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Summary: "You did not come here to play chess."
On New Year's Eve, Minerva McGonagall finds herself without the usual distractions of students and staff. She decides there is only one way to solve the puzzle before her, and that she will have to take a rather large chance.
This was a submission for the Redemption Challenge and contains huge howling unavoidable HBP spoilers.
This is a great story. I love the detailed and beautifully written descriptions. They're wonderful. I also like the relationship you have between Minerva and Snape. It is a very intimate friendship, where it is very possible one might secretly love the other.
My only nitpick is where you say "they played chess in silence" or something along those lines. I don't believe that you can play wizards chess in silence. Don't you always say "knight to A4!" and other things like that?
But really, that's such a minor detail that it hardly matters! Great job, I simply love this story so much!
Author's Response: Thanks! I think they probably are friends -- at least, judging by how little they like getting Trelawney placed between them at dinner, there are certainly people they dislike more. Perhaps not close friends. Secretly love? That might be even more awkward than their certain teacher/former-student situation. But there\'s certainly room for it... I agree that wizard chess is usually noisy, but these two have been playing with this set for a long time. Quite possibly they are only pointing and tapping the board for the pieces, and even if they do have to issue the orders that isn\'t really a conversation. I\'ll ponder whether the silence is something I should modify, though; that\'s very alert of you. Thanks again!
A kiss is not just a kiss. After a disastrous Valentine's date with Cho, Harry finds himself alone with Luna and discovers what a kiss should be. Humour and Romance in a story that started with canon and went What If?
I've never thought about Harry / Luna before this, but now I'm definitely a bit more into it. I just wish that you had spent a little more time on Harry and Luna, rather than Harry and Cho. Otherwise, it was perfect :)
Author's Response: I felt I had to set up how awful it was with Cho for Luna to shine by comparison. :D Also, the moment in the dungeon is something that happened in a short space of time, so it couldn't be drawn out, but thank you for wanting more Harry/Luna. I'm afraid HBP made me think Harry's not right for her, sadly, but they'll always have that kiss!
Summary: "I ran up the door, closed the stairs, said my pajamas and put on my prayers, turned off the bed and hopped in the light, all because you kissed me goodnight."- Anonymous...
...Winter Snows Holiday Challenge # 3: A KISS FOR THE AGES...
A fairy-tale and scenic day brewed into a cauldron of war and death. Yet this is the day that will sing her song and change her life forever.
Enter the world of two friends, soon to be lovers!!
My first fic on muggle-net! REVIEW! --
one raffish raconteuse
I loved it! so cute! The girl is Luna but who is the boy? I couldn't figure it out. Nevermind that, it was wonderful!
Summary: The cats at Hogwarts have a world that only they know and understand. They have a part to play in the final year at Hogwarts. Crookshanks and Mrs. Norris have a major part to play when a spell meant for Harry gets them instead.
This story has not been abandoned. Due to having my Daughter, I have not had time to update it, but I do plan on continueing this in the near future.
Wow. This is simply splendid, and a great begining. I don't review very often, but for this story I decided that I should compliment you on your wonderful writing style. It's a very original idea, and I've most certainly never seen anything like it before. Great job!
I love how you portray Crookshanks character. I never gave that much in sight view, but your Crookshanks is very believable. I love how he call's Hermione "his Witch" and "his Hermione." It sounds so protective, and it's very cute.
You have great descriptions. I especially love this: "Crookshanks just brushed past her into the castle. None of the cats totally understood what he felt in his bones. He just knew that he knew things. He also knew that he wasn’t a full blooded cat. There were lots of different cats in the castle. Some of the cats, especially the ones whose masters were in Slytherin House would not even talk to him because of not being full blood. They were just as prejudiced as their Masters."
I like, no love the fact that you give us a view of cat-life at Hogwarts!
I can also compliment you on getting Hermione very much IC (in character).
This is a great example: "He knew that she was clever and smart, but she didn’t have a good sense of who was good and evil. She actually tried to protect that Rat two years back, not that it was actually a rat, but a nasty person in disguise. She even tried to hurt the human that could turn into a big black dog. Crookshanks had been wary of him the first time he saw the black dog. Why would he be out by the Hitting Tree watching his Witch from a distance?"
Lovely. I also like the way Mrs.Norris is portrayed- a lot like Filch. It had me laughing.
However there are a few things that I'm going to criticize. This sentance: "That boy that hangs with my witch needs all the help he can get." Hangs with seems a little too modern for any of the HP characters. I don't think that they ever say "hang out" or anything, so I sort of doubt that the cats do. Also, the end was a bit confusing, and perhaps a bit rushed, but that way just be me.
Well, anyway, I simply love this story! I'm rating it 10/10, and am adding it to my favorites! I'll keep checking back for updates!
Author's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review!! I will definitely keep updating. I will take criticism, advise, or just knowing what you like or don't like. I'll work on keeping things more in the correct time period. :) I'm glad someone is looking forward to the next bit. I have started it, but it probably won't be ready before the holiday break.
Summary: Romance for three couples when Blaise and Luna use Shakespearean styled matchmaking to hook up Ginny and Draco. There's Much Ado about...something!
Nominated for a Quicksilver Quill for Best Romance-Non Canon 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010 mods changed the rules (they got tired of the same fics being nominated ^_~) so no more QQ hopes, but that's okay. No proof is needed that Draco/Ginny = love.
* Written before the HBP, this tale presents an alternate sixth year in which Dumbledore lives, Draco is more than a foil to Harry, and Blaise Zabini is a girl. I hope readers who ship Draco/Ginny will enjoy the story which includes dancing with faeries, Celtic and Norse mythology, school holidays in London and Spain, and loads of fantasy and romance. "Is this a kissing book?" (to quote the Princess Bride) Yes, it is. *
(Warnings were added for safety, due to brief allusions in later chapters, not graphic content.)
You... can't... end... it....here....
Nine chapters left. Wow.
Anyway, Luna and Wesely, adorable as always, even though it was only a dream! Luna as Cinderella was absolutely adorable! Blaise and Terry had fun, too, which was cute. :)
And Ginny's parents! Whoa, their story was so sad! It makes everything all the more understandable. But, seriously. Why can't they see that when they loved each other, no matter what their families thought, then Draco and Ginny truly love each other too? And of course, that they've gotten Draco's character ALL wrong. He's the one who told Ginny that she was too young for sex, it wasn't as if he encouraged her! And remember how he always orders cider instead of champagne!! So sweet! Why can't they see that?
But I'm sure that somehow all this just stregthens their relationship!
Trelawney and Hook... WHOA!! That was just completely unexpected! The crocodile part was charming too!
The ending was so suspenseful, which I think they've been a bit too much lately... :P
Anyway, it's hard to stay mad at you for too long when you write chapters like this one! I love you and your story!!
Author's Response: A lot\'s going to happen in those nine chapters! ;)
Molly has \'issues\' to work through, that\'s for sure. It will take some time for her to come around. Ginny isn\'t going to back down, though, so her mum will have to accept the situation, like it or not! :)
I\'m glad you liked the Hook \'surprise\', and Fred and George, aside from that time they kicked Malfoy\'s arse, are the reasonable ones in the family, so I think you\'ll like their interaction with Draco.
I love your reviews so love abounds! ^_^
Oh, this is awesome! I love the play, the couples, your story... this just made my day! Update soon, please!
Author's Response: 'From your lips to God's ears' is the saying which here translates 'From your keyboard to the moderator's!' LOL Thank you so much for loving the story- your review made my day, and I'm crossing fingers the chap will validate soon and make us all happy! ^_^
Funny, I was listening to Cigarettes and Alcohol when I saw this :)
Wow, the beginning was just so perfect! With Draco acting all protective and stuff to Ginny, and of course I loved how perfect Draco and Ginny just generally are together! And the scene with Molly and Ginny- a mother/daughter moment to treasure.
Blaise and Terry were adorable too, but Lorelei and Hook?? What's going on? I though that Hook was with Trelawney and Lorelei with Snape! Hmmm...
Luna and Wesely were, of course, adoable too! And Wesleys humor only adds to the perfection! THe dragon was awesome, but it sucks that Wesley and Luna didn't get the info they needed.
But the last part with Dracoa and Ginny... oh, sigh. So perfect! I had to reread it at least a million times!
Author's Response: Hook is just trying to intimidate Lorelei into telling him what he wants to know. He isn\'t making a move on her. :D
If Luna and Wesley didn\'t get information, at least they got tea, and loads of book reccomendations
*sigh* I just love Draco and Ginny together! Especially now that they can be out in the open for everyone to see! I love how Draco carries Ginny's books... it's such a simple gesture, but it means so much. :D
Colin seriously needs to back off of Blaise! She's Terry's and he's Mindy's! I hope he doesn't mess this up for all four of them!
Trelawney and Hook together were quite funny :) But now I'm all confuzzled... why did Hook kiss Lorelei when he is clearly still interested in Trelawney? Hmm.
Harry and Draco... it's nice to see them finally get along... some what! I'm already having dreams about happy futures... ah...
Draco and Ginny in Hogsmeade! FINALLY!!! This is the way it should have happened way back in chapter 10-11 ish. I've been looking forward to this for ages! And now it's pretty darn perfect!
Thanks so much for this. :) Your story is the best thing that's happened to me all school year. :)
Author's Response: Ahoy, matey! Hook didn\'t kiss Lorelei. He may have wrapped his hook around her hair, but he was intimidating, not seducing...although Sybil seems to find it sexy! :D Harry and Draco will be civil at best, never mates. I want Harry to be happy, just with someone besides Ginny! ;)
Aw, thank you for saying that. I hope that doesn\'t mean you\'ve had a grueling school year buried under loads of assignments and exams!
GRRRRRRR LUCIUS!!!! I'M GOING TO COME TO YOUR CELL IN AZKABAN AND KICK YOUR A** IF YOU EVEN DARE TOUCH DRACO AND GINNY'S PERFECTIONESSISMESS! (nevermind that that probably isn't a word!)
The party scenes were awesome! Draco must have loved Ginny in leather, although I totally understand Ron (for once!) when he said that Draco and Ginny should take it outside- there are some things a brother REALLY doesn't need to see! ;)
THe Gryffindor party sounds nice, kind of like the party I would go to. The SLytherin party though... I think I ought to take dance lessons first! XD
I hope that Crabbe and Goyle get girlfirends. They're good guys, after all :)
I felt majorely sorry for Blaise, not having any fun at the party :( But at least she got her Terry later on.
And Draco's drunk and miserable because of his STUPID FATHER WHO DOESN'T UNDERSTAND TRUE LOVE
Author's Response: Ron was funny in the books, trying to set Harry up with Ginny, and then when they were together, being uncomfortable with it. :D No brother (or sister for that matter!) wants to see PDA. Ick.
C&G are good guys...for Slytherins! They\'re devoted to Draco, so they have good taste in friends! ^_^
Oops, sorry, I wasn't finished there!
But I just wanted to say that I'm happy that Ginny is there to comfort Draco! I hope that we'll be able to see what happens between the two... I need my D/G sweetness! Haha
And I'm so happy for Luna! She's finally found love! No more chasing after a boy who doesn't want her :D
I love this story! It rocks my socks!
Author's Response: I\'m happy you\'re happy, our couples are happy, and now the story has to rev up to the happy ending...but not just yet...
OH NO!!! What will happen to Ginny and Draco??? They just HAVE to be okay, otherwise I'll do something very very drastic!
Goyle was so cute in this chapter! I never thought that I would say those words but... with this story you never know!
Prof. Hands is literally creeping me out. He should be banned from the school or something! Poor Blaise!
Luna and Wesley are SO CUTE!!
And I loved the scene with Draco and Ginny in Draco's bedroom. *sigh* I live off this stuff, seriously!
The Girls Day Out sounds like a SUPER amount of fun! I hope that we get to hear all about it!
And let's just hope that Lucius doesn't do anything EVIL! Gee, I thought that Ginny's parents reacted badly.... at least they didn't threaten to kill Draco or anything!
Thanks for posting this story!!
Author's Response: Goyle is cute and Hands is a perv. Every school seems to have one. Doesn\'t matter than he doesn\'t do anything but give girls the eye, he\'s creepy!
Good thing we have our couples to make you forget about him!
LOL at \'they didn\'t threaten to kill Draco\'....I\'m sure he was duly appreciative! :D
OMG. This chapter is so unusually beautiful! It's... out of this world! The whole scene with "You were shy" had me cracking up, but the scene in the bedroom with Draco and Ginny made me cry! That doesn't happen very often! You rock!
Author's Response: Sometimes, I come across Ginny-loves-Draco-for-the-man-he-could-be stories and it makes me sad, because he should be loved for the man he is, good and bad, light and dark. Thank you for having a sensitive soul and being touched by them. You\'re the one who rocks!
I am literally alternating between crying and laughing after this... the sweetest, most romantic chapter EVER!!!! Now I'll never be able to read another romance story because I'll always be "But it's not as good as A Tale of Two Matchmakers!"
Wow. What can I say? Brilliance all around! Blaise and Terry were cute, and I'm seriously on the edge of my seat wondering about Hook! What is he up to?
AND DRACO/GINNY WAS SO SO PERFECT!!!!!
I was about to go to another fanfic site, since I reckoned that you couldn't possibly have updated already, but I checked and... OMG! I'm psychic!
ANyway, I LOVED LOVED LOVED this chapter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE you and all the characters, for making this story póssible!!!!!
Author's Response: You have the Beatles stuck in my head now...Love, Love, Love...love is all you need (love is all you need!)
Thank you so much for having a psychic flash and reading the chapter. You say the nicest things and make me smile from ear to ear!
Hook is up to tormenting Trelawney in the next chapter...naughty man! ;)
BLAISE AND TERRY ARE MARRIED!!!!!! OMG!!!! How... sweet and utterly cute! And it all started in potions class... ah, sniffle, sniffles.
Draco and Ginny are the most PERFECT couple ever! And oh, how I just want Marisol to go away!
Luna and Wesley are just wonderfully adorable! Oh, I was laughing at the part with the old woman! haha!
Narcissa and Draco was just so sweet! It was so touching... shows that they do care.... if oddly.
I love this story so much, and I am seriously CRYING because there's only one chapter left and then it will all be over!
Author's Response: Thank you for loving the story! There are a couple of nice, long one shots to follow. The Romania one is from Draco\'s pov. That was a lot of fun to write.
You haven\'t seen the last of Marisol, but there will be fluffy moments entwined with the action/adventure ones.
I\'m glad you liked Narcissa and Draco\'s talk. This is the harshest characterisation I\'ve written of her, but even in this story she loves her son, even if she\'s self-involved.
OMG. Wow... I... I'm speechless, as usual! Haha!
Wow, Draco and Ginny... oh, the sweetness and the utter perfection! I just love it! Especially the end. Now THAT was awesome. I wonder what the Weasleys say to that! :D
The flashback that Ginny had to when they were on the train was just... so sweet! Draco needs GInny, although I doubt that he would admit it to that many people.
OMG: The raven was Marisol??? Why didn't I think of that! Now it all links together somehow... whoa. She'd better not harm Ginny!
BLAISE AND TERRY CAN BE TOGETHER AGAIN!!!!! I'm so happy! But, wait- is Blaise going to lose her virginity to Terry? I love that couple so much!
Luna and Wesley were sweet as always, and I'm seriously beginning to hate Blaise's father! *GRRRR*
Well, thanks for another absolute brilliiant chapter! It was awesome and OH NO! Only TWO chapters left!
Author's Response: Love the review, the face, the treasuring...*treasures review like gold*
Thank you for telling me the parts you like...and you\'ll see next chapter about Blaise and Terry. As for Marisol, well, chapter 50 is a VERY eventful chapter!
*sigh* brilliant chapter as usual! So romantic with Draco and Ginny! I can't wait untill everyone finds out about them!
Author's Response: No one will find out until after Easter Holiday, but they\'ll have a fabulous time and make it worth the wait! :)
So amazing! You never run out of new ideas, do you? I loved Draco's present for Ginny, it was just the sweetest thing ever! And I just know that everything will work out for Blaise and Terry. They love each other, after all!
Author's Response: I\'m knocking on wood, throwing salt over my shoulder about new ideas....and giggling madly over the thought of the little surprise in the next chapter. I hope you like it...or should I say \'him\'....
OMG! No more Luna and Wesley! I'm sobbing while writing this, I'm totally serious! How will I live without this couple? After all, they can only be found in YOUR BRILIANT fic!
Anyway, I loved this chapter, it was superbly fun witht eh scooby gang and all, and the ending was so sweet!
*sniffles some more*
I can't believe that this story is really coming to an end! This is so sad!
Author's Response: I feel bad for feeling happy you\'re sad...I\'m gonna need therapy...shopping therapy...:D Luna and Wesley will be back in the reunion story, and this time Wesley gets a pov too!
AHH!! You can't leave off here, it's... it's... wrong!!! You PROMISED not to have any cliffies at the end of the last chapter, and because this si TECHNICALLY the last chapter, then... then... oh, whatever, the chapter was too brilliant for me to be truly angry :)
Wow, I can hardly´believe how cute Blaise and Terry were in this chapter! And now I'm crying all over again, because I'm never going to see Blaise and Terry in another story! WAIL!
I loved Blaise reuniting with her father, by the way! It was a great way to end the story!
Oh, and before I forget, I loved Trelawney and Hook in the last chapter! I forgot to mention that in my other review!
I LOVE THiS STORY!!!!!! :D
Author's Response: I\'m going to have to buy out a story at this rate! Thank you so much for being touched by the story and I hope the thought of seeing eveyone again...Terry gets a pov too...cheers you up!
I'm back! Finally! And I'm soo happy to see TWO chapters up!!
Hook seems like a very interesting and mysterious man... I wonder if something might happen between him and Lorelei? And was Smalley MURDERED??? AH!! Maybe Lorelei murdered him! Oh, it's just too much to bear!
Mindy and Colin really are an adorable couple! They're so perfect, but they don't seem to realize it.
Colin was really sweet with helping Blaise serenade Terry... so romantic! (besides the fact that Colin still might like Blaise!!)
Draco was so sweet in this chapter! I can tell that he's really trying to be nice for Ginny's sake, even though it didn't work out in the end. I'm so sick of the trio! I know that they don't mean to be so EVIL, but they really ought to give Draco a chance, like he is doing to them.
I hope that everything works out for Draco and Ginny... they're perfect in every possible way!!
I'm off to the next chapter! Toodles!
Author's Response: Yay, you\'re back! *looks around for confetti, finds none, throws heart shaped lollipop leftover from Valentine\'s Day*
The trio is genuinely worried for Ginny. If you think your sister or friend is under the evil sway of a Slytherin, you\'d do anything you had to in order to save her...and yeah, that\'s a hint about ch 40! :D