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30 November 2015 @ 11:00 am
Fic: What I'm Waiting to Find (James Sirius/Teddy, NC-17)  
I ended up writing three fics for hp_nextgen_fest (and that was me restraining myself), and since reveals went up today, I'll go ahead and start be claiming this one.

This was a fic I really wrote for myself, and seeing as how it isn't a crazy popular pairing, and it's over 25k words, I wasn't expecting many people to give this one a chance. So I just want to thank everybody who read this and left such lovely comments and even recced it. I can't tell you how much it meant to see my first longer fic have such a great reception. <3

Title: What I'm Waiting to Find
Author: gracerene
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings: James Sirius/Teddy, brief mention of James/OCs, background Ginny/Harry and Rose/Scorpius, past Teddy/Victoire
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~27,000
Content/Warnings: pining (so much pining), mentor Draco, sort of dub-con kissing of the drunken variety, drinking games, coming out, some dirty talk, first time, blow jobs, anal fingering, anal sex, bottom!James, implied switching
Summary: James has devoted the past two years to being the best damn Chaser that Puddlemere United has ever seen...and to getting over Teddy. But when Teddy comes back to England after a long stint abroad, James's resolve to move on is put to the test.
Author's Notes: I cannot begin to thank my wonderful betas enough for all of the amazing help they gave me with this one! <3

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This fic...I'm not even sure where to start. It's the longest thing I've ever written by a factor of three. It was my first attempt at a slower build, at something other than a PWP. It was my first time writing James/Teddy. It's also a story that's part of a 'Verse that has been in my head for close to two years. In fact, this 'Verse is one of the main reasons why I was motivated to start writing, because I really wanted to see if I could get this world living in my head into words.

So first, I really need to thank the most beautiful, wonderful, sparkling capitu. Without her awesome comments and support and cheerleading and prereading, I probably never would have finished this. I began sketching an outline at the end of last year, and she was wonderful when I begged her to take a look and tell me if this seemed like something that made sense. Since then, she has been more than amazing helping me bounce around ideas and offering detailed feedback and asking me about my progress so that I actually got this written. You are the best, darling!

I started really writing this seriously in April, and I got the bulk of it done in just a few weeks, before getting some feedback and setting it aside for awhile. I came back to it in July, finished it up, and was lucky enough to find two lovely betas indyonblue and gryffindorj to take a look at it. They both had such wonderful advice and comments and suggestions, and I'm really so very thankful that they offered their time to look this over. I ended up completely overhauling the prologue and epilogue, as well as massively editing and cutting several scenes. It was sort of a painful process, because, like I said, this story has been with me for awhile, but I think this fic is definitely the better for it. And some of the cut content may be recycled into the future fics in this world. :)

When I started thinking about what it would mean to bring the world I had built in my head to life on screen, I realized that there were really three stories that I wanted to tell, and that I didn't want to write them in order. The first fic I wrote was the middle one, the one about James and Teddy. For those of you who read, you'll have noticed the not-so-subtle hints of H/D. James and Teddy's story is finished (for the most part -- there will definitely be some oneshots in the future) but Harry and Draco's is definitely not.

So I'm planning two other fics in this verse. The first is probably a little self-indulgent, as I'm not sure anybody will be interested in reading. But it's a prequel of sorts, the story of Harry and Draco that's hinted at throughout this fic. Seeing as how people already know, generally, how it ends, I'm not sure what the reception will be. But it's a fic I really want to write, and one that I think will provide some good background. I've already got it outlined and a decent chunk written, and I think that may be my big project for the first half of next year.

And, of course, I also plan on writing a sequel where they get their shit together. :)

First I want to write about their past. Then I want to write about their future.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on November 30th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm absolutely interested in the other fics in this verse. In fact, as you know, I'm being a bit of a pest about poking you for them. :)

It's just such an amazing story. I love how they start and how they end. I love seeing them coming together. Reading them get their shit together will be awesome, yes, please. <3

And trust me, you thank me, but it's me who is honoured to be trusted with your first draft, and being helpful in any way I can. I have a brilliant time reading your stories – and seeing writing you this fic was even more exciting.

Amazing work, Grace. <3
wicked smut goddessgracerene on November 30th, 2015 11:22 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm so happy your so into this verse! I can't wait to finish the next fic so I can get your feedback! <3
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wicked smut goddessgracerene on November 30th, 2015 11:23 pm (UTC)
Aww, yay! <3

And I know! I was thrilled by all the James/Teddy, for sure! And I'm definitely going to be writing more of them. I actually already have a few James/Teddy oneshots planned in this verse, and I'm sure I'll write them in other capacities as well. :)
nia_kantorkania_kantorka on November 30th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
I loved this story! <333

And am so very curious about Harry and Draco here. It might be hurtful, but as we already know somehow they will get together it's perfect. A long journey with a happy ending is always worth all the hurt on the way. :D

So, you go and write all about their past and future!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on November 30th, 2015 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, darling! I've been having fun with what I've written so far. :)
kerrilee75kerrilee75 on March 7th, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
This is my first James/Teddy and I just have to say I think I'm in love! Teddy is definitely my favorite next gen character, mainly since he's the only one that always exists, and is so often involved in Harry and Draco's life, whether they have their own canon children or not. I'll definitely be reading more of this pair!

I am so glad you are writing the other two parts! As I was reading I kept thinking that this would be great to remix from Draco's POV. But even better that you are going to tell the story! Plus, I don't write so I need someone else to tell it. ;)

I really do love Draco as James' mentor and both of them as Quidditch stars. This was a fun story!!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 7th, 2016 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed reading this new-to-you pairing! :D

I do have a plan to write a sequel fic with Harry and Draco, though I think I'll be writing it from Harry's POV, since we get Draco's in the prequel fic, and I wanted to show more of where Hary's at with all of this. Hopefully I'll be able to start writing that in the next few months!

And, if you're interested in exploring some more James/Teddy (which I totally recommend, because they are my next gen OTP) then I'd definitely suggest taking a look at my Next Gen Rec List, because I've got some good suggestions there. :D
kerrilee75kerrilee75 on March 7th, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
So. Many. Stories.
Thanks for the rec link! I see you have Albus/Scorpius recs, too. I love that pairing, as well.