This story is just completely sick and twisted. And brilliant. Heh. I'll drink to the plot bunny. So many little details that should have come with spit warnings to protect my monitor from my coffee. Just something about the combination of the serious tone and absurd scenarios...hilarious. One quibble, that I can't believe no one's mentioned yet (and I only do because there was not an AU warning on this story): Snape is not a pureblood. Y'know, that whole "Half-Blood Prince" thing and all. ;-)
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! When I was writing this, I wondered if anyone would understand it, obviously most people do. Sorry about your monitor. :-) About your quibble, this story was written and published prior to the release of HBP. At the time written and posted, it was not AU. You can check the date when a story published on the site and not be mistaken.
"CONSTANT VIGILANCE!" ... Bwahahahahaha.
The part where the pair of them interrupted his lecture so cheekily struck me as very Gred-and-Forge-ish.
Author's Response: Well, I stole the line from the best. Tonks strikes me someone who caused the same sort of trouble as Fred and George, and Kingsley would stand there forever... Anything can happen in fanfic right?
All is not well.
George uses work and Firewhisky to cope with Fred's death until a drink with a friend leads to something that dulls pain better than alcohol. Emotionally torn by grief, he struggles to allow Alicia into his life...and then comes baby....
*Winner of the 2008 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Dark/Angsty Story*
Wow...the plot thickens! I figured as soon as I saw the chapter title that this might be the one in which she finds out. Can't wait to see what happens next.
And also - thank you for faithfully updating every Friday. I have a horrid lab on Fridays (organic chem, part 3) and checking out the newest chapter is my treat to myself for surviving one more day of it!
Author's Response: You remembered! *wipes away happy tear* :D Ack! Chemistry! I salute you for surviving.
So the hacker attack is still causing grief? :-( Blistering boils upon them!!!
I agree with some of the others ~ I'm addicted. Great chapter, as usual. I loved how Caper faked everyone out!
Author's Response: Blistering boils on their backsides! Painful and alliterative...I like it! :D
I prefer to think of it as a mutually beneficial exchange of story and feedback, although when I get paranoid no one will see the story and review, I sometimes wonder.... :D
Oh! Ouch! Very well written. Add me to the "usually doesn't like second person, but quit noticing it quickly" queue. I really appreciated such dark irony. Not only that it was Harry's soul that wound up shattered too after everything with Voldemort, but also that it happened to him when it very easily could have hit Neville instead...Neville, the other possible Chosen One.
You did such a great job of describing the illness. I can so relate to Ginny, watching someone she loves deeply become mentally ill and shift randomly between personas, forget things, drift off midsentence, get unreasonably angry. That happened to my husband when he was in his mid-20s, only a little older than Harry here. Unlike Hermione, an explanation was never found, only "unidentified neurological issues." He got better, briefly, until the alcoholism began to consume his soul instead. And that part lets me shake my head in sympathy at Harry's refusal to go to St. Mungo's after initially agreeing that he needed help. "Hitting bottom" appeared to happen after hurting the woman he loved, only to be ignored again once he was out of that immediate situation. Denial is so, SO frustrating to watch. So many more good, realisitic bits in here. My chest physically ached at the end. So sad. And beautiful. Sorry there's so much "me" in this review; it just really, really struck a chord.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the amazing review! I am starting to see how this story might resonate with readers who have gone through this. I'm glad you liked it, even though it is quite sad. And I'm very glad the second person pov didn't get in the way-I'm still waiting for a review that slams it, but that's just how the story popped out. Thanks again for reading this, I really appreciate your comments!! ~Gina :)
Meant to mention also with the Neville thing, not only was he the other possible foretold Chosen One, but if this curse had hit him, it would have been even more sad considering his parents' fate.
Author's Response: That is a good point, and I will admit I had not thought of that. I do think my brain picked Neville for a reason, though, and that was probably one of them. Thanks again for reading this story! ~Gina :)