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Review:Remus says:
Hey! So I've finally made it!

You know, in a way you've sort of made a Draco Trilogy. In Marked you tell the story of a Draco who is a confused, arrogant person and naive enough to be part of Voldemort's army. Followed by this one in which he portrays a still confused Draco but who is now shunned and hated by society. Then finally in CoB there's a Draco who has tried to redeemed himself and fights alongside Harry to protect what matters the most.

I really like how Draco still cares about what people say. He still can't get past the whole "What will people think! I'm a Malfoy" way of thinking. He just survived a war, his family avoided death and jail and he still can't get past that! He's still a bit immature in a way yet I can't help but feel bad for him. We all know that he was placed in a position he couldn't deny even when it comes to Canon. We know that Voldemort wasn't going to give him riches but more of a 'join my Death Eaters or death' sort of deal.

And again, I feel bad as he's humiliated in The Leaky Cauldron. That was definitely rough to read.

She shook her head slightly and giggled at him. Ordinarily, Draco would have found it humiliating. Instead, he chuckled and smiled back at her.--And thus it begins! For some odd reason, I always picture Draco meeting Astoria like this. Never in an arranged marriage, a blind date or something of the like. I've always imagined their first 'meeting' as by chance and you managed to paint that picture just as I imagined it.

I've always seen Astoria as his salvation. The light at the end of the tunnel and someone who helped him with his demons. And I got that vibe upon their first interaction. I find it cute that his brain has gone blank after years of proper rearing. Haha!

I really like how he comes to the realization about his life and how he looks for Narcissa, the only woman in his life who stood by him, for help. He understands that he needs to change his ways, the Malfoy way and get his life under control. It definitely doesn't sound easy with Lucius still being around as he sounds like a very stubborn man but it can happen.

Now I have to ask...what's next? Another one-shot? Novel? :D Going to branch out with some more humor? Haha! Reading this after Slytherin Career day I began to wonder how Pansy would've taken Draco courting Astoria. I know in Marked she was the one that dumped Malfoy but would she go back to him? I'm intrigued. Haha!

Until next time!

--Rosie

Author's Response: Hi!

In a way, I suppose, I have. It wasn't intentional, really. CoB isn't really a "Draco Story", just a story where Draco happens to play a fairly prominent role. But that's part of the fun of writing. Sometimes your stories don't end up in exactly the place you planned on when you started writing.

Draco Malfoy will never stop being appearance-conscious. It's just bred into him. The same way that he will never stop thinking that his heritage makes him just a little better than everyone else.

I'm glad that my "first moment" between Draco and Astoria jibes with your thoughts. I just don't like the thought of an arranged marriage or some sort of very contrived courtship between the two of them. I want it to happen nice and organically, with a few missteps and false starts thrown in for good measure.

I think his mother is absolutely the most logical person to help him as he tries to reclaim himself from the mess that his life became during and after the war. She was the one who always tried to keep him safe. She went to Snape, even though the Dark Lord forbid it. When it appeared that the Dark Lord had triumphed, her first thoughts were still of her son.

I have at least one more one-shot I want to write for this challenge, possibly two if I can pull my very fragmented ideas for a story together. Then, I think maybe I'd like to work out another chapter or two of this story. I don't know... so many ideas...

Thanks so much for checking out the story and reviewing!


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