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Here. Have a boiled sweet. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Here. Have a boiled sweet.

‘Young Flume is after Nev.  Making a dead set at him.’

‘So are Fred and George, I believe, but you know Our Nev, he’s not really worldly.’

‘No, but, when one isn’t watching, Luna is, rather.  I don’t imagine that his new Liquorice Allspice will find much use in good plain cookery, but in boiled sweets, well, one sees why Flume wants him under contract to Honeydukes.’

‘Hmmm.  No reason, is there, why we’d not give an old friend a helping hand.’

‘Not least when you consider that we know our way about the provender trade, what with the cider and the perry and the barley for Ogden’s.’

‘Not least when Uncle Aberforth is a liveryman and past master of so many useful guilds.  The Victuallers, the Pepperers, the Malenders….’

‘And you a miller, at that.  Indeed, a Miller, Warden-Elect of the Worshipful Company of Millers, Granators, and Furners.’

‘Owdonabit, lads, hast it arse-uppards.’  The tone was affectionately reproving, and the words came from behind them.

Nev!’ cried Harry, slewing round and wrapping his brother-in-fate in a hug.  Draco swiftly insinuated himself into the embrace: he didn’t care at all for such displays, really, any more than Harry did ‘outside the family’, but if Harry was hugging anyone at all, Draco was damned well going to be a part of it.

‘Kind of the two of you to look out for my interests,’ said Nev, gently disengaging himself.  ‘Happen I’d thought of it already, though.  Here: have a sherbet greengage, Draco.  Harry, these are for you, Uncle Algie’s loganberry boilt sweets.  And I’ve centaursfoot rock, and mint graphorn-eyes.’

Nev?’  It was Harry who spoke: Draco was dealing with his sherbet greengage.

‘Well, no reason, I thought, as you did, why I should take exclusive contract with any, even t’Twins, let alone Honeydukes.  Luna and I sat down with Hermione and then I went to solicitors – Taperie, Wriothernaught, and Floddle – and formed company.  Now I can licence what I come to, summat here and summat there, and discounts for old friends, mind thi boath.’

Nev.  We didn’t mean to be, well, I mean, it is your life and work and business, it’s simply that –’

‘Ah, Harry, wouldn’t be the two of you, not plotting and scheming to do good by stealth.  How’s sweet, Draco?’

‘My God, Nev, it’s … magic.  I only wish Albus were here to try it out.’

‘Aye.  And magic it is, lad: I’ve had sherbet lemons and sherbet strawberries from Muggles, and you allus get a scrap of papper with ’em: they stick to sack, sithee.  Twins’ve been in on’t, developing these sweets, so, you may say, Harry’s fronted seed money from the start.  Now, then, let’s talk about cider apples, I’ve idea abeawt that….’

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tiferet From: tiferet Date: June 4th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this, but I can't really see Draco wishing Dumbledore were alive again for any reason, let alone to try sweets--I love, love, love H/D, but whenever Draco's change of heart makes him not just reject the idiocy and foolishness he grew up with but also embrace people whom I personally feel never genuinely cared for him nor showed it, my disbelief really wobbles on its suspension lines. YMMV, and obviously does; but Draco turning away from evil is easy for me to believe in, Draco thinking lovingly of Albus is not. (It's Draco that I tend to identify with in H/D.)

That said, I really do love this, especially with Draco insinuating himself in to other people's embraces like my cat deos.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: June 4th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


As for the suspension bridge of your disbelief, well.... I suppose - leaving aside whether Albus did or did not care genuinely for Draco - I suppose it turns, in part, on whether one sees Draco as a Malfoy ... or as a Black, beneath that very, very thin and insecure veneer of Malfoy coldness: hot headed, hot hearted, vy apt to become a Mary Martyr and a Drama Queen and make a creation out of ostentatious penitence.

Besides, wishing Albus had not died, given how that happened, seems freighted with a lot of purely selfish meaning for Draco, and needn't imply he thinks lovingly of the old man. 'I wish he were here' says little abt Albus and much abt Draco and how he views himself and his actions (and redeemed or not, Draco is primarily concerned with himself and his dramas and the figure he cuts on the stage he creates in the play in which he stars for the critical audience of himself).

Or so it seems to me, he-says-with-a-shrug.
aillil From: aillil Date: June 5th, 2006 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Language question, of course.

What kind of dialect does Neville speak here?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: June 9th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah. Sorry.

From: tree_and_leaf Date: June 5th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Centaur's foot rock. Heh.

Mind you, I think, if I was an old school chum of Neville's, I might feel he was laying on the dialect a wee bit thick - or is this how he always 'really' spoke, and the neutral English he spoke at Hogwarts a way of fitting in?

It strikes me that a redeemed!Draco might be inclined to enjoy the role of penitent just a bit too much - without, perhaps, realising, that he was self-dramatizing.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: June 9th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Lanky Nev.

Well, Narcissa calls it 'ostentatious pureblood theatre' and 'Nev's Cunning Peasant Turn', but no one blinks at Minerva's being double-tongued, turning from English-with-a-burr to Standard Scots and even, on occasion, the broad claik. And with Nev, it's a post-War two-fingered salute of sorts: there's a touch of Old Labour in Nev.
avus From: avus Date: June 7th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Delightful as always. I'm jealous of all those wonderful dialects in your head. We have ours on this side of the Pond, but they're more related to much larger geographic areas or different ethic groups.

I like your reasoning behind Draco going for a hug. Seems right to me, though I'm not the big Draco fan. And your thinking that he is, at heart, more Black than Malfoy is interesting. Not how I think of folks, but makes a good point. In the States, we don't think family style, though when I do, I can see that being a major factor, at least in my family.

Glad to know you're enjoying writing & sharing.

All the best,

wemyss From: wemyss Date: June 9th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thankee, Gaffer.

Always makes me beam to have yr praise. Well, it works with Wee Kyle, so why not?
avus From: avus Date: June 10th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thankee, Gaffer.

Then with Poppy, almost everything works w/ Wee Kyle. And everything about Wee Kyle works w/ Poppy, too.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: June 10th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

And that...

... Is precisely as it should be.
themolesmother From: themolesmother Date: June 9th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Our Nev, he’s not really worldly ...

I love the way you show that not worldly doesn't necessarily equal stupid. I love Neville - he's a favourite of mine in the books and your grown-up Neville is a delight.

I can see Draco in the role of ostentatious penitent, it suits him down to the ground. Given that Draco's penitence starts with Dumbledore's death, it is also quite plausible an older Draco would have developed a kind of misty-eyed once removed type of affection for Dumbledore as a symbol of his redemption.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: June 9th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes, exactly. Thank you.

Plausible is what I was aiming for. I'm relieved to hear that it works, and that others see the same potentialities in Nev and Draco as do I.
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