So this came from a conversation I had with Scarf, Ina, Pip, and Cat and whoever else popped in the chat when we were discussing this literal months ago but??? I STARTED WRITING IT AND THEN I GOT SUPER STUCK SO. I DON’T KNOW IF I’LL EVER ACTUALLY FINISH IT. But here’s a smol piece of that, if anyone was curious! Because I was looking through my Google Drive and found this and remembered about it! lol
The Grimm circle Winry like a dense cloud of black smoke. She freezes, her gaze cautiously following the red glow of their eyes streaming through the air in a slow haze. Time swims as if she’s underwater and the world is sluggishly drifting along a steady current.
Releasing a slow breath, she very cautiously brings a hand to her belt, her fingertips slipping against its worn leather. All she needs is one wrench.
In her peripheral, she sees the shift of a bone-white skull and all at once, they close in. Her heart leaps into her throat and she somersaults just out from under one’s gaping mouth. Her hand closes around the handle of her wrench and she hurls it into the air, throwing her arms over her head and curling up against the ground to brace herself.
She presses her head to the dirt and watches as her airborne wrench triples in size, then bursts into a booming explosion of blue sparks; the Grimm are swallowed by its blinding light. Her eardrums pop and the impact slams violently into the center of her chest. A monstrous rumble beneath her nearly tears her body from her position on the ground.
Everything falls silent. Heart hammering, Winry allows a few seconds to pass before surveying the damage. She sits back on her heels with ringing ears. Her surroundings swing into focus: trees for miles, a cloudless blue sky visible just through the foliage, and like an opened rose where she is at the center, the massive black corpses of Grimm lay fallen around her like wilted petals. Winry closes her eyes and slumps forward, exhaustion and relief overwhelming her now-heavy bones.
“I heard the commotion. Came by to help…but it looks like you had everything handled.”
Winry drags her eyes up to her teammate, Ed, as he ducks under a branch and steps into view. His bright gold eyes narrow on the body closest to him.
“Y–” Winry begins, but realizes her mouth has gone dry. She swallows, then nods, recollecting herself. It’s been a long time since she’s had to fend off so many, let alone by herself.
“Al and Paninya?” Winry asks as she clambers to her feet. Her hearing is already starting to clear. The dizziness from a moment ago begins to ebb away.
“Regrouped with Professor Armstrong and the others,” he replies, now studying her face. A blush warms her cheeks before she’s able to avert her eyes.
“Good.” She steps over one of the Grimm’s extremities and joins Ed. “Let’s hope they don’t run into trouble like that before the assignment is through.”
‘Kay, so I definitely have a NieR; Automata problem. Y’all better take away my tablet or my game—’cause my hands keep on slipping into different worlds. Fun worlds. Detailed worlds! Like really look at it, because it’s more detailed than what I did for Prompto! I love the difference between his YoRHa look and his Resistance look. I’m pleased and want to keep going and expanding this AU…even though I have like a billion AU’s and worlds! Either way, Enjoy!
I AM HERE TO ANSWER YOUR CALLS thestral may seem like a badass / very strange choice of a patronus for draco but I am here to explain WHY I think it should be draco’s patronus!!! I’d love to hear your thoughts / have people elaborate on my thoughts so feel free to!
First off, I feel like a lot of people brush off the idea of him having a thestral patronus because heck, why should draco malfoy of all people have a mythical creature? But that’s one of the reasons why i love it. We all know that draco would absolutely LOVE having a mythical patronus ( you know, being special ) but I stand strongly behind the idea that the ONE mythical patronus he would have never wanted is a thestral.
A patronus is suppose to be a representation of yourself, and why the hell would he like it if he had patronus that reminds him of the war? of him being a death eater? of what he had to do and what it ended up causing? it’s an irony i love to indulge in & think about. Rather than being stuck up and proud i personally think draco would have wished for anything else. I’m pretty sure draco would be the type who would pull a disgusted face if he saw a thestral rather than be happy by it. He wouldn’t want to show this patronus off. Like, can you imagine? Pansy pestering him to show her, “wow i bet it’s a fucking ferret, isn’t it”, and when she actually sees it everything goes to shit because of fucking course, draco malfoy out of all people would have a thestral patronus, that even the embodiement of his happiest memory and his soul would link back to the horrors of the war and what he’s done.
Thestrals as you all know are considered to be dangerous, omens of misfortune and only visible to those who have seen death. They are quite literally representative of death. It spells out /evil/ and /bad/ no matter how you look at how the world portrays them.
This is where I’m grateful for Luna Lovegood. We’ve all seen a different side to the thestrals in the films, with Luna stating that “they’re quite gentle, really, but people tend to avoid them because they’re a bit…different.” Thestrals externally look ghostly, grim with them being dark & skeletal all the way through ( this could be another reason why draco = thestral but i’m not making that connection LOL ) if we place in on a canon timeline, the only place where draco would /really/ be trying to conjure a patronus would be after the war, and keeping that in mind it makes a lot of sense. It’s not a big stretch to say that post-war draco became an image of the war, with him being a death eater. His past haunts him, with people only seeing into his image of a death eater without acknowledging him trying his best to redeem himself.
The whole idea of a thestral being a creature that is representive of death & misfortune but also having the ability to be a person’s patronus, basically the opposite of what a thestral is known for, is SUCH a good way of describing draco. The image of post-war draco malfoy is like the image of a thestral in a flowerfield, they stand out too much for their setting of peace despite them not doing anything but being themselves. People fear/hate thestrals and they can’t help it, just as people can’t help but slap “death eater” on draco.
BUT! despite their external appearances thestrals are gentle, extremely loyal…and cutting away at the war and everything else we know draco is loyal. He is so loyal to his family, and even if its /bad/ he wouldn’t hesitate to defend them even if it’s by taunting / mocking the person. He loves them, and this goes both ways - maybe it’s him being prideful of his blood heritage because of how he was raised, or maybe he truly really loves his family ( which i definitely think he goddamn does ). Thestrals can be representative of both, they are attracted to the smell of blood but will also become aggressive if they view someone as a threat to themselves, their friends or even their owner.
It makes sense that draco’s patronus would be a gentle, misunderstood being who sometimes does the wrong thing out of love, or fear, but for a reason that isn’t purely “ because i wanted to”. I just really like the idea of a thestral both symbolising draco’s deeper, hidden parts that he’s too scared to show to the world while also simultaneously being able to represent his life and what he experiences.
I also do think it’ll be a nice way to make draco get over the horrors of war and let go of his past and just live. Draco coming to terms with him having a thestral patronus would practically be him coming to terms with who he is and the mistakes he’s made.
And just to add onto everything above : draco was owner of the elder wand at a point ( thestral hair core ), and thinking about when he was the owner and what was happening at the time, i think everything works out nicely.
All in all i just think thestral is a really clever choice for draco, and clever just so happens to work perfectly for him.
EDIT: ALL THIS AND I FORGOT TO EVEN MENTION THE FACT THAT THESTRALS ARE CLEVER
there’s something to be said for nights in. nights with friends and siblings and lovers spent wrapped up in blankets, on balconies, in bedrooms, on sofas… putting the world on pause for those you care about. but there’s also something to be said for nights out. nights with those very same people in streets, parking lots, crowded cars, music turned high or playing low… where the world is in motion all around you.
Honestly, whenever you don’t feel good, or stressed out, just go take a nap. Grades stressing you out? Take a nap. Bad social situation?? Take a nap. Bad vibes trying to punch you in the gut??? Swerve. Take a nap. Just ten minutes usually helps. If you still don’t feel super fantastic, you can sleep a while longer. Don’t procrastinate, but your mental health is more important than whatever is trying to get you down.