Just a girl with far too much time on her hands and far too many plot bunnies to contain within her... unfortunately very few of these will ever be finished and posted!
Slightly obsessed with Ginny Weasley.
Oh and I'm kinda incapable of writing anything remotely upbeat, so if everything you read depresses you I do apologise, but thanks for reading anyway!
Summary: You promised yourself you'd never hurt her, but there are times when you wonder if, by protecting her, you are just breaking her.
I really, really enjoyed this. I'm not sure how to convey my emotion without sounding like a slightly hyper two year old, so I'll settle for AMAZING.
The characterisation and development you managed in this was astounding. Considering it's a one shot, I feel like I know both Teddy and Lily perfectly. Nothing Teddy did surprised me, because you developed him so well from the cautious ten year old boy to the thirty two year old man.
Lily... perfect. Exactly how I imagine her to be, chatty and confident on the surface but more complex underneath. The snapshots were of perfect length, enough to deeply explore the different stages of their relationship, but not so long that it felt laboured. The second person narrative was interesting too, as it allowed you to explore Teddy's character more deeply without getting bogged down in his noble/self-sacrificing nature.
Oh and the fact you had Harry be the one to tell Lily to 'be proactive' was amazing, as it totally fits with his character and how supportive he was of Remus and Tonks, and of how many relationships (including his own) suffered because of people's inability to be proactive and act on their feelings.
The comparisons you drew between Teddy/Lily and Remus/Tonks were amazing, and I may actually have to start shipping Teddy/Lily after reading this. In case you hadn't gathered by now, I love it. I think some stories change how you look at certain characters and this is definitely one of them, as I've previously been a firm advocate of Teddy/Victoire.
On that note, I like how you didn't brush over the Teddy/Victoire relationship, and simply had it as a stage Teddy had to go through to develop and learn, much like Ron with Lavender.
I think I may have to add this to my favourites...
Author's Response: Hey Fenella! Your review has left me with many warm tinglies! Eep, I am so excited when I am able to convince people of a pairing they wouldn't ordinarily ship, so I'm glad it worked :) Thank you so much for all your lovely comments, they really made me happy :) Maple
Summary: The year is 1543, and the heir to the Malfoy estate, Lucius, encounters the young Lady Elizabeth Tudor in the grounds of Hatfield House. It is a meeting, he later discovers, of his mother's engineering, for it is of the utmost importance that he strikes up a friendship with the King's daughter. But the Lady Elizabeth has a powerful protector in her governess, and only the highest political machinations can overcome the will of Kat Champernowne.
In the ensuing Tudor power struggle, no one factored love into the equation, least of all Elizabeth.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, but I think you know that by now.
This is Equinox Chick with her fourth entry for The Great Hall Cotillion.
Woah. I loved this story (and how quick you've been updating), it was such a fascinating coupling and I loved how much history was interwoven with the plot. But what I really, really loved was the curveball at the end. I did not see that coming at all! Actually, the thought did cross my mind when she named him Arthur but I was still caught completely off guard when all was revealed! Amazing. Sorry for the rubbish review but I'm still in shock! Oh how I'd love this to become canon!
Author's Response: Thank you, Fenella. I updated quickly because I had it all written , plus it was for the Cotillion, so I needed it all posted before 1st March. I have to admit that I'm pleased the way this turned out. I'd had the idea before Christmas, but you know what it's like, most ideas never work or don;t turn out the way you think they will. This did deviate from the original idea as I discovered a lot more of the facts rather than relying on the film 'Elizabeth' but the end scene with Lucius was the first thing I thought of.
Thanks again for reviewing ~Carole~
Summary: It's the longest start but the end's not too far away... It took Ron and Hermione years to finally get together but after just eighteen months everything is starting to crumble around them.
I found this a really tough story to read, not because it wasn't written well, but actually the polar opposite: it was written too well. It was too believable that Ron and Hermione would get themselves into this situation, and that's what made it so heartbreaking and frustrating. Your characterisation of them both was dead on, and this is one of the few times I've felt Ron's true spirit has been captured by someone other than JK, so many others get him so totally wrong yet you haven't, you've shown insight into his faults whilst still understanding the positive aspects of his character and not making him into the dim cliche that it can be so easy to. I like how you kept to canon, whilst still deeply exploring the fractures in their relationship, and not glossing over the fact that they do rub each other up the wrong way; always have done and always will do. I think this is honestly the best Ron/Hermione fic I've ever read, as it's almost painful in it's brutal honesty about their characters and how life and relationships aren't perfect, yet this is what makes it so good. For me, the ending was perfect, as you had them acknowledge the fact they have some major hurdles to overcome, but still restoring that hope that they will do so. The line: "I know. I'm not trying to fix everything... I'm -- I'm promising that I won't ever stop trying to." really captures this for me, and perfectly encompasses their relationship. Also, your inner monologue of Hermione's thoughts after Ron's (second) proposal so perfectly captured the essence of her need for logic and reason, whilst showing how she is still capable of emotion and how she's can overcome this: 'This was a decision that took deep thought and careful consideration. It needed time and logical reflection. Pro and con lists. Serious internal debate. An objective plan for the future. Research. Eight hours sleep and a healthy breakfast. A clear head.'
I don't really know what else to say other than that, truly, you should be really proud of what you've achieved as not many people are capable of creating such a painfully believable story, and even fewer can truly understand the Ron/Hermione dynamic. Thank you for a wonderful read.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! Ron is my favourite character in the series and I love him as much for his flaws as his strengths so it really means a lot for you to compliment my characterisation. Same with his relationship with Hermione. Everything in canon shows that they are going to have these moments when they get caught up in drama, but deep down they mean the world to each other. Fairytale, ride-off-into-the-sunset romances may happen, but this isn't one of them. But, like you said, that is what makes these two so much fun to write/read. Anyway, thank you so much for the lovely review! It totally made my day. Hope you enjoy the last couple of chapters :)
Summary: 31st October, 2001. Hermione, at the end of an average day at work, remembers a not-so-average day she had ten years ago that changed her life in every way. Trio friendship fic.
This was the funniest, sweetest and most touching story I've read in a hell of a long time.
All three of them were characterised perfectly, and the camaraderie between them, especially between Harry and Ron, was captured especially well.
Seriously, you had me crying with laughter.
Sorry for the bumbling review, but this was honestly so funny and so touching, which isn't always easy to achieve.
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed the bromance - it was fun to write. And it's nice to know this was apparently as enjoyable to read as it was to write. The trio are great to play with when they are being all chummy. And I will forgive your bumbling (but mainly lovely) review if you forgive my bumbling reply :)
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.
Crying my eyes out and I promise to come back and review this properly when I've recovered, but for now let me say that you captured his grief painfully well.
Author's Response: Thanks for this review and sorry for making you cry. I hoped you enjoyed it anyway :)
Summary: When Sirius Black was taken to Azkaban, he left someone behind. After his escape, he and the woman he loved struggle to put their lives back together, with many complications along the way. See the events from GoF to HBP from another point of view. Sirius/Emmeline Vance.
I'm really enjoying this, it's refreshing to look at this period from an alternative, more adult perspective.
I do have a minor nitpick though, Arthur comments that he knew the incident at the World Cup had nothing to do with Sirius, but at this point it was only the Trio, Dumbledore and Remus etc that were aware Sirius was innocent, thus it doesn't make sense for Arthur to be saying this. This is backed up by the fact that Sirius is not revealed to the Weasleys to be innocent until the end of GoF.
That's not a criticism of your story though, as I am really enjoying this and particularly your characterisation of Remus.
Author's Response: Thanks for the nitpick! As I was writing it, I was trying to remember when the Weasleys learned about Sirius. Guess I goofed! I'm chalking it up to artistic license :)
Summary: There's a reason that adults don't usually play hide and seek - especially when they are nothing more than overgrown children.
I am consistently amazed by your ability to capture the core characters so perfectly, to a standard few but JKR herself reach. This was a wonderful piece, it had me crying with laughter because it was not only incredibly funny (the scene with Charlie in particular!), but all too believable! The dialogue and banter between all the characters was perfect, and the subtle hints (for lack of a better word) of underlying romance between Harry and Ginny were lovely because it captured their relationship perfectly, without it being the focus of the storyline.
Seriously, this was amazing. You managed to pack so much into such a short piece, and as ever from you it was done to a remarkable standard.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I've never written a full Hinny fic so I am happy that you enjoyed those parts. The bit with Charlie was added while I was writing so it's nice that it went down well. And I really don't know what else to say because this review was so overwhelmingly nice. So yes, thank you very much :)