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A reader commented over at AO3 that apparently this fic had disappeared from the Internet. “The Hermit” was written for the 2009 HD Worldcup fest, and though the fest was held on Livejournal, the actual fics were hosted somewhere else. I guess that somewhere else no longer exists as the links go nowhere. So I have now re-posted the fic to AO3 (here!) and now I’ll put it here, too!

Title: The Hermit
Author: Ravenna C. Tan
Fest: Originally written for Team Canon in the 2009 HD Worldcup
Prompt: The Hermit
Word Count: 16,000
Warnings: Explicit sex
Rating: NC-17/Adult
Thanks to: My beta readers scrtkpr and clauclauclaudia! Thanks for such great, quick responses!

A few notes before the fic:

Card Interpretation: The Hermit is one of the few cards that has a mostly consistent meaning over the many Tarot decks I own and researched. To quote from Tarot of the Cat People: “A loner or person incapable of interacting with other people. Failure to face facts. Self-denial.” The Vertigo Tarot says this: “Withdrawal, acting alone, seeking wisdom. Difficulty connecting with the world or other people.” I see this side of Draco first emerging in sixth year, when he tries to act alone to save his family rather than reaching out to Snape or anyone else for help. The downward spiral that begins for him then, I have carried forward four years after the end of Deathly Hallows, trying to project as accurately as possible from the clues in the canon what might have transpired in Draco’s much-traumatised head.

Reversed, the card can carry some interesting meanings, too, especially as regards a person who is engaging or integrating with society. For me, this refers to Harry. JKR has said in interviews since the release of DH that Harry would have taken up an important part in reshaping the wizarding world. I don’t count interviews strictly as “canon,” but for me that means to write a canonically consistent story, I could not, for example, turn Harry into a recluse who fades into obscurity now that his destiny has been fulfilled. He is the Hermit Reversed, engaged in the world and an integral part of his society.

Canon notes: I chose Team Canon because I really try to get all those little details right. There are many fanon conventions that we’ve come to accept, and yet they do not appear in the books. For example, there is no potion in the books that bears the name “Dreamless Sleep.” At the end of Goblet of Fire, Madame Pomfrey brings Harry a purple potion, saying “You’ll need to drink all of this. Harry,” she said. “It’s a potion for dreamless sleep.” She doesn’t tell the name to Harry, nor is it named later in the books. Fans have named it “Dreamless Sleep” in countless fics, which is not wrong to do–obviously the potion has SOME name–but it has no name in the canon, and therefore has no name in my story. Another thing that I try to match to the canon is the capitalisation, but this is something that is not always consistent. I had to decide whether to capitalise the “Cursebreakers” who help Harry–Ministry positions like Auror and Obliviator tend to be capitalised–or if it should be “curse breaker” as in the description Molly gives in Prisoner of Azkaban of “our eldest son, Bill, [who] works as a curse breaker for Gringotts Wizarding Bank.” And you’ll note, no apostrophe in Gringotts!

*** AND NOW THE FIC ***

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To begin the archiving of my fics on this site, I’m going to repost them gradually, starting with my more popular fics. This one even has a Christmas theme, and well, it is December…

Title: A Wizard’s Memory
Author: Ravenna C. Tan
Word Count: 5900
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: It’s fanfic and we know it.
Beta-reader: TwistedMiracle
Summary: At a big Christmas party, Harry runs into the one person he thinks he wants to forget.
A/N: Written for Charlotteschaos in the 2006 HD Holidays Fest. Her request said: “I like when there’s a lot of magic and banter is even better than sex. I love good banter. I’d be interested in writing and/or reading a good post-break up/getting back together fic.” Written pre-DH, and so only canon-compliant through HBP.

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So, tonight, I did something I've been meaning to do forever, which is to friend everyone who commented on all the fics of mine that have been up at various fests all around LJ this year. While doing that I discovered that I never had replied to comments on "A Wizard's Memory," the H/D I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] charlotteschaos for [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays last Christmas.

Which got me to wondering, did I ever even cross-post the story here? The reveal took place on February 18th, when I was heavy into the modding of the first round of [livejournal.com profile] hp_tarot, started posting the f-locked early version of the multi-chapter threesome fic "Between Boy and Man," and also my RPG was quite busy then, too. Oh yeah, and real life deadlines.

I just looked through my archive and a quick look does not show it. So, here, eight months late, is a cross-post of my H/D story. This is far less dark than a lot of what I write, but pretty involved characters (of course), and sex (of course)...

Title: A Wizard's Memory
Author: ravenna_c_tan
Gift Fic for: charlotteschaos
Word Count: 5900
Pairing: H/D
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: It's fanfic and we know it.
Beta-reader: Betas were not announced during the fest to confound guessers, and now it's enough time gone by that I am not sure who did read this. [livejournal.com profile] twistedm fessed up to it, and I think maybe Grace was the other one? *headdesk*
Summary: At a big Christmas party, Harry runs into the one person he thinks he wants to forget.

There he was.

Draco Malfoy stood at the polished mahogany bar, one elbow against the wood, chatting up a dark-haired wizard, looking utterly relaxed. But Harry knew he wasn't. Draco was never completely relaxed. The pose was calculated, just like the length of his hair, just long enough to look like he didn't care about it, as if he'd let it go too long, when really, he spelled it that exact length, just the right length to brush the tops of his shoulders as he turned his head.

The right length to brush his lover's skin when he was on top.

Harry unclenched his fists and turned away just as Draco's sharp chin swiveled toward him.

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So, I was going through my master list recently, trying to make sure that all the links still work and such. Some of the comms have been deleted, or have gone to all f-lock, stuff like that. So I was checking everything out.

While I was doing it, I started making note of how many comments each story has received to see if I need to revamp my 'greatest hits' links (I don't), I noticed that the only one of my stories that has gotten as few as 25 comments is "Thrown to the Wolves."

It's not that surprising. The two main pairings are Snape/Draco and Lupin/Draco, neither of which are large ships, and the fest I wrote it for, HP Springsmut, was not a widely read as the holiday fests seem to be.

Also, it's got Warnings for things like "Heavy dub-con" and "Anal bleeding." But come on guys, it's me here, you know I'm going to make it good...! (*laughs evilly*)

Anyway, I figured the poor story might get more love if I posted about it here. It's got bitter!snape, scarred!lupin, and victimized!draco.

Title: Thrown to the Wolves
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Snape/Draco, Draco/Remus, Draco/various
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: Post-HBP, wartime. Life is perilous and sordid even for those in Voldemort's inner circle. Especially for those in Voldemort's inner circle. Snape tries to keep his head above water, maintain his cover, and keep Draco Malfoy from getting killed.
Warnings: Heavy dub-con, anal bleeding, and violence.
Word Count: 5,300

(Did I mention how bitter Snape is?)
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OK, I'm now sailing toward Dalian, China, but I noticed today that the [livejournal.com profile] hp_springsmut reveal has taken place.

My story is:

Recipient: thysanotus
Title: Thrown to the Wolves
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Draco/Remus, Snape/Draco, Voldemort/Draco
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: Post-HBP, wartime. Life is perilous and sordid even for those in Voldemort's inner circle. Especially for those in Voldemort's inner circle. Snape tries to keep his head above water, maintain his cover, and keep Draco Malfoy from getting killed.
Warnings: Heavy dub-con, anal bleeding, and violence.
Word Count: @5,300
Author's Notes: The request was for "Anything dark, preferably during the war - unclear motives and surreptitious sex are pluses. Plot is always wonderful, but OTOH, so is smut." Well, I got two of the preferred pairings in, and I think the request fits the story almost well enough to stand as a summary itself. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] miss_bowtruckle for the beta!

Here: http://community.livejournal.com/hp_springsmut/75135.html
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All right, I was so busy in January and February that I missed the reveal for the Snape/Potter Daft Day Swap, and only just now went back and answered my comments!

Herewith, the fic, which I do not think anyone would have guessed was me.

Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] lesyeuxverts00
Title: A Proper Holiday
Author: ravenna_c_tan
Rating: Adult
Warnings: Cross-dressing
Prompt/Summary: Things (kinks) you would like included in your gift: cross-dressing. Optional- Include a scenario (plot device) you would like: I love jealous!Snape or jealous!Harry equally ... also, I love the sort of misunderstandings where one of them catches the other cheating and much angst ensues with an eventual hopeful ending (no sunsets and white horses perfection, but hope.) AU perfectly acceptable as I'm still in denial about most of HBP anyway.
Author's Note: Beta: [livejournal.com profile] miraba
Disclaimer: Non-commercial fanfic. Copyrights and trademarks on these characters are held by others.

(Snape, Harry, and a red satin dress)
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The reveal has taken place at [livejournal.com profile] hpvalensmut and here is the one I wrote for a person who unfortunately left LJ before the fest and so I never got any feedback from them. (*cries*) And I was so effing proud of having stuck SOOOO closely to the request, too! Check it ou!

Title: Settling the Score
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ravenna_c_tan
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] gnightg
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Oliver Wood
Beta-reader: [livejournal.com profile] miss_bowtruckle
Word Count: 4600
Summary/Original Request: "Angst, PWP, Quidditch dressing rooms, Quidditch pitch, desperate erotic dreams, masturbation, watching, admiration, pain is so close to pleasure, sport is so close to sex, tarot fortune telling, wall-sex, smart talk, did I mention ANGST?"
Author's Note: I believe I got every one of the elements in the request into the story except for "watching" and "admiration." The rest fit together incredibly well. I loved this request and had a ton of fun with it! Hope what came out pleases you!

Settling the Score )

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