Pairing(s): Harry/Draco -- mostly friendship, progressing to mild slash
Summary: When Ron and Hermione get together, they notice only each other. A nightmare prompts Harry to return alone to the empty Chamber of Secrets, and leads to a new look at an old enemy. Harry enjoys the company, but with Dominique LeStrange actively hunting him, how far can he trust a Death Eater's son?
Warnings: drinking, stealing, and Dark Arts, non-explicit rape/murder in chapter 18
Rec Expl.: lovely long tale about how difficult the concept of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy as something similar to friends would be. Not only are Death Eaters, Voldemort, teachers, friends and fellow students giving them a hard time – they aren’t exactly matching personalities. I love this story because it portrays something real. Things don’t always go right, things don’t always work themselves out. You’ve got to work hard to achieve your goals, and sometimes – not even that is good enough. This story asks for your iinvolvement, but you’ll get so much more in return.
"He considers my family substantially degraded, Hermione. He says that if it weren't for Voldemort, I could still get invited to the best parties, though, on the strength of my father's name." Hermione looked incredulous. Harry grinned. "He says he wishes I would, so those parties wouldn't also be the most boring."
That had made her smile. Harry pressed his advantage, telling her stories that she could appreciate, like that night's adventure of chasing the bats and the battle of the icicles. They were almost the last people in the common room, but he left her not only still friends, but aware that his mother was Muggle-born, like her, and he remained uncomfortably vulnerable to capricious rejection or acceptance by the society which rejected her.