So, last year whilst preparing to teach my 3rd graders about reptiles, I discovered that there exists a snake species to which I would actually apply...moreSo, last year whilst preparing to teach my 3rd graders about reptiles, I discovered that there exists a snake species to which I would actually apply adjectives like "cute" or even "adorable." The little bush viper looks unlike any other snake I've seen, and instantly became a favorite of mine.
Imagine my delight when I discovered that the incomparable dysonrules had written a Drarry fic in which Draco's animagus form is none other than the adorable little bush viper! There may have been squeeing.
And Draco makes a fantastic adorable snake. Especially since Harry here retains his Parseltongue abilities and so they can converse even when Draco's a tiny snake wrapped around Harry's neck.
Very fun fic!
Favorite Quote: wondering how many other men he had noticed without noticing himself noticing.(less)
Sappy and emotional and melodramatic, this story is one of the most perfect depictions of what falling in love for the first time feels like. Every em...moreSappy and emotional and melodramatic, this story is one of the most perfect depictions of what falling in love for the first time feels like. Every emotion was perfectly portrayed as Draco and Harry first learn to forgive and then to genuinely care about each other. Just so beautifully well done, that even having just finished this I can't wait to go back and read it again so I can experience all of this over again.
And it was just so, so beautifully written. So vivid that Draco's bedroom with that fireplace and the window and the chairs around the chess board will likely always be a part of the Hogwarts in my head from now on. And having the connection that Harry and Draco form actually be visual was an extra delightful treat for someone as visual as I am. I may choose to picture them trailing white and golden sparks along each others' skin in every story I read about them from now on, I enjoyed it so thoroughly. And that dance! Has to be one of my new favorite Drarry scenes!
Add in the wonderfully unique abilities Harry possesses in this AU, and combined with Draco's just absolutely endearing stubbornness and this is definitely one of my new favorite Drarry stories.
Lovely, lovely story!
Favorite Quotes: He was being adorable again, completely pathetic, but so adorable.
Then Harry's eyes traveled up to the pale, fire-burnished blond fringe falling over Draco's forehead, and his longing-to-look turned into wanting-to-touch.
There was a new depth in this kiss, of bridges crossed and foundations solid underfoot, a commitment made, understanding sure.
and had healed the brokenness he felt inside so completely, so skillfully and effortlessly, that it was both breathtaking and frightening at the same time.
"I expect to be greatly made over and petted later for the trouble."
"But butterflies!?" he teased. "Butterflies!!" He was laughing hard now. "God, Potter! That's got to be the poofiest thing I've ever seen!"
Draco loved him, all of him--both Harry-of-the-rare-magical-power and Harry-of-the-unruly-hair--both flaws and talents accepted as parts of a whole, neither outweighing the other.
he had found a starting place for hope again.
"It's a dragon with red Gryffindor eyes," said Draco. "I wanted it to mean that we ... belong together."
"I see them now, not so much as different, but as the two opposite halves of a whole. I'm not sure they can do without each other now"
Later, as evening fell, filling the room with a peaceful enveloping darkness, and the dying fire cast a rich rose-amber glow across the floor and faint flickering shadows over the bed, Harry lay in Draco's arm drawing slow random designs of golden glitter over Draco's pale skin.
For what was trust, he understood suddenly, if one cast it aside at the first test ... however great a challenge that might be?
And what Harry wished became truth.
and the exploration of a new kind of trust, a trust that accepted uncertainty.
"Unlike some people ... who shamelessly flaunt their scars by wearing them around on their foreheads,"
"The rest of my life has always belonged to you."(less)
I'm a pathetically easily freaked out scaredy-cat. I'm so easy to make unable to sleep, but every once in a while I have a craving for being freaked o...moreI'm a pathetically easily freaked out scaredy-cat. I'm so easy to make unable to sleep, but every once in a while I have a craving for being freaked out. This story did a spectacularly good job at making me unable to sleep. Super creepy!
Lee's abilities continue to fascinate me and terrify me. So beautifully described. The crazy thumping sound and how he feels it more than hears it while in that house was fantastic. So, so creepy.
It was great to get to see them in Lee's town this time. The holiday setting was also beautifully well described.
Lovely, terrifying, fascinating story!
Favorite Quotes: "Whatever, mate. God fuckin' bless us, every one."
"You should have kids." "Steady on. You haven't even bought me dinner yet."
"The things we take inside ourselves about our loved ones stay with us for life. Nothing can take them away, and we pass these things on--about the grandmas and the aunts, and about ourselves too--to our own next generation, our kids or the people we teach or even just our friends. That's the immortality we have."
"Anyway, it's not for me to go casting things out of places they might have occupied for centuries before I came along." "Would those be the things you don't believe in?" "Yep, those. And I don't. But there's still no point in pissing them off, is there?"
He just didn't know yet what they were capable of, he and Lee, and he kept finding out in shocks.
"Dan, a great big Cornish rugby player just fell out of heaven for us." "Really? Oh, so he did. Nice timing!"
"Oof--you need a smaller boyfriend. Or a bigger bath."(less)