Nah nah nah nah nah!! This is utter torture!!!!!!!!! Sooner, please! Sooner!
I read More than a game and was left starving for more! You obviously owed it to Lydia and Tommy boy! She's brilliant, and would've made an awesome Slytherin. And I like the fact that you make Riddle still so very clearly Voldy-in-the-making, yet there this non-despicable air to him that almost leaves room for redemption. Like the way he actually convinced himself he did not care for her. That was very much Ron-like. But still seemed to mesh swimmingly with this Tom Riddle you presented us with. Kuddos!
Update soon! My chess board can't wait for the next match!
Author's Response: Thanks!
I have to admit, I'm actually incredibly bad at chess. I was starting to have trouble writing Lydia and Tom's matches so if you're interested in seeing what their game looked like, I based this chapter's game on the Vassily Ivanchuk - Artur Yusupov 1991 match. I'm afraid my analysis of it is likely quite awful, but I found it really helpful to be able to view the moves when writing the chapter.
I am really impressed with your caliber of writing. This is such an intriguing storyline and I absolutely adore it. I am already saddened that I have finished the five chapters in one sitting as now I am eager for more. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'll do my best to keep the updates coming regularly. :)
Omg this story is my absolute fav. I can't wait for the next update.
Author's Response: Thanks! :)
I really enjoy this story. Lydia is such an intriguing character, so I love reading about her. I was wondering why there's nothing about her friends so far in the story. Does she not have any, or are they just unimportant to the plot?
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm not sure how fully I ought to answer your question (mostly because I feel it's a fairly insightful one), but seeing as how Chapter 5 is now posted, I think it's safe to say this much:
By the time chapter 5 is over, Lydia considers herself to have two friends. One of them is mentioned in Chapter 4. Lydia is very aware of the fact that she doesn't have many friends. She is an introvert who arrived at Hogwarts very much alone after suffering a traumatic childhood.
Her grandfather loves her very much and is extremely overprotective. (Lydia never did get her Hogsmeade slip signed, though she can go now since she's of age.) Fortunately, a certain Transfiguration teacher tends to take a special interest in students who are "alone and friendless".
It was Dumbledore who suggested to Professor Flitwick that Lydia should be invited to join the duelling club. Upon winning her first tournament, Professor Flitwick thought it would be nice to inform Gavin Prince of Lydia’s accomplishment, which resulted in her being told to quit. Professor Flitwick received a polite letter from Mr Prince thanking him for his letter, but respectfully informing Flitwick that he didn’t want his granddaughter to participate in a duelling club as it wasn’t a particularly safe sport, etc.
Dumbledore remained concerned about Lydia and suggested to one of his Gryffindor students that the library would make a good place for a chess match. His plan worked considerably better on that occasion and neither girl suspected Dumbledore’s hand in forming their friendship.
This is very cute;)
Author's Response: Thanks! :)
This was great. I am so happy I started reading it. I love how tom keeps trying to find excuses for liking lydia. Update soon?
Author's Response: Thank you! I'll try to keep the updates coming roughly every week. :)
I really love your stories. Good job and I hope to read more soon!.
Author's Response: Thank you very much and I hope you'll keep reading them! :)