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H/D - AU - Post-Hogwarts "Drow Chapter 1" [Jul. 15th, 2005|10:40 am]
Willow Dean
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Title: Drow - Chapter 1
Author: drusillas_rain
Spoilers: Only up to OOTP (the rest of the chapters will not contain any HBP spoilers)
Rating: PG for now
Words: 609
Pairings: eventually Harry/Draco, implied Ron/Hermione and Snape/Lupin
A/N #1: Inspired by this beautiful image of ‘Draco the Drow’ drawn by the wonderful cocohufflepuffs (scroll down to the end of the entry for the screencap).
A/N #2: This chapter was also inspired by the ADWT, run by jamie2109 and nocturnali from several weeks ago where the prompt was “Handle With Care”.
Summary: The war was winding down. In fact, as far as Harry was concerned it was over. He had done his duty, the side of the light prevailed, and now he was comfortably settling into his new life, on a plot of land in the countryside.



A large wooden crate was waiting for Harry on his front doorstep. There was no address, no indication where it came from or who it was for, nothing except for the words “handle with care” written across the top. There were several small holes scattered along the surface and a faint, unpleasant odour emanating from within.

Thinking it was a Weasley prank, or a new pet from Hagrid, Harry decided to open the package in the yard, away from his house. Carefully levitating it to a small field, he cast a shield around the box, then waved it open. Inside, curled up in a foetal position, was a dark skinned drow, his pointy ears covered in scabs and dried blood, his silver hair matted with dirt. The elf was soiled, very likely starving and dehydrated, and unconscious.

Harry wondered how long the drow had been in the cramped space as he quickly cast several cleaning spells. He lifted the shield and momentarily watched the weak rise and fall of the dark elf’s chest. Slowly, he knelt down and turned the figure over. He took in the pointy, aristocratic features, until recognition dawned.

Draco Malfoy.

Or at least Draco Malfoy if he was a drow and no longer human. Harry laughed at his own foolishness as he levitated the body to his guest room.

***

While bathing and tending to the wounded drow, Harry once again examined the face that looked like Draco Malfoy. The skin was definitely not milky white, and the chin and ears were much pointier. But the hands and cheekbones were identical to the Malfoy he last saw almost 5 years before.

They were still students, in their 6th year, and most of the school was in the Great Hall for breakfast. Malfoy had been acting strange since school had begun, and students had reported seeing his eyes glow red; all the first years thought he was a vampire. Harry noticed that the Slytherin no longer picked on anyone. In fact, he didn’t seem to speak anymore, even in class.

That morning, as the post was arriving, the Malfoy eagle-owl came bearing a small trinket dangling from its beak. Malfoy caught Harry’s eye, the ice cold expression changing briefly, then he quickly looked at Snape, before snatching the trinket and portkeying. He hadn’t been seen or heard from since.

There were whispers from time to time, and he occasionally overheard Severus discussing Malfoy’s whereabouts with Remus Lupin. But nothing ever came of it, and Harry hadn’t exactly mourned the loss of the prat.

He ran a damp sponge over the malnourished chest, the ribs painfully visible, bruises just barely healed. The young elf’s body was otherwise unmarked, although Harry thought he could see a faint shimmer of something whenever a drop of water would run over the left hip.

When the drow was cleaned-up and settled in bed, Harry considered his options. He thought about floo-calling Ron and Hermione, or even Ginny who was training to be a medi-witch. In the end he settled on owling Severus.

“Where is he?” Snape tore through the house, startling Harry out of his reading. Remus followed and just shrugged at Harry.

The three men made their way to the spare room, where the dark elf was resting between soft cotton sheets. Harry recounted the events to the two former professors, while Severus examined the unconscious body and forced some potions through the dark lips.

The drow jerked upwards, inhaled sharply as if he had been drowning, and then his eyes opened, wide and fearful. Mercury grey eyes. Not the typical colour for a dark elf. Exact for a Malfoy.

Chapter Two
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[User Picture]From: tazza_di_jo
2005-07-15 08:44 am (UTC)
Wow... intriguing. And very well written.

More?
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[User Picture]From: drusillas_rain
2005-07-15 08:49 am (UTC)
Chapter 2 is almost done and will be out tomorrow. I'm hoping to continue tying the chapters to the ADWT and update every week or two.

Thanks for the review!
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[User Picture]From: anathema91
2005-07-15 11:20 am (UTC)
Oooh, nice start. You have me intrigued...

Can't wait to see where this goes. All the more reason to look forward to the AWDT.
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[User Picture]From: drusillas_rain
2005-07-17 09:44 am (UTC)
Thank you - the ADWT seems to be helping the plot bunnies because honestly right now I'm not sure where the story is headed
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[User Picture]From: alicambs
2005-07-15 01:32 pm (UTC)
I've already scurried to my web site and added this to my list of H/D as Veela and magical creatures stories. The promise of a well written story that's going to be updated regularly has me salivating. *g*
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[User Picture]From: enchanted_jae
2005-07-16 10:00 pm (UTC)
What is the web site, if I may?
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[User Picture]From: alicambs
2005-07-17 05:48 am (UTC)
Harry or Draco as Veela or other magical creature list

It's a list of about 250 stories as I've been collecting them for some time now. They're all H/D (bar one friendship/het and one the author can't seem to decide!) and range from the highly recommended to the pretty bad and indifferent (my opinion obviously *g*). If you do check the list and think I've missed any, please do let me know
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[User Picture]From: drusillas_rain
2005-07-17 09:43 am (UTC)
wow - I've never been added to a website before! thanks so much for the review!

And I'll definitely be checking out your site, but for some reason the link isn't working for me
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[User Picture]From: alicambs
2005-07-17 11:10 am (UTC)
Ah! Right, well the exact page is
http://www.alijot.net/harry_or_draco_as_veela.htm
Harry or Draco as Veela or other

or the home page is
http://www.alijot.net/
Welcome to Alison's Jottings

if either of those work for you?
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[User Picture]From: drusillas_rain
2005-07-18 05:22 pm (UTC)
very cool list
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[User Picture]From: alicambs
2005-07-18 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks. *g*
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[User Picture]From: enchanted_jae
2005-07-16 09:59 pm (UTC)
Nice cliff-hanger. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment.
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[User Picture]From: drusillas_rain
2005-07-17 09:42 am (UTC)
thank you - I figure if I'm doing a proper WIP I should make sure people keep coming back :)
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[User Picture]From: luci0logy
2005-07-25 09:46 pm (UTC)
This is very interesting, I love a good mystery. Off to read chapter 2.
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[User Picture]From: drusillas_rain
2005-07-30 12:51 am (UTC)
thank you :D
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[User Picture]From: flayer_of_minds
2005-08-09 08:05 am (UTC)
Wow...interesting. Not to mention well-written. The Descent all over again...was he in Menzoberranzan? Does he know Driz'zt? ;D
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[User Picture]From: drusillas_rain
2005-08-10 10:15 am (UTC)
thanks for reviewing - as for where he was, you'll have to wait and see ;)
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From: grey_hunter
2006-01-16 02:40 am (UTC)
YAY! I <3 drows! Why haven't I seen this before? O.o
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[User Picture]From: drusillas_rain
2006-01-16 07:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading :)
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[User Picture]From: araythea
2006-01-24 05:05 pm (UTC)
OMG, I'm finally here. What an interesting begining! ♥ I'll try not to flood your inbox by morning. *g*
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[User Picture]From: drusillas_rain
2006-01-24 05:52 pm (UTC)
flood away :D
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