Hello everyone who decided to grace this boring page!
I am a native Floridian, recent college graduate, happily married (even though the hubby doesn't understand the obession...)! I have been reading for years, but only recently taken a dive into writing. I'm a proud Hufflepuff and have recently taken to drabbling as well, so some of those might turn into stories as well.
Stories (click for banner on all):
A Life From the Ashes:
Third Task challenge fic, centered on Ron.
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A True Weasley
Why Percy Weasley was sorted into Gryffindor. For the Hufflepuff Back to Hogwarts Challenge.
A one-shot about Luna as a child.
For the Halloween Challenge - Halloween Explained.
This series highlights important, pivotal moments in a characters' life.
It did not start as a series, but has taken flight in my mind, and you can't really tell those things "no", can you?
Each summary is purposefully vague, for telling you the moment ahead of time is anticlimatic, in my opinion.
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A Harry/Ginny story, a missing moment from the HBP.
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A Ron/Hermione story, Post-Hogwarts.
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All reviews are appreciated and cherished.
Bachelor life suited Zach Smith just fine, and the lack of expectations on his time and attention suited him even more.
But his life changed in an instant with a knock on the door and an unexpected delivery.
:) Oh, Jess, how I love thee.
Poor Zach Smith- except I can't really bring myself to feel all that sorry for him, lol. Not yet, anyway. Being a father can obviously totally change a person, but we'll see if that's the case for the Puff-no-one-likes.
The moment in the elevator with Cameron repeating him- totally believable from watching my friend raising his kid and trying to kick his smoking and cursing habits. And it made me giggle.
I LOVED Betty. I hope she shows up again in the future! She was great!
Thanks for the birthday gift- and I'll have to keep coming back to check up on little Cameron, who was a total cutie. :) I'm really interested to see how this goes for Mr. Smith, because I have a feeling it's not going to be all smooth sailing...
*hugs hugs hugs hugs hugs*
Hehe, I think Cameron is going to bring the worst toddlerdom has to offer for Zach, even if it is mostly due to his own ignorance. Wait until the next chapter when Zach finds out that two year olds still wear diapers. XD
That was so freaking adorable.
For some reason I assumed they were already married so I thought he was going to tell her he was ready to have kids. The proposal was so cute. You are very good at the dialogue only-thing. :)
Author's Response: Amanda! Wow! Thanks so much for reading this! And thanks for the compliments. I'm glad you enjoyed it. They were fun to write. I could imagine a similar conversation happening about kids. Ooh, I can almost hear it already...Thanks again! ~Gina :)
I've never seen a Philadelphia Story, but THIS was...I gotta say, awesome. I really really really enjoyed reading it. And now you've made me want to go watch the movie, although I don't know how much it's been spoiled for me. :) Seriously, this was a very very delightful read- the dialogue was SUPERB and witty and and everything was paced so well.
Author's Response: Thank you! Oh the movie is superb, but I had to leave out so much. You really should watch it, or at least catch High Society - the musical based on the film. It's Jimmy Stewart as the journalist who steals the show. He's brilliant. *sigh* Glad you enjoyed the story. ~Carole~
Okay, I’ve come to leave a more proper review than, “EEEEEEEEEE!”
This was so enjoyable to read! I have such a soft spot in my heart for Draco, but it’s kind of like reading Ginny- it can make you wince really quickly, especially post-war Draco, because it can be a hard line to walk of keeping him recognizable yet making him become redeemable. And I loved this. *holds tight* He was instantly suspicious and somewhat nasty about Crabbe, and jealous and petty following him to dinner, but all because he was trying to make himself feel better.
And OMG Crabbe was fantastic- he was still nasty and gross, but what a great spin! Ha!
I loved the paragraph when Draco sees Astoria in the garden: …unmindful of the fact that she cut quite a striking figure as her hair blew loose in the breeze and her silver hoops dazzled, caught in the afternoon sunlight. After staring at her for a few seconds, he thought he should make his presence known, but he seemed to forget her name and ended up coughing instead. LOL! He’s almost cute but kind of pathetic in his meetings with her here, which I think is appropriate for his character here as well. His inability to recall what Astoria looked like or even who Chloe was, even though both remembered him, just show how self-absorbed he is, and he doesn’t even dwell much on it. He even thinks “He supposed, a little unkindly but legitimately, that she must have been average in every department to not have been noticed by him.” Arrogant! But totally in character and I love it.
There is one little typo if you want to fix it- “His hair had been cut short, he had saved, and most incredible of all, he was wearing properly washed dark navy robes.”- s/b “shaved” . Also, this sentence: “ “I – I was supposed to meet someone,” he lied for the second time that way.” sounds kind of weird ended with “way”- I expected to see the word “day”, although the meaning is still the same, I think. It’s not wrong, just something that looked kind of strange.
I think my favorite part is the ending. The hints of his past haunting him with his “old nightmares” and the things in the past that they represent- that part was amazing, by the way- and how Astoria seemed to interrupt it and change the routine. Love it. Love it. Love it.
Can’t wait to read what comes next- you’ve gotta let me know on LJ when it gets updated! Hugs hugs hugs I was so excited to read this today!
Author's Response: First things first! Thank you for pointing out both typoes. Yes, they were typoes. Lol. I've fixed them now.
Ha! I love love love Daphne, and that she makes him feel so at unease and "helpless". I hope we see more of her.
Your dialogue is just so fantastic, I never want the scenes to end. I just eat it all up.
Thanks for letting me know it was updated! I was smirking through this whole chapter, loved it!!
Author's Response: Thankssss! I'm glad you like Daphne - I love her so much!
“Draco couldn’t stand the apathy of his life any longer.”- I LOVE this sentence.
This was so enjoyable to read! You have such a talent for writing engaging dialogue- I was sad when it realized I had already made it to the end, because I had just breezed right through, it was so easy to picture it all playing out in my head.
I love Chloe- definitely a Slytherin, subtlety getting what she wants, but I like that she did it in such a way that didn’t hurt other people. And she didn’t take any crap from Draco, that entire scene was marvelous.
Good grief, I miss reading fanfiction!! And getting involved in a good story…Thank you so much for letting me know it was updated!
Author's Response: Hahaha! I changed the word to apathy in the last moment; previously, it had been 'lethargy', which I don't think really fitted the situation in the end. I am glad you liked Chloe; I feel she is the kind of person who would intimidate you in RL because you can't faze her. But yes, she doesn't really hurt people in the process, so she's cool that way. There will be more of her in the later chapters.
So. I love you.
Okay, I'm going to leave a much better review than that, but it needs to be said.
And I think I've said about 102983109283 times that I just love this period of Ron and Hermione when Ron is so much more than people give him credit for and and all the emotion that must be pent up is just AGGGGH it makes me melt. There are so many subtleties and possibilities for them to miscommunicate or hurt each other because they just haven't taken that final step and yet they are SO CLOSE and I love this because its just right there. I still hold that you are the best writer of Ron and Hermione I've ever seen, because there are so many facets of their relationship that I love that I both identify with and feel like you just NAIL- the way Hermione struggles to not only trust him in everything, but to communicate that to him, and to let go of leading him everywhere, the way Ron struggles to have confidence in himself, the way they struggle not to jump to the wrong conclusions and make false assumptions when the other person means well, the way they always come back to each other...I could go on, but you get the point.
" "Ron, you don't honestly believe you can--"
"Yes, I do!" he snapped defensively. "S'pose I'm the only one who does, though. That seems about right."
She started to say something more but thought better of it, feeling both guilty and right at the same time. "
Love that. Just...love. And while I firmly believe that Hermione respects Ron already, I like how she keeps looking at him differently even now after everything after seeing what they went through in the Chamber. And the only thing he says down here is about stopping Voldemort, no bragging.
I've always thought that Hermione would have had to have had a similiar experience to Ron's in the Chamber, but hated that we've never known it. I like that this version is that after everything shes been through, she's still insecure that she doesn't belong anywhere, and that's she's only being used. That scene where Ron caresses her cheek...be still, my heart.
So, in conclusion, I love you and thank you for linking this. I haven't read fanfiction in a while :( but man I love a good Ron and Hermione and this was just so delightful. Siiiiiigh.
Also, I haven't left a review in a million years so this might be formatted really terribly. Apologies!
Author's Response: It was formatted perfectly, you sweet thing. :) I hope you didn't feel pressured to read after I pimped this out to you lj, but I couldn't resist. There are lots of wonderful Romione fans around this place, but I always think of you being the same kind of squealy as my over them. I figured, if Amanda squeals, the story is okay. LOL. So yay, you liked it!