I'm a recent college graduate with a great job and an even better hobby - writing Dramione fanfiction! I pretty much write that pairing exclusively, not counting side pairings, of course. I find the chemistry and tension between both Draco and Hermione absolutely intoxicating and there's a lot to work with as far as plot and character go. I love love love the canon pairings (JKR can do no wrong!) but she already wrote them so well that I feel like anything I try to do will fall short. :)
Likes: Kittens, puppies, Johnny Depp, movies, music (rock, alternative, pop, and electronic), musicals, Glee, writing, reading, laughing, baking, and being surrounded by awesome.
Dislikes: Clowns, centipedes, ants, guns, boring-ness-ism.
"The Reminder" was my first HP fanfic attempt. I'm quite fond of it.
"An Aversion to Change" was my second. I love this one, too, and it's pretty darn successful.
"The Resilient" is the sequel to "Aversion." It is completely written and, recently, fully posted. The banner is by the super-awesome CoolCatElly!
(link here: http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb215/CoolCatElly/Theresilient2-1.jpg)
I have a few other ideas that I'm working on, but nothing that will be posted (or even finished...) before "The Resilient" is done.
I am also kicking around the idea of an original fiction, but it will be eons before that even gets close to being interesting to anyone but me. :)
I love reviews (like every author), so you should probably leave one! :)
Enjoy, and thanks for reading!!
Draco Malfoy has been delegated an impossible task from the Dark Lord—to lure Harry Potter to his death, Draco must do the inconceivable—make Hermione Granger fall in love with him, and should he fail, at a terrible cost...his life and his parents' lives. What at first is a heinously and humiliatingly impossible task turns into an unexpected connection with the girl he has always regarded as a Mudblood...but somehow, blood purity loses its significance when true feelings are involved.
A story of forbidden fruit, disturbing dreams, reluctant redemption, secrets and lies, self-discovery, and choosing between what is right and what is easy.
|Takes place during HBP|If you read, leave a review! :)|
Nice chapter. Kinda surprising that Draco quit Quidditch - I would've thought that all the extra stress of his 'mission' would necessitate an outlet. Although maybe you've found a more...*interesting* outlet for tension. ;)
Draco lifted his head in cold surprise as he packed away his things. 'Cold surprise'...great adjective use! And I loved how you slipped how Bellatrix was in love with Voldemort in there! Good touch. Nice DH Snape reference too. You wrote his character pretty well.
Critiques: Ah, this is one that I hate, but length! I want moooore! Hahaha. Don't worry too much about it, though; there's only so much you can do, and what's written is written.
It was a little redundant at parts: like when Snape was talking about Aunt Bellatrix (so weird to type that...) and you said that she was his aunt several more times after that.
Good chapter - keep it up!
Author's Response: I actually debated on having Draco quit Quidditch, but I needed a catalyst for Harry to develop an intense and suspicious curiosity about him, as he does in the HBP. And Draco won\'t be gone from Quidditch as much as you think! I felt very sly putting in Bellatrix in the chapter, hehe. I felt still slier for insinuating Snape\'s love for Lily. Hmm, is it okay to admit how sly I feel when I write? Snape is a character I find challenging to write, so I\'m glad you think I did okay on that. I agree, \"Aunt Bellatrix\" looks totally weird, but Snape calls Bellatrix to Draco in their conversation in HBP, so I thought I\'d make him call her that. Oh, and if I leave you wanting more, I\'m doing my job well! Thanks for your detailed review! :)
Hm, interesting chapter. Action was good, dialogue intriguing, but I couldn't help but feel that Hermione was a bit OOC. I can't exactly pin it - could be the way that she was demanding things from Draco. Like, I know that she's a woman on a mission and she's going to do whatever needs to be done, but somehow confronting Draco in this way didn't seem right. Could be too impulsive. Could've been the threats. They didn't seem quite right - maybe not strong enough for her. I don't know. Just hone her character, I guess.
I do like Draco's reaction to it all. When he recalls the dream... its blood, ice, and anguish Good powerful words. Nice usage. I don't know if he would've shown her the Dark Mark, but at the same time, if his mission is to get closer to her, then this is a good way to do it. And she's walking right into it. A momentary lapse of judgment for our heroine, I think.
capacious depths Cool wording. In fact, I liked that whole paragraph. I thought it was a good kind of 'Lion King' moment (if you'll excuse the reference). Man looks into reflective surface, sees something not usually seen, which invokes emotion. Yes, very good indeed. :)
Overall, pretty good. Watch your Hermione, but other than that, yeah, pretty good. Keep it up!
Author's Response: Another wonderful review..:) I do have an explanation for Hermione\'s \"OOC-ness...\"we all know that Hermione is known for \"knowing everything\", so when she doesn\'t, she\'ll try to dig up information (for example, researching elf slavery in GoF), but in this case as Draco pointed out at the end of the chapter, the \"library can\'t help you\". If she wants answers, she\'ll only be able to get them from him. So naturally (or maybe not naturally, haha), she\'ll go straight to the source for the information!She knows Draco\'s up to something, and she wants to know what! (In your next review, maybe you could tell me if you think this explanation is plausible). Draco showing Hermione the Dark Mark was a moment of weakness, which he immediately regretted after he did (he\'s done this before in canon when he alarms the hell out of Harry by actually crying to Moaning Myrtle). I\'m really happy that somebody liked the flashback to the dream, because I added that in last minute out of inspiration. :) And yes, the \"momentary lapse of judgment\" is indeed a very good way to phrase our two characters here. :) Haha, \"Lion King\" moment? I really love that reference, because I\'ve always loved Simba! Thanks for reviewing again! :)
Author's Response: In my haste to address everything you said, I forgot one thing...Hermione threatening people is not the sort of thing she\'s accustomed to doing, but as we know, when pushed to her last nerves, Hermione can be unpredictable (let us revert to that wickedly funny moment when she smacks Draco across the face--teehee). Your reaction to Hermione\'s threat was the same as my fanon Draco\'s--skepticism. Hence the goading from Draco! :) Thanks for your input once again. :)
“It’s our rule not to dredge up past things, remember?”This rule is about to be broken.
~Inspired by a worldwide beloved film.
Ah, Joanna, you've done it again! I'm permanently hooked to this story! I love the little things you've done: Joanna Bowling, for instance, in the first chapters. I nearly fell off the couch - what a brilliant touch! And that moment after the explosion when Draco got Lia and Hermione got Callie was so awesome! You have a real gift for writing children. Callie and Lia here, and Lucy in "Somebody Bends." They're so sweet but such little devils! :)
I think it's time to tell us what actually happened between Draco and Hermione. I'm dying to know!! How could she be filled with such hatred for the man who has taken care of Callie and obviously loves them both!
Looking forward to an update!!
I am going to deliver an entire BAKERY to you for this chapter!! Out so soon after the other, and then so heartbreaking! I was wondering if Hermione had ever nursed Callie and how the whole infant care thing was handled. Hermione really robbed herself, didn't she? All those memories with Lia but mere pictures of Callie. And Draco, too, having to choose a daughter just to never see the other again. Merlin, I may write physical torture, but this is emotional agony and therefore about one billion times worse.
Oh, it all makes me so angry at them. They should have tried! I don't care if they were upset! And signing in blood?? Honestly, Draco should have said something. Idiots, the pair of them.
And yet, both Callie and Lia are well adjusted (if not devious) kids, and I have faith in them, Because if anyone can fix a broken Dramione, it's those two. :)
Author's Response: I'm thinking of co-authoring with you so you can let out your anger and frustration at D and H by perhaps making C and T hang them up on the ceiling by their toenails. :D Muhahah. Oh, your review is so spot-on and inspiring, thanks, dearest!
Oh gosh, Draco's flashback was too precious. "But I doubt she loved your poor daddy, because if she did, she wouldn’t have walked away from me, would she? Wouldn’t have turned us out and preferred to not see you than see me." Oh that just about killed me! And I think I may call my future spawn "pretty little puffskeins" - such an adorable endearment!
I am curious to find out why Lia isn't more upset. I'll admit, I'd definitely be taking the "Callie" approach to this whole situation, but I guess someone needs to the reason to her passion. Just like their parents! Aw!
Great chapter, of course, but too short! Don't keep us waiting too long! ::gestures to field of minions:: :P
Author's Response: I had several close calls with your minions, I'll have you know. I think I need a smoker. :P Callie was due an explosion. Maybe Lia will also have her turn. Quien sabe. You're right, they're sort of countering each other, a dynamic between them-- when one's angry, the other's calm. Unless they're pissed off at each other, that is, hehe. Or maybe they just take it in turns to be the cool and collected twin. Will update with a longer chapter later! It doesn't help that my slave-driver (you) is diverted with the dramione remix, too, you know! Haha. Goodness, nothing's as bad to a story as a new story, you agree, Mel? :D
Oh, those two vixens have done it now. Clever Gred and Forge pranks, of course, but your end note (with the agreement's wrath being triggered) has me feeling antsy about what will come next. And only seven more chapters? Seven?? Gah, that's not nearly enough! I want mooooooore! Hahahaha
In other news....
“Oh, I wish.” Hermione kept her eyes on the game. She pretended that her eyes itched a little because of the wind. “I haven’t really gone out at all. Julius just asked to see me about some things from the Ministry. I went just so he’ll stop hounding me.”
“We were young. We are young. Hell. Was it-- did you have a hard time during those first years? I didn’t ruin your life, did I?” - I feel like this bit could've used more of a transition. I had to re-read a few times to make sure my eyes didn't skip. But I liked their Quidditch scene (though Hermione should've said yes, obviously...).
You've set up a lot in this chapter - Albus' plotting, Hermione's roses, Draco's (ahem) admirers, and Quillian's and Priscilla's tete-a-tete. I'm very excited to see where it all goes!!
And I'm off to read "Abduction." Eeeee, so excited!!
Author's Response: All this is thanks to your prodding and support, you know! Thank you, Melissa-kins! Yep, only seven more, and then it's Lucie's turn! You'll have to play slave-driver again on me on that one, or else I might take a vacation again. :D "Oh I wish," pertains to Hermione wishing that Callie does have her mother, as Draco said. Does that clear it, Mel? Next chapter is half done! *hugs
I do like the build up and am very satisfied with this chapter, as well as your use of the word "misdemeanants," which, in my self-absorption, I am choosing to take as an an in-story shout-out. LOL. Anyway, I'll tell my minions to buzz off (HA! Get it?! Bee-related puns... Who knew it was my forte??) and the honey cookies are en route!
Draco's proposal was sweet-ish, but who adds "cow" to the end of a proposal?? He gets so discombobulated around her! It's hilarious. I like that Hermione is actually considering it, too. For Callie, she says, but it'll be for her, too, in the end. She'll see that. She'd better. ::shakes fist::
Menis just screams "scumbag" and I can't wait to see what you do with/to him. And the Polyjuiced conversations will be great. Will they go home with their opposite parents for the hols?? Maybe Grandmas Weasley and Malfoy will discover their secret?? Or maybe they'll remain one big, happy family at Hogwarts, with a family picnic (in the snow, why not?) thrown in for good measure?? Whatever you decide, I know it will be good!! :)
Author's Response: *munches the honey cookies* Yes, that's an in-story shout-out, and I'm so glad you saw it, Miss Bee, if only because of your self-absorption, hehe! :D My gosh, you are a treasure. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Mel. You noticed what I wanted to be noticed. *nods fervently* *shrugs and winks*
Lady, lady, get out of my head!! I was seriously going to e-mail you this morning to prod (threaten) you about updating, and then I see this gem in my inbox! It was a lovely surprise, and makes me think that maybe we have matching scars somewhere that allows us to communicate. A crescent moon on your wrist, perhaps? A gash on your knee? Lol!
"He had set them to prepare whatever potion they pleased and then proceeded to insult their choices until they were all of them furiously stabbing their sopophorous beans for the Draught of Living Death." HA! Channeling Snape much?? That seems totally right for him.
Oh those two devious brats! Love them, love them, love them! And Callie shooing - SHOOING! - Draco away?? Refusing to abandon her sister?! Draco's foul mood, necks cracking, Quillian not getting an inch of reprieve... I was practically crying with laughter!!
"She could simply marry him. It was that simple." Is it really, Draco? Seems like it should be, and Merlin knows I want it to be, but whatever happened between them (I'm burning to know!!) was obviously serious and can't be mended that quickly.
Loved how you handled Callie's female moment. Draco was a mess, as would be expected, and handled it about as well as any man could. Though the "dripping" comment? Sheesh, I could have sent him to Mars without oxygen for that.
Wonderful chapter!! Can't wait to see what you give us next!!
First: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee an update woooohooooooooooooo yayayayayyyyyyy!! ::jigs::
Second: Aw, thanks for the author's note shout out! I'll threaten you any time you need it! In the nicest ways possible, of course. ;)
Third: THE CHAPTER! "I will not allude to, admit or acknowledge my kinship to my other daughter, Thalia, on the possible event that we should meet or be questioned." That's just cruel. Cruel cruel cruel and I hate them both for even thinking of it.
Hagrid! He's always been one of my favorite characters and I think you wrote his interaction with Draco well. Cordial, but not overly so.
Hermione and Draco's interaction was so sweet!! Gosh, I hate them one paragraph, I love them the next. Still doesn't stop me from wanting to knock their heads together and yell at them to quit being so foolish. Ah, well, wouldn't have a story if I could do that, right? And the last thing I want to do is rob you of this wonderfulness. Can't wait for the next chapter!! :D
Author's Response: ::jigs with you!:: Thanks, thanks, thanks, Mel! I love your squeeing and grumbling here. Bwahahaha. :D
Oooh, much longer this time, and wonderfully satisfying! The mistletoe moments were very well-crafted. I like how both Hermione and Draco shared in the kissing. First it was just to break the spell, then it was to emphasize a point, and then they actually missed it! Lovely, lovely, and very fitting for who they are. I'm very excited for this Christmas, too!
"Slytherin traits are the most catching." This is a very interesting point. The Slytherin traits are ambition and cunning. I don't want to include general self-interest, but they aren't Hufflepuff-loyal or Gryffindor-noble. And I think it's much easier to be self-serving than noble or loyal. After all, it's instinctual. Makes me wonder if the people in the other houses are more socially developed than the people in Slytherin. Maybe a nature vs. nurture problem. Hm...
Anyway, I'll save the theorizing for later! Great work - no bees for you this week! :)
I honestly didn't expect this to impact me as much as it did but, I'll admit, I definitely got teary. You write tear-jerkers very well - a lot of good description. I liked how you told the story from Alice's point of view, too: her mindset didn't feel forced or contrived. And poor Neville. He's so tragic, but continues to one of my favorite characters.
A few tips: watch your continuity. In the beginning paragraphs, Neville was sitting on the edge of the bed and then Alice got up and walked to him...Maybe I missed something. Also, I think there was one typo. But just one. Hahah.
Very good, though! I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)
Author's Response: Aw, thank you so much for your comments! Oooh, point taken about the continuity - I shall go change that there. Thank you for your lovely review, it really does mean a lot to me :)
Written for the Tenth Anniversary of the Draco/Hermione ship.
Gah! It doesn't even matter that I've read this twice before, I'm still very much enamored with it! The way you write, the way they interact, the details, the subtleties... It's positively engrossing!!
Author's Response: I'm so glad and tickled and bouncing-on-my-seat pleased, Mel! Thanks again!
Whee! Still loving it. You've added some great touches - the extended conversation about dragons and demons, and there was more to the cliff scene too, I swear it. Perfect, perfect, perfect. You've really managed to capture them both. Their characters are honestly spot-on.
Author's Response: Thanks mucho, my dear awesome beta! I didn't want to bore you on the reread and I wanted you to reread it when it's up, so there we go, hee. :D
:) Lovely, lovely. And onward I go!
:D Beautiful ending. There's such a magic here, but also an all-encompassing realism, especially when the characters touch each other. Or maybe, more specifically, when Draco touches Hermione. It gives me tingles!
This story makes me feel like I've been wrapped in a warm blanket and plopped in front of a hearth with a mug of cocoa and my favorite book during a blizzard. Quite a feat, considering it's June!
Congratulations, darling, on a wonderful piece!!!
Author's Response: Aw, Mel, thank you! I'm so glad. And with such nice words of praise and encouragement, you shared your mug of cocoa with me and added marshmallows and frozen cream topping. :)