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06 February 2010 @ 12:39 am
Fic: Hero Complex  
Well, I didn't win this week, but I'm not out of the running yet.

TITLE: Hero Complex
WARNING(S): This is the vacation of our discontent.
SUMMARY: Pansy just wants her husband back.

“What do you mean you’re not coming on vacation?” Pansy shouted. “You promised me, and you promised Violet.”

“I’m sorry, Pans. But there’s these illegal potions dealers. It’s a—”

“Once in a lifetime chance,” Pansy finished his sentence familiarly, bitterly. “Fine, go—be the hero. Again.”

Harry ran a hand through his messy hair. “I’m not doing it to be a hero! I’ll be there in time to enjoy some of the vacation.”

“No, you won’t. You’ll owl, saying, ‘sorry, there’s too much paperwork.’ I’ll have to tell Violet, ‘sorry, Daddy’s helping people and can’t come.’” She grabbed her sunglasses, turning to leave. At the door, she paused and looked back. “You could be on a Greek island with your wife and daughter, Harry. Instead you want to stay and work. Let me finish!

“I don’t want a hero. Vi already thinks you’re a superhero. I just… want my husband and her father back. If you can’t do that, Harry…” Her voice broke, cracked, followed by the glasses in her hand, lenses shattering in her grip. “If you can’t do that, then don’t bother being here when we return.”

The ultimatum tinkled to the floor in a rain of shattered glass, punctuated with the quiet click of the door.

A/N: Written for pphp_ldws.
Tabbywhy_me_why_not on February 6th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Gelseygelsey on February 6th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
babsbybend: sunshinebabsbybend on February 6th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
"You could be on a Greek island with your wife and daughter..."

I just saw "Mama Mia!" How the heck could he leave them in a place like that!

I've been angry and sad about things that you do
I can't count all the times that I've told you we're through
And when you go, when you slam the door

*ahem* Sorry. Couldn't resist.

*dances away* Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much I've missed you//

Gelsey: Grey's - you're my persongelsey on February 6th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Laughs. AH, you do my mood so good, my friend.

pokeystarpokeystar on February 6th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
I voted for yours again this week.

I have good taste, yes?
Gelseygelsey on February 6th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
Thanks. Hee! Is it awful for me to say yes you do?

I don't have nearly as good a feeling about this coming week, though.
Iceicelore on February 6th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
Oh, how cool, your tied for my fav with another one. :D I really liked it!
Gelseygelsey on February 6th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
talesofsnape: Hogwarts at nighttalesofsnape on February 6th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
I just don't get pphp, but I think any woman who was married to Harry would have that problem.
Delayed Poet: Delayed Poet - lididelayed_poet on February 6th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Donchya know that gelsey is all about writing pairs that don't quite make sense *wink*
talesofsnape: Insane bluetalesofsnape on February 6th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Well, she does go for the more unusual ones, but most of the others are less weird than hppp.
Gelseygelsey on February 6th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
I think anyone would too, yes.

Eh. I'm stretching my wings on this one. Plus, I was bored when signups came around. Lol.
talesofsnape: Harry-Rontalesofsnape on February 7th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Hee! You're a brave woman. It's pretty hard to go from "He's there! Potter's there!" (especially in the nasty nasal whiny voice that Jim Dale uses for Pansy) to hugs and kisses, even if it wasn't for the fact she's always described as pug-faced whereas Harry's average to good-looking and has the cachet of being 'The Chosen One'.

But if anyone can do it, it's you and pokey.
Gelseygelsey on February 7th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
It's weird, but I truly like going out of my comfort zone and playing. I like trying to make sometime plausible that might not seem so on the surface.

Personally, I think JKR made all the Slytherins ugly in a stereotypical way of making villains unlikeable. Also, you must consider the unreliable narrator--Harry is predisposed toward disliking the Slytherins, thus he describes them in ways that shows his dislike. They might not be accurate.

One reason I like doing these kind of characters, though, is that I role played for awhile, and it really gives you a different view of characters when you either play them or interact with people who play them.

Hee! Thanks. Pokey does such a brilliant job--I'm sure she's going to beat me out.
talesofsnape: Green Eyetalesofsnape on February 7th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
That's one of the things I love and hate about exchanges, but I generally prefer to push for different aspects of my favourite characters rather than play with other ones.

The Harry filter is always a dangerous thing, but even taking it into consideration, I find it hard to see any redeeming features when it comes to Pansy, so I've never been attracted to the character.
Delayed Poet: Heartdelayed_poet on February 6th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
As I told you before, this is fabulous! It really stood out to me even before I knew it was yours :) Though I agree with talesofsnape - any woman married to Harry would have to suffer his hero complex at the expense of their time together. It's just so sad that he's not just neglecting her anymore, he's also neglecting their little girl... So sad.
Gelseygelsey on February 6th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, hun!

Oh yeah. It's a Harry thing, I think. Poor Vi.
babsbybendbabsbybend on February 6th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, and ten points for naming Pansy's daughter Violet.

If they had more children, would they be named Asphodel and Hyacinth?

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/pl/book_9/index.shtml, line 1040
Gelseygelsey on February 6th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I love thinking up names for Pansy's and/or Neville's kids. Amaranthus was once one of mine, I think.

giggles. Oh, that's perfect. <3
babsbybendbabsbybend on February 7th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
That's why I have those four flowers as the base for love potions.
Gelseygelsey on February 7th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Very good idea.

I really want to have my copy of Shakespeare's sonnets right now. When I had to read them for class, there were several that jumped out with potions stuff.
babsbybendbabsbybend on February 7th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Did anybody ever find out what the potions were for in Macbeth? (I'm too lazy to go back to it, although I think that in a few years, the guy who plays Edward in Chronicles of Narina would made a perfect Macbeth.)
babsbybendbabsbybend on February 7th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
For a charm of powerful trouble

There it is--thanks!
Gelseygelsey on February 7th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
My pleasure. I love that set of lines. I really should memorize it sometime, to quote at random people at random times.
babsbybendbabsbybend on February 7th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
When I was in college, it seemed like "Walrus and the Carpenter" was done to death. "Now the time has come to talk of many things: Of ships and sails and sealing wax, and cabbages and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings." And older still, "To be, or not to be...." Bleah.

When I still worked at Fred's, I went up to my supervisors at slow times (and one by one, as occassion rose), and went with "The Lobster Quadrill"--Will you walk a little faster, said the lobster to the snail, there's a porpose close behind me and he's treading on my tail... And I'd do the whole thing unless we were interrupted.

I swear it had nothing to do with my being fired.
Gelseygelsey on February 7th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Probably was done to death, though I think it would be fun for me to memorize as well. I used to know several longer passages of Shakespeare, but that was back in high school and I can't remember it all now.

Grin. How fun.

Giggles. <3
babsbybendbabsbybend on February 7th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
My daughter memorized the piece from Macbeth that has "Duncan is in his grave." She'll bring it out at the oddest times, and in conversational voice, and it is a riot when she does. Go for it.