Title: Taking Chances
Artist(s): ano-ka-ba & pukingpastilles
Pairing(s): Draco/Harry, Harry/Ginny, brief Draco/OMC, background canon pairings
Word Count: ~136,000
Content/Warnings: Auror Trainee Harry & Draco, several American OCs, alternating POVs, masturbation, forced proximity/roommates, slooooow burn, bisexual Draco, bisexual Harry, ALL THE BISEXUALS, offscreen sex between Draco/OMC & Harry/Ginny, sexual fantasy, mentions of past rape/non-con (not between H/D), some internalised victim blaming, talk of mental health/PTSD/trauma recovery, questionable use of Veritaserum by an authority figure, arguable infidelity (of the emotional variety + a single kiss), mention of past relationships, kissing in the rain, break-ups, hand jobs, frottage, first times, anal fingering, anal sex, switching, casual sex (that really isn't all that casual), rimming, sort of scar!kink, dirty talk, blink-and-you'll-miss-it praise!kink, blow jobs, intergluteal sex, party games, light biting, wall!sex, riding, found family
Summary: After the war, Draco disappeared and started over in America, vowing never to return to Great Britain and the fraught past he left behind. Unfortunately, when his mates convince him to sign up for an exchange programme for the last year of their Auror Training, Draco learns that he doesn't have much of a choice in the matter.
Author's Notes: Thank you SO, SO much to all of the wonderful, amazing people who made this fic possible! All the love to capitu</lj> for the alpha, cheerleading, and general amazing encouragement and support for the past 2+ years of me working on this fic, to firethesound</lj> for the stellar beta work and for never flinching when I sent her revised scenes over and over to look through, to writcraft</lj> for the brit-pick and for taking on the massive responsibility of co-modding this fest with me, to shiftylinguini</lj>, my original artists, who unfortunately had to drop, but who provided some lovely encouragement and feedback on the first 2/3 of the fic, and, of course, to my artists, the brilliant and talented anokaba & pukingpastilles, who didn't hesitate to take on this mammoth fic for a pinch hit and who did such an amazing job bringing my scenes and characters to life.
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More detailed thoughts below the cut!
For those of you who have known me for awhile, you'll know that I didn't start out in fandom as a writer. My main fandom contribution was reccing, and I was pretty certain I'd never dip my toes into the writing pond...Funny how things can change!
I started playing around with writing fanfic in October 2014, and you can read about how that happened in this old livejournal post if you're interested! I mentioned in that post, and I've mentioned many times since, that one of the biggest reasons I started writing, was because there were these two sort of universes living in my head, little worlds I would think about from time to time, and I really wanted to get to a point where I could translate the scenes in my head into some kind of cohesive fics to share with the world.
The first of those worlds turned into my Are You Mine? trilogy. The second, is the fic I'm sharing with you all today. As an interesting aside, the Are You Mine? 'verse has 3 main fics, and 3 ficlets, and it's still more than 40k shorter than this beast right here... O_O
Anyway, the point is, this fic has been living in my head for a LONG LONG time, and I'm so excited to finally be able to release it into the wild! It's gone through several transformations over the past 4+ years, but there are a lot of aspects that have remained the same. There are actually snippets of dialogue in this fic that I wrote back in 2014 when I first started writing, though obviously they've been heavily revised!
This fic is more than THREE TIMES the length of my second longest fic, and OH BOY did I feel it. I don't know if I'm cut out for writing long!fic, but I'm super glad I can tick it off my list. ALL the kudos to those of you who have done this more than once! I feel like it's time for me to hibernate for the winter now...
Anyway, as I said above I know it's quite long (over twice the length I originally thought it would be) so I want to give an extra thank you in advance for anybody who takes the time to read it. I definitely understand if you don't have it in you to read a fic that's 135k (Seriously, I get it!) but if you so have the time and inclination, please know how much your support means to me, especially with a fic that's been with me for so many years. <3</user></user></user></user></user> This entry was originally posted here on Dreamwidth. Please comment there using OpenID