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-The blue blur’s most recent adventures have consisted of lighthearted and straightforward stories. Colours, Generations and Lost World have the same basic plot; stop Eggman and/or the monster(s) of the week. Whilst these lighthearted and colourful adventures are charming and fun, many Sonic fans have grown up with darker, more mature stories.
I’d personally like to see a darker storyline.
There is a game which balanced lighthearted humour with dark themes well, this being Sonic Unleashed.
To this day, Unleashed is one of my favourite Sonic games in terms of story, dialogue and tone among other aspects.
In short, give us a game with its darker moments yet balance the more mature elements with lighthearted humour.
-You have a cast of iconic, diverse and lovable characters to work with here SEGA. Please use them.
Amy, The Chaotix and Knuckles have already been confirmed to be joining the Sonics in this adventure. Fan favourites such as Tails, Shadow and Silver will mostly make their appearances in the game too.
With this said, what are they doing there? Will they contribute to the story?
Will Knuckles and the Master Emerald play a part?
Are Shadow and Rouge working with GUN?
Will Tikal and Chaos make their long awaited return?
Time travel seems like Silver’s forte, is there a timeline he needs to set straight?
Will Blaze be travelling across dimensions to help the cause?
I’d also like to see some character development.
For example: Sonic.
His arch nemesis has finally defeated him. Everything he knows has changed, Sonic has never been able to deal with loss and sadness. So how will he come to grips with this new world?
Give us new character interactions. How do the main cast interact with each other in this time of need? Do they band together or fall apart?
Show us relationships we’ve never seen before.
Show us Cream making flower crowns for Team Dark.
Show us Amy giving Blaze fashion tips.
Show us Big saving Sonic’s life!
Show us how these iconic characters get along!!
-Sonic has been placed in a situation we never thought he would be placed in. A situation where he has failed to stop Eggman. Now he, his younger self and a mysterious new character must stop Eggman’s rampage.
This is all we know at the moment.
If time travel plays a part in the story, do not overcomplicate it. Generations and CD got it right.
The resolution shouldn’t be as simple as just collecting the chaos emeralds, going super and defeating Eggman. This is a story which we have seen plenty of times in the series. Give us a plot that we wouldn’t have seen coming.
This is Sonic’s 25th Anniversary. Let’s see a game we’ll be talking about for years to come.
It’s time to stop criticizing the past, and look to the future.
And it looks like one, bright future.
Xros Wars takes place simultaneously before and after everything else in the franchise. It has always been Diaboromon!
The first Greymon happened when an Agumon killed a Kabuterimon and put its head on as a helmet, providing the data necessary for evolution.
The spirits from Frontier are incomplete digicores.
Gabumon’s pelt is made of fur it collects from Garurumon. It evolves when it collects enough.
Megidramon and Chaos Gallantmon are the same digimon. What you see is dependent on how it scares you pissless.
Jo’s Gomamon cannot be asked to do anything if left to his own devices. He needs someone as high-strung as Jo to motivate him.
All of the Warrior Ten died fighting Lucemon and his armies except Ancient Greymon and Ancient Garurumon.
The fusion spirit of darkness, Reichmon, can turn off physics to mess you up.
Imperialdramon Black is what happens when the insect data in Paildramon overtakes the dragon data during evolution, turning it into a mindless killing machine.
When a digimon dies, its soul is judged by Anubismon. If it is good, it is reborn as a digitama. If it is evil, it gets sent to the realm of the dead, where it is probably destined to be eaten by Plutomon.
So, I took a sabbatical and played sonic adventure 2 through again for the first time since becoming attuned to the floews of majjyck, and it turns out that this game is a kabbalistic ascension metaphor and sega might be powerful reality wizards…
but hear me out.
The game makes heavy use of Tarot symbolism, specifically in the destruction of The Moon (representing illusions), and that the last image we see at the end of the game is Shadow, the ultimate lifeform, imposed over The World (representing perfect unity)
The story revolves around the collecting of 7 chaos emeralds, which have a 7 faceted cut.. These seven alchemical stones that turn our heros to gold. the seven tiers of the tree of life leading up to godhood. Even within the story itself, they clearly are metaphysical objects. Characters pull them out of thin air, the master emerald changes sizes, and is always in knuckles’ possession, but not always seen.
And consider–the prayer knuckles recites to turn the tide of the battle:
“The servers are, the seven Chaos. Chaos is power; power is enriched by the heart. The controller is the one that unifies the Chaos. Only you can do this; stop the Chaos Emeralds!”
It’s also worth noting how this relates to Sega, that is to say “SErvice GAmes”, Sega itself are the creators of the games which act as the service, read: mass/group ritual
Chaos is power. The controller is the one that unifies the Chaos. It’s literally chaos magic.
I think that the fact that sonic can use chaos control without a chaos emerald is worth of note. Especially with Shadow telling Sonic that he might actually be the ultimate life form. This implies so much about Sonic as a character in this game’s universe. And just as much, the choice to call one side “Dark” rather than “evil” frames the vying between these two factions in a more nuanced way, especially in that it’s a story where you have to see both sides to understand. And only when you understand boths sides of the story can they converge.
This brings to mind the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, which begins unified at Malkuth, the “Kingdom” (keeping in mind how Sonic begins by promising us he will lead us out of the city/kingdom), but then splits into two branches which cross paths at points before finally reuniting at the top where exists divine wisdom. The Tree’s split paths each are made up of 3 sephirot, which aligns with each side consisting of 3 playable characters. On the left side we have “Understanding”, “Severity”, and “Splendor” and on the right side we have “Wisdom”, “Kindness”, and “Eternity”.
The dichotomy of good/dark, instead of good/evil, brings to mind the notion of the left-handed and right-handed paths of magick and how it helps us to transpose the symbolism of the tree onto the cast of SA2. The Dark, left-hand path: Rouge the bat, who is obsessed with the splendor of gems, which in this universe are directly related to mystic enlightenment, Rogue represents the dogged pursuit of esoteric mysteries driven by their splendor, “Our unconscious desires come from [Eternity] (Knuckles’ Sephirot, which sees gems as metaphysical rather than material) , and are given form in the symbolic realm by [Splendor]”. Dr. Eggman is Severity, whose methods are at all times turned up to 11. He uses the power of knowledge to wield the power of the ARK in order to hold the world in his hands, “[Severity] is ‘the essence of judgment (DIN) and limitation, and corresponds to awe and the element of fire“. Shadow is represented by Understanding, which is the end goal of Shadow’s role, his mind is pure, but he is torn between the will of his creator and the promise he made to Maria, and his enlightenment comes when he grows to understand the world he was asked to protect.
Meanwhile, on the right-hand path we have Knuckles, represented by Eternity which, “communicates the idea of long-suffering, strength, endurance unto completion or patience.” reflecting Knuckles’ role as lone guardian of the Master Emerald. Tails represents Kindness, which needs little explanation. Finally Sonic represents Wisdom, the counterpart of Shadow’s Understanding, seemingly alike, but fundamentally both different yet reflections of one another.
In Escape from the City-the first song of the game from the hero story- the song is sung from sonic’s perspective. Even in the first verse, “Got places to go, gotta follow my rainbow!” 7 colors to a rainbow, heavy symbology of peace. There is even a literal ARC involved. “Trusting in what you can’t see, take my lead; I’ll set you free.” – “find the next stage no matter what that may be” – “trust me and we will escape from the city” – “Take my lead, I’ll set you free.” This makes no sense in relation to the story. Sonic is never helping anyone escape from the city… if you merely look at the plot!
Clearly the meaning lies elsewhere. Sonic is a godhead. the penultimate step before the divine, still split in twain, guiding the player to enlightenment. 6 points on his literal head, even. The city he is leading us out of is not the one we see in the game, but the city of the mundane plane.
Live and Learn goes further. As the endcap of the series, the lyrics tie this all together.
“Can you feel life, movin’ through your mind?
Ooh, looks like it came back for more!
Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Can you feel time, slippin’ down your spine?
Oooh, you try and try to ignore!”
It starts, describing the pain of the human experience in. Talks about time slipping down your spine, the reverse from the flow up the spine to the divine, but rather back down into the mundane. It’s the creation of the universe, flowing from the top of the tree down.
“But you can hardly swallow
Your fears and pain!
When you can’t help but follow
It puts you right back where you came!”
This condition is unescapable without breaking away from following the past. It even says “when you can’t help”, really highlighting the coercive, entrapping nature of the mundane.
“Live and learn!//Hanging on the edge of tomorrow
Live and learn!//From the works of yesterday-ay
Live and learn!//If you beg or if you borrow
Live and learn!//You may never find your way”
The chorus reminds our tenuous grasp on the future, the ideal tomorrow. Our origins from the established real, and states that finding our way to the tomorrow, away from fears and pain, is impossible when we rely on just what we’re given on face value. Telling us to live and learn, to become the process of changing towards that ideal.
“Can you feel life, tangle you up inside?
Yeah! Now you’re face down on the floor!
But you can’t save your sorrow
You’ve paid in trade!
When you can’t help but follow
It puts you right back where you came!”
The second verse tells us that our pain in the mundane is because there is something we trade away, that because of this trade, we cannot be rid of it. What we get from the mundane world will never be enough to become untangled, un-split.
“There’s a face searching far, so far and wide
There’s a place where you dream you’d never find
Hold on to what if?
Hold on to what if?”
The final verse tells us to hold on to what if, to grasp dearly to our greatest desire to be free from a world of pain and second bests. It tells us that there is somewhere out there so fantastical that we cannot even imagine it as we are now. All of this in the background as our godhead(s) have transcended their previous forms, transformed to gold by the alchemist’s stone. The two twisting halves of the story twine together, like the tree of life.
Author’s Note: Happy birthday Alex! I meant to get this out earlier, I’m sorry! This is a reader insert mostly for the fact that I’m more comfortable writing them, but I hope you like it! I’m sorry this is really short (and kind of lacking in dialogue), I’ve been kind of lacking motivation lately, but I wanted to get this out for you! You’ve been a great friend and lovely person to talk to :)
Being in space had never bothered you, the endless possibilities of what it could contain was instead fascinating and a large part of your motivation for being a writer for Starfleet. When you were offered the job of documenting the work of the Enterprise, everyone knew you would be great at the job. It was something that you could really sink your teeth into, what you didn’t count on was the number of people who would actually read anything you wrote.
It shouldn’t have been a huge surprise really. All of Earth looked towards the Enterprise as a symbol of their accomplishments and how far humans had come from the devastation before it. As a result, there were billions of people who would reach article or attempt to comm you for more information about the first contacts, scientific discoveries, and especially the fire fights.
Just six months into the five year voyage, you were a celebrity on Earth. You found yourself conveniently forgetting your comm in your room and wandering the hallways of the Enterprise. There was a certain peace about the Enterprise, even when people were bustling about, it was collected and organized chaos. Nothing like all the messages you had yet to listen to on your comm.
Your new favorite place on board the ship? Engineering.
“Hey there lassie! What are ya doin down here?” Scotty questions as he wipes what appears to be grease off his fingers.
“I have over 70 messages on my comm asking for interviews, questions I don’t know the answers to, and when my next piece is,” you sigh.
“Well I think ya need a distraction,” Scotty exclaims as he starts dragging you after him in excitement.
After two weeks of “distractions,” Scotty had taught you how to rewire a console, fix a malfunctioning replicator, and even dismantle and put back together a phaser.
After two months of going to Scotty when you were tired of writing, a natural friendship was born.
After two years of attending every party and work function as Scotty’s friend, the only person on board the ship who wasn’t betting on your relationship was Bones. He liked to avoid ship-wide gossip.
“Ya know Y/N, I’ve been thinkin. Would ya like to go on a date sometime?”
You smile and nod, warm arms pulling you into a hug.
Hi! I have a simple question that will probably require a complicated answer: which are the best written drarry fan fictions that you've read?
Okay so, basically my favorites yeah? Here are some, though there are tons of more that i probably can’t think of right now;
Turn by Saras_Girl (306k) One good turn always deserves another. Apparently.
Here’s The Pencil, Make It Work by ignatiustrout (49k) Harry thinks “Why is Malfoy working in a coffee shop in muggle London?” is a much simpler question than, “Are you going to accept that auror offer and, if you don’t, what will you do?”
Beautiful World by Cinnamon(70k) Draco is afraid of living and Harry is afraid of dying, but sometimes the choice isn’t offered. Draco’s got to learn what it is to really live, while showing Harry how beautiful the world really is when you’re not too scared to see it. [Warnings; Major Character Death.]
Open For Repairs by @drarrytrash (34k) After the war, Draco works at a tv repair shop and Harry breaks things. feat. sad boys in jumpers and more ABBA than is probably necessary
Temptation on the Warfront by Alizarincrimson (180k) Draco Malfoy is forced into hiding with the Golden Trio and dragged into their search for horcruxes. What ensues is a journey of redemption, unexpected friendships and an unwanted, turbulent romance with Harry Potter. Warnings for swearing, sexual content, and dark themes. [Oneshot SequelLet them Hear]
All Our Secrets Laid Bare by @firethesound (149k) Over the six years Draco Malfoy has been an Auror, four of his partners have turned up dead. Harry Potter is assigned as his newest partner to investigate just what is going on.
Tea and No Sympathy by Who_la_hoop (70k) It’s Potter’s fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It’s been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco’s getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he’s falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?
Mental by Sara_Holmes (186k) Harry has had quite enough of sharing his mind with someone else, thankyouverymuch. A miscast Legilimecy spell says otherwise.
The Standard You Walk Past by bafflinghaze (46k) On returning to Hogwarts for their Eighth Year, Headmistress McGonagall decided to room Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter together. She may have hoped for a leading example of house unity; the other students fully expected insults and fights. But nothing happened. That was, until Harry sleepwalked into Draco’s bed.
Running on Air by Eleventy7 (74k) Draco Malfoy has been missing for three years. Harry is assigned the cold case and finds himself slowly falling in love with the memories he collects.
Chaos Theory by @tessacrowley (102k) Chaos: when the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future. One gene varies, one neuron fires, one butterfly flaps its wings, and Draco Malfoy’s life is completely different. Draco has always found a certain comfort in chaos. Perhaps he shouldn’t. [Sequel Quantum Flux]
Secrets by Vorabiza (411k) Beginning with Draco’s unexpected arrival at the Dursleys, Harry’s summer after sixth year becomes filled with activity and many secrets. As his summer progresses, Harry generates several unexpected allies as he finds himself actively becoming the leader of the Light side. H/D post-HBP ~~Complete~~
He Who Must Not Be Normal by @letteredlettered (40k) Potter has fame and fortune and posh clothes and all he wants is a simple life. Draco has a flat and a cat and a steady job and all he wants is a complicated life. Which makes you think this story has something exciting like body-swapping, but it doesn’t. Instead it has Indian takeaway and a blue jumper and people wanting a whole lot of what they can’t have, discovering themselves as they discover each other.
And Back Again (Where You Belong) by @Eidheann (15k) He thought back on their previous handshakes, and smiled faintly at the fact they always seemed to mean so much more to him than they did to Potter.
Number Seven by Sara Holmes (265k) Harry already has two children, an ex-wife, annoying colleagues and an international crime ring to deal with. So when Draco Malfoy reappears after eight years AWOL in France, of course Harry is going to leave him well alone…Right?
And an Owl Named Romeo by Rickey (26k) Draco breeds owls, Harry’s an Auror, and an owl named Romeo is going to bring them together.
Kiss the Joy (Until the Sun Rise) by ICMezzo (38k) The Room of Requirement was severely damaged in the war, but not so much that it could not provide for one lost student and another young hero—especially when they needed each other most of all.
Kiss Me (Under the Light of a Thousand Stars) by @sophiefrench77 (114k) Harry rescues Draco Malfoy from Azkaban, where he has been imprisoned for three years after the war. Draco is not as Harry remembers, as Azkaban leaves its mark on even the strongest of wizards. With no memory of who he was or how he came to be in Harry’s care, Draco needs Harry’s help if he is to have any hope of making a full recovery. But Harry has his own demons to fight and together with saving Draco, Harry must also discover a way to find himself. Yours is the Earth (Hold On, Hold On) by Chickenlivesinpumpkin (127k) When they first meet after the end of the war, Draco doesn’t want anything to do with Harry. But as time goes by, Draco’s growing love may be the only thing that can save them both, because after a serious accident in the Forbidden Forest, Draco’s personality begins to undergo subtle changes. At first, Harry credits this to a new enthusiasm for life. But as the days pass and Draco’s behavior becomes more and more mysterious, Harry begins to suspect that something bigger–and darker–is at work. .
Twist of Fate by Oakstone730 (302k) Draco asks Harry to help him beat the Imperius curse during 4th year. The lessons turn into more than either expected. A story of redemption and forgiveness. Pairings: HP/DM (Slash) Timeframe: 1994-2002 Goblet to 4 yrs post-DH EWE Rating T for language, high angst, content.
Then Comes a Mist and a Weeping Rain by Faithwood (21k) It always rains for Draco Malfoy. Metaphorically. And literally. Ever since he had accidentally Conjured a cloud. A cloud that’s ever so cross. An Issue of Consequence by Faithwood (20k) Draco has woken up in an alternate universe. Or he has woken up utterly insane. Nothing else can possibly explain why Harry Potter suddenly seems to think he’s Draco’s boyfriend.
The Light More Beautiful by Firethesound (81k) Thirteen years after Draco accepts Potter’s help escaping the horror of his sixth year, he returns to England where he makes the unfortunate discovery that Potter is still as obnoxious as ever. And worse, more than a decade overseas hasn’t been enough to dim Draco’s obsession with him.
Another Mask Behind You by Lettered (116k) Draco is a high-end prostitute who hides his identity. Harry unknowingly hires him. And then there is porn, questions about identity, domestic bliss, more porn, and truth as seen through a web of lies. (And then more porn. Seriously, if you don’t want sex scene after sex scene you probably shouldn’t read this. And please read the warnings.)
Strangeness and Charm by @drarrytrash (45k) One November night during his eighth year at Hogwarts, Draco ends up in the forbidden forest. That’s how it starts. or: If two boys fall in love in a magical forest, does it still make a sound?
Fast Forward, Two Steps Back Emmagrant01 (36k) Everyone knows that Draco Malfoy died in the Room of Requirement ten years ago. So when he suddenly reappears at Hogwarts ten years later, still seventeen years old, Professor Harry Potter’s life gets very complicated.
(The Piece) I was Missing All Along by Lauren3210 (32k) Draco and Harry have been flatmates and best friends for years, and Draco thinks life is just perfect that way. But when something comes along and threatens to take all that away, Draco has to decide what it is he really wants, and just how hard he’s going to work to get it.
Save My Wonders by SDK (21k) Immediately chocolate assaulted Draco’s senses. Warm melted chocolate mixed with his mother’s roses and… something else. Something new. Freshly scrubbed skin and maybe a faint sheen of sweat. It was so familiar… And it only intensified when Potter came up behind him.
A Soul’s Inheritance series by Lauren3210 (22k + 18k) Life is a Twice Written Scroll: The new world order hasn’t been kind to Draco and his family, and he wishes it could all be different. So does Harry, although not for the same reasons. But as Draco works to fix the mistakes he made in the past, he finds his reasons for doing so changing in a way he never expected. The Secret of the Whole: Snapshots in time as Harry and Draco grow up in a world without Voldemort, moving from enemies to lovers. A companion piece to Life is a Twice Written Scroll, for those that liked the last timeline in that story and wanted to see more of it. State of Mind by Sara_Holmes (48k) Harry doesn’t have a hero complex, he just really wants to help. However, he gets more than he bargained for after rescuing Draco Malfoy from an isolation cell in Saint Mungo’s…
Bond by AnnaFugazzi (173k)
Yet another one of those Harry And Draco Are Forced To Be Together By Something Beyond Their Control And Then Stuff Happens Leading To Twoo Wuv stories. Because every HD writer has to write at least one.
Reparations by Saras_Girl (87k) Harry is about to discover that the steepest learning curve comes after Healer training, and that second chances can be found in unexpected places.
Foundations by Saras_Girl (236k) When one door closes, another one opens – with a bit of a push. Life, love and complications. [sequel to Reparations]
Holly and Hawthorn, Thistle and Thyme by Bryoneybrynn (31k) After the war, Harry can’t shake the feeling that something is very wrong with him and he has a terrible feeling he knows what that “something” might be. He has a terrible feeling Malfoy might know, too.
Touch Me Fall by Lumosed_quill (23k) Malfoy was such a ponce. And he was a complete snob. And he was so fucking fit Harry wanted to jump him where he sat. It would be too easy to forget his objective tonight: to really, really, really get Malfoy out of his system.
Pocket Full of Starlights (Never Let It Fade Away)by Femmequixotic and Noeon (46k) When Scorpius Malfoy and Jamie Potter meet at Quidditch camp, they take an instant dislike to each other. Then they discover their lives are more connected than they could possibly imagine.
Three Boxes and a Scrapbook by dracogotgame (30k) One year after being accidentally bonded to each other, Harry and Draco are free to move on with their lives. But perhaps, what they needed was here all along.
The Little Marauders Nursery and Day Care by digthewriter (9k) Harry Potter is the proud owner of The Little Marauders Nursery and Day Care and his favourite student is Scorpius Malfoy. Scorpius’s dad might be okay, too.
One Night at the Leaky by birdsofshore (12k) Harry should have known better than to accept a drunken dare. Especially when Malfoy was sitting right there, looking like that and wearing those bloody tight trousers.
Draco’s Boy by Emphatic Siren (189k)
non-magic AU. A mysterious little black-haired boy moves in next door to Draco, and he’s determined to make the boy his friend and find out all of his secrets. Later, when they grow up, Draco’s determined to make Harry much more than a friend.
Somebody to Love by Khasael (31k)
Draco’s life after the war is quite different than it used to be. When he finds himself cursed, with little hope for lifting the spell, he sets out to make the most of the time he has left. Getting to know his Aunt Andromeda and his young cousin Teddy feels like a good thing to do, even if it can’t help him in the long run…or can it?
The Voldemort Manor by Kedavranox (40k) The Malfoy Manor is a state run museum, renamed The Voldemort Manor by the Ministry for Magic. As part of his probation, Draco is assigned as sole caretaker. When the Manor hosts a series of high class events celebrating the Wizarding World’s fourth Yuletide season Post War, it brings with it a swathe of people Draco hasn’t seen in years; including one, Harry Potter.
Unhook the Stars by Jad (62k) FIC & ART for HP Sexstars 2012. - “Love is like a Rubix Cube: there are countless wrong twists and turns, but once you get it right, it’s perfect no matter how you look at it.” Seventy-thousand words of pornographic discourse between two boys-turned-men that still haven’t learned how to communicate like normal people – with words. Guest appearances by Pansy Parkinson, Neville Longbottom, Hermione Granger, Blaise Zabini, Teddy Lupin, Gregory Goyle, the Weird Sisters, ex-wives, several Weasleys, a Boggart, and a Honey Badger.
There is a lot of craziness going on, comments are flying, people unfriending, unconscious triggers getting stuck in the crossfire. I’m personally avoiding the fb vortex for this reason but in general, i strongly advise, take time to nurture your soul in this energy.
There is a lot of hate and judgment being thrown out like candy at a parade. It’s really sad. I have never seen us so divided and polarized. It is an illusion of entropy and resistance build and building. Take time to connect back to your own energy. Set up those boundaries.
Detach, unplug, don’t get stuck in the vortex. Go read a book, do something fun. Take Time to nurture your spirit while the collective flails in chaos. It is crazy. Don’t feed on this energy.
This is an energy where if we continue to focus on the problems, we create more problems, we continue feeding the fire into a ball of chaos. Let’s focus on the solutions. Be the change. Rise up your energy. As lightworkers and cosmic warriors, we need to stay strong and raise our vibrations to help be the change!
How do you help raise your vibrations?
Staying in a higher emotional place than fear, judgment or anger.
We are starting to prep for another eclipse season, it’s starting to become obvious to me, that’s why emotions and bio-rhythms are off. Everyone is being triggered by something, you just have to hold strong, let it go. detach. Let it all go.
Nurture your vibrations, stay positive, express gratitude during this bizarre time and Hold strong.
“I can’t believe we’re finally here!” Ginny exclaimed, hanging precariously over the side of their beach front balcony. “It’s so beautiful.”
Hermione came to stand next to her. “Yeah,” she agreed. “I’m honestly surprised the boys didn’t put up more of a fuss.”
“I’m not.” Ginny grinned. “You’d have agreed to anything too if you’d seen the look on your face when you walked into that office and slapped that brochure on his desk.”
She placed a hand on her hip and looked appalled. “I wasn’t that bad.”
“I’m going to have to agree with Ginny on that one,” Harry said, walking out of the opened French doors. “I was honestly scared for my life for a moment there.”
“Oh, don’t be such a baby, Harry. If I hadn’t forced you to actually look at the damn thing, you’d never have taken a vacation.”
He just smiled and joined them at the railing. “I didn’t say you were wrong.”
Hermione sighed and looked out over the beach a few meters below. The fine white sand looked just like it did in the pictures and the smell of salt and the sound of the waves just completed the whole ensemble. It was breathtaking.
She heard a snicker to her left and she turned her head. “What’s so fun…” Her sentence tapered off when she saw the figure emerging from the living room. She tried hard not to laugh at the sight.
Harry had no such qualms. He laughed wholeheartedly. “What the fu-“
A hand raised to silence him. “Don’t say a fuckin word, Potter.”
“Draco, what in Merlin’s good name are you wearing?” Hermione asked, staring at the bright turquoise and pink Hawaiian shirt and white swim trunks.
“The lady at the gift shop down the street said was a must have, and that they went particularly well with my eyes.” He sighed and slipped a pair of sunglasses on his face. “But judging by the looks on your faces I’m going to assume I’ve been had.”
Hermione shook her head and pulled him close, kissing his cheek. “Oh, that’s an understatement, love.”
“Maybe you should change.” Ginny suggested. “I don’t know how I feel about being seen with someone wearing such a hideous shirt.”
“I feel as though I should be offended by that comment, Weasley, but everyone knows I could make a burlap sack look good.”
“Is the air thin up there on that mountain your ego sits on?” Harry asked with a smirk.
The wizard clapped him on the back. “All joking aside, I think it makes you look more human.”
The blond raised a brow. “Opposed to what?”
Ginny answered, “Looking like an undertaker.”
“An under what?” Confusion flooded his features and the couple laughed at his expense.
“Alright, that’s enough you two. Leave Draco alone.” Hermione admonished. “It’s his first time at a muggle resort.”
“And it will be my last if we stand here any longer talking about my wardrobe.”
Hermione steered them in the direction of the suite. “Ok, lets just go. I’m in dire need of a suntan.” She looked at her boyfriend and sighed. “We’re both in need of a suntan.”
He opened his mouth to speak but thought better of it as they bounded down the stairs. He just kept his eyes on the girl in front of him and smiled. Muggle vacation or not, he was happy to be here.
When they made it to the beach and they wasted no time running into the crystal clear sea. Ginny whooped and jumped on her boyfriends back, calling out to them as she did so. “Who’s up for a game of chicken?”
“A game of what?” Draco asked in a serious voice.
The group broke out in laughter and Hermione just shook her head. This would be a long vacation of firsts, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.