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    May 13th, 2008

    Now or Never

    Now or Never by QueenB23

    Summary: “Scorpius Malfoy, who was a Slytherin and a pureblood.  Who, even worse, was the son of Draco Malfoy, a man that her parents barely tolerated when they saw each other in public.” Novel Length Work in Progress, 94,000 Words (and counting).

    Why You Should Care: Queen B does not go the predictable route here, spending thousands upon thousands of words in the long slow build up that at long last comes to fruition as Rose and Scorpius inevitably realize their feelings for each other.  Instead, she brings us in minutes before they come together and writes us a story that is equal parts about the now or never nature of teenage love and the complexities of loving across the Romeo-and-Juliet lines of family history and hostility.  Rose and Scorpius are fantastically realized, both as lovable and fallible as real people, and Queen B has given equal consideration to her supporting cast of youngsters and adults alike; parents Hermione and Ron are particularly wonderfully crafted, and their interaction with their daughter on the issue of the Malfoys is true to their character, personalities, and history.  A hopelessly romantic and carefully realistic portrayal of what Scorpius/Rose might really be like, and a unashamed exploration of the charming angst and desperation of teenage love.

    Why You Might Not Care: I have hesitated so long in reccing this because it’s a work in progress, and I generally don’t rec unfinished works.  That is more a guideline than a hard and fast rule, however, and I feel this fic is well worth following.  At times, this fic seems to get lost in the sometimes too-passionate day-to-day comings and goings of Rose and Scorpius, but isn’t that exactly what teenage love is all about, really?  Love at sixteen and seventeen has always been that sort of I didn’t see you yesterday and it was just terrible, how did I ever endure it kind of thing, and so the silliness that frequently irks me also delights me because of its honesty.  Heads up for scenes with NC-17 content peppered throughout, starting somewhere around the ninthish chapter.

    Thanks to:  So many people who rec’d this to me several times over, including most of the UR.org Roomies, especially Erin and Liz.

    posted by afterthree

    5 Responses to “Now or Never”

    1. Liz Says:
      May 13th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

      *squee* OMG I AM SO GLAD YOU RECCED THIS. Seriously, I love this fic so so so so so so so much. *loves*

    3. L Says:
      May 13th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

      So my biggest complaint about this story is that it doesn’t get updated nearly often enough. I spend half my life checking it for new chapters.

    5. Jamy Says:
      May 14th, 2008 at 12:00 am

      I’ve been following this story but you description of it was really beautiful and poignant. Now I know why I like it so much.

    7. AB Says:
      May 14th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

      I have been following this fic for months now and with every update I get totally sucked in. QueenB’s Scorpius is gorgeous, I fall in love a little more with each chapter. Ron and Hermione seem really in character, just as I’d expect them as 40 somethings with a teenage daughter who happens to be dating a Malfoy. Glad to see this recc’ed.

    9. Moiraine Says:
      July 12th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

      I absolutely adore this fanfic. I fall more and more in love with Scorpius every chapter, but he he isn’t without fault. The entire thing is just beautiful and portrays the epitome of teenage love, with the potential of it maturing to something beyond that. I wish it updated a bit more, but the chapters are so nice and long so the wait is worth it! I recommend it to anyone who wants a good second gen fanfic. It’s absolutely lovely.