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Review:caoty says:
Ooh, Draco! And more importantly, a Draco almost freakishly untainted by fanon. Now that is unusual.

I'm very impressed by how rigidly canon your characterisation of him is; this Draco is cunning, power-hungry and a tad bit manipulative. That said, I'm curious as to if you're going to give him any of the fandom's beloved hidden depths, or if you're going to portray him as a pure pragmatist. Either way works for me, really.

And the sex. The awkward teenage sex. It was actually kind of hilarious at points, but you've still managed to keep the darker themes of power, manipulation and egotism that you've introduced. I don't know how you manage it, but then again, I am seventeen.

And as for the immediate aftermath of that night - that's a concept that I've never actually read a fic about from Draco's perspective. It'll be interesting to read; I'll have to keep an eye out for this fic, I think.

Author's Response: Hi!

When I started this story, I had a goal of telling the story of what happened to Draco over the summer between the end of OotP and the beginning of HBP and doing it as realistically as possible. The character changed so much between those two books. It seemed like most of his childish bravado was gone, replaced by a moodiness and a bitter edge that was, well, almost Harry-like in an inverted sort of way. I felt like there had to be reasons for that, and I wanted to try to explore what they might have been.

Ha. I wrestled a lot with just how awkward to make his romantic encounter with Pansy. On the one hand, I wanted to make the point that this isn't the first time the two of them have done this. Draco is very used to getting his own way. He is completely wrapped up in his own self-indulgence. On the other hand, I didn't want to have him seem godlike in his bedroom prowess, because they are only 15. But I think you got the key point. This isn't about sex for Draco. It's about power and control.

The aftermath was short, but it was far and away the most fun part to write. I just let my inner Alan Rickman run free...

I hope you'll find time to come back to the story soon. I'd be really interested to know what you think of the rest of it. Thanks so much!

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