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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)
murklinsmurklins on August 22nd, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
I do love it when your writing is gritty. I love the romps, too, of course -- and they have a certain grit of thier own. But you capture the seediness and meanness of life so effortlessly, without ever making me despair completely -- there is still joy and love, perhaps fiercer for being opposed. You get the balance just right, somehow. I don't know how you walk that tightrope, but I never once think that you'll falter.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Phew, that was some awesome feedback. Seriously, I don't know where to put my face. ♥

I have to say, I think grittiness for the sake of grittiness is pointless. I like resolution in any story; I just don't think it has to be perfect, lovey-dovey romantic resolution. If something can go right for a character that was previously going wrong -- that's how I play it.

I don't know how I keep the balance either. I guess it's like asking the centipede how he dances. :D
(no subject) - murklins on August 24th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
JR: escribas másevalangui on August 22nd, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
ohgodohgodOhGOD. *is in the happy place* Wait! I haven't read yet, in fact, I found out about his because Painless_j recced it, which means that it's not only by you but recced by her. I think I'm going to ration it so it will last(though, 71.000 words? WOW)

*Off to read*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know! I have a talent for rambling, if nothing else. Hope you have fun!
(bumble)beecancrine on August 23rd, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
This is signficantly long! In fact, I think it's the longest thing I've read in months besides DB (which you recced in the first place). Except I haven't even read it yet. I'm excited though - screw short stories, I want more than 3,000 words of porn. I'll take 71,000, thanks.

(By the way, how long have you been secretly stuffing this down your pants?)
(bumble)beecancrine on August 24th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
I think one of the biggest things you'll be critiqued for with this fic is that all your reviewers had to go off and cry for an hour before coming back. I secretly believe this is why you're so wanton about feedback: you kill all your readers before they get a decent chance to reply.

As such, when they do come back, they either spout curse words and offer sexual favors, or don't shut up. One one hand, option one is both succinct and impossible to misunderstand (unless they're offering you sex to keep your hands from a keyboard, which... no), but this fic is just too good to not reply to coherently.

So: I loved it. You'd think that after seven plus years of fanfiction we'd have exhausted all of the potential ways in which these boys could interact, and yet you find a new one every time. I love the way this starts, too - no-one telling me why Draco Malfoy is in Egypt selling kitsch, his body, and a pack of lies but rather showing me. He's so convincing as a character that no explanation was really necessary for why he did all of the unreasonable things he did; and really, when does anyone ever have an honest explanation for their actions? Who wants to make decisions?

And Harry, oh, Harry. The fact that he knew all along that it was Draco 'interviewing' him makes me want to reread the whole thing again to see if I can tell that he did. The man/boy juxtaposition really did it for me, though; maybe it was the innocence-without-naivete, but I think it was honestly that most of Harry at 17 was 25. His body finally fit his age to a great degree - he may have missed ''the horniest years of his life'', but he's still seen more people die, and killed more people, than most of the world's twenty-somethings.

The best part, though, was the ending and all the ambiguity preceding it. No happy or tragic ending could've done it for me. This way, we just don't know and it's so much better for that simple choice - I'll probably reread it again and again and supply a different ending each time. I did think, though, that the Blaise fanatacism was handled a bit clunkily. Up until the epilogue I believed it, but then it seemed a little bit too rushed for me. Maybe there weren't enough signs before then, but I won't be able to pinpoint exactly what it was until I reread it. I really like the concept, though, that regardless of what happens to Harry Potter, Boy Hero As Long As There's A Camera Trained On Him, evil dictators will come and go.

That's what made Interview with the Hero so good: it was intriguing enough to make me start it, and real enough to keep me reading. Thank you for that, and sorry that I blathered on for so long - I'm making up for a few years of fandom silence.
(no subject) - scoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Forever flirting with sanity: SexyDracodacro on August 23rd, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this. I enjoyed your OCs so much, and the style was perfect.
I pimped on my journal. I hope that's all right.

Well done!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'm glad you liked my OCs. They are precious to me.

Are you kidding? Pimping is my crack. Thank you. ♥
(no subject) - dacro on August 24th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Melanie: Mika } Night sky4am_secret on August 24th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Oi, I'm doing that thing I hate doing, where I try for coherency when I'm all emotional and teary. But I'm afraid that if I don't tell you how much I loved this now, there'll be too many comments and it'll be too hard for me to remember if I told you or not ;)

Unfortunately, when I started this I had completely forgotten how incredibly GOOD you are at breaking my heart. Just like everyone else, I'm sure, I want more than anything to believe that Angus' vision at the end is really what happens, because I can't bear the thought of what Harry and Draco had already gone through ending any other way.

Not that I wasn't amazed at the situations you put them in. I loved how nonchalant Draco could be, even in the midst of what a mess he'd made of his life. It was interesting, watching him make one believable mistake after another, even knowing he was going to get caught. I really liked the part where he was imagining all the different ways it could happen :)

Really, this is probably one of my absolute favorite Draco's yet. I love the emphasis here and there about his not being all that attractive, a really nice contrast to so many other fics that paint him as such an 'ethereal beauty'. Everything about him in this felt more real.

Very interesting twist with Hermione and Ron. It was hard enough for me to adjust to that, made me sympathize with Harry all the more for just how much that had to have gotten to him. They're both such different people, but they're just ENOUGH themselves to make the difference that much more painful.

Oh, and onions... that part... no words. ♥
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 24th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all these lovely comments! Not everything about the story was perfect, I readily admit that -- but I'm glad the balance was in my favour mostly.

That's why ambiguous endings are your friends -- you're totally able to have them mooching around the Caribbean for the rest of their lives, if you so choose. ♥

Heh, and I never could write an awesomely beautiful character. It's lame, but beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Eg: Jessie Metcalfe does NOTHING for me. People can be good-looking, but it's what you feel about them that really bestows them with beauty -- or not.

I quite liked the onions myself!
4rightchords_ on August 25th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
I haven't even looked at the prologue yet (although let it be known that I will defeat this monster fic over the next few days), but aigh. your output brings me to my knees, madam, both in volume and quality, and I have no doubt this will live up to any and all expectations.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 25th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Ha, I can definitely vouch for quantity, but quality -- not so much. Hope you enjoy it some!
Chesty la Ruehogwartshoney on August 25th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
Okay, so I've only read the prologue... but I gotta say... I'm so far beyond merely being 'intrigued' that it doesn't even have a word!
I love that we, the readers, are almost totally in the dark as to what's really going on, and like Achilles, we're only given glimpses, confusing snippets that leave us wanting more.
Looks like a sleepless night for me! with 16 chapters and an Epilogue! Wonder how many I'll get done tonite!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 25th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
It's always good to hear that the beginning is intriguing -- it's the only hook you have with which to tempt readers! I hope you find the rest equally so. ♥
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worst-case-scenario girlfacecat on August 25th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
I loved this fic. It was hard to stop reading and now I have to catch up at work (bad girl that I am). Altho I'm usually the sap for happy endings I like the ambiguousness of the ending-it would seem that Harry & Draco at least left together if not stayed together. There is one part I did not understand tho:
“What form of abasement is to be my payment for my life?"

Harry slipped off him. Draco felt curiously bereft, for all that he could now breathe freely once more. "I've already extracted it."

"You have?" Draco pursed his lips. Crushing him a bit was hardly the most degrading of punishments. Then again, who knew what that meant to a Gryffindor, and a hero to boot?

Harry smiled, a sweet unfurling that stopped Draco's breath midway to his lungs. Harry reached out and placed his finger against Draco's cheek -- against the far finer and lighter stubble, and paler-than-pale skin.

Draco sucked in a gasp of air, swelling his cheeks against Harry's finger. Harry's smile deepened.

My God, Draco thought dazedly, the boy is good.

"But I don't even like onions," he whispered.

Harry shrugged -- a lopsided movement when seen on the horizontal plane. "You'll adjust." A minute pause, during which Harry's fingers tentatively splayed across Draco's face, feeling for every dip and pock. "I did."”

I've read this part over & over & just am not getting it.

I've read thru the other comments & agree with most of them. Your characters & characterizations were excellent. Draco makes no apologies for how he is &, I think in his way, neither does Harry. Angus was excellent...etc. etc. OK - I could go on & on - you get the point. Adding to memories, printing out to read again & reccing wherever I can. Will also have to check out your other fics. Thanx for this.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Armageddonscoradh on August 25th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I'm not quite sure what part of that you're confused about, but:

Harry knows who Draco is; he's willing to let Draco go, which surprises Draco, so he asks what Harry wants in return. Harry said he's already got what he wanted; Draco assumes this is lying on top of him and making it hard for him to breathe as he can't think of anything else. Actually what Harry means is that Draco has fallen for him and he knows it -- that's his 'payment.'

Glad you enjoyed the rest!
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winningstreak on August 26th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Bloody hell.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 26th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
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(no subject) - scoradh on August 27th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
doublu on September 20th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Um... I don't know how to write insightful, articulate feedback, so I will just say that I read this late into the night and couldn't sleep for a while afterwards because my mind was whirling. Not many things affect me that way but this was just that awesome.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on September 20th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
Not many things affect me that way but this was just that awesome.

Haha, that's my idea of a good review! :D Thanks for reading. ♥
the milk in your coffee: Lance.Reichen.Crazydrabble_queen on October 1st, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I absolutely loved this! Your interpretation of Harry, sad and with no magic is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on October 1st, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Nicoleterkey on October 13th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
Christ! How did I miss this being posted? I'm glad to know it was, and now I need to read it and see how the final version turned out. What else did I miss on my recent sabbatical?
penguin88penguin88 on November 6th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
You are the queen of awesome.

You continue to amaze as you pump out these fantastic epic slash fics. Yet all of your epics are unique to the last detail. And so detailed! The amount of description in this fic had me breathless - you just don't forget any character or event. You show the blending of the wizard and muggle worlds seamlessly. I love how you've shown Draco's adaption into the real world. He is still as clever as ever, but he also is prone to underestimating those around him. His coping skills are well suited towards his character - his independence and manipulations are brilliant and very Draco.

However, it is the interactions between Harry and Draco that steal the show. I love the way that you show Draco's gradual seduction by Harry's innocence and simple desires. His confusion about himself is a nice touch and I especially like his contest of wills with Hermione's son. Speaking of the lad, I think that he is one of my favorite OCs that I have encountered in this fandom. He just fits so well into the world that you have created. Hermione and Ron's bitter past is not so much startling as sad, and I love the detail about the different hair on some of the children.

Thank you for writing and for sharing - this is brilliant! Take care!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue kissscoradh on November 6th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, so much for your kind words. As per usual, I am made of bashfulness in the face of all these compliments. Thank you is all I can manage -- but thank you from the heart!
cairo_39cairo_39 on November 22nd, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
Your fan-fic was so irrestible that I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning to finish it... on a school night, which means that I had a total of 3 1/2 hours of sleep. CURSE YOU! But it was really worth it. One of the much better Harry/Draco fics out there. You didn't have any fluff in there, and I totally love that in a fic. Your ending was so unique. All of the questions weren't answered outright, but left to the imagination. It was frustrating and really great at the same time! You did a fantastic job.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 27th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Re: Speechless!
Thank you! And I'm sorry I deprived you of sleep. ♥
Black Silkpervyunitwins on August 27th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
That was very, very wonderful. I loved it. Is it possible to think that the ending was absolutely perfect and still be a bit disapointed at the way it ended? But I loved the way you created this wondrous character, Angus. He was just perfect. My vocabulary is coming up short so I will stop here and just tell you once again how much I loved this story.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 27th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! And some people were outraged by the ending, so don't worry, I can handle a little disappointment.