Summary: Draco is determined for today to be just another day and for everything else around him to play no part in second rate production that is his life. As the first act closes in a dramatic fashion that has the unlucky protagonist questioning everything and nothing, the second begins.
Summary: Leanne Gamp hadn't wanted to be at that party, even though it was Christmas. However, a chance meeting behind the curtains meant that her evening wasn't at all what she expected.
Written for the There's Snow Such Thing As Magic challenge in the Great Hall. I chose to do the bonus prompt: The Mistletoe-Rag Challenge.
Summary: Escaping the overwhelming revelry of another miserable New Year's Eve, Draco Malfoy finds himself drawn to an old seaside resort from his childhood. He meets an unexpected ally there, and the shore soon becomes his escape from life, a place where he can be free of his past. Little did he know that it would also hold the key to his future.
This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Inaugural Great Hall Cotillion Challenge.
Summary: "I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer's day." - Oscar Wilde
The engagement of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Greengrass is one that is celebrated by both their families and friends, greeted by indifference by those who don't know or like them and anger and hurt by one.
For this one person, the news of the impending nuptials brought only heart-break and disappointment. For she had made a grave mistake that no other has dared to do: to love Draco Malfoy.
Summary: Draco Malfoy -avid Death Eater, proud and eager to be of use to the Dark Lord. Or desperate boy willing to do anything to save his family from dishonour and his father from death? Perhaps both.
What if there'd been another way? What if the road he's taking could diverge and lead him on a different journey? His path is set, he thinks... but then he collides with an insignificant girl and his world changes.
This story is for Julia (the opaleye) whose poetical skill with words leaves me breathless. It is also her 21st birthday. Apologies that I didn't use your fabulous alternate title 'An Act of Selecting or Making A Decision When Faced With Two or More Possibilities?'
Disclaimer: Much as I'd love to be JK Rowling, I'm not :(
Thank you Kara for beta'ing this and minna for mentioning the Robert Frost poem 'The Road Not Taken,' from which I've taken some lines.
** indicates lines taken from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
The Battle of Hogwarts changed the lives of many.
For Katie Bell, nothing mattered anymore, least of all her Quidditch career.
For Draco Malfoy, it meant he had to face that surviving comes at a price.
They each had their own demons to face alone. But for each other, they were a form of release.
Winner of the 2012 QSQ - Best Dark/Angsty Story
Many, many thanks to my beta Sarah/TheCursedQuill, whose speedy beta-ing and wonderful comments helped transform this into a two-shot.
**Originally written for Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor for the SPEW Summer Swap under the title 'Release'.
Summary: As soon as he saw her, Draco knew she was the one. But Astoria wasn't like any girl he had ever met. To get her, he would have to become something beyond who he was. He would have to get his life back in order and change for good.Written as a birthday present for two fierce lawyers of Ronald Weasley - Amanda/ahattab33 and Lori/WeasleyMom. Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. Winner of the 2011 QSQ's Best Canon Romance Story (Chaptered)
Summary: Melanie Lostner, a sixth year Slytherin, has known Draco Malfoy all of her life. Their parents were best friends when they were in Hogwarts, but when unfortunate events lead to Narcissa Malfoy's death, Lucius Malfoy's imprisonment, and Melanie's parents mysterious deaths soon after she arrives at Hogwarts, Draco and Melanie are all alone in the world: except for each other. Melanie battles her brother's rage over her unique powers while she and Draco grow closer with each passing day. Draco is working as a spy for the Order but when some dangerous tasks for the Dark Lord get out of hand, Melanie worries for his safety. Will their romance last, or will Melanie be ripped away from Draco for all eternity?
****UPDATE**** 7/31/08 Chapter Five just submitted :) ********
7/30/2011 Years later I'm finally getting ready to update this story. I've re-written this chapter five times so far now. Chapters 5 and 6 sort of blend together, I'm trying to pick a good separation point. Chapter 5 is less Draco. Chapter 6 is ALL Draco. Thanks to anyone who has stuck with this story.
CHAPTER FIVE IS VALIDATED AND UP! :D Reviews are appreciated.
Falling Star: The Untold Story of Astoria Greengrass by Astoria Greengrass
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 20]
Summary: It is September 1, 1993. Astoria Greengrass is entering her first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Thirteen-year-old Draco Malfoy is heading into his third year. Neither one knows what meeting the other will do to them. As the years span out Draco feels a strange connection to Astoria that he can't identify. Astoria has convinced herself that she hates him, but her feelings slowly become more and more confused. With Pansy fighting to keep them apart, Draco's isolation in becoming a Death Eater, Astoria's constant rivalry with her sister, and pride dictating their heads all adding to the mix one question lingers: Will the two realize that the thing they've needed all along is each other? It all begins on the Hogwarts Express.
Summary: A year after divorcing the impossible Draco Malfoy, Astoria Greengrass is preparing for her perfect wedding to the perfect Roger Davies. The only possible thing that could mar her day is the need to accommodate a journalist and a photographer from The Prophet
Then her sister turns up with her ex in tow, and Astoria realises her day is not going to be quite so 'yar' after all.
This story has been written for Lori (Weasley Mom) who is a big fan of the film The Philadelphia Story.This story has been inspired by that film. If you haven't seen the film, then you should because it's a classic.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, Philip Barry or Katherine Hepburn.
Thank you, Natalie, for the beta work.
** - indicates a line from the film High Society.
Summary: “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.” ~Grace Pulpit
It’s been four years since the Fall of Voldemort, and the wizarding world has slowly returned to the peaceful time it had before the war. Life goes on, and those who perished are remembered by those who didn’t. But Draco Malfoy has found that instead of things improving, his lot in life only got worse. Ostracized by wizarding society, coping with the death of his father, and struggling to shape a new identity for himself, Draco decides to move to London. He applies for several jobs in the Ministry, and is hardly surprised when nearly all of them turn him down. But when one Department grudgingly accepts Draco as an employee, he is jarringly placed into close proximity with a young woman named Evelyn Longstone. That seemingly random placement will turn his entire world upside down.
Summary: Draco Malfoy never thought he would get s second chance. But after he receives a letter inviting him to finish his education at Hogwarts, he is thrilled, but still scared of the reception he will get. He thinks he will be all alone.
Astoria Greengrass makes sure this is not the case.
As the year goes on, Draco and Astoria get closer and closer, and Draco realises that maybe he does deserve a Second Chance...
Summary: Draco has never heard of Astoria Greengrass. Nor has anyone else for that matter.
They meet one night at her sister's engagement party and while she may be troubled and detached, Draco quickly finds himself worryingly obsessed. But Astoria has a secret, one that the Greengrass family have kept buried since her childhood and one that she is ever-desperate to escape.
A war had raged; everyone had felt alone and afraid at some point. And when it was over, most people went back to business as usual, but two of those haunted souls found respite from the most unlikely of sources.
After all, who doesn't need a little bit of catharsis?
Summary: When Draco Malfoy fled from Hogwarts on that fateful night at the end of his sixth year, he left behind a piece of his soul in more ways than one. Not only did plotting murder steal his innocence, but it forced him to leave behind the girl he loved, and surely a Gryffindor like Lavender Brown could never understand why he had to do it?
Summary: Draco Malfoy stood in front of the mirror and studied his reflection closely. Flicking some invisible dust off his shoulder, Draco was satisfied. He knew he looked the part; it was just that the guests didn’t know which part he was playing.
Draco Malfoy is about to get married. The wedding has been planned for months, a union between the class of the Malfoys and the new money of his bride. His parents are delighted.
But Draco, possibly for the first time in his life, is about to defy them.
I am Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry in The Weddings Challenge - category Surprise Wedding - in the Great Hall Challenge.
Thank you so much to Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this story in record time.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. I'd love to be, but alas, she has far more talent.
Summary: “Or had it begun when he insistently seemed to find one way or another to shun her aside, as if she were no longer of any significance to him? As if there was never a point in time when she was? As if it had always been a one-sided affair?”
Summary: Draco Malfoy was in a mess. His father was determined to get their stance back in the wizarding world, even if it meant ruining his son's life. Draco needed to find a way to stop his father's disgusting plans, and fortunately, he found just the answer: Astoria. The solution? Pretending to be engaged to Astoria when they're truly not, so that his father doesn't get him married to some Mudblood.
But what happens when this little game called pretend turns into something more? Will it be too late before they both realize their feelings for each other?
Summary: Astoria returns to visit her father at the Malfoy Manor during the war. Draco is very interested in getting to know her, and they talk about the faces they keep for the public. Astoria gives him some very important advice.
Summary: Amber Mason is in her sixth year at Hogwarts. Being a hot head with a short attention span and a fiery temper, its not surprising when she gets herself into trouble with her peers early in the school year.
However a chance meeting with Draco Malfoy changes everything, and Amber is forced to put her loyalty to her friends, her family and to Draco to the test as secrets are revealed and everyones choices bare shocking consequences.