The Very End.Category: Completed Short Stories
Epilogue Quote of the Day:
He struggled to prop himself up on an elbow. “Lovegood—Luna-- do you remember being… I really don't have the least idea how to explain this… somewhere else?”
“Somewhere that looked like King’s Cross Station?” asked Luna.
“Yes!” Draco tried to sit up all the way and failed, flopping back down onto the bed.
A thoughtful look came over her face. “I think that I do, but I don’t believe that anyone else does. Maybe it’s better that way.”
“Probably. Look, uh… where’s Ginny?”
“She’s not ready to see you just yet,” said Luna. ”Here’s a napkin.”
“I don’t care about a napkin! Where’s Ginny?”
Hmmm, so not only people are vanishing, but shops, too? And what about Draco's dreams about Voldemort? What's this about second chances? What if the real world was the one where Draco wasn't let go by Voldemort and what he dreams is... the second chance Voldemort mentioned? and every time Draco remembers the real world, people from this world he believes real are vanishing, same with shops.
I entertained the idea of a parallel world, not a la Fringe, but more... there's the muggle world, and inside it, invisible to the muggles, there's the wizarding world, like bubbles inside the muggle world. What if there was another wizarding world, a second one, hidden from the first wizarding world and one Draco has been sent to? one where he had recreated his universe, the people he knew, the shops he remembered?
Too complicated, maybe? Then, there's Ginny. What's her role? she seems to be pivotal in this universe, while it looks like it's Draco who has dreams, who seems to have almost created this world. Maybe in the real world/first wizarding world, Draco had unconscious feelings for Ginny and in his recreated wizarding world, his feelings have been able to wake up and grow?
Author's Response: Thanks for the GREAT review! (Does Happy Long Review Dance.;) Okay, let's see... nobody's been guessing right, but your guesses are very good. Draco's dreams about Voldy are really important, and there's nobody else but *Ginny* who could have perceived this world along with him. But there's another canon character who we haven't seen. And nobody's said anything about him/her/it in a review yet. So it's possible that this person COULD be important... ;)
Hmmm, what if they aren't vanishing but reappearing? I mean, what if this world Draco and Ginny are in is like... a coma, or something like that and then some people like Katie Bell and Cho woke up?
Of course, why would Draco and Ginny the only ones to notice? So I'm not sure it's the right theory.
Author's Response: Well... it's a very good guess. No, it's not exactly right, but what a fascinating idea. You should write that fic! :)
Aaah, a happy ending. Real life is so dark, a good happy ending is needed, from time to time.
Anyway, I'm relieved that Draco and Ginny remember. I was really afraid that they wouldn't. Now they can begin to build their future.
Author's Response: Thanks! :) I agree... there are times when we truly all NEED a happy, soppy ending. :) More fics coming after NaNo!
Ouah! It makes sense, now. Harry should have died and because he didn't... that's so Doctor Who. Like when Rose saved her father when he should have died, it almost destroyed the universe, because that was a fixed point in time. Kind of the same, here.
I get now why Ginny and Draco were dragged into this mess. Ginny couldn't give her virginity to Harry, it would have given him power, a power Voldemort didn't want him to have. And Draco, well, Draco could be of used as a back up plan, if plan A didn't work with Harry, for Voldemort?
Now, I really hope that Ginny and Draco won't forget this disappeared universe and will remember what they were for each other.
Author's Response: ALL questions will be answered in the epilogue. :) Thanks so much for being such a great reader and reviewer!
I thought that the story was taking place during DH, that scene between Voldemort and Harry, but it has already happened and Harry has killed him. But a piece of him has survived, right?
Hmmm, so it's post DH, but how on earth did it manage to... destroy the wizarding world? Or how did it create this fake world, to attract Potter? Because I assume that it's that last piece of Voldemort which is the cause for that coma like world. It or he wanted Harry. Why take Harry before he has sex with Ginny, though?
And did Draco play a part in "it" getting Harry? Even unconsciously?
Author's Response: Okay, which questions can I answer, and which ones would give too much away... Yes. A piece of Voldy survived, just as it did in canon. The thing that always struck me, though, is that we never actually saw anyone kill or destroy that last piece. There's no way to say what actually happened if we don't take the ridiculous epilogue of DH into account (which I don't think we should, not only from the POV of the tragic lack of D/G, but also because it just does not fit into the rest of the narrative at all.) A lot of other questions will be answered in the last chapter (and a couple in the epilogue.) But I WILL say that Harry chose not to take what Ginny was offering, and that this was important.
I don't think I had seen that getting closer was causing the world to fall down. I really..., I was so focused on the mystery that I missed that. I knew it had something to do with Draco and Ginny but the specifics, yep, I missed it. I was just thinking that Draco thinking about Ginny had somehow a link with the disappearance but I hadn't noticed that it was more than that, that it was somehow an emotional link between them that was causing the vanishing of people and the wizarding world.
Congratulations because that doesn't happen a lot with me, when I read fics. But hey, I'm just human, lol.
Now, Harry? Harry Potter in the end? I sooooo didn't expect that. I truly believed that it would be Voldemort, because of Draco's mark hurting him. So why is his mark reacting? Are Ginny and Draco getting closer to the real world, where Voldemort is alive?
And Harry? Does this happen when he was in this coma/dead world after fighting with Voldemort in the last book?
Still, if it's that, why Draco and Ginny? I doubt Harry would want them together in this dream world. Mysteries, more mysteries, always more mysteries!
By the way, that was a cruel and unusual punishment to stop here. So for my sanity, please update soon.
A french fan, Mag, aka Magali
More and more mysterious. Ron, as I thought, played his role and gave information. I suspect he will disappear but so far, we learn that in this reality, Draco and Ginny... had something and that Ginny can disappear, just like the others, only Draco prevented it.
We also learn that it STARTED with Ginny. At least I think. Right when she was about to have sex with Harry. So something happened to stop that. Something or someone? I don't think it's a coincidence that the first disappearance, Harry's, took place with Ginny and while they were about to have sex for the first time.
I'm sure there's a link but... which one? Was Draco in love with Ginny in the true reality and cursed her so that she didn't have sex with Harry? leading to her being stuck in this coma world?
Author's Response: Yep, it did start with Ginny. And maybe it WASN'T a coincidence. ;) Great theories, but again, not quite... nobody has guessed it. Although there have been clues laid. So we'll see, and more soon!
You know, I get this feeling that characters pop in and pop out to tell something important to either Draco or Ginny or both of them. For example, Luna showed up, they talk and she suggests looking for Harry, which is the plan. Then she disappears. She has accomplished what she had come for, put Draco and Ginny on Harry's track. Ginny trusts Luna, after all so if Luna suggests that, she would agree and that's what she did.
Now, it's Ron who appears out of the fog. Why? I'm sure there's a plan for those mysterious appearances/disappearances and that the characters are like puppets.
The question is, who's the master playing the puppets? And why? Is the goal to get Harry? Using Ginny could make sense, but why Draco, then? Hermione and Ron would be better in that scenario.
Apart from that, that fog has something scary. I definitely get a Langolier vibe, with this world and people disappearing. And that's scary.
Author's Response: That could be... yep, you absolutely could be right. I think you're kind of circling round the answer-- you've gotten closer than anyone else. Nobody's guessed what's really going on, but I think that when it's revealed, it'll be one of those "YES! I GET IT!" Zen moments. :)
Aaaagggh, this is so.... okay, I love brainstorming when I read a fic and it doesn't happen too oftenly, lately. But this fic is making my brain cells working full time!
Right now, I'm 99% sure that this world Ginny and Draco are in ISN'T the real wizarding world. The real world is the one Draco "dreams about", with Voldemort. He never escaped him. Which makes me wonder if the real world isn't happening right now, in Hogwarts, during the final battle? That could explain people vanishing right and left (those who die vanish? and like in the Langoliers, geographic places also vanish? I thought about the Langoliers, while reading this fic, not sure why, I never really understood that movie and I only saw it once maybe 10 years ago). Some people, like Ginny and Draco and maybe Luna are either dying or having NDE and TPTB (not Voldemort), in charge, like the Egyptians believed, of weighting people's lives, their good deeds, their bad deeds, everything about their souls, are not... in agreement over what to do with Ginny and Draco. Some could want them to die, go into the light, and other think they have another option and can go on, go back to Earth and live again.
Luna, same thing.
I thought about your answer to my review, about how there's someone important we are not seeing in this fic, I wonder who that could be. Blaise? Harry? Another person but who?
Well, if this is a NDE, I'm kind of glad that Harry doesn't seem to count. Maybe with a NDE, people go back to what's essentials and crushing on a boy just for his fame isn't essential while you're navigating the river of death. And maybe a NDE allowed Ginny to break the brainwashing she has been forced into since she was a foetus (come on, I bet Molly started telling tales of HP to her daughter while she wasn't even born, brainwashed, as I said).
Author's Response: Thanks! (keeps doing the Happy Long Review dance. It's kind of like a Zumba class... ) I love your theories (and the image of poor embryonic Ginny being brainwashed about Harry. ;) Some of the ideas are closer than others, but there's ONE point where you're kind of circling around the answer. The only thing I'll say is that the inspiration came for this fic right after watching the DHII movie. More soon....
Hmmm, what the hell is going on, here? I was wondering if maybe Draco wasn't in a parallel universe, or in a dream world, with someone controlling it. But it looks like the mysterious vanishing are linked to Ginny, not Draco. Although he is the only one noticing. That's very intriguing.
Author's Response: Well, I can't really give anything away right now... but I WILL say that Draco and Ginny will need to figure out the mysteries together.
Working for the Department of Mysteries teaches Draco Malfoy many things: Play the man. Everyone lies. Collateral damage is inevitable. But when he's the man being played and Ginny Weasley becomes collateral damage - well, you know what they say. All's fair in love, war, and hard and dirty politics.Category: Works in Progress
Hmm, intriguing beginning. I wonder where Ginny is. She was back from Cairo. Cairo = Bill = Bill's job at Gringotts = dangerous job so was Ginny visiting her brother or working abroad, a dangerous job?
Or is Ginny's disappearance linked to Draco's job? or Astoria? She seemed awfully sure of herself, for someone who's earned Draco's hatred. As if she knew something he didn't.
Author's Response: You're definitely closer than you think. The guesses warm my heart to the max! Useful since my landlord has decided to turn off the heat and "winter is coming" :D Ginny's job is revealed in the next two chapters and it has alot to do with her state...and Draco's...and the reason she's in Cairo. also, thank you for taking the time to review <3
Huh, why does Draco want to be with Ginny again? She acted like a lunatic. If I were a man, I would run away from the crazy woman! So she vanished? Maybe she pissed off a powerful wizard during the portkey trip and he sent her to Tombuctu to get rid of her and her hysterical yelling?
Author's Response: Perhaps but sending someone to timbuktu for being irrational is a bit much. Maybe just to papua new guinea for this one :)