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FIC: A Balancing Act (4/4)

Title: A Balancing Act
Author: nattish
Pairing: Harry/Draco
"Rating": NC-17

Summary: Draco has lost his friends, parents, home, and all sense of security. Hogwarts is a lonely place for a boy who used to have it all. Then, one day, he finds comfort in someone unexpected -- Harry Potter, who is keeping a tantalizing secret.

Betas: I've never been more delighted to be put in my place! I owe two helpful girls my thanks, because this fic was pretty grimy before they shined it up. To
dacian_goddess: Thank you for bitch-slapping my Americanisms and Muggle-isms and for making me closer examine my characterization. To oddnari: Thank you for your persistence, sweetness, and for busting my, erm, "humps".

(Read it here!)


SEQUEL: Bearded Lady

You might want to fix your cut and formatting. lol.

And a warning about Harry's cross-gender might be a good idea too as that's a pretty big squick for some people.

Working on it so hardcore!

I wish it was longer. DX

Normally I don't like cross-gender, but this was fabulous. I absolutely loved it. ♥_♥

Great story, I liked it a lot, spent the entire evening just now reading it, actually. I think it was a very clever rehash of 6th year, as well as a somewhat 'different' take on the H/D dynamics.

Thank you so very much. :)

Hrm, this story was more about Draco's journey + answering the question of why Harry is the way he is. However! A sequel to answer your question is in the works...

Thanks for reading.

Wow!! Amazing fic, absolutely amazing. I really really hope you do a sequel.

Thank you. I think it calls for a sequel. :O

This was a very raw story. Draco is quite base and foul-mouthed (and his actions reflect this) at first. And yet, he cannot get enough of Harry. I was drawn into the whole story line of what was going on with Harry's sex. Was it a spell? A potion? Did his parents know? And why the h-e-double hockey sticks was Dumbledore avoiding Harry's request for answers? Then it was how Draco reacted--to Harry, to his mother's death, to his father and to his friends. I felt as emotionally turbulent as someone dealing with conflicting emotions and impulses does. I was surprised by Draco's power and felt it an interesting twist to the story. When Dumbledore commented on Harry's bubbling magic when he was in the womb, I thought why not the same power that Draco displays a few times during the course of the story? Not something that fit into the story development, but I would have liked to see some hint of this earlier.

I had to reflect on this story before posting a review because it stirred conflicting emotions in me (e.g., disgust at Draco's sexual descriptions and anger at Dumbledore for avoiding Harry). While I liked the story and the ending, like an earlier reviewer, I also wanted to know what sex Harry chose and how Draco reacts when he does have to face people that were his friends and family during the war. Plus, how the two deal with their relationship when shown to friends.

Thanks very much for the review.

When Dumbledore commented on Harry's bubbling magic when he was in the womb, I thought why not the same power that Draco displays a few times during the course of the story?

That didn't really occur to me! I meant to imply that the reason Draco could do these things was because he was partially trained in this wandless magic already, so he could channel it without a wand (sometimes without meaning to); whereas baby Harry's magic was just wild, as child-wizard magic often can be. Maybe I should have made the distinction clearer.

I know the ending leaves one wondering what will happen (I'm half wondering, even though I have fairly solid notions of a sequel story-line). At the same time, I felt that it was fitting: Harry went his whole life not knowing what was wrong with him, and now he does know; Draco went several months on the fence about what to do with himself, and then he made a decision. What will come next feels like a completely different story to me, which I will probably write. (It will probably be shorter!)

But at the same time, I understand. I don't really consider myself a well-versed author, so it really helps to get this feedback and learn how to do things better in the future.

Took me a few days to get to read it but whee! I loved it! It's weird, hot, lovely, and totally wonderful! Thank you!

You have simply made my day. Thank you so much for enjoying this and writing such lovely feedback. You have no idea what getting those few extra reviews meant to me. :)

I don't suppose you have a single file version of your story that you'd be willing to email me at amalthia at gmail.com

I will certainly do that soon. :)

I found my way here from PainlessJ's rec. I loved this story. I usaully don't care for the gender switching type stories but usually everything she recs is worth the read and yours was fantastic. I hope you plan a sequel ;)

Hugs,
Dixiebell

I do plan a sequel. Thank you so much for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed.

Not my normal read, but I just couldn't stop! Wonderful job!

here via painlessJ's rec.

Great story. Not a theme I'd usually look out for, but I really liked your treatment of it and of Draco emotionally coming to terms with his changed allegiance. The Pansy/Draco dynamic was a nice touch for the making choices theme too.

I'm so glad you liked it. And I enjoyed writing Draco and Pansy more than I ever expected to.

Loved it! Can't wait for the sequel!

I loved this fic. Just totally awesome! And soooo hot :D Showed me again, that I can love well written fics even if the genre normally squicks me.

Thank you so much for writing this!

I'm so pleased to hear you say that about the normally squicky content! Thank you so much.

I liked this so very much. It was so very unique and wonderful and...*happysigh*

That is all.

Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked!

Sooo gotta know what Harry decides to do? Will he try being fully a boy and fully a girl? Or will he chose to be what he is now?

:D

The sequel will tell all.

Thank for reading!

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