpretation. So perfect that, months later, I still think back to this ending and just wonder.

As the Hand, the Glove by dulcemia - NC-17, 3357, Harry/Draco - "I say it again: the spirit loves/ the flesh, as the hand the glove."
Unf. If you'd like to die by smut, clicking above is not a bad way to go. Draco is so deliciously Slytherin and the tension, the wanting, is just palpable. Sentences are structured and words chosen to heighten all of that and it works beautifully, not just to make for a good read or a hot story (which would be more than enough) but to create an atmosphere that's crisp and clear and a perfect complement to the featured kink.

Kailash, When it Rises by mirabella - R, 3626 words, Harry/Draco - Harry can't sleep.
I swear this fic is bigger on the inside. The way time moves in this story is so precise and lingering that it feels like hours have passed even though it can be read instead of twenty minutes. In creating this super-slow sense of time, the story replicates the experience that Harry is having - of waiting for something while times dawdles and sticks. There are so many little choices along the way - rituals, habits, invocation of sounds - that compound that sense, and the end result is masterful.

Still working out what exactly makes short fics really work, but there are some good clues here - all this intentional language, tight storytelling and, perhaps most noticeably/surprisingly for me, a willingness to trust the reader. Lots to think about, and I'm still thinking. Short fic recs and/or insights are more than welcome!

Rectober #1

Oct. 8th, 2014 10:12 pm
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For my first rectober post, going for fics from a variety of fests. There have been so many good ones going on!

Title:A Fejedelem
Author/Artist: Anonymous (part of [livejournal.com profile] hp_silencio)
Pairing(s) Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwad
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1069
Summary: There is the line between them, the one Albus cannot cross and the one Gellert does not see.
Why I loved it: This is a pairing I find really fascinating but haven't read a lot about. This fic does a fantastic job of juxtaposing the beginning and end of their relationship and exposing Dumbledore's feelings about it. It's really visual and unfolds beautifully, and the sense of magic is so strong throughout, both as described and in the writing itself.

Title:Play/Pause (a Time to Remember)
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] this_bloody_cat (part of [livejournal.com profile] hp_drizzle)
Pairing(s) Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 3,500
Summary: In hindsight, Draco should have known change was often unstoppable when it came heralded by one Harry Potter.
Why I loved it I read this on a rainy morning when I was kind of cranky and it was just pure fun. Loads of snarky banter and great details and I loved the fliratious antagonism between them. Also feature a fantastic, amusing Pansy and Draco in wet clothes, and really, how are you going to go wrong with any of that?

Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] pasdexcuses (part of [livejournal.com profile] hd_smoochfest)
Pairing(s) Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Rating: R
Word Count: 18,700
Summary: Malfoy would never admit it, yet losing the Remembrall was a blessing in disguise. Or maybe a curse. But that was not the point here. The point was, the Snitch didn’t get involved until third year. Before, there was the Remembrall.
Why I loved it This is such a cool story. Draco and Harry go back and forth, daring each other to do various outlandish things, and the basic premise is a lot of fun. But it's more than that - in the process of pushing each other to fulfill dares, they push each other to confront things without ever giving up their messy, complicated, prickly natures/relationship. It's one of those stories that explains why these two makes sense together, why they're exactly and perfectly right for each other. And it's a beautifully paced, evocative pleasure to read along the way.

Title:Every Step of the Way
Author/Artist: Anonymous (part of [livejournal.com profile] hd_fan_fair)
Pairing(s) Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~200 + Art
Summary: Draco is arrested for prostitution, but instead of being sent to Azkaban he’s put in a new rehabilitative Ministry program that requires him to go to therapy instead of jail. Harry, his therapist, is going to have his work cut out.
Why I loved it This is for my prompt, so perhaps I'm a little biased but jfc, this...everything about this. It's incredible. Every panel is so meticulously constructed. The images are gorgeous and rich and suggestive of so much emotional depth and change. The accompanying text is perfection. The tension builds beautifully and the ending is fantastic, and the amount of time you could spend just staring at this totally hotness is not to be underestimated. Totally fantastic.


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