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A belated THANK YOU to my friend, captainraychill, for reccing my Missed Connections story. The warm fuzzies are warm!

Originally posted by captainraychill at FIC: Draco/Hermione, "Missed Connections" by UnseenLibrarian
Title: Missed Connections on AO3
Author: UnseenLibrarian
Word Count: 8061
Alternate Links to Fic: Fanfiction.net or Hawthorn and Vine (Registration required)
Pairing: Draco/Hermione
Rating: PG for bum admiration and kissing, maybe some mild profanity
Author's Summary: After a pleasant autumnal trip to Diagon Alley with her friends, a Missed Connection describing Hermione appears in the Daily Prophet's Personals column. Who could have left it? Hermione's mad with curiosity, but the identity of the sender remains a mystery. (Harry knows, but wild hippogriffs couldn't drag it out of him.)
Author's Website: AO3 or Hawthorn and Vine (Registration required) or Fanfiction.net or unseen1969
Why everyone should read this: Oooooh, UnseenLibrarian! She’s the absolute best when it comes to comedy (she has perfect timing) mixed with heartfelt romance. In case you’ve never heard of them, this is a real ad from missedconnections.com: “you were on a motorcycle, bald in leather ... I saw you this morning on the way into work. I was the brunette you waved at ... What freeway were we on and what color was my SUV? Seems you may have been headed into downtown.” Ha! In this story, Draco posts a Missed Connections ad in the Prophet, clearly speaking of Hermione, and their following exchange of ads grows more and more personal, warm and vulnerable. The real star of this story, however, is its narrator, Harry Potter. Unseen nails his voice, down to thinking “What a drama queen” about Draco when he sweeps out of the room "like a knight off to battle", one of my favorite lines. Also, bonus points for Harry, Draco (and Hermione) in sexy Auror uniforms. And fun sayings on coffee mugs. Enjoy!

Excerpt:

It was Hermione. She had a brilliant smile on her face and was clutching a book to her chest. She had tossed aside her cloak due to the warmth of the shop and but still wore her scarf, which fluttered as she bounced up and down. "Look, Harry, the new edition of Hogwarts: A History has arrived at last! I knew it was due out this month. This is the perfect birthday present to buy myself!" Her eyes shone as she kissed me on the cheek and then made a beeline for the shop clerk to make her purchase, weaving neatly around the other patrons. "Hi, Malfoy," she said brightly as she brushed past him.

"Granger," was all he said in reply as he turned and watched her disappear up the aisle. She looked every inch the eager schoolgirl, with her red and gold argyle, knee-high socks, grey jumper, and short plaid skirt. It swayed in time to her rapid steps, just like it always had in the halls of Hogwarts. I gazed after her fondly, grinning – at least, until I realized that all of Malfoy's attention was focused on my best friend's bum in that swishy, little skirt.

What? My mouth gaped in surprise, and I squeezed my eyes shut for a moment. He couldn't really be checking out Hermione… could he? When I re-opened them, the scene was the same. Malfoy was still looking intently in the direction that Hermione had gone. His eyes were half-lidded, and he had an almost predatory look on his face. Suddenly, he came out of his trance-like state, turned, and did a double-take when he saw me staring at him.

"Once a swot, always a swot," he said with a sneer, jerking his head towards Hermione. "And only a swot would think a copy of a book she'd already memorized was a great gift. I've wasted enough time around you Gryffindors; I'm off to have lunch – in peace." With that, he headed out the door, letting it slam shut behind him.

Now, there was the Malfoy I knew. I laughed at myself for jumping to conclusions and thinking there actually had been some sort of spark in his eyes. Of course there hadn't been. It just wasn't possible.

There was no way that Draco Malfoy could possibly fancy Hermione Granger.

Comments

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captainraychill
Sep. 5th, 2014 10:45 am (UTC)
Ungrateful b***! ;)
unseen1969
Sep. 6th, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
:-P
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