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Fic: The Cards You’re Dealt (R) 
5th-Oct-2008 08:01 pm
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Author: Margot/midnight_birth
Title: The Cards You’re Dealt
Pairing(s): Draco/Harry
Rating: R
Summary: They meet the summer after the war at Hogwarts. One, wishing the world could stop for one minute and he could hide away. The other hoping for a new start and the ability to move forward. In each other, they may just find the strength to build themselves back up, along with the shattered walls of Hogwarts.
Warnings (if any): EWE assumed, harsh language, some angst and nudity.
Total word count: 12,037

Original prompt request number: 91

Disclaimer: This story/artwork is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros. Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Author's notes: This was a delight to write, though, once again, it turned out so much longer than I planned. Thank you to all my elves to kicking me through this and getting me to finish it and make it something I could be completely happy with, and thank you to the mods for giving me extra time. ♥
Beta(s): Patrick and leela_cat, who really whipped this story into shape in the end.

The Cards You’re Dealt

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5th-Oct-2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
That was wonderful! I really enjoyed everything, from the relationship with Ron and Hermione, to Harry's persistence in getting Draco to explain the kiss. Fabulous :)
15th-Oct-2008 06:09 am (UTC)
Yay!! Thank you so much!
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15th-Oct-2008 06:10 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) I always thought if Draco ever realized he was attracted to Harry, he'd kill himself on the spot, but I guess in that case there wouldn't be much to write about. :P
5th-Oct-2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
The scene in the mud was really funny, I enjoyed that, along with the shower scene, too. Well done and thanks for being part of the fest!
15th-Oct-2008 06:10 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!! :D
5th-Oct-2008 09:34 pm (UTC) - re: The Cards You're Dealt
I never in my life thought I'd see the Shrieking Shack transformed into Draco Malfoy's Potions Professor residence. What an original idea and fascinating way to deal with the legacy of Snape's death! I loved Harry and Draco both returning to Hogwarts in search of a place to come to terms with the past. Their coming-together with that unexpected kiss in the Slytherin shower was very well done :-). Thank you for writing!
15th-Oct-2008 06:11 am (UTC) - Re: The Cards You're Dealt
Thank you! I always thought, when I finished reading the books, that after Lupin stopped using it, it really kind of went to waste. Thanks for the awesome review!
5th-Oct-2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Aaaaw! What a nice ending!
A really great story! :D
Loved the whole thing!
thanks so much for writing! :D
15th-Oct-2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reviewing!! :D
6th-Oct-2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Very nice. I enjoyed this story, and the way you portrayed a broken Draco, his eyes vacant, lacking the life they always had before. That detail spoke volumes about how he was (or wasn't) coping after the war.

I also liked how you showed the Weasleys. It was much more realistic to imagine that the Burrow would be awkward for Harry - and for them if he showed up there - after breaking up with Ginny for good. That Ron assured him eventually things would be okay, but recognised that wouldn't happen immediately was well done.

I like how both boys accepted that they needed to move on from their boyhood rivalry, and the Quidditch game, muddy mess and showers afterwards were great. Draco's 'freak out' was funny (and maddening for Harry), as was Harry's persistance and Draco's response.

How awesome is transforming the Shrieking Shack into a manor house befitting Draco? Well done.
15th-Oct-2008 06:12 am (UTC)
You always give awesome reviews! Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it!
6th-Oct-2008 01:43 am (UTC)
♥ that was wonderful!!
15th-Oct-2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!! :D
6th-Oct-2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Nicely done. I really love how you showed how confused and broken they both were in their own way. And I loved it that neither "saved" the other, that they just realised their lives where moving in the same direction.
15th-Oct-2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!! :)
6th-Oct-2008 03:36 am (UTC)
I really liked this. I especially liked Draco's explanation for things at the end and the words on circumstances. Nice place he's got going there. :)
15th-Oct-2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot! :D I think his place is so much nicer now that he's going to have lots of sex in it. :P (*bunnies for a PWP sequel jumping everywhere*)
6th-Oct-2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Wonderful :) I love the scene in the mud! Wonderfully done. I love that their future isn't certain, but both of them accept that they are attracted to each other and probably should figure that out.
15th-Oct-2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!! :)
6th-Oct-2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Oh Bravissimo! You get a standing ovation from me (and Draco for that matter - bwuahaha)

Hah Hah *wipes a tear* The kiss. Oh god, the Kiss. Marvelous - gave me chills up my spine. The mud scene was truly delightful - made me giggle a lot. Hmm, and the ending is very promising.

I loved it!
15th-Oct-2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Wow!! Thank you so very much!! I'm very glad you liked it!
6th-Oct-2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Lovely. Great job!!
15th-Oct-2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!! :)
6th-Oct-2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I really loved Draco and the card metaphor plus boys in mud is always good.
Very nice! Well Done!
15th-Oct-2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Hee. Thanks a lot!! :D
7th-Oct-2008 12:32 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this. I loved the in-the-mud-laughing scene, and of course the shower follow-up. I love how Draco had a perfectly rational explanation for leaving. And the final kisses were lovely.
15th-Oct-2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!! I'm really pleased you liked it!
7th-Oct-2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
I liked how much they've grown up in this fic, and your portrayal of broken!Draco at the start was nicely done. Also enjoyed the mud and shower scenes tremendously. Draco's reaction -- his 'of all the blokes in the world, it has to be you?!' bit was absolutely hysterical!
15th-Oct-2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
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