Hi Natalie! I think this is my favourite of your Ted/Andromeda fics... I can't say why exactly, but everything about this was just perfect. The dream (or nightmare) at the beginning was the perfect way to start and I loved the contrast you set up between being bound by that sort of marriage as opposed to being "free" with Ted.
Your Andromeda was great and fleshed out really well - I think she's really interesting because she's not as overtly against her family as Sirius and in this fic her temper and arrogance (at times) really fitted with the way she would have grown up. Ted was fantastic, too. (I can really imagine him as Father Christmas lol.)
I also loved your dialogue and the present tense worked really well. So in general I just loved all of it, great job!
Author's Response: Hello Katrina! I think the reason why this is my best T/A could be that it gives you the whole picture. I had more fun writing Soul Sister and Five Christmases, but this one was something I worked on rather hard. Ted's POV was easier to write. I did try hard to portray Andromeda the way you just described her. I don't believe she was an out-an-out defender of Muggle rights, or rebelled as hard as Sirius did. She was a Slytherin, and I feel her suffocation with the traditions of her family was something that seethed at the back of her mind. A few fanfics have also depicted her as this nice, harmless girl, which I don't think she could have been. Sirius wasn't like his family, but he was arrogant, too. One thing I kept in mind while writing her was that scene in DH when Harry interacts with her and sees a flash of her haughtiness. Hahaha! Glad you could see Ted as Santa. That one was tricky! I'm sorry that this response is a bit scattered and rambly. D: But thanks a bazillion for leaving the lovely review! ~Natalie
I went looking through the 'other pairings' section in search of Black family romance, and this story didn't disappoint! Ted/Andromeda is one of my favorite ships and I found the way you wrote it very interesting. I like how Andromeda is very snippish and angry, because I usually imagine her as kind of naive and sweet. This provides a different point of view, one where it is harder for her to break away from her family's beliefs than I imagined it to be. This was also very well-written. You have a definite style with the way the story is broken into little narratives and snappy sentences. Keep writing :)
Author's Response: Hello Lyra!
I am glad you liked how I wrote Andromeda. She is one of those characters who fanfic-writers experiment a lot with, and mine turned out to be sassy. :) Thank you so much for the review. It made my day.
Gosh, you are an amazingly good writer.
This was a wonderfully crafted story that was full of twists and turns.
I loved the way you had Andromeda fall in love with Ted; she really tried to ignore and refuse his advances, but true love won out.
I just enjoyed the way Ted carefully courted her. Bellatrix lived up to her reputation as a not nice person. Having Cissy fall in the middle was sweet; she really did fall in love with Lucius. Cissy does love quite powerfully; she loved her son dearly.
I promise to answer your comments with weekend.
Author's Response: You are so sweet, Noelle. (Hopes I got the name right. :D)
Ted/Andromeda is a pairing I love whole-heartedly. I like the whole "forbidden" thing surrounding them, and the fact that they are so different in personality adds so much more to their relationship. I am glad you enjoyed Ted's courtship; you are right, it is "careful", if anything. :)
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. It was a nice feeling to wake up and see the email alerts.
OMG LUUUUUUUUUUVVVVVVVVVV THIS STORY
Author's Response: THANKS! :D:D:D
Absolutely love it! :) you're a real fantastic writer..
Author's Response: Wow! That's great praise. :D Thanks!
Natalie, this is wonderful! I enjoyed it so much, and this is not a pairing I've even read before (in fanfic, obviously) that I can recall. I like the structure, that you bookended the backstory with the present... really nice.
I think my favorite parts are the scene at the train station where he sees through her and knows how upset she is. Even though I knew he was going to stay, it was still a great moment when he showed up in the Great Hall.
I also loved this line: He understood me before I had become clear to myself.
I enjoyed reading this very much. Thanks!
Author's Response: LORI!
Sigh. I'm sorry for the confusion, but I think you're talking about the scene at Hogwarts grounds. My fault. That said, that is my favourite part of the fic too! I'm seriously happy you liked my Ted/Andromeda. I love that pair and I really wanted to do justice to their infamous elopement!
Thank you so much for the review. It really cheered me up .
I know you're not happy with this, but I want to tell you that it's wonderful. This slots so perfectly into Five Christmases, and reinforces my image of Meda and Tonks. He, I have to say, is just lovely. So patient and loving. I get a great impression of a boy and then man who is bluff and hearty but so very caring. I love Andromeda too - she still has that Black arrogance (she wouldn't be a total sweetie would she?) but it's tempered with a conscience.
I think my favourite part of this fic is the relationship between Meda and Cissy. The fact that she'll miss her the most (as well as that cheeky cousin) shows what she's giving up and she doesn't leave without thinking carefully. In the end she had to leave ... and Ted's worth it.
I loved this; it's so very touching.~Carole~
Author's Response: Ahhh...this fic taught me a good lesson: never hasten to fit all your plot bunnies into challenge entries. I've been mulling over Andromeda's account of the story for a long time, and I still feel that if I hadn't chosen to write it in a hurry for the challenge, I could have done differently. But I am glad that you liked it. Your review assures me that at least, I managed to get my message across. Ted - well, he may not be the sexiest guy around, but he;s someone any girl would be happy with. As for Andromeda, I really tried to show the Slytherin and Black arrogance in her.
I do have an idea of how Meda and Cissy got together, but alas, I still need to finish my chaptered fic for that. *sigh* So much to write.
Thanks for the review, Carole! And thanks for your never-wavering support.