:'( 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!