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LULZ [May. 28th, 2010|12:21 am]
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Is there anyone who hasn't seen the new Epilogue pics yet? I saw the others yesterday but missed the one of Draco Malfoy. The best for last, obviously. I laughed so hard I nearly cried. He looks like a house-elf. Poor Draco. What did you do to deserve this? :D
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ASKLDASALKJLADADJDLKSDL!!!!!!!!!111 [May. 4th, 2010|12:35 am]
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I can has Adam Lambert autograph nao?

Adam Lambert pic

Ten easy steps how to go about it:

1. Change your work schedule in order to have the day off.

2. Spend the few days prior to the event alternately squeeing/panicking.

3. Buy the freshly released version of the album.

4. Show up at the department store, where the said signing is to take place, when they open the doors at the very latest.

5. Follow the hordes of screaming fangirls.

6. Spend the next agonisingly long 4 hours (!) mostly standing, stressing out, throwing murderous looks at people trying to jump the queue in front of you, and they do try it, all the time, and dying a little bit inside every time a security guard goes by threatening to whisk anyone and their mother not behaving themselves to the end of the queue.

7. Bear the insane screaming when the superstar finally arrives.

8. Wait for another 40 minutes in the ever evolving queue that doesn't seem to get you forward at all.

9. Enjoy the 3 glorious seconds in His presence while He signs your album cover.

10. Float in the Seventh Heaven afterwards. You've earned it. ;)


OMG OMG OMG! It really happened! I saw Adam Lambert live and got his autograph as shown with my crappy computer camera. He said hi, he was kind, and he smiled at me when he signed my album copy. According to a rough estimate, there were about 3000 fans present, and at some point the queue stretched for about 200 meters outside not including all the twisting and turning inside the department store. I consider myself lucky for being among those who came early enough and got the autograph. I really can't imagine anyone else worthy of suffering all that. But Adam Lambert really is quite special. ♥

(Here are some pics of the event with a few short video clips. The one near the end that says "Adam Lambert on Finnish news" includes some of the screaming, too. :D)
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H/D Fic Rec [Feb. 24th, 2010|12:38 am]
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99 Problems But A Snitch Ain't One (H/D, NC-17) by [info]noeon is a Harry/Draco post-Quidditch angry!sex ficlet that takes place in the shower. It's hot, fun and only 2000 words. Guaranteed to cheer your day and leave a smile on your face. ;)

Malfoy looked frightened and off-kilter. "Are you utterly mad?"
Harry realised he was naked and erect against Malfoy's clothed thigh and then realised he didn't care. "Perhaps."
The bright look in Malfoy's eyes challenged him. "Then do it," he said, "but be quick about it."
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Joy [Feb. 14th, 2010|09:24 pm]
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HELL FUCKING YES!

I finally got what I've desperately wanted and needed for more than a year now: less work, more time. The past few days I've had this strange feeling, and it's taken me a while to understand what it is. I had forgotten what it's like to be content. Happy, even.

Mah projects, here I come. <3
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[Feb. 9th, 2010|12:43 am]
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Last week I did some reccing at serpentinelion which was great fun. The hardest part was to limit the number of recs to only 7 since there must be literally hundreds of fics and artworks that I love. So a fun but challenging task for sure.

I'm reposting the recs here for my own safekeeping:

ART:

Artist: Andreas ([info]kayen)
Archive: deviantART
Title: Chaaarge! (Also at LJ, here.)
Rating: PG
Why I'm recommending this piece: If ever there's a piece of art that sums up Harry/Draco, it's this one. It's H/D in a nutshell: Draco trying time and again to get Harry's attention, failing and losing his cool, and Harry always a bit clueless about why it matters so. Even the lower carrot placement feels very much canon.

Artist: [info]red_rahl
Title: Bedroom Eyes
Rating: G
Why I'm recommending this piece: While fluffy sweetness may not be the first thing that comes to mind with H/D, [info]red_rahl's chibis are in a league of their own. I find these two wide-eyed, big-headed creatures simply the cutest thing there is, and they have stolen my heart for good. When faced with Draco's bedroom eyes, resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

Artist: [info]stellamoon
Title: Peacock Dreams (Also at [info]stellamoon's LJ, here.)
Rating: NC-17
Why I'm recommending this piece: It's intensely erotic, and somehow even more so for Draco not being actually present. It's just Harry surrendering to his dreams of gorgeous Draco and becoming equally gorgeous in the process. Either one of them would be a beautiful sight lost in his passion like that but with Harry comes the added bonus of exotic peacock feathers.

Artist: [info]reira_21
Title: To Separate From Life
Rating: G
Why I'm recommending this piece: I love those moments of fanfic reading and fanart watching, when you get to witness something like this. It's such a piece of art: beautiful, meaningful, and you just can't get enough of it. Each time you look at it, there's something new to find, perhaps a slightly different way to interpret it. In general it leaves you in awe. And to think we wouldn't have it without fandom (and two very inspiring characters).


FIC:

Author: [info]maeglinyedi
Archive: Skyehawke
Title: One Night at the Ministry
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 11,700
Summary: One night. One party. One arch-nemesis. Lots of champagne. Now all Harry has to do is survive.
Why I'm recommending this piece: It's been four years since it was first posted, and yet it remains one of the funniest fics I've read. It's light-hearted, sexy, honest and totally hilarious. And it proves that Draco Malfoy does indeed have a penis.

Author: [info]moonflower_rose
Archive: Skyehawke
Title: Weakness
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 4,800
Summary: Harry can't seem to overcome his weakness.
Warnings: Watersports
Why I'm recommending this piece: I'm fully aware this fic is not to everyone's liking because of the watersports kink. However, the reason I love this fic and feel it's worth taking a chance is that it shows what an excellent and well-matched pairing Harry and Draco make: when one of them might hesitate, the other is always there just to give that extra little push, to up the ante. They constantly challenge and balance each other and make it worthwhile. It also proves how basically anything involving Harry and Draco in the hands of a good writer can be hot.

Author: Blythe ([info]blythely)
Title: Corridors of Power
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 39,800
Summary: Being An Originally Intermittent Account of the Political (Mis)Adventures of the Viscount Northallerton, Lord Malfoy of Wimbledon; and the Rt. Honourable Harry J. Potter, Member of Parliament for North Southwark and Bermondsey (Liberal Democrat).
Why I'm recommending this piece: It's elegant, clever writing with footnotes (!) about Harry and Draco in the midst of English politics, and the way the whole thing is rooted in real life events and people is impressive. The epilogue, which was added afterwards, is a true cherry on top since the whole fic reads as a long, UST-y foreplay, and Harry and Draco deserve to have their culmination. A great read.


While searching for the links for some of my favourite fics/pieces of art, I found many of the stories and images gone. Internet can be a fickle place and if it's not the author/artist themselves drifting away from fandom or locking down the journal, then it's Photobucket deleting the pics or websites expiring. It seems like 3 or 4 years is a small eternity after which searching can often be futile.

It made me feel rather nostalgic when I realised there are some really good stories, classics even, that everyone has supposedly read or at least heard of, and then new people find their way into fandom and perhaps never have the chance to see those works. For instance, [info]maeglinyedi's fic One Night at the Ministry was not at the [info]merry_smutmas entry nor at [info]maeglinyedi's own website anymore. Luckily I finally found it at Skyehawke but there are so many other fics and pieces of art disappearing for good.

Nostalgic is one word but I feel definitely grateful, too. For all the wonderful "old" existing works that I've had the pleasure of seeing and for all the new ones yet to come. ♥
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H/D Fic Rec [Jan. 26th, 2010|12:59 am]
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[info]ladyvader has updated her WiP, Struck, with chapter 7 (the chapters 1-6 can be found here), and the story continues just as hot and steamy as before. It's H/D and NC-17 with spanking. A most enjoyable read. ;)
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H/D Fic Rec [Jan. 16th, 2010|02:20 am]
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I made it just and just before the reveals. Here are ten more awesome recs from the hd_holidays. Enjoy!

Potty <3 Drakey (H/D, PG-13, WC: 2,500)
Summary: Lots of scary, hairy, barely-sane wizards came from Grimmauld Place, leaving some even more disturbing curses behind. Draco is helping Potter clean up when he discovers exactly how... creative his extended family could be. Then it gets worse.

"I always thought your wand felt friendly."

Kneazels and Crups (H/D, PG, WC: 2,500)
Summary: Some creatures just aren't compatible under normal circumstances.

Draco's eyes narrowed. "Harmless, am I? I work at the Ministry too, in case you've forgotten, and I move in much more influential circles than you do!"
"Yes, because you serve them coffee during meetings!"
Draco stared at him. "You – you know damn well that the secretary act is just a disguise for the fact that I'm an Unspeakable, you bloody wanker!"
"You're not supposed to admit that, you blundering idiot!"


Draco Malfoy's Travelling Theatre of the Strange and Spectacular (H/D, NC-17, WC: 27,500)
Summary: "I welcome you to Draco Malfoy's Travelling Theatre of the Strange and Spectacular. Hold onto your seats, for this is not entertainment for the faint of heart. You will see both amazing spectacles and shocking displays. Get out your smelling salts, uncap your Firewhisky bottles -- it's going to be an evening you'll never forget."

"Blimey," said Malfoy, laughing. "You're terrible at sex."
Harry punched Malfoy in the face.


Trajectories (H/D, PG, WC: 35,000)
Summary: Rembrandt's phrase in describing his painting: "Die meeste ende di naetureelste beweechgelickheijt", can be translated as greatest, most natural movement (emotion or motive).

"Well," said Harry, "at first it was because my girlfriend just dumped me. Or... something. Then it was because one of my friends is dead, and my other friend is going off his rocker because of it, and I can't do anything to help him."
"Well," said Draco, "my girlfriend hasn't spoken to me since she led my entire house out the front door of the castle and then never came back, one of my friends was killed at Hogwarts and is now hiding somewhere where I'll never be able to find him and he'll be some sort of miserable troll for the rest of his death-time, and my other friend is also going off his rocker, only I can't do anything to help him because he's doing it in Azkaban."
Harry wordlessly passed him a bottle of Firewhisky.


Light to a Blind Man (H/D, NC-17, WC: 3,500)
Summary: Sometimes love makes us stupid.

Draco was pushing harder now, tongue rougher, following each swipe with a light scrape of teeth that had Harry arching up into the contact. His nerves felt raw and exposed and somehow that only made it better, more intense. The rational part of Harry understood that half the reason it was always so good between them was because he forgot, after, just how it felt to have someone else touch him, how good it could be. The rest of him knew there was no way it could be anything like this with anyone else.

Lies of Liquid Truth (H/D, NC-17, WC: 47,000)
Summary: The fact something is not a lie does not make it true, just as not all untruths are necessarily lies – Draco has grown up knowing that. Harry has also learnt it eventually. What he must now see is that the trick lies in asking the right questions because you may never get another chance, and that the hardest of it all is to tell apart the truths from your own lies.

"I want to see it," Harry whispered. He slid his hands up and down Malfoy's thighs.
"I don't care what you want," Malfoy told him, sitting up, and kissed him until the air between them simmered.
"That's good," Harry managed before twisting Malfoy onto his stomach and biting his way down his spine, "because I wasn't asking."


The Trouble with Good Sense (H/D, PG-13, WC: 7,900)
Summary: When you fill a hotel with flying quills, hands-on demonstrations, and too many Aurors, someone is bound to get cranky.

Draco did the next best thing: he froze. It was hard not to with five of Potter’s fingers warm on his face. And it was damned irritating to find himself accidentally following one of Potter’s orders. Potter touched his bruised eye gently with the damp cloth. It did feel good. Draco held still while the cloth made its way over his cheekbone, cooling the bruised skin there. Potter put the cloth down and rubbed ointment into the bruise with two fingers. Draco may have stopped breathing. A bit.

The World Thy Gaol (H/D, R, WC: 18,300)
Summary: In the post-war world, nothing seemed to fit quite right anymore.

Kissing Potter was nothing like he'd imagined. In his feverish dreams, Potter's kisses had always burned like Fiendfyre—explosive, destructive, relentless. The dreams had portrayed Draco as caught in the tidal wave of Potter's lust, helpless to resist, desperately turned on by the notion that the Boy Who Lived, the bloody Chosen One, had chosen him.
But in reality, Draco nearly bumped his nose, Potter's lips were chapped, and Chosen One tasted prosaically of salt and Muggle spirits. Potter made a soft sound of pleased surprise as Draco's lips crashed into his, and he opened his mouth against Draco's, bobbling his drink in the process and spilling it all over Draco. Potter drew back immediately, leaving Draco cursing his own idiocy and Potter's.


Draco Malfoy, It's Your Lucky Day (H/D, NC-17, WC: 37,000)
Summary: Even though he's unarmed, injured, lost in the Forbidden Forest, and facing a possible murder charge, Draco Malfoy gets lucky.

"A Stinging Hex?" he scoffed. "Really, Potter, is that the best you can do? You didn't even make me bleed. I won't even have a scar." He stared at Potter, increasingly displeased by Potter's guilt-free expression. References to the day Potter had nearly murdered him with the Sectumsempra Curse usually made Potter drop his gaze in distress.
"Malfoy," Potter sighed exasperatedly. "You bring that up every time we duel. It's getting old."
"Is that so? You know what's not getting old, Potter? My scars. You mutilated me. Isn't it nice you're able to forget?" Draco pressed his lips together in anger, though, technically, he was lying. The scars were barely visible. The truth was he could only see them through a magnifying glass. Nonetheless, Potter ought to have felt guilty. Forever.
"I don't believe you," Potter said flatly. "Snape said you wouldn’t have any scarring."
Draco fumed. His hand flew to the top button of his shirt. "You're sure about that? Want to see them?" Draco unfastened the button.
Potter's eyebrows rose. Mouth twitching, he crossed his arms on his chest and cocked his head. "Sure. Go on, then, Malfoy. Take off your shirt."
Fuck.


Says The Magpie To The Morning (Sorrow, Take Your Own Advice) (H/D + other pairings, NC-17, WC: 34,000)
Summary: It's terribly bad form, sleeping with your ex when you're still half in love with the bastard.

I shudder when his mouth drags across my collarbone. "Harry," I choke out, and I tangle my fingers in the back of his thick, black hair. It's been ten months since I've touched him, and I've wanted him every fucking day since. No matter how much I hate myself, I need this, need to rake my fingers down his nape, need to pull at the collar of his shirt until I can feel the warmth of his skin beneath my fingertips. There's a phoenix tattooed on his back, rich black and deep crimson, wings spreading across his broad shoulders and onto his biceps. I need to see it again. Now. "Turn around." My voice is thick, rough, and I jerk at his shirt, not caring that the buttons scatter across the floor.
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H/D art and kissing [Jan. 1st, 2010|03:03 pm]
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The past few weeks have been incredibly good and generous times for a Harry/Draco shipper like me. The sheer number of gorgeous art has been just mindblowing. There's been so much good quality fan art to be had daily or even several pieces a day, and not just amazing fest entries but also individual pieces outside the fests. There are far too many recs to make and I'd hate to forget any, so instead I recommend checking out the tags for hd_fanart's advent calendar and month-december. hd_holidays doesn't have tags for this round's art but once they post the Master list, it's well worth the time to see all the fantastic art.

Thank you to each and every artist for putting so much effort into this gorgeous pairing. I appreciate it more that I can say.

And also, this:




is pure ♥.
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H/D Fic Rec [Dec. 27th, 2009|11:06 pm]
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It's time for some hd_holidays fic recs as promised. I find these all brilliant in their unique way. ♥

Secretary Tuesdays, or: Things Unspoken (H/D, PG, WC: 4,400)
Summary: Every Tuesday, Head Auror Harry Potter gets a new secretary, until one day he hires Draco Malfoy, who is oddly determined to find out why.

"Congratulations. You’ll have to come visit me in the office."
"I won’t be working in London anymore, Potter. I don’t know when I’ll see you again." Malfoy moved his face just a little bit closer. "I’m just putting that out there."
"Are Slytherins always this bloody chicken?"
"Slytherins are snakes. We eat chickens. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner."
"You’re a cannibal, then," Harry said. Then he leaned into Malfoy and kissed him.


Fragile Pleasure Here on Earth I Find (H/D, R, WC: 5,000) + art
Summary: Sometimes, Harry looks at Draco, and sometimes Harry knows Draco is looking at him, and there are even times when they see one another between the shadows, silhouetted in pain and shaking in despair. It is in these latter moments that Harry knows something is wrong inside him. It is in such moments Harry wants to reach for Draco, whether out of comfort or pity or some deeper connection. Knowing this, he hesitates.

The Art Of Telling A Lie (H/D, NC-17, WC: 6,200)
Summary: Harry has become very good at lying. To himself.

Sometimes, it’s not that easy to enjoy yourself when you know what’s coming. But he smiles at Draco and doesn’t mention this, because he’s sort of hoping they’ll have sex again and he doesn’t want to bring down the mood.

Not Just Another Cream Bun (H/D, PG, WC: 5,540)
Summary: After Eighth Year at Hogwarts, everyone seems to be getting on with their lives in various ways. In Malfoy’s case, this seems to involve a peculiar new shop on Diagon Alley, being stalked by a familiar bespectacled bumpkin and a dashing new apron.

“Oh,” Harry looks back at his drink, watching lilac foam slowly dissipate into clear cobalt-hued alcohol. “But – I don’t get it. Why’s he with Luna, then? Wearing... you know... aprons and things? Could’ve gotten a normal job. One without... aprons.”
“I think you’re fixating on Malfoy’s apron, mate,” Ron mumbles.


Portrait of a Headmaster (H/D, NC-17, WC: 20,700)
Summary: When Death Eaters find their way into the Hogwarts portrait collection, the Headmaster is forced to work with the Head Auror to find a way to protect the castle, including their own children.

Potter glared at him. “Ginny’s on tour, as I’m sure you know.”
“I try to only follow the winning teams,” Draco said smoothly.


Darkstar (H/D, NC-17, WC: 23,000)
Summary: After the Ministry of Magic decides that Harry's Auror position is a liability, they offer him an alternative: become part of an international covert operations initiative. Joining the project means Harry must forsake everything he cherishes and learn things he never wanted to know about himself.

"I am," Malfoy said. "An embezzler, a con artist, a murderer, a thief, and a whore. I'm whatever I need to be to get the job done. That's sort of the philosophy at this Aurors Without Borders outfit of ours. If you're too squeamish, you won't cut it."
"Uh-huh," Harry returned, putting his glasses back on. "You might as well have joined the bad guys, right?"
"No," Malfoy replied, eyebrow cocked. "The good guys offered more money."


With A Certain Charm (H/D, NC-17, WC: 22,500)
Summary: Draco is content with his life. He has a beautiful hotel to run and a new family to care for, but the arrival of an unexpected guest disturbs his orderly existence.

“I’m not sure, Potter,” Draco shrugged. “I’m not going to meet up just for sex with you, if that’s what you’re implying.” Although the slight thrust he gave into Potter’s fist may have send a mixed signal.
“Fine, then we’ll go out for dinner, first.”
“That sounds suspiciously like a date. And besides, we did that already.”
“Feel free to call it whatever you like. And people have been known to dine together more than once.”


Celle Qui Sais Vous Garrotter (H/D, NC-17, WC: 4,300)
Summary: “Two orgasms and Harry's hand resting tentatively on his hip and Draco still felt wound tight, aching somewhere too deep to rub away.”

Because his luck was rotten, and because there was no problem that The Boy Who Lived couldn't solve by barreling into it headfirst, Harry burst into his office at half nine.
"Malfoy," he said, as though he had a speech all prepared, "we need to talk."
Draco raised his eyebrows. "About how you're going to re-attach my door to the frame?"
"What? I didn't--" Harry turned to check. "Your door is fine."
"Perhaps. We'll leave the final diagnosis to maintenance."


Night Shift (H/D, NC-17, WC: 14,400)
Summary: Draco is stuck in career purgatory on the night shift in the Auror Department. The powers that be won’t let him near any important cases, but he knows he can prove himself and get promoted if he can just crack a big case. When Harry Potter shows up after getting himself banished to the night shift as well, how will he affect Draco’s plans?

I had been attracted to him, too, but I wasn’t about to say so. I didn’t have some kind of burning passion or mad love for him, but the more I was around him, the more I wanted to be around him again, for even longer periods of time. Perhaps even without clothing.
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H/D Fic Rec [Dec. 25th, 2009|05:29 pm]
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In an anon fest the number of comments often follows the logical way of things, that is: a great fic = a lot of comments, a not-so-great fic = not that many comments. Sometimes it's vice versa, and though the big number of comments for the not-so-great fics can be explained by people's different tastes, the fact that a great fic doesn't get many comments never stops baffling me. Like this one for instance: Joy Ride (H/D, R, Word Count: ~8,700).

I haven't read anything this hilarious in a long time. It starts with a delightfully cracky premise and teh funny just won't stop. Harry and Draco have to go traipsing along the Forbidden Forest, and that's all I can say without spoiling any of the lovely and suprising hilarity that ensues. It's an Epilogue-compliant fic without the least bit of angst, so a special yay for that! Choosing which quote(s) to use here was painful since I was unwilling to eliminate any of the funny parts. Then again that way I would have ended up quoting the whole fic. :)

The spiders were hurled away from the two men by a surprisingly strong force. Knocked back, the giant arachnids landed in heaps of tangled legs and the evil clicking of spider-jaws, gnashing in anger.
“Wow, Malfoy, that was great,” Potter shouted, hardly able to contain his relief as they literally ran for their lives. “I’ve never heard that one before.”
Draco rolled his eyes. “Hardly surprising,” he shouted back. Potter was well-known to be useless with any kind of practical spell. “I lived in a dungeon for seven years, Potter. You learn a few spells to keep the creepy-crawlies at bay.”
“I could have done with knowing that in second year,” Potter panted as they ran into denser forest.
“Yeah, might have kept Weasel-be and Granger away from you,” Draco jibed. Potter ignored him.


I've got other recs to make but this one stole my heart, so I needed to point it out in case people have missed this when it posted. I'll get back to the other recs shortly. :)

Hopefully everyone's been having wonderful holidays! ♥
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H/D Fic Rec [Dec. 8th, 2009|01:25 am]
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I just finished a most wonderful, long H/D fest fic. I'm talking about From Ashes Reborn (H/D, NC-17, Word Count: 34,000). (Summary: Harry and Draco's relationship didn't simply die out. It was reduced to ashes. Years later, Draco is teaching at Hogwarts when Harry arrives in search of Fawkes. Can Draco make their love burn bright once more?)

It's Epilogue-compliant but the next gen kids don't get much screen time. Other delicious characters do, like Snape (!), Lucius, Ron, Goyle and Teddy. And Augusta Longbottom. :D The story is one chain of hilarious misunderstandings, and the overall feeling is lighthearted and funny even with the more serious undertones. It's a really fun and entertaining read! Recommend it muchly.

Excerpt: "I'm sorry, Draco, but Ron's not allowing you to examine Sparky." Harry said as Ron scribbled out a note of authorization and handed it to him.
"Why ever not? It's because he hates me and thinks I'm a prat, isn't it?"
"That's not it," Harry argued.
"I do hate him and think he's a prat," Ron mumbled.
Harry shot a quelling look at Ron, then turned back to Draco. "If the newspapers or the Macaws got wind that he'd allowed a Potions Professor access to the dead Phoenix, there would be accusations that you'd harvested feathers and such."
"The very idea!" Draco said.
"I know," Harry said. "It's insulting to think that you'd do such a thing."
With a huff, Draco stood. "I think it's high time I left." He didn't swirl his robes as much as he usually did as he didn't want the various collection jars he'd shrunk and stowed in his pockets to clink together and ruin a perfectly good exit.
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Recses [Dec. 3rd, 2009|01:24 am]
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First, two art recs: When Draco Met Harry (A Letter From the Jungle) (H/D, G), a comic by [info]red_rahl and Till Death Do Us Part (H/D, H/G (!), R) by an anonymous artist. These are brilliant works of art but completely different from one another: the first is adorable and funny, the second very dark. Both highly worth checking for.

hd_holidays have started, and so far I've enjoyed all the fics. Such a promising start. :) I'd like to rec Savage (H/D, NC-17, WC: 18,700) because it's a rare gem: a creature fic done well. Not to mention the Harry/Draco interaction is hot as hell. An excerpt:

Draco pressed his nose forward, nuzzling the webbing between Potter's fingers, scraping against the rough calluses. He rubbed his cheeks up and down the palm and each finger in turn. Potter let him.
The need for more was impossible to ignore. It pulsed through his body with the frantic beat of his heart. He opened his mouth and flat-tongued, he licked Potter's hand -- heel of the palm to tip of the fingers.


Need I say who's the big bad werewolf? ;)
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The Rec Post Of DOOM, Part 2 [Nov. 26th, 2009|01:52 am]
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hd_career_fair may be over but I've still got some excellent recs to make. These fics are so varied from one another that there's something to everyone's liking. My only wish is that Harry and Draco would continue having diverse and imaginative careers outside this fest. After all the fun and unusual scenarios I'm not sure I'm ready to go back to the compulsory, more than plentiful Auror!fics quite yet. :D

Little Red Courgette (H/D, PG, WC: ~31,000) featuring Cartoonist!Harry and Assistant Junior Under-Secretary in the Office for the Volumetric Standardisation of Edible Wizarding Greengrocery Produce!Draco by [info]blamebrampton, art by [info]raitala
Summary: When this season’s purple courgettes are woefully thin, Draco Malfoy thinks it amounts to small beans. Next thing he knows, the Department of Standards is over-run with leeks, Brussels sprouts all sorts of legislative difficulties, and somebody appears to have put a roquette under Harry Potter. Can Draco seize a marrow victory? Or will his plans for peas be squashed?

Draco smiled slightly; he knew the feeling. Of course, he was partially responsible for the dark circles beneath the Minister's eyes these days. His last report, all four-hundred-and-twelve pages of it, had been a detailed summary of the desirable diameters of lettuce varieties, from hearting to non-hearting. Shacklebolt had read it, too, as the three red circles around mis-spelled words proved.

Blood and Brimstone (H/D, NC-17, WC: ~42,000) featuring Inquisitor!Harry and Prodigal!Draco by [info]calanthe_fics (Set in Ginn Hale’s Wicked Gentlemen universe)
Summary: The Inquisition claims it reforms and cleanses Prodigals of their demonic heritage, but Captain Harry Potter learns that the Church has lost its way and is worse by far than the devils in Hells Below.

Harry thought that if more angels looked as compelling and dangerous as Draco he'd have worked a lot harder at praying over the years.

Silhouettes in Sunsets (H/D, PG-13, WC: ~23,000) featuring Day-time Accountant/Night-time Luthier!Draco and Owner of Hedwig's Owl Emporium!Harry by [info]potteresque_ire
Summary: Draco Malfoy is a Gringotts accountant by day and a luthier by night. Harry Potter is the owner of Hedwig’s Owl Emporium on Diagon Alley. Music and scheming owls will bring the two men back together.

It will be a long night. Draco has never worked on a harp before -- how can a heart so open, so candid need so many strings to speak?
Harry's reasoning is simple: because it's talking to you.


Normal Does It (H/D, NC-17, WC: ~26,400) featuring Captain!Harry and Druidic Warrior!Draco by [info]lotus_lizzy, art by [info]cydienne
Summary: On his deathbed, Lucius gives Draco an almost impossible task that will hopefully salvage the reputation of the Malfoy family. Draco finds himself in need of a magical ship called the Wave-Sweeper, but finds one Harry Potter standing in his way. This "new" Harry Potter, with his strange obsession to be "normal", assigns himself the task of being Draco's watchdog. Together, with a motley crew of Hogwarts alumni, they fly both sea and air following an ancient map that leads them to an unknown island and strange creatures, but both Harry and Draco are harbouring secrets that threaten the tenuous relationship that grows between them.

'Ron's not lying. Voldemort's body is really gone. My father thinks the Unspeakables stole the body to run tests on his skin. His body secreted a natural sun block, keeping his body free from melanoma.'

Wrong Side of Dead (H/D, R, WC: ~30,000) featuring Scout!Harry and Model Member of the Force!Draco by [info]sirra_scribbles (A Zombie Apocalypse!)
Summary: "Zombies reached out their grey-green fingers stained purple and red at the tips, their mouths open in groans."

"Unscrew the fuel tank cap, here." Draco dropped one end of tubing into the green tank. "Now start siphoning."
"What?" Harry sceptically eyed the tube in Draco's hand and the petrol tank.
"Get down and start sucking."
His eyes widened and a faint flush came to his cheeks. "Beg pardon?"
That was queer, Draco thought as he felt his own face warm. "You poofter. Now you have the job of lifting the moped."


Light as Iron, Singed as Pearl (H/D, NC-17, WC: ~13,800) featuring Commissioner!Harry and Club Owner!Draco by [info]snegurochka_lee
Summary: The owner of the elite BDSM club M had not gained his reputation as the most coveted Dominant on the scene by taking on just any riff-raff submissive who asked. It would take an unexpected letter to convince him to accept a new client, but it might turn out to be the biggest mistake he ever made.

Quick as lightning, Draco's hand shot out and he curled his index finger under Potter's chin, his thumb digging into the side of his face. He squared his shoulders and shifted his voice, making his new persona plain. "What did you say to me?" he said quietly.
He held back a grin of triumph when Potter crumbled. Casting his eyes down, his shoulders curved and his arms fell limp. Draco stared. Remarkable. After a heated pause, Potter took a shuddering breath and murmured, "Not here."
"You don't decide that." Draco shifted his hand so that his thumb slid over Potter's lips. Despite himself, Potter parted them and swiped his tongue up the pad of Draco's thumb, a flash of heat creeping up his face. With his own blood rising, Draco threw caution to the wind and leaned in close to Potter's ear. "I decide what happens here. If I want to bend you over this desk right this second and fuck that grin off your face, that's my decision, not yours."
Potter whimpered.


Scratching the Itch (H/D, NC-17, WC: ~10,000) featuring Model!Harry and Model Agency Owner!Draco by [info]tray_la_la
Summary: Draco Malfoy is a homophobe who's allergic to gay men. He's also the owner of a male modeling agency. Go figure. Harry Potter is a model for hire who may just prove to be the cure to Draco's ails.

Draco rolled his eyes. Fucking Paris. He’d been to Paris: everyone wore black and nobody gave a damn.
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New Moon [Nov. 24th, 2009|12:33 pm]
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Yesterday I saw New Moon at the cinema, and there really isn't much I can say about it other than RPattz is still very sparkly Taylor Lautner is surprisingly hawt. Me and my shallow reasons to see movies - let me show you them. :P
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2 x H/D Art Rec [Oct. 31st, 2009|06:05 pm]
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Just a quick post to rec two pieces of amazing H/D art. Though they both use several images to tell a story, stylistically they are very different. And yet beautiful, poignant, and artistic in their own right.

The first one is To Separate from Life (H/D, G), and the second is Your Heart's Desire (H/D, PG). Once again it feels a bit silly not to be able to name the artists but since both the artworks are fest contributions, the artists must remain anonymous for the time being. ;) Enjoy!
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The Rec Post Of DOOM [Oct. 27th, 2009|11:47 pm]
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I can't believe the number of excellent H/D fics at hd_career_fair, and I'm still very much behind the reading. There are just so many good stories that I've read so far. Here, I'm reccing the ones I think should not be missed.

Greeting Expectations (H/D, R, WC: ~16,000) featuring Greeting Card Writer!Draco and Private Detective!Harry
Summary: Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy ask Harry, who's currently unemployed, to discover why Draco has apparently gone Muggle.

"That's the bitch," Pansy told Harry, her voice not much louder than a whisper.
"The b-b-b -"
"Come now, Potter. I'm sure you can say it," Blaise murmured . "Rhymes with witch."


A Matter of PreText, ConText, and Misconceptions (H/D, NC-17, WC: ~15,000) featuring Sex Deviant Counselor!Draco and Barking Perv!Harry (+ one of the hottest sex scenes ever!)
Summary: Marriage suffering a slow death by silence, career taking a drastic downwards turn, Harry re-analyzes his life through one of the best methods he knows: wanking and porn and wanking to porn. It’s not becoming an addiction, it’s not.

Harry jerked, his hand flung his penis away so hard the stiff organ flopped back and slapped painfully against his stomach. If there was ever anything more awkward than your wife walking in on you rubbing one off while thinking about your therapist, Harry had yet to meet it.

It’s a Dirty Job (H/D, NC-17, WC: ~9,000) featuring Chimney Sweep!Draco and Rich!Harry
Summary: Harry Potter wakes up after a night of debauchery to discover that he has a new employee.

Malfoy shivered. “Theoretically … we breathe in particles every time we travel – oh, fuck – by Floo."
Harry drew back, startled. “Fuck by Floo? Is that possible? Like talking through the Floo?”


Paint It Black (H/D, PG-13, WC: ~6,500) featuring Rock Star!Draco Milo and Drunk Fan Boy!Harry
Summary: Harry’s given up on life, and Draco’s grabbing it by the throat; a most unlikely connection brings them together.

Some people pulled out a prayer mat and faced Mecca, some folded their bodies into origami in the name of yoga, and some chanted while incense burned. Harry Potter sat on his unmade bed in tatty boxers and smoked Marlboros. It worked for him.

Pomegranate (H/D, NC-17, WC: ~14,500) featuring Chef!Draco and Guest!Harry
Summary: More than a decade after the War, Draco makes a triumphant return to the wizarding world as the successful chef/owner of Pomegranate, only to have his world thrown into disorder when Harry arrives unexpectedly in the dining room.

In true Malfoy fashion, this realisation did not kindle even a spark of remorse in Draco; instead it ignited an inferno of indignation. Potter had obviously written the shitty review because Draco had knocked back his advances! Just as obvious, in Draco's alcohol-addled mind, was the solution: he would have to shag Potter to get a good review.

Respect Your Editors (H/D, PG-13,WC: ~4,500) featuring Advertiser!Draco and Ice-Cream Vendor!Harry (Also: 'COCKS! EVERYONE NEEDS THEM!')
Summary: Junior VP of advertising Draco is almost certainly going to lose his job over an editing fiasco with his latest batch of ads for Starry's Starry Socks and instead of freaking out at the office, he goes to vent in a Muggle park. He accidentally comes across Harry, who has become a Muggle ice cream van driver, and the two of them get to know each other again over ice cream, sherbet and a little bit of time.

"Wait, hold on!" Harry nearly tipped out of the serving window as he leaned forward. "Sorry, this is just weird, you know?"
Draco half turned back to him. "Harry Potter is an ice cream man. You save the world and decide to listen to the same little song in a chilly van for the rest of your life. I am aware of the weirdness."


The Adventures of Harry Potter, Pervert, and Draco Malfoy, Porn Star (Un-Cut) (H/D, NC-17, WC: ~16,300) featuring Pervert!Harry and Porn Star!Draco Lucas Black
Summary: In Harry’s flat, Friday night is porn night, and that’s that. Then, an unexpected face pops up in Some Like it Cock, and Harry can’t get Draco Malfoy out of his head. In the end, thanks to a tearaway Teddy, Harry doesn’t have to, but neither man is willing to reveal their secret…

"Aren't you older than me?" Harry said with a laugh.
"I keep in very good shape," Malfoy said salaciously.
Harry turned around, and surprised at his own boldness, looked Draco up and down very obviously. "I can tell," he said with a smile, which he hoped was seductive and secretive and passionate, but feared was slightly creepy.


Don’t Let’s Stop or The Case of the Dead Philandering Politician (A Draco Malfoy Mystery) (H/D, R, WC: ~15,900) featuring Magical Forensic Analyst!Draco and Special Agent!Potter (+ Draco and Ron shopping lingerie together)
Summary: herein Draco Malfoy is a Forensic Analyst employed by the DMLE, has an ongoing feud with Coulson who works days, irreparably frightens assistants, imbibes massive amounts of coffee and quite possibly engages in too much snarky banter with his liaison, Inspector Potter.

"Your husband is bloody fit!" the shorter one swoons, tightening her grip on Draco's arm.
The taller one takes Draco's other arm. "And he's so good with the children!"
They share a commiserating look. "Why do all the good ones have to be gay?"
Draco bites back a scathing comment. Silence is his friend in these situations.


All That Remains (H/D, R, WC: ~21,000) featuring Volunteer Worker!Draco and Homeless Veteran!Harry
Summary: In a Great Britain destroyed by war and plagued by magical epidemics, those who are left behind struggle to survive and find meaning.

It takes several more tries before Draco can convince Potter to drink a few sips, then he simply sits with the other man's head in his lap for a while. He can hardly believe it, it's so bizarre: Potter wanting to die because he thought he wouldn't see Draco any more? It has to be some kind of weird dream.

Incidental Charms (H/D, NC-17, WC: ~11,500) featuring Para Investigator!Harry and Inventor of DACH-Daydream Charms!Draco (You'll appreciate the fic more if you're familiar with The Administration Series by Manna Francis)
Summary: Draco Malfoy has spent the last twelve years trying to build a successful business in a post-war world where the Administration has replaced the defunct Ministry for Magic and pure-bloods' rights are almost non-existent. Now his company, DACH Inc., is under the scrutiny of Senior Para Investigator Harry Potter and Malfoy must tread carefully.

"Anyway, eager little thing. On his knees before I could even ward the door. He was at it about ten minutes and his jaw had to be aching. Funny thing, but he wasn't cutting it." Potter's fingers pressed into Malfoy's hips. "He just wasn't what I was looking for. Young and innocent and brainless. He'd learned about the war from books and the bloody Prophet. So I stopped looking at him and instead pictured that he had a snotty smirk and clever grey eyes. I added hands behind his back with I&I cuffs and was finally able to spill my load down his throat. And you know what he said after he spit his mouthful into the rubbish bin? 'Who the fuck is Malfoy?' That's what he said." Potter chuckled and bit Malfoy's shoulder.

Drink Up Thy Zider: A South Hams Pomona (H/D, R, WC: ~40,000) featuring Cider Maker!Harry and Banker!Draco (This fic is quite the case; I guarantee you don't often come across H/D fics so immersed in all things British like this one.)
Summary: Harry, like Draco a widower, their children being adults or soon to become so, has retired to a South Hams village, where he farms and makes cider in a gentlemanly way, not that the Ministry accepts that he’s not a political threat. When Draco is accused of huge losses and malfeasance in his position at Goldstein & Zabini, the private and merchant bank that straddles the Muggle-magical boundary, Blaise and Pansy arrange for him to escape to South Devon whilst awaiting the investigation. Naturally, Draco’s friends – and his mother and his son – have a hidden agenda.

Draco had committed yet another solecism at tea, putting his clotted cream and jam on his scones in the Cornish order of precedence rather than in the Devonian; he had accepted correction coolly, beginning as he meant to go on. Nothing - not even the need to mask his intentions beneath an uncommon meekness - would divert him from the dicey path he must tread: he was the master of his fate, the captain of his -
'Draco!'
'Mother?'
'If you are coming to Evensong, leave wool-gathering and go and get ready. And wash: you've jam on your face.'
'Yes, mother.'
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H/D Comic Rec [Oct. 8th, 2009|11:53 pm]
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Sometimes it feels like there's no point in reccing a fic or a piece of art because I'm sure everyone and their mother has already seen it. But then comes along something so brilliant that everyone and their mother should see it. Twice. Not forgetting the occasional person who's been living under a rock and has somehow managed to miss it.

I'm naturally talking about the comic masterpiece, Draco's Post-War Prophesy (H/D, R) by so far an anonymous artist (it's funny not to be able to name the artist even though the style is quite unique and recognizeable) at hd_career_fair. The art in question is lovely, sexy, plain hilarious, a bit quirky even and totally awesomesauce. If you've seen it once or twice, go see it again, and this time check out all the small details. Because it really is that worthy. :)
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H/D Fic Rec Times Two [Sep. 19th, 2009|11:58 pm]
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I've got two most wonderful H/D fics to rec.

First, one of this year's [info]hp_summersmut entries, Voices From the Fog (NC-17, Word Count: 13,731) by [info]noeon. I would have missed it had it not been for [info]femmequixotic's rec, and boy, am I glad I didn't. The story has Harry and Draco travelling in continental Europe, first separately, and then ending up to work in a shop where they make musical instruments. It's all wonderfully exotic and comfortably cozy at the same time. The relationship evolves slowly, and yet the chemistry between them is too strong to be ignored. Hot sex ensues. A highly enjoyable read.

The second one is a very recent discovery from hd_career_fair, Stories from America (R, Word Count: 17,800) by so far an anon writer. It's about Harry who's gone to America to start a new life after the war, and Draco as a journalist who turns up unexpectedly and won't go away. There's mystery plot, some truly lovely magic(al fish!), and something that begins as a business deal but ends up being so much more for both of them. A true pleasure to read.
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HBP the Movie [Aug. 2nd, 2009|12:29 am]
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So, HBP - yay or nay? )
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Spreading the awesomeness that is H/D [Jul. 18th, 2009|12:10 am]
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This post by [info]bookshop = EPIC WIN!

So much H/D love, talking of the classics, reminiscing the early days, etc.

Be still my heart. <3
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