This is a really amazing story - I can't exactly say why. It was terribly sad - and sweet and happy and cute as well. Andromeda has been portrayed differently than I imagined her and seemed well characterized, so good job on that. One line in particular that I liked:
Andromeda sees Harry giving Ginny that same soft look, the she’ll-be-a-good-mother look, a rarer thing to see, in a man. Oh yes, Andromeda knows where this is going. Molly must already be making guest lists.
That's not one line, but you know what I mean. It was soo sweet and funny and I can just imagine Molly making guest lists before Ginny and harry have even said anything! :D And last but not least, I'm glad Draco was in here - snotty as usual, but at least he made an effort to do something! I hope Andromeda forgives her sister - Narcissa was right, she does have a family if she's willing to take them. Excellent job again!
Author's Response: Thanks, Amel, for those kind words. I had a really clear picture of Andromeda in my head even before DH, and that's the character I used here. Who knows whether Molly's really making guest lists? The point is that Andromeda thinks she could, thinks that things have already advanced to the point where these two are essentially betrothed. Draco might not be as snotty as you might think; consider who first used the line "babysit the cubs" in his presence, and how it was intended at the time. Thanks again, ~Ken
Wow, heartbreaking and funny and oh-so finely drawn all at the same time. This story is starting to help me see what post-DH fanfiction can do. I have to admit that right after I finished the book, I went into mourning, not just because it was over but also because it seemed to me that I'd only be able to read fanfics anymore if I just sucked it up and adjusted to AU ones. But this story fills one of the most painful gaps of DH so beautifully for me. Somehow, I just couldn't feel that much warmth in the brief discussion of Teddy in the Epilogue. But to imagine that those brief comments really indicated this - a lifetime of attention from Harry, a wise, loving grandmother and an unwitting ability to mimic people from babyhood - well, lets just say I feel a lot better now. Thank you for the gift.
Author's Response: Tara, thank you for the gift of reading so carefully and sharing such a beautiful response. I think there will be a lot of opportunities for FF writers to fill in the gaps, as it were -- if JKR will just stop giving interviews and forget about that silly encyclopedia. I have a story that's sort of a "companion" to this one called "Savoring Patience," which is already up on Phoenix Song and (I hope) will be up on Mugglenet within a few days. ~Ken
that was a really sweet story poor Andromeda she lost all her family except Teddy and who ever thought that Draco and his parents would turn nice. The onl;y regret i have about Bellatrix dying was that Neville didn't get to do it. anyway great story keep up the good work
Author's Response: Thanks, Amy. Yeah, I wanted Neville to avenge his parents too -- but I have a feeling that JKR doesn't believe in personal vengeance. ~Ken
What a great story. I never considered it from Tonk's mum's point of view. It was great.
Author's Response: Thanks, Marie. I'm glad you liked it. ~Ken
This story was so beautiful and so amazing. I cried; very much; it was very sad. Your writing is beautiful and I'm still in awe so I can't write a proper review, but, just now, I loved your story very much. *cries for Andromeda*
I love how Draco came in at the end. And the looks Harry and Ginny shared. It was all very believable and sad and... again, cannot write a good review right now. Sorry. Great story, though!
Author's Response: Oh, thank you. I'm honored that you were moved by the story (although I'm sorry (a little sorry, anyway) that it made you cry). ~Ken