Reviews For Semi Charmed Life
Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/13/09 18:06
Chapter: Grow the Roses

Young love is so wonderful--I guess love is wonderful at any age. You really had me wondering about that letter. I figured it had some sort of spell on it or else Sirius wouldn't let the others read it. Love seems to be blossoming all over. Hamish and Fiona eventually marry don't they--later in the Remus and Tonks books. You've done a lot to get me thinking about Hogsmeade. I usually just think of it as a little commercial village but I never thought about families with children there before. Of course, there are families there:) Great chapter.

Author's Response: Yes, they marry in the R/T universe, and I changed Hamish's last name to Macbeth. I didn't mean to, it was a Freudian change, heh, since his character was an homage to M.C. Beaton's endearing redheaded constable of the same name. :D

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/13/09 17:07
Chapter: From the Ashes

That was so wonderful. Yay for Sirius. I was smiling through his romancing of Rosmerta. I did notice the similarities between the Blacks' drinking habits. They're kind of pleasant, mushy drunks. "Layla" used to be my favorite song back in the day. That was just too sexy. How could Rosmerta resist. I hope she sends him an owl. I'd feel on top of the world if I were Sirius. And, you've got me feeling bad for Peter again. Excellent chapter.

Author's Response:

Better a smiling, amorous drunk than a broody, mean one. I think bitterness turned Sirius into the latter at Grimmauld. It was too cruel of Dumbledore to keep him imprisoned there.

Rosmerta can't resist, which gives her something in common with those romance heroines she enjoys feeling morally superior too, heh. 

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/13/09 14:53
Chapter: Down in Flames

How embarrassing to have a note read in front of class. If I were Jane, I'd give up after that. Clearly, Sirius isn't interested in Jane. I didn't think Sirius would give up on getting the girl he wanted that easily. He seems to be enjoying his role as matchmaker though. Is this like "always a bridesmaid, never a bride." Always a matchmaker, never matched. This seems like one of those situations where people are trying too hard--either too hard to get together or too hard to stay apart. It won't get better until they sort things out. Great chapter.

Author's Response:

I can still remember the horror of having a note read in front of the class. My best friend and I were squabbling over liking the same boy (who had gorgeous white blonde hair) and I, quote mad at a young age, wrote pithily "all's fair in love and war" which the teacher read...and laughed...over.

He really did deserve his nickname "Master" Beaton. :D

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/13/09 13:04
Chapter: In the Moonlight

How nice of Sirius to serve breakfast in bed. I wasn't surprised that he made friends with the house elves. For some reason I'm reminded of my brother who died 20 years ago. He was a big man--probably could rival Hagrid in size. On his gravestone we put "Gentle giant--a friend to all." Somehow Sirius reminds me of that--a big Newfie who is a friend to all. I think dancing in the moonlight is a wonderful idea. I chuckled when Padfoot didn't want other male eyes to see Rosmerta dancing. I can't help but think that Peter had to be embarrassed with his animagus form. He was a little rat while his fellow Marauders were large impressive animals. Peter is always described as rat-like in appearance too. His character in the movie isn't that attractive either. Great chapter.

Author's Response: What a lovely epitaph! It tells about his soul and not just his roles in life, son, brother, father, etc.... Have you ever read Scaramouche? The author Raphael Sabatini (who also wrote Captain Blood, another literary crush although not quite as loved as my favorite snarky--and very Snape-looking--hero Scaramouche/Andre Louis) used the first line as his epitaph. He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/13/09 11:38
Chapter: One Step Forward

Don't a lot of us have issues with our parents? I love Sirius as Padfoot. He was so cute playing with Rosmerta. And now, she's thinking of adopting him:) It was pretty funny when he knocked stuff over and chased the cat. Funnier still, is that he had to promise to leave a note for the other Marauders next time. I'm still chuckling over him making Peter squeak as the rat. Delightful chapter.

Author's Response:

Yes, we do, but Walburga takes the "fun" out of dysfunctional. :P

Dogs = love, especially if the dog's Sirius. 

Have you read The Tale of Despereaux? It's much better than the film, and in chapter 20 the rat Roscuro is spied during a banquet and comes to a realization when the princess screams, "Rat!"

A curse, and insult, a word totally without light.  And not until he heard it from the mouth of the princess did Roscuro realize that he did not like being a rat, that he did not want to be a rat.

It made me wonder if Peter ever had that realization when Sirius said, "you sneaky rat" or any of the ways (even the ones that were admiring or joking) he was called his Animagus form. Or was he proud? Hmmm....

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/13/09 10:36
Chapter: Reading the Signs

Like Sirius, I also have problems with authority. I have vague recollections of the song lyrics--I don't know why. I can see Sirius explaining all of this to Filch. That was pretty funny. The palm reading's a horrible omen isn't it? Fortunately, Sirius doesn't take any of this seriously. I'd hate to see him worry the few good years of his life away. And there he was, being nice to Peter. Sirius goes to Azkaban in just a few years doesn't he? Great chapter.

Author's Response: It's a terrible omen, especially when he goes to Azkaban at twenty one and spends twelve of his few remaining years in prison (in the canon universe, anyway. When I was writing the second  one-shot sequel to this story I decided it would have a different, AU ending, because I wanted Sirius to live in an alternate dimension of the Potterverse. :)

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/13/09 9:18
Chapter: Bad to Worse

I hope Sirius doesn't have too many weeks of detention. Interesting for Hagrid to assume that Sirius had seen death since he was a Black. I must admit I thought the same thing. Rosmerta is sounding more and more mysterious. Who did she see die? I can see, looking in from the outside, how people would feel sorry for Peter and give him the benefit of the doubt. He seems kind of downtrodden and some people might want to "mother" him. I can see how people might think Remus is unstable because he is absent during the full moon. I'd want my secret keeper to be someone strong and powerful. I'd choose Sirius or Dumbledore. But I'm getting off track. So, is Artemis Fowl a ghost? (I've never read those books by the way--are they good?) I've gotta work on a quick project but I'll be back later. I'm really loving this book so far. I noticed Dark Angel is in the recent selections section again:)

Author's Response:

Recent just means a fic has recently updated with a new chapter or a one shot has posted. Dark Angel's posted ch 7 of what will be a 12 chap fic at most. It's a simple story arc, how they survived (and why they were thought dead), how they were separated, and then how the Lupin family is drawn back together.

I like Artie the ghost better than his teenaged criminal mastermind namesake, who I could never relate to or care much about, even though I liked his description in the first book, "He was as white as a vampire and almost as testy in the light of day." :D 

Yay for quick projects! 

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/12/09 21:36
Chapter: Life's Little Jokes

I loved the book shop first of all. If I love books so much, do I have any business owning a Nook? Still haven't decided that one. The prank was wonderful. I got a good laugh out of that one. I don't know if I'd plan such an obvious prank and then take the blame for it. I'm more subtle--the prankee would be standing there wondering if they got pranked, never knowing for sure, but feeling things weren't quite right all the same and never knowing it was me. I could be good Slytherin material. Great chapter.

Author's Response: Yes, you are Slytherin! :D I'd want the person to know...but not be able to prove it.

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/12/09 20:28
Chapter: We Meet Again

I smiled to think of Sirius showing by example. It was nice of him to stop and help Rosmerta--I wonder what the girls in the carriage thought about him stopping to help the bar maid. I think Remus would've helped too, with no ulterior motive. If you don't look out you're gonna have me feeling sorry for Peter. The other three seem kind of mean to him, although someone explained why he was in the group--to feed everyone else's needs. Great chapter.

Author's Response:

No one in the carriages saw who he jumped out to help, so it's Rosmerta and Sirius' little secret, heh.

I don't feel sorry for Peter, but I definitely feel more sympathetic. Boys are always picking at each other, it can be as much a show of affection as irritation. One of my goals in this story is to show why Sirius trusted Peter so much, over Remus in the end. He wouldn't have hated Peter so much if he hadn't loved him as a brother (or idiot cousin, heh). There are times when Peter's cunning shines though and Sirius is the one who admires it, who has a "Black streak" himself that had to haunt him in Azkaban, poor love. 

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/12/09 19:29
Chapter: Differences of Opinion

I think you're one of the few people who has the other Marauders wondering about Peter. How he got to be the Potter's secret keeper is still beyond me. Hopefully, Rosmerta's having second, more positive thoughts about Sirius. I caught the reference to Mrs. Bouquet:D Great chapter.

Author's Response:

Yay for you catching the Mrs. Bouquet reference! I have Hyacinth Bucket's Book of Etiquette, and can't help sneaking homages to her silly snobbery into fics from time to time. :D

Rosmerta tries to keep her good intentions, but they last about as long as New Year's resolutions, heh. 

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 11/12/09 18:50
Chapter: The Wild One

This is so cool. (I told you you'd see me tonight.) In this story, Rosmerta can't be that much older than Sirius. Like you said before, age is just a number. After all, I've been sitting here lusting after Severus. Sirius sounds so sweet as a dog. If a huge black dog came to my door I'd probably drag him in and feed him. Poor Hagrid, he's never been much of a cook. I can't wait to see where this story goes. I love stories from the Marauders era. Great story.

Author's Response: She's twenty one, so only a few years older, not enough to be considered a "dirty old woman" LOL. I think Animagi forms are revealing, and Sirius' wasn't just showing his contempt for purebloods, he's a big-hearted, loyal friend, and I'm convinced every Marauder considered him their best mate. He was that charismatic a person.

Reviewer: dreamy_luna
Date: 10/08/09 22:39
Chapter: The Weather Woman

OMG! I just got that Artemis Fowl is Fion's husband. That is so priceless! I LOVE it!

Author's Response:

He's a Artemis Fowl, not THE Artemis Fowl. :D

Thank you so much for liking him!

Reviewer: MathiasGrey
Date: 08/05/09 21:37
Chapter: Right Here Waiting

I love Redwall, I thought the name Mathias was so cool, still do obviously (sn). Great reference and great chapter!

Author's Response: I never get tired of thanking readers. ;)

Reviewer: MathiasGrey
Date: 08/05/09 21:08
Chapter: Right Here Waiting

I love Redwall, I thought the name Mathias was so cool, still do obviously (sn). Great reference and great chapter!

Author's Response: Yay for you liking Redwall! Thank you!

Reviewer: Seer_Witch
Date: 02/20/09 22:21
Chapter: To Be Loved

My last review is always my longest, because I review EVERYTHING.

I loved how Sirius ended in the Three Broomsticks with his pretty little bartender, and the last phrase of the story. It was almost too cute! ^=^ I loved this whole story; the entire thing was impossibly cute, sweet, and intense. This Valentine's Day chapter was my favorite, because it was sweetest, and the way Lucius Malfoy was finally dealt with made me very, very happy ;D So. It's good that Jonathon and Malfoy got screwed, not literally; it's also good that Sirius, James, and Remus ALMOST did, literally. And I'm glad that Peter got a girlfriend even without a spell, which admittedly annoyed me a bit because if I were under a spell I'd kill whoever did it the moment it lifted. But it was with sweet intentions that they put the spell on, and took it off, and it was nice that Jane never found out and wound up liking him anyway. Even though Pettigrew doesn't really deserve it, but it's the traitor I hate, not the Marauder. So! Cute ending to a cute story, and this is definitely getting on my favorite's list.

Author's Response:

Thank you so much for reading this story and letting me relive my favourite parts with your reviews! Sirius and Rosmerta have so much in common, being attractive, outgoing, and popular, yet they each have a past that scarred them and issues they have to deal with in order to change and heal and love.

The only way I could write Peter was to show why Sirius loved him as a friend, and why he would hate himself as well as Peter later, because he trusted him, believed him over Remus--and even admired his sneaky clever streak. I hope you'll read the two one shots that go along with this, A Charmed Life, and Far Away for Far too Long.

Thank you again for reading and bringing Sirius back to "life" for me!

Reviewer: Seer_Witch
Date: 02/20/09 17:49
Chapter: All About Trust

This chapter was intense, although I hope Malfoy didn't do anything to Rosmerta when she was knocked unconscious...

Author's Response: Lucius isn't totally depraved. I tried to show it in his explanation that he was ordered to practice his Imperius Curse so he chose her in case it didn't work. He can say truthfully that he cast it and she can't say it didn't work exactly as Lucius planned.

Reviewer: Seer_Witch
Date: 02/20/09 17:33
Chapter: Dirty Little Secrets

I clapped my hand to mouth so many times during this, and when Sirius figured out the Sex Magic (snort) I was practically crying. Ohmygodno. Well actually, I was almost in tears the whole time after that, too. Oh and I feel bad for Ros, because of Lucius. Jeez. What a tool.

Author's Response:

No guy would be happy to know Lucius Malfoy was playing around with his girlfriend, even if nothing truly sexual was going on. Lucius deserved the beating he got!

 

Reviewer: Seer_Witch
Date: 02/20/09 17:14
Chapter: A Tangled Web

Okay, so, thanks so answering my question about the pact they had, although with Lucius I'm sort of scared about it XD His preposition made me clap my hand to my mouth, ignoring the eyes of my dad's friend's son when he thought I must be insane, and wow. Just--wow. Sirius is going to FLIP. This is so intense. Haha.

Author's Response: Or he thought you were reading something very naughty! :D Sirius not happy is an understatement, heh.

Reviewer: Seer_Witch
Date: 02/20/09 15:13
Chapter: New Year's Resolutions

Sorry to be daft, but I still don't get it. What 'pact of silence' and agreement do Lucius and Rosmerta share? I don't understand the connection....Great chapter thought :D

Author's Response: It was in an earlier chapter that Lucius gave Rosmerta a job when her ex-fiance made sure no one else wouldn't in exchange for information he could use against Rosier. It'll come up again in ch 27, A Tangled Web. ;)

Reviewer: Seer_Witch
Date: 02/20/09 14:59
Chapter: The Unexpected Visitors

When James walked in to see Rosmerta, I clapped both hands to my mouth and moaned, "No way! Ohh!!" Oh dear. Haha.
I still thought this was a sweet little chapter, because I'm glad Moony wasn't all alone.

Author's Response:

James certainly got to see the "big difference" :P!

I heart Remus, so I couldn't have him be alone. :)

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