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DIY Messiah - Team Epilogue

Title: DIY Messiah
Team: Epilogue
Author: scoradh
Prompt: the Tower
Wordcount: about 27,000
Rating: R
Warnings: none.
Summary: Harry stopped hating Draco Malfoy on Bring Your Kids to Work Day.
Author's Note Thanks to my betas, who hereafter have my eternal gratitude.



DIY Messiah

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I really enjoyed this, very amusing and I loved the children.
Thank you very much! I'm glad.
Delightful. Utterly delightful.

You captured some of the meanness in a dissolving marriage, and did a lovely, lovely job exploring the ways in which happiness is found within our imperfect, circumscribed choices. Your writing evokes characters and settings very, very clearly - My own stacks of books and unwashed dishes melted away as I was thoroughly immersed in the story. Very nicely done.

And? "...Draco Malfoy was easy." - Excellent, excellent line.
Thank you very much! Description is such a tricky part of writing - like salt, there's too much or not enough - so I'm delighted to hear mine worked for you.
This was absolutely fantastic. Also, I completely, completely adored Lily. I think she is exactly how a child of Harry and Ginny with James and Al for big brothers would come out. She was the best part of this whole fic to me:) I loved Draco's child who won't wash, and the humor you kept up throughout. My only complaint is that this story isn't longer, and at 27k, that means a lot :)
That's hilarous, because one of my betas absolutely loathed Lily. In that sense, I suppose, she really is like a genuine child. Can't live with 'em, can't make 'em wash.

Thank you so much!
It's more than Okay. It's bloody BRILLIANT!!!!!
I couldn't afford to miss a single word, the story was absolutely PERFECT, IMO.
I like the pacing of the story, not too fast, but gradual. How is started with Harry and ended with Harry/Draco, just LOVELY!

And the children, were an absolute JOY to read! (I'm a bit partial to Lily, I loved how she stood out in this story.)

I don't think ten is even enough to measure how much I enjoyed this story. THANK YOU SO MUCH! ♥♥♥
Another Lily fan! Good for her, she needed some love.

I'm overjoyed to read how much you liked this; it means a lot. Thank you.
This was brilliant from start to finish. I absolutely loved the children.

Thanks

Bubba
Thank you very much.
Oh, this was just delightful. I really enjoyed the way Harry finds what he doesn't know he's looking for. In accounting. *g*

I loved the kids. And how you integrated them so well into the story. They seemed like real kids, rather than well-behaved cut-outs.

Well done.
I defy anyone to say tax evasion isn't a job for an adventurer. :D

I don't think I've met a well-behaved child in my life (apart from myself, of course).

Thank you!
What a wonderful fic. It's rather delicious about witnessing this side of Harry's life, after the books, when it's all adventure and high drama - here, when things are dreary and messy and unkempt. There is something very real about this fic, the descriptions of Ginny and what it was really like to be married to her, the dinginess of Draco's flat, his daughter's refusal to bathe - I loved all of it, and I felt like I fell in love with the story just like Harry fell in love with Draco - it kind of stole up on me until suddenly I was living their comfortable contentment, with an undercurrent of excitement. Very well done!
Thank you so much! I always love getting the 'realistic' compliment. It's my highest ambition in any of my writing. :D
I might add more later, but for now:

I was actually really, really fucking annoyed with Ginny. I know that it's from Harry's POV, and that Harry's probably done some not-so-great things as well, but... he tried. She's just a fucking bitch. Sorry if you disagree, but I figure you could, you know, be polite enough to understand that your husband that you just cheated on and revealed an affair to via being pregnant with ugly-spawn might be a little upset. And, you know, not be so fucking self centered. Stupid fucking bint.

All that keeps me calm is the thought of this encounter. I know that Harry's supposed to be 'mature' and all, but I figure:
Ginny: So... I hear... you, and Malfoy.
Harry: Yeah, strange thing, that. Last quim I was with turmed me off women for the rest of my life. Turned me gay, you might even say. Was that bad.

Also, I like to pretend JamesScorpius happened, as I love it :D
I'm assuming you're referring to the part of the fic where Ginny confesses to her infidelity and not the whole story? Because I was kind of annoyed at the accusations of Ginny-bashing merely because I wrote her as a cheat and a household slob. Most of the epilogue fics involve Harry cheating on Ginny, but for some reason, they're not tagged Harry-bashers.

Anyway. You're right; that is not the best response in the world. However, anyone who gets in trouble usually wishes to minimise the damage. Yes, Ginny was a bit delusional in wanting Harry to be fine with it, but no, I don't think it's an altogether alien desire.

gossymer saw the J/S too. I was only writing friendship, but that can be a decent basis for ... more. :D
hmmm. i am not quite sure what to make of this. on the one hand, it is an interesting take on the epilogue, and you definitely had me glued to the screen. on the other hand, this is not at all what i expected after reading the title and summary [i would be curious to know why you picked that title; i am not sure i see the connection to the story]. in fact, i think this story is rather unsettling and very sad, with the exception of the last few paragraphs of harry and draco stumbling into their new life together.

i am not sure i entirely believe that either harry or ginny would be so negligent with their children or their house or their lives in general. at first i thought you were giving us a rather harsh portrayal of ginny, but in the scene in which she tells harry about the baby, i felt oddly sympathetic with her.

also, something that completely threw me off was draco working in the cafe. i felt as if i'd missed a few scenes or stumbled into another story because there was never a hint that draco might have a second job, so i was utterly confused until he explains his financial situation to harry.
in fact, i think this story is rather unsettling and very sad, with the exception of the last few paragraphs of harry and draco stumbling into their new life together.

I rather agree, only isn't that what The Tower should be? Utter disaster?
I really loved the hell out of this story. This felt a lot like how raising my little brother went, and I know of at least one time where my dad woke me up, gave me ten minutes to pack and we went after his wife because she was ready to leave him. So that similar scene made me laugh. I also like the discussion of divorce, people are always a little disappointed by reality, right?

Plus, I love the Department of Accounts and Boring Paperwork.

I really liked the title as well - in conjunction with the remark about the Mormons, and Harry slowly fixing things in the Ministry, and the sometimes okay is the best you get.
What did they say in the Breakfast Club? 'Your homelife is unsatisfying.' That about encompasses it, I think. Ergo, the existence of fiction and recreational drugs.

(Me too. ABP ftw.)

Ha, I'm actually Catholic, but it still works.
Thank you very much! I'm honoured to get a comment if they're in scarce supply - I know how much of an effort it can be, considering I'm such a bad commenter myself. >.>
i loved it. i utterly loved it.
i loved how honest and true and simple your characters, their thoughts and actions were to real life. you made it uncomplicated, how it really is, even when everything seems so messy. it made sense. in a way, it gives hope, in a "settle for okay, it's fine" sort of way...
(if my sentences aren't too ineptic.)
The greatest discovery of my life was that it's all right if things are just okay. I was happy to have the opportunity to expound it in fic-form. :D
Now I`m breaking my newly aquired habit of not leaving comments on stories, even if I really enjoyed them, because I felt bad that I succumbed to their lure in the first place...

But I just needed to tell you, mystery author, that your story showed me again why I just cannot resist the attraction of H/D fanfiction! After years of reading H/D stories I again and again thought that I`ve read everything anyone could write about the ship and then a story like yours gets into my fingers and I know that I could never leave H/D behind completely just for the joy of reading such a story!

I loved how realistic you made the long-term marriage of Harry and Ginny. And how the children in this story were all such lovely brats which really didn`t make me feel like wanting children of my own ever at first, but then they grew on me. But they still stayed real brats and I thank you for writing them like that after all those nice and sweet children most other H/D stories that venture there have in them.

I loved and cried, suffered and felt with Harry here. And still could see why Ginny might leave him for someone else. And Draco and his children were great as well. I just loved everything about your story and would give it a 10, if I could. I`ve only read about a handful of stories from the hd_worldcup, so it doesn`t mean much to tell you that despite two other candidates among those, yours is my favourite so far. Thanks so much for keeping me up until half past four in the morning which I haven`t been for quite a while!
And how the children in this story were all such lovely brats which really didn`t make me feel like wanting children of my own ever at first, but then they grew on me. But they still stayed real brats and I thank you for writing them like that after all those nice and sweet children most other H/D stories that venture there have in them.

If I can lay claim to one defining achievement in HP fandom, that is it: writing good kid characters. From Wystan to Rambo, they've always been well received. I'm so very glad this fic didn't break the trend.

I loved and cried, suffered and felt with Harry here. And still could see why Ginny might leave him for someone else.

That - that is such a great compliment, I don't know what to say. THANK YOU, will have to suffice. :D


I really enjoyed the kids, a lot. Draco's daughter was a riot. The kids running around and eating different foods was a very familiar picture for me ;) Harry's POV on the world around him and his marriage was hilarious. Timing the sexual encounter while making breakfast had me LOL. I did have some problems with Draco, though, it never felt like him, there was too much pride and spark missing. I liked the ending where they just eased into the relationship and that was that.
The kids running around and eating different foods was a very familiar picture for me ;)

I don't have kids myself, so I'm glad that rang true!

There's an argument to be made that Draco in canon, as well as the Draco I wrote, may well have lost some pride and spark in the intervening years - replete as they must have been with the knowledge that his family backed the wrong horse. But it doesn't really matter, considering you enjoyed the story regardless.
Enjoyed this one a lot!
Thank you!
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