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Once Lost 
25th-Mar-2012 04:01 am
ron/draco
Title: Once Lost
Word count: 500
Characters/pairings: Ron/Draco
Rating: PG
Summary: Draco’s parents find out.
Warnings: angst
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 rondracodrabble, remember.


“My parents found out.”

Ron froze. He didn’t quite dare reach for Draco’s warmth, not when Draco looked so hunched and so pale.

“They said... look, Ron, they need me. I can’t hurt them like this, not when Father just left Azkaban. It’s meant to be our happy ending.”

Right, Ron wanted to say, OUR happy ending. But the words stuck in his throat. He just stared, his hands still reaching for Draco. Draco’s fingers twitched by his sides, as if he wanted to touch too.

“This has to end. I can’t see you any more.”

~*~

Ron lasted ten grinding, miserable days before he went to Malfoy Manor and half-yelled Draco’s names at the elf who answered his thumping at the door.

Draco appeared looking impossibly Malfoy: tall and elegant in navy robes, not a hair out of place. He looked just as he had before Ron knew what it was to have Draco pink-faced and in pieces under him, and still Ron’s whole body throbbed with the need to touch him.

“Weasley?” Draco sounded utterly incredulous.

“Draco. I... look, this is crazy. Who cares if they know? If anyone knows? We still love each other.”

~*~

“What?” Draco’s faced twisted up in shock, his voice blank with incredulity.

“We do. Or I love you, and you like me. You’re a grown-up, Draco, and so am I, or we’d never have got this far, and this doesn’t have a thing to do with your parents either way, I’m not going to try and take you away from them -- ”

Ron finally dared to meet Draco’s eyes, and his stomach dropped. Draco’s eyes were looking Ron up and down in disbelief, without a hint of hidden emotion. He looked like he thought Ron had lost it.

~*~

Draco gaped. Ron hesitated, looking for evidence of pain.

“Draco?” Lucius appeared behind him.

“Father, Weasley’s gone mad,” Draco said immediately, turning to him. “He’s saying he’s in love with me.”

“How strange,” Lucius said, fingering his wand, and Ron met his eyes and he knew.

Obliviation.

Draco’s parents hadn’t wanted him to feel anything for Ron Weasley, so they’d reached inside and stolen those feelings from him. Draco didn’t love him. He didn’t even remember loving him.

“You,” Ron said, his voice a colourless puff of sound. Lucius smiled, eyes dead as a snake’s, and said nothing.

~*~

“Father?” There was an edge of distress now in Draco’s voice. “What’s he talking about? What’s going on?” A wrinkle appeared between his blond brows, a wrinkle that always made Ron’s heart shift in his chest until he could make Draco feel better.

And there was no way to recover memory that was lost.

“Sorry,” Ron said. “Just... I lost a bet. It’s nothing.”

“Goodbye,” Lucius said.

Ron left. With every step down the steps, and along the driveway, and through the gate, his chest ached like he’d torn out his heart. Maybe he had. He was leaving it here.


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This was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Comment wherever you like :)
Comments 
25th-Mar-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Amazing as always...but now you've gotta turn it into a story, have Ron fight to get him back someway...thank you for sharing, you're always great at writing these two.
25th-Mar-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling!

:( Poor kids. I am a mean author!
25th-Mar-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
brb, too busy bawling my eyes out. :D

{{{{{ BOYYYYYYYYSSSSSSS }}}} *stabs Lucius* So real and poignant and awesome. I think Ron is going to find a way to fix it. Yep. :)
25th-Mar-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Oops.

Thank you!! And yes. *believes*
25th-Mar-2012 05:06 am (UTC)
What?! You can't just leave us hanging like that! I need happy fluffy endings...but I always love your ron/draco fics. <:)
25th-Mar-2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry! Lucius just wants The Best for Draco, and that expressed itself rather unhappily here :(

Thank you!! It was lovely writing them again, even doing Angst with a capital A!
25th-Mar-2012 05:40 am (UTC)
I'm here through a rec, and I have to say: awww!
25th-Mar-2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Ooh, rec? Really? *beams*

Thank you!
25th-Mar-2012 09:56 am (UTC)
Noooo D: *shakes Lucius until a cure of Obliviate falls out*
25th-Mar-2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
LOL, I like the proactive approach! And thanks for the comment :)
25th-Mar-2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Oh My God! No!

You are a cruel, cruel woman!

Some great lines -- but such a dreadful ending.

*mutters to self* and then they met again the next day and went about falling in love all over again*

Great writing. I'm so unhappy now. Just shows how well written.
27th-Mar-2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
I know! I'm sorry! Thank you so much.
25th-Mar-2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I seem to be reading different pairings recently!

"Lucius smiled, eyes dead as a snake’s" *shudders*
Noooooooooooooo, you can't leave it there :'( I want more!
27th-Mar-2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for venturing into the wild world of Ron/Draco.

Aww, I'm sorry! I generally don't fix-it when I write angsty ficlets. But this was sort of a terrible thing to do to my boys...
25th-Mar-2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Lucius, you bastard. *shakes fist*
27th-Mar-2012 10:13 am (UTC)
SUCH a bastard. I'm sure he thought it was Draco's own good, too. :(
25th-Mar-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, no, come on! T_T It's okay. I don't need my stupid heart anyway. Take it like you took Ron's.

I'm pretty sure Draco won't just brush that off as a bet. He'll look into it, discover all his feelings and bring back that happy ending for Ron and himself. *nods*

*coughs* Despite all the angst, I think the image of Draco standing there next to his father and pointing at that creepy weasel declaring his love is quite hilarious. :D

Thanks for sharing this!
28th-Mar-2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm sorry babe!

:) You never know.

Ikr? It would've wrecked the mood, but I was tempted to go with the farce of Ron going YOU LOVE ME and Draco being like DADDY HIDE ME.
25th-Mar-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
ouch, too freaking sad
27th-Mar-2012 10:13 am (UTC)
I'm sorry!!
25th-Mar-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oh no!!!!! This is so sad. Ron must find a way to fix this, he has to. :)
27th-Mar-2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Awww. I do feel sorry for poor Ron...
25th-Mar-2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Where's the happy ending? Oh I'm so angry at Lucius!

This was still, despite the heartbreak, a lovely story.
27th-Mar-2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm sorry babe! Lucius is made of well-meaning EVIL here. :(

Thanks!
8th-May-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Please tell me there is more? Please?
I mean if Hermione can restore her parents old memories then maybe? xD

Amazing angst though! Poor Ron :(
I really like how you wrote this <3
22nd-Jul-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
Sorry, I somehow missed your comment! Thanks very much, and I will do a sequel one of these days :)
9th-May-2012 08:23 am (UTC) - Harry Potter Fic Recs
User alley_skywalker referenced to your post from Harry Potter Fic Recs saying: [...] by (Percy Weasley/Gabrielle Delacour) Once Lost [...]
1st-Jun-2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
OH MY BABIES

cRYINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
1st-Jun-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'M SORRY BB :(
14th-Jul-2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
*cries* needs joyous sequel
22nd-Jul-2012 12:53 am (UTC)
One of these days, for sure! Thanks for commenting on an older fic :)
26th-Jul-2016 05:09 am (UTC)
Anonymous
I love this. It hurts so good.

The only way it could hurt even better is if, instead of Obliviating Draco, Lucius had Oblivated Ron to send a message to Draco.

Ugh. I love this piece so much. I first read it a few months ago and I still think about it. It's haunting, and it manages so much in so few words.
1st-Sep-2016 12:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the comment on an older fic! I'm so so pleased to hear it's stayed with you. And omg the idea of Lucius Obliviating Ron to send a message to Draco is SO EVIL I love it.
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