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Drabbles for Nia_Kantorka: The Journey

Title: The Journey
Author: huldrejenta
Characters & Pairings: Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter, Astoria Greengrass, Ginny Weasley, Harry/Draco, Draco/Astoria, Harry/Ginny
Rating & Warnings: PG-13 (barely, sorry!)
Word Count: 3 x 100
Summary: Three relationships in three hundred words. Epilogue compliant.
Notes: Happy birthday, nia_kantorka! I hope you have a wonderful day! ♥
You're such a bright presence in fandom with your fics, your recs and your posts and comments. I haven't written much of anything lately, so I felt rather rusty, but I hope you enjoy!
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Draco fell in love, but he married someone else.

He and Astoria moved into the Manor where they hosted dinner parties the guests would brag about the next day. The Prophet called them Fairytale Couple.

They had separate bedrooms where dreams refused to die. Draco masturbated to worn memories of lost youth. Astoria wrote stories with strong heroines that no one read.

She was his friend, his son’s mother, and he loved her. It was his secret to bear why they could never be more.

When he said the words “it’s over” out loud, they hugged and didn’t look back.


***


Harry fell in love, and he married the one he wanted.

He and Ginny moved into a white-painted cottage, which they filled with friends’ laughter, family’s love and children’s play. The Prophet called them Chosen One and his Perfect Match.

When Ginny wanted to move on, she said they would always be friends, but that was all they were. Harry nodded. She packed her things when he was away; packing together would be too painful. Doing it alone wasn’t easier.

He bought a flat where he let all the plants die. He drank coffee and asked the mirror: “Now what?”


***


They met at 2AM, walking through endless, rain-soaked, June-warm streets.

The first night, they said “Hello” and walked their separate ways.

The third night, Harry asked “Can’t sleep either?”

The fifth night, Draco asked “Are you walking away from something?”
Harry’s hand brushed Draco’s, so softly the touch almost wasn’t there. “I’m walking towards something.” Tiny wrinkles framed his eyes as he smiled.

Afterwards their footsteps stayed close together, drawing patterns on the pavement with wet soles. “People won’t like it,” Draco said. “Imagine what storm The Prophet will stir up.”

They breathed together and knew: “Let the storm come.”
Sooooo, I've tried to find something intelligent to say but I'm stuck. Very impressing what you've done here, how meaningful it is. Three relationships in 300 words, i'll say. Beautiful!!!
Aww, you! Thank you so much! God, it's fabulous. How did you manage to make those 300 words so tender and warm and wonderful (and even tell three stories in one)? I'm in awe. :)
Feel yourself squished very, very tight! ♥ ♥ ♥

Oh god, those were just gorgeous! I love how different all the relationships were, and how much you managed to convey with so few words!
Thank you! I tried to have a different mood for all relationships, and I'm so glad that worked for you. Drabbles is one of my favourite things to write, but I haven't done it in ages. I'm glad you enjoyed :)

OMG! Your drabbles are wonderful. So many strong lines, saying so much and conjuring a film before my inner eye. Such few words, evoking such strong feelings. Incredibly impressive! Not rusty at all you are, I'd say ;-).

Thank you so much, what a wonderful comment! I'm very happy that my words conjured a film in your head, and I really appreciate your kind words :)
That was gorgeous. I love how different their lives were, but how everything drove them together, to what they really needs. Just a touch of bittersweet for all the time and dreams past, but so much happiness for the future. Beautiful!!
Thank you so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed this :) Bittersweeet past - and plenty of happiness ahead for our boys (well, they are certainly men here, haha)! Thank you for your lovely comment <3
What you have managed to do here in such few words is just incredible. You've managed to tell three complete stories so succinctly, and yet so beautifully. Absolutely lovely.
These are lovely! I really appreciate when, if writers split up the canon couples, they do it in a respectful way, with real humans on both sides, and the real pain of separating from someone you care about even if it's not working, so of course I love that you've done all that here! All three little stories are sweet and lovely. Believable and full of feeling.
Thank you so much :D
I think there will always be at least some level of pain when a marriage falls apart, and I'm glad you like how that came through here!