Just fantastic. I think the most important thing I took from this chapter was when Harry realized that although his empty home was once confortable, now that Ginny and Stephanie aren't there it's not. He may not be ready to admit it, but Ginny and Stephanie have become a part of him. By the way, I really like Stephanie and she's so much like Ginny that it's diffiuclt to believe there is no blood relation there. It speaks volumes for the fact that blood isn't always thicker than water. I laughted at the rotten little git at the train station - figures he's Malfoy's kid, although the thought of Malfoy procreating gave me the collywobbles - LOL!
Author's Response: The collywobbles, now that makes me laugh. And Stephanie is most definately a case for the nuture vs. nature argument.
wonderful, once again. I just love what you are doing with this story. And I also like it that you don't tell us everything, that you don't get into everyone's mind like some authors. Keeps us guessing, but I really like it. Keep up the good work and please update soon.
Author's Response: Thank you, I'm glad you like the somewhat sparse nature of the story that leaves you guessing.
once again, absolutely faboulous. that sounded more like the Harry I'm used to. Stephanie is like the most awesome character ever!
Author's Response: Thank you.
Awwww! That is definitely more like the Harry I like :) :) And a Weasley is not a Weasley if she is "filthy rich", isn't it? *LOL* Actually, I'm very glad you bring back that "Weasley money issue" in this chapter. It is one of the reasons I love this family so much! And Stephanie still ROCKS! I can't believe she's been adopted ;) Update soon, OK?
Author's Response: No, the Weaselys do always seem to be poor, course if Harry and her to come back together, she won't be poor any longer. Glad you like Stephanie.
Cute! Cute! Cute! They actually have a "real family breakfast" :D, I wonder what question "she was not ready to answer" ... :) :)
Author's Response: Breakfast is always tastey. As to the questions, Ginny has lots of them to answer for to her familly.
Wow. The "Saving Stephanie" scene was soooo poignant :) I loved the idea of Harry pouring his love for his friends and for Ginny into Stephanie. And the flashes about loosing people he loved made it even more meaningful. Now, I hope that Harry realizes why Ginny had left him... And I know I've done this before in your other stories, but you'd better get Harry and Ginny back together at the end. Otherwise ^_^ * LOL *
Author's Response: Thanks again, and I'm not sure what Harry is supposed to understand about Ginny leaving him. It was not for Stephanie, because she had already left him at that point.
OMG! OMG! The guilt, the pain, the love... all too heavy to bear for Ginny. Huskers, you did an AWESOME JOB in bringing out the "human" side of Ginny's character. I LOVE this chapter, even if/ because it made me cry ;) 1000/10.
Author's Response: Thank you. I really tried to write a more human story this time around, and I'm pleased to see that people are enjoying it and think I did a good job with it.
Excellent chapter again! Stephanie is such a witty, clever girl. She certainly understands more about Harry and Ginny's pain than Harry and Ginny themselves. I liked the way you "connected" Harry and Stephanie. Can't wait to read the next chapter :)
Author's Response: I'm not sure Stephanie understands it better, she is just a very caring girl, who has a great ability to give of herself.
HARRY LOVES GINNY! HARRY LOVES GINNY! Whoo Hoo! Yes I realize they may never be together again. But if he didn't love her accept her love, he would have just given Stephanie want she needed. Instead he made it possible for Ginny to provide what Stephanie needs. Which allows her to keep her dignity. *Happy Dance* What I want to know is what Molly said to Ginny in her reply... I can't help it I love Molly Weasley
Author's Response: That is a really good take on why Harry arranged for Ginny to get a raise. One that the author never really thought of. He just figured neither Stephanie or Ginny would accept him outright giveing them cash. As to Molly's reply, there wasn't one. Stephanie found the letter, and gave her mother the money she needed, so Ginny never had to send it.
First review twice in a row? I'm on a roll. Another excellent installment. I just knew the rude boy would be a Malfoy, they never change do they? I think Harry's going to miss Ginny just as much as Stephanie. Maybe even more because she's right there at the lodge, within reach.
Author's Response: It does seem like they nevere change, you are correct in that statement. As to who Harry will miss the most, who knows.
Loved all the Harry/Ginny stuff! :) Stephanie's a very enjoyable character, very well rounded for an OC. Great job!
Author's Response: Thanks, glad you liked it and in particularly that you like Stephanie.
Mmm, questions she wasn't ready to answer, huh? That's got me pondering. Good chapter - very nice scenes between Harry/Stephanie and Ginny/Harry. Very tender. Nice that Ginny realises that she's making progress because harry's teasing her - ie reverting to more natural behaviour. Continue to enjoy - very much. Thanks.
Author's Response: Things are thawing, from Harry's point of view. I guess that's about all I can say now. Thanks again, and it is great to see your reviews.
Fabulous - very gripping. I loved the description of Harry saving Stephanie. I also loved the part where Ginny said that if she had the chance to change things, she would still leave Harry if it meant that she would not have Stephanie. Oh, very moving. I think Harry is beginning to thaw...
Author's Response: Thanks again. I'm particularly pleased with how the scene of Harry saving Ginny came out. It makes me feel and see what he is doing and suffering in order to save her.
Ginny's admision to choosing Stephanie over Harry is important, because Harry has reached the point where he would save Stephanie before he would save Ginny. It is good for him to see that maybe Ginny is still Ginny, and is still very much the person he loved. Remember the line where Harry tells Bill that it is an angle that haunts him. It is important. Let me know if you can guess how.
Porr Ginny - I have to say that I feel for her even more than I do Harry. Not sure if that's fair, but that's how I feel! I can totally understand her wanting a child and wanting the child to have a father. But there was more to it than that, and I'm glad that you had Ginny say that she loved her husband, because it is possible to love more than one person, in different ways/degrees, I am sure. This makes the story more honest, somehow, and much more touching. Eek, where are those tissues! Very good job, Steve.
Author's Response: I felt for Ginny too. I think many people did. At least I hope so. In many ways, Harry had it easy. He did not have to sit there while she appeared to wither away over years and years.
I didn't feel it right for Ginny not to have loved Geoffrey. I don't feel she could have married someone she did not care for on some level, even if she kept part of her heart from him because that part still belonged to Harry.
Nice portrayal of the relationship beginning to form between Harry and Stephanie. Ginny is totally convincing in her grown up Mum persona - very good. I am loving the human aspect to this fic - I do hope that Harry can find it in himself to forgive.
Author's Response: Thank you. It was a fair bit of work to create new personas for Harry and Ginny. They had to still be identifiable as the characters JKR created, but they would be vastly different as they are now twice as old as they were in the time frame she was writing about them. Glad you think I did a good job.
Again, more nice growth, and Stephanie is a blast. Hopefully when Ginny writes her mum she'll think to ask for pointers on cooking bacon too.
Author's Response: Stephanie was a lot of fun to write for. She is just a very sweet, loving girl. In many ways like Harry only her adoptive family actualy cared for her, where as the Dursleys, well we all know what they were like.
I completely agree with Czarina. It's great that they are finding out how to get along and I love Harry trying to fulfill a "dadlike" role. Great work!
Author's Response: Interesting how easily Harry seems to slip into a father figure role, isn't it? Thanks for the review.
Yay! The tensions are easing somewhat and I like that Harry was almost acting like his old self in teasing Ginny about her cooking. Stephanie definitely can get Harry to do what she wants and I loved the bit of parenting advice from Ginny. Excellent chaper!
Author's Response: Yes, the tension is easing some. Harry has moved into the role of Stephanie's father, even if neither of them is willing to admit it. Show me a father who does not dote on his daughter, and I'll show you a cold hearted man. Ginny's advice was something Harry needed, and comes from experience. amazingly enough, her took it.
That was such a great chapter, just like the rest of the story has been so far. I love the interaction between the three characters. Thank you for letting Harry (and Ginny as well) move on past the hurt a bit more. Stephanie is pretty much a miracle child, as I give the credit for much of what is happening to her. And now...I wonder what Ginny will write to her mother, and if we'll ever actually find out what it is...(puppy dog face) please???
Author's Response: Thanks, glad you like how the healing process is going for both Harry and Ginny. Stephanie is an amazing girl, with an amazing capacity to love others. Much like both Harry and Ginny were and still are. You won't get to read the letter, but you will know the contents of it. It is coming in the next chapter.
Thank You! Thank You! THANK YOU! Your story is easily one of my favorites. After a super shitty day at work there was a new chapter. I really enjoy the interaction between Stephanie & Harry. She really knows how to work the kid thing. But my favorite was Harry taking Ginny's advice. Please update again soon.
Author's Response: Stephanie is like any kid. Willing to twist things around to get what they want. And all she has to do to get something from Harry is give him a little hug and a kiss on the cheek. Of course there is nothing false in her affection for him.