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Family and Friends 
14th-May-2010 06:13 pm
Converse: black
Title: Family and Friends
Word count: 600
Characters/pairings: Harry/Draco
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Pansy waits for Draco, and a journalist asks personal questions.
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: The boys and girls belong to JKR, even though I’m often much nicer to them than she is.
Author’s Notes: This was written for the current challenge at dracoharry100, ferocious.

Pansy smiled at Draco, and forked up some salmon. These lunches at the Elysium Fields were the stuff of life: she was wearing beautiful teal robes, eating delicious food and watching a handsome man laugh. The chandelier light caught golden in Draco’s hair as he tipped his head back, laughing.

“Are you serious?”

“Completely,” she smiled back, letting her laugh lurk in her eyes. Draco didn’t lean forward to catch it the way he would have once, but that was alright. She’d be his friend, steadfast and fun, all through this fling with Potter; she’d be ready when it ended.


They spent another two hours lingering over lunch; the meal was delicious, but eaten with the thoughtlessness of the young and well-heeled. Pansy gossiped about politics and Draco did impressions, his every gesture extravagant. Pansy enjoyed the curious, sometimes jealous looks of their fellow diners: being friends with Draco always got you attention.

Over coffee, a journalist came up to Draco and asked him how Potter was in bed.

“Pardon?” said Draco.

“Go on,” the journalist grinned. “I won’t let on who told me. I hear Potter’s got a temper, eh? Must be hard work. Is he into kinky stuff?”


Draco’s face had frozen, but the hack was too intent on his prize to notice. “I was a Slytherin, I know how it goes.” Pansy knew it was far too late for any attempt at camaraderie. “So, between you and me and the bedpost, what does he – ”

Draco flew to his feet, suddenly as tall as a thundercloud. His robes billowed around him like Snape’s; his eyes became cold grey chips of ice, like Lucius’. The frightening men he had loved were all around him, the full force of his personality aimed at the hapless journalist.

Pansy smiled coolly.


“You were a Slytherin, were you? And you think that somehow, I will be on your side? That I’m for sale to every hack with a quill and a media pass?” Draco advanced, his face even paler than the journalist’s in his rage. “Harry has told you all repeatedly how much he hates you all, the way you poke and pry and try to force yourselves into his private life. I am part of his private life. How dare you assume I would betray him?”

“I – I’m sorry, Mr Malfoy – ” The man groped for dignity. “He’s a public figure.”


Draco drew his wand. He wasn’t playing, or threatening, he was bringing it up ready to curse. Pansy shot from her seat. “Don’t – ”

The journalist fled.

Draco was pale with two pink spots of rage high on his cheeks. His eyes were bright and cold, and he was clenching his fists, and he’d lost his head so much that he pulled his wand.

Pansy had seen this outrage in Draco before. He was always blind when he got angry, but this ferocious defence of another was only ever given to his parents before.

Harry Potter was his family now.


But Pansy was his best friend, steadfast and fun. She did not cry. She smiled and said, “good work, Draco. Go home to your boy and tell him what you did, he’ll be all over you.”

He smiled at her, quicksilver, and it made her heart catch.

But then he was gone, striding off with his shoulders squared and his head thrown back. So like his father, and Pansy knew that Lucius Malfoy had never cheated on his wife. He adored Narcissa until the day he died.

She would find a new way to love Draco, one of these days.

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14th-May-2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Poor Pansy! But lucky Draco!

Beautifully written, sweetie.
15th-May-2010 10:58 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm sure Pansy will find her Ron love.
14th-May-2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
That was lovely, although Harry wasn't even present you get a hint at how immense their love must be.
15th-May-2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Thank you!
14th-May-2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
His robes billowed around him like Snape’s; his eyes became cold grey chips of ice, like Lucius’. The frightening men he had loved were all around him, the full force of his personality aimed at the hapless journalist.
I think this speaks for itself. Beautiful sentence, and overwhelming with connotations, not only about Draco, but about any person really. ^.^ I quite enjoyed myself reading this. Good job, and thanks for sharing, hun.
15th-May-2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you! My focus was very much on Pansy in this one, so it's lovely to hear you liked a Draco part! Thanks for commenting. :)
14th-May-2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
lovely. I enjoy seeing their relationship from another's pov once and a while, but it's seldom done well. very enjoyable read.
15th-May-2010 11:00 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I like other people's POVs on couples too, it's a lot of fun.
14th-May-2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Lovely story. Bittersweet for Pansy, but I loved Draco ♥
15th-May-2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! I heart them both so much :)
14th-May-2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous writing.
Poor Pansy. *pets her*
Lucky Harry. :)
15th-May-2010 11:01 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, sweetie! Harry is v lucky indeed!
15th-May-2010 01:15 am (UTC)
This was so powerful just brilliant!
15th-May-2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
15th-May-2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Wow! Your descriptions of Draco are so vivid. Brilliant!
15th-May-2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
15th-May-2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Oh, that's wonderful. At first, I was all "rawr!" at Pansy, but now I just feel sad for her. And good on Draco, defending Harry like that.
15th-May-2010 11:03 am (UTC)
15th-May-2010 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh. Wow. Pansy does love and lose gracefully.

And Draco learned from the best about love and steadfastness and loyalty.

Beautiful story.

15th-May-2010 11:29 am (UTC)
She does! She really loves him.

He totally did. His daddy was evil but he did love his family :)

Thank you!
15th-May-2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Lovely story!
15th-May-2010 11:03 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetheart!
15th-May-2010 06:50 am (UTC)
Now you made me cry for Pansy! That has absolutely never happened before.

This is so good I'm at a loss for words. *still crying*
15th-May-2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, I really appreciate your comment!
15th-May-2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
I agree with nursedarry:> and the take on the subject is both unusual and perfectly drawn. Execellent fic:)
15th-May-2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you, what a lovely comment! *beams* Unusual is hard to do in fandom.
15th-May-2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
Brilliantly done - thank you :-)
16th-May-2010 10:05 am (UTC)
Thank you for the comment!
15th-May-2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, how I loved this... Is not easy to find a faithful Draco, and I love yours, especially whit that paparazzi... Thanks!
16th-May-2010 10:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! Draco's canonically very loyal to his few chosen people, after all. :)
15th-May-2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh! This was absolutely brilliant. The imagery you created was brilliantly captivating.
"Draco flew to his feet, suddenly as tall as a thundercloud. His robes billowed around him like Snape’s; his eyes became cold grey chips of ice, like Lucius’.... But then he was gone, striding off with his shoulders squared and his head thrown back."
I can see this so clearly in my mind's eye.
I'm sorry to keep repeating myself but really - this is brilliant. Even without Harry's presence, we know that he and Draco have a great love.
Great portrayal of Pansy as well.
16th-May-2010 10:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! What a lovely comment.
16th-May-2010 03:47 am (UTC)
This was so positively breathtaking in its descriptive form. It was so easy to 'see' Draco's love for Harry...and Pansy's surrender of Draco.

16th-May-2010 10:06 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! JUST what I wanted to do. *beams*
16th-May-2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Such an intense love. Wonderful work.
16th-May-2010 10:05 am (UTC)
Thank you very much :)
17th-May-2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
I love this immensely. I feel so sorry for Pansy, but she brings gorgeous insight into Draco.

*pets her*
18th-May-2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Much as I enjoy how H/D know so little of each other really, it was a lot of fun writing from the POV of somebody who knows Draco inside out.
17th-May-2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Such a lovely point of view. Well done Pansy on realising that sometimes you can't get in the way of what the heart wants, especially when it's not your heart.
And well done Loki on putting in that Lucius wasn't a completely cold-hearted bastard.
This is a very motherly-instincts!Moretta thing, but I always think that villanous characters have a soft side despite their numerous flaws.

Extremely well written, as usual.
18th-May-2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks! I do love Pansy.

I have a thing about villains who are horrible to the world but love their chosen few deeply, and I think canon backs me up on considering all three Malfoys to be like that!
10th-Jul-2010 05:59 am (UTC)
I like it when fics deal with other people's responses to a relationship, because it's more real and believable than just pretending that once a couple is together everything's all wonderful and perfect. I like that we get to see Draco's love for Harry through the eyes of his best friend.
11th-Jul-2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was lovely writing Draco through Pansy's eyes.
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