Currently, I'm reccing multiple rarepair over at crack-broom (1 a day), the first one (Arthur/Molly) I've just posted. I'll post a compilation here once the month is over.
Title: Predators of the Night
Word Count: 4583 words, complete
Alternate Links to Fic: none
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/ Draco Malfoy
Author's Summary:During the party after Draco's initiation Millicent stays on the outside, watching the guests. But her foray into the Malfoys' garden reveals unexpected truths, about herself and about the people she has walked away from.
Author's Website: here
Why everyone should read this: If you're in the mood for something angsty, this is your fic. The premise is simple: a girl in the shadows, a party, and the popular boy she's pining after. Still, the author's way of storytelling and vivid descriptions makes it feel like you're dancing alongside Millicent in the moonlight, despite everything happy and carefree. Then mood shifts, and you'll wish she never stopped dancing.
Now that she is no longer dancing, the air felt cold and she wraps her arms around herself, feeling her skin pimple under her fingers. Somewhere in the grounds a fox screeches. Neither of the people comment. I won't speak until he does Millicent promised herself. I won't let him make a fool of me.
Title: Ode to broken Things
Word Count: 14308 words, complete
Alternate Links to Fic: Right here
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/ Victor Krum
Author's Summary: "Krum's in town," Harry says finally. "I just thought you should know."
Author's Website: Author's AO3 page
Why everyone should read this: Originally written for the hp_beholder @ insanejournal. I'm not sure where to start with describing how much I love this fic. It has everything that I love and want to read. Strong but flawed characters, check. Sudden end to romance, check. Pregnancies and paterneties kept secret, check. Meddling friends and families, check. Second chances, check. Satisfying ending, check. Not to mention how incredibly well this is written and how believable the characterisations are. It just made me forget it's written in the first-person POV, which is normally a no-go for me. But in this case, just go. Read. Enjoy.
Harry doesn't say anything for a long moment, and then he sighs. He glances towards Draco who frowns at him from his perch on the stone wall up the hill. Harry shoves his hands in his pockets and eyes me. "Millie," he says, with that ridiculously condescending tone in his voice that he tries to use when he knows he's been an utter arse, and I turn on him then.
"Don't start with me." I keep my voice low and even. There's no sense in letting anyone else know I'm still upset. "You had no right to encourage her."
Harry chews on his bottom lip. "She needs to know." His face takes on a familiar mulish cast. "Hell, he needs to know."
Title: The Wrangling of Wyverns
Word Count: 3358 words, complete
Alternate Links to Fic: None that I could find
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/ Adrian Pucey
Rating: R (a light one)
Author's Summary: Millicent is stuck with a replacement Wyvern wrangler after her partner Higgs is called back to England to deal with a loved one's accident. Cursing her luck, she gets much more than she bargained for when Adrian Pucey is the one that shows up to take Terence's place.
Author's Website: Author on AO3, most of her HP fics are also archived on bell_flint, gryff_slyth100 and overcomingrvlry
Why everyone should read this: According to the author's notes, angylinni wrote this because Millicent often gets the short end of the stick in fics. And she's right about that, the poor girl seems to be surrounded by drama in most of the fics she's the leading lady in. I've recced a few here, and I'm guilty of doing it as well. That's why this one-shot is so refreshing. True, the author briefly touches Millicent's insecurities about her body in the passing, but it's not the primary focus, and it's over in a few sentences. The focus is Millicent and her crush on Adrian Pucey that decides to rear its head upon meeting him again after many years. Of course, Adrian isn't exactly immune to the new, grown up Millie either, and he knows exactly how to woo the girl. Swoon, sigh, and smile in enjoyment. Brief mentions of Alicia/Terence (yay!).
“Does he know you?”
She nodded, and he spun her around, his hand sliding through her hair loosening the tight bun, his lips covering hers. Millie was so shocked at first that she let him kiss her, her eyes fluttering closed as his tongue slipped into her open mouth, exploring it leisurely. Reality set in a few minutes later when she heard the Wyvern move closer, and she jerked away from Adrian, glaring at him furiously. “What the fuck did you do that for?”
He smirked at her. “I was getting your scent on me. If he knows your scent, he’ll accept me as well now.”
She shook her head. “Bloody git, you didn’t have to kiss me to do it!”
Title: Ten Things He Never Knew
Author: jbeaners48, J_Maria on Ao3, J. Maria on FFN
Word Count: 2110 words, complete in 11 chapters
Alternate Links to Fic: n/a
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/Draco Malfoy
Author's Summary: Their relationship has always been one-sided, or has it? Millicent & Draco, ten-song drabble fic.
Author's Website: Author's FFN site
Why everyone should read this: First of all, don't let the songfic part in the summary scare you off. The mentioned songs are merely used as inspiration for this eleven part drabble series. Second, if you're not all too into rarepairs (and Millie/Draco is sure one) but want to explore, this is a nice and easy starting point. In eleven drabbles the author has managed to tell a complete story of a girl who, after years of pining, has finally given up on her crush, only for him to finally notice her when she's ready to move on. The way the J_Maria has written this, you'll root for Millie and want to kick Malfoy's arse for keeping her hanging on. And by the time you reach the last chapter, you'll be left confused about how you want it to end because the author, as evil as she is, has left it open for interpretation. After reading this for a few times, I'm still not sure how I want it to end. Millicent/OC side-pairing.
She was nothing to him but a tool. Millicent hadn't cared back then, though. Her fragile teenage heart had thought he loved her, and how stupid had that been? Because she meant to him now what she'd meant then - a tool to be used for his gain.
Title: Not Given Up Yet
Word Count: 2500 words
Alternate Links to Fic: Right here
Character: Millicent Bulstrode
Author's Summary: Half-blood Slytherin Millicent Bulstrode reflects on her time at Hogwarts, the years of wasted effort she put in trying to be accepted by the popular students of her House, and what she intends to do about it
Author's Website: Author's LJ, FFN
Why everyone should read this: Originally written for the femgenficathon, set in The Half-Blood Prince. This is a brilliant, well-written fic exploring Millicent's character and her point of view with regards to the changing world around her and her status as half-blood amidst purebloods. The author has done such a great job in giving Millicent her own voice. You can almost hear her speak to you as the story continues, unwillingly showing hints of vulnerability beneath the tough-girl facade. This is the Millicent I would've liked to see in the original books, not the one-dimensional caricature JK made her out to be (like with most Slytherins).
But then she noticed me.
She started to smile at me instead of smirking. Said she thought my essays were good. I mean, that surprised me – I didn’t really know what to write for them, did I? I just copied what it said in Slinky’s book.
The teachers don’t often say that much to me. Not bad, Miss Bulstrode. Quite acceptable. That’s usually the best I get. But she even asked me in her office for a chat. It was nicer than I’d imagined it’d be. I liked her cat pictures. I thought I’d done something wrong, but she made me a cup of tea and started talking quite sweetly, really. Said she thought I’d got the right idea. Hinted that she hoped people would be brave enough to tell her if anyone was doing stuff the Ministry wouldn’t like.
Mmm. Yes, Professor Umbridge. Of course, Professor Umbridge. You taught me something in the end, Professor Umbridge. Tell tales. Learnt that one well, didn’t I?
Title: Fall on Your Knees
Gaining Access: n/a
Author: ivyblossom on AO3, was ivyblossom on LJ. Is ivyblossom on DW.
Word Count: 2143 words
Alternate Links to Fic: None that I'm aware of
Character: Millicent Bulstrode
Author's Summary: Even people like Millicent have stories to tell. Sometimes, they're not very pretty stories. This story was originally written and posted in 2002.
Author's Website: the author's AO3 page
Why everyone should read this: Millicent is sent to a Muggle primary school after her family suspects she's a Squib. Here, she's bullied relentlessly until she snaps. This is one of those stories that makes you want to reach into the fic and pull the character close to your chest to console them. It's a sad story all around, one that will stay with you.
She was five the first time a stranger looked at her and called her fat to her face. She was mortified. In her head, she was a strong girl, she was equal to the boys, she was fast and powerful and important. Fat. It just took all of her, the space she occupied, her height, the width of her stocky torso, her strong shoulders, the muscle in her tanned arms, and turned her into something useless, like a jellyfish on the beach.
Title: Wrong Side of The War
Word Count: 6780 words
Alternate Links to Fic: Right here
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/Theodore Nott
Author's Summary: Ten years after the war, Millicent runs into Theo Nott, who she had a strange relationship with at Hogwarts.
Author's Website: Author's LJ fic-list
Why everyone should read this: I have a soft spot for Millie/Theo and this fic was one the first fics I read about them, and was sold. This piece, originally written for hp_porninthesun, is humorous at times and endearing in others. It's a wonderful and well-fleshed out portrayel of these two characters, their vulnerability and the undertone of what could have been if it hadn't been for the war and their parents' part or lack thereof in it. And of course, a lovely tale of catching up in more ways than one. :)
"You'd better take advantage of me quick, or we'll be caught," Theo said. He grabbed her thick ankle, and for a moment she was afraid that he would flip her onto her back. When he only moved her foot around, humping up against the bottom of her shoe, she laughed at how pathetic he looked.
"I think you have gone insane," she said.
"Probably," Theo said, beginning to pant. "Who cares?"
Millicent was oddly charmed by him in the moment, so she got down on her hands and knees, ripped open the front of his trousers and closed her fingers around his surprisingly hot prick. He gasped in surprised and boggled up at her, then shut his eyes and began thrusting up into her hand. The sight was strangely fascinating, and the sounds were better, Theo moaning oh, yesss until he came in her hand. Millicent let go of him then, and scowled at the mess. She used her wand to clean her hand, and then cleaned him up as well. He was lying there panting as if she'd saved him from drowning.