I am trying so hard to say something intelligent and coherent in this review to you, but it's going to come out a lot like the responses I already showed to you, and for that I apologize in advance. Nothing -- /nothing/ -- could have surpassed this. I am dead serious: One of the absolute best Romiones I have ever read.
You have everyone /so in character/. Ron was the perfect, perfect, PERFECT comic relief, exactly how he is in the books. I laughed so many times while reading this, and it takes a lot for me to laugh in fic, but you know that it's my not-so-humble opinion the best humorist here. The best author here, and this has reinstated that a thousand fold. The loincloth, and him waking Harry, and Kreacher being a melodramatic git and fainting all over the place, and Ron putting butter in the potion (RON YOU ARE NOT GOOD AT POTIONS OR GIFTS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING).
Kreacher was phenomenal, simply phenomenal. I slipped into that mode -- that reading-the-canon-books mode, during every single one of his lines. There was no difficulty in placing this seamlessly in canon. People say that all the time, but this is the first story I've read where my God, it is so /true/.
Hermione's reaction to the potion -- why were you even worried about this, I swear to all the deities that be. It is the absolute best representation of their convoluted and beautiful relationship, and that glimpse into each of their head's, revealing they really DID care for each other even at this age -- it's genius. You know these characters so well, and it shows in your writing, and that makes it all the more enjoyable to read. (Although I suspect you could write the most OOC Ron in existence and I would still be your biggest fan.)
Oh my God, I loved this /so much/. You make it seem to easy and I know that if I'd attempted this there would have been so much miserable fail, and you have a gift like no one I've ever come across. It's like you don't even have to try -- you are /such a naturally talented writer/. I would read anything by you, anytime, without thinking twice, because you are just... I say it a lot and I hope by now you believe me, because you are one of the best writers -- not fan-fic-writers, WRITERS -- it has ever been my pleasure and privilege to read.
I am so, so, so, so grateful that you were willing to write me this story. It is one of the best Christmas presents ever -- because you spent time on it, and effort, and you will never fail to amaze me. This was top-notch, and there are not enough adjectives in the world to describe how fantastic I thought it was. I love you muchos, more than muchos, and I will be your biggest fan until I die. ♥ I LOVE YOU!
Author's Response: Okay, so there is no reason why this took me so long to respond to, but you love me anyway, so that's my way of justifying things. Ahem.
LET ME JUST SAY HOW GLAD I AM THAT YOU LIKED IT. Because literally, the very day we exchanged plot ideas for writing each other one-shots, I was telling people in skypeland that the ship I could probably never convincingly write and was the most wary of ever trying to tackle was Romione. Of course. SO OF COURSE THAT'S THE STORY YOU WANTED. I have half a mind to suspect that you were log-lurking and just wanted to toy with me. :3
Kreacher! I loved writing Kreacher. And I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing Ron. I haven't read many Ron fics lately and it's been a long time since I've read the HP books, so he wasn't fresh in my mind, but it wasn't too bad (tooting my own horn here like a boss). lulz, OOC Ron. That would be, like, Quidditch-god Ron with more abs than are anatomically possible, with Lavender and Hermione oozing affection all over him (well, I suppose Lav Lav did that, anyway), and he does all of his homework and he's very tactful and he looks more like Bill (cue wolf-whistling).
YOU ARE AMAZING AND THIS REVIEW IS AMAZING AND MERRY CHRISTMAS. ♥ LOVE YOU!!