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Five Stages Of Falling In Love 
24th-May-2010 12:47 pm
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Guess who fails at revising and NOT writing fanfic until after tomorrow's exam?

Title: Five Stages Of Falling In Love
Word count: 300
Characters/pairings: Ron/Draco
Rating: PG-13
Summary: “Irritatingly, Ron’s recovery after the war fit the Healer’s list of prescribed emotions.”
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: The boys belong to JKR, even though I’m often much nicer to them than she is.
Author’s Notes: This was written for the current prompt at rondracodrabble, recovery. It can be split evenly into three proper drabbles, but it works so much better as a whole that I’m posting it that way.


Irritatingly, Ron’s recovery after the war fit the Healer’s list of prescribed emotions.

Denial

He went to the party that was held three days after Voldemort’s defeat, still blank. He was certain Fred was going to return, laughing at their foolishness, and he wasn’t going to miss it.

Fred didn’t come back, and he ended the night snogging Draco Malfoy in a dark corner.

Anger

The next day he was practically crawling out of his skin. He had to escape the Burrow, and headed for Diagon Alley. He strode through it, anger beating inside him like a drum, barely seeing the cheery shoppers.

Malfoy caught his arm near Knockturn. “Ron! Buy you a drink?”

That inexplicable fury ignited. “With you? You know it’s your kind that killed my brother, don’t you? He’s dead, he’s not coming back, and I’m not dishonouring his memory by consorting with the likes of you!”

Draco – Malfoy – went grey, and let go of Ron’s arm. He curled his hands close to him, backing away, grey eyes dismayed.

Bargaining

If Mum’s not crying when I get home, I’ll say I’m sorry.

If I can’t find evidence he’s done something bad recently, I’ll say I’m sorry.

If Harry thinks I should, I’ll say I’m sorry.


He couldn’t find the nerve to fulfill any of them.

Depression

Ron huddled on the sofa for three days, staring at the empty fireplace. It stubbornly refused to flare up, looking as cold and ashy as his insides felt.

Acceptance

On the first anniversary of Voldemort’s defeat, Draco attended the mourning ceremony with Ron. They were hand-in-hand.

Afterwards, they went back to Ron’s new flat. Ron cried a bit, and they got take-away and cuddled. One thing led to another, and halfway through Ron kissed the scarred flesh of Draco’s forearm.

Acceptance.


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Comments 
24th-May-2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I love the concept. I only wished there was more 0:)
26th-May-2010 11:25 am (UTC)
:) Thank you!
24th-May-2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I have to agree I love it but want more! :D
26th-May-2010 11:19 am (UTC)
Thanks!
24th-May-2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
This is an emotional and affecting story, told in so few words. Lovely! ♥
26th-May-2010 11:24 am (UTC)
Thank you, lovey! :)
24th-May-2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
So sad and lovely!!
26th-May-2010 11:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
25th-May-2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Beautiful.
26th-May-2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks!
26th-May-2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Uh, yay! A little bit of psychology! I like how the five stages of grief fit Ron here... and somehow I wonder if Hermione annoyed Ron with it...

Oh, and I loved 'Acceptance'! It means so much that Ron kisses Draco's mistake and not tries to scrape it off his skin.

Great job! :D
26th-May-2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you! And I bet she did!

It means so much that Ron kisses Draco's mistake and not tries to scrape it off his skin.

What wonderful phrasing! You should totally put that in a fic.
27th-May-2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. :D If I put that in a fic then Ron would end up snogging with the skull on Draco's arm and I don't think we want that.
28th-May-2010 12:45 am (UTC)
We don't?

I mean... we don't!
26th-May-2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Love this!
I have to agree with those who said they want more <33
26th-May-2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks!

WHYYYY IS THE INTERNET NEVER SATISFIED

Nah, I'm very flattered :D
10th-Jul-2010 06:52 am (UTC)
I love this, especially the bit about Ron kissing the place where Draco's Dark Mark was. You've done an excellent job creating a parallel between Ron's grief for Fred and his blossoming love for Draco.
10th-Jul-2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I did love writing this one.
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