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04 June 2008 @ 11:16 pm
A New Approach - Part 14 of 16 of 'As The Catboy Purrs'  
Title: A New Approach
Author: byaghro
Word Count: 548
Pairing: H/D
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: Characters are the property of JK Rowling, et al. This drabble was written for fun, not for profit.
Author's notes: (1) Beta-ed by dysonrules
(2) X-posted to harrydraco, hp_creatures and hp_animagus
Summary: Harry researches his new plan of attack.

Start at the beginning - Meow

Sequel to Grumpy Kitty Needs a Nap

Harry turned the page of yet another ancient tome and sneezed as a cloud of dust erupted from the parchment. He was pretty sure he heard one of the other books say, Bless you. Opening up another volume, more carefully this time, he scribbled down a few notes and then sighed. His idea had seemed brilliant a few days ago, but Harry was quickly discovering that the information he needed was not nearly as prevalent as he had hoped.

The Gryffindor leaned back in his chair, working the kinks out of his back as he did so. He suddenly realized he'd been sitting in the library far longer than he had intended. Harry grinned as he packed his books away, thinking about his best friends' reactions to his strange behavior of late. When he'd first started disappearing for his 'tutoring sessions' Hermione had been cautiously pleased. Ron of course thought he had a girlfriend so he would grin and wink every time Harry slipped away. Now that Harry was spending his afternoons in the library instead they were baffled.

At first Ron suspected it was another ruse, until they discovered Harry at a corner table, alone, surrounded by books. His best mate had speculated to Hermione, in front of Harry, that Harry's new study habits were some sort of coping mechanism after he'd been dumped. Ron was sort of right.

Hermione had taken one look at the various books on magical creatures Harry had been pouring over and immediately got a knowing gleam in her eye. Harry guessed she would figure out what he was up to soon. He hoped that he would have things sorted out with Malfoy by then. He'd been tempted to ask for Hermione's help on this project; he was sure she would be pleased with his unique approach.

Harry looked down at the meager list he'd compiled and sighed again. Sadly, most of the books in the library dealt with magical creatures. There was only so much useful information to be had from books like "Your New Kneazle and You" and "Raising Crup Pups". Except for one small pamphlet shoved haphazardly between two leather bound encyclopedias there hadn't been very much about normal, non-magical cats and dogs.

Still, the pamphlet had given him a few good ideas. He never would have thought of the "Introduce your cat to the dog's scent before you allow the animals to meet face to face." Malfoy had already met him face to face of course but after their kiss in the Room of Requirement he'd bolted. After several unsuccessful attempts to talk to the blond, Harry decided to try a different tact. That's where "Old Dogs, New Cats: How to Make Your New Pets Get Along" came in to play. If Malfoy wouldn't talk to him like a human, Harry was going to communicate with him like an animal.

Harry had already left one of his Gryffindor t-shirts in Draco's dorm so that the Slytherin could get used to his 'scent'. Now it was time for step two. "Place the animals in the the same room for brief periods of time. Be sure both animals have an escape route." Would Malfoy run a second time? Or would a more gentle introduction to Harry's presence soothe his nervousness?

Next: Draco's Best Friend
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Katlovesmymovement on June 5th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Hah! Oh man. This makes me laugh, especially the last few lines. XD So funny! ^.^ The whole 'scent' thing and 'lock them in a room together' is pure genius. Well done, you! XD Hope you update soon!

Byaghro: Ouran's Honey - With Cake!byaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
WOO! I was hoping that this idea went over well. I was reading my email and came across this "Introducing your pets" message and thought "That is EXACTLY what Harry is trying to do!!" HA!
chyldofeternitychyldofeternity on June 5th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Hee ^^ *claps at Harry's plan* I love it! I can't wait to see what's next!
Byaghro: Catboy!Dracobyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
YAY! Glad you enjoyed it! ^_^
Kieranfilmatleven on June 5th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
aaaahhhhh I was WONDERING what you were up to! somehow my mind just didn't catch onto that concept until just now lol. great chapter! cannot wait for more.
Byaghro: Puppy!Harrybyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
Haha!! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I stumbled across an article about "ways to introduce your new pet to the household", or something to that effect, & thought "AhHA!! THAT is what Harry needs to try!" LOL!
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sorringmaysorringmay on June 5th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Love for Harry's plan - SorringMay

oh, oh go harry...hmm i'm not so sure about the sent thing though, does that mean harry is gonna try sniffing draco's butt? - torring
Byaghro: Catboy!Dracobyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
Bahahaha!!!! The mental images that my brain conjured up at the butt sniffing comment ranged from bizarre to erotic to humorous! LOL!!!! I had not considered butt sniffing before but I supposed, in the interest of keeping puppy!Harry "in character" he should try that at some point. *dies laughing* I don't know if I'll actually be able to write that and keep a straight face though!! *grin*
Kathykisa829 on June 5th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Awesome plan! I really wonder how that works out...*ponders*
Byaghro: Puppy!Harrybyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
I know what Harry tries, but not how it works out. *prods the boys for more information* LOL!
Ebil Oneebilgatoloco on June 5th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
Aww, Harry is so cute! XD
Byaghro: Catboy!Dracobyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks! I had to give him a Ravenclaw moment! Gotta represent & all that. Haha!
Zebruizebrui on June 5th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
Oh, I love the approach Harry took! :) And I love the reasoning behind that shirt on Draco's bad *waits excitedly for more*
Byaghro: Puppy!Harrybyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! ^_^ I just liked the idea of Draco secretly sleeping in one of Harry's shirts! *grin*
fauxpersonae007: not2dofauxpersonae007 on June 5th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
Wow. Harry actually has a well formed plan? That is pretty sweet. Draco had better go along with it and not try to leave after he's alone with Harry.
Byaghro: Catboy!Dracobyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
I know! I was kind of shocked at Harry's methodical, Ravenclaw approach as well. Apparently Hermione has finally started to rub off on him! Haha! Here's hoping that Draco doesn't goof things up a second time!
h_hufflepuffh_hufflepuff on June 5th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
This whole series is just so cute!
I love Harry's plan, Hermione would be so proud :)
h_hufflepuffh_hufflepuff on June 5th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
"When in doubt go to the library" - very Ravenclaw of him.
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queen_jannah on June 5th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
Oh, Harry is so cute! I love it that for once he's able to think rationally when it comes to Draco, and the plan is just adorable;) Do you mind if I friend you? Easier to keep up with the story:)
Byaghro: Puppy!Harrybyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
I was kind of shocked at Harry's planning abilities as well! Who knew! LOL! And yes, yes, by all means friend away!! YAY for new friends!! *happy dance*
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Byaghro: Catboy!Dracobyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
I was very pleased with Harry's plan myself, we'll see how well it goes over though! You never know with Draco! On one hand he could hex Harry senseless for even attempting it, on the other hand he could have realized the error of his ways after he ran away and will welcome Harry's advances. *grin*
Alexandra: pic#74647860drijfwa on June 5th, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)
that's hilarious, I can't wait for the rest <3<3
Byaghro: Puppy!Harrybyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
YAY! Glad you're enjoying my bit o' silly fluff!! LOL!
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Byaghro: Catboy!Dracobyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
I was so proud of Harry for having a clear, logical plan!! *grin* I'm sure Hermione would be proud!
felaine: ferretHfelaine on June 5th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
So clever of Harry to use the shirt, which I also didn't understand until you explained it.
Love someones suggestion about butt-sniffing. We your fangirls are providing much helpful advise for this series, are we not?
Soon you will have fanfic written for your fanfic ;)
COS: Happy Birthday Draco.
Byaghro: Puppy!Harrybyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
I really just wanted an excuse for Draco to have a shirt of Harry's to sleep in. LOL!!! But the whole "getting your pets used to each other's scent" tied in nicely -- haha!!

The butt-sniffing suggestion absolutely cracked me UP!!! I'd not even thought of that!! BAHA!! Shows that I'm more of a cat person than a dog person since I forgot that very obvious habit that dogs have! LOL!!!!

I'm still in awe at the concept of having fangirls!! O.O *SQUISHES YOU ALL HAPPILY* Fanfic for my fanfic!! That'd be awesome! Maybe someone will write the NC-17 version since I can barely convince the boys to snog!!

And Happy (Belated) Birthday to Draco!! *grin*
this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on June 5th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Cute! I was so sad when Draco ran away. We were getting some hot snogging action and he ran away! But Harry will win him over, I have faith in his suave determination. ;)
Byaghro: Catboy!Dracobyaghro on June 7th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
Yup! Draco just got spooked for a bit there. Surely, as a self-preservation seeking Slytherin, he will see the errors of his ways and accept Harry with open arms. *is hopeful*