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Twenty years since Voldemort died, twenty-five since Tom Riddle rose again on a basilisk, but Percy still remembers the autumn where the latter happened. It doesn't come to mind particularly often, but the weather had turned cold and rainy at some point in the year, and after visiting his parents at the Burrow, Percy thinks about it: he had been by the fire, eating his mother's soda bread with butter and listening to his father talk about combustion engines.

At the close of the afternoon, he retrieved his hat from the rack, and his mother insisted on fussing as he put on his robe and fastened it and retrieved his umbrella and checked the wards on his briefcase. Percy caught a glimpse of himself in the hall mirror. His hat was black; his robes were black. His face was pointed and sharp; it was shadowed in the hallway, so it was not possible to see his freckles, and the briefcase was heavily warded enough so that it still prickled for a full half minute after he took it in hand, and then the Locking Charm snapped into place. With the hat on his head, it was not possible to see the gray at the temples, and he had a mother-cooked dinner tucked into his pocket. After his father clapped him on the shoulder one more time, Percy opened the door and looked out onto the fields.

It would be night soon, and rain and mist gusted over the grass. At the edge of the stone wall that ran around the front yard, there was an old black tree. Percy's face was hot from sitting so close to the fire on the lips and mouth. The wind blew the rain into shapes that held for a moment, then changed and moved.

"I've never had a family," the ghost said, sitting on the library table and sounding curious rather than sad. A bit of moonlight shone through his shoulder.

"You should be careful what you wish for," Percy replied. "They're an awful lot of trouble, you know. My brothers are terribly trying."

The ghost held Percy's quill in his hands; Percy had warned the ghost that it was on its second year of use and leaked ink rather badly, but the ghost didn't seem to have heard him, and when Percy reached into the ghost's lap to take the quill back, he got a kiss instead. It was strange and not quite solid, utterly different from a real kiss. It was like kissing a cloud, like having mist on your face and throat. The next morning, there were ink prints on Percy's cheek and his chest and around the back of his neck where the ghost had tried to keep Percy's mouth on him. That took more persuading. Another two weeks of attention, and twenty-five years later, when the wind blew rain into the Minister of Magic's face, he thought, strangely, of another time.

He was leaving his parents' home. It was a November night and cold; he wrapped his robes around him more tightly, but the chill had gone into him twenty-five years ago, mouth and breath, heart and soul.

Date: 2007-07-27 08:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_happy_as_rain_/
I am not sure I am understanding this...

Rereading again tomorrow to see if I can comprehend.

But it was beautiful, vague and bittersweet and longing.

Date: 2007-07-27 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
Ahaha. I don't know if it'll make more sense in the daylight, but thank you for reading. :D

Date: 2007-07-27 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calculette.livejournal.com
*CRIES WITH HAPPINESS AT SEEING YOU POST FIC* OH RHOD. I CANNOT EXPRESS TO YOU HOW UTTERLY HORRIBLE ALL THE NEW DH FIC IS, WITH VERY VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS. PLEASE WRITE MORE.

yours anxiously,
TRRIN

Date: 2007-07-27 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
I have been too afraid to read it, OMG, after that horrifying ending. BUT OMG DUDE YOU ARE AROUND AND STUFF AND OMG. <3333333333333

Date: 2007-07-28 10:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calculette.livejournal.com
SAYS YOU OMGGGGGG. I WAS LIKE, OMGGG RHOD IS BACK!! RHOD! I LOVE YOU MAN. <333333333333

Date: 2007-07-27 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pogrebin.livejournal.com
Rhod, you always made Percy/Tom work for me, as did that girl up there *thumbs at the Trin*. Percy, ghosts, ink and kisses do it for me.


Ah, God, I think I'm going to have to write even more fic. Agh.

I want to see so much more Tomfic from you, ohyes.

Date: 2007-07-27 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
I want to write so much of it. Like. I haven't even moved on to really thinking about the obvious Dumbledore/Grindelwald because HOLY SHIT, I CAN'T GET OVER TOM RIDDLE AND DUMBLEDORE AND OMG.

<33333333333333333333 all the kind comments you are leaving for me.

Date: 2007-07-30 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pogrebin.livejournal.com
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RHOD.

I am writing Gellert fic for you, but as I am lame it will be late.

I hope you are having an awesome day. <3

Date: 2007-07-31 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quigonejinn.livejournal.com
AHAHHA. OMG. GELLERT FIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yeah, it was an awesome day. Thanks for the fond wishes. And OMG GELLERT FIC!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2007-08-08 12:45 pm (UTC)
ext_9872: (the boy who)
From: [identity profile] zauberer-sirin.livejournal.com
This is so amazingly beautiful, starting with that killing opening line.

My brothers are terribly trying. <- that´s so Percy. Oh, Percy, I love me some Percy, thanks for writing this.

Your fic as a PDF?

Date: 2008-07-01 11:29 pm (UTC)
ext_2826: girl with mellow smile (Default)
From: [identity profile] gossymer.livejournal.com

I'm trying to get pdfs/single html files available of the H/D "classics" fics so I'm messaging all the authors on the list. Feel free to say no - here's the mass message bellow:

As the author of one the fics on the Harry/Draco Classics List (http://gossymer.livejournal.com/101912.html), I was wondering if you would mind making it available as a PDF/single html file for easy reading? If you don't have the time to do it, I wouldn't mind doing it for you ^_^ You could then make it avalable on your lj (or an alternate online site) and I'd be able to link to that post/site for people who a) can't access certain sites (like LJ) b) are travelling/on vacation c) would like it on mobile devices.

If you would rather not have your story made available in this way, feel free to say so - I just thought it would make it easier for a lot of people to get into some of the earlier fics in the fandom :)

Re: Your fic as a PDF?

Date: 2008-07-01 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
As flattering as this is, I'd really rather not. They're both pieces that I actively dislike, so I wouldn't mind if both of those fics died the sweet, natural Internet death of being totally forgotten.

Thank you, though.

Re: Your fic as a PDF?

Date: 2008-07-02 12:08 am (UTC)
ext_2826: girl with mellow smile (Default)
From: [identity profile] gossymer.livejournal.com
Completely understandable - though I have to say, most of the authors on the list have since written fics that are a lot better than the ones listed - still, that doesn't change the fact that those fics connected with H/D readers and they voted them their faves. They might not be the best, but there are shippers who probably credit their interest in H/D to those fics. Its also a great way to see how fandom has changed with time ^_^

In any case, thanks for the quick reply!

Date: 2009-05-13 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bloodrebel333.livejournal.com
Percy/Tom omg.
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