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I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
24th-Jun-2010 02:36 pm
Converse: black
Title: Closure
Word count: ~500
Characters/pairings: Harry/Draco
Rating: G
Summary: For a moment, Harry thought it was a hallucination or a stupid mistake. How could Dudley be here?
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 this week’s sortinghatdrabs; the characters were Dudley Dursley and one of the Trio, and the prompt was let me introduce you to...

For a moment he thought it was a hallucination brought on by the headache he always got from art (or more precisely, the headache he always got from Draco trying to explain art to him). The massive blond man wasn’t facing Harry. It was probably just a stupid mistake.

Harry felt sick.

“Harry?” Draco caught his expression, and looked worried. But Harry couldn’t look at him. His eyes were fixed on the wide back as it turned, and yes: of course. Dudley Dursley.

The blue eyes landed on Harry and went wide. Harry’s stomach twisted. Dudley’s mouth opened in shock and for a moment the cousins stared at each other.

Dudley looked like Uncle Vernon. And he was coming this way.

“Harry.” Dudley looked half-paralysed with awkwardness.


“Dudley?” Draco repeated.

“I’d like to introduce you to my girlfriend,” Dudley said.

“I’d like to introduce you to a world of pain,” snarled Draco. His eyes were narrowed in pale slits of hatred.

“How… how are you?” Dudley’s small eyes were fixed nervously on Draco, but like all nice middle-class boys from the Home Counties, he kept mouthing the social pleasantries like nothing was wrong.

Draco stepped closer, his hands curling into fists. Like all posh English aristocrats from the country, he was too confident to be put aside from anger by niceties. Especially when he was this angry.

“Stop it,” Harry said, his voice tight. Any fight between Draco and Dudley was a foregone conclusion. But the sight of his slim boyfriend squaring up to Dudley filled him with irrational panic.

For a moment Draco didn’t turn. The muscles of his back were so tense Harry wasn’t sure he could.

Then he came back, and it was just a few feet but the relief of having him where Harry could touch him was enormous.

“I’m well. This is my boyfriend, Draco.”

“Ah,” Dudley said, the nervousness spreading itself across his face increasing. “I’m, um, I’m middle management at Barclay’s these days.”

Harry nodded. This wasn’t meant to happen. This was an evening art exhibition that Draco had dragged him to. It was part of his grown-up life, of his escape: he was an adult with a boyfriend who loved him, with places to be of an evening, with family. How could Dudley be here?

“Maybe, er, we could get together some time,” Dudley continued doggedly.

“I don’t think so.” And Harry was leaving, half-running with Draco’s hand at his back. Forty seconds later they collapsed on a park bench with Harry’s face pressed against Draco’s stomach, Draco’s hands in his hair.

Dudley. With a girlfriend and a job. Not just the boy who’d said he wasn’t a waste of space and terrorised him his whole childhood.

They were cousins and they could have been brothers, but they didn’t know each other back then and hadn’t the faintest knowledge of each other now. Maybe Dudley wanted to change that, but Harry had never needed closure.

He’d escaped. He’d won. He didn’t have to go back.

He kissed Draco, sweet and long. “Let’s go home.”

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24th-Jun-2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
This was great. The idea of willowy Draco taking Dudley on for Harry's sake is too adorable. What a realistic encounter, though. I can't imagine Harry being quick to forget.
25th-Jun-2010 06:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) Even if Draco has magic on his side and would always win, it's a very cute idea!

I don't think Harry would ever forget, understandably - even as Dudley's trying to reach out.
24th-Jun-2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I've always wondered why more people don't write something like this. Very satisfying. Excellent work.
25th-Jun-2010 06:47 am (UTC)
Me too! Thanks for the comment :)
24th-Jun-2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
"I’d like to introduce you to a world of pain,” snarled Draco. What a perfect line in answer to Dudley - and I love it when Draco is protective. You conveyed Harry's panic very well. Thanks for posting this. :)
25th-Jun-2010 06:48 am (UTC)
Heh, thanks! I rather liked Draco getting all fluffed up at poor hapless Dudley, who hasn't the faintest idea of how Harry's panicking.
24th-Jun-2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
This was beautiful in s very bittersweet way. I always think the whole Harry and Dudley relationship was a tragedy, they could've been so much more.

Like all posh English aristocrats from the country, he was too confident to be put aside from anger by niceties.

I really loved that line, it's such a good description.
25th-Jun-2010 06:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! I quite agree about Harry and Dudley. And even here, Dudley wants to reach out - but of course Harry will never let a Dursley near him again.
24th-Jun-2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I can really see this happening. That Dudley would be oblivious to what Harry would be feeling is to be expected.
25th-Jun-2010 06:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I wanted to show that this Dudley has grown up, he's really trying to reach out - but Harry just doesn't want to be around him.
24th-Jun-2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can see this happening. Harry would have a hard time forgetting all that Dudley and his parents had done to him, understandably so.
Draco is ♥ !
Well done! :)
25th-Jun-2010 06:58 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Aww, he is, isn't he?
24th-Jun-2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
This seems very realistic. Lovely work. :)
25th-Jun-2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetheart!
24th-Jun-2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hi Loki!!!

Really liked it and I totally aww'd at Harry hiding his face in Draco's tummy, lol, bless him.

However, enough acknowledgement of your genius ways. The question is, are you back home??
25th-Jun-2010 07:00 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks!

I am not yet, and I won't be really for another two weeks! But yay for meeting up then!
25th-Jun-2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
God, I finished ages ago!! Take your time!

Woop for meeting up :D
26th-Jun-2010 08:13 am (UTC)
LOL, I finished like a month ago! I've just been staying for funtimes with Norwich people :)

See you soon!
25th-Jun-2010 05:34 am (UTC)
Oh I love a possesive Draco!
25th-Jun-2010 06:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!
25th-Jun-2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ooof! Powerful.
26th-Jun-2010 08:13 am (UTC)
29th-Jun-2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Great description of a very awkward situation. Poor Dud, though: he was trying to do the right thing!
29th-Jun-2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I do feel rather sorry for Dudley - he was trying so hard!
10th-Jul-2010 07:34 am (UTC)
I wish people would write more about Dudley; he's never really gotten a chance to redeem himself. You did an excellent job at capturing the emotions of everyone involved.
10th-Jul-2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
:) Then allow me to introduce you to the fest dudley_redeemed!

Thank you! I had so much sympathy for everyone involved...
10th-Jul-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'll definitely have to check that out then.
31st-Jul-2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
This is so amazing. I love the fact that you didn't go for Harry easily forgiving Dudley and making everything good again.

It was awkward and painful and it felt real, even Harry's desire to run away when Dudley wanted to redeem himself.

And protective boyfriend Draco is just the cherry on top. God bless.

Edited at 2015-07-31 07:02 pm (UTC)
31st-Jul-2015 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I have strong opinions about the wrongness of 'but you have to forgive, they're ~faaaamily'. (Even as I do sympathise with Dudley, who was a kid growing up in a fucked-up situation and does want to reach out here.)

<3 Protective Draco makes me happy.
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