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So somehow I missed this chapter! Anyway, I'm here now.
First, Byron is so horrifically accurate! I already love to loathe him haha. The scene with the balloon made me cackle with glee and twiddle my fingers maliciously. I hope he gets his comeuppance for being such a sleazy snob. Muahahaha!
I think one of my favourite parts of this chapter was the breakfast scene. I really enjoyed Draco's presence and the stiff dislike between him and Daphne is great. I like that you've diverged from Persuasion in that instance because it feels more natural than having them pally like Charles and Anne. I had to snigger at the final few lines in that scene, too. You know.
Anthony is lovely. I love the way you had him staying at home to keep Demelza company... great planning :D The fair was also a wonderful idea and so enjoyable to read - it was a good catalyst for events to come, I think. I also kind of adore Wilfred and Nicola. Actually, there is nothing 'kind of' about that. I love them.
Oh sparks are flying again with Lee and Daphne! I loved Wilfred's remark about the House rivalry being alive and well in the Potter generation. There was a certain bitterness in that exchange that was such a contrast to the otherwise magic of the fair. It played out so well. You really are a master at weaving a story, Carole. And your characters just jump off the screen and into my head. The tension and awkwardness between Lee and Daphne is utterly gripping.
Every chapter of this fic is delightful, Carole, but I had so much fun reading this.
Author's Response: PUNCHES AIR! Yes! You liked my favourite exchange of the whole story. I've been giggling to myself over Draco's line - hahahahaha and haven't shared it with anyone. Draco just rocks! Mmm, I had to deviate from the book with the antipathy, partly because I do like Astoria far too much, but also because Draco was at H/W with Daphne so it seemed far more likely that they'd dislike each other given 'my' canon of Daphne not being involved in the detentions etc.
Glad you liked Wilfred's remark. I do think rivalries at H/W were more intense when Harry and Draco were at Hogwarts, but several years above them, it could well have been easier, once the first war was over. Wilfred hates to see it carrying on. he's very much a pacifier, in my mind.
Thank you for the reviewwwwww ~Crolalalanza
Ahhhh I absolutely love this backstory with Tracey. But now I am worried about Kevin because... I shan't put a spoiler in here since it seems many people haven't read the magnificence of Persuasion.
Also, Horace at the beginning was deliciously hideous. I love the way you have transferred Mary's ridiculous hypochondria onto him.
Author's Response: EEEP - just realised that I put the wrong name there. It's HECTOR, not Horace - hahahahah (I have altered now). Glad you like the back story with Tracey because she's going to feature a lot more as you can probably deduce as you know the book so well. :D Thank you for the reviewwwwwww. ~Carole~
Oh goodness I was a bit worried there when Daphne was caught by Byron and Vanessa! Thank goodness they are not as sadistic as my imagination. Ugh. Byron is such a cad. You've written him so well. I grimace every time he appears, and I've started imagining him as a slug, just waiting for Daphne to squash him with her foot. I hope he gets his comeuppance!
Oooooh can't wait for the showdown. I almost thought it was going to happen right then and there in front of poor Hannah. Awkward!
Oh and I cringed when her father showed up and then I cringed even more at the thought of him accosting poor Andromeda. Shuddering at the thought. He reminds me of one of my uncles. Again, you write disagreeable characters very well, Carole!
And then when Lee shows up at the Bones' house and waves awkwardly at Daphne... I was giggling so much. JUST SEX ALREADY. But no, you definitely know best, and when all that tension and chemistry comes to a head, their reunion will be like fireworks in someone's pants. You are doing this so wonderfully, Croll, I feel all warm and fuzzy when I think of this fic and I cannot wait for the next chapter except it means we are even closer to the end and noooooooooooooo.
I'm sorry for this ridiculous review. I'm not even on a sugar high. What what.
Author's Response: I didn't want Byron to be over the top bad, so gave him a small let out. Although Vanessa and Byron taking Daphne prisoner so Lee had to save her from ... um ... vampires, would have been a fabulous twist on Austen - heh heh heh.
Will Byron get him comeuppance? You shall have to wait and seeeeeee.
,br> The Septima showdown will be very soon.
As will the end of the story.
Opens new doc headed 'Epilogue'
Thank youuuuu ~Carole~
I can sit here no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within typing distance. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that this is the end, that such a precious fic is over forever…
I haven’t felt so excited for a fic since Lavender Blue or High, and each time you updated I got that lovely warm fuzzy feeling of anticipation. It reminded me of why I still adore fanfiction, and the talent that our fandom holds no matter how derisive the outside world may be of what we do. I know that I will be returning this fic often, because it is truly brilliant. I cannot thank you enough, Carole, for writing this for me. This has spanned nearly an entire year, but it doesn’t feel that long at all because you are a master at sustaining tension, chemistry, compelling storylines and wonderful characters. This will sound selfish, but I am really sad to see this end. At the same time, no one could ask for a better ending. It has come full circle. It has left me with tears in my eyes and a squiggly fluttery warmth in my heart.
The way you begin the epilogue had me smiling already. Ending the way it all started with Hector reading his bloody book! But there was something almost touching about this scene, no matter how infuriating and ridiculous he may be.
She smiled - her first smile in weeks. “Then my cousin and his new bride may find they inherit-”
“A sheaf of debts, yes,” Hector replied idly. “What a shame.”
I’m going to admit that I burst out cackling when I read this. THANK YOU. It makes me so happy to see Byron get his comeuppance. You are right, it has always niggled me that William Elliot got away in Persuasion, and maybe it’s because we saw the inside of Hector’s mind in this fic, albeit briefly, but I was a more sympathetic towards him and Thalia compared to Walter and Elizabeth. The moment where he sees Honoria in Daphne did redeem him somewhat--just a little. I am glad to see them continue their trivial little lives all the while lumping their debts on Byron. Muahahaha.
Dennis!!!! See, this is why your fics are always so deliciously wonderful. You slot bits of Potterverse so naturally into your own narrative. Just that one comment about how Professor McGonagall has faith in him to do well as Muggle Studies teacher, while both Daphne and Septima don’t really know who he is. WE DO. We know who he is and just the one comment makes all the difference and guhhhh. Why yes I am totally fangirling over something as inconsequential as Dennis being Muggle Studies teacher.
I really enjoyed the begrudging and awkward scene between Septima and Daphne. Too much has happened for it to be tied up sweetly and tidily. It wouldn’t do either of their characters justice, so I love the way you left it. Things are on the mend but are far from healed.
I take back everything I’ve said before about proposals. I want to be sitting by a lake in the rain with a Spice Girls special request playing on the radio. Look what you’ve done to my poor future fiancé! Look at the expectation he has to live up to!
I may or may not be blasting 2 Become 1 right now. There is a severe thunderstorm going on so when I say blast, I do really mean it. Have you ever seen that video of Kristen Bell reacting to the sloth? Go watch it because that is basically what I did when this whole proposal started playing out OH MY GOD PERFECTION. And he asked Susan to help pick out the ring nyeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
I apologise. This review was supposed to be epic and completely serious but it’s descended into emotional drivel.
Thank you for this amazing story. You have brightened so many of my days with it.
Too good, too excellent, Carole! You do us readers justice, indeed.
Now have a glass of wine to celebrate.
Author's Response: I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. And maybe write another fic. A follow up. Smirk and Snarkiness awaits!
Giggling over this review and delighted at the response. This was such a joy to write. I was on a serious high for the majority of it, only getting stuck towards the end as I pondered that darn Harville speech and who I had most sympathy for out of Hector and Byron (Hector as it turned out, but I think that was 'cause I loathed Vanessa as well - ha ha)
Thank you so much for all your reviews and for reading and squeeing in equal measure. I'm pleased you appreciated the Septima and Daphne scene. I couldn't end it totally happily because I don;t think that would have suited either of their characters. Daphne was too hurt and angry, and Septima still thinking no one is quite good enough for her. Really, I think she just wanted Daphne to be a 'better' version of Honoria who wouldn't marry and would stay at Hogwarts.
Ah, Dennis, yes ... that was a little last minute, so I'm glad it fits. Knowing Charity had been a part of Septima's life meant I was loathe to not mention her in the epilogue. And I want Dennis to have some resolution and purpose in his life -sob-.
Oh, right, i don't know what else to say except I'm annoyed with myself for not hooking them up earlier because Daphne and Lee aren't in my other stories :(
Thanks again ~Carole~
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh cliff hanger! I am intrigued as to how Byron is going to fit into Tracey and Kevin's lives, and I'm excited that you've gone down a different route by keeping Kevin alive. Eeeeeeeeee what is next???
Also, I loved sassy Daphne making everyone uncomfortable at the breakfast table haha.
Author's Response: Yeah, Daphne has kinda strayed from Ann in this version, although I think she still feel certain obligations. I didn;t want to kill Kevin off. I'm far too soft - sigh. Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ~Carole
This is lovely, Gina. Sad, of course, and a little bit heartbreaking, but lovely. The way you built up their friendship (or their relationship, rather) was really well done. I believed in them. It's like a series of missing moments that could fit right into canon.
And ending on that hopeful note at the end made it even more poignant.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading this, Julia! And for the lovely review. I'm so glad you believed in them, that means I wrote something right, at least, lol. Yes, it's sad, but there is that bit of hope at the end. Rosmerta really is happy for him, and she does find someone. Maybe I'll make a claim on it, lol. I'm thrilled it fit into canon so well. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!! ~Gina :)
While Natalie is seething with envy, I am suffering from embarrassment that I could never write something so moving and understated. Also, because I was sitting in a cafe when I read this and had to hide my emotional breakdown when the fic ended.
This is so beautiful. I love the structure you've used, I love the imagery, I love the way you capture both Colin and Dennis and their relationship. Your story may be subtle on the surface but it is bubbling with undercurrents of such intense loss. Suppressing my tears in public was a mission and a half, just so you know.
And the ending. Oh the ending. I can see that photograph, with a blurry barely visible Colin, so vividly in my mind. GUH.
I've read a few things by Emily Perkins but not that short story collection so I am going to order it from the library right now haha.
I am not surprised at how moved I was by this fic. You wrote it. I knew what I was getting myself into. But you continually blow me away, and each fic of yours that I delve into is like unwrapping an unexpected gift.
Author's Response: Julia! ♥ What a lovely surprise :D
And ak;jshiulasd what amazing compliments you left. :O It really makes me happy to hear that reviewers have engaged with this little story on such a deep emotional level. Out of all the stories on my page, this is the one I've enjoyed writing the most, but it's also the least original :P So yeah, I myself probably wouldn't be able to come up with such a style or structure.
Colin and Dennis ♥ I'm so glad you liked the ending! There was meant to be a shift in tone or something, I dunno; I have this feeling that Dennis will be alright. In time.
The snapshot format is from the Perkins story, as is the first sentence, and most of the structure is heavily based on her story so I can't take credit for any of that. But if I know EP's writing (and I think I know it a bit), she'll have been influenced by other writers as well, and this is a style I've seen crop up a few times in short stories. Also, I've heard that it's not so much whether an idea is original or not, but it's how that idea is presented is what matters (EP said that herself; during my uni days I did a one-off creative writing course and she was the lecturer bahaha).
Gakhjasf Julia thanks so much for this amazing review! You're one of the first authors whose work I started reading and loving when I just joined this site sometime last year, so it means heaps to hear this sort of praise from you! ♥
I was a bit nervous when I started this fic. I'm not usually one for Student/Teacher romances and Oliver is so young at the beginning but you blew my expectations out of the water with the way you develop several sensitive storylines. The development of Charity and Oliver is spaced out over many years, and the way they go from a purely student/teacher dynamic to something more is very tastefully done, which I wasn’t sure would be possible. Serves me right for doubting the Great Croll! What was I even worrying about?!?!
The chemistry between Charity and Oliver in the later years is deliciously sexy, and, well, I certainly enjoyed that aspect of the fic haha. But that's hardly news.
I also thought the backstory of Charity really fleshed her out from a character we know not much about apart from her occupation and death, into someone who not only fits into the Potterverse, but was interesting and emotionally compelling. I was moved by this fic in many parts and while it is not a comforting read all the time, it is unputdownable.
By the last chapter, I was dreading the end, knowing what we do about Charity's death, but I love the way you finish things on such a hopeful and happy note. It's bittersweet in the scheme of things, of course, but I love it all the same.
Author's Response: Sorry I've taken so long to reply. I won;t lie, not only did your review blow me away, but I have a lot of emotional connections to this fic. (No, I haven't had a student/teacher relationship - ha ha)
Basically, I've always felt that Charity's death was so empty and sad. We never know the woman, never get to see her POV except that she defended Muggles and Muggleborns and her death is so horrific.
The other reason is that (as you probably know) the proverb about the Walnut Tree is used in Foyles War. I was watching that and wrote the proverb down because I really wanted to use it somewhere. So basically, I have Charity and Foyle tugging at me.
I couldn't end this on a sad note, just as I couldn't end DNW with Oliver grieving for Cedric, or Teenage Witch with Charity's death. I don't like sad endings, but knowing they are there does make you rethink the ending of your own stories.
Thank you again ~Carole~
Wow. This fic is gorgeous and I am so happy that I’ve had the pleasure of reading it.
I love the way you contrast Victory Day - and the mourning and grief that would go along with it each year - with Victoire’s birthday, and the way she might be overlooked on those big anniversaries, like the tenth, fifteenth, twentieth. I thought it was a great way to show the development of the Teddy/Victoire relationship, but also to expand Teddy as a character. His contemplation of life after the war and what it means for him, his family, and his generation, was all very well done and even made me look at things in ways I never have.
I really liked how his relationship with Andromeda and Harry is shown early on, and the way he can intuitively tell when his metamorphosis upsets people. I also found the conversation with Harry at the end to be particularly powerful. It shows how Teddy has matured throughout the fic from young child to resentful teen, to thoughtful young man, as well as exploring his relationship with Harry even further.
This fic both moved me and informed me. It is beautifully developed and thought-provoking.
Congratulations on the QSQ award. It is thoroughly deserved.
This is amazing. I cannot believe you only had one other review. It is dark, of course, but the voice you captured, the structure, the way it is both compelling and disturbing at the same time - these all add up to something brilliant. I particularly loved the structure, the way you separated it into the stages of pregnancy. I've read a number of Merope fics, all fantastic and moving, but there is something different about yours. Perhaps it is the way you built up Merope's character. I pity her but unlike other fics, I don't like her. I think you gave a new take on her and I really enjoyed that. Or perhaps it is because you didn't focus on the relationship between Tom and Merope but only showed the end. I just really think the way you chose to structure the fic, the narrative voice you chose, and the characterisation are all brilliant. Sorry to repeat myself.
Keep up the great writing. I can't wait to read more from you.
Author's Response: Hello Julia :) Gah! What an amazing surprise review! I certainly wasn't expecting any more reviews for this story; perhaps the subject matter wasn't too appealing to many readers. Oh, I'm so glad you liked the structure and characterisation! This is indeed supposed to be a very character-focused fic; I did have some trouble portraying Merope, and I sort of felt like wasn't writing her with sufficient empathy and all. And I wanted to write Merope without all the trauma and unrequited love and her failed marriage - just as herself, alone and pregnant in the world. I'm glad this turned out well! Gah, you've just heaped ALL THE LOVELY COMPLIMENTS on me :DDDD Thank you so much for your wonderful review again! - teh
Finally I am able to start this fic. Sorry for taking so long, Gina!
This is a wonderful start. I love how warm Charity is. She feels so fleshed out already, especially for someone we don't get to know too well in canon. It comes across particularly well during her brief conversation with Snape - the contrast between his coldness and bitterness and her kind concern. Also, the drinking scene at the end was really lovely. It made me smile. I know that this story cannot have a wholly happy ending in canon but it is compelling all the same and doesn't feel all doom and gloom. It's very... warm.
I loved this first chapter, Gina. I look forward to reading the rest. What a wonderful gift for Carole, too!
Author's Response: Julia! Zomg! Thank you so much for reading this! And thank you for the oh-so-lovely review! Wow! I'm so glad you enjoyed the beginning. It's not much but it's been fun exploring Remus's life during PoA and creating my own Charity to get on with. I hope you enjoy the rest. Thank you again!!! ~Gina :)
Fall??? What on earth would Carole say... Ah hahaha just read her review ;) In all seriousness, I love the way you are building up their relationship with lovely interactions such as this. Also, Rosmerta heheheh.
Author's Response: Yes, Rosmerta - hee hee. And I was trying to build things so I'm glad that came across. I left fall in there just to get a rise from Carole, of course. ;) Thank you so much for the review! I hope you enjoy the rest! ~Gina :)
Oh that was intense! I thought you portrayed Remus's sense of anger, guilt and betrayal so well! My heart ached for him. Poor Remus. Charity was great too. I was cheering her on as she talked Remus back into his rooms ( and bed muahaha). Her firmness was perfect to calm Remus. And oh la la what an ending ;) Can't wait to read more. This is a great holiday read for the Easter break!
Author's Response: Thank you so much Julia! I thought it was fairly intense at times too so I'm glad it came through. Glad you liked how it ended as well. ;) I do feel so bad for Remus because being at Hogwarts at the same time Sirius was breaking must have really brought so many things to the surface that we don't see in the book - we literally just get looks and twitches. So it's been interesting to explore his reactions. Thanks again for reading, I really appreciate the reviews! ~Gina :)
On the day that Teddy Lupin begins his new life with Victoire Weasley, his bride, Lily Potter's heart breaks.
This story was submitted for the Milestone Celebrations competition and was voted into 1st Place. Thank you so much for your support!
This story has also been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next Generation Story.
Oh I think you captured the tragedy of unrequited love so well, Jess. My heart went out to both Lily and Teddy. I'm curious if this fits into the canon of any of your other fics.
I really loved this, Jess :3
I think we've all been there, and we've all known how much it sucks to love someone who is in like with you. :/ It was an impossible situation for both of them. As for other canon, no this doesn't particularly fit with any other story canon of mine, as Teddy is 28 in this and not dead. (yay) Thanks for stopping in. :DDDD
Hahahahaha sounds like someone we know...
Nominated for Best Poem in the 2013 Quicksilver Quill Awards
This is so beautiful, Minna. You always handle structured forms so well and this one is no different. There is something truly lyrical about this poem so I love that you have called it a lullaby because it certainly reads like one. It also reminds me of 'i carry your heart with me' by e.e cummings, which I love. Your poetry gives me so much pleasure, Minna. Never, never stop writing. That is an order.
teh's review pretty much sums up my feelings towards this beautiful fic
Author's Response: I am printing that review and framing it.
Winner of this year's Anniversary Challenge at Poetry, Anyone?
This one has real text.
This is the most pretentious summary I've ever written O.,O
The nose-bleeding smiley should downplay the pretentiousness a little.
I am so sad to see that this has no reviews. I am also ashamed that I haven't been here earlier.
Your prose poems are always a joy to read, Lafonna. A joy to discover. I love the way you create a compelling narrative, along with your beautiful language, style, and rhythm. Each one unfolds as the story unfolds as the words unfold as the characters unfold... you did it with The Absent Guests, and this is reminiscent of that poem while being an entity of its own at the same time. I don't think I am making any sense here. The thing with your prose poems is that they are still very much poems. I think a lot of people struggle with where prose leaves the poetry behind, but you never do.
I love that you chose the Hairy Heart challenge and I love that you chose Umbridge. I love that, while I still despise the woman, you gave me something more to think about.
When you think of Umbridge, you cannot think of Jane: once, a whole.
This is such an apt observation for any character that has fallen from grace, or is despised and seemingly without redemption. It reminds me of the Untold Stories challenge from the Great Hall so many years ago.
Keep on keeping on, Lafonna, because you are as talented as fudge.
Author's Response: UHM. APPARENTLY YAHOOMAIL HAS BEEN SENDING REVIEW NOTIFICATIONS TO MY SPAM FOLDER, DUE TO WHICH I HAVE BEEN DRAGGING THROUGH LIFE WITHOUT THE GLORIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF GREENLEAF REVIEWING MY POEM. WHAT THE EVERLOVING FUDGE.
Oh, that's me. Hehehehe. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am so pleased you liked this, especially as I am nervous of prose poetry :)
Surely the stars should have been shining brighter or the moon look bigger or something. Instead everything looked exactly the same as it had the night before and the night before that.
Arthur faces his worst fear on a perfectly ordinary evening.
I have read this fic so many times now. No matter how many times, though, it never fails to make me feel achingly sad. I just want to lean through my screen and give Arthur a big hug. It is just so touching, without melodrama or insensitivity.
What I also love about this fic is that it’s about characters we rarely see at the forefront of fanfiction, and elderly too! The closest we see to an elderly character in fanfiction is usually Dumbledore, so I just love that it’s about Arthur and Molly, and about something that is sad and momentous, yet at the same time profoundly beautiful. Obviously I have no idea what it is like to live with a spouse for decades and then lose them, but this fic felt so heartfelt and true to their relationship. Saying it’s poignant feels like an understatement.
Arthur is in this sort of aware denial, and I think it’s such a moving image. This fic is really evocative. I felt like I could see and feel everything.
I love this fic even though it makes me want to sit on my bed while a lone tear trickles down my nose.
At the close of his life, the man known as Florean Fortescue remembers. There is much to remember from a life spanning ten centuries, but his mind drifts back to the very beginning of that life, and to his time with Merlin - a relationship that changed him irrevocably.
Oh Minna I absolutely love the set up here. I know all we get in the books is that he must have upset the Death Eaters, somehow, to justify his death, but this is such an intriguing premise. I can't wait to see where you take this.