I love this fest because you never know what sort of bizarre pairing(s) you'll find in your gift! What you've written is something that never would have occurred to me, but you've created a great deal of chemistry between Rabastan and Poppy here. They're similar in some ways but very much opposites in others, and it's both the similarities and differences that make their interactions interesting.
Poppy FTW! I like how strong, intelligent, and self-sufficient she is. I also like all the thought and detail you've put into the pureblood wizarding courtship rituals and family politics. I imagine they could be exactly that convoluted.
The ending is quite bittersweet, knowing (1) that Rabastan and Poppy will never be able to explore their relationship in a romantic sense and (2) what comes soon in canon.
Oh, and -- Thinking of politics did not make his erection wilt. He knew he had to be a pervert. Bwahaha, awesome!
It's obvious you put a great deal of thought into crafting a piece that included many of the things I enjoy. Thank you, Mystery Author. :)