Another brilliant, brilliant story. Your writing is just sublime, I enjoyed the story so much. I'm off now to find the next part. :DAuthor's Response: Thank you very much! I'm very pleased that you liked it. :) Report Review
I love this so much. Seriously, you have done such a wonderful job building the story of Molly and Arthur (and all of their friends) that I pretty much consider your Unsinkable-verse completely canon (all of the events, OC's, etc.). As in, if I were to stumble across another Arthur/Molly (and I haven't seen any, have you?), I would read it and it would seem weird to me because I already have this perfect and solid concept in my head from reading your stuff. :-D
And now I am definitely looking forward to moving on to "At the Hour" and "Over the Anvil."
-fangirl fangirl fangirl-Author's Response: Aw thank you so much! There aren't many Molly/Arthur stories set in their school years, really. Nothing as long as what I've written. I don't think anyone else has put as much thought into them as all this (clearly I need a life haha). I hope you like the next stories too! Report Review
I really love the development of these characters - all of them are well-constructed and relatable. In particular in this chapter, Cecilia and the twins showing a different side to themselves - Cecilia's self-restraint when she knew it was necessary, and the twins sticking up for their sister and keeping her out of trouble. And of course, Molly and Arthur are completely adorable, as always!Author's Response: The twins have really grown quite a lot over the course of this year. The duelling club gave them something to focus on, find some direction. It also develops their relationship with their sister in new ways. She has to see them as young adults instead of little boys. Cecilia really values her father and in particular his work and ideals very highly (her BFF is a Muggleborn, so it's not surprising). She had to control herself through this, which is good for her. Thanks for the review! Report Review
I laughed quite a bit at Siobhan's reaction to hearing everyone was talking about weddings - jumping up right away and moving to another table. It created the perfect visual and it was so funny.
Arthur's protectiveness is really endearing, and his character obviously isn't completely overwhelmed by Molly's forceful personality. You write them so that they're very well matched.Author's Response: Hehehe... I liked that scene a lot when I wrote it, it made me giggle. Siobhan's not a girly-girl, into weddings and all. I don't think she ever would be.
I think they're well-matched in canon, too. Molly does ride roughshod a lot, but she really does defer to Arthur quite often too. He's stronger than he sometimes seems ;) His calmness is a nice match for Molly's temper. Report Review
"What did you think we were going to do?"
Haha, that scene made me giggle. That poor boy.
Also, have I mentioned before how much I love Reid/Cecilia? I'm sure I have. They remind me quite a bit of my boyfriend and I. This line I especially loved:
"The school pays someone to do that," Cecilia told him. "Perhaps you've met her? They call her 'Madame Luscinia'."Author's Response: lol. Poor Arthur. He was really hoping, even though he knew better.
I like Cecilia's sarcasm. Really, who else would put up with Reid? ;)
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It's been an insanely long time since I've read this! I'm also going to get back to JAMR, but I'm in Arthur/Molly withdrawal, so I knew I had to finish up this one first. :-D
I've missed Siobhan so much in my reading absence. She's definitely my favorite female character here, reinforced by the fact that she totally doesn't care that Acacia calls her a homewrecking tart.
I like that your characters' interactions are always so realistic. The girls are very close, but they still keep secrets from each other and are reluctant to talk about certain things. And the guys generally don't let all of this petty nonsense come between them, but I do like this new Reid-Cosmo conflict now.
On to read the rest! I'm so glad to finally get a chance to sit down and read the finished product. :-)Author's Response: So good to see you again! I'm glad you're back in the saddle.
Siobhan is one of my favorite characters as well. I've been really happy with the review responses on her. She is really quite unfazed by gossip, one of her more admirable qualities.
Even in a group of close friends, there's always an undercurrent of things unsaid. I try to keep things real, the way I see them.
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I can never tell you how very much I adore your writing! I honestly love every single thing you've written! I even love your one-shots (and I do NOT like one-shots). You are such an excellent writier. I love your dedication to your stories and the way you write just fits into the whole Harry Potter world so well, but with its own uniqueness. I'll definitely continue reading anything you write! :)Author's Response: Thank you so much! *blushes* You really made my day - my week! - with this review. Thank you very much for your kind words. I hope you continue reading and enjoying! Report Review
I love how Arthur's mind goes astray at what Molly might have in store for his birthday. You keep making us want to come back for more and more!Author's Response: Hehe, yeah he's definitely all hormones there. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the review! Report Review
i'm very sad that this story has ended but i'm going to read the sequel right now!^_^
Harry and GinnyAuthor's Response: Thank you! Let me know what you think of it. Report Review
i'm so sorry i only got to review now but school has been hectic! anyway, things are getting pretty serious right now with the death of Twyla's parents. it shows that the wizarding world isn't what it was b4 and that it's no longer safer. reading next chapter now!^_^
Harry and GinnyAuthor's Response: I haven't seen you in forever! Thanks for coming by to read and review. Yes, things are definitely progressing in the war, heading toward danger. Report Review
Aw, cute ending. This chapter was much shorter than most in this story, but it was a sweet ending and didn't need to be any longer, since you summed everything up pretty well in chapter 14.
I don't have much to say about this chapter, really. Arthur was rather adorable in his enthusiasm . . . I felt for Molly and the way she felt left out of the getting-jobs-and-moving-out business her friends are up to.
I did feel like this chapter was a little more scattered in terms of the characters. It's challenging to write large groups of people, and usually you do it well, but it didn't seem quite as cohesive this time. Maybe that's because you had to get them all in such a short space.
The OCs are brilliant, though. I've said it before, but I still like them. :-D I'm a bit anxious about the next installment, because I know they can't all make it safely through. :-(
Anyway, congratulations on finishing this story! (Haha, I'm reminiscing about when you finished "Unsinkable" and feeling proud that I've been following you for that long.) Your Molly and Arther set the bar, without a doubt.Author's Response: I really didn't think this was a strong chapter/epilogue (since it wasn't really a chapter), especially compared to the finale of Unsinkable - funny that, since I think this story is stronger than Unsinkable, but that ended better - but I had dragged my feet so long on it that I just had to make myself finish it.
I do love my OCs, I hate to do anything to them, but it is a war, after all. Not everyone gets a happily ever after, and not all the ones who DO get one get to keep it forever.
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A short chapter but that suited me well since I didn't really have time to read it (did it anyway, though)! Great end of a great fic and I can't wait to move on to the next part!Author's Response: heh. Yes, it is pretty short, and thank you for reviewing! I hope to see you in reviews on the next part of the story :) Report Review
I've loved this story. Your version of Molly and Arthur is quite delightful really. I do find myself wondering about how they end up eloping and a few other things, but that's half the fun, right?Author's Response: I'll get there ;) The eloping story is mostly written already and will be posted as soon as I've got the second half of "At The Hour" up. The elopement is titled "Over The Anvil", so keep an eye out ;) Thank you so much! Report Review
Thank you so much for this beautiful conclusion (to this portion of the Unsinkable-verse, anyway :P). I love how you've crafted these characters-- I just can't get enough! looking forward to the next part of the story!Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it. Report Review
So, wait, was this the last chapter of this one? Are you moving on now?
Lovely, by the way, although I could have done with it being a little longer... :-)Author's Response: Yep, this was just an epilogue, thus its shortness. I'm moving on, but still in this same story universe. Thanks for the review! Report Review
Satisfying to finish off a tale, isn't it? And you should be very proud as this was a good one.
So much foreboding in this chapter. Arthur's future looking so bright, yet, from canon we know his career gets side-lined in the Ministry. Everyone still apprehensive about the looming war, marriage, leaving school. Must say, I felt that old familiar lurch in the stomach that I always used to get during graduations as I read this. Hats off to you for writing this so well as to evoke that response.
Still, I couldn't help but smirk at this:
"Chop chop, you lot," she said, shooing them toward the carriages. "We don't want to miss the train."
Echoes of September 1 at the Burrow! That was great.
I'm very pleased to hear the next installment will soon be up. Rest assured I'll be keeping my eye out for it. Curious tho, I tend not to post anything until my entire story is finished. Do you take the same approach, as it appears from your AN?
Been a real pleasure reading the Unsinkable 'verse. Thanks so much for giving me sucha great read.
TEWAuthor's Response: It is satisfying. Sort of a relief when you've been working on it a long time. I'm very glad to hear the last chapter went over well with you. It's always a pleasure to read your reviews. :) Thank you so much!
I like shorter pieces to already be finished before I post them, but the novel-lengths I've written or am writing (in the case of JAMR) are pretty much posted as the chapter is completed. I have "At The Hour" all written, and actually has been for a long time now, and parts of "Over The Anvil" have been written even before I started "What It's Worth". OTA isn't quite finished yet, but the first two chapters are. I've already posted the first half of "At The Hour", and will post the second in a few days.
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I have enjoyed watching as the "current events" relevant to this story have steadily grown darker and more serious. First the rumors of Muggles being harrassed, progressing finally to Muggleborns being killed, and now Twyla's parents. Certainly that must have been a terrible time for those living it--in fact, we know it was based on what JKR's older characters said. It's really coming alive for me here, though. There's a real pall creeping over the characters' lives.
I'm impressed with your depiction of the exams! I think you've been emulating JKR's style very well in this story, and the way you handled the exams reminded me of the way she's written them. You didn't linger on them long enough for it to be boring, but it was perfectly clear how the stress was affecting everyone, etc.
Go Arthur! He almost has a job! I have a bad feeling about everything, though. I know this story is winding down, and it was obvious in this chapter that you're setting up futures for your characters. The problem is, I don't know if some of them have futures, you know? The world can be a dangerous place (especially if you're a wizard in Britain in the late 1970s), and "stuff" happens.
It's not all sunshine and roses. I definitely feel a sense of foreboding.Author's Response: The wind-down on this story is here, yes, but there's more to the overall tale, so writing the ending of WIW has been kind of tough. Had to leave some things hanging, but not forever - the next installment is ready to go. Forebodings are definitely in order here.
It was a really dark time, as any war is, and they're all living right in the thick of it. It had to be awful to live through, and in canon they're still quite scarred by the experience. Hopefully I've shown in this story both the grimness of the times and yet that life still went on. That's the general aim ;)
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I am loving this story. From the various OC plots, to the realistic complications of teenage life in an ever darkening world, to the way you offset the darkness with light moments, it's just wonderful.
I love how you portray and develop Molly and Arthur's love. Molly was so sweet to have done that for Arthur, and he was so cute with his naughty expectations. Okay, I'll stop gushing now. Well done. Can't wait to read more.Author's Response: Wow thank you! I'm really glad to hear that you're enjoying the story, and the OCs. I really like Molly and Arthur's group of friends, so it always makes me happy to hear that readers do too. I need to get my butt in gear and finish the epilogue to this so I can post the next part of their story. Thanks for reviewing! Report Review
Wizard tattoos! Brilliant! I think it's a true testament to the quality of your writing that I read "Unsinkable" so long ago yet remember your OC"s so clearly. Great chapter.Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you still remember them, it's been a while since Unsinkable ended :) Thanks for the review! Report Review
Creepy chapter! I especially liked the part "It was far beyond a broken heart. It was as if someone had just destroyed her very soul." - it describes the contrast between the "tragedies" formerly known to Arthur & co, and the really bad things in life ... The ending was a bit more optimistic but we all know what's coming ... Great work as usual! :)Author's Response: Thank you very much! Yes, their definition of tragedy is going to have to change. No more fireworks incident, now there's real war and death. Report Review
As with any chapter/story, its always the ending that sparks the most thought. I know Arthur's sojourn in the Ministry can't end well given the canon, so I'm assuming his job with Cecilia's father will likely end in his death and maybe Cecilia's too. Tragic. But excellently set up.
Your writing of the stresses of NEWT's and how everyone dealt with them differently has the strong taste of realism. Well done that.
The murder of Twyla's parents was a great piece of writing, very unexpected. The fact that her father was a half-blood went a long way to show how the heat has started to be turned up on the conflict. I can feel the explosion building and am most curious to see how you write it.
Once again, an enjoyable chapter. I wait, impatiently, for the next.
TEWAuthor's Response: You are mighty perceptive. Yes, Arthur's sojourn in Mr. Fletcher's office won't last to the end of the summer, unfortunately. The Weasleys would have had a much different life if it had.
It's been a few years for me since I finished my master's, but I remember the comps at the end of it. Youch. Comprehensive exams suck, so I had them in mind writing about NEWTs. I'm glad it turned out all right.
Poor Twyla. But someone had to be the sacrificial lamb to the war. The first of many.
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Beautiful, heartwrenching chapter. I love how chapter by chapter, you inch closer to the war, and still manage to add brief moments of lightheartedness. I look forward to the next chapter! :)Author's Response: Thank you very much! I hope to have the next part finished this week. It's partially written. It will be an epilogue, then the story will continue in a two-part short story. :) Report Review
And yet another stellar chapter! I'm coming out of my lurking ways to say again how much I am enjoying this story. You write normal, believable relationships and realistic, nuanced characterisation beautifully. It's quite a feat, juggling as many supporting characters as you are, but they all remain quite distinct in my head.
I particularly like how you've woven in the war and prejudice over the last chapters, it's never too much or too little, and you map out people's reaction - reactions which may make them unlikable, but are understandable and realistic -perfectly. The entire work is not just refreshingly original but also really shows a sophistication and maturity which, regardless of author age, is not overly common.
And - possibly the highest compliment you can give around here - I could forget this was fanfiction and believe this was J K writing the Molly years. Excellent job!Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm totally in love with this review, I almost don't know what to say.
I really like writing ensembles. These characters are alive in my head, so I don't feel like I'm juggling a lot of them, if that makes sense. I tried to show with the different reactions the variety of ways that people respond to this sort of issue. They're not always noble, even when they're good people at heart. It isn't all black and white, unfortunately. Prejudices can run deep.
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Oh, how naive Molly is! She'll be seeing a LOT more Quidditch, lol! I did think the line (up at the top), "She supposed she was supposed to be concerned about this," was worded a bit awkwardly. It just looks weird having two supposeds in there. Still speaking of Quidditch, I do think Molly's lack of understanding might seem overdone to some people, but then it occured to me she's much like I am with football (I couldn't care less, really). Also, I got quite a kick out of her thought that she wouldn't know how to tell how a game is good or not!
I remember from the last time Little Lucius, Mini Malfoy, Despicable Dexter made an appearance that he was completely, utterly, and overwhelmingly slimy, infuriating, smug, self-righteous, and just plain horrible! You outdid yourself this time, because he was all that times ten. Just reading about him made me want to smack him . . . or curse him. *shudders* What an utter slimeball. I bet he leaves slime in his wake like a slug. (And now I'm stooping to his level.)
Ah, life goes on, does it not? Hattie's looking for lodgings and employment, and everyone else is looking to the future as well. Here's another broken-record moment, but I love the world you've created for Arthur and Molly: the circle of friends, mainly. It is rather difficult to keep track of all of them, but I admire you for being able to write about them all in an organized fashion and show character development for each of them!
Gideon and Fabian are back! They haven't been as prominent in this story as in Unsinkable, but you do have enough characters as it is. I still love when they make an appearance, though. I didn't really expect them to take the rap for Molly, but it is in character for them. Besides, it seemed kinda sweet. The Prewett siblings definitely support each other.
Another beautiful chapter. :)Author's Response: Gid & Fab have been less prominent in this one simply due to space constraints. It's a much shorter story from Unsinkable, so their plot moments aren't as frequent. They're a big help here though, getting Molly out of trouble.
Lucius's attitude is extremely repellent. I based it on his letter in the "Tales of Beedle the Bard" mostly, but he and Draco are pretty horrible in the books as well. I've never understood the love for them. They may be played by nice-looking actors, but they're horrible racist bigots. VIOLENT racist bigots. Nothing admirable there at all. Draco turned out too cowardly to actually murder anyone, but that doesn't make him secretly a heart of gold or something. Sigh. Anyway, /end Malfoy rant.
Life does go on, and they all have to grow up. I'm starting to have a Hattie one-shot in mind for post-Hogwarts. Hmm. I will have to work on it a bit. I really like her character, prissy though she is. And Molly with Quidditch is pretty much me with every sport. Her brothers quizzing her to mock her lack of understanding (in Unsinkable) is directly based on crap my brother used to do to me. (He would name a team and have me guess whether they were baseball, basketball, or football, then laugh because I was usually wrong.)
I will work on that sentence, I didn't even notice that. Thanks for pointing it out! And thank you for the review! Report Review
So THAT's what Roddy Feltham looks like. (Rather, that's what some random famous guy I've never heard of looks like.)
Ahem. Moving along.
I think I've left so many reviews for you now that I always feel like I'm repeating myself. Then again, good news bears repeating, doesn't it? So the first good news I'll share is this: I love coming back to your stories because reading them is such a comfortable experience. I feel like I can just sink into them like I'm lying in a canoe on my back, floating down a gentle stream, watching the blue sky and leaves pass above me, and only a minor insect buzzing along now and then.
Now the thing I've said a dozen times: I love the way you portray Molly and Arthur. They're so beautiful. Every time I read a story that says, "Characters X and Y were so perfect for each other," I roll my eyes. Ugh. So what? Who says? Who cares? I don't, if you can't come up with something more convincing than that. Well, Molly and Arthur really ARE perfect for each other, and you don't have to say so. You've created them such that there is no other possibility.
Well, as uncomfortable as that scene with Constantine and Glynis was, it was also important. You have to get Arthur and Molly seriously thinking about the future somehow, and through those other characters, you were able to bring to the forefront certain issues they may not have addressed on their own but now have on their minds. (Also, the suffocating Weasleys and Arthur's fear of Prewett rejection nicely sets the stage for the elopement.)
Plenty of time. On the one hand, they do have plenty of time. They're young. But on the other hand, they can't put everything off forever with that excuse. I really liked this chapter because it was so serious and definitely showed your characters continuing to tackle more mature, adult issues. Your characters are all developing into quite the interesting young adults--and they feel so realistic.
Overall, it just gave me warm fuzzies. :-DAuthor's Response: That's not quite how I picture Roddy, but it was close enough. I actually don't like the chapter images as much now as I did months ago when I made them. Thinking about deleting them.
Anyway, your reviews are never repetitive to me! :) I love to read them. I'm sorry it took me so long to respond.
Molly and Arthur are perfect for each other, but everyone already knows it, so what is there to say? lol. I know what you mean though, just saying it is meaningless if it isn't demonstrably true.
I think all teenagers feel like they have plenty of time. In this case, pretty soon the war is going to start slamming their happy little teenage world and will show that there isn't plenty of time after all. Soon!
They are all having to deal with turning into grown-ups. They've hit the age for it. That odd transitional not quite an adult but leaving their adolescence behind. And yes, the convo with Glynis and Constantine was quite uncomfortable! lol. Poor Arthur. Hit from all sides there!
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