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LDWS Challenge #4 Voting

Originally posted by deirdre_aithne at LDWS Challenge #4 Voting
Voting Time!


Your mods apologise for the delay in getting the voting post up - one mod is travelling out of the country, which makes for dodgy internet connectivity, and your other mod is just flat-out with work.

Voting rules:
1. Do not vote for yourself, and do not ask others to vote for you
2. If you participated in this challenge of the LDWS, then you are required to vote! If you do not have an LJ account, please comment with your vote so that it will be counted!
3. Vote for one MOST and SECOND MOST favourite, and LEAST and SECOND LEAST favourite drabble. Votes for multiple drabbles in any category, or failure to fill out a vote for all four will result in a disqualified vote.
4. Please vote for the NUMBER, not the title, of each drabble. (Voting for a drabble by title AND number is acceptable; voting for the title only is not and I WILL NOT count votes that are done by title only.)
5. Remember the prompt for this challenge while voting- Flourish & Blotts.
6. Voting closes 11:59 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Saturday, October 13th

Results will be posted on Sunday!







01

Author:
Title:Bottoms Up at the Leaky Cauldron
Rating: R
Warnings: Sexy alcoholic drink names!

"Malfoy, you're Hannah's new bartender?"

"Yes, I started three days ago."

"How's it going?"

"Easy peasy. Just like brewing potions. So, what'll it be, Granger?"

"I'll have a LOVE ELIXIR, please, and two SLIPPERY NIPPLES."

"After drinking those, you'll probably be ready for a MENAGE A TROIS."

"No, I'd prefer a SLOE COMFORTABLE SCREW."

"My shift's just ended. Your RED HOT LOVER's ready. Let's go upstairs
and get BETWEEN THE SHEETS."

"If I give you a BLOW JOB, Draco, will you give me a really good CLIMAX?"

"Hermione, for one of your BLOW JOBs, I guarantee you a SCREAMING ORGASM."



02

Author:
Title: Haunted
Rating: PG
Warnings: None

The Leaky Cauldron’s wretched atmosphere suited Draco. He came here every night, wallowing between misery and firewhiskey. No one interfered, least of all her, as he drowned away his conscience.


This is where they’d met after the fallout, desperate and alone. Where she’d let down her defences, and he’d connived her into going upstairs in exchange for his protection. Had he known the outcome, would he do it again?


One night, and he’d been damned. Blearily, he eyed the others, curious if they saw her, too.


Hermione’s ghost lingered here, silently accusing. Every night he tried to drink her away.





03

Author:
Title: Just Another Night at the Leaky
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Drinking, touchy flirtation and the implication of sex

After one Firewhiskey, Hermione returned Draco’s bold stare.

After two, he left the bar and strolled over to the Gryffindor table.

After three, they began to argue about politics.
After four, about Quidditch. After five, about the soul.

After six Firewhiskeys, their thighs were pressed together. Draco’s fingers were stroking Hermione’s hair. She, not very discreetly, sniffed his cologne.

After seven Firewhiskeys, Draco dared Hermione to touch him there. Without hesitation, she did. Their lips met in a scorching kiss.

After eight Firewhiskeys, everyone but Luna had told them to get a room.

After nine, they did.

Room Number Ten.



04

Author:
Title: Unexpected
Rating: G/K
Warnings: N/A

When asked about the new Ministry Marriage Law, Hermione Granger stated that "arranged marriages are archaic." She refused, on principle, to marry her chosen match, Draco Malfoy.

When Draco was asked, he replied, "There's no way in hell I'll be forced to marry that Granger girl."

So when, after two years of Hermione's tireless effort and Draco's money, the Daily Prophet announced the repeal of the hated Marriage Law, Hermione, Draco, and everyone in the Leaky Cauldron roared in celebration.

You understand then, why everything stilled when Draco dropped to one knee and slipped a ring onto Hermione's slender finger.



05

Author:
Title: The first day of the rest of her life
Rating: R
Warnings: None

Hermione doesn’t mean to eavesdrop, but she can’t help overhearing the
altercation at the bar. “I’m not a charity,” Hannah Abbott’s saying. “You
still owe me for your last drink.”

Hermione doesn’t wait for Malfoy’s reply; she walks over, and silently
slides a Galleon across the counter. Malfoy picks it up, looks at her, and
in his eyes she sees a damaged man, recently released from Azkaban...

Then he smiles and her heart twists; he says, “Thanks, Granger,” and she
smiles back, seeing courage in him, as well.

She climbs onto the barstool beside his. “A white wine please, Hannah.”



06

Author:
Title: Secret-Keeper
Rating: G
Warnings: Canon compliant. Implied infidelity.

It is obvious to Hannah Longbottom that neither of them wants to be the first to leave.

The hesitation is there in the way Hermione fiddles with the buttons on her coat while Malfoy tugs on his gloves, but they can only delay for so long. With a sigh, Malfoy turns toward to the bar, and Hannah blushes, caught.

With a nod, he presses the key to Room 11 in her hand, and his parting with Weasley is quiet and brief. Aching.

Neither catches the look the other throws over their shoulder, and Hanna thinks, yes, I’ll be your Secret-Keeper.



07

Author:
Title: Breathe
Rating: PG
Warnings: None.

He presses his knee between hers, and she breathes in the dizzy mix of smoke and alcohol and snow that lingers in the alley along the pub. He could be anyone else, she tells herself as his fingers slip under the hem of her skirt, around the warm curve of her thigh.

“This means nothing,” she tells him—a protest or reassurance. In the darkness, her own voice is distant and unfamiliar, and it asks a thousand questions. When he glances back at her, his eyes are the dark grey of storm clouds, and she knows he will never answer.



08

Author:
Title: Leverage
Rating: G
Warnings: None.


"I'm not doing it."

"You promised!"

"You had taken your clothes off when you asked me. I would have promised you anything."

Stepping forward so that the occupants of the Leaky Cauldron could not hear, Hermione whispered, "I think it's only fair that you come with me into the Muggle world. It's only for a short while."

"Muggles are awkward things. They believe in freezing their food."

Her gaze narrowed suspiciously. "Ron?"

"He has my best interest at heart."

"Maybe you and Ron should go on our honeymoon."

"What are you waiting for, woman? Let's go to the Muggle world!"



09

Author:
Title: A Man Walks Into a Pub
Rating: PG
Warnings: Post-Epilogue

Noticing that their tankards of butterbeer ran low, Hermione excused herself. The laughter followed her as her group of friends told stories from long past days. Neville’s Remembrall was constantly
turning red as he wiped down the counter.

"Seven more, Neville."

He gestured to a loaded tray. "All taken care of."

She grinned. "Thank you, Neville!"

He smirked. "It wasn't me.”

She stood still for a moment, staring at the golden liquid in the mugs. Lifting the tray, she returned to her friends, her eyes locking momentarily with the stone grey eyes of the lone man in the corner booth.



10

Author:
Title: House Is Where the Heart Is
Rating: PG
Warnings: None

Hermione passed through The Leaky Cauldron every day on her way home
from work, and for the past week he had haunted her peripheral vision:
sulking, drinking, alone in the corner of the bar.

She'd read the news in The Prophet - Astoria had divorced him.

She approached him one day.

"I'm sorry Astoria left you, Malfoy," she said, sympathetically.

He scoffed. "I don't care about her. She got..." his voice broke.
"She got the manor!"

He let out a wail.

As Hermione turned in disgust to leave, Draco croaked out, "Hey,
Granger... I hear you've got a pretty big house."




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