Thank you even though as you say its not as lighthearted as the first one. I like the unusual friendship of George and Augusta and how you use it to save George. Well Done
Hello Dagmar Beck,
this one is a little bit darker, isn't it? Not surprising, given the subject matter, I suppose. Augusta was a bit of an unusual choice to help George, but I imagined that he would be too torn to accept the comfort of his family, given that he knew his very appearance would always remind them of Fred. What he needed was someone outside the family circle to make him see sense, and as he'd already struck up a tenuous friendship with Neville's Gran, the sensible old matriarch seemed to be the ideal candidate for the job. Plus they have something in common: they've both lost a part of themselves, whether in body (Fred) or spirit (Frank).
I'm really glad you enjoyed the fic! Thanks very much for R & R-ing,
Kara's Aunty :)
It was a good one, but had just one mistake I think Neville was only one at the time his mum and dad were cursed because it happend at the same time that James and Lily died
Author's Response: Hello amberleaf! Glad you enjoyed. It was something a wee bit different for me (trying to mix tragedy with humour). Not sure if I'll repeat that mixture for a while, though :) As far as I know, Frank and Alice were tortured after Voldemort's disappearance, not at the same time - though I admit to perhaps having made it a bit later than it was. Though not by much. It's all a guessing game, though, until (if) JKR says otherwise :) Thanks for R & R-ing, M :o)
I was almost about to cry during this chapter...that was amazing.
Hello Doxy Eggs,
Hope it didn't upset you too much, though you'll be happy to know the next chapter's a lot more light-hearted :)
I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for R & R-ing,
Kara's Aunty :)
I am really enjoying this story: Mrs Longbottom is a wonderful character and very well written. She's the perfect person to talk to George about it, because she really does know about losing people, even though technically Frank and Alice are still alive. George may struggle with seeing his own face, but Mrs Longbottom has her son still there - only not.
I look forward to the last chapter.
Author's Response: Hello witch1561 (Kitty), Augusta is a great character, isn't she? JKR is a genius. I just wish there had been more of Nev's formidable Gran in the books! Oh, well - I suppose that's why there's fanfiction: so we can expand on our own theories of the characters, both main and minor! She is quite a good person to aid George to his recovery, too. Frank's body is an empty shell that lacks the essence of the man it used to house - yet she, ever the devoted mother, puts herself through the trial of her monthly visits to his bedside, and the constant reminder of her loss must be utterly horrible. George's own reflection must be equally as painful for him.. Perhaps it's not exactly the same, but she knows what it's like to lose a part of herself, too, and is sensible (and scary) enough to ignore his erratic emotional outbursts and try to make him see a light at the end of his tunnel of grief. Using Augusta was also an excuse to introduce a little laughter into an otherwise heavy piece! Though, with a Weasley twin and a Longbottom granny, there couldn't fail to be a giggle somewhere around the corner even in the darkest of tales! I'm really happy you like the fic and thanks for R & R-ing, Kara's Aunty :)
I absolutely adore this whole series! The characterizations are fantastic, the humor and angst are both amazing. I always love stories that make me laugh and cry at the same time. This is definitely one of them. Thank you so much for sharing.
well, I'm very flattered that you think so highly of it! Trying to inject a little humour into George's grief was the only way I could bear to write this because I'm still gutted myself at Fred's death (who isn't)!
And thank YOU so much for R & R-ing!
Kara's Aunty :)
I think u have done a really great job and u must continue this story...U can do justice to the characters becoz u have understood them very well..
gosh - what a MASSIVE review(s)! Thanks very much for taking the time to write both of them :)
I'm really glad you liked the fic, so far. Writing about this period in George's life was always going to be difficult, because I still find it hard to believe Fred's dead (and it still annoys the hell out of me). Of course, if that's what I think - it's probably 100 times harder for the Weasley's, especially George.
Grief is such a strange emotion to write about. Mainly because everyone deals with it differently. If I was to do this story proper justice, I would have made it significantly longer and fleshed out George's agonies in more detail. But the thought of putting the poor lad through the emotional wringer (and myself, by default) was just too much, so I've kept this fairly short (3 chapters). Still, I'm glad that even the first chapter has portrayed enough of the characters' potential reactions to impress you!
I've never written Percy before, so his dialogue and reactions were a best-guess scenario (though it seems fairly safe to imagine his devastating guilt at surviving, after he was such a prat to his family and Fred wasn't - poor git). The story is actually finished, so, unfortunately, I won't be able to change it to Percy's pov, but it's great to know you enjoyed his part in the fic anyway. Poor Perce does get a raw deal, sometimes - but then, it was mainly his own fault!
The second chapter is in the queue over at Admin right now, so hopefully it'll be cleared and posted in the next few days. I hope you enjoy the rest of it as much, too.
Once again, thank you for both your reviews and your words of support!!
Kara's Aunty :)
whoa, im defnly wont be able to match upto prof' review its really critical(in a good critical way!) But I really liked this story KarasAunty.Jk rowling has concentrated only on harry in the series(thts obvious becoz the book would have never been completed if she concentrated on the lives of supporting characters too much), but thru fanfiction,many characters are developed well...I especially congratulate u for the choice of characters on whom u've written thts mrs longbottom and fred/george. Ya george's angst is understandable coz when u're facced with reality u cant do anything about like death rage and frustration towards ur closest ppl is expected. and evn percy doesnt seem OOC to me, becoz he was always an unbending person so his opinion tht he really cant do anything more than say sorry was understandable.to his credit, he says why dont to let me make up and since he never got on well with G/F (they DID always trouble him)so getting ugly with george is also understandable...If u can write in percy's pov abt this it'll be a gr8 read cz i feel percy is the most neglected character among weasleys- opinionated, ambitious, egoistic but defnly he cared abt his family-he did come back at last. Maybe the weasleys would have been a big happy family if the war hadnt taken fred, but his death bought an element of dysfunction to the family...an incomplete happiness-the situation under which percy rejoined them will ALWAYS bring back memories of fred death..
Author's Response: For author reply, see second part of review.
NEveille's grandmother does seem a bit out of character, but perhaps having Neville demonstrate what a terrific and brave wizard he is took some of the need to be stern off her? Anyway, so far an interesting view of a character not seen as much as we might have liked. I LOVE that she has named her vulture...they are pretty big birds, too, I 'd imagine the hat would wiggle...
I am not so sure about George. The fight with Percy, yes. Being as self-aware as you have him? In my experience, men will do almost anything to stay out of the company of their own emotions. Seems a little too self-analytical, but then, pranksters can have hidden depths...
waiting for next chapter...
Hmm. Augusta a bit out of character? Not really. After all, we know her mainly from Nev's pov, and other than that, she only has a couple of (rather brief) lines. JKR did say that underneath her overbearing manner, she has a heart of gold, so I like to portray that side of her, too. You are quite right about Nev's influence: now that the Second Wizarding War (with Voldemort anyway) is over, I like to think that she may be letting her hair down a bit and be more apt to show her softer side, because she is secure in his achievements and needn't fear the loss of him to Death Eaters as she did her son and daughter-in-law.
And I'm delighted that you liked Augusta naming her hat so much! It does seem so very like her, somehow (eccentric, but endearing)!!
As for George, well, I have to disagree with you there :( How could he help but be aware, with the amount of grief and pain that's consuming him? It's the only force that drives him at the moment. Fred is gone and he is struggling not only with that loss, but with his own identity. He's trying to relate to the world as simply George, when it used to be Fred and George. How can any of us know how we would cope in a situation like that? Grief isn't textbook, it's individual. We don't all react the same. This story is just (like all fanfic) one theory, amidst many, of how he may have coped. But the story isn't over yet, so I hope it can convince you that his reactions may not be so very ooc :)
Thanks for R & R-ing,
Kara's Aunty :)