I really enjoy your writing style.
Author's Response: Thanks!
A wonderful story of love and loss.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, and the 'wonderful'!
Hm... I do like it, and it's cool that you haven't jumped on the bandwagon of Lucius being an abusive, horrible person with not a hint of fatherly love to him. I have always been under the assumption that Luciuas, although not the abusive git everyone makes him out to be, is almost incapable of loving anyone (as I point out clearly in my fic Death of Two Legs) as well as rather sadistic. But we don't know what Lucius is like intimately, and everything's allowed.
I very much liked Lucius' line of, "I would have tolerated a poorer companion for you, but never a weaker one." That was very in character, the way I see Lucius, and you haven't made him completely mushy; it annoys me to no end when people write Lucius too mushy.
Draco's reaction to recieving the note nearly made me cry, and it's such a Draco thing to do, to decide to take revenge the next year; it makes so perfect sense. Very nice! Are you planning to write any more on this series? If you did, I would be so happy. It would be interesting to see what happens if they meet again when they're all grown up, for instance.
Never stop writing, I adore your work!
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing some more! If you keep reading my stuff, you will find that I think Lucius is an abusive, horrible person, just not with his own son. It gives him a little complexity and fits with what we see of him in the books. I'm still not sure if there's more to this series or not. Sometimes first love just doesn't have a follow-up, after all. It may be that they end up interacting just exactly as their fathers do...
You know, I hadn't really intended to become a slashwriter, but those do seem to be my most-read stories. Hmm.
...zzzzzzzz... wha?! oh?! ron isn't gay. nor is draco. 'draco' means 'dragon' in latin and dragons aren't queer.
Thank you 4 your time!
Author's Response: I apologize for waking you. But -- Draco is totally gay. Wildly. I'm certain of this.
Thanks for reviewing!
That was amazing. I am really sad though because I want them to be together. Write MOREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. I love this subject and you really need to write more!!!!!!! I will cry if there is no more. But I will love you forever if you write MORE!!!!!!
Author's Response: I'm still trying to work my way 'round HBP on that one, but maybe one of these days they can work things out. Meanwhile, Seren has them together in some post-Hogwarts stuff, I think. Thanks for reviewing!
i bet that the person that was draco's dad's(i forgot his name) first love was arthur. tell us soon, please!!!!!
Author's Response: Lucius hasn't 'fessed up yet, so I'm not too sure myself. It's an interesting theory, though, and I'll see if anything happens with it. Thanks for reviewing!
Author's Response: Thanks! (Doesn't it just?)
NO! that sucks... why didn't he just write back to Ron and ask him what he meant? why did Ron have to write such an ambiguous note? Gr!
I really like the way you write, i'm glad i found your fics. keep on writing!
Author's Response: Did you catch "Reproachful"? It goes in the middle. Poor Ron is on the wrong side of a Fidelius Charm, and never the most articulate when it comes to feelings anyway. And I'm pretty confident Draco would assume the worst. I'm still figuring out how to get them back together post-HBP. It isn't easy. Thanks for reviewing!
They Belong together I tell you!
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing again! *more evil giggles* And aren't they just so adorable together???
I have to admit, I am not at all a fan of slash. Not one bit. So I was a little apprehensive going into this. But I assure you, I wasn't disappointed in it. You wrote it extremely well and it was indeed a deserving winner.
I think the pairing of Draco and Ron is an interesting one. It's not the most common of slash pairings. In some ways, that can make it easier to write because there isn't a lot to compare it to. And in other ways, it can make it harder to write because a lot is expected of you. Either way, you've written this excellently. You didn't mess up Draco's character (or Ron's, for that matter).
I like that it was Ron who broke up with Draco and not the other way around. It seems very Ron-like, if you ask me. It's also somewhat refreshing to see Draco a bit vulnerable. You've effectively shown that he has a heart too and it can be broken just as someone else's can be.
The implications with Lucius are very interesting. I enjoyed the father-son conversation anyway, but the fact that it is suggested that Lucius has gone through the same thing (the exact same thing) as Draco is wonderful. It really lets them bond.
Overall, really nice work. I enjoyed it, even though I don't support the ship. And that, my friend, is a compliment. I can definitely see why this won!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review (Toasted Turnip strikes again...)! I really hadn't expected to enjoy writing Ron and Draco together, but they grew on me in a hurry. Something about their personal character flaws just clicked nicely. And oh yes of course the implications about Lucius are fun. I'll imply anything about Lucius I can get away with, and then some... *snicker* There's slash and then there's slash. I know too many real-life two-male couples to worry too much over it, and try to just let the boys be boys.
Author's Response: Thanks!
Whats gonna happen? i really have no idea, i read the series an dliked it, please keep writing, i like the fic!
Author's Response: I need to make Draco sit down and let himself be grilled over tea someday, don't I? He and Ron make such a cute couple! Thanks for reviewing!
Liked it but why is the story separated into 4 different ones why not one?!?! I think that Lucius was out of character. I cannot see him do anything so wierd as bonding with Draco. I mean washing dishes. I can see him making Draco do it after their little "chat" but that was wierd. Lucius doing dishes. Except for those, I love it.
Author's Response: You know, I never meant to write a whole fleet of these, but they just kept coming along. Lucius doing the dishes came out of a drabble challenge ages ago, theorizing about the relative status of the members of the Malfoy household after Dobby had gone. As an amused friend commented, "I see. You lost him, you wash 'em!" As for bonding -- don't get me wrong, Lucius is my pick for most vile character around! -- they are father and son, and Draco does seem to love his parents in his own snotty way. Harry might never have seen them at it, but probably there are some nice family moments among Malfoys. Vultures are also very social creatures.
i like it, is there a sequal?
Author's Response: Two prequels, no sequel -- yet. Sigh. Thank you for reviewing!
Yes, this could explain away a lot of Malfoy's nastiness in both OotP and HBP. But, but, but...there have to be more clandestine interludes! I don't want to find out that Draco was really crying his out to Myrtle over Ron, unless it was because they'd tried it again or been caught or something. So, please, go forth and write a sequel, like, perhaps : "Blue Eyes Smoldering" or "Blue Eyes Gazing". (Just not "Blue Eyes Crossing or "Blue Eyes Oozing"--that'd be gross. HAHAHAHAHA!)
Author's Response: Thesis in progress. Blue Eyes story number 4 also in progress. It has another story it has to follow, though, so patience, my dear. (Actually I like "Blue Eyes Crossing." Next April Fools Day that'll be my spinoff. Self-parody is healthy.) Thank you for reviewing -- now, go forth and earn thee some Ravenclaw points.
What?! You turned my all-time favorite fluff fics into angst. Or, maybe they were angst from the beginning, but Iím finally taking them seriously. In any event, Iím not laughing anymore, but I would like to request another fic or four to explain what Draco was thinking in the next two books. This didnít feel like an ending, not at all.
I really liked the interaction between Draco and his father. It was interesting to see Lucius interacting with someone who he - apparently - loves. Or at least cares about. It was odd to see him being so normal when heís usually so haughty, arrogant, and bigoted. You did a wonderful job showing that.
It would have been interesting to see how Draco really would have stood up to telling his father about his relationship. He thinks heíd be willing to do it, but he never had to try. I also wonder who Lucius was talking about. I feel like I should know, but I donít.
*ponders* AnywayÖ good, as always, and I loved the insight into the Malfoy family. I did notice one mistake - towards the end, Draco, rather than Ron, should be letting Pig out the window.
Author's Response: Oops! Draco is now letting Pig out. HermioneDancer isn't the only tired one around here. Thanks!
I always thought that the humour of the Ron/Draco relationship was a little like the dinosaur skeleton at the beginning of "Bringing Up Baby" -- you see it, and you know it's coming down. It has to, and you're just waiting to see how they blow it, or what ruins it for them. Thus the angsty side of the fluff, without which there also wouldn't be half the fun. I'm really getting to love these guys.
Very nice, a nice little explanation for Draco's increased abuse of Ron in ootp, you've really thought this through. So who was Lucius' first love? must go look for clues. Got Narcissa's sussed of course. Nice to have it linking with the rest of your fic world, the blue eyes have always seemed a separate package.
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing (again!) You know, I have no idea who Lucius was in love with, or whether he's making something up to jolly along his son and give him a good puzzle. If it sends up bunnies for you, help yourself -- and let me know!
That was simply wonderful! While I donít have problems with slash, I have to admit that Iíd never been able to make Ron/Draco work as a ship in my mind. But this story did it for me. I think you may have a convertÖ
Iíve read at least one other (itís hard to remember) of your stories, and youíre consistently excellent at characterization. I think thatís why this fic worked for me while other Ron/Draco stories hadnít. All the others Iíd read pulled one (usually Draco) or even both way out of character. But this story didnít do that at all. Draco was perfectly Draco, right down to his snarky and arrogant thoughts and also his interactions with his father. He was simply Draco Malfoy, gay and in love with Ron Weasley. I loved it. My favorite part of your characterization of Draco was that he found himself unable to choose between the man he loved and is position as the Malfoy heir. It was really well done and utterly believable. I appreciated the fact that you didnít try to make him glamorous or noble or pretend that his answer was easy. The realism was simply stunning.As you might remember from the last time I reviewed you, Iím a horrible nitpicker. ExceptÖ this is really polished (and Iím really quite tired, seeing as itís almost 2:30 am). I canít find any grammar errors to criticize. AndÖ this story is so well written that I donít have any more major bones to pick. So I think Iíll just be honest and say that this story is brilliant and that I need to go read more of your work.
Author's Response: Aw, thanks. I really really appreciate this review, because yes, I remember that you are a nitpicker -- and I do try to leave as few nits as possible! I will welcome whatever you have to say about the rest of the output...