First, I want to apologize. It is taking me forever to catch up with 'Red.' I hope to read the newest chapters by the end of next week.
was that he thought he knew what that meant
I'm taking part in this challenge too and I find it really interesting to create your own story based on one sentence from another book, another novel, from a wonderful work of literature.
I am very interested in Percy. I tend to read him in a more comedic light because I like to think that after the war he would have been with his family again and he would have tried to make up for his mistakes, would have tried to bring them the happiness they deserved. I'm not saying he would have replaced Fred but I think Percy had some humor in him.
I like this line because it defines Percy for me. I always used to see him as having rose-colored glasses on, his vision was blind because he thought he knew what he wanted so he went out to get it, no matter the consequences but he really didn't know what he was doing or what to expect.
Oh and this part was my favorite!
By the time he realized he was wrong (this is not your Heartís Desire, Percy, repent, repent!), it was far too late. The ladder crumbled beneath his world-weary feet, and the stars were not stars anymore, but stardust, remnants of former glory. Nothing but ash now, the whimper of the world's end! (You are dust, Percy, dust.)
I love the use of repetition. It sounds so loud in my head every time I read 'Heart's Desire.' So powerful. I love the way you tied it towards the end and that his true heart's desire was to keep his family together instead of the work he did at the Ministry and he failed with both. Percy is such an interesting character and you've only made me want to go search for more stories about him on the archives. I just want to know more about him.
You never disappoint me, you know. I think you might have to be the first person I favorite as a 'favorite author.'
Author's Response: Oh, please don't feel the need to apologize! We all get busy -- and there's certainly nothing obligating you to read that story. :) If you get to it, that's great, but if you don't, seriously don't worry about it!
I'd been wanting to write a Percy one-shot for a good amount of time, though with no real ideas for it, and I entered this challenge completely on a whim. When I got my assigned line, I knew EXACTLY where to go with it! It was one of those lucky things, I think. :D I'm very interested in Percy, too -- he's really quite a fascinating character once you get into his head, and really so many of JKR's characters are.
And he's so underloved in this fandom, I think, although I will say that he's been gaining much more attention recently. I'm so happy you liked this -- writing things in such a short time-span is always a bit nerve-wracking, but I've really just been having so much fun with my one-shots recently, and I'm so pleased with the way this one turned out.
I can't even begin to tell you how flattered I am that I was the first person you marked as a favorite author. Honestly, Deeds, that's just -- that's INCREDIBLE. ♥ Thank you so, so much, and thank you for being such an awesome reviewer on other stories, too. And not just my own -- you really are an inspiration, when it comes to reviewing. Keep up the fabulous work!