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21 August 2006 @ 09:29 pm
HP Fic: Interview with the Hero  
Title: Interview with the Hero
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: R
Word Count: 71,000
Warning: OCs
Disclaimer: JKR is the queen of everything.
Betas: sepiroth01 and terkey, who went above and beyond the call of duty to help me make this fic as good as it could be.
Summary: At the age of twenty-five, Draco is confronted with the past he'd rather not remember and the questions that still need answering. Still, a little Slytherin guile goes a long way. The only problem is that he might discover more than he bargained on about the people he thought he knew.
Author's Note: A very special thank you to jehnt, who consented to making this awesome banner so that I could feel special. (And also because I begged.) Regarding the title: it is a piss-take of -- not a homage to -- Anne Rice's film book.
Dedication: Which is where I get schmoopy. I'd like to dedicate this to a lot of people, but I fear they would then feel obligated to read it. A blanket dedication to everyone who likes/puts up with my writing must suffice.
Feedback: Oh, no thanks. [eyeroll] Seriously -- what do you think?

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Prologue | One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten | Eleven | Twelve | Thirteen | Fourteen | Fifteen | Sixteen | Epilogue
Current Location: crying about Dr Cox
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: Take My Breath Away (Berlin)
not your typical annihilatrixfuriosity on August 21st, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
slakdfjaskldfjaskl YOU ARE AN EVIL WOMAN. EVIL. I can't read this until I finish my LATE LATE LATE SLASHFEST FICS WTF. D: *resists valiantly*

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 21st, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
Sorry! Sorry! (A double apology because I'm cross-posting to serpentinelion.) And the fic is pretty evil, I grant you.

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Two-Thirds Slow, One-Third Amazing.wiser_9 on August 21st, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Ho-hum, it’s my first day of school and lo’ and behold, you’ve just posted this gargantuan fic.

What little resolve I had mustered up this morning, with intentions of being a productive student, appears to be giving way…

I’ve got class in ten minutes…Decisions, decisions.

I’ll be back later to read and review!!! Because I’ve yet to do the latter to many of your fics, to which I’m ashamed of. But I will.

(I haven’t ever commented to any of your posts, btw, so HI!!!!)

ps Sorry for the insanity.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 21st, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
[grin] What I usually do in that situation is save the fun part for after the productive part, as it greatly enhances said productivity. You can imagine how stupid I feel saying that about my own fic, but RL always comes first. (Except when it doesn't.)

Don't worry about the commenting/reviewing! I'm not one for extracting either by main force ... ♥
one minute movie reviewsoneminutemovies on August 21st, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Did I die? Is this heaven?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
No, you need to go back a kilometre and make a right. :P
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Remus Buttplug Face: adamasoda dracolazy_daze on August 21st, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
DUDE! Who is that Draco? He's pretty, and I can see him totally working as Draco for me, even though 99.9% of RL models/actors/etc that people proclaim as ZOMG SO DRACO are a million miles off my Draco.

My brain is hopping around like a ferret on crack at the moment but I am going to force it to sit still because LDHFKJDHG LONG FIC FROM YOU <3
jehnt: hp - draco malfoy - artyjehnt on August 21st, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
Aaron Carter

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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Teehee, your icons are always so appropriate to what you're saying! Must ... stop ... giggling ...
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
[pets] [entices you with Silver Pair recs, instead]

do you ship them? as far as I can see, only Pillar Pair gets better fic written for it. sweet.
Sarah Rees Brennansarahtales on August 22nd, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
I'm not much for time-has-passed or ambiguous endings, but I did love Angus very much, so you get a pass. ;)

Very interesting concept! My particular favourite bits: the description of Harry's frailty, the trombone player joke, and the casual but terrible in-the-past offing of Narcissa Malfoy.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
I guess I have a fondness for ambiguous endings ... or a passive-aggressive subconscious desire to piss people off, I don't know! As for my predilection for future fics, well, I'm a romance writer if I'm anything -- not an action-adventure/fantasy one. Unfortunately. I mean, my idea of dealing with Horcruxes is: MOFO SUMMONING SPELL OMG. Heh.

Mmm, ramble much? Anyway, glad you got something out of it -- have a complimentary Angus!
Chinaechinae on August 22nd, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
I lost my words. Each and every character I loved, and they way it ended yeah, I think I will add my wish with Angus and wish for the same thing.

This was lovely and original.

Thank you.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. I'm sure Draco makes Harry drink pink cocktails. Or maybe not ... :P
Shezan: Aubrey UFO by Katie8787shezan on August 22nd, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
WOOOOF. With sarahtales on the ending - I feel cheated of one chapter, at least; and the mystery of Angus is not given satisfactory deployment; he's syuch an uncanny child at St Mungo's that you want more on him - but apart from that - what a tour-de-force! I love the way Draco slowly changes his mind and the mess he makes of his life. Harry, like him, is imperfect and lovable. I'd like to see more of him and Draco at the end, obviously - instead we get the Blaise dystopia thrown at us like harsh sleet. But really, brilliant work.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hmm, one chapter about what, exactly? I know a real writer shouldn't have to ask that sort of question -- but I'm not that, after all. :D If I can clear anything up, just ask.

As for Harry and Draco ... I daresay you wouldn't like my actual rendition of their relationship any better than Blaise dystopia. I'm quite mean when it comes to romance -- v. cynical at heart, me.
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Geovikigeoviki on August 22nd, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
Ooh! I want to read this right now, but I'll have to wait until I get out of the hospital. Because I haven't even packed or anything. *resists temptation*

This way I'll have something to look forward to!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
[helps you resist, with sticks] You just go and make sure you recover properly. This thing'll be stuck on the internet until the oil runs out. ♥
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on August 22nd, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm feeling all ambivalent about the ending and think I should probably think some more before commenting, but here I go anyway.

I'll start by saying that this was fascinating...the stark realism of it, the believable dialogue between Draco and Harry, the subtle twists and turns of the plot. Your Draco is a consummate Slytherin -- he finds a way to get what he needs when he needs it, and isn't too terribly troubled by morals along the way. Even if I can't say I liked him, I certainly sympathized with him.

I did like your Harry...so unexpectedly fragile, so decidedly unheroic. That scene where they kiss is amazing; again, the realism of it stood out for me -- the vomit breath, the less than perfect kissing, and the slightly bizarre dialogue about the onions. Quirky, just like real life (at least for me!).

It was a bit of a surprise to find that the last chapter before the epilogue ended with Draco tumbling into bed not with Harry but with Stefano; I couldn't imagine what you were going to do with the epilogue.

And there, of course, came more surprises. Angus is quite an unsettling character...not sure what to make of him, or, to be honest, of Stefano and Alexandre. As for the possible future Angus imagines for Harry and Draco -- I want to believe in it, but I don't know that I can. I can see the attraction these two feel for each other, but whether this Harry and this Draco can find lasting happiness...hmmm.

Thanks for entertaining me and making me think tonight! :-)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hee, I wish I could say something intelligent to all of this but, well, Brain On Strike ...

My mother always tells me my humour is quirky. I think this is because she doesn't get it -- but at least she knows it's humour, I guess!

About my only real reason for writing this was to play with the idea of Draco as this morally ambiguous bastard. It was fun. In earlier plans for the story, I'm sure I had him going off with either Achilles or Stefano.

See, my idea of perfect love is the one you experience for a short and impossibly bittersweet time. That's why I love Jack/Rose in Titanic -- I know they're ludicrious and sappy, but the ending makes me tear up every time.

Yet, Jack and Rose don't end up being together for ever, or even very long. IMO that's what keeps the love perfect. I'm sure my parents, for eg, loved each other like that at the start. But love wears out, like clothes or furniture -- and all you're left with is rags and stained cushions. That kind of love does not appeal to my writerly muses.

So if you're really wondering if Harry and Draco found lasting happiness in each other -- of course not. Even if they were together, they'd eventually run out of love. Happiness is a solitary achievement, I've always thought. So maybe they were happy, maybe they loved, maybe they were together -- but none of these events are necessarily linked.

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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I couldn't imagine what there is to write about perfect people -- they have to be the most boring group on the planet. ♥
Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)elucreh on August 22nd, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
*accuses* Hypnotist!

This is twisty and curvy and sad, and yet has such surprising moments of warmth and heat and tenderness and small, small amounts of humour...

Too bittersweet for me to love--because I'm a fluff!whore--but that is actually--you would realise if you knew me--a most enormous compliment to your skill and to the craft of the story.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Fluff? In Harry/Draco? Surely you jest!

Seriously, though, empathic_siren posted just recently about how your world view impacts upon your writing. That's what's up here -- I can't write a love story where everything goes smoothly, or where all you need is love. I don't buy that -- I guess it comes across. A lot. ♥ Thanks for commenting!
Rose: Pure bloodpitchblackrose on August 22nd, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. I just spent hours reading this, and I really, really liked it. I hope you write in RL as well - people like you should be getting paid for their craft :)

I loved the ending - wonderfully fatalistic, so that one couldn't really hope for one conclusion or another - all I could do was to read on, completely accepting the tale as fact. I wasn't wanting for some thing or another to have happened, I was just waiting to find out what had. Does that make sense? :)

Great characterization, wonderful sense for detail, complex relationships in every corner. This story was just incredibly rich and fulfilling. Thank you!

And Gytha was Draco's and Rosaline's daughter, wasn't she? :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
Paid? For laughing. :P I can barely keep up in fandom!

That's a great compliment, thank you! That you got sucked into the story ... it's what you hope for all the time, as a writer.

No -- she was, um, Rosaline and Blaise's ... ? But your theory is better, oh god!
Beck: wizardsgonewild miintswideopenstar on August 22nd, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful. I was completely unable to tear myself away from the computer last night, and read it in one sitting. The whole barreling train wreck of it - I felt like I was reading a Jim Thompson novel or something. I love that the ending was ambiguous, and Angus' role was fleshed out. If everything would've come up roses (Harry's magic restored, Harry and Draco in luuuuvvvv4EVAH), it would have been satisfying, temporarily. As it is, it's one to mull over and far more memorable, IMHO.

Thank you!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Re: wow
I feel the same way about stories -- even ones that weren't all that great. I can still remember loads about Number 9 Dream because of the way it ended, while far worthier books have fallen by my memory's wayside.

I'm glad the ending pleased you. I quite liked it, but ambiguity is not to everyone's taste. Thanks for commenting!