Dan, Dan, Dan!
That seemed like a good idea at the time.
Anyway, I'm finally here to read and review this, because everything is a good idea at 2 in the morning. As seen above. :P
I have many Post-Hogwarts ideas going on in my head, just wanting to be written, and in a lot of them I have felt some sympathy for Draco and his situation (while also believing he deserves to lie in the mess of a bed he's made). And I still believe that, but this is probably the first time I have felt more sympathetic than anything. I can see his life going like this and it makes me sad and it makes me want to shake him and tell him to fix things because he has a second chance by not going to jail. He shouldn't be getting drunk. Or humiliated, like crawling out of a pub with his legs locked. That's just mean. You've made me sympathetic toward him, Dan, and I like it. It sheds light on his situation in a realistic way; disgraced but with the ability to change.
And then Astoria comes! I can definitely see her as the quiet sister, or at least shadowed by Daphne. But I love her and I love that she's given Draco the want to change, even if it was unknowingly. I see good things happening, at least between Draco and Astoria... eventually... once her father's stopped interfering. (Also, Horatio is such a cool name!) As for the rest of the world, I imagine good things won't be happening for a while. That's okay, I can wait.
I'm glad he came to the realization and began his path to change straight away, rather than waiting - we can't have Draco chicken in out now, can we? We'd have to shake him. *nods*
I can't wait to read more! Also, Annie's Song came on while I was reading and I'm starting to think it's a Draco/Astoria type of song. Do you agree? Feel free to not. I bet you've missed my rambley, awesome reviews. It's alright, you can tell me. :P
I'll be back!
Author's Response: Hello, Sam! I'm responding to all of my unanswered reviews tonight and yours is the last one. Yay, me!
I agree: everything is a good idea at 2:00 AM. Even the bad ideas.
I love, love, LOVE post-Hogwarts stories. There's nothing I enjoy more than finding out what an author thinks about the things that happened between the last chapter proper of Deathly Hallows and the epilogue. I would take great joy in finding out what sort of unfortunate events befall poor Draco in **your mind**. In **my mind**, Draco is pretty much a wreck after the war ends. He's suffering from PTSD and depression after two years of essentially being the Dark Lord's personal whipping boy. The Malfoys always seemed to be out of their depth compared to bloodthirsty killers like the Lestranges. I believe that Draco paid a huge price to survive in that sort of environment.
I agree that Astoria was probably the quiet one, overshadowed by her more outgoing older sister. I think of her as being rather bookish, but not exactly mousy. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and she's not afraid to stand up for it. But, she's also been raised to be a pureblood princess, and she still harbors some of those ideals and prejudices. She's not perfect. Much more on her in later chapters.
He has taken the first, tentative step toward changing his ways, but the road ahead will not be easy. He won't exactly chicken out, but expect some setbacks. Be ready to administer that shaking. ;)
Interesting song choice. I definitely don't think of Draco as a John Denver kind of guy, but I have such a hard time getting past Rocky Mountain High and Country Roads. And Thank God I'm a Country Boy??? That song is about as anti-Draco as you can get. :p I think my "out there" choice for a musical pairing for Draco and Astoria would be Closer by Nine Inch Nails. I think Astoria can be a *very* bad girl when she wants to be. But that obviously doesn't come up in this story.
I'm really glad you found this one. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading and reviewing!