Sep. 26th, 2012 07:14 am
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Deslea's latest Tonks/Lucius Narcissa/Lucius story is a masterpiece. Told from Narcissa's POV, we see the horrors and aftermath of Voldemort's war, and the human impact it leaves. Narcissa is complex and utterly sympathetic, shown as a product of her upbringing but also as an intelligent and fiercely determined woman facing unbeatable odds.

I grieved with Narcissa as I read this. The language is rich and carries the reader into her reality. The warnings refer to happenings in the previous piece in the series, and should not scare you off. Rape as a weapon of war is not sexualized, and handled well. Ultimately this is a character study, with the kind of world building we could only wish was included in the source canon material.

Of Vials Blue and Shades of Grey (13278 words) by favicondeslea
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Major Character Death, Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Lucius Malfoy/Narcissa Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy/Nymphadora Tonks, Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Draco Malfoy/Astoria Greengrass
Characters: Narcissa Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Draco Malfoy, Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin, Astoria Greengrass, Abraxas Malfoy

Narcissa knows there is another woman - but when she learns who and why, she must make hard choices to bring them all through a hell of someone else's making. A journey of silent dignity and selflessness. Narcissa's perspective on The Blue Vial. (You can read this on its own, but if you're going to read both, it's better to read Blue Vial first).

Date: 2012-09-26 12:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pauraque
I have to make time to read this. I know Deslea from way back in X-Files fandom. She is a gifted writer.

Date: 2012-09-26 04:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] abrae
Wow, I haven't heard from Deslea since XF days (of course, I was out of fandom for a decade or so, so there's that). It's good to know that she's still writing great stuff.

Date: 2012-09-29 03:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deslea
Miraculously, I remembered my Dreamwidth login. Go me.

Thank you so much for the lovely words, and doubly so for such a demanding piece that necessarily loses a fair bit of readership at the headers. These angsty fraught ones are a bit of a mixed blessing to write - they take a mental toll - but I love digging down as well, and especially into Narcissa, who's such a gorgeously complicated character study.

And how lovely to see some familiar names, as well! *waves upthread*

Date: 2012-10-03 03:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deslea
Greetings from Australia! I've spent the last few days getting home from a week in Cambodia, hence my tardy reply.

You made my day about The Substitute. Neither the original nor the expanded version got any comments, and the combined hits and kudos were really low compared to my other work. My work does trend on the lower side anyway, which is fine (I could, after all, change it by writing Harry/Draco or something if I really wanted to!) but I did start to second-guess myself about that one. So I'm glad it spoke to someone.

And, oh, gosh, I remember the Little Women Beth tears. In fact, I still get them every time on the rare occasions I dig the story out. (Have you read Little Vampire Women? Because that's a lovely...antidote).

I definitely agree about the OTP thing, and it's one of those things you just have to live with if you play in uncommon sandboxes in fandom IMO. (I came originally from X Files, where Scully and Mulder were not just OTP, they were OTP-and-if-anyone-else-on-earth-loves-anyone-at-all-that's-just-eeevil-because-it-takes-attention-from-their-truuuuue-lurve). And really, I can't complain, relatively speaking - on AO3, Tonks-works often struggle to get fifty hits, and mine get a lot more than that. But when the numbers are on the low side, it definitely makes the feedback you do get that much more precious.

Date: 2012-10-06 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deslea *cough*

I should say, Beth and unfair still happen, but with a deliciously wrong twist. *snerk*

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