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14 April 2007 @ 08:02 pm
Caught (Pieces of a Story Remix) [HP: Draco/Harry]  
Title: Caught (Pieces of a Story Remix)
Author: kaydeefalls
Summary: Wherein Malfoys never run (except when they do), Potter hates Draco (except when he doesn't), and Draco has no choice.
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Draco/Harry
Disclaimer: not mine, no profit, don't sue.
Title, Author and URL of original story: Catch Me If You Can, by leyenn


1. "Malfoys never run."

He crouched in the narrow space between the shrubbery and the rough brick wall, wondering if he could make himself disappear by sheer force of will. If he were old enough to have his wand, he thought resentfully, he probably would be able to disappear.

Of course, if he had a wand, he could probably just fix the stupid vase himself.

Mother had warned him time and time again to be careful and not just dash willy-nilly through the library. And time and time again, Draco had ignored her. He was a Malfoy, after all. He would inherit all those boring antiques himself, and he didn't care what happened to them.

His mother cared, though. And more frighteningly, so did his father. And now he'd broken an antique vase, and he didn't know how to put it back together. So he'd run.

Maybe if he stayed hidden long enough, everyone would just forget about it. Or maybe no one would ever even notice the broken vase at all. It was ugly, anyway.

When the shrubbery concealing him parted evenly with a snippy little swish, Draco knew all was lost.

"I don't think I like that spell," he told his father sulkily.

"I don't think I like seeing valuable Ming dynasty vases lying shattered on my library floor," Father replied smoothly. "Yet it seems we must both suffer through."

"It wasn't my fault!" Draco insisted. "It was...it was Dobby! I told him to be careful, but he just went and—"

Father raised an eyebrow. "If it was Dobby, then why are you hiding?"

Draco thought fast. "Because I knew you'd blame me," he complained. "Everyone always blames me for everything." Which wasn't even remotely accurate, but he figured it was worth a try.

"You are ten years old," Father said, and his voice was suddenly cold. "You will be attending Hogwarts in less than a year. You cannot continue to behave like a child, Draco. You are a Malfoy. Malfoys take responsibility for their actions."

"I know," Draco replied, hanging his head. He wasn't a child, after all. "But I didn't want to get into trouble."

"Then you should not have run," his father said. "If you run, then everyone can see you have something to run from." He polished the silver head of his cane offhandedly with his sleeve. "If you run, then you can only be caught."

Draco forced himself to meet his father's eyes.

"There are better ways to handle such things, after all," Father continued, and smiled.


2. "You still can't look a pixie in the eye."

It wasn't that he was scared, Draco told himself afterward. They were just pixies, after all. It wasn't like they could really do anything to him. Except pull his hair and bite his fingers and thousands of other unpleasant little things. It wasn't fear, and it wasn't running, it was just...prudent.

And anyway, Lockhart had run first.

Hours later, he nearly ran into Potter trudging down a corridor. Potter's hair was more mussed than usual, he robes were all askew, and his hands were covered in scratches and bitemarks. Draco smirked at him. "How was class today, Potter?"

Potter glared at him. "Delightful. You ought to lose a hundred House points for bailing out early."

"Malfoys do not clean up other peoples' messes," Draco retorted haughtily. "On the other hand, Potters apparently enjoy mucking out stables in their spare time."

"Potters just aren't scared to do a little work sometimes," Potter said. "We don't run screaming at the sight of a couple of pixies."

"I'm not scared of anything," Draco said, affronted. "And I didn't run."

"No, you scampered." Potter grinned. "Like a little scared pixie yourself."

Draco glowered menacingly. Or tried to, anyway.

"I mean, those pixies! Terrifying monstrous creatures!" Potter taunted. "They might, I dunno, scratch you. Or bare those horrible huge teeth! The mere thought of them, really, is almost too much to bear. Are you feeling faint? Shall I fetch you the Malfoy smelling salts?"

"I didn't faint, and I didn't run," Draco snarled, and shoved Potter up against the wall.

Something odd and dark flashed in Potter's eyes. "Ooh, I'm so scared. I'm gonna piss myself. Is that what you did, Malfoy, when you saw the pixies? Piss yourself?"

Draco almost punched him in the face, but reconsidered. It was a really dumb argument, and if a professor or prefect or someone showed up, Draco would get into a lot of trouble. Everyone always assumed it was his fault, even when Potter clearly deserved it. "Shut up," Draco said instead, and stalked away, feeling entirely unsatisfied with the whole business.


3. "Malfoy loyalty is never questioned."

Christmas dinner at Malfoy Manor was an elegant affair. A select gathering of the best families in England were in attendance, and Draco was always given a new set of dress robes to wear. This year's were dark green velvet; he thought he looked rather dashing, if he did say so himself.

"And how is the Triwizard Tournament coming along?" one of his mother's friends asked him, and he couldn't keep from scowling. "I hear the Potter boy is doing unexpectedly well so far."

"Yes, the rotten cheat," Draco muttered. His mother frowned at him from across the table.

Later, during an interval between courses, Mother took him aside. "I won't have you sulking at the dinner table," she told him.

"Sorry, Mother," he said, not meaning it. "It's just that everyone always talks about Potter, and how wonderful he is. He isn't, you know, not a bit. He cheats. He shouldn't even be in the Tournament."

"Of course he shouldn't," she said smoothly. "But he is. And so long as he appears to be in favor, you shan't say a word against him. Not in this company. I will not allow you to disgrace our family with your silly schoolboy spitefulness."

"Which is not to say you should openly support the boy," Father said, startling Draco. He hadn't heard him come up behind them. "But there's a difference between childish shows of temper and subtle disapproval. There are ways of getting your point across without debasing yourself, Draco. You should learn to use them, and wisely. Everyone will know where the Malfoys stand soon enough."

Draco, nodding in agreement, nearly missed the flash of worry in his mother's eyes, swiftly quenched.


4. "I have better things to concern me now."

The first time he realized he might fancy Harry Potter was at the beginning of fifth year. He snuck out to watch a Gryffindor Quidditch practice in the hopes of learning any new weaknesses Slytherin might exploit, but after an hour he realized that he was actually only noticing how Potter's thighs tightened on the broom, the set of his jaw when he focused on a particularly tricky play, the way the sunlight glinted off his dark hair. It wasn't very useful information at all, and Draco left feeling rather disgusted with himself.

The first time he kissed Harry Potter was in the Quidditch changing rooms after Potter and the Weasley twin terrors had been thrown off the team. Potter wanted to kill Draco. Draco wanted to gloat. How he'd wound up shoved up against a wall with Potter's tongue down his throat – well, he never rightly figured that out. It didn't make him stop hating Potter, and it didn't keep Potter from taking out that pretty little Ravenclaw Seeker, but it certainly made life a little more interesting.

The first time he fucked Harry Potter was on Valentine's Day, nauseatingly enough. Apparently the date with Chang hadn't gone so well. He didn't ask Potter how he'd managed to get into the Slytherin dormitory, and Potter didn't ask if Draco liked him or anything pithy like that. "About damn time," Draco said, and Potter said, "Shut up," and then they didn't say anything else for a while.

The first time he betrayed Harry Potter was when he saw him and Granger leading Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest. Draco immediately used the fireplace in Umbridge's office to Floo his father. His father was most grateful for the information.

And the first time he met the Dark Lord was four weeks after Harry Potter had gotten his father sent to Azkaban. Draco had his priorities straight, after all.


5. "I will always come when my master calls."

He was barely sixteen years old. His father was in Azkaban. His mother was in danger. His relatives thought he was doing the right thing. His friends thought he was very brave. Dumbledore was a biased, spiteful old man. The Dark Lord did not request, he ordered.

He was a Malfoy.

He made the choice because there was no choice at all.


6. "You want to be caught."

Potter clearly suspected something. He also clearly wanted revenge for the bit of fun Draco'd had with him on the Hogwarts Express. And he clearly didn't know the first thing about true malice, because he just wound up fucking Draco against a wall again.

Draco returned the favor. Violent sex was just as painful as a punch in the face, after all, and far more satisfying.

It sort of became a habit, and Draco came to expect the sudden pressure on his bed, the hoarse whisper casting a silencing charm, the press of lips and teeth against his collarbone in something that wasn't quite a bite, wasn't quite a kiss.

And Potter still clearly didn't actually know what Draco was up to, which suited Draco just fine. Mostly. Except when he found himself bent over a toilet in a mostly-abandoned bathroom, retching up nothing, sick with self-loathing after seeing what the poisoned necklace had done to Katie Bell.

He willed Potter to find him, but Harry never came.


7. "Catch me, then. If you can."

They don't really talk about these things, except when they do. Harry says Voldemort's name outright and prods Draco for information he knows Draco won't actually give him, and Draco makes remarks about Malfoy honor as though Harry could possibly understand what he's talking about. Harry says you ran but not I wanted to run, too and Draco says I will always come when my master calls but not I can never be on your side, Potter.

Harry says I'd have to come after you but not please don't run next time.

Draco says you could never catch me but not it's not running if you don't have a choice.

Harry says perhaps I'd have to get nasty but not I want you.

And Draco says catch me, then, if you can so that he doesn't have to admit I've already been caught.
 
 
 
gypsytaika on April 23rd, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Hmm, very good. I like it. I like how you incorporate different years into each step and how you wove it into OotP and HBP. Very nice.
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 29th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
ura_hdura_hd on April 23rd, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
how sad... nice story though.
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 29th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Leyenn: love is pushing him off a balconyleyenn on April 23rd, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Wow! I didn't even think of someone remixing this story, and look at what you've done with it! Love the growth across the years and the depth you've put into their relationship. I'm sort of lacking in coherence at the moment, for which I really apologise, because I'm sure there's more I should be saying other than, you know, wow! and thank you!

Much love. Can't wait to find out who you are writing things like this!
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 29th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you liked it! It was fun playing with your fic. :)
Meredythmeredyth_13 on April 24th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
This was truly lovely, very poignant and introspective. It caught just enough of the canon, and just enough of Draco's life outside canon, and wove them beautifully into a larger picture.

kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 29th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
riko: plotting evil plotsriko on April 24th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Mm! Really good read. A scary but very logical look at Draco being groomed to be his father's heir (I have such a weakness for that particular type of story :D).

I really, really like your take on Draco in general! You don't erase any of his failings, but you approach them in a way that is, if not entirely sympathetic, than at least completely and utterly believable. I can totally see how Draco might try to excuse all the times he's run, and I love that you give little hints at the end that he's always known the excuses weren't 100% true. Really nice work!
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 29th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm not a huge Draco fan, but I think he's a fascinating character to explore, and I'm glad you liked what I did with him.
Archon Menthaarchon_mentha on April 26th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
I love the look at how Draco would grow up - it felt very believable to me, and I really liked the way the ending brought everything together.
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 29th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
melandry on April 28th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
I especially enjoyed the first installment; the Lucius-Draco interaction was really well written. I don't read much Harry/Draco, but this seemed like a very plausible and compelling take on the pairing to me.
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 29th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And I don't read (or write) much Harry/Draco either, so I'm glad you gave it a try. :)
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kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 30th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs* And I somehow doubt I'll ever really be much of a H/D writer -- I love the Marauders too much -- but it is fun to dabble in different pairings every now and then, and I'm glad you liked this one.
Daisy-chama: HP - Harry - Ron looks ridiculousdaisy_chan on April 30th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Oooh, I liked this a lot. I didn't read the original, but I'll definately do that now. ^^
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 30th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
Thank you! And you should totally check out the original, it's quite nifty. :)
(no subject) - blonde_cecile on April 30th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on April 30th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
Thanks!
thrnbrookethrnbrooke on April 30th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
OH I like! My heart breaks for Draco!
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on May 2nd, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Thanks!
Truthful Plum Logical Horsemegyal on April 30th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
The last line sort of made my heart skitter. Excellent exploration of the original.
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on May 2nd, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it. :)
that which cannot be seentresa_cho on April 30th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Awww, that was very well done.
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on May 2nd, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!
bageldelight on April 30th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
I really, really like the way you did this, moving from one time period to the next and filling in parts that no one has seen. Great job, thank you!
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on May 2nd, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked. :)
Cheryl Dysondysonrules on April 30th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Very original. I love it.
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on May 2nd, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!
be patient I am getting to the pointairgiodslv on May 3rd, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Comment eaten, trying again! This was very nicely done, fragmented but with a thread that held it together the whole way through, and you did a really great job of showing Draco's childhood and why he makes the decisions he does. I really enjoyed it.
kaydee falls: jailbaitkaydeefalls on May 5th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs*
sisikasisika on April 29th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
This was rather brilliant. Especially the last lines, I immensely enjoyed them!
kaydee falls: marauderskaydeefalls on April 30th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!