This is the best fanfiction of Lily and James I have EVER read! I love the detail that is so subtly put in throughout the chapters that refers back to the orginal books for a start! Also, the relationship between Lily and James is magic (no pun intended)! It's exactly as I pictured their relationship to be! As well as the fact that the whole Marauders dynamic is fantastic! Please please please hurry to post the next chapter as I am so excited to read the next one! Yours, J
Author's Response: Ooh, that is an amazing compliment - thank you! I am thrilled you are enjoying the story so much, your review made my day. I'm glad you like how their relationship is progressing. Honestly, I had planned on wrapping this up in two parts and yet it sort of morphed into much, much more. I hope you like what is to come, I'm excited to share it! Thank you again for the wonderful review, I really appreciate it!! ~Gina :)
Haha Yupp, Blame it on the characters for the digressions. Awesome chapter and fight scene! Cannot wait for the next update :-)
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed their duel, it was definitely unexpected but so much fun to write. Thank you so much for keeping up with this story, I really love hearing what you think and appreciate you leaving a review each time! I hope you enjoy the next chapter. ~Gina :)
I. Love. This. I think this is the best Lily/James fic I have read. James is the perfect balance of hopeful and unsure. Poor guy doesn't know what to think now that it seems like he might get what he wants.
Your Lily is great too. I love that she is confused and doesn't handle things perfectly. I was squeeing while I read this. I can't wait for an update. Please make this a loooooong story.
Author's Response: Wow, thanks for the amazing review! That totally made my day. :) I am so glad you are enjoying it. I'm especially glad you like how James and Lily have turned out as characters. I love James more and more every time I write him. :) The story isn't too long, as I don't want to drag out their finally getting together, so I hope you like how it turns out. Update should be soon! Thank you so much for reading this story, and for the wonderful review! I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)
very good work :)
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I appreciate the review and hope you read and enjoy the rest of the story! ~Gina :)
IT MEANS YOU'RE SOULMATES, YOU DAFT GIRL!
,br> Awww, Gina, I do love this story. It's just so heart-renderingly lovely and James is just wonderful (can I have him now ... I can be that glamorous Hufflepuff?) I did enjoy the scene with the Patronus (when Remus got her to conjur it). and the memory of her walking back from Hogsmeade. Ahhh, first kisses - just lush.
Author's Response: Hee hee, thanks so much Carole! Can't you just see Remus all embarrassed about whispering that sort of thing in her ear? And no, you can't have James, he's all Lily's. :D I quite like how he's turning out. I'm trying to write him a bit differently elsewhere, though, just to broaden the spectrum a bit.. Oh, and I did write a Hufflepuff...except she turned out to be a giggly airhead, sorry. Thanks so much for reading this story, I really appreciate the reviews! ~Gina :)
Loved this chapter!! Nice to see Lily succeed :-)
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it! She certainly did succeed - far more than she expected, I think! Thank you for reading and reviewing! ~Gina :)
Gina, this is so much fun! I've only recently become a fan of Lily/James fics, and this top notch! I love that James did not just fall into her arms the way he seems to in so many fics. We know he pined for her, but c'mon! Have some dignity, James. :) I like that here. (Almost as much as I'm liking Remus... mmmm) :)
Can't wait for the next chapter. Oh, and Happy Birthday! ~ Lori
Author's Response: Hi, Lori! I am slightly obsessed with J/L fics at the moment, lol! Wait 'till you see what Natalie just beta-ed for me, hee hee. ;) Thank you so much for reading this story, I'm so glad you are enjoying it! I love writing these two, I really do. And yes - Remus is just so nice, I'd date him in a heartbeat, lol. Hm, maybe I should write him something, too.;) I'm looking forward to seeing what people think of the next chapter. I hope you enjoy it - thanks again for the lovely review and birthday wishes! ~Gina :)
Oooo, very interesting turn of events! Cannot wait to see how the next chapter turns out :-)
Author's Response: Yes, it surprised me a bit too. ;) Thanks so much for leaving another review! I hope you are enjoying the story - can't wait to see what you think of the next chapter! Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Loving this story. You have a great writing style. Looking forward to next posting
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! I'm so glad you like the story, and I really appreciate the compliment! I'm almost done with the next chapter, so I hope you enjoy that as well. Thanks again for reading this and leaving such a nice review! ~Gina :)
Awwwwww, Nooooooo, she's not using you, James. She really does like you.
Gina, what can I say except get a move on with this story because it's utterly delish. Sorry, I can't give any real crit today, but just wanted to point out this line:- ames rolled his eyes and cast a silent jinx at his friend, quieting him with a mouthful of bubbles. He grinned when he heard Sirius cough.
That line is just one example where your little details just add so much to the richness of this story. Brilliant!
Author's Response: Oh Carole, thank you so much for sticking with this! I am glad you liked it. Like I said, this was the first time James went and did his own thing, which is why this story is three times as long as I originally intended. I'm afraid I've probably spoiled some of the upcoming bits during our conversations, so I hope you enjoy the rest. Most of it is done so it won't be too long. I really appreciate your reviews, it's so great to know someone is reading this story! Thank you! ~Gina :)
Ooooh Gina! Squee! This is really great. I agree with Carole that Remus is coming across as very sexy XD. I will definitely be following this fic. Keep up the great writing!
Author's Response: Julia! Aw, thanks so much for coming by to read the story! I fear I have once again spoiled things for you in order to craft the banner, but I hope you'll keep reading to see how it pans out. Thanks so much for the lovely review. I'm glad you liked Remus, I must admit I was watching the movies this past week with a different eye for Lupin now that I've written him a few times and rather like his teenage self. Thanks again for the amazing banner! ~Gina :)
Ah, Chapter 2 - lovely. I'm really enjoying this story. I adore the interaction with Remus (and he's coming across as pretty sexy, too) and Lily is interesting. She's struggling to kepp up, but not too proud to ask for help. I like the touch of asking Remus for help with the Patronus.
Okay, I have a not pick, which is probably related to the coding issue you had.
"I think it's well worth asking," Remus said. "But what if he's mad at me? What if he doesn't like me anymore, like you told Julie?" You haven't separated where Lily starts speaking again so it sounds as if Remus is saying James doesn't like him any more (which is a whole different kettle of Plimpies!)
Sorry, not an indepth review, but I love it! ~Carole~
Author's Response: Hi! Thanks for reading the next chapter! I have to admit, this Remus was sort of born out of the Remus drabble I wrote for the TTB monthly. I find him a bit sexy, too, I like him almost as much as James! I figured since Remus ends up teaching DADA he had to be decent at it in school, and I liked the idea of him helping Lily and then Harry. I hope Lily didn't seem too OOC, I wanted to explore the possibilities of a character who was less-than-perfect. Thanks for pointing out the spacing - yes, that's totally a coding issue. Like I said, even though it's right in my Word document, it didn't paste right and I had to double space it all by hand in that teeny tiny box. >.< I'll nip in and fix it this afternoon - thanks!! ~Gina :)
Yes, this chapter did a wonderful job explaining the madness of the first chapter :-) I really enjoyed reading this chapter and look forward to the next one!
Author's Response: See, I'm sort of surprised no one has said anything about that madness on Lily's part. ;) I'm glad this explains Lily's side of things, since I wanted to start off with a bang and then pull back a bit. I'm planning on going back and forth between them so we get to see both of their points of view over what's going on. I'm so glad you liked this chapter, thank you for reading and reviewing! ~Gina :)
It's official: I love this story! I can't wait for your next update and see where you're taking this. Please update again soon. :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it, I'm having such a good time writing this. I just updated and am sending the third chapter off to my beta. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story! I really appreciate the review! ~Gina :)
OOOOOOOH, Gina. I.ADORE.THIS. Wow, I was completely brought up short by the fact that she was pissed - brilliant. You're building up a lovely story here. And the extra details that you write add to the depth of the story.(Remus preferring Julia, Lily catching snowdrops on her tongue) The fact that she was forcing the pace ... and was also a rather funny drunk - made me giggle. I also adored the shift in James. Yes, of course he wants to snog the girl (and more) but he knows that it could mean the end of anything between them before it had begun. Awww, I want to hug him.
Sorry this isn't a very comprehensive review, but I am adding to favourites. ~Carole~
Author's Response: Carole! Thank you so much for reading this! I've thrown so much of it at you I'm thrilled you liked the final product (although I'm sorry if I've spoiled any of it for you, lol.) I'm glad you didn't find Lily too out of character in this state (although if you had I would have asked you to wait for the next chapter) I too like the mature, responsible James, since it must have happened at some point for him to become Head Boy! Thanks for your suggestions on that bit of dialogue, I'm glad it worked. And SQUEE to the kiss, lol! I had so much fun writing this, I can't wait to share the rest. Thanks so much for reading it, your review made my day! *hugs* ~Gina :)
I like how this story has begun and look forward to reading the next chapter :).
The British insults did work and made me chuckle :).
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the review! I'm glad the insults worked. I'm not sure if they are strictly British, really, but my original spat sounded way too American.;) I'm glad you enjoyed the beginning and hope you like the rest! Thanks again for the review! ~Gina :)
Keep it coming!! It looks like a good start.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed the first chapter, I hope to post the next one soon. Thank you for reading and reviewing this story - I hope you enjoy the rest! ~Gina :)
Interesting first chapter! I am curious to see where this is going to go...Hope you update soon :-)
Author's Response: Thank you for reading and reviewing! I hope it was interesting in a good way, lol. The next chapter is already off - most of the story is done, so it shouldn't be too long. I hope you like where it goes - thanks again! ~Gina :)