:'( Sob sob sob.
But very glad I read this chapter like you told me to.
I think that this is the most beautiful conclusion imaginable for Graham.
I shall now console myself somehow...
Author's Response: Thank you so much for coming back to read the end! Yes, it's quite sad. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, though. I was rather surprised it turned out this way - I had actually toyed with the reverse, but I quite like how it ended. Very bittersweet but hopeful. It was tough to write but worth it - thanks again for the review! ~Gina :)
Yayayayayayayayay,that was fab! :D :D :D
Gina, I know you had trouble with this, but honestly, I really enjoyed this final chapter, even though I knew the plot twist and everything. (Kind of reminds me of the fact that I could still watch Being Human after spoiling myself, hehe.) And speaking of Being Human, I absolutely loved the whole thing about passing over and all that. Graham came full circle and finally accepted his fate, which I think you needed. I think teh reason this story ended so satisfactorily was because you gave Graham closure. Well done on an excellent story and a really powerful ending. :D
Author's Response: Thank you so much! Yes, another story we talked about and I spoiled you on but you helped me so much so thank you for that and for reading it and for reviewing it! I really appreciate all your help. I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it worked well enough. Definitely has that Being Human vibe at the end, I think. It was fun to write until I got stuck, lol but I'm glad the end was effective. Thanks again for everything! ~Gina :)
Oh my godness.....sob sob.. How could you do that to Graham?!
I feel quite sorry for him. You make him such a complex character, and he really thinks everything through, so he's not out of canon as such. He's so confused and I totally understand him. Ginny dressing up like she did probably didn't help him with the whole anti-dinner date thing...
I don't normally like Ginny very much, but here I kind of feel sorry for her. You write her in a way that makes her less perfect, and I really like that. It must be a really uncomfortable situation. She's still only been a widow for less than a year, and if I were in that situation I would definitely be very uncomfortable. I thought that you really used this passage to bring out a less distraught and grieving Ginny's fire again. She's jumping to conclusions but I think that she makes the best decision for herself that she can in the circumstance.
I should've reviewed the other chapters but nothing particularly sparked in me like this one did. But this chapter was so incredibly good it was worth the ever so slightly longer although still really short wait!
Sorry if this review is a bit rambly and confusing. Really looking forward to the last chapter, and hoping that Graham can get his happy ending, even if it's not with Ginny.
Actually, scrap that. People with happy endings tend to go off into the sunset and never be seen again... Make it sad so you can write more about him.
- BP :)
Author's Response: A belated thank you for the review! I'm glad you were moved by this chapter to leave a note because i really appreciate your comments! I'm thrilled you find Graham a complex character, and even glad you like Ginny (she's tough to get sometimes.) Your final note is interesting and I wonder if you've had a chance to read the end of the story. I don't want to spoil anything, but I do hope you enjoy it! Thanks again!! ~Gina :)
I find it very interesting that Graham feels so strongly that he has to end things with Ginny. Yes, she sees him as a friend, and it is really too early for her to see anyone as anything else, but why is he so convinced that she could never care for him? It would seem more prudent to wait and see, wouldn't it? Or is he merely cutting his losses and getting while the getting is good, which does seem more Slytherin...
Ginny may have just needed a friend, but her reaction to his declaration may also have had something to do with realizing that, like it or not, she is back on the market. Men will consider her potentially available in a way they did not before her marriage, and she probably has not given that a thought yet.
I find some of hte things he's thinking very believable on a micro level -- he feels silly having implied that she does not know her way around the ministry, for example, or feeling badly that Harry's children will have to grow up without him. He seems like a nice enough man. His exwife is sounding more and more like a twit, which I am sure is your intent, and he seems to be analyzing his past life and finding it a bit shallow - which it was. How exactly that fits with his feelings about Ginny I don't see quite yet.
Hope you feel more human after watching Being Human, and look forward to the next update...
PS - I find it hilarious that while looking at this chapter the ad on my screen was for "Dating for Muggles," an online match site for HP fans. I don't go on match sites for obvious reasons, so why I got that ad who knows - some of them are clearly tied to things I've been looking at, but that one? Then again, I don't want a new washer/dryer combo either, but Home Despot over there on the right seems to want to sell me some...
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I really appreciate it. I'm glad you've found some things believable. And you've hit others on the head - his exwife being a twit, Graham finding his past life a bit shallow,etc. I think he's overanalyzing things with Ginny because he got burned. He's not ready to take another chance yet. I wonder if you've had a chance to read the end. It went quite differently than I was expecting. Your PS is hilarious. I wonder about these ads sometimes. And did you mean Home Despot, because it is a bit despotish, isn't it? Thanks again for reading this! ~GIna :)
I must admit to not knowing where we are going.
Author's Response: It was a bit of a surprise for me in the end as well. I hope you have a chance to finish sometime! Thank you for reading, I appreciate the review! ~Gina :)
First, I have to say you handle the meeting between Hermione and Graham with tremendous deftness. He thinks she is nervouse to see him, but actually, she is nervous on Ginny's behalf. It is an especially fitting and delicate touch to have him hand her Harry's glasses, of course because she was always fixing his when they were at school. I am wondering why you've made certain other decisions - I'm sure it comes out in the story, but as it stands now I ask myself why Graham is telling us about Ginny's outbursts, instead of our actually seeing more of them. Is it a considered decision you've made concerning how you want to tell the story? I would suspect so, and I wonder why. Ginny seems to be the focal point, and yet I almost feel you are keeping her from us... A lot to think about, here!
Of course Harry wouldn't make a Horcrux - he'd have had to plan to kill someone and then have all the rest planned and done - and why, really? Unless it somehow formed accidentally, as he himself was a Horcrux formed accidentally, I just can't see it happening. So what is driving Ginny besides grief???
Author's Response: Thank you for reading this and for leaving a good, though-provoking review! Of course Harry wouldn't have done that, certainly not deliberately in any context of this story. When that line came out I was like - what?? Heh heh. But you answered your question, really: what's driving Ginny here is grief, and then anger. She's lost and latched onto the idea that maybe, just maybe, Harry might come back again, like he did during the war. But he's gone. As to why I haven't really shown something like Ginny's outbursts, I'm not sure why. Ginny actually isn't the focal point in my eye, it's the narrator that I'm more interested in and his thoughts and feelings. So it never really occurred to me, to be honest, to write a bit more of Ginny in this chapter since I was concentrating on his reaction to her. Plus I'm not trying to write anything long and exceptionally deep here--just five short chapters, and the titles come from the stages of grief. That's a terrible explanation but I will certainly keep your question in the back of my mind as I continue, and I think there is a bit more of Ginny coming up. I'm glad I at least got Hermione right, lol. Thanks again for reading this and for the great review! ~Gina :)
Well, unusual, for certain. I'm not sure Ginny is in character, but then I am never sure about Ginny and anything. And Montague can only be in or out of character with your other story - he's not really explored enough in canon for there to be much to hold him to. The idea of Harry making a Horcrux is interesting - obviously I have to read on!
Author's Response: I'll take that unusual as a compliment, given my oevre of work. ;) Yeah, Ginny is tricky, I think, because we always see her through Harry's eyes and not that often, really. I think she's one of those characters who have some wiggle room, unlike Ron and Hermione. Keeping in mind this is also 20 years later and she's just lost her husband...I'm not sure what would be in character for her or not, it might be entirely subjective. Hopefully she'll seem more in character as it goes on though. Then again, without Harry, she might change. Who knows. How's that for a load of excuses? LOL! And yes, Montague is sort of my own here since we know nothing about him. I imagined the Vanishing Cabinet changing him quite a bit in my other story so I'm trying to stay consistent with that. And since you've read on, I don't need to address the Horcrux issue, hee hee. Thank you so much for reading this, I appreciate the review! ~Gina :)
Wow a horcrux! I am definitely very intrigued. Can't wait to find out what happens next.
Author's Response: Yes, that line surprised me too. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the rest! ~Gina :)
No, I refuse to accept this. Harry is NOT going to be assassinated by Gregory Goyle of all people. *sobs*
Author's Response: Wouldn't that be awful? But that's the setup here, sorry! Thanks for reading and reviewing, I hope you read more in spite of what's happened! ~Gina :)
I certainly did not expect the last sentence. Look forward to more.
Author's Response: I did not expect to write it when I started this story. :) Thanks for reading, hope the rest lives up now! ~Gina :)