He returned with a quiet sadness and a surprising new responsibility to keep him focused. She returned with a misplaced bitterness and the matching position that forced them to work with one another. Yet fear, resentment, and stubborn arrogance kept pushing them apart, even when they were meant to be together.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill for Best Canon Romance. Thank you!!
I'm so glad I returned to Mugglenet Fanfics and found this - amazing quality, especially after a lot of the junk on fanfiction.net (though there is plenty of good...). This fic was well written and the characters well-rounded. I loved how you hinted that Harry's perpetual guilt might have other roots (or if you didn't intend that, well...now you can sound all smart and literary!) I especially liked how you ended it, with the gift still unopened. I was a little disappointed at first because I wanted to know what it was, but it fit the story, it fit them, and it really was a fantastic end. Loved the story, keep up the incredible work.