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rocknrollphanda  asked:

Could you maybe make a list of your favorite 8th year drarry? I read Lumos and now I need more so I was wondering if you had anything worth recommending ;D?

Good to Me (And I’d Be So Good to You) by AWickedMemory (ReadyPlayerZero) Words:8905

Everyone returns to Hogwarts after the war, but nothing is quite the same. Harry’s groupies are creepier than ever, Ron and Hermione are snogging all over the place, and the once-proud Draco is shuffling around like a kicked puppy. But that’s okay: Harry’s got a plan.

Battle Scars by SeaweedPrincess Words:29831

Spiders, rats, wrongly-boiled Veritaserum, a couple of dangerous bets and drunk parties – all with all, it was bound to be a hectic eight year at Hogwarts for the golden trio. Trying to ignore the ex-Death Eater Draco Malfoy, however, turned out to be more difficult than ever before. Especially when he seemed to be as obsessed with Harry as Harry was with him. DRARRY. SLASH. Rating may go up in future chapters.

Then Comes a Mist and a Weeping Rain by Faith Wood (faithwood) Words:21139

It always rains for Draco Malfoy. Metaphorically. And literally. Ever since he had accidentally Conjured a cloud. A cloud that’s ever so cross.

Hey, Potter by SunseticMonster Words:16024

Harry returns to Hogwarts for his 8th year, determined not to let Malfoy get to him. But when the snarky teasing starts up again, Harry finds that returning the jibes with compliments has a far more interesting outcome.

Lumos by birdsofshore Words:41478

Harry never expected to spend eighth year listening to Draco Malfoy wanking.

Zero to Hero by Cheryl Dyson Words: 10,632

Harry returns to Hogwarts for his “8th year” in order to pass his N.E.W.T.s and make it into the Auror program. One of his classes is Muggle Studies and the new teacher has a brilliant idea to help them appreciate certain forms of Muggle entertainment.

The Ties That Bind Us by Faith Wood (faithwood) Words:27890

An accident leaves Draco and Harry bound tightly together. Literally.

Matters of Influence by anathema91 Words:19198

Draco should have taken his NEWTs over the summer with Pansy and Greg. Repeating 7th year with Potter fresh off his saved-the-world tour struck Malfoy as the height of stupidity more than once. McGonagall’s diabolical plan only made things worse. Or did it?

A Time to Move On by SESHETA_66 Words:15500

With the war behind them, and wounds still raw, the students at Hogwarts try to work out what their futures might hold for them, and perhaps recapture a little of their lost youth along the way.

Lucky Break by naturegirlrocks Words:4700

The day before Halloween Harry crashes into Draco during a friendly quidditch match. Hidden secrets come to light.

An Old Habit by fireflavored Words:8800

The boys have changed a lot over the summer after the war, but Harry hasn’t gotten over the urge to spy on Malfoy.

Simulacrum by slashpervert Words:3011

Draco sends a gift to Potter and finds himself in a difficult but erotic position.

Snowstorms and Interventions by fr333bird Words:9095

Draco is pining after Harry, but is so sure that his feelings aren’t reciprocated that he wastes a golden opportunity. Pansy comes to the rescue and takes matters into her own hands to ensure a happy ending.

Marginal Notes by blamebrampton Words:9398

When you’re 18, and nothing is as it was meant to be, sometimes it can be hard to let the right people know what you are thinking.

An Act of Simple Devotion by blamebrampton Words:13368

It’s a age-old story. You fancy a boy and you think he fancies you. Sure there are problems – attacks on former Death Eaters, crazed tabloid journalists and your girlfriend – but you have a cunning plan. Now if he’d only explain the L. Ron Hubbard-like references …

Say Anything by alovelycupoftea Words:6000

When Draco loses his reserve and starts speaking his mind, Harry realises something is very wrong.

Deserving by Cassis Luna Words:2612

From the prompt: “What if one day everyone was brewing Amortentia and Harry walks in. Of course, he doesn’t know what they’re brewing, so the first thing he says is ‘Why does the room smell like it’s drenched in Malfoy’s cologne’ and then everyone, including Draco, just looks at him.

Right Hand Red by lumosed_quill Words:73173

Harry felt Malfoy’s breath on his lips as they came together over the bottle, hands firmly planted on the floor as though they each needed their familiar soil, refusing to cross into enemy territory. Except that Malfoy no longer felt like his enemy.

Malfoy felt inevitable.

Games Night by agentmoppet Words:6805

Harry has no idea why Hermione decided that an inter-house Games Night would be a good idea, but he’s here now, and he intends to beat Malfoy, no matter what game he chooses. But, who would have thought muggle games could be full of so much… tension?

Dear Diary by AWickedMemory (ReadyPlayerZero) Words:20427

After the war, Harry picks up a journal to write in… and it writes back. Luckily, it’s not a Horcrux on the other end this time.

Days Before You Came by panicparade Words:5476

Ten days before the end of his Eighth year at Hogwarts is when Harry realises that he probably, maybe, loves Draco Malfoy.

Who I Really Am by agentmoppet Words:8541

Draco seems to have changed since the war, and is insisting on making amends for his actions. But he’s still a Malfoy, for heaven’s sake… And, it would seem, a Malfoy with a certain kink…

The Standard You Walk Past by bafflinghaze Words:46201

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.

Good Company by Greenflares Words:8223

With Hermione and Ron always together, Harry’s return to Hogwarts to complete his education isn’t exactly fun. Somehow, it’s his unlikely friendship with Malfoy that keeps him sane.

Instruction For A Misplaced Slytherin by bixgirl1 Words:8579

Potter stared at him with an intense, indecipherable expression. He cleared his throat. “You know what? It would be easier to learn if you just showed me,” he said abruptly.

In which Draco has a crush but fancies himself kind, Harry is oblivious but overly ambitious (and the teensiest bit sneaky), and things get dirty really fast.

Slammed by Faith Wood (faithwood) Words:2038

Potter develops a worrying habit of randomly wall-slamming Draco all over the castle.

Mental by sara_holmes Words:186678

Harry has had quite enough of sharing his mind with someone else, thankyouverymuch. A miscast Legilimecy spell says otherwise.

‘Ohana by plumeria47 Words:11717

It started off so simple: sex whenever they wanted it, with no further expectations. But life has a funny way of turning everything up on its head.

This Is Fine by yesbocchan Words:3177

Eighth years have their own rooms at Hogwarts. It’s nice, Draco thinks, until he starts to notice the fact that Potter’s room is just in front of his.

The Morning After The Night Before by Oakstone730
Words:3599

Waking up after the Hufflepuff New Year’s Eve Party is an eye-opening experience for Draco. Prompt: Walk of Shame. Eighth Year. Warnings: Slash, Explicit, Language.

He Had Time by jeni_andtheafterthought Words:689

Harry stays up late alone in the eighth year common room until one night, Malfoy joins him.

Alive by FleetofShippyShips Words:3185

After the war, Harry is just angry, until finally, he’s not.

Vanilla and Sweet Spices by FleetofShippyShips Words:19699

After the others leave an eighth year party, Harry still has the rum he snagged off Dean. But the only person left to drink it with is Draco Malfoy.

Making Malfoy Blush by FleetofShippyShips Words:18320

Malfoy walks in on Harry in the showers after Quidditch and is surprisingly flustered. Spying the chance to embarrass him, Harry teases him at every opportunity to bring that blush back.

It’s all harmless winks and lip biting, and maybe a few heated looks; until it’s a kiss, and then another, and then Harry realises he never wants to stop.

If only Malfoy was as clear about what he wants.

The LipLock Jinx by Cassis Luna Words: 21436

It’s a jinx that renders the victim mute, unless he/she serves the purpose of the jinx and kisses the person that they desire. It’s just Harry’s luck that he’s in love with Draco. HPDM, oneshot, eighth year.

The Potter-Malfoy Problem by who_la_hoop Words:28939

The room of requirement’s gone mad — at least, that’s what Harry thinks. There’s no way that Draco Malfoy ‘requires’ him, of all people, but why does it keep dragging Harry there like he’s some kind of furniture, every time Malfoy enters it? Throw in Pansy the pervert and a clipboard-wielding Hermione, and things can only go from bad to worse. And that’s not even mentioning the pirates …

At Your Service by Faith Wood (faithwood) Words:95752  

Hogwarts students are in danger; Harry is determined to save them all. There’s only one thing he knows for certain: Draco Malfoy is somehow involved.

ENJOY!

Venus Sign (Part 1)

• Aries: They are ardent, passionate, jealous but inconstancy. It reflect the desire to be in command. Demostrativitate in love, sentimental effusions, passion. Predisposition for love at first sight. Feelings are not sustainable: it starts suddenly, burns like burning straw and then fire dies. 

Taurus: Sensual and seductive. They like to “hunt”, to pursue their “prey”. Wire love, deep feelings and lasting emotions. Attraction for physical pleasures. They are jealous, possessive and need security in a relationship. Express their love concretely. 

• Gemini: Playful, unpredictable. They like to declare their love in the most inventive ways; difficult to maintain because they are constantly in search of innovation. Gentle, sentimental, romantic but full of whims moods. They are attracted by intellectual pleasure. Penchant for intense relational life, but without a strong emotional involvement. Predisposition to flirt. Emotions are “intellectualised”, dominated by a reason. 

• Cancer: Dreamy, loyal, sweet, seductive and devotated. They love to cuddle or be cuddled and have a protective attitude. Gentle, sentimental, romantic but full of whims moods. They are attracted by family idea and they want tenderness and affection. 

• Leo: Capable of anything for the loved person. They like to lead the relationship and associate love with pomp. Egocentrism and the desire to enjoy the life to the maximum. They love sincere, passionate, fiery. They may be materialistic. 

• Virgo: Shy, cold attitude, reserved. They analyze their partner well because they have very precise standards in their choice and they love rational and capable of great devotation people. They express their feelings practical, simple, pure, inocent and devotational. Their feelings may be discreet, modest and reserved. 

 • Libra: Romantic, dreamy and sympathetic. They don’t have too deep feelings and get bored quickly. Attraction to pleasure. They focus on idea of partnership and they want to have someone who looks good; they need to attract atention in society. 

• Scorpio: Passionate, erotic, possessive, jealous with a particular sexual magnetism. They are capable of extreme feelings, going from the most intense love to the worst hate. Attraction for pleasure and sex. They want all or nothing. 

• Sagittarius: Full of temperament, enthusiastic. They want to be in love and express their feelings optimistically, expansive and generous. Instability in the sentimental life, adventurous impulses, the possibilty of having parallel relationships. They can’t guarantee fidelity. 

• Capricorn: Seriousness, loyalty, depth. The foolish actionand the seething passion are missing. They try showing love through deeds, ignoring words.They seek understanding and support more than spiritual warmth. Sentimental side is austere, cold, rigid. 

• Aquarius: They are tactful, fascinating, fun, full of fantasy with a benevolent attitude that avoid imposing rules. They seek relations based on friendship, affinity of ideas, freedom and mutual trust. Manifest sentimentally. 

• Pisces: Dreamy, delicate, romantic, selfless in love. The feelings are deep, impregnated with compassion, dedication and sacrifice capacity. A large dose of romance, tenderness and ability to abandon in love.The ability to give oneself completely.

A simple prayer

Njord, hostage who traveled far from your home to carve out a new life among those that bore arms against you, Hear my prayer.

Help me be aware and awake in my city and land, to protect those who are like you were, strangers in a new land hostile to them.

Strengthen me to be as many Aesir were to you, giving hospitality and power to those who have traveled to this shore, let it be theirs.

Safeguard them through these storms to come, and offer them safe passage and safe harbor when needed most, by your name.

Aphrodite,
Relaxes upon her silk bed.
As Eros joins her,
And lays upon her breast.

The two lay together,
and cuddle each other.
As Aphrodite combs his wings,
He smiles up to his mother.

And the two together
Enjoy this gentle moment.

idareyoutotakealook  asked:

Hey, so I looked at your rec masterlist and i tried searching "eighth year" and I found a few fics throughout, but I wasn't sure if you had a specific list of just eighth year fics, preferably fluffish? If you've already done one and I just missed it feel free to just slide past this message, or if you could please link me to it? Either way!!! Thank you so much! :)

I do have a tag for 8th year fics but you’re right, I haven’t really posted a lot of recs for it so here you go :)

DRARRY FLUFF + 8TH YEAR  

He Was He And I Was Bunny (bryoneybrynn)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 37k, Summary: The war is over and “eighth year” is about to begin at Hogwarts. But for Harry and Draco, nothing is quite the same. Harry’s looking for an escape, Draco’s looking for a friend. Does a little black bunny hold the answers for both of our boys?

Then Comes A Mist And A Sweeping Rain (faithwood)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 21k, Summary: It always rains for Draco Malfoy. Metaphorically. And literally. Ever since he had accidentally Conjured a cloud. A cloud that’s ever so cross.

Marginal Notes (blamebrampton)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 9k, Summary: When you’re 18, and nothing is as it was meant to be, sometimes it can be hard to let the right people know what you are thinking.

Truffles, Noble Lord Of The Sky (megyal)

Rating: PG, WC: 10.6k, Summary: Fairies curse Draco so he’s a winged snake during the day and a human during the night. Then, Longbottom makes it a whole lot worse. Fuck fairies; and Longbottom, too.

Snowstorms And Interventions (fr333bird)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 9k, Summary: Draco has a thing for Harry, but is so sure that his feeling aren’t reciprocated that he wastes his chance. Pansy takes matters into her own hands to ensure a happy ending.

The Wolf Pack (dracogotgame)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 13k, Summary: Nobody said achieving your animagus form was easy. Draco could handle being a wolf pup for a while, right? How bad could it be?

Bare Feet, Giant Squid And One Perfect Moment (bryoneybrynn)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 4k, Summary: Gryffindor may be the House of the brave but Harry’s feeling a bit nervous. It’s one thing to face a dragon or a Dark Lord. It’s quite another to make a move on the bloke who’s been your nemesis for the last eight years…

In Plain Sight (oldenuf2nb)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 37.5k, Summary: Draco Malfoy had stopped believing his wishes would be granted long ago. He could perhaps be forgiven for being startled, then, when one of them came true.

The Frog Prince (fantasyfiend09)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 7k, Summary: ‘I will retrieve your ball, but in return you must bring me into the castle and care for me. You must feed me from your plate, protect me from harm, and let me sleep on your pillow.’

Helix (Saras_Girl)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 92.8k Summary: Seven months after the end of the war, Harry is feeling lost. Fortunately, he is about to be offered an unexpected and sparkling chance to find himself again.

Master Work (mahaliem)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 35.1k, Summary: Harry’s eighth-year at Hogwarts is going about as well as all the others. Someone is out to get him, Aurors keep questioning him about the final battle and, worst of all, Draco is determined to repay his life debt to Harry. 

Right Hand Red (lumosed_quill)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 73,173, Summary: Harry felt Malfoy’s breath on his lips as they came together over the bottle, hands firmly planted on the floor as though they each needed their familiar soil, refusing to cross into enemy territory.Except that Malfoy no longer felt like his enemy.Malfoy felt inevitable.

Discretion Is Key (thusspakekate)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 14.3k, Summary: In the months following their return to Hogwart for their 8th and final year, Harry and Draco bond over a shared interest in marijuana, snack foods, and other boys.

The Potter-Malfoy Problem (who_la_hoop)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 28.9k, Summary: The room of requirement’s gone mad — at least, that’s what Harry thinks. There’s no way that Draco Malfoy ‘requires’ him, of all people, but why does it keep dragging Harry there like he’s some kind of furniture, every time Malfoy enters it? Throw in Pansy the pervert and a clipboard-wielding Hermione, and things can only go from bad to worse. And that’s not even mentioning the pirates …

Something I Don’t Want To Stop (traintracks)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 16.2k, Summary: It’s Harry and Draco’s eighth year, the Houses have been all but demolished in favor of unity, and they’re being forced to room together. How ever will they cope?

The More Reckless Side (megyal)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 6k, Summary: Harry’s intent on happiness and a bemused Draco is at the centre of his attempts.

Hey, Potter (sunseticmonster)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 16k, Summary: Harry returns to Hogwarts for his 8th year, determined not to let Malfoy get to him. But when the snarky teasing starts up again, Harry finds that returning the jibes with compliments has a far more interesting outcome

An Act Of Simple Devotion (blamebrampton)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 13,3k, Summary: It’s a age-old story. You fancy a boy and you think he fancies you. Sure there are problems – attacks on former Death Eaters, crazed tabloid journalists and your girlfriend – but you have a cunning plan. Now if he’d only explain the L. Ron Hubbard-like references …

The Lip-Lock Jinx (cassisluna)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 21.4k, Summary: It’s a jinx that renders the victim mute, unless he/she serves the purpose of the jinx and kisses the person that they desire. It’s just Harry’s luck that he’s in love with Draco

A Series Of Unfortunate Events (plotting_pen)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 25.3k, Summary: Harry Potter has a tendency to show up whenever Draco’s in trouble. Draco’s not quite sure he hates it as much as he’d like.

Two Wands Make A Right (dannyfranx)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 21.2k, Summary: Harry’s wand is playing up and Hermione thinks she knows the answer, but why does she have to be right all the time, why does Draco Malfoy have to be so god damn difficult and why is he wearing his tie backwards?

Me & Jack Kerouac

The first time I ever heard the name Jack Kerouac I was fifteen years old and my dad was cracking a joke about my friend James Thiede who wanted to take a bus to California: “you guys want to be Jack Kerouac now huh?” I had never heard the name but man somehow right after hearing that I did want to be Jack Kerouac. Or at least know who he was. The name alone–the rhyme, the funny French vowels in the surname, it just sounds endearing. So I checked out On the Road from the Redford library. It turns out it was the perfect time in my life to come across him, I was going into my junior year of high school that fall which meant that my friends had licenses for the first time (I didn’t get mine until I was seventeen), which then in turn meant everyone was able to really start partaking in the activities high schoolers tend to partake in at night. Just by nature of having cars suddenly the world seemed so open to adventure. In retrospect many of these “adventures” have certainly been romanticized by nostalgia, after all driving around from parking lot to parking lot smoking pot after football games and drinking your parents’ weird liqueurs while listening to Built to Spill in the back of a minivan isn’t exactly Treasure Island, but reading Jack Kerouac made it all feel the more fantastic (in the most literal “of fantasy” sense). Reading Jack Kerouac that fall was the first time in my life my eyes were really opened to how fiction can make the mundane magical, how with just the slightest bit of imaginative perspective the everyday world could be transformed into the sublime. I was sixteen reading this book about this guy riding around with friends getting high and drunk “in the American night” looking for something to give life meaning and purpose and here I was doing the same thing for the first time. And for the first time in my life I saw fiction not as just entertainment or a window into some other world but also as some weird sort of funhouse mirror that could reflect life and refract it back upon itself in ways that made it seem more beautiful, more full of purpose. Reading Jack Kerouac meant that suddenly eating cheeseburgers in the glow of a diner at night could be beatific, and that drinking beer in an apartment while listening to records with friends could have the potential for religious experience.

Of course a lot of this is me being sixteen and having the sort of dopey, romantic feelings sixteen-year-olds have, but those are exactly the sort of feelings Kerouac plays too, he finds what Springsteen referred to as the “waltz between what’s flesh and what’s fantasy.” His perspective was so childlike and wondrous that he saw his life not only as adventure and material for fiction but also as part of this big intertextual tapestry of American history and literature. He sees Steinbeck characters in the faces of lunch cart cooks, sees the rolling land of America as the result of Paul Bunyan’s axe and other folk mythologies. The American landscape is one giant Thomas Hart Benton mural through Kerouac’s eyes. And so when reading Kerouac, I began to do the same as him- projecting the history of American fiction onto my reality- seeing Dean Moriarty and Carlo Marx in the faces of friends I was having my own nocturnal American adventures with.

I know for a lot of people it’s the bebop rhythm of his writing (“glug a slug from the jug”) or the spontaneous prose approach he had borrowed from the modernists and placed in a jazz improvisation context– writing full sized novels in weeks at a time holed up in bathrooms on Benzedrine—but for me it’s less about the form and process and more about his mood and tone. It’s that aforementioned childlike wonder that really gets me with Kerouac, the romance he finds in simple scenes like eating beans and hot dogs over a fire while hopping trains in The Dharma Bums, or finding redemption from his downward spiral into alcoholism through something as kind of simple and naïve as looking at the stars in his backyard at the end of Big Sur (“on soft spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars, something good will come from all things yet, and it will be golden and eternal just like that”). Perhaps the best example is the famous closing passage of On the Road. After following an over three-hundred-page journey that spans several years of traveling coast to coast across America all through his eyes he tracks the camera back to a bird’s eye view of America, and in one giant paragraph-sized sentence he paints the entire country going to bed:

“So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, and all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in Iowa I know by now the children must be crying in the land where they let the children cry, and tonight… the evening star must be drooping and shedding her sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all the rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what’s going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old, I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty.”

He’s also at his best when his writing appeals directly to the senses. Short of Hemingway I don’t think I’ve read anyone who’s better at writing about food, from the apple pie in On the Road (“it was getting better as I got deeper into Iowa, the pie bigger, the ice cream richer”) to the breakfast he cooks for himself in The Railroad Earth:

“and make raisin toast by sitting it on a little wire I’d specially bent to place over the hotplate, the toast crackled up, there, I spread margarine on the still red hot toast and it too would crackle and sink in the golden, among burnt raisins and this was my toast. Then two eggs gently slowly fried in soft margarine in my little skidrow frying pan about half as thick as a dime in fact less, a little piece of tiny tin you could bring on a camp trip—the eggs slowly fluffed in there and swelled from butter steams and I threw garlic salt on them and when they were ready the yellow of them had been slightly filmed with a cooked white at the top from the tin cover I’d put over the frying pan, so now they were ready, and out they came, I spread them out on top of my already prepared potatoes which had been boiled in small pieces and then mixed with the bacon I’d already fried in small pieces, kind of raggedly mashed bacon potatoes, with eggs on top steaming, and on the side lettuce, with peanut nearby on side.”

This is the stuff that I love. It’s so simple. The guy devotes an entire page long paragraph to the breakfast he cooks for himself. That appetite too. You read that and suddenly you’re hungry, he’s great at that type of thing. If Kerouac writes about bowling, suddenly you want to go bowling.

Now I also should say there’s also a lot to Kerouac’s oeuvre that hasn’t exactly held up for me in the last seven years since I first read him, and specifically a lot of what I don’t like is directly connected to what I love so much. There are times for me when his childlike wonder and optimism can drift into the proto-hippy abstract a little too much, times when I wish Jack would kind of see the world through more of a rational, adult point of view. There are also times when this rose-tinted POV and childlike appetite for adventure can cast a shadow on his ethics, such as the myriad number of scenes throughout On the Road when you just want to grab Jack by the collar and beat it into his head that Neal Cassady isn’t a good guy. He has three different wives with children all across the country and here he is still behaving like he’s a kid, manically running back and forth across the country answering to nobody and living solely in search of “kicks”. Not to mention the different times both he and Jack discuss wanting to have sex with high school girls. That stuff pretty obviously can’t be reconciled. And as much as I’d like to section off the Jack Kerouac that I love and admire from the Jack Kerouac that makes me want to gag and regret ever mentioning that he’s a literary hero of mine, that’s just not possible. Those parts are connected.

But while it can be disheartening to see your heroes pale when you revisit them later on, the more critical approach that comes with rereading someone you loved in your youth as an adult I think can actually deepen the meaning of the work and your connection to it. When I first read Kerouac there was an authority that came with it. This was serious literature. The context of mystery and coolness that surrounded the book in my mind when I first found it that summer in high school meant that no matter what was written inside I was going to think it the greatest writing ever. But as I keep rereading it over the years I come at it each time with a more critical eye and I begin to pay attention to the authority of context that comes with reading writers that have been canonized. I start to notice that the Neal Cassady that I thought was so cool as a kid is actually a shitty father who cheats on his wives as well as a child predator. Now I start questioning if the Beats are just some hedonistic, self-righteous hipsters. After all this Neal Cassady is their proclaimed “Hero” and Jack and Allen are both very enchanted by his ethos and show no real signs of critique towards him. But then I remember that they were both also very religious. And quite pious too. Jack claims in the Dharma Bums that he was celibate for a year as part of his Buddhism. The sex, drugs & rock and roll jazz lifestyle they lived wasn’t solely for pure bodily pleasure, it was supposed to be part of a search for experience. “Truth”. I don’t know these days I feel about all of that. It becomes this big chess game of sincerity and authenticity that I don’t like getting into. “Were they doing this because they sincerely believed it or were they doing this to be cool?”
I worry a lot about whether or not I identify with the Beats or not. When I imagine the Beat Generation that’s been portrayed to me over the years through pop culture I see a café filled goatees and berets and people snapping to spoken word poetry over congas. That feels really ridiculous to me. When I think about the real life antecedent for an image like this, like Ginsberg’s famous reading of “Howl” for the first time at the Six Gallery in San Francisco, and Kerouac’s recollection of this night that supposedly spearheaded the “San Francisco Renaissance”, how they passed around jugs of wine and started yelling things like “go!” and “yeah man you’ve got it!” like it’s a jazz club, I’ve got to be honest I kind of roll my eyes.” And I don’t like that I’ve become cynical like that. I hate that it turns into this game of “I really and truly and authentically like and “get” the Beats, you’re just posturing to be cool.” Because that’s how I got into them. I got into the Beats specifically because of this context of supposed cool that I saw around them when my dad first cracked that Kerouac joke and sent me down the rabbit hole that’s led me to right here, right now.

I know that I do love Jack Kerouac’s writing. It’s tender and exciting and it feels like talking to an old friend. It reads best in the late summer and the fall and it’s September now so.

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May 12 563 The community of Iona was founded by Colum Cille (St Columba) from Ireland.

Columba is undoubtedly the most important saint associated with Celtic churches.

Legends about him grew over the centuries, and many of the stories must be treated with caution. One of the more famous paints him as a sort of Christian sorcerer’s apprentice, naughtily copying his master’s precious psalter by the light of his own hand, and thereby sparking a major battle!

So too, hundreds of poems, some quite romantic in their descriptions of nature, others simple devotional verses, were attributed to the saint long after his death. Nevertheless, through the obscuring mists of his legends have endured and many make the pilgrimage every year to visit Iona. His feast day is on June 9th.

anonymous asked:

You have any fic recs for 8th year drarry?

So I’ve finally got round to rec-ing drarry 8th year!!! This has been a long time coming so thank you guys for your patients, I just really wanted this to be thorough as it’s my favourite genre. On this list I’ve included all fics that include going back to Hogwarts after the war (because some don’t strictly focus on 8th year, instead call it re-doing 7th year). All fic’s here are also pretty long, I thought I wouldn’t included one-shots because you’d be waiting on me forever to finish that list. So if you guys want to see an 8th year one shot rec just ask and I’ll do that separately. I completely adore 8th year fics, so hope you enjoy (my absolute favs are marked with ***)

  • Bond ***  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. [Finished]
  • Mental ***   Harry thinks he’s spent enough time sharing a mind with somebody else thank you very much. 
  • Right Hand Red ***   Harry felt Malfoy’s breath on his lips as they came together over the bottle, hands firmly planted on the floor as though they each needed their familiar soil, refusing to cross into enemy territory.
  • To Give Everything   Draco finds The Room, a torture chamber in the Hogwarts dungeons and longs for someone to submit to him. Harry finds he needs that and more.
  • At your Service  ***   Hogwarts students are in danger; Harry is determined to save them all. There’s only one thing he knows for certain: Draco Malfoy is somehow involved. An eight year fic.
  • Love Comes Tumbling***   'Harry’s thoughts were of how much he would have done differently with Malfoy over the years, and of Dumbledore’s final words to the other boy … “It is my mercy, and not yours, that matters now.” Maybe, Harry wondered, he could find some mercy, too, and give Malfoy the second chance that Dumbledore had believed him worthy of.’
  • Tug O Want  Harry is back at Hogwarts minding his own business when he finds himself magically drawn to Draco Malfoy. Over and over again.
  • Get Some***   Harry is sick of everyone treating him differently after the war, and catches onto the one person who doesn’t seem to care
  • Let Me be Your Voice  As the hero of the revolution, Harry leads the wizarding world in its efforts to rebuild; but first old wounds must be tended, rifts caused by hate mended, and his history with Draco Malfoy seems like the perfect place to start.
  • When the Songbird Stopped Singing   Shortly after the war, Draco Malfoy wakes up with a new understanding, and Harry Potter needs firmer ground to walk on. Unfortunately, life is never easy, especially with the burdens of N.E.W.T.s looming closer. As Draco struggles to maintain his sanity, Harry is back to his old routine—stalking Draco.
  • Marginal Notes    When you’re 18, and nothing is as it was meant to be, sometimes it can be hard to let the right people know what you are thinking.
  • Two Sides of the Same Coin***  Harry and Draco find out the hard way that the line between hate and love is a fine one, and that somewhere between the Battle of Hogwarts and being thrust back together as Hogwarts eighth years, they may have just crossed it.
  • Don’t Think Twice  Harry was just trying to get away for a while. He didn’t mean to get trapped in the Prefect’s Bath with Draco Malfoy.
  • Unknown Pleasures  The Room of Requirement was definitely broken. Why else would it be presenting Harry with a whip, some handcuffs, a blindfold, and a… what exactly was that thing, anyway?
  • Hurt for the Right Reasons  Everything was so cocked up. He just wanted this one thing. He wanted to hurt for the right reasons for once.
  • Punishment Harry loses an impromptu wager with unforeseen consequences that open doors neither he nor Draco Malfoy had known existed.
  • How to Handle an Enemy Everyone knows that it’s no fun playing truth or dare with a Slytherin. But add a little Veritaserum, a scheming duo of Slytherin girls and surprising things can be revealed. Particularly about the fine line between love and hate… 
  • The Potter Malfoy Problem  The room of requirement’s gone mad — at least, that’s what Harry thinks. There’s no way that Draco Malfoy ‘requires’ him, of all people, but why does it keep dragging Harry there like he’s some kind of furniture, every time Malfoy enters it? Throw in Pansy the pervert and a clipboard-wielding Hermione, and things can only go from bad to worse. And that’s not even mentioning the pirates …
  • Dragon Tamer   Desperate to avoid an arranged marriage, Draco convinces Harry to pretend to be his boyfriend. What follows is an epic romantic comedy involving scheming, snogging, silliness, shagging, snarky boys, superstars, singing, shagging, snuggling, secrets, sex gods, shagging, and a bunny named Draco Lucius Malfoy the Third. 
  • Absolution   Draco and Harry return to Hogwarts after the war, both struggling with their own issues. Their unlikely friendship blooms into more but is torn apart by circumstances outside their control. Warnings for slash, language and explicit sexual content.
  • Aftermath  Harry returns to Hogwarts to finish his education but there have been a few changes – the most important of which is a Slytherin in the Gryffindor dorms and a teacher who is acting suspiciously.
  • An Act of Simple Devotion   It’s a age-old story. You fancy a boy and you think he fancies you. Sure there are problems – attacks on former Death Eaters, crazed tabloid journalists and your girlfriend – but you have a cunning plan. Now if he’d only explain the L. Ron Hubbard-like references …
  • Draco Malfoy it’s your Lucky Day Even though he’s unarmed, injured, lost in the Forbidden Forest, and facing a possible murder charge, Draco Malfoy gets lucky. 
  • For all the Marbles  The prompt I worked with “Harry has lost his marbles and Draco helps him find them.” I had a lot of fun with it. Hope you enjoy it!
  • He was He and I was a Bunny The war is over and “eighth year” is about to begin at Hogwarts. But for Harry and Draco, nothing is quite the same. Harry’s looking for an escape, Draco’s looking for a friend. Does a little black bunny hold the answers for both of our boys? 
  • Master Work  Harry’s eighth-year at Hogwarts is going about as well as all the others. Someone is out to get him, Aurors keep questioning him about the final battle and, worst of all, Draco is determined to repay his life debt to Harry. 
  • Moving On  Harry tries to put his life back together after the fall of Voldemort, but it’s more complicated than he thought. And he hadn’t counted on war changing everything around him so much.
  • Trajectories  Rembrandt’s phrase in describing his painting: “Die meeste ende di naetureelste beweechgelickhijt”, can be translated as greatest, most natural movement (emotion or motive).
  • Unexpected Consequences*** Harry was going back to school. He was going to play Quidditch, sleep in lessons, hang out with his friends, and generally just enjoy being a kid for a change. And he was also going to do it while being bonded with Malfoy, because apparently life was just going to continue throwing curveballs at him. Harry didn’t know why he expected anything different.
  • Helix*** Seven months after the end of the war, Harry is feeling lost. Fortunately, he is about to be offered an unexpected and sparkling chance to find himself again. [2014 advent fic]
  • In the Interest of Inter-House Co-operation Organizing a Duelling Club was supposed to be a fun extracurricular activity for Harry’s 8th year. But add in Draco Malfoy and a malfunctioning Room of Requirement, and things can’t help but get complicated.
  • No Greater Victory  Back at Hogwarts after the war, a defeated Draco Malfoy is prepared to settle for life’s simpler pleasures: snark, sex, and Slytherin scheming. That is until Pansy, newly in possession of Malfoy Manor, offers to return his ancestral home. Just one condition: he has to win, and break, Harry Potter’s heart to get it. That’s no problem. Draco’s got this situation completely under control. Completely. At least until he doesn’t.
  • Draco Malfoy is not Attractive  Draco Malfoy is NOT attractive. Not even one bit. Nope
  • Something I Don’t Want to Stop  It’s Harry and Draco’s eighth year, the Houses have been all but demolished in favor of unity, and they’re being forced to room together. How ever will they cope?
  • What Malfoys Don’t Do  There are things that Malfoys simply don’t do. They don’t cry, or show any emotion unless entirely unavoidable. They don’t back down. And they certainly don’t admit that maybe, just maybe, they might be wrong about a few things.Draco’s back for his eighth year, and with everything that’s changed, these basic rules will soon be called into question.
  • White Lies  Draco drinks a potion that makes him know if a person is lying, and Harry, apparently at fault that Draco is this way, is forced to 'help’ him with the effects of the potion. For the first time, they deal with each other with no lies to hide behind. 

Oh and I’m going to try and keep this list updated, so don’t be alarmed if it keeps getting longer

anonymous asked:

hiiii. your blog is great!! I'm wondering if you know of any fics in which Harry and Draco hide their relationship?? like when they're alone they are all cute but when in public they go back to "hating" each other

I’m so sorry for the delay! I’m not sure if in all of these fics they hate each other, but their relationship is kept secret. Also, I’m not so sure about cute, these fics can get pretty angsty - the first 10 fics are pretty fluffy compared to the rest.

DRARRY + SECRET RELATIONSHIP

Collect Your Courage (mervab)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 44,000, Summary: Potter needs control; Draco needs forgiveness. They shag; Lavender gives advice; they yell; Seamus makes muffins; they fight; and everyone else drinks far too much coffee for their own wellbeing.

Party Of Two (fireflavored)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 13,542, Summary: Drinking, sex, and a total misreading of the concept of fuck buddies.

Little Talks (femmequixotic,noeon)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 11,500, Summary: Draco’s been shagging the Head Auror for months now, and he’s sure it’s just a fling. Until Harry asks him to a Quidditch match, that is, and things go horribly wrong.

You First, Loser (zeitgeistic)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 6,372, Summary: When Harry and Draco’s “not serious” three-year relationship results in a one-in-a-million pregnancy, they decide who will be the unlucky one to tell their families in a very mature and adult fashion that indubitably proves their inherently stellar parenting abilities: with a bet over a (probably rigged, let’s be real; Draco is playing) game of Exploding Snap. Content/Warnings: MPreg

Of Love And Treacle Tarts (olimakiella)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 8,230, Summary: “Why do you keep sneaking out of here when I’m sleeping? Like I’m some one night stand you’re ashamed of?” - Harry has to figure out what he wants before Draco gets sick of waiting.

Harry Potter Gives A Shit (talithan)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 15.5k, Summary: “Where are you headed?” “No place special,” Draco fumbled, and flushed further. But then: “I can change that,” said Harry Potter.

Matchmaking (frostywonder)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 22,150, Summary: When Hermione rushes off to the Amazon, Ron is left alone in handling their brooding third wheel. Somehow, he drags Malfoy into the mix and the stupid Ferret steals the show.

Hold My Hand (bafflinghaze)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 3,762, Summary: Harry has been with Draco for a number of years now. So when Draco gets injured, Harry has to storm St. Mungo’s.

An Act Of Simple Devotion (blamebrampton)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 13,368, Summary: It’s a age-old story. You fancy a boy and you think he fancies you. Sure there are problems – attacks on former Death Eaters, crazed tabloid journalists and your girlfriend – but you have a cunning plan. Now if he’d only explain the L. Ron Hubbard-like references…

Harry Potter Is A Dirty Exhibitionist (eidheann)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 13,184, Summary: The ten times they almost got caught and one time they did.

Volunteers (Anna Fugazzi)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 52.2k, Summary: Harry, Draco, and a volunteer position that was supposed to be quick and easy.

I’ll Tell You A Secret (Just Don’t Tell) (nekarose)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 18,330, Summary: Harry and Draco are living a fairly normal life with a fairly normal relationship, except for the part where it’s, well, secret.

Change (sara_holmes)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 7,000, Summary: “Draco meets Harry’s eyes, and Harry has a brief moment to wonder how this suddenly got so serious. All he’d been thinking about this morning was being able to have enough time to get Draco’s shirt off, and now they’d been found out by his mother and were having a standoff in the hallway about their relationship and how dangerous it could potentially be, in more ways than one.”

Slithering (astolat)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 27.3k, Summary: Draco found the nest down in the Manor’s cellars, while he was clearing them out.

Running Up That Hill (hazel_wand)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 12,778, Summary: Harry had spent the first years after the war waiting and trying to fall in love with Ginny and had been unable to. It had turned out all right, sort of. Ginny had settled down with the Harpies’ Seeker and Harry, well, Harry had Draco. Sometimes.

And Back Again (Where You Belong) (eidheann)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 15,956, Summary: 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.

On The Couch (frayach)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 26,500, Summary: It’s a Mind Healer’s worse nightmare to lose a patient to suicide, but Mind Healer Nick Nichols can attest to the fact that a murder/suicide is even worse. If only Dr. Freud had come up with a sure cure for love.

Full Circle (charmed310)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 8,059, Summary: Keeping a relationship secret with a high-profile figure like Harry Potter isn’t easy, especially when Rita Skeeter strikes again!

A Private Reason For This (femmequixotic)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 92,189, Summary: When the wife of a star politician in the Scottish Ministry turns up dead just outside Hogsmeade, Draco Malfoy and his murder investigation team are called in from the Edinburgh Auror force to find her killer. What DCI Malfoy doesn’t expect, however, is to have an ex from two decades past end up in his murder room, endangering not only his case, but also his heart.

Twist Of Fate (Oakstone730)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 302,200, Summary: 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.

Clear As Mud (scoradh)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 9,850, Summary: One could be said to have stretched the term ‘friends’ rather far. Content/Warnings: Epilogue Compliant

Up In The Air (dicta_contrion, kazuya22)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 8,584, Summary: When he’s out in the sun, eye to eye with the treeline, Harry can barely remember why this thing with Draco was ever a secret in the first place.

Get Some (sara_holmes)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 81,220, Summary: Harry is getting rather fed up with everyone treating him differently after the war, and catches hold of the one person who doesn’t seem to care about his hero status.

Eye Of The Beholder (pir8fancier)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 22,450, Summary: Draco Malfoy has written an explosive autobiography. Not only does lay bare his role as a Death Eater, he also makes a number of other shocking revelations. Harry Potter owls him, asking that they meet for drinks to discuss his novel. Content/Warnings: Epilogue Compliant

The One Where Ron And Hermione Find Out (EruditeWitch)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 13,107, Summary: When Harry is injured, the secret is out. Will their relationship last such a startling revelation?

Learning To Breathe (okydoky)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 18,000, Summary: Draco knew what his life was going to be like, there was never any doubt. He never expected to fall in love especially with someone who wasn’t his wife. But, he did, and somehow, Harry Potter became the thing that kept him breathing. Content/Warnings: Epilogue Compliant

Cigarettes Will Kill You (femmequixotic)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 3,810, Summary: He lights a cigarette across the pub, his hand cupped to his mouth as the tip sparks to life in a faint orange flare, and my breath catches. Content/Warnings: Ambiguous Ending

Under His Hands (skinnyrita)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 20,660, Summary: Harry’s job is in the public eye but his closely guarded private life is not. When Draco is inducted as the Quidditch physio, will they be able to prevail as platonic and indifferent accqaintances or will Harry finally prove his worth?

All Our Secrets Laid Bare (firethesound)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 149,540, Summary: 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.

Waiting For Life To Start (incapricious)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 14,266, Summary: The Tri-Wizard Tournament is returning to Hogwarts to mark the ten-year anniversary of the defeat of Voldemort. When Draco walks off the Durmstrang ship, Harry, now a Hogwarts professor, is thrown by an unexpected attraction. Over the course of the next year, he will have to deal with those feelings as well as the aftermath of the war, something he has put off for far too long.

Draco And Harry’s Illicit Affair (and how Blaise Zabini wants nothing to do with it) (veterization)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 8,435, Summary: Blaise has the luck to stumble upon his friend romping around in Potter’s pants. Multiple times.

Two Sides Of The Same Coin (noislessheart)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 117,270, Summary: Harry and Draco find out the hard way that the line between hate and love is a fine one, and that somewhere between the Battle of Hogwarts and being thrust back together as Hogwarts eighth years, they may have just crossed it.

Advanced Charms (Paraphilia)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 7,190, Summary: Awkward first time is awkward.

Nine Days Till Christmas (Rurounihime)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 45,478, Summary: Harry decides to be very straight-forward about what he wants. Unfortunately, the answer he gets is more than a little disappointing. Now he has nine days to turn things around.

Bound To Happen (JosephineStone)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 3,530, Summary: As often as the Aurors brought Draco in and demanded proof of his whereabouts, it was only a matter of time before they found about his relationship with Harry.

Everybody’s Secret (leontina)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 2,835, Summary: Harry and Draco are both professors at Hogwarts, and in a relationship with each other. They think they’re doing a good job keeping it secret — they’re not.

Simple Devotional Activities: Athena

Going out and taking a pottery class, knitting, and self defense are often brought up when worshipping Athena. These are wonderful and true, but not everyone can afford it, find time or energy to do so. Here are simple devotional activities you can do at home or during your spare time:
• studying
• read a book
• listen to a friend talk about something they’re passionate about (you’ll learn something new)
• watch tutorials of something that interests you
• watch a historical documentary
• Meditation (strengthen your mind)
• Go on a short walk outside your house or do some stretches as exercise
• motivate friends and family when they need it
• do some sort of puzzle or crossword challenge (online/apps work just fine)
• organize your room
• use a planner or calendar to keep track of things you need to do
• make realistic goals for yourself to accomplish overtime
• create a new spell and share it (you’re taking the time to invent something & share the information)
• be proud of your accomplishments no matter how small they may seem

These are just a few things, there’s so much one can do to honor Athena! If you have more ideas please feel free to add them.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any secret relationship drarry fics? I love your blog by the way <3

Hello! :D

So happy you enjoy the recs! I hope you’ve found stories to love. And so happy you asked about Secret Relationship because, why, yes, yes I do have some recs for you.

I might have gone a bit overboard. Sorry! (Not really. ^^)


Harry Potter is a Dirty Exhibitionist by @eidheann (NC-17, 13,1K)
Summary: The ten times they almost got caught and one time they did. [This includes a gorgeous NSFW art!]
Gorgeous, smutty fic, everybody should read this! Harry and Draco doing it everywhere and it only gets better. Trust me!

You First, Loser by zeitgeistic. (NC-17, 6,3K)
Summary: When Harry and Draco’s “not serious” three-year relationship results in a one-in-a-million pregnancy, they decide who will be the unlucky one to tell their families in a very mature and adult fashion that indubitably proves their inherently stellar parenting abilities: with a bet over a (probably rigged, let’s be real; Draco is playing) game of Exploding Snap.
Mpreg, as summary says. Lovely characterisations and such a fun story! This is absolutely one of my all-time faves.

Up in the Air by dictacontrion (PG-13, 8.5K)
Summary: When he’s out in the sun, eye to eye with the treeline, Harry can barely remember why this thing with Draco was ever a secret in the first place.
Absolutely lovely. Harry and Draco have to work on a project together, only they’re also in a secret relationship, Harry is unsure about how it’s going to going to affect their relationship.   Touching, sweet, wonderful ALL AROUND. And there’s gorgeous art by @kazuya22 that you mustn’t miss. :)

And I Know the Spark by @firethesound (NC-17, 15,6K)
Summary: All Draco cares about is keeping Potter alive, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.
Wartime!AU This story is amazing. Harry and Draco in a secret relationship (ahem), Draco being a spy, doing everything to keep him safe. God, all the feels for this fic. Gorgeous. [check for more warnings, please.]

An Act of Simple Devotion by blamebrampton (R, 13,3K)
Summary: It’s a age-old story. You fancy a boy and you think he fancies you. Sure there are problems – attacks on former Death Eaters, crazed tabloid journalists and your girlfriend – but you have a cunning plan. Now if he’d only explain the L. Ron Hubbard-like references …
Hogwarts Era 8th year. Draco is back at Hogwarts and Harry meets him in ~secret~. Lovely pace and lovely all around.

A Day in the Life of Draco Malfoy, Image Manager by songquake (R, 5,8K)
Summary: As the solicitor for the Potter family, Draco Malfoy usually doesn’t ask for Harry Potter’s permission to clean up his offspring’s messes. Usually.
Epilogue Complaint, but absolutely sexy. Those Potter children really are hard work for Draco, unlike their dad. ;)

In the toilet of the Leaky by @marguerite26 (NC-17, 3,1K)
Summary: um… filthy toilet sex?
Hot, just smoking hot, and super sweet ending.

In Hiding by @marguerite26 (NC-17, 1,7K)
Summary: Written for prompts: Draco secretly under the table and Fabric licking.
Hogwarts Era. OMG, my heart – you’ll see why. :D

Matchmaking by frostywonder (Pg-13, ~22,1K)
Summary: When Hermione rushes off to the Amazon, Ron is left to handle their brooding third wheel but he’s never been especially good with emotional problems. Somehow, he drags Malfoy into the mix and the stupid Ferret steals the show.
Awesome!Ron alert! \o/ Also very funny and super cute. This story is brilliant.

The One Where Ron and Hermione Find Out by EruditeWitch (NC-17, 12,1K)
Summary: When Harry is injured, the secret is out. Will their relationship last such a startling revelation?
Epilogue Complaint, basically what the summary says. It’s lovely. You can’t say secret relationship without linking this fic. :)

Players by ishafel (NC-17, 10K)
Summary: Seven days that changed everything.
Another Epilogue complaint story (by the way, neither of these EC fics have any infidelity!!!), and this one has beautiful characterisations, they feel so real. Touching and gorgeous story. Another all-time favourite.

You Can Have My Everything (NC-17, 8K)
Summary: Sometimes it takes a little pain to break through the apathy. General warnings: Rough sex/BDSM, Angst (and lots of it), 1st person/present tense.
Don’t let the warnings make you wary, this is a brilliant fic or what Harry is looking for that he doesn’t realise. Draco is amazing here.

All Dressed Up, Somewhere To Go by oldenuf2nb (NC-17, 7,9K)
Summary: Draco Malfoy usually loves the opportunity to ‘put on the Ritz’, but for some reason, his particular Ministry function was trying his nerves…
Just, have you not read this one? :D It’s so hot, Harry and Draco absolutely delicious. ;)


Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by! <333

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Shimura TATSUMI 志村立美 (1907-1980)
is known for designing several striking bijin-ga prints towards the end of the shin hanga movement. Born in Takasaki, Gunma, Shimura’s real name was Sentaro. In 1921, he began studying art with Yamakawa Saiho, a well-known llustrator. Three years later, he became an apprentice of Saiho’s son, Yamakawa Shuho, who was also a bijin-ga artist and print designer. Shimura exhibited paintings with Kyodotai in 1927 and with Seikinkai in 1938. He became known for his paintings of beautiful women with long eyelashes and blurred pupils.
From 1948 to 1952, Shimura designed several woodblock prints of beauties that were published by Kato Junji. Later he collaborated with the Japanese Institute of Prints to create a series called “Five figures of modern beauties” (Gendai bijin fuzoku gotai). These prints were published in 1953 in editions of 200. They depict Japanese women in traditionally feminine poses and attire. The finely detailed figures are juxtaposed against very simple backgrounds. Shimura devoted his career entirely to Nihonga, or Japanese style painting.

gensobsessions  asked:

Ahhh hello your blog is so good and your theme is ace and I was wondering if you knew any slow build 8th year drarry fics with some angst. I'm sorry if you dont do recs I'm on mobile and can't check for a FAQ sorry if this is inconvenient

Thank you!

DRARRY + 8TH YEAR + SLOW BUILD

Azoth (zeitgeistic)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 88.7k, Summary: Now that Harry is back at Hogwarts with Hermione for eighth year, he realises that something’s missing from his life, and it either has to do with Ron, his boggart, Snape, or Malfoy. Furthermore, what, exactly, does it mean when one’s life is defined by the desire to simultaneously impress and annoy a portrait? Harry has no idea; he’s too busy trying not to be in love with Malfoy to care.

Right Hand Red (lumosed_quill)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 73.1k, Summary: Harry felt Malfoy’s breath on his lips as they came together over the bottle, hands firmly planted on the floor as though they each needed their familiar soil, refusing to cross into enemy territory. Except that Malfoy no longer felt like his enemy. Malfoy felt inevitable.

Helix (Saras_Girl)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 92.8k Summary: Seven months after the end of the war, Harry is feeling lost. Fortunately, he is about to be offered an unexpected and sparkling chance to find himself again.

The Lip-Lock Jinx (cassisluna)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 21.4k, Summary: It’s a jinx that renders the victim mute, unless he/she serves the purpose of the jinx and kisses the person that they desire. It’s just Harry’s luck that he’s in love with Draco.

Dear Diary (AWickedMemory)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 20.4k, Summary: “This can’t possibly go worse than the last time I kept a diary.“ After the war, Harry picks up a journal to write in… and it writes back. Luckily, it’s not a Horcrux on the other end this time.

Then Comes A Mist And A Sweeping Rain (faithwood)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 21k, Summary: It always rains for Draco Malfoy. Metaphorically. And literally. Ever since he had accidentally Conjured a cloud. A cloud that’s ever so cross.

Eclipse (Mijan)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 287k, Summary: “You’re dead, Potter… I’m going to make you pay…”

He Was He And I Was Bunny (bryoneybrynn)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 37.3k, Summary: The war is over and “eighth year” is about to begin at Hogwarts. But for Harry and Draco, nothing is quite the same. Harry’s looking for an escape, Draco’s looking for a friend. Does a little black bunny hold the answers for both of our boys?

Mental (Sara Holmes)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 195k, Summary: Harry thinks that he’s already spent quite enough time sharing a mindwith someone else, thankyouverymuch. A miscast Legilimency spell says otherwise…

At Your Service (faithwood)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 95.7k, Summary: Hogwarts students are in danger; Harry is determined to save them all. There’s only one thing he knows for certain: Draco Malfoy is somehow involved.

Truffles, Noble Lord Of The Sky (megyal)

Rating: PG, WC: 10.6k, Summary: Fairies curse Draco so he’s a winged snake during the day and a human during the night. Then, Longbottom makes it a whole lot worse. Fuck fairies; and Longbottom, too.

Project (Or Curse?) (venis_envy)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 21.2k, Summary: In order to build trust and inter-house unity, the Ministry School Board has designed an obligatory N.E.W.T. project for the eighth year students. Paired off, each team will be assigned a Charmed puffskein and required to share a room with their “families” throughout the term. If they all survive that long.

Marginal Notes (blamebrampton)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 9k, Summary: When you’re 18, and nothing is as it was meant to be, sometimes it can be hard to let the right people know what you are thinking.

The Potter-Malfoy Problem (who_la_hoop)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 28.9k, Summary: The room of requirement’s gone mad — at least, that’s what Harry thinks. There’s no way that Draco Malfoy ‘requires’ him, of all people, but why does it keep dragging Harry there like he’s some kind of furniture, every time Malfoy enters it? Throw in Pansy the pervert and a clipboard-wielding Hermione, and things can only go from bad to worse. And that’s not even mentioning the pirates …

Hungry (birdsofshore)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 24.2k, Summary: The first thing Harry knew about it was when he woke up lying on a bed in the hospital wing, with his arm firmly stuck to the scrawny, milk-white arm of Draco bloody Malfoy.

Master Work (mahaliem)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 35.1k, Summary: Harry’s eighth-year at Hogwarts is going about as well as all the others. Someone is out to get him, Aurors keep questioning him about the final battle and, worst of all, Draco is determined to repay his life debt to Harry.

The Owl Who Came For Christmas (dracogotgame)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 17.7k, Summary: Draco has a debt to pay off, no matter what Potter thinks. And he has a Very Good Idea to go along with it. Things don’t go as planned.

An Act Of Simple Devotion (blamebrampton)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 13,3k, Summary: It’s a age-old story. You fancy a boy and you think he fancies you. Sure there are problems – attacks on former Death Eaters, crazed tabloid journalists and your girlfriend – but you have a cunning plan. Now if he’d only explain the L. Ron Hubbard-like references …

Catch 22 (jad)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 49.8k, Summary: As if NEWTS weren’t enough, Dumbledore’s gone and had another one of his ‘bright ideas.’ If all ends well, the Houses will be getting along in no time. Or according to Harry’s correspondent, an Apocalypse will be in order.

Love Comes Tumbling (taradiane)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 22.1k, Summary: ‘Harry’s thoughts were of how much he would have done differently with Malfoy over the years, and of Dumbledore’s final words to the other boy … “It is my mercy, and not yours, that matters now.” Maybe, Harry wondered, he could find some mercy, too, and give Malfoy the second chance that Dumbledore had believed him worthy of.’

anonymous asked:

hi! I was wondering if you had any fics where Harry and Draco are in a secret relationship? x

I have some;

Right Hand Red by Lumosed_quill (73k)
Harry felt Malfoy’s breath on his lips as they came together over the bottle, hands firmly planted on the floor as though they each needed their familiar soil, refusing to cross into enemy territory.
Except that Malfoy no longer felt like his enemy.
Malfoy felt inevitable


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.

You blew your cover for what?!l by a_choo (3k)
Draco gets almost killed, Snape is pissed, and somehow in this whole mess a rather shocking secret is revealed.

And I Know the Spark by Firethesound (15k)
All Draco cares about is keeping Potter alive, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.

Collect Your Courage by Mervab (44k) 

Potter needs control; Draco needs forgiveness. They shag; Lavender gives advice; they yell; Seamus makes muffins; they fight; and everyone else drinks far too much coffee for their own wellbeing.

What I thought by bafflinghaze (7k)
Draco thought they were in a relationship. Harry thought it was just sex.

Hold My Hand by bafflinghaze (4k)
Harry has been with Draco for a number of years now. So when Draco gets injured, Harry has to storm St. Mungo’s.

Up in the Air by @dictacontrion (8k)
When he’s out in the sun, eye to eye with the treeline, Harry can barely remember why this thing with Draco was ever a secret in the first place.

Harry Potter is a Dirty Exhibitionist by @eidheann (13k)
The ten times they almost got caught and one time they did.

The One Where Ron and Hermione Find Out by EruditeWitch (12k)
When Harry is injured, the secret is out. Will their relationship last such a startling revelation?

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.

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.

I’ll Tell You A Secret (Just Don’t Tell) by nerakrose (18k)
Harry and Draco are living a fairly normal life with a fairly normal relationship, except for the part where it’s, well, secret.

Advanced Charms by Paraphilia (7k)
Awkward first time is awkward.

Bound to Happen by JosephineStone (3k)
As often as the Aurors brought Draco in and demanded proof of his whereabouts, it was only a matter of time before they found about his relationship with Harry.

An Act of Simple Devotion by blamebrampton (3k)
It’s a age-old story. You fancy a boy and you think he fancies you. Sure there are problems – attacks on former Death Eaters, crazed tabloid journalists and your girlfriend – but you have a cunning plan. Now if he’d only explain the L. Ron Hubbard-like references …

Everybody’s Secret by @asexualsiriusblack (2k)
Harry and Draco are both professors at Hogwarts, and in a relationship with each other. They think they’re doing a good job keeping it secret — they’re not.

Matchmaking by frostywonder (22k)
When Hermione rushes off to the Amazon, Ron is left to handle their brooding third wheel but he’s never been especially good with emotional problems. Somehow, he drags Malfoy into the mix and the stupid Ferret steals the show.

In the toilet of the Leaky by marguerite_26 (3k)
um… filthy toilet sex? 

Your Hand Upon My Chest by kayladie (13k)
Harry and Draco have begun a fling with each other. Harry’s feeling a little more serious about it and wants the world to know. Draco’s horrified at the prospect, and anyway, his father’s been pushing him to marry and provide a Malfoy heir. This can’t end well.

Little Talks by Femme and noeon (11k)
Draco’s been shagging the Head Auror for months now, and he’s sure it’s just a fling. Until Harry asks him to a Quidditch match, that is, and things go horribly wrong.

Integrating the Shadow by Queenie_Mab (21k)
Suffering from Post-War Stress, Auror Harry Potter finds the best way to move past his insecurities and find healing is by trusting those he loves to accept him exactly as he is. Case!fic, featuring curse-breaker!Draco

Not Just When You Want to Be by @gracerene09​ (36k)
A little over a year after the end of the war, fate seems intent on pushing Harry and Draco together.

All of the Time by @gracerene09​ (21k)
Twenty-five years later, Harry and Draco find their way back to one another. [Sequel to Not Just When You Want to Be]

Hiding with The Silk Shirts by jzaii (5k)
Five years in a secret relationship is enough. Draco and Harry come to realization they have to come out.

Also, i’ve this list  for coming out in Hogwarts, those are all secret relationship as well.

anonymous asked:

I was wondering if you had any solid hogwarts/8th year recs? Fairly long maybe? I've read a lot of the classics like bond, etc! Or if you have any prior rec lists! Thank you xx

Hey there, oh 8th year are my favorite. Not sure if you’ve checked these out, obviously my bookmarks need updating with all the new fics around, ill get to it eventually xD

Symptoms of Weak Iman (faith)

1. Committing Sins

Some people insist on committing the same sins over and over again. As a result, repugnance of sins is slowly withdrawn from their heart to the point that
they commit these sins openly as described in this Hadith:

&#147; “All of my followers will be forgiven except those who commit sins openly. Such is the case of a man commits a sin at night and Allah had his sin concealed till the morning comes. But, he says openly: ‘O so and so, I did such and such yesterday.’ Allah had covered his sin, but he uncovered the veil of Allah from it.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri).

2. Hardening of the Heart

The person reaches a stage where he feels that his heart has turned into a solid rock that is not affected by anything. Allah says:

“And yet, after this, your hearts hardened and became like rocks, or even harder.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:74).

A hardened heart is not affected by anything – even seeing people die and attending funerals would not move it. The person with a hardened heart may even carry a corpse and bury it, yet, he walks in the graveyard as if he were strolling between pine trees!

3. Performing Acts of Worship Poorly

Such a person remains absent-minded during prayers and while reciting the Qur&#146;ân. He also does not contemplate upon the meaning of the supplications he is making. As a result, he recites them in a monotonous tone void of any reflections. He does not think for a moment about the value of these supplications. He forgets that:

&#147; “Allah does not accept the supplication from an inattentive, heedless heart.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi).

His acts of worship are reduced to hollow movements with no spirit behind them. Allah describes the hypocrites:

“And they do not remember Allah but little.” (Al-Nisâ’, 4:142).

A hard hearted person remains indifferent when he does not perform some good deeds and misses those times of worship that have more reward in them. His lack of interest to earn rewards is obvious. Delaying Hajj when he is capable of performing it, missing congregational prayers in the Masjid, and even the Jumu’ah prayer are a few examples of this. The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam [pbuh] said:

&#147; “People will continue to withdraw to rows behind the first one until Allah puts them in a back place in Hell.” (Related by Abû Dawud).

Furthermore, he does not feel remorse if he misses obligatory duties and does not try to perform the different Sunnah prayers or invocations that he misses. He ignores them, convincing himself that they are only Sunnah!

4. Lack of Tranquillity

His chest gets tightened, his mood changes, he feels as if he is carrying a heavy load, and he becomes annoyed quickly because of minor things. He gets pestered by the behavior of the people around him and he does not forgive them easily. He harbors malice towards fellow Muslims over insignificant issues. The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam has described Imân to be forgiveness:

“ Imân is patience and forgiveness.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi)

In another Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam described the believer in the following manner:

&#147; “He makes friends and is befriended and there is no goodness in (one who) does not make friends or is not befriended.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi).

5. Verses of the Qur&#146;ân Have No Effect Upon Him

The promises, warnings, commands, prohibitions, and descriptions of the Day of Judgment do not make his eyes flood with tears, or his heart quiver, or his soul shiver. Consequently, he gets bored and tired when he listens to the recital of the Qur&#146;ân!

6. He is Negligent in Remembering Allah

This simple act of devotion becomes heavy upon him to the point that when he raises his hands in supplication, he hastens to fold them up quickly to conclude it. He is not eager to repent to Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, and to make invocations to Him for his needs. Allah describes the hypocrites:

“And when they stand up to pray, they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little.” (Al-Nisa’, 4:142).

7. He Does Not Get Angry When the Commandments of Allah Are Violated

This is because the glowing light of honor in his heart has been extinguished and as a result, his limbs have become numb to repudiate evil. So he does not bother to enjoin good or forbid evil. This is due to a weak heart as indicated by the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

&#147; “Temptations are presented to the heart, one by one. Any heart that accepts them will be left with a black stain, but any heart that rejects them will be left with a mark of purity, until the hearts become one of two types: a dark heart that has turned away and become like an overturned vessel, and a pure heart that will never be harmed by temptation for as long as the earth and the heavens exist.” (Related by Muslim).

So the desire of enjoining good and forbidding evil disappears from a sick heart. Good and evil are the same to it.

Rather, the person may even be happy to hear about the corruption that is being committed on earth. His unfortunate soul forgets that the sin upon him is the same as the sin upon the person who witnessed the evil and approved of it, as the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

&#147; “When a sin is committed on earth, the one who witnessed it and hates it is like one who was absent from it, and the one who was absent from it but was pleased with it (after he found out about it), it is like he witnessed it. (Related by Abû Dawud)

Since being pleased with the sin is a deed of his heart, it makes the sin upon him equal to the sin of the one who witnessed it.

8. He loves to be in Gatherings and be Engrossed in Talking

He tries to impose his views on others and likes the discussion to center around him. Gatherings in which idle talk takes prominence are considered like slaughter houses from which the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam warned us when he said:

&#147; “Watch out for the slaughterhouses (meaning) gatherings.” (Related by Al-Bayhaqi).
9. He is Arrogant

He likes people to stand up for him when he enters to meet them because feeling great gratifies his diseased soul. the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

&#147; “The one who is pleased that the slaves of Allah stand up for him, then let him be assured of his place in the Fire.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)

Mu’awiyah Ibn Abi Sufyan entered upon two companions of the Prophet, Ibn ‘Amir stood up and Ibn Zubayr sat down. Seeing this, Mu’awiyah said to Ibn ‘Amir: “Sit down, because I heard the Messenger of Allah say:

&#147; ‘The one who loves that another man stand up for him, then let him rest assured of his sitting place in the Fire.”‘ (Related by Abû Dawud).

A similar example is that he will get angry at a person who applies the Sunnah and starts shaking hands with people on his right hand side. Also, when he enters a gathering, he is not satisfied unless someone else, already sitting, gets up so that he may,sit in his place despite the fact that he is forbidden to do so by the Prophetsallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

&#147; “Let not a man make another one stand for him then sit in his place.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri).

10. Stinginess and Greed

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has praised those who spend their wealth for good causes and at the same time blamed those who are miserly. In the Qur&#146;ân Allah has praised the Ansar for the way they gave preference to the Muhajirun (Muslims who migrated from Makkah) over themselves:

“But they (Ansar) give them preference over themselves even though they were in need of that (the booty). And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, such are they who will be the successful.” (Al-Hashr, 59:9).

Allah has clarified that the successful ones are those who protect themselves against stinginess. Without doubt, weakness of Imân is born from stinginess as the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

&#147; “Imân and covetousness can never come together in the heart of a slave.” (Related by Al-Nasa’i).

Concerning the dangers of stinginess and its effects upon one’s soul, the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam explained it to be:

&#147; “Beware of covetousness, because the ones before you perished because of covetousness. It induces them to be miserly so they became misers and it induced them to break the ties (of kinship) so they broke it and induced them to commit sins so they committed sins.” (Related by Abû Dawûd).

A greedy person also has a weak Imân. He scarcely spends anything for the sake of Allah even if he is called to donate in charity when his Muslim brothers are hungry and afflicted by hardships. There is nothing clearer in this matter than the Book of Allah:

“Behold! It is you who are called to spend freely in Allah’s Cause: but even among you are such as turn out to be niggardly! And yet, he who acts niggardly in Allah’s Cause is but niggardly towards himself: for Allah is Rich, and you are poor. And if you turn away from Him, He will cause other people to take your place, and they will not be the likes of you.” (Muhammad, 47:38)

11. He Falls into Doubtful Matters

When he performs an action, he does not ask if it is an act of righteousness, but rather will it earn him any sin or not. This is exactly what the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam informed us of:

&#147; “But he who falls into doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all about grazing therein. Truly, every king has a sanctuary, and Allah’s sanctuary is His prohibitions.” (Related by Muslim)

When such people ask for a fatwah (Islamic ruling) about something, and find out that it is forbidden, they do not give up. They want to know how severe the prohibition is. How many sins does he earn if he commits it? He is not concerned to stay away from evil and sinful deeds, rather he is inclined to take the first step towards haram things by belittling the burning effects of sins which run him the risk of committing haram, and remove the screen between him and the sin. This is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

&#147; “Know that some people from my Ummah will come on the Day of Judgment with good deeds like the white mountains of Tihama, but Allah will make them scattered dust.” Thawban said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, describe them to us, so that we may not be one of them without knowing it!’ He said, “They will be your brothers, and from your people, and they will take from the night as you do (meaning prayers, etc.), but they are a people who, when they were alone with the prohibitions of Allah, violated them.” (Related by Ibn Majah).

So, you will find him engulfed in forbidden things without any protection or shielding, and this is more evil than the one who commits them but with some reluctance. These people commit sins with ease as a result of their ailing Imânand do not see their act to be an evil one. This is how Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud radhiallahu anhu described the way a believer and a hypocrite perceive sins:

&#147; “A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain, fearing it might fall upon him, while a sinner sees his sins as a fly passing over his nose, so he gets rid of it with his hand.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri).

12. Belittling Good Deeds
There is lack of concern on the part of the sick at heart to perform small deeds of righteousness contrary to what the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam has taught us when he said:

&#147; “Do not belittle any small act of kindness even if it is to pour water from your bucket into the vessel of the one who asks for it or to talk to your brother with a cheerful face.” Related by Ahmad.

So, acts that appear to be minor should not be underestimated. Hence, meeting a fellow Muslim with a smiling face and removing trash and dirt from the Masjid – even as little as a straw – entails great rewards. It may be that a small deed becomes a reason for the forgiveness of major sins. Allah thanks His slave for these small deeds and forgives him.

The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

&#147; “Once, a man saw the branch of a tree in the middle of a road. So, he said, ‘By Allah, I will remove this from the path of the Muslims so they may not be hurt.’ For this action, he was put in Paradise.” (Related by Muslim).

Mu’adh Ibn Jabal was once walking with someone. He removed a pebble from the way. The man asked Mu’adh why he did that. Mu’adh answered him: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhe wa sallam say:

&#147; “One who removes a stone from the way has a good deed written for him, and one for whom a good deed is written shall enter Paradise.‘” (Related by Al-Tabarani).

13. Not Caring About the Affairs of Muslims

A person with a sick heart does not react to the needs of Muslims by making supplications, giving charity, or offering assistance. He does not care if his brothers are afflicted by a hardship in any part of the world such as being overwhelmed by the enemy, being persecuted, or being stricken by disasters. It is enough for him that his conditions are good! This is because of his ailing Imân; A believer is the opposite of that as described by the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

&#147; “A believer feels pain for the believers, just as the body feels distress over what is troubling the head.” (Related by Ahmad).

14. He is Deprived of the Friendship of Brothers

The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

&#147; “Two persons who became friends for the sake of Allah do not separate except because of a sin committed by one of them.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad).

This is a proof of the evil effects of sins: it breaks the ties of brotherhood. This alienation that a person finds between himself and his brothers is sometimes the result of a decline in Imân which results from committing sins. So the love others have for him dwindles.

15. Showing Grief and Fear When Afflicted by a Hardship or When in Difficulty

Such a person is often found to be shaky in offering obligatory duties, unbalanced, absent minded, lost, and fidgety. He is not able to face reality with unwavering limbs and a firm heart. All of this is due to ailing Imân.

If the Imân were strong, he would have been firm and faced the greatest of hardships with strength and steadfastness.

16. Disputing and Arguing Unnecessarily

Much engagement in these habits hardens the heart as the Prophet said:

&#147; “A people never went astray after being upon guidance except through disputes.”(Related by Ahmad).

So, argumentation without proof and proper intention takes one away from the Straight Path. These days, most people argue falsely and without knowledge or guidance. It is enough for them to leave this bad habit after knowing what the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

&#147; “I guarantee a house in the outskirts of Paradise to the one who gives up arguing even if he were on the right side.” (Related by Abû Dawud).

17. Attachment to Worldly Life

He is so materialistic that he feels anguish when something of this life, like wealth, honor, status, etc, is taken away from him. He feels as if he has been injured badly because he did not get what others did. His feeling of injury becomes stronger and he feels rejected on seeing his Muslim brother get something of this world which did not reach him. Envy takes root in his heart so he wishes that this bounty be taken away from his brother. This is what the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam warned us against:

&#147; “Never can Imân and envy come together in the heart of a slave.” (Related by Al- Nasa’i).

18. His Speech is Void of the Etiquette of the Qur&#146;ân and Sunnah
The signs of Imart are absent from him. You will barely find in this person’s speech quotations from the Qur&#146;ân, or Sunnah, or the sayings of the early pious generations of Muslims.


These are some of the symptoms of a weak faith. By becoming aware of the symptoms, one has made the first step towards the remedy.

randomlena-deactivated20141129  asked:

I was wondering how you devote yourself to Persephone. I am new to Hellenism and I have always been extremely drawn to Persephone and I am just trying to do all the research I possible can on her but am not finding much. I was recently told to open up to her, but I do not know how I would do that. I am trying to figure out her sacred days and everything. Do you have anything that can help me?

Acts of devotion, for me, include: prayer, offerings, altar-setting, creative acts in her honor (art, writing, etc), and living by her example.

Here’s what I would suggest in terms of opening up to her. Every night (for a few days), light a candle. Near the candle, offer Persephone a glass of something (wine, milk, honey, pomegranate juice, even just water) by saying “For you, Persephone.” Read (out loud, if possible), the Orphic Hymn to Persephone. Then sit for 10 minutes and focus on your thoughts. Try to be receptive to messages from Her, in whatever form they come. Let thoughts come and go, remaining aware of your thoughts and feelings. Write down the images, sounds, and feelings that come to you. Use all your senses. After a few days, look over your notes for any patterns, symbols, stories. Ask a devotee for help interpreting if needed, or do some research on your own. That is one way to build your connection with Persephone.

Sacred days: Many modern practitioners honor Persephone’s descent to the Underworld on the Autumnal Equinox and her ascent to the Upperworld on the Vernal Equinox. This is not traditional Hellenic Polytheism, but is widely practiced. You are free to find your own sacred days for her as well - personally, I like to give offerings on each lunar month’s two quarter moons, since they signify the “halfway” that Persephone embodies. In traditional HP, the last days of the lunar month are sacred to chthonic (earthly) deities.

Let me know if you have any other questions.