Not my favorite, but well written. I liked the drunk version of Ludo Bagman!
And yet another story I couldn't remember what it was about...there are so very many. :/
Anyway, this isn't really my best work, as it was banged out in about 45 minutes to meet a challenge deadline for the purpose of earning points. For some reason I have yet to understand, it placed, but I agree...not my favourite, either. However, I think it's good to step outside of my normal zone and write characters like Ludo because I don't do very often. I rather like him in this, as well. :) Thank you for stopping by!
I really liked this story. It was entertaining, descriptive, and the characterization was well done.
I liked how you captured the essence of the season, apart from many of the stories here, I could actually picture it without trying too hard.
I also appreciated the slightly ignorant and rambunctious disposition of Bagman.
Just one thing, Wood got accepted into Puddlemere United before Christmas. At the World Cup, Wood saw Harry there and told him of his success.
Hehe, I have no idea what possessed me to put Ludo freaking Bagman in the fic, but I needed a distraction for Oliver, and that's what came out. However, when I thought about it, he was the perfect offset for Oliver's seriousness.
What I wanted to do was paint a more realistic picture of the athletic world and how difficult it is to catch that big break. Sometimes, it really is about who you know in the business and getting the inside edge over the next guy who has the same relative skill level.
And about the thing with already having signed, I realised this after I already wrote the story. Having already finished it, I didn't think just that minor detail warranted an AU tag, since it's a relative minor detail. I do applaud you on your observation skills though, hehe.
Hey, Jess! I liked this one. Now could the story possibly tie in to "In the Ashes". I mean, is this sort of a prequel? Just curious. Anyway, great work as usual! I always enjoy anything you write!
This isn't really much of a prequel to In the Ashes, because that Oliver had worked his ass off to make the reserve team his first year in the league. This Oliver, however, is reeling because he had never been told he wasn't good enough before. Sure, he had lost games and championships, but there had always been something else, something he couldn't help, to precipitate that, and he doesn't know how to properly deal with this unfamiliar sense of personal failure. Honestly, though, when I started this stor, I had no idea how it was going to go outside of not wanting it to be a romance. This is what popped up.
Glad you liked it, and as usual, thanks for reviewing. :D
Great story!! Firstly, I think you did an amazing job of Ludo's character - everything he did/said could have come straight out of canon. I also thought your Oliver was great - it seemed very IC that he wouldn't have thought of any other path in life other than Quidditch and that things might come crashing down if that didn't work out.
Once again, your writing was really good. I absolutely loved the first line - it gave such a sense of character, setting and mood really efficiently.
From reading the summary, I sort of expected a romance kind of story (especially knowing that you're fond of Katie/Oliver), so it was really different to write what you did.
I think, with all the sports that are in the peak of their seasons at this time of year, I was sort of inspired by that and how so many college football players bank on their all-encompassing 'Communications' major instead of taking real classes to build a career, fooling themselves into thinking that they wlll make it big. I sort of had Oliver pegged as that type, more concerned with Quaffles than study. This was just a 'it could have happened' type deal. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks as always for reading and reviewing,