I cant write. However, a lot of talented people in here can, and I love to let them know how much I apprecaite their work.
Having reading this made me laugh, cry and be furious at Ron for being such a one-minded arse. I really, really like this story. You're on my list ;-) Also, I think it is rather fun that you called Ginny and Harrys son Sirius, when thats the "actual" boy's middle name. It was kinda obvious that it might come up, but stil ^^
My lip was trembling through this entire chapter. I so, so, so, so and million more so hope that this has a happy ending!
Oh joy! *wiping away tears of happiness* I was expecting professor Dumbledore to have some kind of explanation and somehow magically(lol) cure her. I feel genuinely sad for Lily losing her memories, but yay! That it would turn out like this. Your James is wonderful.
Your expert penwork left me in tears. Never before have I enjoyed a dark/angsty so much. I thank you for submitting this and letting the world come to knowledge of Pomona's abandoned faith, Seamus' helplessness, Theo's forbidden sorrow and Hagrid's guilt.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review. This story is one of my personal favourites although it took a fair bit out of me- especially the Hagrid part. I really appreciate your words. ~Carole~
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 have been checking my email daily for ANY updates on Mugglenet, and when I finally got the message that this was out, I actually did a little happy-dance and squealed.
Please make this your fulltime job. I'll be more than happy to walk around the streets collecting for you ^_~
On the contrary, I find long stories with lots of details where you really get under the skin of the characters among the best ones. It's not all plot, ye ken!
This story is a brilliant version of how James and Lily ended up together, and I especially love the way that they are portrayed as both vulnerable and somewhat feisty, and very like each other!
Good job, Gmariam! Keep it up!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm so glad you are enjoying this. I don't know about brilliant, but I was definitely going for vulnerable, as well as stubborn and scared and proud - and very much alike. So hopefully they'll figure that out, lol. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Oooooh, the tension! ^^
No, I love your portrayal of Tom, and Lydia is quite possibly the best OC I have ever heard of. Congratulations on avoiding Sue-ism so perfectly.
Another thing that has really caught my eye with this story is the way the characters talk to each other - their slightly slower, more formal way of talking makes an incredible atmosphere. Also, you have a wonderful imagination; how on earth did you come up with the dancing in the flames? I can't thank you enough for those mental images.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I love writing Lydia and it's actually a relief that you don't see her as Mary-Sue. I find it difficult to keep her flawed enough to be realistic while keeping her gifted enough to maintain Tom's interest. As for the fire dance... I can't be positive but I think that was a by-product of a line from one of the early episodes of Heroes (which I only discovered over the summer). Claire Bennet says something along the lines of "I walked through fire and wasn't burned." I was really struck at the time that Lydia is 'playing with fire' by remaining close to Tom and that she had yet to be burned so I think that's where the idea came from. It's hard to say for sure because this particular chapter was first drafted a while ago.
Thanks again for your review, Hypatia
Finally, this story was updated. Thank you for that! I found this chapter wellwritten, detailed, although somewhat... plotless. I must've missed the climax(of this chapter). But as a filler-chapter this is brilliant!
Author's Response: Not to worry: you didn't miss the climax! I wouldn't exactly call this chapter 'filler', maybe 'builder'. The events that transpired in this chapter are ones which Voldemort will consider of significance when he reflects on his relationship with Lydia years later. Also, Lydia's Patronus being an eagle is of more significance that her being in Ravenclaw: according to animal symbolism (or at least the webpage that I was consulting) the eagle "retrieves lost soul parts".
As for the slowing of updates: I apologize but there's not a lot I can do about it. I now work a LOT more hours than I previously did. Thanks for your review! :)
There's something Lily's been waiting to hear since Harry said his first word.
Written in anticipation for Deathly Hallows, part two.
Nominated for the 2011 Best Dark/Angsty QSQ. Thank you, Maple!
Why, why, why did I read this? I didn't want to cry that much right now!
I think this might be one of the stories that makes you shed a tear every single time you read it, even though you know hows its going to end.
Author's Response: I'm sorry to have upset you so much. D:
Response to my earlier review:
No, definately don't be. It was an excellent story, and you should be proud that you can bring forth that many emotions ^^
Author's Response: Oh, good, I'm glad I didn't ruin your day, or something. Thank you!
How I envy you being able to writ something like this. I loved the description of Bill's and Fleur's wedding in the books, and getting another one here was perhaps my favorite part of this entire story.
Also the brief mentioning of "Apple-Queen" had me smiling, remembering the very beginning of this story. I can't believe it is over, and I will have to be VERY careful to not consider this canon. Good job, Carole - you should have won a prize for this.
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review. I have to admit that Bill and Fleur's wedding was on my mind as I wrote this chapter - mainly because I loved the way Molly made everyone work so hard - hee hee.I did actually win the Best Next Gen Quick Silver Quill award for High which I was incredibly pleased about as I have adored writing this story and setting some of my head canon on the boards.
Thank you once again. It is much appreciated. ~Carole~
Man, I never would have thought it would be possible for me to hate Narcissa like that. I always knew Lucius was sort of sick, but her as well? Wow. You are a great writer and even though you might be sad about it ending so soon, I cant wait too see how it ends! Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review, Yeah, Narcissa is horrible, but she's been brought up a certain way and thinks Scorpius should just knuckle down. Plus she's guarding her husband's memory. She did love him, after all. Thanks again ~Carole~
Nominated for Best General Story in the 2012 Quicksilver Quills Awards
I liked this story, although the fact that Slytherin would fall for Hufflepuff and vice versa seems unlikely to me.
You writing style is a teensy bit oldfashioned(I don't know if this was intended for the story or not), which adds a great atmosphere to the story - after all, it all happened more than a thousand years ago, right? XD
Oh, and you have great descriptions - you manage to walk the golden path between simple and flowery perfectly!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing. Admittedly Salazar/Helga is less easy than, say, Ravenclaw/Slytherin (except Rowena married someone else), but Helga's the most understanding of the lot, I think, and might be able to see past their differences. Honestly, though, I have no defined OTP; I just like playing with it. Glad you enjoyed despite your uncertainty about the pairing :D
Excellent! Pure wonderfulness!
Not only is the story wellwritten and very detailed(as always), but just the IDEA of describing a Christmas on the run is - well, excellent!
You really get under the skin of the characters, always described with amazing details that even though they are not "in plain sight", are impossible to miss. I was sitting with glistening eyes through the whole thing.
I bow to thee, queen of Potter-fanfiction, and wish you a merry Christmas and happy New year!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for this review. To tell you the truth I thought this was too dull for people, but I wanted to show the monotony of their life on the run and also how it was the little things they missed the most and also how the little things they had made all the difference.
Your review made all the difference to me today, thanks again.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year, too. ~Carole~