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 am glad to see James is going out with his friends at the end of this chapter. It sounds like he needs a break - James snapping at the other Marauders? That is just wrong! James is right to stay away from Anastasia - she is quite the predator. It will be interesting to read if he can avoid her clutches in the future. Poor Cynthia - she sounds quite nice. I hope it isn't James she is after. Thanks for the update!
Author's Response: And thank you for the review! I love hearing your thoughts since I know what's coming for those two girls, lol. And yes, he does need a break, doesn't he? Thanks again for the review! ~Gina :)
Hmmm. It was good to read Lily and James having a semi-civilized conversation. Too bad they didn't have the study date! Thank you for the update! Wasn't the movie good? It was missing some great bits from the book but overall I thought it was well done.
Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks for the review! And yes, I enjoyed the movie tremendously. For as much as they leave out or twist in rather odd ways, it's still so exciting to see it all come to life. I found it very, very emotional. Thanks again for the review, I'm glad you are enjoying the story! ~Gina :)
Lily and James are so far apart in this story I don't know how you can get them together! James turned in his badge. I wonder how Lily will feel about that. What did Dumbledore say to her? I understand that James broke dueling etiquette, but was Lily so horrified because she was allergic to cats or was there some other reason? Thank you for another good update.
What an intense flashback! It is well written. My daughter asked recently if you had injured James in this story and I told her not yet. Here it is, I guess, in the past! Mark seems nice - a younger version of James (only maybe not so cocky!). Anastasia is a hussy - but give her credit for knowing what she wants and gong for it! Thank you for a new chapter!
Author's Response: Hello there! Your review brought such a smile to my face - actually, I laughed to think that your daughter knows my writing so well as to ask if I've hurt James yet, lol. My circle of writer friends here on MNFF tease me about the same thing. I apparently have very mixed up ideas of romance, or at least of James! I like your comment about a younger version of James - hm, maybe that's why Lily likes him? ;) And I'm so glad you enjoyed the flashback. Thank you so much for the lovely review, i hope you enjoy the rest! ~Gina :)
Lily is a mess! Sirius is spot on in his comments and observations to Lily. He and Remus are awesome in your story. I feel sorry for Mark - he deserves better but not Lily.
Great duel! Nice use of vocabulary, too. I had to look up porlock - I have never seen that word before (I just shared it with my kids and husband, too). Lily needs to quit blaming James for her problems and face up to her own feelings. Thanks for a great update!
Finally some good news! The last few chapter left me feeling hopeless and sad. It is good to read James and Sirius as friends again. Anastasia is a piece of work. Too funny about her thinking that James and Sirius are a couple and Anastasia trying for the pair of Blacks. I'm enjoying this story even with all the angst. I trust you will eventually let my favorite characters find happiness together. Thanks for the update.
I can't imagine a very productive conversation betweet James and Lily in the rain after losing the quidittch match. It is good to see Lily taking some initiative but maybe another time would be better? Thanks for the update!
Some pretty hurtful words were spoken by James here - "Why would I ever want to talk to you again, Lily, when all we ever do is fight?" "Why should I believe you any more than you believed me?" "Welcome to the other side." "I can't work with you anymore." and the saddest of all, "I hate trying to hate you." Your Lily is so slow to recognize her feelings. James may do well to show great caution in light of her actions (kissing him) particularly since she ran off right after and left him alone in the rain. Thank you for the update - it is good to see Lily finally opening up.
Hilarious premise! I laughed and laughed! It is so funny to imagine the Dark Lord who has virtually no patience with his own followers trying to be patient with or understand a teenager! I look forward to more updates - thank you for writing!
This is a sweet little story! I am sorry I didn't see it before Christmas but it makes a nice New Year gift to your readers. Lily's gift to James was quite funny - what she wanted! James' confusion was really entertaining. Thank you so much!
A proposal during a duel with Deatheaters? James is so impulsive - it was amusing that Sirius was literally in the middle of the proposal. The scenes with Voldemort were appropriately frightening. I look forward to reading what happens next.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed the start. I actually wrote that proposal as a drabble a while ago and never imagined it would grow into a story. Thanks for reading, I appreciate it as always! ~Gina :)
Oh my, this story has certainly taken a darker turn. I suppose I'll have to wait and see if Dumbledore has any ideas to help Lily. Obliviation comes to mind but would that take away the curse? Poor Lily (poor James, too)!
Author's Response: Yes, it gets a bit dark, I suppose. They did defy him three times and it couldn't have been a simple 'No' so I've giving it a go.Good thinking on the Obliviation! ;) Thanks for the review!! ~Gina :)
Stubborn man - he couldn't just believe what Dumbledore told him and had to see for himself, I suppose. I am sorry for Lily - she is clearly not in control of herself. James is lucky to have survived this little tete a tete with his fiancee. I look forward to reading how you resolve this complication. It'll be difficult for Harry to be born if this little curse doesn't go away!
Author's Response: I'm a canon girl, you know, so obviously Harry will be born, lol. I could see James as stubborn. Harry seems to have a streak, after all. And no, Lily is not in control. It is sad for her. Thank you for reading, I appreciate the review! ~Gina :)