Hey there!! Here for the Hot Seat, sorry I'm late!! I seriously NEED to get better at this, lol… OMGosh, Hayden, this was SO amazing though!! Talk about an unexpected plot twist!! I seriously love the way that you write. Your style is so poetic, and it flows so incredibly well. I've never read anything so unique in fanfiction before., and I quite like It a LOT! Like, I could read your writing all day, if time would allow, haha!! =D
I'm not sure what the job was that kept Harry away fro so long, but it must have been horrible. I feel so bad for him, having to stay away from his life for so long in the name of work. You conveyed his emotion so well all throughout this piece, and the suspense buildup in the beginning was really good as well. I was so nervous to see Draco's reaction to finding out that Harry was alive. I wish that scene could've been a little bit longer, but what you have fits perfectly with the style of the piece overall. I'm probly just being greedy and wanting more Draco, haha!! =P
I'll be honest, I've never read a Draco/Harry fic before. But I loved this story so much!! You guys both really did an amazing job with the prompts on this challenge. Everything was so well executed. Really brilliant job!! ♥♥
Oh! Harry's alive! Oh my gosh! That's definitely not what I expected. The style of this second chapter was so different from the first that I read it twice just to check that I understood what was happening. I'm so happy that Harry is back with Draco, but I also really thought he'd died, so I'm super thrown off!
I think you did a good job with this chapter showing the guilt that Harry felt for leaving Draco, but I was still a little unclear on why he did it. It seemed like it was part of a work assignment? But what sort of Auror job would make you break up with your boyfriend? Was he pretending to be dead? I'm unsure.
I do wish this story went on longer! I think you really do show a great relationship between Draco and Harry, and I would love to read more. Thanks for writing!
I am so incredibly happy that I found this story. I can't wait to read the next chapter. Honestly, this was so lovely. You hit every high and low emotion there is, and I have to applaud you.
Your characterization of Harry and Draco is spot on, and I loved that you had Draco's Slytherin friends at the beginning and the compassion they showed for him. I loved the evolution of Draco and Harry as individuals and how they came to see each other differently to the point where they could be together.
The writing here is fabulous. I was smiling at Draco's antics and then holding back tears from line to line. I fell in love with this funny, happy Draco who likes to joke and flirt and be a better person than he was as a teenager. And the way you portrayed his grief was so potent and realistic. It tugged at my heart to see his desperation over losing Harry. I don't blame him in the slightest for his grief still being so powerful five months later -- in my own experience, it can last much longer than that.
I also loved the parallelism with Valentine's Day and its importance to their friendship and subsequent relationship. It made me want to see their life closer up, rather than just the lens after Harry's passed away.
Overall, this has been amazing so far, and I'm so glad I found it. Thanks for writing this so I had the pleasure of reading it! On to the next chapter!
Hmm, that is interesting about the worn furniture. You would think Draco's parents would give him the money to buy whatever he wanted, given that they bought brooms for the entire Slytherin team just so that he could get onto the team.
I thought it was a Muggle camera Colin Creevey had and a special potion that developed the photos so that they would move, not a special wizarding camera. Although, of course, now that we are in the 21st century, we don't really develop photos any more or if we do, it's through those computery things rather than the way it was done in the 1990s.
It must be SO much more complicated for Muggleborns now than in Harry's day actually, with the internet and other technologies SO central to everybody's lives.
I like the way Harry's breakup with Ginny is mentioned. It makes sense for Harry. He isn't the sort of person who would go into work complaining about his wife/girlfriend leaving him.
It also make sense that Harry would die young. It's really sad, after he survived the war, that he would die later but still young, but being an Auror is a dangerous job, even in peacetime and Harry is the sort of person who takes risks.
Your ending is so sad.
There was a lot about Draco that changed. He's upwards of thirty or thirty-five in this fic and has gotten used to a comfortable life where things became old and worn and it didn't bother him because he didn't really notice. It was his and Harry's place and that was all that mattered.
I honestly don't remember for Colin. I couldn't find my book and I wrote this on a deadline, so I had to use the Wiki to help me and all it really said was that he was amazed he could take moving pictures, but I am pretty certain about the big, bulky camera part and if it WERE a muggle camera, he had a very old one because there was really no reason for cameras to be so big, especially in the 90's. I really need to find my books...
I actually thought about that! I had a challenge a while back for magic gone viral, but I didn't get any entries, but it was based on just that- technology in this day and age and what would happen if it caught magic on camera.
:) I didn't think so, either. I'm glad you agree.
Die might be a strong word... XD
Thank you so much for reading!