This is an average story, but so completely ridiculous that I find it extremely funny, so great job at the setting and plot!!
Author's Response: Thankies. ^_^
Author's Response: Thanks. ^_^
I am pretty much as against the D/G ship as you can be; your title, however, really drew me in. I mean, "Holiday Mischief?"
Anyways, I'm glad I read it. I think the best thing about this story is that it makes ideal use of the "Alternate Universe" feature, while keeping both characters honest to themselves. While we don't really know anything about this "AU," there are enough differences to make it interesting. It really leaves you questioning - ie: What happened to Harry? What happened to Voldemort? - but not so much that I was distracted. It was interesting how they were chasing Death Eaters (or some Dark Wizards) and that Draco was an Auror - it doesn't say what year this is, or how old the characters are. Plenty of mystery!
Draco's irritability, sarcasm, dryness (and slight cockiness) were well-played. I like the line "Are you happy? My blood saved us!" I can just imagine him being bitter and whiny about that. Besides that, how he kept calling her "Freckles!" AND how she didn't stop him after the initial protest. Ginny's responsive annoyance and indignance with Draco fit her well.
And then the end:
“Yes,” Ginny responded straight-laced, never averting her eyes from his.
“my arse certainly appreciates your efforts.”
“Dear Merlin,” the hairy wizard moaned, rolling his eyes for effect. “Would one of you two please Obliviate me?"
Hahahahaha oh my goodness I literally laughed at loud and had to put down my computer. That was just so...i don't know, silly but perfect? It was the right way the lighten the tone. I think, if nothing else, Draco and Ginny would be an equal battle of wits and smirks and you showcased that well.
I'm not sure if I would have liked this so much had it not been AU, but that really made all the difference in giving their characters a chance to develop in slightly different ways that allowed this situation to happen.
In other words, I really like it.
Author's Response: Lol, I'm glad you liked it. Thank you so much for such a lovely review. This story really had to be AU because of the challenge - also, I only had twenty minutes to write this, so I think it turned out okay, accordingly. ^_~
To answer some of your questions, in my mind, this AU is Post-Hogwarts and pretty much everything is canon except that Ginny is not dating Harry yet - so this allows some flirting between she and Draco. ^_~ And that's why they're chasing Dark Wizards as opposed to Death Eaters (since Voldie's dead).
I'm also glad that you found Draco and Ginny to be in character. I made Draco a little more sentimental than usual, but I figured it was allowable for the holidays. ^_~
Thank you so much for the review - and Merry Christmas! ^_^
You do have a way with these two! I loved it. The dialogue was fantastic - just so fun and snappy, with nice little bits of humour and flirting. Great stuff. Good scene, too - I could see them working as Aurors together. I assume you have a whole alternate history worked out for them? Great ending, although I was almost rooting for them to kiss - it seems you like to tease. Lovely story, Lia - Merry Christmas to you as well!
Author's Response: Me, a tease? Hehe. Thanks, Gina. I love it when you review. I know it's unlike me to not have them kiss at the end, so I might have to add a sequel - maybe a New Years Kiss? ^_~ I'm glad you liked the dialogue too - it was a fun, quick write. And a Merry Christmas to you, love. ^_^
I was delighted to see the announcement of your new story in my inbox. I was disappointed because the weather's too bad to go out shopping so I'm stuck at home. This halfways made up for everything. Now if I could find some rum to put in my eggnog and decorate my little pink tree that would totally make it all better:D I loved it when the Dark Wizard rolled his eyes and begged them to obliviate him because he couldn't stand to watch them flirt. I think Draco's a little more sentimental than he cares to admit. I think he expected to to be invited to Ginny's holiday festivities. Maybe they'll get together for New Year's. Excellent one-shot. I love how you write Draco.
Author's Response: Thank you. ^_^ I'm glad you liked it. This was one of my twenty minute ficlets I wrote at work. I felt it was a little rushed, but I agree that it had some amusing moments. It's always nice to write a more sentimental Draco, who hates to show it. ^_~ And he definitely was jealous of not being invited to Ginny's festivities. Hehe.
So, have you found that rum yet? ^_~