Ha! Seen that one coming...
Author's Response: Glad you liked it -Carole
Ha! The last line was great! Of course he failed that one. I really liked your original character, Carole. What I liked best, however, wasn't even the focus of the story: I really liked reading about a female Quidditch player. We know they're out there, but we don't read about them much. I thought that was a nice twist to Martha, to make her so interested in Quidditch. Oh, and I loved the veiled references to Animagi, hee hee. Sirius was great. :)
So - did she pass?? :D
Nice job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Oh, thank you. Martha grew on me. She was supposed to be this dippy girl with a crush on James, but then Sirius waded in. At one point I considered killing her (I am brutal), but then I decided I liked the Quidditch angle as well, so she turned up in my Tonks fic as well. One day I may write some more about her career post H/W and before she meets Tonks. Thanks for the review. ~Carole~
I really liked this, Carole, and I haven't had a chance to read Lions yet (though it is definitely on my list). I actually felt a little stressed myself as I was reading it, and I have not had to study for exams for quite a long time. :)
I like that she caved and went with Sirius (who could think much of her if she had refused?), and that Sirius ended up understanding and helping her study.
I especially liked the ending... very Sirius. :) Good luck in the challenge! (Go Puffs!)
Author's Response: Thank you, Lori. I'm glad you enjoyed it and that it made sesne as you haven't read Lions. This is definitely my version of Sirius in a serious relationship, that you're seeing here, so I;m pleased you didn't perceive him as OOC. And now ... back to the Great Hall Challenges ... Thanks again. ~Carole~
Say that you're surprised I loved this. ;)
It was nice to see the vulnerable side of Martha MacDonald. Pretty, good-looking, Sirius' serious grilfriend, no less, but she isn't a star student and panics during exams. The characterisation was done well without being too informative. I am familiar with her, of course, as I have read LOG. Still, I think you gave us enough background - without really going into the background. The relationship between the two was enjoyable to read. Sirius seems to genuinely care about her, and that soft side he exhibited at the end is something we don't see often in ff because, let's face it, he's either usually draped over Kylie, or is stuffing his face with chicken legs. That was harsh. But I am sure you empathize. :P Good job, Oracle Swatter, and good luck with the challenge. ~Natalie.
Author's Response: Ha ha - yes I don't think he ate anything at all in this fic. Yeah they've been seeing each other for the whole school year, so it must be serious ... ish... he is Sirius Black after all. Thank you veryt much for my first review. And now to find a fic I can start with an X ...~Oracle Swatter~