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I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
21st-Jul-2010 02:00 pm
Converse: black
Title: Grime
Word count: 100
Characters/pairings: Ron/Draco unrequited
Rating: G
Summary: “Obsession. It had a perverse grandeur.”
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 old broken prompt at rondracodrabble.


It had a perverse grandeur. There was glamour inherent in the term, in the idea of that state of bright, raw eyes and a mind twisted and broken round one concept like barbed wire twisted round a fence. Yet obsession was ultimately a tawdry emotion. It was pathetic, to be obsessed with anything, unless it was a person who was obsessed back. And to be obsessed with someone who had no real capacity for obsession, and who bestowed what little he had on another – it was degrading.

Draco felt himself sinking willingly into grime every time he followed him.

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21st-Jul-2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow... That's a wonderfuly essay on obsession. I do love obsession and I have a thing for unrequited love and Draco is the perfect vessel to combine those two things.

Oh, and thanks. I've learned a new word. :D
22nd-Jul-2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
:DD Thank you! I quite agree. Draco is canonically so obsessive - almost as much as Harry, bless him - and it's so great for fic!

Heh. 'Tawdry'? It's my best guess...
22nd-Jul-2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
OMG! Yes, it's 'tawdry', now please get out of my head and never tell my English teacher how I learn new vocabulary. :D
23rd-Jul-2010 04:40 am (UTC)
You just read it for the articles?!
21st-Jul-2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
This is one of my favourite things. A perfect 100 word drabble with beautiful flowing words which vividly tell a story of real emotional conflict. I've read it several times, and I'm appreciating it more and more.

Much, much love for this. ♥ ♥
22nd-Jul-2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you SO much!
22nd-Jul-2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Great drabble!
22nd-Jul-2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
22nd-Jul-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Ooh, lovely. I love the way you juxtapose the beauty with the filth. I feel you write like a sculptor.
22nd-Jul-2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
:D What a lovely compliment!
30th-Jul-2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
A very powerful commentary on obsession and what it does to us.
The fact that this is exactly 100 words is something to marvel at. I don't feel it needs any more or any less to make it perfect and it tells us everything we needs to know.
30th-Jul-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Moretta! Obsession is so interesting, but I do think it's overly lionised: to quote Aldous Huxley, "Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare it is simply disgraceful."
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