YEY!!! A canon pairing! :D I'm so happy seeing a George/Angelina fic! This is the first one that I read with the pairing! :D I just thought the this canon pairing is very under-appreciated... So love seeing a foc about them!
When, I read that Oliver was in it, I thought that Angelina was going in the dark side! But damn, I really love the ending! Especially the conclusion!
Author's Response: hahahah - thank you. I like this pairing too, and really want to write some more of them *adds to mounting list* I do have a very early fic where I wrote about them called 'You Dance Divinely, Mr Weasley' if you'd like to read that. It's not particularly good but it still amuses me.
Thanks again ~Carole~
Thanks for the thoughtful reply to my last review. I reread the story again, thinking about what you said. I can see now that I took the cues of George missing what Angelina wants (picking out a ring, a quick pub snack instead of a leisurely lunch, etc) as indicating that he had become too distant over the years. (Were these cues what you meant by the story starting as a rant?) I agree completely about the boring/grey moments (not to mention helping each other through trauma) being what makes a marriage last (my own 19th anniversary is coming up). I just didn't understand that greyness was what you meant by "this" in the penultimate line of the story. Sorry for the cranky review. I do really like the way you got in Angelina's head, I appreciate the layers of relationship developed over the years between Angelina and Oliver, and I always love a happy ending.
Author's Response: Thank you for replying and sorry I was snarky. Um, by the 'grey' I meant the mundanity. White being the time when it's all joyous and black being the melodrama (Oliver says he can cope with the black), grey being the drabness of everyday life (the books, the hurried lunch, the non-surprise birthday present - which are normal and can be fine but are just ... boring). I probably didn't explain it very well, but it was what was going through my mind as I wrote the story and something that's been on my mind for a while. I'm actually close to celebrating 16 years of marriage, and yes, it was just my birthday so this was probably far too much about me than it should have been. Sadly, I don;t have an Oliver Wood figure (except in my head - ha ha) . I do get your point about George coming back from the Quidditch being rather out of the blue, so may add a line somewhere.
Anyway, thanks again ~Carole~
Interesting... the interaction between Angelina and Oliver captured a great deal of angst, and I thought it captured well the tensions of a rough part of a relationship. However, as much as I enjoyed the story, there were some things that didn't seem right. Although I was glad that Angelina went home alone and also that George came back for her, the latter seemed too good to be true. There was nothing in the story that suggested he would do that. And the comment that it's the sex keeping them together -- "moments like this that stopped them unraveling" -- was so Hollywood (sounds good but not true). Hot sex is wonderful, but it can't keep a marriage together. I like happy endings, but this one didn't seem believable.
Author's Response: Um, well, I'd disagree with you. First off, it wasn't 'hot sex' keeping them together, it was the giggling and shared moment of him larking about whilst he takes off her boots before the sex that stopped them 'unravelling' - there's a difference. Although sex can be something that binds you to someone because it's not necessarily about hotness but being intimate. I think with Oliver she would have had 'hot sex' but the encounter would me meaningless and hollow. With George, because of everything else, it means something. I thought I'd conveyed this because if you read the story you'll see that she feels relieved when Oliver leaves. And, you missed the most important moment in the story which was that she tells George she loves him Secondly George giving up his Quidditch game for her birthday is actually based on a parallel event in my life (yes, this was written the day before my birthday when I was about to spend it by myself and then my husband gave up his tickets to a crucial football match to cook me food - without any prompting by me whatsoever). There's a certain amount of wangst going on in the story which is all me, but I reckon most married women, whose kids aren't as dependent on them and who have husbands who get careless feel the same way. As far as there being no indication that George would do that, Angelina had given him a fairly heavy hint - ie told him - that she wanted him to cook for her. It was only when he thought about it, that he realised what he should be doing - especially as Quidditch matches can go on for daysr.
Anyway, glad you liked the Oliver parts. As far as this not ringing true for you, well, this was probably the first fic I've written which has been 'true'. That doesn't make myself and the husband Brangelina, it makes us normal. Sometimes it's knowing the boringness ( the grey) of a person yet still being with them, that matters more than having a quick shag with an old flame despite the high drama that would entail.
I realise I have become quite defensive over this, but as you can see the subject matter is rather close to my heart.
I think the real beauty of this fic is in how the quiet rambling hurtles on towards a fabulous, clear-cut end. As I was reading this, I kept nodding my head, while unsure how you were going to finish it off, even though I knew the ending. The last few lines lent it a great sense of resolution, and more importantly, hope. Lovely fic!
Author's Response: Yay, thank youuuu. Yes the quiet rambling is rather like life, and although I'm not convinced about the clear cut end in RL, I had to leave one in here. Angelina wouldn;t cheat on George, not for something like that, and Oliver wouldn't do the dirty on his mate *sigh*. But thinking and acting are different things.
Thankies for teh review ~Carole~
BrokenPromise would like to pay compliments to Madam Carmerta and wishes to express many happy returns.
Roxanne is certainly a chip off the old block, levitating a toilet seat!
Wonderful and realistic, I was wondering if there was going to be more lovey-dovey exchanges between Angelin and Oliver, but I really liked the ending and the concept was brilliant.
Author's Response: Thank youuuuu. My birthday turned out a lot better than I originally thought, and so did Angelina's - heh heh. I didn;t want to write her being unfaithful because i know not every spat means it's over forever, plus I don't think Oliver would act on it.
Thank you so much for all your reviews and support. It means a great deal. ~Carole~
Very nice..just the right balance of near-middle-age maudlin that rings true for those of us found caught in its grasp and the stability of a solid work-in-progress relationship. Good job. I do so enjoy your creative flair and command of story-telling.
Author's Response: Thank you very much. This was rather a self-insertion fic to begin with because I was writing when I'd discovered I wasn't going to have anyone with me on my birthday, but the story took an upturn when my birthday did, too. Sadly I didn't meet Oliver, or even go out - ha - but did get champagne and food.
Thanks again for reviewing ~Carole~
That was lovely and I loved it. It really resonates, too, as you sort of know. It makes me sad, in a way, yet the end was hopeful, and that was good. Who cares if it's self-indulgent? It's also very realistic, for a lot of couples. I really liked Fred and Roxanne, that was super sweet. And the details like the boots and wine and all those were great. This made me smile for all sorts of reasons, many of them personal that I don't want to go into here. I'm glad you wrote this and posted it. I might come back and read it again on my birthday. :)
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked Fred and Roxanne, Gina, because I wanted something to balance out the fact that she was feeling rather low and down in the dumps, and that pair can cheer her up.
Well, after reading it through several times and wondering whether to post because of it's self-indulgence, I went ahead because it fits with my George/Angelina canon and also - sometimes - we all write versions of our lives into fics.
Thank you so much for reviewing ~Carole~
HA! Birthday girl--LIKE YOU! (Oh yes, I am incredibly insightful...)
I really have nothing else to say beyond what I always say to you ( a huge flowy gush on how amazing you are)
But it is your birthday so I will attempt to shower you with compliments: I love your smut, how incredibly insightful your writing is, how incredibly versatile you are, how you can give characters that someone else invented so much of their own life.
I envy your ninja skills, tbh...
Anyway this review didn't really mention the fic, but I really like it.
Happy birthday, Croll. (And no. I don't have a song. Or a fic. Or an anything. My humble apologies)
Author's Response: Thank you, Lilyyyyyyy. This review is very sweet of you.
I had quite a good birthday in the end, turning out better as the day progressed - hee! Thanks again - Carole
I enjoyed this!
Author's Response: Thank youuuu. I liked writing it - in the end - although it started off as a rant - ha ha. ~Carole~