Oh my GOD. I honestly didn't know what I was getting myself into when I read this. I wasn't able to fall asleep (hah, I'm smart- choosing this to read) so I randomly searched up stories with Scorpius. One thing led to another and, I'm not exactly sure why or how (since I don't read horror very often- at least not on HPFF), but I ended up reading this.
It was chilling.
I was literally shivering at the end.
You made them all seem so /real/. I could almost reach out and touch them. I wasn't reading, I was feeling all the emotions Draco was. I was feeling his joy at seeing his son back alive again, feeling his agony when he was burying his son in the beginning, feeling the guilt he felt, even though he didn't want to admit it.
And feeling his denial.
How could sweet Scorpius be anything but...sweet? Even when he was standing above Astoria's dead body- even then.
And including Harry in this. That was just...although his part in this story was not much, it was more than enough. For some reason, it was just the thing that was needed.
"It was Harry Potter who found Dracoís body on the terrace behind the house. And of all the Aurors that accompanied him to Malfoy Manor that November day, he was the only one who believed that the man hadnít committed suicide."
That. Was. BRILLIANT.
I honestly don't know what to say. I really want to explain to you how amazing this was. How /chilling/ but not the jumping-in-your-face-and-startling you kind of horrifying but the mess-with-your-brain and make you shiver kind.
And I LOVED it.
Honestly, I loved this more than Stephen King's version (which I read after I read this).
I mean, you managed to creep me out, chill me to the core, and make me connect with the character in much less words.
And the ending was...idk how to say it. Just...
know that you are amazing.
I hardly ever favorite stories. But this- this I've got to.
Brilliant, you are amazing. Thank you for freaking me out at 3 AM :D
Author's Response: Hello Sara_sj
What a lovely review! Thank you so very, very much! I'm absolutely thrilled to hear that you enjoyed this story and that it creeped you out a bit. ;) As a horror writer, I always like to give my readers a little scare, haha.
I'm also so pleased that you found this story realistic, especially since I think this fic had the potential to be a bit over-the-top. After all, there aren't many magical burial grounds that I know of, although I suppose the idea of bringing someone back to life is more believable in the HP world than in our world.
And yes, Draco is definitely in denial. It comes with the territory, I guess. When people grieve they do sometimes go through a stage of denial. I don't believe Draco ever, quite literally, laid his son to rest because he was in extreme denial, unlike Astoria, who realized her son was dead and let it tear her apart.
In addition, I'm also glad that you enjoyed Harry's brief appearance. I've always found the post-war dynamic between him and Draco to be very compelling. I can imagine Draco being rather resentful towards Harry, although Harry himself seems to be a very forgiving person and I think he would try to look past Draco's many sins in order to sympathize with a grieving father.
Again, thank you so much for the kind review! It was wonderful hearing from you and your feedback truly put a smile on my face. I hope you have a great week! Take care!