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Word Count: 19935 words, complete
Alternate Links to Fic: DW
Pairing: Ron Weasley/ Pansy Parkinson
Author's Summary: The moment that changes everything. Warnings: Angst. Lots of plot. Frank talk of death and suicide. Not friendly towards Hermione at all. Creature fic. EWE/AR. Switching POVs
Author's Website: LJ, FFN, DW
Why everyone should read this: This is such a different but oh so interesting take on the Veela trope, it took my by surprise when I first found it. Whereas it's usually a Malfoy that turns out to be Veela, it's Pansy in this case. A decade after the war, she finally finds her mate, only for him to be Ron Weasley, who is very much married to Hermione. The author's done a great job of conveying the pain, physically as well as emotionally, Pansy goes through when she decides to reject him. And at the same time, Ron is also miserable but for other reasons.
The author has also done a splendid job of not only portraying the strong friendship between the Slytherins, including Lucius and Narcissa, as they take care of Pansy as she becomes sicker by the day, but also their cunning as they help Pansy reunite with her mate.
Fair warning; there is bashing in this story, and while I'd usually avoid those like the plague, this one is definitely worth the read.
All she could think about was sandalwood. A peaceful calm overwhelmed her. Her heart, however, began to beat faster when her mind and instincts started to tell her: this is it, this is the one, this is your mate –
Her breath escaped her chest as she gaped at her former classmate standing in front of her. Her very married former classmate: one-third of the Golden Trio married to another third.
She stood there in shock: deaf, dumb, and mute. Pansy could see that he was saying something to her but she didn't know what it was. Her entire focus was on comprehending just how nature could be so cruel.
At least without knowing or finding her mate, her death would come slowly and peacefully. The books she had read explained that she would probably wouldn't even notice when the end was near. That one day she would just go to sleep only to never wake again.
However, now, she was forced to make the ultimate decision: actively chase a married man, a War Hero, in order to die peacefully and painlessly -or willingly walk away from him, causing her a death that not only would be sooner, but more debilitating and painful. She knew that many Veela in her shoes would keep putting forth the effort of trying to mate, simply to avoid the death that would have one begging for their sweet release months and sometimes years before it would actually come.
Taking a deep breath, Pansy closed her eyes and mentally signed her death warrant.