Summary: This fic is a series of missing moments from the time H/R&H were at Shell Cottage, beginning immediately after they Disapparated from Malfoy Manor. JKR shows us what was going on with Harry, but this is my version of what could have happened with Ron and Hermione after one of the most emotional/disturbing events in the entire series.
UPDATED June 2010 When I first wrote this fic, I didn't know what a beta reader was, and frankly, it showed. Thanks so much to Natalie for helping me polish this up and make it more readable. Thanks also to both Julia and Carole, whose helpful comments in the review section allowed me to make some much-needed corrections during the rewrite. I would love to know what you think ~ reviews are very much appreciated!
This was nominated in the 2010 Quicksilver Quill Awards for Best Canon Romance.
Beautiful! The entire time I read the series, I often contemplated the stories of the other members of "The Trio" yet never really thought of the trauma (mental as well as physical) that both Ron & Hermione must have endured at Malfoy Manor. Why this never really occurred to me, I am not sure; perhaps it was the thrill of getting on in the rest of the adventure, but that doesn't truly explain it either. Never in my nearly 43 years of life have I been so consumed by a group of fictional people. So much so, my husband worries about me a bit I'm afraid. LOL. Thank you for the exceptional look into R & H's mindset. I admit I half wished you would go on to write more from their perspective. Perhaps the final battle? Maybe you have and therefore I will look into more of your stories to see. If not, maybe you would consider writing it? I for one would surely enjoy it. ~Renee~
Author's Response: Hi Renee. You are a rarity around here... and by that I mean, almost the same age as me. ;) I have never been so consumed by fictional characters either, and my husband sometimes shakes his head as well. Hehe.
Just thought I would make a second comment. I have read the entire series aloud to my husband ( his name is Ron lol and although he loves a good book, he doesn't like to read-go figure). While he is not as consumed as I am, he certainly enjoys the series and so I read this piece to him just now and he was just as impressed as I was. I wasn't sure he would enjoy all the romance, but surprise surprise, he DID!! Go you! He chuckled out loud several times and stated that you captured the tone of the characters very well and if it werent for the fact that he knew it wasn't JK herself writing, he would have believed it was her, I don't know if JK ever does take the time to read any fanfic, but I have to believe she would be quite pleased with your spin. We (Ron & I) agree that you stayed very true to the charActer's true selves. Congratations! Oh, and yes you are right, R/Hr are off by themselves alot in the final battle. (What exactly went on in th COS anyway besides the obvious). Hurry and write, I don't want to wait too long to find out lol. I saw in your other comments that you attended the midnight showing of DH1. So did we! I am sure we were the oldest ones dressed up and in line for hours but it was GREAT!!! Since we are close in age, would you like to correspond outside of here? I am on fb and also have AIM. Would love to have someone to share this all with because honestly, my friends think I'm a bit nutty about all this. Let me know and I will send contact info.
Author's Response: Renee, you are cracking me up! We totally thought we would be the oldest ones too, and there were three couples in there with GRAY hair. Woohoo! I definitely think you should email me if all this flattery is to continue. LOL. If you go to my author page, I think you can send me a message. Tell your hubby I said Thanks!
Summary: It has been nineteen days since the war ended. For everyone involved, it's time to move on and rebuild but can they after everything that has happened?
I have read the first four chapters in the span of about a half hour. Couldn't put it down. The Bogart scene between Percy and Ron were heart wrenching for me. I don't know why but I hadn't really thought about the fact that Ron would so obviously be changed by the events at Malfoy Manor. I mean to say that I never thought about a bogart changing from the spiders of his youth to Hermione's torture. But it's obvious that it would be so. Thank you for some excellent storytelling. The scene with Hermione and her dad was also hard to bear. As a mother, you want to think your children would be able to share their deepest hurts with you. Mostly because you have tended to their hurts from day one. The movement from adolescence into adulthood is wretched enough, but add in the horrific trauma these kids endured, makes it even worse. I cannot imagine, either form Hermione's POV or her dads. I look forward to reading more. You are on my favorites list. ;)
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing! Wow - quick reading! I think Malfoy Manor changed everyone who was there - good and bad - so I was hoping to show that. I think Hermione wants to want to open up to her dad but doesn't want to for several reasons. Obviously it's hard on both of them. Thank you for adding me to your favourites list :)