I just want to be the first to say congrats on getting a QsQ for this fic!! I was hoping it would win—it's the best Marauder Era fic I've ever read!!
Author's Response: Did you nominate me? If you did, tell me, so I can thank you in big, bold letters on my author page! :)
“If you don’t have any hope that things will get better, what do you have?”
I love that. That's pretty much one of my outlooks on life. Anywho, I'm really enjoying this story! It's different than ones I've read in the past regaurding the Marauder Era, but I love it! Different is good!
Author's Response: That's Remus to me, so thank you for quoting that. Harry might have been surprised that Tonks was in love with Remus, but I wasn't! :D
Snape's pov is much different from the Marauders, isn't it? ;)
Inconceivable! Sorry, you mentioned Princess Bride and I couldn't help myself. =D
So I'm pretty much loving this? Rock on.
Author's Response: The Princess Bride has been the most influential film of all time on my writing, LOL, so I'm grinning over that!
I'm really liking this so far! Which isn't a real shock since it's Snape and you're writing! =D
Uncle Fenny gives me the hee-bee-gee-bees. I never liked him, he scared the crap out of me in the books. Seriously.
Author's Response: Snape isn't hold your hand walking down the corridors and snogging beneath the willow for any to see boyfriend. He's the fight his feelings and then hide them from everyone but his girlfriend type. :D
Fenny is seriously creepy, isn't he?
Snape. Snape. Severus Snape.
Author's Response: You writing that makes me think he likes his potions shaken, not stirred, LOL.
Oh my god, Kerichi, this chapter really took my breath away. You portray a side of Severus that has always intrigued me, and you do it perfectly. The mix of things -his blind ambition, his ignorance, his need to become more than the people who always terrorised him and then in the end his over-confidence... It all shows through in this chapter. And I think that is really the core of Snape's character, or maybe was when he was younger.
I'm also curious about Eris' feeling about all this. I can see she's at least trying to be supportive, but does she really agree? I'll have to wait and see...
Author's Response: He's smart, but he's just as young and over-confident in his own way as the Marauders were in theirs. Thank you so much for 'seeing' Severus this way! *hugs*
Ouch, Snape! That was out of line!
Oooh, I know, I have been such a bad reviewer, coming all this way without leaving a single review since ch. 5 of something... It's just that once I start, I feel like I have to keep reading, I want to know what happens next without taking the time to review. Shame on me!!
Anyway, I just felt like I had to say something about Eris, I don't think I've done that before. I really like her. At first when we met her, I thought she was a bit, well, cheap, the way she was acting around Severus. But she's not like that at all really! A Slytherin with Hufflepuff characteristics -now that's uncommon in fanfiction!
I also like the side we see of Narcissa in this story. It really makes me pity her to see what she was and what she's become. Such a shame.
Author's Response: He puts the S in Snarky, doesn't he? I'm happy whenever you review, and it's a compliment to have to tear yourself away from reading! *hugs*
I like the idea of a Slytherin with Hufflepuff characteristics. I wrote a female Blaise Zabini that way, and conversely write Tonks as a Hufflepuff with Slytherin tendencies. :D
If you'd like to read a Narcissa/Lucius one shot where Cissy is way more than a pretty face, I've got a fic called White Wedding that I'd love you to read!
Hee hee, it's SO like Snape to not be able to identify with Jean Valjean, but with the character most people dislike. You made me smile with that reference. I can tell you know your literature! Very good. And I do count The Nightmare... as literature, even though it's really a movie. Don't you just love Tim Burton?
I'm going entirely off track here... Anyway, I knew Eris had to be the cat! I can't helping but carrying a satisfied grin everytime she touches Snape. Now, if only the mystery of the little girl was solved....
Author's Response: I love Tim Burton, but I thought it sad that Jack had so much more life than Victor in Corpse Bride! About Eris, to go Princess Bride, "Yes, yes, you're very smart." :D
Dani scrunching her face before doing magic... That's interesting, can she do wandless magic or something? You mentioning her so much must mean she's going to play some role further on... You make me curious! I love how you mention these things sort of 'between the lines', like when Eris "reminds Snape of something" when she's catching that chocolate frog. I immediately thought of a werewolf, because of her family. But then again you might be hinting towards something completely different. Very JK-ish, hehe!
Author's Response: Aw, thanks, and your deductive reasoning skills are sharp as tacks- Dani does play an important role. :)
I think this is the first time I'm leaving a review, but let me just say I am enjoying your story immensly! Your use of language is very good, and the sentences follow each other up so smoothly. I just had to keep reading on and on, which might be why I didn't come to leaving a review before.
I absolutely adore your Snape. He's detached, but not yet that cold, which is how I imagine him to be in school. I am glad you are focusing on his story, instead of just making him fight the Marauders every second he's alone.
Eris seems an interesting character. I laughed when we first met her, in her, er, 'sexy' clothes, hehe. Lovely story, I'm so reading on now!
Oh, there was one little thing... The cat's name, it's Epis right? Then you later call her 'hope'. But I believe the greek word for hope is elpis, or wasn't that what you meant? I was curious about that!
Author's Response: I took Latin, not Greek, LOL. Yes, that's what I meant! *covers face and groans* Thank you for spotting that. I'll have to go through and add an 'l' to turn an abbreviation for epistile to hope, heh.
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As to specific things I love...
I really like how you portrayed Snape – but I've already said that haven't I? ^_^
Dani was an amazing kid...she had some of the best lines.
Slytherins with Hufflepuff tendencies are the best, aren't they?
This was a refreshing break from the marauders. Your characters are amazing. Eris is perfect for Snape!!
I love the ending. And I love that there's a sequel – which is where I'm going now!! Good job!
Author's Response: I heart you! I've probably said that already too, but I'm more than happy to say it again! :)
Oh. My. God. This is a short review; I have to read the last chapter!!
Author's Response: You reviewed. Sometimes, you say it all in a few, perfect words!
Severus fell to his knees, one part of his mind unable to believe this was actually happening while another part calculated how best to use this turn to his advantage.
That is how I see Snape becoming a Death Eater (or a Knight, in regards to this story). I think part of it was complete desire to not be looked down upon by his peers anymore (since he was a half blood) and other things like that – his 'advantages', and another part would be that he would want to get someplace where even other purebloods couldn't...just to say that he did it. And along with that would be that he wouldn't really know what was coming. No one could have told him, so in that way he was ignorant. And I think that's what comes out in your story. It isn't sympathetic, but it's better than that – it's real.
Author's Response: Oh my heck, you see things so perfectly! I heart you to the moon and back, Alison. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and making my night! *hugs*
They are such a good couple!! Their personalities are really compatible. I love this fic so much – more than I thought I would!! ^_^
Author's Response: Thank you! Snape romances have to toe a thin line. You can't change Snape's personality, goals, and ambitions, because he should be loved because of who he is, not despite it, and yet you have to show a softer side that Harry would never have seen. I'm glad you love the story. I loved writing it! :)
I can't even think of what to say except....I loved it! I'm envisioning problems ahead, though...
Author's Response: The road to true love never running smooth is only a cliche because it's true, lol.
I think the names Eris and Epis are too close to be a coincidence? Not to mention the similar blue eyes and fondness for Snape?
Author's Response: Maybe you're right and maybe...you'll find out very soon! ;)
I love the line : ‘Hippocrates wants his oath back’ LOL
This is a lot different from other marauder fics – and I mean that in a good way!!!
Author's Response: Thank you for saying that! *hugs* Severus is a lot of things, but a Marauder isn't one of them, so his story should have a darker edge than the others, even if it's lightened considerably by romance and humour! :D
I have a most definite feeling that this fic will change my entire opinion of Snape... Well, I guess Matchmakers changed my entire opinion of Draco and Slytherin, so perhaps it will be a good thing! After all, you already made me think his voice was sexy...
Author's Response: Alison, you have the bestreview timing EVER! I was just getting ready to write the Tonks-tells-Andromeda-about-Sirius scene and hoped there would be an email to uplift, and there was your review! I heart you for that. :)
Snape gets girlfriend Ewwwwwwwww! should somene be checking for an inperious curese? lol
Author's Response: Tom uses coercive spellwork in this story, but Severus never has to descend to that level to get a girl. :D The romance developed from awareness to attraction, with the first kiss not happening until ch 10, Eris not unofficially his girlfriend until the end of ch 12, because I think it would take that long for Severus to give into his feelings.
I even wrote a poem about it- I've grown accustomed to her face.
Snape gets girlfriend Ewwwwwwwww! should somene be checking for an inperious curese? lol
Author's Response: I say 'Ewww' to drinking coffee, but understand that lots of people love it, so look at Snape that way, an acquired taste you choose not to acquire, heh.