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Tangled Web by Rainpuddle    (Reviews - 107)

It all started with an insult and a stolen kiss, then it became so much more.


Draco and Ginny at Hogwarts. The prequel to And Baby Makes Three.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: None
Era: None
Genres: Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 6 | Word count: 26795 | Read count: 17093 | Published: May 13, 2004 | Updated: Jan 04, 2007
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 09, 2007 Title: Chapter 6: Hogmanay

You know, I remember this story and I've always liked it, but I can tell from the new chapter that it's going to go up many notches from here on out. Your writing has matured and improved, and it's become much more subtle. Your powers of characterization have definitely taken a big leap, and all of the literary transitions feel smoother. These were exactly the things that this fic needed. So I have great expectations for the future :]

Author's Response: This is possibly the nicest review I\'ve ever received! Thank you so much for your kind words. A writer yearns to hear that their writing continues to improve! Thank you again!

Forgive Me For I Have Sinned by Kayumanggi    (Reviews - 41)

During X-mas break, Lucius forces Draco to engage in horrific deeds. The repercussions will come back to haunt the young Malfoy and Ginny Weasley.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: None
Era: None
Genres: Romance, Angst, Drama
Warnings: Sexual Violence, Graphic Violence
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 14 | Word count: 26428 | Read count: 9070 | Published: May 15, 2004 | Updated: Jul 16, 2004
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Date: Dec 16, 2006 Title: Chapter 14: Scent of a Woman

I don't know how long it's been since this story was updated, but I REALLY hope that you continue it. It's turning into something really special by this last chapter. Please think about it!! :)

In My Enemy's Shoes by remedios    (Reviews - 11)

Ginny and Pansy have switched bodies! How terrifying - and yet such a great opportunity for humor!
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: None
Era: None
Genres: Romance, Humor
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 2205 | Read count: 463 | Published: Jan 17, 2005 | Updated: Jan 17, 2005
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Oct 30, 2006 Title: Chapter 1: Eins

You know, this really was a fun first chapter... I wish you'd continue it.

Anything But Secondhand by MrsDanielRadcliffe    (Reviews - 93)

Ginny graduates. Draco attends. Mayhem ensues.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: None
Era: None
Genres: Angst, Humor, Romance, Smut
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 9 | Word count: 18027 | Read count: 13612 | Published: Feb 04, 2005 | Updated: Jan 15, 2006
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Date: Jan 15, 2006 Title: Anything But Secondhand

Um, yes. I agree with the last reviewer. Somehow, Ginny managed to get pregnant without ever having had sex, and even in the magical world, I don't think that's possible.

Oh Dear God: The Smut Cookie by Myanceris    (Reviews - 17)

The Expanded Smut scenes from my fic 'Oh Dear God'. NC-17 rated. AGE WARNING!!! In this fic Ginny is 15 and Draco is 16. If this is a problem to you, Please DON'T READ THE FIC.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: None
Era: None
Genres: Romance, Angst, Drama, Smut
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 2 | Word count: 10542 | Read count: 4307 | Published: Mar 29, 2005 | Updated: May 21, 2005
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Date: Oct 02, 2008 Title: Chapter 2: Amelioration and Absolution

You know, I've always loved these cookies (and always wanted to read the third one!!) But it was really wonderful to go back and reread this time, because I've been so very sad from a cruelly broken heart. :( Sniff. The way that Draco and Ginny relate to each other here gives me hope that love really exists. Thank you for writing these!! (And you know, you could STILL write that third one, you know. ;)

Lucius Malfoy's Good Girl by Anise    (Reviews - 16)

Since childhood, Pansy has known that she's destined for Draco. Trouble is, she hates him, he despises her, and his frustrated desires are turned towards Ginny Weasley, the one person on the face of the earth who is most forbidden to him. This doesn't fit into Lucius Malfoy's plans at all. So one autumn afternoon at the manor, he teaches Pansy a lesson in seduction, lust, and the twisted paths of power...
Category: Long and Completed
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: None
Era: None
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 14518 | Read count: 3042 | Published: Jun 26, 2005 | Updated: Jun 26, 2005
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Date: Jun 26, 2005 Title: Chapter 1: Single

Huh. After I wrote this fic, I guess I DID write non-con in *Unforgivable.* Oh, well, what do you want, consistency?? ;)

Ferrets, Purebloods, and Lies: Draco in HBP by Anise    (Reviews - 63)

Canon proof for D/G! JKRís hidden da Vinci code! Draco as the HBP! Yep, itís all here, and more, in this essay. I decided (with some nudging from Mynuet) that it was now or never, for publishing this thing. Read it, and make of it what you will.
Category: Essays
Rating: Not Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: None
Era: None
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 3 | Word count: 21939 | Read count: 6891 | Published: Jul 05, 2005 | Updated: Jul 22, 2005
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Date: Jul 07, 2005 Title: Chapter 2: Single

Oh yeah. One more thing. There's this quote about St. Lucius: St. Lucius continued the policy of Cornelius in admitting repentant apostates to communion after due penance. Just as Cornelius Fudge re-admitted former Death Eaters to the wizarding community, if they "did penance" by claiming they'd been under the Imperius curse and were forced to do all those awful things. And Lucius Malfoy as MoM, of course, would do the same thing.

Obsession Fulfilled - Revised by madalene3666    (Reviews - 38)

Draco takes the chance to fulfill his obsession.
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: None
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Era: None
Genres: Romance, Drama
Warnings: None
Completed: No
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Chapters: 7 | Word count: 26632 | Read count: 6647 | Published: Aug 27, 2005 | Updated: Sep 05, 2005
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Date: Aug 30, 2005 Title: Chapter 3: The Malfoy Heir

The way you're setting up the tensions in this fic is truly fascinating, because they're real-- they're not based on some stupid misunderstanding, or stubbornness, or any of the motivations we so often see for why Draco and Ginny don't just admit their eternal twu wuv, already. ;) Ginny would never marry Draco in a zillion years of her own free will, and when the love potion wears off, her anger will be fearsome to behold. How can Draco really win her over? And he's obsessed with her, but I don't think this Draco really knows how to love anyone (yet.) So how is he going to learn? Can't wait to see where this goes!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 28, 2007 Title: Chapter 7: The Consummation

I happened to find this again, and you know, I really hope that you DO finish it (although I'm not sure how high my hopes are.) It's such a fascinating story.

Lies by jessica k malfoy    (Reviews - 237)

Draco kidnaps Ginny on the pretense of saving her. WARNINGS: angst, VIOLENCE, abuse, drama, smut, mean & evil Draco, and absolutely no happy endings what so ever!
Category: Long and Completed
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: HBP and below
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Angst, Drama, Smut
Warnings: Blood, Character Death, Graphic Violence, Non-consensual sex, Sexual Violence
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 16 | Word count: 40312 | Read count: 38365 | Published: Sep 05, 2005 | Updated: Oct 31, 2007
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Date: Nov 11, 2005 Title: Chapter 11: The Dinner

Argh! Can we say "unhealthy relationship"? And yet, so compelling. He wants her to save him, and I think that in wanting that, he asks for what no other human being can give him. I honestly have to say that I'm not sure if Draco could even save *himself* at this point. I don't know if there's any power on earth that could save him. Still, he asks it of Ginny, because he must. And she loves him, because she doesn't have any other choice. By this point, it's not that *he* isn't giving her any other choice, but that she really *can't* choose anything else. But what would her feelings really become if she actually could get out of the situation?? So many interesting questions. This has become a seriously complex D/G fic.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Dec 03, 2005 Title: Chapter 12: Changes

Yep, this is definitely the best story you've written yet. The subtleties in both Draco and Ginny's characters are amazing. I'm starting to think that that's really the key to writing well about them. We end up with so many questions about their true characters, because we never see enough of who they really are in their portrayals in canon-- just tantalizing hints. So fanfic about Draco and Ginny has to expand on those hints, and flesh them out, or it really isn't very interesting. Now normally, I have to say that I don't care for pregnant!Ginny fics at all. It usually seems like the author threw it in there because they couldn't really think of what else to do. But here, it makes sense. It ramps up the tension a lot. It throws in so many extra complications. Ginny loves Draco even though she knows what he is and what he does (although I still don't think she knows the worst.) And even if she was "rescued," I don't see how she could ever disentangle herself from him now-- she's going to have his baby!! We can see that this D/G is doomed, and also that Draco is probably doomed (I don't know about Ginny, though.) But we still want to know how it all plays out. It's kinda like watching a train wreck.

Author's Response: You have no idea how much I like reading your reviews. I really love your writing, so it very flattering to know you read what I write. I'm not always crazy about prego!Ginny either, unless it's the point of the story. However, (speaking of trains) you are on the exactly right path. Draco, no matter how he expresses it, loves Ginny, and now she is going to be completely "his". And if she is truely his, then we can assume that those around Draco will have to recognize that, which could be good for Ginny. Possibly. I think I know how this story ends, but I'm not sure, because honestly, what good can come of them? They are doomed, at least in some way. Sometimes it irritates me that I write Ginny giving into him, but I think she knows she doesn't have a choice - it makes her life easier to give into him. And you're right about the rescuing as well. What good would it do her now? Okay, I'll stop now because I'm talking about these characters as if I know them personally! Thanks for the review.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jun 25, 2006 Title: Chapter 14: Expecting

This is the most disturbingly fascinating fic out there right now, without a doubt. This Draco is just so complex. Is he entirely evil? I don't think so, which makes his character worse in a way-- he's yearning towards goodness, but his own actions ensure he will never reach it. For him, Ginny symbolizes all that is good, which I think is why he withdraws from her so much for so long after the wedding, as the things he has to do get worse and worse. I do think he's telling the truth as he sees it when he says he loves her, but he wants something that she could never give him. And Ginny herself is sinking into this very submissive role, but it isn't natural to her, and I don't think it can last forever. I can't think how you're going to end this fic, and there are very few D/G fics I've ever read where that could possibly be said by this point. Keep writing! :)

Misconceptions by Hearts Cadence    (Reviews - 707)

Malfoy is acting suspiciously, and the Trio immediately assumes the worst. However, when Blaise Zabini offers Ginny a different perspective, she begins to wonder if maybe all of their beliefs concerning Draco are just...misconceptions. But that's only the beginning.
Category: Long and Completed
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Lucius Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Molly Weasley, Pansy Parkinson, Ron Weasley
Compliant with: None
Era: Hogwarts-era
Genres: Action, Drama, Humor, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 45 | Word count: 204764 | Read count: 370499 | Published: Jan 02, 2006 | Updated: Mar 05, 2006
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 18, 2006 Title: Chapter 37: Back

I thought I'd wait to review until I'd read everything that was up... :)

Anyway, great job! And I'm glad I didn't have to go to Teh Site of Evil and Doom (aka ff.net) to read this. This is chock full of plot, obviously, but it strikes me as mainly being a character study of Draco and Ginny, and how they choose to change as they relate to each other. This is an AU, of course, since we obviously don't see the events of HBP in it. But like all good AU's, it incorporates our developing understanding of the HP-verse and the people in it as revealed by continuing canon. And like all good AU's that were started before the next piece of canon came out, it shows that the author had a good handle on where the characters actually were.

Your Draco is very consistent with HBP's Draco. Given these circumstances, these are the choices he would have made. I think that your Ginny is actually consistent with HBP's Ginny too, although this isn't as easy to see. Under the Evil Anise/Creamtea LP Theory (which you may or may not agree with at all, of course,) HBP!Ginny had a temptation thrown in her way by Hermione that she just couldn't resist, and she fell, and we got the horror that is HBP's H/G. But IF that temptation hadn't happened, if HBP!Ginny had had these opportunities, I think that this is the way she really might have behaved. (There were times when I almost wanted to smack Ginny in this fic, too. She was a lot more accepting of Draco's behavior in the beginning of the relationship than I would have been.)

Anyway... what else... keep writing! And we WILL be getting some smut at some point, right? Hmmm? Because it's so necessary to the continuing plot, of course. ;)

Resolve by Embellished    (Reviews - 46)

Draco made a New Year's resolution, but Ginny is making it very hard for him to keep it.
Category: Completed Short Stories
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley
Compliant with: HBP and below
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Humor, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 1 | Word count: 2043 | Read count: 3750 | Published: Jan 05, 2006 | Updated: Jan 05, 2006
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 05, 2006 Title: Chapter 1: Resolve

(sigh) I'm perfectly contented after reading this story, that's all I can say. Beautifully constructed and very funny! :)

Author's Response: That\'s high praise, especially coming from you. I\'m glad you enjoyed it!

The Hidden Doorway by kjcp    (Reviews - 198)

Ginny, Harry, and Draco have been leading separate lives for years, but then a disturbing case involving mind manipulation brings them all together. Rows break out, animosity and hatred grow, people die, and friendship is tested. In the midst of all that, is it possible for romance between two unlikely people to bloom?
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Extremely Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: None
Era: None
Genres: Angst, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Smut
Warnings: None
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 12 | Word count: 72909 | Read count: 9098 | Published: Jan 27, 2006 | Updated: Feb 11, 2007
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Feb 08, 2006 Title: Chapter 2: The Legilimens

Well, I'm glad to see a new story from you!! There's something about your writing... your concept of Draco, of the relationship between Ginny and Draco, hard to say exactly what it is... but nobody else puts together a D/G story quite like you. You're unique. I look forward to more. :)

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Sep 05, 2006 Title: Chapter 8: The Boy Without a Name

Nice portrait of a sociopath, ahem. But anyway...

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You know, the thing about your work that makes it stand out is actually deceptively simple: your Draco and your Ginny are absolutely distinct characters. Draco, especially, could not be mistaken for the Draco of any other author. This is harder to do than it looks, since it's all too easy to rely on cliches when building his characterization: pouty sneer! sneery pout! vague references to a dark past! sexy hair! leather pants! You know the drill, I'm sure. ;) But not this Draco; he's truly original.

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Oh, and after the last chapter, I had an inspiring idea. The overall literary level of the entire universe would be much improved if you wrote and posted a smut cookie from Sailing the Dark Ship. You know, one that expanded on those annoying little asterisks. Apparently, you have turned your hand to that exalted sort of writing since then, with stellar results. This is purely a literary suggestion, of course. ;)

Author's Response: I posted a smutty outtake from Sailing the Dark Ship and it is called The Stay Until Morning. The original story wasn\'t expanded to include sex/smut because I wanted to retain an \"R\" rating. I do try and stray from cliches. I don\'t pretend Draco is super sexy or has a leather fetish. He\'s arrogant and an asshole, but after HBP we know he\'s not entirely evil. So I always write him as how I see him. Thanks for reviewing!

Crossing into Chaos by Emeral_eyes    (Reviews - 510)

*Completely AU* In a world where Voldemort was never defeated, only a few things matter: pureblood, money and power. All that Ginny Weasley wanted was to survive her 7 years at Hogwarts, a school where the children of the richest and most powerful wizards dominate over others. Denying her natural instincts, she managed to make it into her 6th year without offending any of the cruel and powerful Slytherins - especially that horrible Draco Malfoy. Until one day, she crosses a line, and her peaceful existence is shattered forever. A story filled with adolescent drama, clash of the classes, angst, jealousy, ridiculous pride and love triangles (and squares).
Category: Works in Progress
Rating: Not Naughty
Characters: None
Compliant with: None
Era: None
Genres: Drama, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Blood
Completed: No
Series: None
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Chapters: 20 | Word count: 208337 | Read count: 289020 | Published: Apr 28, 2006 | Updated: Nov 18, 2012
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Mar 22, 2012 Title: Chapter 18: Pawns and Fairy tales

Yay! The fabulous fic continues! (Waves a flag in honor of the event. It's not really any flag in particular... it just kind of seems like a good idea. ;) Draco and Ginny have taken such a long time to get to this point, and it's taken so *much* for them to do it, that it feels like they've really earned the emotions they're both feeling. And that's what can really be missing in D/G fics-- the point can be reached much too easily, and can feel like such a foregone conclusion.

Blaise is fascinating here, too. What he's really up to seemed so obvious at first... but I do have to wonder... and finally, I'm not entirely sure why he does what he does in this chapter, but I think that maybe his motives are a little mixed.

Anyway, we're all waiting for the next chapter! (Waves the flag again. There could be a dragon on it. I'm kind of picturing the red dragon of Wales, actually.)

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! Blaise did reveal the majority of his motives in this chapter... but there's one 'layer' left to be revealed, and it leads / sets up the next major conflict in the story.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Nov 24, 2012 Title: Chapter 20: Jumpers and dragons

" And, seriously, if you ever feel so inspired to write those NC-17 outtakes, that would be great!"

Okay, I rarely write updated review-y type things, but this was too good to pass up. ;) If they ever get to the point where said NC-17 activity would be hinted at, then I definitely will. And maybe, just maybe, that'll be a tad bit inspiring, too. :)

Author's Response: Fabulous!!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Nov 21, 2012 Title: Chapter 20: Jumpers and dragons

You know, the Draco-being-summoned-by-his-father thing... I've just got a bad, bad feeling about it. Near-infinite possibilities of terrible ways that one could work out.

Anyway, thanks for updating! :) This really is a great fic, and I'm so glad that it continues to live. It's just one of the best explorations of a D/G relationship ever. As much as we WANT them to get together, and WANT Ginny to just give in, we know why she can't, and why she really shouldn't at this point. The ominous promises that things will get darker are a little nerve-wracking. I'm glad I haven't seen HYD, actually, and I don't plan to. It will all be a surprise. ;) I hope you continue to be inspired! (Oh yeah, and remember that if you ever want anyone to write those NC-17 outtakes... )

Author's Response: Thank you! It definitely doesn't bode well for Draco. Although, I hope I haven't been over-selling how 'dark' things are about to become. And you're right - there are so many reasons why Ginny should not give in to Draco and just be with him - but Draco is certainly starting to wear down her resistance! We'll be exploring the flip side of that coin - so far, a lot of focus has been on why it's so dangerous for GINNY to be involved with Draco, but what, if any, are the consequences for him? And, seriously, if you ever feel so inspired to write those NC-17 outtakes, that would be great! I tried really hard to add in some of Draco's inner thoughts during their little interlude in her flat, but ultimately had to scrap it and write it entirely from her POV - it just wasn't good.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Dec 09, 2011 Title: Chapter 17: A Firewhiskey-Fueled Grand Gesture

Wow, wow; what a fic. Maybe it's actually a good thing that I didn't find it before. I didn't have to wait a year between updates!! ;)

Anyway. I haven't read... watched... whatever... the original anime thing this took certain elements from, but every element does stand alone without it. And I feel that this is a fic which accomplishes so many things that are incredibly difficult to do in D/G writing.

Most importantly, it's deeply grounded in the basic *reality* of how Draco and Ginny would actually think and behave, given who they are as characters. That quality shines through even in an AU setting (where Harry is relegated to the background and gets a grand total of 2 lines, as he so richly deserves!:P) For instance, Draco is a disturbed kid in some ways, and he has a genuinely nasty streak. Most authors deal with this dilemma by either setting the fics post-Hogwarts, when he's had a chance to change (which is what I do-- I don't even try to write Hogwarts-era), or glossing over this fact.

But you didn't. You dealt with how this frankly unpalatable truth would actually play out. We also see *why* and *how* Draco's personality has developed this way, the poverty of his emotional life balanced against the undeserved largess that has been dumped upon him in terms of material wealth, as well as the totality of what it means-- he both loves and hates with everything that is in him. But he does think and behave like someone with a real attachment disorder (wouldn't it be interesting to get a chance to diagnose Draco, though!) He loves too much, too intensely, too dangerously, and we see what the consequences could be for Ginny. (She also sees this more clearly than he does, I think.)

When he tells her that out of the three people in the world that he could trust, he's now down to one, it's unbearably intense and touching and pathetic, but it's too much for her to handle, and she knows it. When he tries to shower her with all the luxury he has, so easily available to him, so far out of her grasp, she *knows* that she can't just give in and let him do it. It's extraordinarily difficult to write a fic that has Draco and Ginny sparring basically throughout the scenes in which they interact, but you've managed to do it because you've given them legitimate reasons to behave that way. Oh, and btw....You write some really intense love scenes for a PG-rated fic (although I can't help hoping that you eventually up the rating-- I'm kind of incapable of writing anything below NC-17, personally, even though the explicit content takes up a very small part of my fics. You can do it... you can just add that little bit... come to the dark side... we have cookies... )

Ginny has her own issues to deal with, and the way you've written her is so believable-- you really have her essence down, and it works in an AU fic just as well as it would in anything canon-compliant. The key to Ginny, I've always believed, is that she has a trauma disorder-- she fits all of the diagnostic criteria in canon, and you've given her a background here that also qualifies her. But she's determined to survive and to win out. That is itself another reason why she knows that she can't give in to everything that Draco wants of her-- she's afraid that she will lose herself, the self that she's fought so hard to keep, and that is a legitimate fear. But still, we can't help hoping that she will give in... or at least give Draco SOME reassurance here. ;) He has shown that he's capable of change by allowing himself to be subjected to the suffering that he inflicted on someone else (the Claire incident), and I think that may be his finest hour in this fic. The poor kid! Let Ginny give him a little hope, anyway!!@

Wow, that has to be the longest review I've ever written for anything. So, anyway... I hope this fic doesn't end up getting abandoned. I had terrible medical problems this spring, so I fully sympathize with how difficult it can be. But you can do it!! We're all behind you!! :)

Author's Response: Oh my goodness, where to start? This review was absolutely delicious to read in a variety of ways; partly because I'm a huge fan of your work (although, discourteous reader that I am, I don't know if I've ever left a review - shame on me), particularly The Bat-Boogeys Cometh, partly because I found it very flattering, but mostly because of your insight! It's given me quite a bit to think about (and get excited about!). You'll have to forgive the length of my response, because once I started, I couldn't stop - you've commented on so much that *I* now want to comment on!

I'm so happy (and gratified) by your observations on Ginny's characterization. Many have commented that they find her such a strong character, but in my view, she's the most fragile one in the story. It's why she sees danger in every situation - she strives to be extremely cautious and truly regrets anything reckless she does (because, despite her caution, she can't resist interfering in situations that violate her strict concept of right / wrong and justice - it's why she sticks up for Claire in the first place and gets herself into the whole mess). To her, consequences are very real and she can never forget that her situation is fairly precarious in this world - she knows just how fine the line is that she's walking. She's a pretty haunted kid; isolated, separated from her family, stuck the world that created her nightmares. What gets her through the day is the idea that some day, she may get to play a part in ending that world.

To be perfectly honest, a lot of Draco's characterization is derived from the series that inspired the story, with my own tweaks to fit fanon!Draco. The hero of Hana Yori Dango is violent, arrogant, reckless, immature and completely disregards the consequences of his actions - because he's never had to experience them in any way that is meaningful to him. Draco is a bit darker than that (his HYD counterpart isn't very clever and gets a little mindless about his devotion to the heroine - I've tried to give Draco a degree of intelligence in order to make him all the more dangerous), but with some elements to him that if loosely fit together, would make up the beginnings of a skewed moral code (betrayal = bad, perseverance = admirable, Purebloods = supreme, boredom = horrendous, money = power, power = everything, forgiveness = unattainable)

Draco's loneliness is really his only sympathetic quality, and the only thing that is meant to be somewhat redeeming about him is his desire for Ginny. Once his emotions are involved, he *feels* all the way and will do whatever it takes to win the girl - but that, unfortunately, is the something that makes it so difficult for the object of his desire - it's too much. He has no real concept of what the stakes are for her (and how can he, considering what his family life has been), but for Ginny, she has *so* much to lose - the cost is too high to risk for an arrogant, reckless teenage boy who she's not even sure she likes half the time. For Draco, however, all he has to lose is Ginny, and for him, THAT is way too high. Except that he doesn't *really* understand "loss" yet; at least, not the same way that she does.

As for ever increasing the story's rating - I'll try. Every time I venture into remotely NC-17 territory, I fall victim to Harlequin cliches and it's never any good. I do have a scene in mind (it's still a way off in the plot), and will hopefully be able to persevere in writing it. And as to Ginny giving him some kind of reassurance to him... I'll just say that she does, but in an unexpected way (there was a hint in this chapter as to what that might be)... Stay tuned for the next update. : )

Hesperides' Apple by ogygiasylph    (Reviews - 832)

When Ginny Weasley becomes Draco Malfoy's wife, he suspects neither her true identity nor her dangerous motives. But when all Hell breaks lose and their relationship takes unexpected turns, there is more at stake than preserving their marriage--namely, preserving their lives.
Category: Long and Completed
Rating: Definitely Naughty
Characters: Blaise Zabini (boy), Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger, Narcissa Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, Other Characters
Compliant with: None
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Warnings: Blood, Character Death, Graphic Violence
Completed: Yes
Series: None
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Chapters: 33 | Word count: 166850 | Read count: 213913 | Published: Jun 29, 2006 | Updated: Sep 17, 2009
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Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Aug 06, 2006 Title: Chapter 11: 10. Preparing for Halloween

This story just keeps getting better and better. There are so many D/G fics that are content to skim over the surface of everything that relationship could be, but this one really digs deep. You don't try to minimize their incompatibilities, but in this case they have far more problems than those. I look forward to seeing how you continue to work this one out.

Author's Response: Thank you very much. I could hardly say how honored (as obsequious as this may sound, that is how things are) I am that you appreciate my approach to Draco and Ginny\'s relationship. My main fear is that I\'m focusing on the plot rather than on the couple\'s feelings, though I try to give both a good thought before I write. I hope to keep you interested and satisfied.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Sep 11, 2006 Title: Chapter 16: 15. Christmas secrets

Now, this chapter really drives home what kind of person your Draco actually is, and makes Ginny's plans to destory him much more understandable. Sentences like THIS:

"So?" Draco said. "He's her husband, isn't he? What happened to right of life and death over one's woman?"

made me want Ginny to open a nice big can of whoop-ass on him. ARGH! You've done a great job of leading us to understand what really divides this Draco and this Ginny; so often it's a dumb misunderstanding that could be easily cleared up in a couple of sentences, but not here. It will be fascinating to see how this gets developed.

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Dec 17, 2006 Title: Chapter 21: 20. The confidant

Ergh... as good as this story is, it kinda points up the basic problem with writing this type of Draco (a very believable one, btw.) It's honestly very hard for me to buy the idea that these two SHOULD end up together. There's so much bitterness within him that it's difficult to see how he could ever really get past it, and how she could accept anyone who had treated her this way. Other than that, it's great!

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Jan 07, 2007 Title: Chapter 22: 21. Flight

I'm really torn about this one. If Ginny and Draco were real people, I could only hope that he never finds her, and that she never goes back to him. But they're not; they're a pair of fictional constructs. So we can all only wait in fascination to see what you manage to come up with for the future of their relationship.

Author's Response: I think if Ginny and Draco were real people, they hopefully wouldn\'t get themselves into such a situation, and if they did, I hope they would escape. And then we\'d have three miserable stories on D&G.com... :( And honestly, except for the butter-knife, he hasn\'t been THAT mean to her. (or have I missed something?) Hanging out with other women and missing Valentine\'s day is nasty, but in a childish way, don\'t you think? That being said, I think it\'s going to get worse before it gets better :/ Thanks for the review :)

Reviewer: Anise Signed
Date: Feb 11, 2007 Title: Chapter 24: 23. The terrible doings of Draco Malfoy

Yeah, well, that's why I didn't give your Draco more credit: I knew that the Draco created in this fic would be capable of beating Dean to a pulp, and I believe he'd do the rest of what he threatened as well, if he felt it was necessary. But this is a potential Draco that is real, along with all the fluffier ones; he is part of a continuum of characterizations, one of the shadow-Dracos, you might say. Now, the funny thing is that I never think my Draco is this dark, and yet given the same circumstances, he would be. So this fic has an eerie fascination because it rings so true. If we choose to read about (and write) this character, we cannot pretend that these disturbing qualities aren't there. This is why we aren't writing nice fluffity H/G marshmallow fluff. (sigh) Carry on!

Author's Response: Thing is, if he wasn't who he is, he wouldn't be alive to get married to Ginny and beat Dean to a pulp. Which brings back the whole question of "survival of the fittest" and at which point you decide someone is "evil". I have a hard time believing in such a notion, so the limit lies more between a Draco who can redeem himself, and one who has gone too far along the path of "killing to survive" to ever be loved by reviewers (or Ginny, for that matter). And while I can't hope to provide H/G marshmallow fluff, perhaps I can achieve chocolate realism: dark, bitter, rich, fulfilling and yet so terribly addictive. Thank you for your reviews :) They always provide me with a way to measure how far (toward the Dark Side) I've pushed Draco.