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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 )
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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.

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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