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The Albatross: Chapter 8 - Strangers

Aug. 13th, 2009 | 05:08 pm
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria


But they, even at the end of the night, were strangers.


To fallenwitch, who didn't think I would do it. ;)

 

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The Albatross: Chapter 7 - Ships in the Night

Jun. 11th, 2009 | 10:47 pm
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria

This chapter was written in so many parts I'm afraid it is not as seamless as I would like it to be but I also know if I don't post it now, it's going to be at least two months and maybe even longer before it gets up here. (Translation = it's going to be awhile before I update. Probably when I cleanse my brain of the phrase "strict scrutiny" and if you don't know what that means, thank your lucky stars.) The beginning of this was actually written a year and a half ago or somewhere along those lines, when this was an entirely different story, about a girl meeting a guy, at a ball. However, over time, the plot became more complicated, the characters became more complicated, everything became more complicated. Suffice to say, the layers kept getting added on. Seven chapters worth to be exact (that is, including the prologue). Still, parts of this chapter, in particular, the beginning have been maintained. Because despite all that has been laid down to complicate the landscape of their lives and the story of their love, THIS is how I wanted Draco and Astoria to meet.

Anyway, this may be subject to some tweaking later on - especially depending on the feedback.  I also think it's worth playing the song when you get to it.  Also, you would think the title of this came from astrology when in fact, this came from a discussion of tortious false imprisonment.  (I somehow find it amusing, maybe you don't.  It's like finding inspiration in weeds on the sidewalk I guess.)


And in some other world, maybe there would have been something else for them.

 

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Dramatis Personæ: Seamus Finnigan

Jun. 2nd, 2009 | 10:56 pm
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria

Name: Seamus Finnigan
Date of Birth: November 21, 1979
Eye color: Green
Hair color: Sandy Brown
House: Gryfffindor

    

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Update and Summary

May. 19th, 2009 | 12:00 am
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria

Let's face it - if you know me at all (and I understand some of you don't know me at all) - I don't really do beta versions. I write it, I post it, it's done. I care about what people think, I like to get input but I'm an impatient writer and I don't have time to take a second shot, in fic or in RL. Thus, this beta version will likely be a final version so I should just treat it that way. I honestly don't know what I was thinking by making this a beta version in the first place.  Anyway, I also plan on "releasing" The Albatross to a wider community. I have no delusions that this fic will *inspire* others but I do hope that it will get people thinking about Astoria and be more willing to write her. If you have any suggestions about where I should cross-post or if you would like to spread the word, I would more than appreciate the help.

In other news, I think I've finally come up with a workable summary. So without further adieu, here it is, until it changes or not changes: What does it take to heal?  For Draco, it is a second chance.  For Astoria, it is the realization that the best is yet to come.  

Also if you knew me (or read any of my other work), you would know I am notorious for writing extremely vauge and short summaries.  Oh well.  Btw, anyone with banner making skills?

And finally, enjoy the unprecedented amount of posts while it lasts. I've got some pressing RL things to handle starting next week so I can't make future assurances other than the next chapter will be up soon. Meanwhile, I've posted a non-Albatross D/A one-shot at we3sisters . It does take elements from this fic. You may see this as a route I decided not to take...  As I have already warned FW, it is not for the faint of heart.

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Dramatis Personæ: Zacharias Smith

May. 17th, 2009 | 09:15 pm
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria

Name: Zacharias Smith
Date of Birth: March 21, 1980
Eye color: Blue
Hair color: Dirty blond
House: Hufflepuff

For the graduate.  *g*

      

 
The last picture is my favorite.  :)

I'm not really into astrology but I like symbolism.  I decided to match Daphne and Zacharia's astrology signs and picked a random sign (Aries) for Z to see what it would say.  This is what I got from iVillage.  Works for me.

 

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The Albatross: Chapter 6 - When Luck is on the Road

May. 2nd, 2009 | 08:55 pm
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria

Astoria is unprepared for his second solicitation and utters, to her own surprise, an uneven yes.

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Dramatis Personæ: Daphne Greengrass

Apr. 12th, 2009 | 10:16 pm
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria

Name: Daphne Greengrass
Date of Birth: January 10, 1980
Eye color: Brown (with green sectoral heterochromia)
Hair color: Brown
House: Slytherin

It's hard not going overboard with these - but you never know what primadoma will have a fit.  *g*
  


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The Albatross: Chapter 5 - The Rebuilt Garden

Mar. 17th, 2009 | 12:48 pm
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria

I don't know how I quite feel about this chapter.  But I suppose that is why it is here - for you to review.  I'm mostly concerned about the character transition.

He ends up shadowing her like some poltergeist tied to her yellow hair.

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Character Development: Theo Nott

Mar. 7th, 2009 | 04:51 pm
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria

Sooo...I've been thinking of making Theo gay...  Anyone want to defend his honor or what have you?  Or do I have your approval?  Or do you want to nominate someone else?  Yeah, of course, this character is going to hit on Draco.  I mean, you've seen these pictures here, yes?  [I don't mean to excite anyone - this is a pretty PG-rated fic.  I'm just all about equal representaion here.]
 

 
P.S. While I value your input, no, this is not a democratic place.  On the other hand, I can be persuaded one way or another.

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The Albatross: Chapter 4 - The Chosen One

Jan. 31st, 2009 | 11:28 pm
posted by: black_alnair in dracoxastoria

Like fallenwitch , I'm late. Well, not in my time zone but in yours, I'm late. Still, wishing you a very happy birthday _____faith ! Sorry it's not D/Z but hey, who doesn't like a little bit of bromance??



"Why me?" he finally asks.


“Who else but you?”  Neville counters. 



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