It's been just over a month since my last Drarry fix, and I didn't realize quite how into withdrawal I'd gotten. There may have been some squeeing when I found this story and first started reading it.
And it was nice. Harry's reasons for how he's ended up a Healer are clear and logical. And the lovely, lovely antagonism between him and Draco is alive and well at the start.
The mystery, the case that Ron is working on that just happens to tie in to Harry and Draco's work at the hospital is nicely-paced and well set up.
The original characters are delightful, and the whole atmosphere of the Chem. Dep. department was so well-described, that I found myself wishing I could actually spend time there.
The only two things I didn't like:
I'm a fan of slow-burn romances, but this wasn't just slow-burning, this was "is the burner even on?" burning. Not to say that there wasn't lots of lovely delicious chemistry between Harry and Draco, just perhaps not often enough?
I feel almost bad mentioning formatting as a negative, but it did impact my enjoyment of the story. I'm not sure if it was some strange alchemy between my iPhone and the fanfiction.net site, but there were no scene breaks. It looked just like the space between all other paragraphs, but suddenly either new people are talking or the same people are talking just in a different place and about something else.
Even coming to expect it, I still got pulled out of the story every single time I had to go back a paragraph or so and reorient myself to a new scene.
Still a lovely story, and I'm excited to start the second one!Favorite Quotes:"Nothing." Harry gulps his wine. "A month of Malfoy. We'll kill each other."
"If you go first, you're sorted," Ron suggests. Harry shoots a quelling look in his general direction, slightly disoriented. "Not ready to joke about it? Ok. Erm, what a bastard, eh?" he amends.
Probably just over-awed by the Man Who Wouldn't Die, are you?"
And when it comes down to it, though it's not very scientific or very subtle, annoying Draco into submission is pretty much all he's got
"Caffeine is always a valid explanation."
It's a lie, of course, because he is afraid, but the fear is shot through with desire and need and warmth; and it's wonderful.