How awkward could that be? For both of them. I could almost feel the egg shells they were dancing round, trying not to spoil the relationship they had developed despite their past. Wonderfully captured and written, many thanks for sharing.
Hi TJ, Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. "Eggshells" is the perfect word to describe the state of Harry's and Dudley's relationship right now. They are putting out tentative feelers while trying not to disrupt the fragile relationship that they have managed to construct in the aftermath of the war. I sense that the real animosity was rooted in the previous generation, not in the two boys, and they both know that. Will they be able, in the decades to come, to build a stronger bond based on blood, despite the conflicted events of the past? I don't know -- blood is a strong tie.
Thank you for your kind remarks.
Oho a Next Gen fic that's about Harry and Dudley. I'm really curious to see where this leads! I love Harry-Dudley rebuilding relationship fics!
I think you wrote adult Dudley and Harry well. They both seem similiar to their characters in the books, but more mature. Harry seems distracted by a lot and has too much on his plate haha.
I'm trying to think of what Harry left in his room that could be dangerous. I can't think of anything... I'm curious to see what was left. Maybe something reacted with something else over time? Or oh!!! what if the Death Eaters (assuming they searched the place after the Dursleys left) the Death Eaters left a trap, like a bomb (like your title suggests) and there was a trigger with the door opening. And if no one opened that door in 15 or so years, and Vernon was the first one, Vernon got hit by it??! Which means there's some residule dark magic in the house! And that also explains why the doctors are confused by how he died! yessss I think this is it!
Looking forward to chapter 2!
Hi Alwynse. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my story.
As for your astute analysis of how this plot is trending, I will say that the title of the story is metaphorical as well as literal. After a war ends, there are unexploded bombs left over that persist undiscovered, often for years. A good example of this is in the midlands of England, where the Nazis droppoed huge numbers of bombs in 1941, trying to knock out the British manufacturing plants that were manufacturing war materials. I referenced this in Chapter 9 ("The Bombing of Coventry") in my story The Baby In The Closet on my author page. I also used it in a non-HP story set in modern times; one can google the Coventry newspaper and see frequent references to unexploded bombs being discovered during recent house remodels or construction work in that city.
Within the past few years, a news article reported that during World War II a hand granade had been thrown during a battle and had lodged in the fork of a tree, never exploding. Over the years the wood of the tree grew to completely enclose the grenade. In time, the tree was cut down and sawed into firewood, and the chunk of wood containing the little bomb was put into a wood stove. The heat of the fire caused the grenade to explode, decades after it had first been thrown. The stove was damaged but no people were hurt.
Harry's relationship with the Dursleys could be considered an example of unexploded bombs, things not completely brought to completion. By now you have probably read Chapter Two. I hope you liked how it went.