Hey, Meg, here for EvS review battle in the common room!
I'm a sucker for Draco and Hermione fics. I've always thought she could do better than Ron Weasley. (Nothing wrong with Ron, they're just not the right 'fit' to me. Neither is Harry and Ginny, but that's an entirely different story, there. I know people who are just blessed canon shippers, and refuse to see a different track - so glad to see you on the other side.)
Anyhow, I loved this! I could sit and type that over and over, but, that's just fangirling, right? I loved how you stuck to both their canon selves, but still worked in that KISS. Yup, it was perfect.
Just as her ending reaction was, the slap. Yup, I agree with Malfoy, it was definitely worth it. Even if they had to step back to their normal relationship - I could see an understanding between them.
Gives me a little hope for the insufferable git.
I'm glad I picked this fic to review, it was awesome. For a first Dramione, it deserves a high five.
Why is it when a boy likes a girl, he does everything he can to annoy her. Punching in the stomach means "you're cute" and saying hurtful things is translated to "I'm interested." It looks like the infamous Draco Malfoy is no different. He, even though he loathes to admit it, even to himself, likes Hermione Granger. Why?
Because everything is handed to him on a silver plate. He wants for nothing. He lacks nothing in his life except for two things: love and a challenge. (We'll discount the Dark Lord's orders since although it is a challenge, it isn't something he relishes.) Love and a challenge: Why not roll them into one?
From the first moment, she slapped him, she's been an icon, a symbol in his life: something exotic, so difference from his elegant yet mundane (again discounting Voldy) life. She presents a woman so different that all the simpering pure bloods that are groveling at his feet in hopes of a Malfoy marriage.
She is the forbidden fruit which makes this kiss all the more sweeter. Why do people often crave and lust after that which they cannot have?
And her reaction? Not completely unexpected. Shocked. . .then why the hell not. . . get back at Ron, even if he never knows the truth. . . the reality sets in of her actions. Begin with a slap, ending with a slap-excellent writing tool.
Nice job, Meg. As usual, great description showing the wide range of emotions of these two over a span of mere minutes. (Unlike some, they do not have the emotional range of a teaspoon.) You've really delved into each character's psyche and show a realistic possibility that opposities really can attract, even if it won't last.