Aww..This was adorable Neil! Brought a little bit a sweetness to this absurdly hot day. (It's ridiculously hot.) The ending is my favorite. Well done! I would like to see how she handles it when James tells her he's a wizard. I can imagine that Annie would handle it quite well, considering.
And I have to say, (as I've probably said before) this little canon-world you've created for yourself and others is truly something special. I look forward to each of your stories updating, especially, especially if the previous chapter was left on a cliffhanger. Your writing is top-notch; it's captivating.
Katie, thanks for the review and the compliments.
I'm glad you liked this, it's been in my head for quite a long time now, and like a lot oof stories I've been thinking about for a while, it was fairly easy to write. Here will be a sequel, although not for some time.
Great story, love the way your stories all connect with one another.
When does Annie find out the truth about the Potters?
Author's Response: Thanks.
When? Fairly soon. At least she does, you might have to wait a while, sorry.-N-
Ah, the Charltons! Not an update, but at least they still exist! I thought you had abandoned them.
Author's Response: Not abandoned, simply sidetracked by the challenges. -N-
Love the second part. I'd love to hear more about them both *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*. :P
This leaves me wishing for more. Great job as usual! :D :D :D
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
I'd like to wite more about them too, but I'm going to resist until I get H&P finished, and get more Strangers done, otherwse I'll never finish anything.-N-
Ah, the beginning of James' and Annie's relationship...Brilliant! I liked it a lot :)
Author's Response: Thanks. This story has been lurking in my head for a long time, the challenge gave me the chance to write it. -N-
Oh my goodness! This fits so many things into place. From Strangers to Centuries...Hints. And this is quite well done. So obviously the secret didn't get out, persay. Looking forward to more!
Author's Response: Katie.
If the secret got out, then it was put firmly back inside again. I'll say no more than that.I hope that this stands alone as a one-shot, as well as fitting in to my other stories.
I hope the follow up one shot will be here soon. It took me a while to realise this was a future of your great universe, Sad the families drifted apart.
Author's Response: Thanks, part 2 is on its way as I type this. Sad, but these things happen. -N-
So little Annie Charlton grew up to be a foul-mouthed muggle law student. Not at all what I expected. I was sure she was going to turn out to be a witch after your response to my Owl Post comment, and I had a rather different picture of Harry coming to her house on her eleventh birthday.
This also explains why the Potters moved back to Grimmauld Place. The kids were all away at school, the thirty acres of woods just sat ignored, and Ginny and Jacqui had become estranged over James little prank. I should have figured you hadn't made a rookie mistake in Zygosis.
It's a very nicely done story. You have a real knack for getting into the heads of your characters and showing the world from their various perspectives: male or female; young or old; magical or muggle.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of this story, and even more to the next chapter of H&P.
I don't know if this is really the right place to ask, but I have a request. I'd like to see a story by you (my favorite fanfic author) from Hagrid's (my favorite character) pov, or at least with him heavily featured. Perhaps you could do it for your bachelor party chapter of Epithalamium.
Annabel is having a stressful day. She's certainly foul mouthed at the beginning of the story, but don't assume that she's always like that. (Although it's possible that she is. :-D) My owl post comment was deliberately vague. A lot of people wanted one of the charltons to end up at Hogwarts. I thought that would be too easy.
There is actually more to the estrangement that simply the prank. But that's another unwritten story, and it's one which Annie and Jacqui have mysteriously forgotten all about. I was evasive about a Zygosis review, too (yours?). I try not to give away too much in review replies.
There will be more next-gen from me, but not for a while. I intend to concentate on H&P and Strangers.
I'm well aware that I have neglected two very important characters. Hagrid, and Teddy. I'm intending to rectify that oversite.
Oh, this is true to your word. I loved reading this, Annie Charlton has really become quite a character. :D
Is there another chapther to come? I love the ending- a look at the later Potters. :D :D :D
Author's Response: Thank you.
Annie really came alive for me as I wrote this.There will be another chapter, simple because although word tells me this is a one-shot of 9944 words, the site tells me that the story breaks the 10,000 word chapter limit.
I have to confess this actually made me cry. A someone who absolutely adores Strangers at Drakeshaugh, somehow the thought that James tore apart the two families is completely gutting.
James' realisation that Anna was in fact 'little Annie Charlton' genuinely made me gasp. It caught me completely off guard, I hadn't clicked on to that at all. In fact I promptly re-read this to try and see if I should have realised it earlier!
In terms of the actual content, I thought you handled Anna's heartbreak perfectly. Her conflicted state of mind was really human and natural. James, too, was perfect. Arrogant yet charming with Harry and Ginny's natures just glimpsed.
In order to console me, please post part two soon!
Thank you, Fenella.
I've had this idea in the back of my mind for quite some time. I've always resisted "true" next-gen, by which I mean stories where the Potter kids are old enough to fend for themselves. Strangers, to me doesn't count.
It's probably unfair to load all of the blame on James. Once I decided that neither Henry nor Annie would be magical (and until this story, I didn't let anyone know) I knew that when James and Al went to "that public school in Scotland" the families would invariably drift apart. There is one (tiny) clue to Anna's identity. "Mum" turns to her husband and says "Out, Mike."
I'm beginning to like James. He is, I hope charming. And I hope that Anna has managed to humble him a little. You'll see part 2 very soon, I hope.
It was pretty good I liked it.
Author's Response: Thank you. -N-