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Accountable by Dyce (R)

We've already seen some kid fic and mpreg recs during family week, so I thought I'd mix things up a bit with something even more rare in fandom: fpreg.

Title: Accountable by Dyce
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione/Snape
Categories: angst, pregnancy, drama, mystery
Length: Exceedingly Epic (~150,000 words)
Warnings: not book 7 (and possibly not book 6) compliant; dub-con (see review); fans of Fred and George should steer clear

Author on LJ: n/a
Website: n/a

At the post-war victory party, Hermione gets enough liquid courage in her to proposition someone for whom she's been nursing a massive crush: Professor Snape. To her surprise he accepts and, though she has a suspicion that he's too drunk to give informed consent, she continues with the seduction. Shortly thereafter, she finds herself pregnant.

I never thought I'd be recommending a story written around a pregnancy (male or female) as I'm not a fan of babies, pregnancy, or the way that babies and pregnancy are romanticized in fiction to the point of propaganda. Dyce, however, has done a remarkable job of writing a realistic, layered, and utterly engaging story that features real people making real choices (some good, some bad) that have difficult and long-lasting consequences. At no point is it ever assumed that Hermione will keep her baby, just because she's pregnant and that's what pregnant people do (in fact, Hermione's choice to keep her baby is questioned quite a bit, as is natural considering she's single and still in Hogwarts). The pregnancy itself is portrayed as it honestly is: uncomfortable and interminable, though with upsides for a woman who wants a baby. Even the baby, once it arrives, is neither perfect, nor awful; just like with real infants there are upsides and downsides and goods and bads.

Most interesting, however, is the seduction of Snape. An excellent point is made in the story: if a woman who is too drunk to give informed consent has sex with a man (drunk or not), it would be called rape. It's not quite as easy to use that word in the reverse, and it's easy to defend Hermione as young and drunk despite the fact that that argument wouldn't fly for a man in her position (though, to be fair, a man who is too drunk to give informed consent is mostly likely too drunk to actually perform). There is no black and white side to this issue presented in the story; it's a difficult and at times painful problem and the eventual reveal about what did happen is both unexpected and sad.

On top of all of this, you have ongoing school intrigues (and since this is Hogwarts, by 'intrigues' I mean 'attempted murder'), slow-building romance, fabulous characterizations (one of my favorite characterizations of Ginny, *ever*), and engrossing writing. Dyce is a talented writer who consistently produces fics that go to my reread folder and this story is no exception.

Unless pregnancy is a positively iron-clad squick (and remember that I, who am positively pregnancy and baby phobic, enjoyed this fic) I highly recommend that you give this story a try.



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Long: 15,000-40,000 words
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