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09 January 2016 @ 02:15 am
All the Important Words Unspoken, aka, I wrote thing!  
I very nearly said no to writing for another fest, cognisant that it meant two or three months in which little or no work would be done on any of my own work, but as raitala used to say, if I didn't do fests, then I'd write no fanfic at all. So this was written as part of the glorious hd_erised, which has SO MUCH good stuff in it (though I confess I have finished exactly two fics, but I have about 10 open in tabs because I would go 'LOOKS BRILL! But it's 2am, so now I am in love with the first page I will come back to it later.' Eh, there's a heatwave coming, that means more reading time since moving will be impossible) and I was matched with a giftee who had a really fun request asking for activist Astoria and making jokes about Victorian England being her favourite period.

Which is my way of saying that everything that happened subsequently is nerak_rose's fault.

In good news: no broken bones this time!

Title: All the Important Words Unspoken
Author: blamebrampton
Recipient: nerak_rose
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Hermione/Ron, Astoria Greengrass/the Magna Carta
Rating: PG
Word Count: 73,500
Warnings: none
Summary: Narcissa Malfoy and Amarantha Greengrass just want what’s best for their children. But since it’s 1899, their children are 32 and 27 respectively, and sundry magical and Muggle crises are erupting across Europe, the chances of their plans progressing smoothly are close to zero.

Author’s Notes: Dear nerak_rose, where you went wrong was in making jokes about Victorian England. There was no coming back from the vision of Draco in a cravat. Everything wizarding happened as it did in the books, just 113 years earlier; the Muggle timeframe remains as in reality. And Astoria is three years younger than JKR has revealed her to be. Because I forgot how old she was meant to be and it was too late by the time I remembered. *Shuffling of feet and guilty glances.* On the upside: all the Astoria! Thank you for all you contribute to fandom, and a very Happy Christmas/Saturnalia/Yule/Kwanzaa/New Year!

Many thanks to zeitgeistic who did a champion job of beta-ing and hollyxu who cheer-led wonderfully. Remaining errors are entirely mine, and will all be in things they didn’t see!

Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.

All the Important Words Unspoken

I have many things I want to talk about to do with writing something set in 1899 (mostly George Bernard Shaw is my bestie) and just writing in general, but it's 2am and there's a Motorhead special on Rage, so that can wait till tomorrow.
jamie2109: Harry/Draco - dracolovesharryjamie2109 on January 8th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
Of course this one is yours! Ha, I was right.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 9th, 2016 02:39 pm (UTC)
It was the Astoia/Magna Carta tag, wasn't it ;-)
alisannealisanne on January 8th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
I had no idea that one was yours, but I did think it was brilliant, so well done, you.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 9th, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was chanelling several of my favourite late 19th century writers for the style, successfully disguised, I see :-)
astardanced77astardanced77 on January 10th, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC)
I've only read a few of the erised fics this year but I just knew this one was yours! I'll leave a proper review on AO3 but in the meantime, well done, my dear! This is my favourite Astoria ever.
connorblondconnorblond on January 10th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Ah - now you are talking :) What a great surprise for the new year!
potterotic: POSH DRACOpotterotic on January 10th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
I am saving this to read as a special treat on my birthday.
anna_wing on January 11th, 2016 08:50 am (UTC)
This is so brilliant. I love all your characters, especially Hermione and Astoria and Ryla, and I particularly love the fact that your villains are straightforward crooks doing evil things for money rather than fruitcakes doing evil things for the sake of being able to cackle evilly and rule the world.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on January 11th, 2016 07:45 pm (UTC)
I knew this was you!


Well, I would have known even if I didn't mod. I almost always spot you! I spoted you at level_two!
dmmccabe: barn owl dmmdmmccabe on January 18th, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, brilliantly done! I loved the Victorian setting, and what a fabulous Astoria! Enjoyed it all very much. ^.^
AMY 凛☆ラブ☆アタックtomatoe18 on January 19th, 2016 02:39 pm (UTC)
I came across this fic in one of my downloaded-but-unread pile. I read it and realized it was from HD Erised. Then I went back and found out the author's been revealed... and turns out it was you! Should've known. :)

Great one, as always, and I had great fun picturing the period's style. Lovely mention of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle, which immediately brings me to Sherlock's The Abominable Bride, which is - sadly - not a patch on your fic. (Sorry, Sherlock.) Chastoria is my new favorite ship. Brava.