Oh here you've got me fangirling all over again! I can see why you won the dobby for most versatile author (not that I couldn't before) but honestly you through any old pairing at you and you can write it like a pro, like you've been reading and writing that pairing for ages! I'm completely in awe with this oneshot and I'm so glad you took the chance on writing this dramione. I agree with you.. this setting is the msot realistic for the two of them to come together (as you probably know from my novel) and I think that you've pulled it off really well!
I loved that it wasn't really a happy ending, at least not for the two of them, but it was still a really sweet ending. The description in this was wonderful, as it always is when you are the author, and the flow was absolutely amazing as well! I loved that you added in the ghosts on patrol because I honestly forgot that they do that since its not mentioned much in fanfiction (or canon really) so it was nice to see you add in that small detail which set apart your oneshot!
Hermione was amazing! The way you portrayed her was done so well and very in canon which as you probably know is a bit hard to do when considering this is a dramione! Not only was Hermione done so well but so was Draco! He was so in character, a little spiteful and cold as he should be, and then the longing and warm actions for the dramione. It's a very hard thing to keep in balance but you have manged it very well in this oneshot!
The one thing I love about reading your work is all the small stuff that you add in that sets it apart from others such as the bit with the ghosts. But then its other small things to remind us of whats going on around them, like mentioning the rough wool of the Weasley sweater, that Draco never changed out of his school uniform, and the way they passed notes to each other!
If you haven't realized by this point in the review that I absolutely love this oneshot, than I dont think I have done my job on gushing about how absolutely amazing this is! I so appreciate this oneshot and that you wanted to do one for me for Christmas! I'm sure that everyone else who reads this oneshot will also be in awe of your abilities to continue to write so many different pairings/characters with perfection! As always you know that I support you in everything that you do! I will be promoting this oneshot on the forums! Great Job and thank you so much!
Author's Response: Gah, Erica! It's going to be so difficult to respond to this review! Bear with me, because I'm going to make a mess of it. ;) I was very happy to write you a story, and I'd been wanting to try my hand at Dramione for ages, so this was really the perfect excuse to get my butt in gear!
I think one of the largest reasons that I can't get behind the Draco/Hermione pairing like other people can is that I'm a very firm adherent to canon... and for some reason, it doesn't seem realistic to me, on the whole. But I am a huge fan of little moments like this, where something might actually have happened, you know? And I knew going into this that I wanted to make this as plausible as possible. I'm so happy you found my characters to be in canon, too! Hermione's at a very brittle point in HBP, just on the brink of admitting feelings for Ron that have otherwise gone unacknowledged; in different ways, Draco's on edge, too. And if they had met at these respective points, it's not too far out to think something might have happened, however minute.
Little details like the ghosts and the in-class notes are some of my favorite things about writing. :) I like throwing in things like that! It provides (I hope) an atmosphere, and it grounds me further into whatever I'm writing, which then makes it easier TO write, if that makes sense.
I'm so, so happy you enjoyed this one-shot -- I was a bit worried, but your comments really have made my entire week! ♥ You are a fantastic friend, Erica, and I truly hope you have a very great holiday season! Love you!!