Written on the Heart (113983 words) by Anonymous
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley
Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Blaise Zabini, Pansy Parkinson, Millicent Bulstrode, Gregory Goyle, Theodore Nott, Luna Lovegood
Additional Tags: Hogwarts Eighth Year, Soulmarks, Slow Burn, flangst, Community: hd_erised, Slytherins, Families of Choice, Falling In Love, Pining, Bad Dreams, HP: EWE, getting drunk, copious swearing, Sarcasm, Muggle Studies, Muggle Fine Dining, wanking, sucking cock, Angst, Bad Decisions, Unexpected friendships, Teasing, Coming Out, Kissing, famous Harry Potter, UST, Happy Ending, Blaise Zabini's dubious porn collection, Clubbing
Summary: Harry doesn’t mind that so many Slytherins from his year have returned to finish their NEWTs, really he doesn’t. It’s just – do they have to be so friendly? He’s not prejudiced, really he’s not. It’s just – they’ve got to be up to something, right? Unnerved by the attention he’s attracting from everyone – the Slytherins are the least of it, to be fair – and struggling with a raft of changes to Hogwarts itself, Harry wishes he could be happy that one constant remains: Draco Malfoy really fucking hates him.
When he’s hit by an illegal love-spell though, Harry finds he has more to worry about than whether or not Blaise Zabini actually wants to be his friend. For if everyone affected has been blessed – or cursed, by the look on Malfoy’s face – with a magical tattoo revealing the name of their soulmate, what does it mean that Harry’s skin remains completely bare?
Why you should read this: ohhhh my lordddd this was so good ♥ i loved everything. it's funny (hilarious, at points), and so, so sweet and lovely too. i loved how harry and draco's relationship developed, harry and his confusion about feelings and attraction (at some point i seriously thought it was going to turn out that harry was aromantic, which would've been amazing tbh, and also now i want a fic where that's the case) to draco, and then draco himself. he hit pretty much all my favourite draco characterisation buttons, so what more could i possibly want?? (i know what more. ron finding harry and draco asleep in bed together, at the end there, because i live for ron being mortified by h/d, always. it makes me laugh so much every time.) ANYWAY. don't let the length of this deter you because this is AMAZING and FANTASTIC and probably actually my favourite fic from erised this year. (it's hard to say - there were so many brilliant fics this year!) it also doesn't hurt that the ust and smutty parts were more of an afterthought (is my impression, anyway), or rather a small part of everything along with other smaller parts to make up a whole, instead of the entire basis of their developing relationship. it makes me very, very happy. ♥