Interesting pair if characters.
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you found them interesting.
Love the story. So cute..... Okay serious stuff starts here, intermingled with very obvious fangirling glee and squee. OMH! This is great stuff. I know this is dumb, because I read a fair few of your drabbles, but I forget how well you can sustain tension and just how brilliantly you write. For instance, the description at the beginning of the story, and how effectively your words sum up not only Nell, but the relationships around her, just left me agog, agape and agaga. I could see those bitchy girls giggling about her in the park, and I could hear her fierce voice as she denied the boy's help. It was incredibly evocative, Julia. If I wore a hat, I'd doff it to you immediately.
On to the story. The idea of a Muggle-born Slytherin appears to be so prepostrous, and yet, you've made it plausible. She is very Slytherin in her defensiveness, her need to be alone, her utter belief in herself and the ambition that we glimpse in Potions, so I trulu believed - even from this small snapshot -that Nell was a Muggle-born that was also a Slytherin.
Oh, I am liking Patrick. He really does embody that somewhat innocent bluster of Gryffindor ... (I am now hoping he is a Gryffindor, although he could be a Hufflepuff and I'm now going to look utterly stupid when you reveal him to be a Ravenclaw!) Anyway, he is a great contrast to Nell because he still seems to be enjoying everything, which reminded me rather a lot of the lovely Fred and George and also Cormac (but then I'm obsessed with Cormac).
Sorry, I have wittered and gone off onto a Cormac tangent. This is so good, Julia, and I hope you get a shed load of reviews, plaudits and QSQ nominations for next year. FABULOUS STUFF! (But more Sacbior and his mascara, please)
Author's Response: The next chapter is entirely from Scabior's POV ;) Thanks so much for the amazing review, Carole! I know OC heavy fics aren't usually that popular so I doubt there will be much interest in this fic but I am so so glad that you liked it, and we will be seeing some more familiar faces in the future. I've had Nell in my head for so long now that it's incredibly satisfying getting her out and onto the page. And I've had so much fun writing Patrick, so I'm glad you like him too. Hm... my characterisation could be a bit off if it turns out he's in Ravenclaw, no? Ha, I like that comparison between Fred and George and Cormac... I can definitely see it! Anyway, thank you!!! This review made me grin like an idiot :)