BITCH I LOVE ME A GOOD HOLIDAY FIC! STRATEGICALLY PLACED MISTLETOE? FUCK YEAH. A DRUNKEN CONFESSION AFTER TOO MANY SPIKED HOT CHOCOLATES? SIGN ME UP. GOT NO ONE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH? YOUR CRUSH WILL PROBABLY INVITE YOU TO HAVE IT AT HER PLACE! I’M WITH IT.
A WELL-TIMED SNOWSTORM AND “THERE’S ONLY ONE BED” PLOT TWIST? HELL TO THE YES. THROW IN A KARAOKE “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU”? GIVE IT TO ME.
Slytherin: How’s your essay coming? Ravenclaw: It’s in the planning stages. Slytherin: It’s due tomorrow. Ravenclaw: Don’t judge me. Slytherin: What planning do you have done? Ravenclaw: I’m planning to write it tonight.
No but can we talk about Draco doing something right for a sec?
Because we all know Lucius wasn’t the most affectionate dad (I’m not saying he didn’t love Draco, just that he wasn’t very warm or open about said love) and of course he still had his mom, but I think there’s a reason why Draco keeps telling people his father will hear about it.
His father probably played a much bigger role in his childhood years than his mom. (You can’t blame Lucius being Draco’s go-to person because of sexism because we all know Narcissa is a strong as heck, bad-ass witch. I’d be more scared of her than Lucius)
So, just like Harry, as a kid Draco wasn’t told very often that he was doing something right. And as a teenager he was an asshole and didn’t actually do many things right.
But after that, after the war, when Draco is so confused and loaded down with guilt, when people still send him hexes and hostile stares, when he’s trying so hard to find himself amidst the trauma’s and the prejudice that fills his mind, when everything is so complicated and hard and Draco feels like he can’t take it anymore
Imagine his reaction then, when someone tells him he’s doing a good job.
When Harry is struggling with his potion essays and Draco sits down with him in the library and talks him through all the steps for hours.
Hufflepuff first year asks him where the charms classroom is and he walks her all the way to the door, making himself late for his own class.
When Millicent gets frustrated by everyone assuming she was part of the pure blood racist club too while she is in fact a half blood who silently rebelled against the death eaters in her seventh year, and Draco makes her and some fellow snakes badges that read Slytherin Hero.
Imagine the disbelief on his face when Harry tells himThank you. That was actually pretty nice of you.
Imagine how flustered he’d be when the Hufflepuff gives him a quick hug just before popping into the charms classroom.
Imagine the clasped hand over his mouth when he sees the badge Millicent made him as thank you gift. Not a Slytherin villain, it reads.
And then imagine the tentative smile that follows all of the above.
1. If you’re procrastinating because you’re feeling stuck (eg, if you don’t really understand a school assignment, or you don’t know what’s expected, or you don’t know where to start) then pluck up the courage to ask for some help. When you know what you’re doing, it’s easier to work.
2. Remind yourself that most decisions aren’t major. If you get it wrong, you can start over again … or change your direction … or have another try.
3. If the task seems overwhelming, just take a baby step. That, at least, will get you moving – so the next step’s easier.
4. Tell yourself that you can suffer for up to twenty minutes – and then you’ll return to doing things you want to do. You’ll be surprised to discover that “suffering’s” not that bad.
5. Decide to do the task as soon as you get up – as the more you put it off, the worse it’s going to seem!
6. Don’t pretend that other work counts just as much as what you’re leaving. Simply acting like you’re busy won’t make it go away. Be honest with yourself … and do what’s most important first.