Summary: It's Valentine's Day, seventh year, and James Potter is determined to make it one to remember. Unfortunately, so many things go wrong that Lily Evans will probably remember it for all the wrong reasons.
I am with James here - what the heck? Could their day get any starnger? After a rotten time in Hogsmeade and a less than smooth trip back to the castle, a strange room appears? You have certainly kept me guessing in this story but I trust you that Lily and James will have a better end to their day than the parts add up to at this point. Thank you as always for writing a story that is sooo enjoyable to read!
Author's Response: I know, right? It just kept piling on, didn't it? Poor guy. ;) Yes, I think things will end up better for James and Lily eventually. You know I love them too much! Thank you so much for the review, it made me smile! I'm glad you are enjoying the story and do hope you enjoy the last chapter! Thanks again!! ~Gina :)
I can't wait to read more! Poor James - who sabotaged his daisies? Thank you for such a fun start!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed the beginning. I have no idea who sabotaged the daisies. ;) I hope you enjoy the rest of their last Valentine's Day. Thanks!! ~Gina :)
I loved it but am beginning to feel sorry for James - the day has been a bit of a bummer for him! Hopefully they will get their happy ending soon? Thank you for an great chapter.
Author's Response: Er...um...sure. Happy ending soon. ;) I have to tell you, though, if you are feeling sorry for him, you might not like the next chapter. ;) But the day is almost over, just a bit more to go. I'm glad you liked it, though! Thanks again for leaving such nice little notes!! ~Gina :)
What a nice Valentine's gift - a good laugh! I have no sympathy for Sirius. He deserves a payback from Lily. I look forward to reading more - thank you so much for writing!
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter and laughed! Thank you so much for the review. I'll be posting the next chapter this week and hope you like what other calamities befall our couple. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Oh my - will James survive Valentine's Day? The arithmancy prediction about his soulmate was depressing in its accuracy (as it should be). Thank you for a great update!
Author's Response: Oh, of course he'll survive - you know me. But since you know me, you know how much I do like to beat him up. ;) The Arithmancy prediction was a bit depressing and unexpected, I have to admit. I hope you enjoy the next chapter - thank you for continuing to read this story! I really appreciate hearing from you. :) ~Gina :)
It was awkward, funny, sweet, touching and sad. It was too funny that she kissed him as he fell asleep. You were right to up the story rating (although my 12 year old was annoyed that she couldn't finish the story) but I agree that James deserved it and it was nice to see Lily actively pursuing the relationship, too. Thank you so much for writing another James/Lily that resonates with me!
Author's Response: Thanks again! I know I sent you an email but forgot to respond here. I still feel bad she couldn't finish the end. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, especially the bit with him falling asleep. I laughed to myself as I wrote that, lol. And I'm glad you agree that James deserved that particular ending, even if it meant a warning on the story. Thanks so much for all the lovely reviews, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)
Summary: A lonely figure walks down the street, long auburn hair trailing behind her in the blustery wind. She pulls a red wool coat snug around her, gloved hands tucked into pockets as she wanders the sidewalk, glancing up at the shop fronts. She is young, but her face is lined with sadness, as if searching for something she has lost. Her green eyes long for answers.
Across the way a young man stops and stares at the woman in the red coat, hardly daring to believe it might be her. And yet as she turns and walks back up the street, he knows it is, and his heart stops beating for a moment. He blinks, just to see if she will disappear from his life once more, like she did over a year ago.
Nice. This is really different but just as good as all your other stories. It is certainly very melancholy with Lily obviously looking for her past (even if subconsciously). I like how she immediately "recognizes" James. Her soul recognizes what her brain can not yet. I look forward to reading more. Thank you so much for sharing your stories.
Author's Response: Thank you, once again, for such a nice review! It is a bit different for me, so I'm glad you enjoyed it. "Her soul recognizes what her brain can not yet." Exactly! I'm so glad you picked up on that, that makes me so happy! That's exactly how I feel about these two. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Lily is really a different person, isn't she? I wonder how she'll feel about her new life once her memory returns (or will it?)? I like the scene at Ollivander's. Ollivander recognizes that she is not the same person and so needs a different sort of wand. Interesting update. I am no Lily/Snape fan either. I am so glad she is showing no sentimentality toward him. Thanks for writing- it is always a pleasure to read your work.
Author's Response: Hello! Thank you so much for continuing with the story and for leaving such a nice review! I'm glad you are enjoying this different look at Lily. I'm hoping to wrap it up soon. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Summary: "Do you remember me?" he asked.She did, but she wasn't sure what to feel about a guy who had suddenly reappeared after a decade. But over the next twenty-four hours, her life was going to change, and all because of him. Written as a birthday present for the too a*****e-for-words Carole/Equinox Chick, who has been a lovely friend and a lovely role model...in more ways than one. Here's hoping you have a great time reading this. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Heartfelt thanks to Kara who I repeatedly harassed on AIM. :D DISCLAIMER: I am definitely not J.K.Rowling. Nominated for a QSQ in the Next Gen Category.
Not a usual pairing but a reallly good story! Thank you for writing!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing! :)
Not a usual pairing but a reallly good story! Thank you for writing!
Summary: Several years after the final battle, Dudley Dursley is struggling to come to terms with his past and the things he has done wrong. His life is turned upside down when he meets a charming young witch and is drawn into a path that leads him back into his cousin's world.
This is fun! I like the idea that Dudley is haunted by his past misdeeds. He and Parvati seem an unlikely pairing but that makes it all the more interesting. Hermione acting as his facilitator at the wedding should be fun to read. Thank you for writing!
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!!
James' life is rather pitiable right now. He is at odds with Lily, feeling isolated from Sirius, awkward around Cynthia and his father is ill. Lily needs to rethink being with Mark - he seems too nice to be used to forget/get passed James. James was ever the Griffyndor in rescuing (and turning down) Anastasia. Thank you for the update!
Some hope at last for my favorite couple! James artful apologies are so cute - I wish I was that talented. Their last dialogue was very sweet. Poor Sirius and Arlienne don't seem to have much hope without more harm coming to Sirius.
I tried to review on the last chapter when it cam out but I got a funny "unauthorized" message and the review didn't post. I'm sorry - I was really happy to see James and Sirius make up. I really like how Arlienne talked to Lily and helped her see what she couldn't see on her own. Thank yo so much for sharing your talents.At times this story has made me very sad but what a good job of storytelling you have done that I care about the characters and what happens to them!
Will you do a flashback on the Hogsmeade incident? I am curious. Lily is quite prickly, isn't she? Poor James is defensive about his appointment to the Head Boy position. Nice start - I like this different take on two of my favorite characters. Thank you for a new story!
Author's Response: Hello! I'm so glad you found my latest! And I'm glad you enjoyed the beginning. No, I'm not planning on any flashbacks at this point. It's just something half-developed in my mind that influences this story quite a bit. Actually, I've sketched out a plan for it to be its own tale, so we'll see. This one is looking long. ;) Thanks so much for the review, I hope you enjoy! ~Gina :)
Lily continues to struggle with James' new position. Sirius is right - she is being a bit bitchy. Hopefully she can loosen up a bit soon? Thanks for another chapter - I look forward to seeing where this story is headed.
Author's Response: Thanks for another review! Yes, she is really struggling with things, but James is too. I suppose I will have to bring that out in later chapters. She does need to loosen up, doesn't she? ;) Thanks again and hope you enjoy, I posted chapter 3 yesterday! ~Gina :)
What a fitting end for Lily and James, finally! The sun was at last shining for them. You didn't tell us what was in the box - what did James get her? You did such a good job of engaging your readers emotion in this story. Those emotions were so extreme at times. Several times while reading your story I felt such sadness at the end of the chapter that I was almost afraid to see what was going to happen in the next chapter. You are such a gifted writer. Thank you again for sharing your talents with our readers.
I loved the prank - and Dumbledore's addition of the pumpkin seeds. I quite feel sorry for James. He's lonely and overstressed by school, Head Boy responsibilites and Quidditch. Lily can't have it both ways - she can't be mad at James. He is doing exactly as she asked. This chapter started out cheerful and finished up rather sad (again). I am glad that James and Cynthia recognized that they were just friends. James and Lily's road to happiness is certainly rocky in this tale! Thank you for the update!.
Great chapter! Hopefully this review will stick. I have had problems with the site for a while. I could read your chapters but not leave a review. It said that I wasn't "authorized" to leave a review or some such rubbish. Anyway - what a great chapter! James is so wonderful. It was so interesting that Lily was sleeping in her "sleep" and that he needed to visit her to make her wake up. Thank you again for writing such an emotional story that has made me sad,hopeful, encouraged and laugh. It really engaged this reader!
Wow - so much bickering between James and Lily. It is so weird to read James being so irritated with Lily. Don't get me wrong - it's highly entertaining but just unusual. Mark has a lot of nerve (for a non Gryffindor) asking Lily out! Remus is awesome as always! Thank you for another great chapter.
Author's Response: I'm tickled that you see this as unusual, as I sort of did want that to come through in this story. Thanks so much for the review, I'm glad you are enjoying it! ~Gina :)
Lily and James seem further apart than ever at the end of this chapter - rather sad! " And you've ended it." That phrase struck a particularly melancholy note in me. Even the passage with Severus was sad - a lost friendship. Thanks for the update - they can't all be sunshine and light. I look forward to the next one as always.
Author's Response: Oooh, you've picked up on a key line - the "And you've ended it." I'm so glad that resonated with you, I found it very poignant as well. You are right, they can't all be sunshine and light - this one was a bit more shadowed, wasn't it? The next one shouldn't be too long...and will just continue to complicate things. Thanks again for the review! ~Gina :)