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FIC: Bearded Lady

by Natt

Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Summary: [This story is the sequel to A Balancing Act, and should not be read as a stand-alone!] Harry has a choice to make before his 17th birthday -- does he want to be male or female? Not as easy as it sounds for someone who’s appeared to be a boy but actually has had the bits of a girl his whole life. Meanwhile, Draco’s choices with Voldemort will decide his fate, as well as the fate of his father. (words: 21k)
Super thanks to: capitu! You were so, so helpful with the pointing out of things that didn't quite work in this story, as well as the things that did; while also being wise with my questions and patient and enthusiastic. You're a dream, thank you. Also, thank you to lamerezouille for the prompt and kind French advice!

A Balancing Act synopsis:

In fifth year, Draco’s father was imprisoned and his mother was murdered by Death Eaters. He retreats to neutrality to protect himself, and one lonely night he stumbles upon Harry Potter. Naked. And masturbating. That’s not the strange part. The strange part is Harry has a vagina. Draco blackmails Harry into doing ludicrous, embarrassing things, but it doesn’t take long for Draco to admit what he really wants–Harry himself. They start a sexual relationship, and eventually find out the reason Harry has a vagina is that Dumbledore spelled him that way as a baby in an attempt to hide the “male prophecy baby” from Voldemort. Obviously, the plan went awry, and now Harry has until his 17th birthday to decide if he wants to become a boy or a girl. Draco, meanwhile, defies his recently escaped-from-Azkaban father out of fear, remains in the care of Dumbledore, and, by extension, with Harry Potter, who may just be starting to adore.

Click here to read the sequel, Bearded Lady
Also on: AO3


The sequel to this story is Carnival Games.

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OMG. I've been waiting for ages.

FYI, the summary isn't whited out.... idk if you meant it to be. :P

I dunno how to fix it! It's white on my page. Is there a universal code you might know of? :) Otherwise, I can deal.

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Oh, thank you, Nox!

I may just leave it as is, at this point. Keeps giving me trouble. Grr.

That's what I was doing!



I-I think I've just been to the loo (on my chair no less) from my sudden reflex!scream of ecstatic shock.

You, my dear, have possibly, likely, definitely, made my year (end of) and Christmas in this one post.

I need to gather my bearings before reading this but honey, yours is a health hazard (of the I-can-die-happy-now variety).

ETA: Please excuse my ghastly lack of coherency...

ETA 2: Aaaand the title, omg♥ *wheezes*

Edited at 2013-09-23 04:04 am (UTC)

What a reaction! I feel I should offer to wash your chair! :o)

I reeeaaally hope you enjoy. *nervous!!*

Oh my...

Darling O... darling!

Looooooooved it, what more can I ask!

Left me on the edge of my seat! My first reaction was, "Draco how dare you?! After all you've gone through together (and you're *mad* about Harry and you *know* it!!) and the sacrifices you've both made for each other, how can you be so shallow in the end??" But then I realized how unfair that was of me because in spite of it all, Draco is still a teenage boy with hormones and fears and disgusts as any normal boy, and he's Draco for goodness sakes, that's why I loved him in ABA in the first place, because he was so IC-ingly himself, in all his dastardly fiendishly git-ly glory. Besides he's never been attracted to men and while he was attracted to Harry, he was attracted to a female-bits!Harry (which will hopefully just translate to "just Harry" sometime in the future).

I loved it and I'm rotting to know what happens next. But I admit, I really *really* miss Draco's point of view, you wrote him with such a fierce frankness that I miss what's brewing inside that arrogant self-entitled sexy head of his, hehe. I won't lie, I also miss his crude potty-mouth... That said, it was a nice change of pace to see things unfolding from Harry's side, how he felt about the whole sexual identity and how much his own identity was tied to his attraction to Draco (his preference).

Just makes me want to hug and dote on Harry myself, argh Draco you little arsehole *fond exasperation*! And poor lad was fighting a war through it all damn it!

And Charlie, OMG! You sexy stallion, please show Harry that he's just as desirable and sexy, if not more, as his true male self! I hope that creates enough tension to get Draco squirming a bit and have to fight for Harry.

Marvelous darling, once I started, I just couldn't stop reading! Now, I must go sedate my mind so I don't go stir-crazy from the anticipation of what's to come, aaaaahahaaa.

Edited at 2013-09-24 12:54 am (UTC)

What! I thought I had responded to this lovely comment.

Well, what can I say other than: Thank you for this! I'm tickled you enjoyed yourself, teehee. :D Broke my heart to do that to Harry, but I do think Draco's an asshole at heart (it's a challenge changing such a boy!) and that he'd have issues accepting Harry with a penis (after convincing himself he's still straight sleeping with girl-bits!Harry for so long). And, yeah, you said it already, you totally get it. ;)

And no worries on the POV! There are parts of this story only potty-mouth Draco can tell and those parts aren't over. Wheeeeeee! Thanks again.

*screams in elation*

Thank you thank you thank you for writing the ABA universe, a masterpiece all on its own.

I truly can't wait, yahaha!

Loved it!!! I can't wait for the final installment. I was really grinning stupidly when Hermione was about to become 'more of a sister' to Harry... and then at the end.. Wahhhhhh!!!!! Rip my heart out, twist it, and eat it why don't you? Draco! You little bastard!

I have to see how this works out.. if this works out. If it doesn't I may cry, but I promise I'll still love you.

Thank you! That scene with Hermione was one of my favorites.

I might have the next bit out sooner than two weeks. *fingers crossed*

Just read both fics and I can say that I couldn't stop reading! I do hope that the next installment is sooN! This was really good. I really want to smack Draco right now - idiot that he is.

I'm honored you just read both of those fics! It means a lot that you would do that and let me know. This series is fun for me; I'm very happy you're enjoying yourself. :D

PS: I want to smack Draco, too!

Thank you! You also made the girl!Harry believable. I typically steer clear of that one.

Oh and I friended you so that I could hopefully notice when you update! I found you on AO3 and followed you. haha - i'm such a stalkeer.

Of course I loved it. OF COURSE

But my heart is so broken. HOW and I going to make it till the next installment? I get so emotionally invested in these things. LOL

Draco broke my heart. Mangled it really. I just want to hug Harry. And I felt SO BAD for him when his body changed against his will, yet, I think it's what he would have chosen if we weren't considering only what Draco wanted. :-/

Draco *freaked out* I want to hit him and hug him at the same time.

Also you gave me so many feels. They're so sweet and brilliant and perfect together. Any time I read you fics I'm always like YES, this is why I ship H/D. God.

I'm going to find coping mechanisms until you post the next installments. :P

Thank you!

The Draco thing -- he did kind of freak out in his way, didn't he? That hurt to write. Just a little! I do often feel the need to make him slightly villainous (read: self-absorbed asshole) because it feels so Draco-y to me.

*sending you e-booze* ;D

This was fantastic! I can't wait to read the third installment in the series.

Thank you! Looking forward to posting. :)

I've reread balancing act so many times, so i was ecstatic to read this sequel.

i definitely was surprised at the end by draco's reaction, and i'm checking daily to see if the finale has been posted.

i can't wait to read it and keep on writing drarry always xx

Oh, how kind! Thank you! I'll be posting that within the week, I'm sure.

A Balancing Act: Bearded Lady by nattish

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You know how much I love this story, don't you? I loved it when I first read it and I loved it again just now. <3

Thank you, dear Capitu! And for the kind and lovely rec. <3

I can not wait for the final part tomorrow! This fic is one of the most unique and interesting that I've ever read, and I'm just thrilled that I came across it at a time when you're updating!

Is it coming tomorrow?

I hope so!

I'm literally bouncing on my feet, is it here yet? is it here yet?


Re: Is it coming tomorrow?

Yeah man! At the end of Bearded Lady, she said "ideally, Sunday, Oct. 6" so...that's today!!! (although I posted my comment when it was still yesterday...idk why LJ is messing with the dates, but whatevs...*bounces with you*!!)

Re: Is it coming tomorrow?

Tomorrow at the latest! :D

Re: Is it coming tomorrow?

[dances] had a shit day so im looking forward to it muahahaha!

I am sorry! This weekend has sucked. It's coming tonight or tomorrow, for damn sure. ;)

Woohoo! Tonight or tomorrow it is! Hope you're doing well!

A Balancing Act: Carnival Games by nattish

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