Not usually a fan of Draco/Ginny fics, but this is perfect! I really think their personalities suit each other if done well, and you're spot on!
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I wouldn't say I'm a fan either, and I can't remember why I wrote this, but there was a reason, lol. I could sort of see it, although I've read much better takes on it than this one. Thanks again for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed it! ~Gina :)
Aw I was hoping it would be Harry! But that was a nice twist.
Author's Response: I really thought about Harry, but I didn't want to take the more obvious path. I didn't want too much fluff either, so I'm glad you appreciated the twist. Thanks for reading and reviewing! ~Gina :)
Write a sequel, really good story. :)
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it! I have to admit, though, I hadn't really given any thought to a sequel. This was a rare trip into non-canon romance for me. Thank you for reading it, I really appreciate the review! ~Gina :)
For having never written D/G before, you did a really good job on this, Gina. Your characterisation of Ginny is quite impressive. You make her hesitant to partake in such debauchery, yet you make her bold and feisty enough to follow through. While Draco is softer than I normally like him, you do explain that he has changed through his time spent at Azkaban.
I think what I love the most about this story is the premise. A Masque? Very cool idea. Really. It’s very original and sexy, and I like how you utilised it. I also like how you left the story very open-ended, like there could be a sequel.
You diction was fitting and your imagery was lovely. It was a well-written piece, which is always a pleasure to read.
Amazing first time writing this pairing, Gina. You are made of WIN! ^_^
Author's Response: Aw, you came and read it! Thank you so much for reading this! I really appreciate the comments. I'm glad you liked the Masque. It's about as close as I'm ever come to smut, lol. I can totally see your point about Draco. I even sort of agree. But I remember when I was writing this thinking very deliberately that time in Azkaban would have made him a bit more reserved with his snarkiness. More bitter. Maybe the bitterness doesn't come out, but that's what I was thinking. Snarky banter is great and probably more in character, but it just didn't fit this story. Hm. Maybe I should try again. ;) Thanks again for reading this story and for the great review!! ~Gina :)
Even though I am not a Ginny/Draco fan, I still loved this little one-shot. It was good to see such an impossible love story being developed in ways other than, "Oh didn't you know? They always had the hots for each other?" /snark.
Seriously, though, that conversation at the end was great - it showed the two characters' insecurities nicely. And both Draco and Ginny were written well.
Author's Response: Natalie! My belated thanks for the review! I'm not a Ginny/Draco fan either, I still can't believe I wrote a non-canon pair, lol. But hopefully I found a unique way to bring them together. And really, in my mind, it doesn't work out and they both end up with their respective spouses, so it could still be canon. ;) I'm glad you enjoyed the conversation at the end, I was worried it was a bit too vulnerable for Draco especially. Thank you for reading this story, I really appreciate the review! ~Gina :)
Great! For a split second there I thought for sure it was going to be Harry, but then he wouldn't really be caught dead at one of those parties. It was awesome that it turned out to be Draco! I had an ewww, what if it had been Ron moment, but lost that as I read further in! (We'll assume there is a charm to prevent siblings from being attracted to each other at those parties!) :P
Great story! I loved it!!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! You know, this story came to me a while ago, and at first it *was* Harry. But I just couldn't go anywhere with it until the challenge popped up and I thought - ah ha! This would work! But we couldn't do Harry/Ginny or James/Lily, so Draco it was, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out. The thought about siblings running into each other at the party occurred to me too (although I never thought it was Ron, eww, lol!) so yes, I'd say there is *definitely* a charm that prevents that from happening. Unless, of course, you wanted to write a Shakespearean tragedy! Thank you so much for reading this and leaving such a great review, I really appreciate it!! ~Gina :)
Ah Gina! I loved it! I'm usually more of a Dramione fan but this was a great little gem. Even though I knew what was going on I still felt intrigued as to how the two would react when their true identities were revealed. Well done!
Author's Response: Thank you for reading this story, Julia! Yes, the secret was sort of spoiled for you, but I had to let you in on a bit of it for that awesome banner you made. Can you just picture Draco transfigured into that dreamy picture you found now? The banner is perfect, thank you so much! And I'm glad you liked the story that goes with it, I really appreciate the review! Thanks again!! ~Gina :)
OOOH! Gina, this is brilliant. I was on tenterhooks all the way through. First of all I thought it was Oliver (no idea why) then Harry ... but Draco - WOW! Okay at that point I was thinking 'Oh no another Drinny (or is it Ginco?) but you gave them a reason to like each other.So many authors ignore the fact that they never seemed remotely interested in each other but just get together because they think it's 'cute'. You, however, have made Draco a different person (not totally different).He admits Azkaban has changed him and yet he still carries a certain amount of arrogance. DAMN! You may just have converted me to Ginco - although perhaps I can subvert it into Scorpius/Lily *breathes deeply* yes, that's what my canon bound soul will do.
Finally, I must add how great your scene setting and description are, I really felt that I was there at the Masque (DAMN, I wanted to be) - an extremely good take on Muggle swinging parties and the fact that wizards/witches can get away with this. Wonderful fic. Sorry, I should stop fangirling now because I'm becoming embarrassing. ~Carole~
Author's Response: Carole! You have no idea how thrilled I am with this first review! Thank you!! I'm not sure I've ever written a non-canon pairing like this before, so it's quite a stretch for me. Plus like you said - it's hard to throw together non-canon pairs and keep them in character and give them a real reason for being together. I figure this story is either a hit or miss - the reader will either believe it or they won't, love it or hate it, nothing in between. I'm bracing myself for more of the latter, so to get such a positive first review is just amazing!! Thank you so much for the boost of confidence. And thank you for reading this. Now that I'm done I've just started catching up on some of the other entries that have gone up over the weekend and look forward to reading your latest! Thanks again! ~Gina :)