Summary: James and Lily spend their summers together producing plays, though neither are happy about the presence of the other. With James, as the set designer, and Lily, as the actress, tensions run high.
Yayy!!! A kiss!!!
And I'm feeling very clever: I was sure Jimmy was a wizard as soon as that paint drip was gone. e — ” Jimmy swallowed, dropping to the floor when his knees buckled and he lost feeling in his feet “ — a witch?” This part was so funny.
I have to tell you that I've put off reading this story because it looked really AU...but I'm SO glad I decided to read it! I had to drop everything and read all 11 chapters even though I really should study for AP US History :(
Anyway...I think this story is fantastic!!! It's funny in all the right places. I love James' spontaneity. One of my favorite parts was when he acted the scene with Lily in front of everyone after giving that speech. That was so so good. And you didn't make James shallow or stupid; he's intelligent and caring.
I love Lily's relationship with her dad; I think it's really sweet. Also, we haven't seen her mother yet; is Mr. Evans a single dad? That could be interesting.
I'm working (okay, thinking about working) on a fic right now where James is more involved in the arts than we see in canon, because I think that adds a good dimension to his personality....so I'm glad that someone agrees with me! I love that James cares so much about the play that he keeps coming back, even before he really likes Lily. I also love that he's a great dancer.
The scene where James is telling everyone about the medieval knights is one of my favorites too: he's so smart, so genuinely interested in the topic.
Your writing is beautiful; it made me "aww" and grin and laugh and shiver. I can't wait for the next chapter.
Wow--this is a long review. Think of it as 11 in one.
Author's Response: I\'m glad you figured out that Jimmy was a wizard! :) And, yes, a tad bit AU... but I also tried to keep everything as close to the book as I could! And, yes, I agree on the whole arts thing! I once wrote a story where Sirius was an artist... It\'s been a while since then, but I have explored the idea before! :D I really couldn\'t be more flattered, though - I\'m thrilled that you love my writing so much - thank you! And thanks for reviewing!\r\n\r\nYours truly,\r\nAmelia Bedelia
Thank you for finishing this story so beautifully. It's the best one I've ever read--I've already reread it several times and I know I'll continue to do so. You were absolutely accurate to how I think of the characters and I love the plot. I can't wait for the epilogue!
Idea you've probably already had and decided yes/no to but I want to say anyway: I think Peter should get sick or something on opening night so James can take his place in the play. He's definitely a better actor ;)
Author's Response: Well, I\'ve certainly thought about that aspect of the story... but you\'ll have to wait and see what decision I made when the time comes!\r\n\r\nThanks for reviewing!\r\n\r\nYours truly,\r\nAmelia Bedelia
I really hope Kirsty and Emma tell someone what happened. Too often sexual assault goes unreported.
Summary: We all know that James and Lily end up together. But how did it really begin. Find out how the couple came to be during their seventh year when Lily finally falls for James purely by accident.
Summary: Lily Evans loves Severus Snape. She's even on her way to break up with James. But that may all change when she hears what James has to say...
Aww...it makes me feel really bad for Snape. Great story!
Author's Response: Haha, thank you. Just don\'t feel too sorry for Snape. :)
Summary: She is wrong. She is wrong in so many ways, so many ways, in every way imaginable. I am with Lily; she is my girlfriend, I am her boyfriend - but she will never be my Lily. She’ll always be his and even she knows it as she entwines her hand with mine. [CHAPTER 3 REPOSTED!]
I really enjoy reading this story; however, I had hoped that there would be slight shift in tone as you changed pov. Bertram's voice is very formal, which I think fits perfectly in the story, but James I imagine as more playful. I love how you write, though...thank you for the story so far!
Summary: Feeling the pangs of unrequited teenage love, a certain Gryffindor decides to try to send a love letter to someone special. Surprisingly enough, this story is actually not as predictable as it sounds. =)
I thought it was James when I started reading, b/c I had just finished a James/Lily fic, but when I got to the line about Herbology I figured it out. Very Neville-esque (except for the fact that it's to ol' Millie) and funny!
Author's Response: Thank you, I\'m glad you thought it was funny. =)
Summary: Lily liked stability and security in her life. As Lily enters into her seventh year at Hogwarts, she’s eager to be surrounded once again by the same friends, students, classes, professors, and rules. Instead she finds her thoughts in disorder and feelings toward a particular Gryffindor student whirling dizzyingly around in her mind. It all started, and where this story begins, at the end of Lily’s sixth year where an unexpected conversation brings to light new information.
I could ramble on and on with what Robert Frost calls "crude enthusiasm," but I'll try to be more specific. I love the way you developed James' character. I also love the epilogue that summarizes the rest of their lives; it brings so much humanity to Lily's last moments, knowing what thoughts ran through her mind. Her conclusion about Voldemort is fantastic--and that images of times with James run through her mind is especially powerful. Thank you for your accuracy according to DH. The characters are all very realistic, and I loved reading this story.
Author's Response: I love rambling reviews ;) -- so feel free to ramble, hehe! Anyway I\'m glad you liked the epilogue. Even though the whole story didn\'t completely regard DH (since it was written before book came out), I figured the death scene I could keep accurate. I had lots of fun with James\'s character and developing him, so I\'m glad you liked my take on James and the way he changed. Thanks so much for your comments and I\'ll be continuing writing other stories - so hopefully you can check those out when I\'ve posted them.
Summary: The story of what happened between Lily Evans and Severus Snape their fifth year.
You're doing such a good job with the characterization! This could have come right out of "The Prince's Tale". It's so well thought-out and true to how I imagine the characters!
Summary: James Potter is about to give up his pursuit of his six-year crush, Lily Evans. But will he change his mind after an enlightening conversation with an understanding taxicab driver? One-shot, R&R!!
“Have you ever fallen in love?” James asked hesitantly.
“Have you ever loved her with all your heart and soul?”
“Have they never requited your love?”
“Have you ever thought of giving them up?”
“Yep. Did it too. Was without a doubt the worse mistake I’ve made in me bloody life.”
I LOVE the ending! My favorite part during the story was when the cab driver said "yup" several times--it had a really nice rhythm and flow to it. But when I got to the end-- OH MY GOODNESS I loved that it was Harry! Thank you for writing!
Author's Response: I have a strange sense of deja vu...but anyways, thanks for reviewing, and the other people who reviewed but didn\'t get a response because I was too lazy to.
Summary: “Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret.”
A late night stroll to clear the mind leads to an unlikely conversation between two friends, where walls that have spent years being built up are suddenly torn down.
Edit: Nominated for "Best Non-Canon Romance" in the 2008 QSQ Awards
The connection between Lily and Sirius makes sense here. Their relationship doesn't last beyond the kiss, but it was a kiss they both needed. I love the way you describe it:
It was a brief kiss, like one that is shared more between close friends than actual lovers, but it was enough for that night.
I was a little hesitant about reading a Sirius/Lily fic, but you wrote it exactly as it should be. This was beautiful.
Summary: James Potter is determined to make his last year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry unforgettable, one for the history books, but the war with Voldemort weighs heavily on his mind. As he works to help bring about an end to the scourge that has plagued the wizarding world for many years Lily Evans starts to see him for the man he has become instead of the boy he used to be.
more! more! more!
But I do think it's possible for Lily to notice that James is extremely good-looking and still think he's annoying...she would, I think, be confident enough in her own ability not to like people just based on their looks to acknowledge that James is handsome.
Can't wait for the next chapter!
Summary: Lily Evans, so prone to fear for the worst, has no idea what to expect when James asks her to meet him. Maybe heartbreaking news or maybe the best in her life....
hmmm... it seemed like Lily was a little dull not to pick up on what was going on... but I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for all your fics.
Author's Response: Haha, yeah. I guess I was hoping to make her less-dim by showing why she thinks the worst. Thank you!! :D
Summary: *Deathly Hallows Spoilers*
What if Harry had a chance to tell Ginny how he felt before his walk into the forest that occurred in the last chapters of Deathly Hallows? What would he say to her? Oneshot.
(Alternate Universe because this scene didn't actually happen)
Please Read and Review! Lots of reviews make for a happy author!
The sequel to this story is called To See Him Again
I love it. That chapter, "The Forest Again," was so powerful and made me cry. This was a beautiful continuation of JKR's idea.
Summary: Crying in the Great Hall was the last thing Ginny wanted to do.
Especially in front of the guy she loves.
Rated 3rd-5th Years for Mild Language
DH Spoilers for obvious reasons.
I really like it! (But it reminded me that I'm sad about Fred...and I realize this is a Harry/Ginny fic, but if my brother had died that would be all I could think about.)
Summary: Everyone assumes Sirius Black has never truly cared for a girl. They're wrong. It's just that he can't do anything about it.
Sirius/Lily? Read to find out.
Wow, this was great...I never even thought that Sirius had acted out of jealousy--but it totally makes sense. It also highlights the difference between James and Sirius' love for her too, I think: James is willing to do anything for her and for those close to her; Sirius just wants her to himself. That makes Sirius sound worse than I mean him too...oh well. Thank you for such a great story!
Author's Response: I like to think that the fact that James is slightly oblivious of just how much Snape cares for Lily is another reason he\'s so willing to save Snape and such. I\'ve always seen Sirius as a bit more Slytherin—which I\'m really trying to bring through with this fic. Thanks for the review!!
Summary: After two hundred and eighty-seven rejections, James decides it’s about time some questions are answered. But a shocking discovery gives James one final question. Her answer provides the least expected… a sense of hope. The one-shot sequel to The Beginning.
more! more! more! I love your interpretation of why she said no originally; it's not strictly canon but it's a great story.
Author's Response: Thank you! A great story was what I wanted to create. I guess I succeeded.
Ah, Christmas. The season of joy and love. And Head Boy James Potter fully intends to use the loving atmosphere to his advantage by coming up with plans and using them to capture the heart of Lily Evans.
But since when do plans transfer beautifully from parchment to life?
Six plans become five, five become four, four become three, three become two, two become one, and then there are none.
Then his friends come to the rescue.
But of course.
This is great--it's lots of stories in one, the main story and all of Gemma's. I was kind of disappointed that James seemed unwilling to improvise in most of the plans, to get them back on track. But the last plan was the best; this was a great chapter!
Author's Response: Hmm, you\'ve got a point. Oh well, I\'m still glad that you liked the last chapter. And that you found it great. Thanks for the review, and thanks for sticking with this fic till the end! :D