I swear I did actually review this, but obviously not. Ah well, I have the recording somewhere, that must be why I got confused.
Lovely story. I would say that Ted/Andromeda are your strong point, but you write everything else so well, that I don't think that would be fair. However your Ted and Andromeda are fresh and original, and there's a distinct lack of angst which I love about them. As Tonks was such a chirpy creature, I imagine her with fun parents. Great job. ~Carole~ (13 ... possibly)
Author's Response: Hahaha! Yess. Oh I have that somewhere, too. Thanks for that, and this review! I enjoy writing these two so much. And yes, Tonks's mischievousness has to come from somewhere.
I loved this fic :). Yes I know it was written about a year ago, but I've recently discovered your author page and am loving everything you've written =D. This was probably one of the best Ted/Andromeda fics I've read - you perfectly balanced humour and seriousness. I could see bits of Tonks (as in Nymphadora) in both of them and thought they were really IC. Bellatrix was great too.
Just one small thing - when I was reading the First Christmas, I found it a bit difficult to figure out exactly what Ted and Andromeda's relationship was at that point - you indicated from their dialogue that they're sort of 'acquaintances', but then Andromeda's playful behaviour indicates that they're a bit closer than that... I just couldn't quite make it out. But from then on it was amazing :).
Author's Response: Getting a review for this story is exciting! The First Christmas. Let’s see. At that point, they are a bit more than acquaintances. Ted and Andromeda are supposed to be classmates, and Ted is nosey and likes to annoy her, and she likes to bite back. Not friends, but not really ‘not friends’ either. A bit like fifth-year James and Lily, the only near-parallel I can find. If you liked this, you might also like ‘Eternal Flight’, which is told from Andromeda’s point of view. :) Once again, a million thanks! Natalie
Haha, that was great.
I like the way you characterized Ted and Andromeda. We don't get to see much of them in canon, but I agree that they must have been intelligent, spirited, funny and stubborn people to defy the Blacks and raise a daughter like Tonks.
Oh, and I liked Bella's crucio-ing his bum, too. That was funny.
Author's Response: Hai!
Thanks for the review. :D I'm glad you liked my Ted and Andromeda, and my version of how they got together. Haha - the bum part is prolly my favourite. ;)
Hello! I'd just like to say that I think your story is really great, and I think that you deserve a lot more reviews!
The dialogue and story was very engaging and interesting, but the best part, I think, was the characterization. Even though we don't really see much of Andromeda and Ted, I think you've characterized them very well and that their personalities are realistic. Bellatrix (even though we don't see much of her) was also characterized really well.
Author's Response: Hi there!
Thank you so much for the review. :D I am so happy you liked my characterisation of Ted, Andromeda and Bellatrix. Did you, by any chance, come from the LJ community hp_commonroom? Just curious. Lol. I pimped my story there a few days ago. :P
If you liked this, you might also like Eternal Flight.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the fifth Christmas – the way Ted quails under his wife but loves it all the same, the way he thinks about her crackpot sister, the way he laughs at himself. And Andromeda – waking him up from the couch roughly, staring at him forebodingly (in the way I’ve always wished would scare Will but makes him laugh AT me), but smirking at him as he hurries away. It is just cute but amusing and not overly fluffy but the kind of “romance” I completely ADORE. As in, if I could make the font size obnoxiously big, I would.
I love your version of Ted Tonks – he simultaneously seems to be somewhat scared of her and enjoys ticking her off. And he knows her before he really knows her, which I personally find sweet. And the wallet thing reminds us of where Tonks gets her clumsiness/absentmindedness from. And that “the audacity of what he and Andromeda were about to do still made him chuckle. But – gah the end of the First Christmas was awesome, it made me literally laugh out loud when she tricked him by kissing him and then hexed him with his own wand. HA!
I think the third Christmas is my favorite because of the lines below, and I just love the interaction between Ted and Andromeda:
“But that is what I want, damn you, Ted!” she cried at last. “That is what I want. To be with you. Just…be with you.”
“Because,” she began, and then she stopped. “You really are a berk.”
“Will you stop with the insults!” cried Ted in exasperation.
“I don’t have to learn them,” replied Andromeda, whacking him on the head. “I know them already. We don’t keep house-elves at my house, you presumptuous berk.”
“Okay,” he said, leaning in to resume the kiss.
“But,” she said, putting a finger on his lips. “I might have to teach you.”
But the Fourth Christmas I think is the strongest - the dialogue between the Black sisters is so strong and entrancing – those are some of the parts I can’t tear my eyes away from the page.
I hope you know – this story is delightful in and of itself. But when I read the A/N – it never fails to tug on my heart and give me that gushy feeling. I am so blessed to have my twin, and I love this story. It was the best Christmas gift.
Author's Response: YAY!
It would have sucked if you didn’t like it. It was written for YOU, after all. :D
I imagine Ted being that way – a cheekier version of Arthur? And I honestly still dunno which Christmas is my favorite, but I rather like the second one, when Ted rashly decides to stay back. In my mind, that last part always plays out in slow motion. Lol.
The Third one was the hardest to write because there was so much going on there. That conversation was a heavy one, and I wanted to include the fears and insecurities which the two of them felt at the moment. On the other hand, the fourth was “MUAHAHAHA” I originally planned to develop that one further, as I think I said to you in one of my emails. I really wanted Ted to show his Claus to the Blacks. But…in the end, I just didn’t want to ruin it. I was so happy with how it had turned out, the urgency of it all, that I decided to leave it that way.
And I just love writing the Black sisters. ;)
THANKS FOR THE REVIEW, TWIN!
Why does this fic have no reviews? What is the world coming to? Natalie, I love this. I hardly ever read Ted/Andromeda and I'm glad this was my introduction to the pairing. Your Bellatrix is great, by the way.
Author's Response: Hey Julia!
At first, I wondered if it was that bad? Lol! But, ah, I am so happy you liked it. I haven’t read much T/A myself, and whatever I have read have been of the D/A type. I was hoping to cheer up things a bit for the two of them.
Bellatrix, Bellatrix, Bellatrix. I was obsessed with writing her earlier, and then it just sort of died down. I am glad I am writing her again. :D Thanks for the review!