I love the Harry Potter books. I even sort of maybe very probably might like the films (I think), even though they left out Peeves. John Williams is a genius - I was sad when he stopped doing the music. Patrick Doyle is great - just not John Williams!
I love "Moments of Bliss" by Moonymaniac, it is well worth checking out.
...and Snape is obviously toast! I know I have said this before, but I REALLY like your character development. You have given us a great insight into what makes Snape tick, and Athene is a masterpiece. I like the fact that she is not too saintly for him, but has her own faults. As a result, I believe that you create far more sympathy, and therefore romance into the story. If you write a book be sure to let us all know so we can go any buy it!
Kenya is wonderful, but don't know about the beer, I was under drinking age when I lived there.
Author's Response: THANK YOU so much--I find your feedback incredibly helpful, Buckbeak22. And your support in the whole writing endeavor is much appreciated. I am so jealous you've lived in Kenya! Another unscientific study--2 out of 3 reviewers for this chapter have been there, which means you lot are all more worldly than I!
I enjoyed this chapter. Did Athene just fool Harmonia, or am I imagining things? Snape is just as horrible as he always was, but I am now badly want to kick him! Somebody needs to sandbag him over his head, for his own good. He is SO irritating.
Author's Response: No (although she may be fooling herself). I took "true accord" to mean "acceptable to both parties." Athene needed some sort of concession or declaration of feeling from Snape--not necessarily of equal measure, but something. As he is a stubborn git not given to declaring tender feelings, she sort of "lead" him into saying just enough to placate her own pride and make the agreement acceptable to herself. That all sounds very confusing--I apologize! But thank you so much for reading and thinking about this. It really puts a smile on my face. (Now is your chance to sandbag Snape, before he gets his wand back!) Cheers!
I only hexed two little ones and the dog - and that doesn't count, does it?
Really liked the chapter. Not as much story, but twice as much lust. I am lost in admiration by the way you keep your sexual tension going - I get so embarrassed trying to write sex scenes that my heroine and hero end up falling off the bed or being eaten by a wolf or something, but yours are very good. You prove that sex can be sexy even if not performed by Adonis and Venus. I am glad you added the ghosts, especially Peeves, even if his last line doesn't scan. I liked the Golden Trio as well - Ron's comments are so very Ron, and Hermione is still using her brain cells.
Author's Response: I laughed so hard at your first sentence that I give you my full permission to hex anyone you like in future! I'm not a very good poet, as you can see...and as for the lust, well, some write it far better than I, but as I am trying to write it somewhat realistically (rather than romantic fantasty-y), this is good to hear. Believe you me, I have considered having them both get eaten by the Giant Squid, so your wolf idea is not all that odd! Have a lovely weekend!
I hate waiting to open presents! 'Tear off the wrapping' is my motto; I really feel for Snape. Very interesting chapter, Can't Athene charm the walking stick to beat Snape around a bit....I suppose she wouldn't want to, but if she wants it done I am sure most of his students would volunteer. Lucky for him she has so much patience. She does seem to be dragging out his better half though, even if it is a little like pulling teeth! Can't wait for the Yule Ball, and totally sympathise about the shopping - my technique is the same as Athene's, only sadly I can't use magic for the sizing. If you could send her shopping with PMS and a bottle of firewisky, everything will look good, and it will all fit, at least until she wakes up the next day. I am wishing her the best of luck.
Author's Response: I love your sense of humour, Buckbeak22! And Athene appreciates the sympathy...if only they stocked the changing rooms with Old Ogden's, eh? Snape will eventually get to open (or at least find out what is in) his 2nd gift.
Loved the chapter, lots of good writing as always, but Athene was mean! On the other hand, I guess that Snape (now he knows the length to which she will go) will never dismiss her as an easy opponent. If Miles has the memory now implanted in his brain, can he blackmail Snape by threatening to make it public knowledge?
Author's Response: Yes, Athene was mean and spiteful and immature. She is not quite comfortable with her feelings for Snape, and is "poking the snake," as it were. Starting a fight feels more familiar... As for MF, I think he could, but there are reasons why he probably won't... (more on that to come). Thanks for this!
Brilliant as always. I see no problem with Lupin and Snape getting on now. They probably had to work quite closely during Voldemort's return to power, and now that Sirius, James and Peter are no longer around, I think Lupin would appreciate conversation with another wizard in his own class. He is probably quite lonely, and we already know he was a bit guilty about the way they treated Snape, and grateful for the Wolfsbane Potion. I must say though if I had to choose between Snape and Athene to hand me out detention, I would prefer Athene!
Author's Response: Quite understandable (although there are a fair few out there who have put "detention with Snape" on top of their wish lists, but I think that might be for an entirely different reason!) You have brought up some very good points about Lupin's emotional state. It is always such a pleasure to read your reviews. Cheers!
I love this story - the whole way through Snape has stayed in character - he hasn't once said anything that would be un-Snapelike - how do you do it? Also, the other characters are completely believeable. And the story is funny and romantic too. Marvellous read!
Author's Response: That is very high praise indeed--especially seeing as there is no real canon evidence for "romance Snape!" I'm just giving it a go based on what I've read, and it is very nice to hear that people appreciate the results. Cheers! [You wouldn't have believed me if I'd said I that I have Snape tied up in a chair beta-ing this story, would you?]
You pulled it off. I thought it hilarious. Thanks - I am so glad you are updating regularly! I like the way Snape is (little by little in a totally believeable way) softening, although you have left his grumpy sarcastic self well intact.
Author's Response: Hurrah! I am glad you are still finding Snape believable...that is quite possibly my number one priority (apart from creating a realistic relationship between him and Athene) in this story. The sarcasm will NEVER die!
Magnificent, and I would not ever doubt Professor Snape's moss - I am sure he has it covered in case the Ministry try to research it. I love your work - have you had anything published? And the tongue twister was marvelous. I swear I am falling in love with Snape myself!
Only one thing - I don't think Bakewell Pudding and Bakewell Tart are the same thing are they? Mind you they are both delicious.
Author's Response: In my experience the tarts are the little knock-offs they sell in the supermarket that, while decent, hold no candle to the real thing. Is there another meaning/lovely treat I am missing out on? I had some poetry and non-fiction published in very minor venues when I was younger, but nothing recently (unless you count annual reports at work.) I do write original short stories and essays, which I am hoping to get out there, so your encouragement means a great deal!
Like your version of Percy, and totally agree with the way the owl is treated. Most wizards don't seem to treat their animals well - especially in transfiguration. I must stick up for Molly though - having that many children must be hard!
I like this; Ginny has a real character - there is actually something there for Harry to fall for other than long red hair!
Author's Response: Thank you! I love Ginny - she's a strong, spunky thing - she needs to be with all those older brothers! Thanks for reading!
Are you having trouble updating? Don't want to nag, but I am dying to read the next chapter!
Author's Response: sorry it's taking so long, I'm really, really busy at the moment: exams. I've written chapter 13, though, and I'm just waiting for it to be approved. Please be patient!!!! thanx x
Brilliant. I feel for Bellatrix, and am totally in sympathy with her and Voldemort - as I was with each of the others in the preceeding chapters. You manage to capture their views so well. I was sorry about Bill, because I liked him!
Wonderful as always. I am sorry for Lara though. I hope the prisoners are saved soon. I like the way you can portray different points of view and show how each person believes in their own.
Author's Response: Thanx Buckbeak!!! I really appreciate everyone's review!!! Glad to know you like my work. I don't know what happened with Chocolate, it was difficult keeping up two stories at once so I had to pick my favourite to proceed with. Also, I was a little out of my depth writing a purely humour fic. I felt like I was trying to hard. I feel more comfortable writing 'Imprisoned'-style!!! Keep reading everyone!!!
I can't imagine a worse fate for Nott than having to be Fleur! Not only well written, but very funny. (talking about funny what happened to your 'Chocolate" fic? I was enjoying that one too.)
I just read this story and am really enjoying it. I love the totally different points of view, and, since I have always had a sneaking sympathy for Percy, it is nice to find a good story about him!
Just two things: did you mean "respectively" silent, or "respectfully"? And did you mean "confidant" Bill, (ie, best friend/intimate) or did you mean "confident"? Otherwise, I love your writing as always. You really manage to make your characters live, and are so sympathetic towards them. I can feel the tension now, as if the story is reaching a climax - am I right?
As always I like your chapter. Poor Arthur! I hope he is disillusioned soon! Your characterizations are very good.
I just read this, and I like it! It is very refreshing to have a romance go a little slower, and sweeter, rather than be full of durm und strang.
Author's Response: Thank you! Yes, I try to make the relationship between Grace and Oliver more gradual so that you can see how much they grow in friendship and respect.
I just read this, and I like it! It is very refreshing to have a romance go a little slower, and sweeter, rather than be full of sturm und drang.