Such a beautiful story! :') But such a sad one as well. I can't even describe how good this was, my brain simply isn't working! I'm speechless at the depth of the meaning of this piece and it really made me look inside myself a little bit. This story can be taken in so many different ways that it could change people's lives. Phenomenal writing, as always; your skill and ease with which you write amazes me! Beautiful one-shot. xx
Author's Response: MadiMalfoy,
Wow. Your words truly amaze me. You are correct in saying that this story can be taken several different ways. There are certain themes in it that were purposefully placed. Since you mentioned it, I hope you don't mind if I elaborate.
First, is Draco's scolding of people who glorify war: War, however I do believe is at times unavoidable and necessary, is hell and tragedy. It leaves in its horrific aftermath widows, orphans, unimaginable pain, and ruin, despite amazing heroics and the human side of helping save the lives of those involved as well as the innocent. In HP, they were kids forced into life or death situations that none of them wanted. Harry would agree with him on this.
Draco's scolding of those who judge: People in general are quick to judge a person by their actions, even though they will never really know how they would react given the same situation or circumstances. Even in the real world, people are damned and shunned for their mistakes and poor choices even when deeply remorseful... regardless if it happens in the global public, at work or school, or in the privacy of our homes. It is still humiliating and degrading to be held in such low-life regard. When we are made to feel like nothing, people tend to start believing it and succumb to an existence that defines them as such.
Draco's scolding of influence and interference: He mentioned, "God forbid we upset anyone." The magical public, her friends, and family all expected her to marry Ron. And, his family expected a Pureblood daughter-in-law. Loved ones mean well, but ultimately, people need to make their own decisions without the world's influence and intereference. I also should mention that his scolding was a subtle jab to those who claim to "hate" Dramione. I find negative opinions of my favorite ship nauseating and wanted to pay homage to my feelings on the subject. Yes, Hermione can have another love interest and it can be Draco Malfoy.
Draco's readiness to die: In our youth, in general, we do not think about death so much and most certainly want to live forever. But if you've ever worked with the elderly, you would soon find that some are ready to go Home. When your parents, siblings, friends, and sometimes even children pass, people begin to want to be where they are. It is truly eye-opening. Draco was in that place, the last, everyone gone, and this is why he was finally ready to let go of life and be at peace.
Draco's Faith: In my story, Draco is a believer in God and has faith in life beyond the grave, as do I. Instead of being bitter, he thanked God for every minute he was given with her and thought his 37 days as a divine gift.
Draco's unfailing love over time: Yes, we can have feelings of love for someone that can last an entire lifetime, even if separated and living apart for decades. Ask any divorcee who didn't want a divorce or someone who lost a spouse all too soon. Draco's love had not diminished over time. And even though their time was short, it is his calculated patience in giving to others for her sake... for years... in the hopes that one day should he ever get a fleeting chance, that he would not bring her shame... that to me, is the true tragedy in this story. That kind of love breaks my heart. When you love somebody that much... ;(
There are many themes placed in my story and I cannot thank you enough for your beautiful kind words. To read that you felt so deeply about it boggles my mind and shocks me, but at the same time leaves me feeling so blessed.
From my heart, thank you...