Well, I've been binge-ing out on flist fics tonight, and you have not escaped, I'm afraid. :) I am so glad I chose this one first (I'm horribly behind on your recent stories). I just love trio era, and these three are so important to that group of Gryffs, and yet, there is so much room for speculation, particularly during that year at Hogwarts. Your dialogue was fab, and the relationships believable. The beginning bit with Lavender was actually one of my favorite parts, as it set the tone of where they have all been, and gave a nice background to the guilt Pavarti is experiencing over Lav's injuries. I liked this story very much--well done, as always. /broken record ;) (oh, and thanks for including me on that list of recommendations below... hugs!)
Author's Response: Thanks Lori. I'm glad you're managing some time away from your visitors to binge on fanfiction (heh heh) I liked writing the dialogue in this story - particularly Seamus who always amuses me. Thanks again ~Carole~
Thank you for referring me, I'll be sure to check out their stories :) I hope this occasionally obnoxious young woman didn't irritate you too bad! Thanks for writing terrific stories, and I'll continue to check up to see if you've written any new fics.
Author's Response: You haven't been at all obnoxious. It has been an absolute joy having you read and review. I'll probably be writing a few more. I'd like to make 100 at least - ha ha. Thanks again. ~Carole~
What question will change? And who were the couple by the fire? And who did Parvati end up choosing overall? More questions. It's in my nature :) So, this might be one of the last reviews you get from me, because I've finished going through your stories, and now I'm just going back through in case I see one I might want to read. So you can breathe a sigh of relief now! (;
Author's Response: ha ha ha - okay. The question was 'Who will she choose?' if she can't choose then the question would be 'Should she have to choose? Can she have both?' I was trying to hint at an unconventional relationship which is explored a little bit in 'The Foolhardy Boys and Parvati, too' which is a mystery (It also has Lavender and Blaise in it.) The couple by the fire ... I don't have names for them. I realise that's annoying. I think I gave them some names when Jess (ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor) left a review, but I can't remember who they were. BTW, if you've finished mine now (and it's possible you'll like the afterlife story Peace in Heaven), then can I suggest you take a look at hestiajones' work (I know you've reviewed some of hers) Gmariam (who writes sublime James/Lily), ToBeOr NotToBeAGryffindor, the opaleye and WeasleyMom. I think you'll enjoy their stories, too. Thank you for brightening my days ~Carole~
Wow! I found this in the Puff review circle and thought to myself, I always love what Carole writes and I really should try genres other than Marauder. It was worth it! I'm not usually someone who reads trio era because I find that many people have trouble with characterizations and there is a lot less wiggle room, so it is stiff. However, this was not the case with your story. I liked that they were characters everyone recognizes and even had minor roles in the books, but not major enough that you couldn't have some fun with their characters. It was beautifully written. Everything flowed together really well, none of the events of the story seemed out of place or random.
I'm supposed to suggest something to improve on, so the one thing I felt was slightly lacking is the guilt Parvati had about Lavender. The piece you had was really strong, but it seemed like it was dropped rather quickly. However, it did make sense in the timing and because it was a one-shot I understand why the guilt was not brought back up. Overall I really loved this story, and in many ways would have liked this to develop into a chaptered fic because there were so many great things to explore. Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review. I sort of agree with you about the guilt, but in my canon, Lavender has someone else with her (You'll need to read Lavender, blur - A Gryffindor true to find out - hee hee) so doesn't need Parvati at that moment. The girls' relationship and Parvati, Seamus and Deans' relationship is explored even more in a mystery I've just completed called 'The Foolhardy Boys and Parvati, too.' I might write some more about them, but time is my biggest issue.
Thank you again for the review. It's much appreciated. ~Carole~
I don't know what you're alluding too. Perhaps I'm just a bit dense about this stuff. But it was a good read, and I liked delving into the confusing emotions of the Battle's aftermath, especially with characters whom we don't already know well. Good job!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the kind words and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. If you meant the allusion to the grass, that is a bit of an in joke with some of my fellow beta-board-ers. If you mean the relationship between this trio - that is open to debate. Parvati may have to choose, or she may decide not to choose ... if that makes any sense. ~Carole~
LOL. I loooooved the grass reference. So funny, Carole. And you didn't just mention it once, either :) I really liked this story -- it was great. Sorry for the fangirly review. I will definitely be SPEWing you later in the month. Let me just get these silly exams out of the way first...
Author's Response: Ha ha - thanks, Soraya. Yes the grass was especially for teh flist. I might write about magnetic swords or something next. ~Carole~
Gah, the grass! I laughed for a solid five minutes. You are just supurb.
This story is gorgeous in many, many ways. First, it's got the hurt/comfort element that I love so much in post war fics, but then it's also got that easy camaraderie of characters, that believability that I crave in their interactions. It just felt like a slice of super!canon (what I call not quite canon, but it's better so nyah!). I will admit, I was rooting for a threesome, but you said there was no smut due to archive restraints. I guess I'm at your mercy that you'll post more on clickysmut at some point. :D
Btw, my favourite character in all of this was Seamus. Just the way he talked and acted... he was perfect.
Thank you so much for the gorgeous birthday gift, but I do demand that you tell me who the couple in the common room was. I need to knowwwwwwww, because I'm too thick to figure it out on my own.
Very much lubs,
Author's Response: Ummm, that couple ... I have no idea. He was a Gryff who would have been in year six/seven when they were sorted. He shall be ... Edwin Coulson, and she is a Hufflepuff who I do have more of an idea about. Fluffy hair - she's a Cadwallader.
Glad you liked the fic. The grass was my favourite bit and so was Seamus. Emma helped me immensely with his vocab, but I just think he's a fun character to write. he'd make it through all the crap and still smile.
clickysmut will get a version as some stage. I want to write a follow up.
Hope the Romione reference wasn't too vomit inducing. It happened almost without me realising it - LOL.
Thanks again ~Carole~
Excellent story. Very real emotions. I love how you portrayed this relationship.
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the story because there's a few more things burrowing away in my mind regarding this trio. ~Carole~
This story was beautifully written, Carole, although I'm not quite sure what to think about the ending. The characters were very believable and I could empathise to an extent with each of them (obviously not completely... seeing as I've never been involved in a battle).
I really loved the awkwardness between Seamus and Dean at first, and how they came out bluntly that they'd missed each other. (Sorry, that's a terribly phrased sentence.) Anyway, it just felt very realistic and I could really sense their friendship.
The conversation between the three of them about being scared to go to sleep etc was also really well-written.
As for the ending - Parvati said that she didn't want to ruin things between Dean and Seamus, but to me it seems that choosing not to decide will actually make that worse... if that makes any sense. Could she choose? Did she have to? Did they survive this year just so one – or all – of them would be miserable?
Hmm. Anyway. This story was very well-written but above all I loved your characterisations.
Author's Response: Hey, Katrina, thanks for the review. This is deliberately ambiguous, but I wanted a different type of relationship between the three of them than the Trios that also defies the norm. It's also written for Jess, who likes a pairing(s) with a different slant. Glad you liked the characterisation. I think I enjoy writing boys' banter far more than girls - hee hee. Thanks again. ~Carole~