aaawww!!! so cute and fluffy and HALARIOUS!!!Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you liked it! :) Report Review
No matter how much I hated the ending, but this story was beautifully written. Thanks, you're AMAZING. :)
My heart aches to see Rose and Scorpius not together in the end, but what to do...some stories are not meant to have the happy ending we hoped for.
Thank you again for the wonderful story.Author's Response: Thank you! It means a thousand times more that you still enjoyed the story even though the ending wasn't to your taste. There was a point when I could have brought Rose and Scorpius together, but the Scorpius of this story is just too problematic - had he been a more balanced individual, it might have worked.
I really like what you've said about some stories not having the happy ending we look for - every reader has their own expectations of a happy ending, and the challenge for the author is to decide on that ending.
It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed this story! Thank you again for reading and reviewing! :D Report Review
OH WOW! This first chapter was just amazing! I'm sucked in and absolutely in love with your Rose and Scorpius! This is so original and just crazy awesome! Your story telling skills in this chapter are just mind blowing! I'm in love with this story already. I love where you have it started, and hopefully where you have it going. I loved the flashbacks, they were so well placed and helped to ground me into your story even more. I love how she could be smart like Hermione but she just doesn't put in the amount of time that is needed to get those grades and loves her father and would side with him. Its really sweet! I also love that you have Rose wanting to go off for a job and an adventure before she wants to settle down, thats so realistic to me that she would want to see the world, do something, before she were to settle down. Besides its not as if she told Scorp out right no she didn't want to marry him, just that she needed this experience first and that he could come with her if she meant that much to him, but it was him to make the choice that he didn't want to wait or go with. So I think its safe to say that you understand just how much I have fallen in love with this story in this first chapter because its amazing! I look forward to reading more of this story, and others of yours, this year! Great Job!
~Slytherinchica08~Author's Response: :O There's so much liking and loving in this review that I don't know what to say! Thank you very much for all of the compliments - it's fantastic to hear that you've enjoyed this first chapter so much. ^_^
It was something completely different for me to write, but I felt strongly about giving Rose that "out", allowing her to explore the world for herself instead of rushing into a relationship that she wasn't ready for. She has her parents' love of adventure, and it's important to her that she finds her own place in the world, apart from her wide-spread family so that she can finally be an individual. You've reminded me how many different things I was working with in this chapter, all of the cliches of next-generation and/or Scorose stories, as well as the realistic problems of growing up in a large family. I'm pleased to hear that you liked the realism of Rose's choice. :D
I hope that you enjoy the rest of the as much! It'll be great to see what you think of it! Report Review
brilliant. utterly brilliant. LILY AND SCORPIUS ARE SUCH... ugh. unnameably awful.
I love this so much, Rosie and Teddy and everyone are so perfect and the structure (I know, kind of random) is awesome.
don't stop writing :DAuthor's Response: Thank you very much! :D It's always super-fantastic to hear when readers enjoy the ending of this story and its overall structure. It was a lot of fun to write and it means a lot that you think that it's brilliant! Report Review
Wow. Intense...i had totally expected her to be with Scorpius, but Teddy is much better. I listened to The Winner Takes It All, and it really was a great match.
good work :)Author's Response: It's funny because I was tempted at one point to bring Scorpius and Rose back together, but I stuck with my original plan in the end - I wonder whether the other way would have worked. However, I am so happy that you enjoyed this ending and liked the match with Teddy much better. It means a lot to hear that! ^_^
Thank you for reading and reviewing! Report Review
Vague enough to stay on edge but intriguing enough to keep going till the end. nice job!Author's Response: Thank you! I'm happy to hear that it was an intriguing story! :) Report Review
that was amazing and really sad at the same timeAuthor's Response: It's a bittersweet ending, for sure... I hope that's what you meant by sad. ;)
Thanks very much for reading and reviewing! Report Review
So weird, when I was reading this I totally started to feel what I'm sure Rose would have been feeling. I really like how you've set the situation so far. I hate it that when the ex of Rose or whoever, starts dating or gets married someone in the characters family the author usually lets everyone just be okay with it and no one seems to mind. I'm so glad that you haven't done that. It's right of Rose and the rest of her family to be mad with Scorpius and Lily especially for what they've done. Bravo! I really does seem that this is the great story I've been looking for. :DAuthor's Response: It's great to hear that you like how the story is coming along so far! I agree with you that the characters shouldn't be okay with Scorpius's behaviour - it would be really weird if all the Weasley-Potters were fine with the new marriage arrangements, and totally out of character. I can imagine that Rose had a hard enough time convincing everyone that she and Scorpius were a couple, but for him to change to another of the cousins, AND do so behind Rose's back... lots of problems there.
Anyway, thank you so much for reading and reviewing! I hope that you enjoy the rest of the story, too! :D Report Review
Oh my god! I'm so happy right now. So so happy. I was looking on your page and stumbled across 'welcome to mars', and saw it was labled 'Teddy/Rose', and it was a sequel-- I freaked.
I read this story ages ago (before I had an account on here), and I can't believe I finally found it again! Seriously, i've been searching more than I'm proud to admit for this so I could read it again. This story made me start loving Teddy/Rose, just because of your writing. This was one of my most favorite stories I had ever read on this site, it's so beautifully written, the ending is amazing! I couldn't believe I had finally found a story that Rose and Scorpius DIDN'T work out, where Rose cared about her schooling/professional life, and in something so original like Herbology. I had read story after story of angsty, 'forbidden love' between Rose and Scorpius where they have a secret snog and Ron throws things. Then I finally found this.. this was a breath of fresh air to me to have something so well written, and so original to fall into reading.
Honestly, there were points where I had almost written blogs, or status updates, asking about "A story where Rose goes off to study Herbology, finds out Lily is marrying Scorpius, and ends up with Teddy Lupin"-- Again, more than I'm proud to admit, how much I love this :p
Okay, gushing aside (I'm just SO happy to have found this! You have no idea.) honestly fantastic work on this whole story. Seriously, it made my week to find this and be able to read it again! Off to read the sequel!Author's Response: *splutters*
How do I respond to this coherently? Really, it make me squee to read it again, and I've read it a good few times before finding the right moment to properly respond. You searched for this story! You wanted to read it again! YOU LOVE THE ENDING! *sobs* You've more than made my day with this! The ending has always been the contention for a good few readers, and finding someone who loves it makes me feel extremely happy - it's the ending I hoped to write, the one that satisfied me most rather than "giving in" to expectations that Scorpius and Rose should have still gotten together in the end.
This story was inspired by those other stories you've mentioned, the Romeo & Juliet-type romances with squishy happy endings that don't entirely make sense, and being a contrarian, I had to do the opposite. :P I think, when I began, I thought of this story as a "sequel" to those Scorose romances that take place at Hogwarts because, realistically, adolescent romances that last are pretty rare, and my hope was to make this story something more realistic. Not that it turned out that way, but I like the result all the same. ;)
I'm so glad that you found the story again, too! I hope that you enjoy the sequel - it's a bit different (as it's no longer about rewriting cliches, but rather me having more fun with the characters), but it's still the same Rose, being melodramatic and generally failing at life. XD Thank you so much for reading and rereading this story! Report Review
Blerg! SO. MUCH. LOVE! This is so great! Everything about it is just what I've been looking for in a ScoRose, maybe it's the anti-ScoRose-ness of it that I love. Not sure but this is great! I really liked the flashbacks as well. The way you write, the descriptions, well planned out thoughts, style, everything is enviable because it IS that great. :DAuthor's Response: Thank you so much! :D I'm really glad that you like the style of this first chapter - it almost stands alone as a one-shot, very much an "end of the affair" kind of story. Most of the story is pretty Scorose-ish, but my own annoyance with the popularity of that ship kept getting in the way. :P It's wonderful that you've enjoyed this first part, though, and I hope that you also enjoy the rest! Report Review
I happy-cried at the ending. Thank you.Author's Response: Thank you! It's great to hear that you liked the ending! ^_^ Report Review
Honestly, I quite hated your story. I'm an avid Scorp/Rose fan, and this story really shouldn't be classified as a Scorose fic. The story itself, while grammatically pristine, was filled with cliches and was overly dramatic, much like your characterization of Lily. In conclusion, I have to say that I would not recommend your story to any other readers.Author's Response: Thank you for your honesty! It's funny because I wrote this story in reaction to people like you who adore Scorose, a ship that I find to be innately cliched and over-dramatic. The fact that you have been offended by this story's content means that my initial reasons for writing it were indeed carried through with success, so thank you for hating it. I am a little sad that you couldn't see how this story is critical of both "YA romances" and how Scorose is too often written, but I suppose that die-hard shippers like yourself only want those two characters to get together no matter how irrational and ridiculous such a result would be.
Additionally, if you know of how my story is cliched, I'd love to hear it - especially if it means that there are more stories like mine out there now. When I first wrote this, there weren't any that dared go against the hallowed Scorose ship. Lily was also purposely exaggerated - perhaps a little overdone, but sadly, I've known far too many girls just like her.
I do see how you could have been confused by my categorizing Scorose as the "main pairing", but it is the central ship around which the whole plot of the story is focussed - just because those two characters don't get together in the end doesn't mean that it's not a Scorose story. However, for future readers like yourself, I have added to the summary that this is an "anti-Scorose". Hopefully that prevents future sufferings by readers. ;) Report Review
So, it's my last two weeks of final exams, and I should probably be studying and practicing my music right now, but I've been dying to read and review this, and I know that if I don't do it now, I won't have another chance to do it until after finals are over. :P
But honestly, what a dramatic, penultimate scene in the living room. Trust Scorpius to send Rose a final letter (and trust Lucius to deliver it like an owl, bless him) right in the middle of a Wotter family gathering - his timing is seriously impeccable - but good for Rose for remaining steadfast and independent! I couldn't help but cheer when she crumpled the letter and discarded it on the floor, all the while taking a step away from Scorpius and a step toward Teddy. (Oh, Teddy. What a dreamboat!) Seriously, Susan, you wrote the letter scene between Rose and Teddy so beautifully, I honestly would've been thrilled with the way things were sorted out if you had ended the story right there. (Although, I'm much more ecstatic that it didn't end right there, because the wistfully sighing, happily blubbering Teddy/Rose fangirl in me adored the actual ending; but I'm just saying, you're an incredible enough writer that any ending from you in this story would be wonderful, really.)
But the curtain call! Oh, the curtain call. Have I mentioned how much I love Rose and the way in which her character developed throughout the past thirteen chapters? No? Well, I do. Again, I found myself cheering for her (I seem to have become Rose's own personal cheerleader :P) when she "declared herself the winner", as Teddy so cleverly put it. Triumph! And when she kissed Teddy - oh, gosh. I won't even lie to you, I definitely squealed for a good five seconds. That whole airport scene - the banter between the two of them, the knowing glances and comments exchanged between the rest of the Wotters, the EVERYTHING - was so perfectly written, I cannot even begin to describe how amazing it is. What a magnificent ending to such a wonderful story. I'm admittedly sad that it's over, but the ending was simply so perfect, that I can't help but feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Susan, you are a genius. You are absolutely brilliant. Thank you for writing such a spectacular story. It was a joy to read, and I can't wait to see what happens next with Rose! 100/10.
- EmmaAuthor's Response: Exams < Fanfiction. It's the sad truth. I've gotten into so much trouble over the years for writing or reviewing when I should be studying. >< But it usually works out alright in the end... depending on the class, actually... but I won't go there...
Wow. This review. Whoa, Emma, there is some intense fangirling going on here and I can't possible appreciate it as much as it's worth. That scene with the letter is one that I really liked, though I don't know if it quite turned out the way I'd pictured in my head - it's one of those strongly visual scenes that's hard to find the right words to describe. It's awesome that you liked how this Teddy/Rose storyline turned out - it means a lot to have the support for that ship rather than... the other one. I cruelly enjoyed the maybe-maybe not aspects of Teddy and Rose in this story - they're such odd people, but well-suited to one another because of those oddities.
If I start writing about those two, I'll go on forever, I know. I enjoy writing them way too much (which is mainly the only reason I'm doing a sequel, just for excuses to write more of them :P).
It's wonderful that you liked how Rose's character developed over the story! I wrote this chapter thinking that she hadn't at all moved on, that while she may be capable of seeing past Scorpius, there's still this overdramatic streak of immaturity in her - she's still not grown up yet, not all the way at least. But the novel is only a week long, so I guess there can't be that much personal development, even with all of the things that happened to her in that short time. Her life changed, and I like to think that she changed a little with it. :)
That airport scene is like something out of a movie. Maybe like Sleepless in Seattle or something. :P Oh gosh, it's one of those sweetly romantic scenes and I'm glad that you liked it. Very, very glad. Happy endings and me don't often get along well, so this one turning out just right is a fabulous feeling. ^_^
Thank you very much for all of your wonderfully detailed reviews! They were a pleasure to read, giving me the opportunity to relive the story along with you. It's fantastic that you enjoyed it so much! :D Report Review
Oh my goodness, I felt so many chills the moment Teddy started playing "The Winner Takes It All," and it's quite warm in my apartment, mind you. Literally, what an absolutely beautiful, poignant scene you've written, only to have it interrupted by Scorpius, the great prat! (You know how to write the best cliffhangers, though! Thank goodness this story's already been completed, otherwise I'd be waiting on tenterhooks for you to update it. I know, I'm greedy. But this story is so good!) But aside from Scorpius and his general prattiness, this was such a lovely, heartfelt (but not sappy) resolution (or penultimate resolution, maybe, since there's one chapter left?) to the week's events, and as usual, it was written so beautifully that I feel as though I'm actually in the story, experiencing the scene with Rose. Ah, incredible. I don't want to do this (I do, but I don't...), but I suppose it's time to finish this story. Sigh. (But yay!)
Here we go.Author's Response: It's interesting how chilling people are finding that moment - I suppose in a lot of ways it's the inspiration for the story becoming part of the story itself, like in a movie when the main theme is played by one of the characters, or is heard on a radio. There's a name for that, I remember hearing it in film class, but I've forgotten. Oh well. It's that kind of thing anyway. :P
I'm so happy to hear that the resolution is working out so well, especially that it's got the right amount of emotion in it. Rose is past her lowest point, but she's still very low, and very fragile - the knock on the door really throws her for a loop, and of course the first person who comes to mind is Scorpius, but is that actually the case? You'll have to find out. :P
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story, Emma! It's fantastic to read your comments and "follow" you through the story - a great way for me to revisit it again. ^_^ Report Review
Ahhh, Susan, I love you! You're one of the most spectacular writers ever! Wow. If I bothered to take stock of how many wonderful one- or two-liners you have throughout this piece, I'd be able to fill an entire book with them. Truly.
"Andromeda Tonks burst into the room to take in the sight of her grandson having tea with a significant part of those "strange things" and who was, at that particular moment, only wearing a dressing gown and what could have been interpreted as a suggestive smile.
It was, to say the very least, unfortunate timing."
Honestly, your particular style of writing and phrasing things is so distinctive and amazing, I wouldn't even bat an eye if you went on to have a career in writing or published a novel. Actually, I basically expect it, because you're so awesome! Seriously. I feel somewhat saddened, as I can already sense this story coming to a gradual close (two more chapters left? *whimper*), and I find that I've immensely enjoyed growing and developing with this fabulous cast of characters you've created. I won't say too much, as I haven't reached the end just yet, but all the same, this has become my new favorite story, and I can already tell you that I'll return (again and again) to read this whenever the mood to reopen this box strikes.
On an entirely different note, I am in love with Rose/Teddy (even though it's not officially Rose/Teddy, and there may never be a Rose/Teddy, due to its hazy, love-is-too-troublesome-so-let's-take-this-at-face-value implications), and I find their scenes together becoming my favorite pieces of this story. (And the wolf in the tea leaves! How clever! I literally said aloud, "Wolf!" when I read it. Yay!) You genius, you! I cannot wait to read this next chapter. (:Author's Response: LOL! Those one-liners got me through this chapter - it was a hard one to write because I wasn't sure how readers would react to these events, and also because it was hard getting Rose through those emotional moments without having her crack completely (or launch into more moping whiny moods). I'm really glad that you liked them and this chapter, though - it means a lot that you did! ^_^
I've loved writing these characters, more than usual for me, which is interesting - I wonder what it is about them that makes them so writable and, for readers, readable. I wanted them to be realistic and human and flawed, and for some reason, it ended up making them better characters. No complaints there! :D I'm writing a sequel, though, so the story won't be over, not yet at least. ;)
Those two characters are the highlight of the story for me - they fit together really well, and it makes them wonderful to write. They bounce off one another and while there's awkwardness sometimes, their time is more often spent in intelligent conversation (or Rose's odd meanderings, depending :P). I suppose that, to me, they're the ideal couple.
Thank you so much again for your wonderful reviews, Emma! I hope that you enjoy the rest of this story too! ^_^ Report Review
WHAT?! Susan, you're such a fantastic writer that I can't even leave a proper review. Forgive me, but I've seriously GOT to read the next chapter. Brilliant!Author's Response: Thank you! It means so much that you're enjoying the story to this extent - it's an addicting one, eh? I couldn't ask for more. ^_^ Report Review
What?! Oh, you did not. (But you did.) I won't lie, this is my favorite chapter so far out of this entire story, which is saying something, as each successive chapter becomes a new favorite as I read it. (But I've decided for certain, this one is my favorite.) Oh, I love this story so, so, so very much. I should be studying for the music theory exam I have in the morning, but a few more chapters can't hurt, right? Right.
There are always times in our lives during which sacrifices must be made, and it goes without even saying, now is one of those times. Onward!Author's Response: Yay! I remember that I enjoyed writing this chapter because Vinny and Teddy are fantastic characters to write - perhaps the only people who could keep Rose out of her glum moods - not to mention the fact that they're eccentric and rather amusing. I'm glad that you liked this chapter too! ^_^
Haha, so you like each new chapter better than the one before? That's a very good thing - at least for me rather than for you who should be studying instead of R/Ring! I hope that this story is worth it! ;)
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! It is, as always, wonderful to hear from you, Emma! ^_^ Report Review
No! Cliffhanger! Ughhh, must read the next chapter.
(But bully for Rose! Way to stand up to that prig. She has such a wonderful spirit, and I admire her character.)
Onward!Author's Response: *evil laugh* Yes, the wonders of the cliffhanger! They're fun to throw in every so often, if only to ensure that people do continue reading the story to satisfy their curiosity. :P
Thanks again for reading and reviewing! I'm really glad that you like Rose - she's quite a character to write, and perhaps one of my most realistic heroines. ^_^ Report Review
Before I say anything else, I'm just going to preface this review by saying that this line is probably the best one I've ever read: "Closing his eyes tightly, he went bald." Whether read in or out of context, it truly stands as the best sentence ever. Ever.
Okay! Now I've gotten that out of my system, on to the reviewing part! :D What's this? Doth mine eyes sense a bit of Rose/Teddy possibly looming in the future? Maybe even a little Albus/Vinny? (Don't worry, Rose, I definitely caught that "look" as well.) Call me a hopeful romantic, but I think if Rose were to ever gravitate toward Teddy in that way, he'd undoubtedly be loads better for her than Scorpius (who is, coincidentally, still a git). Speaking of Teddy, I'm in love with your characterization of him! In my mind, I'm seeing a bit of a bedraggled, drably clothed James McAvoy with a mop of hair and a doleful expression, and I really love how bitter he is at first, as well as how real and raw he becomes when Rose finally cracks the ice. Mm, Teddy. I can tell I'm going to love him.
And Albus! Oh, I adore your Albus! What a guy! And what a fantastic cousin. He's absolutely adorable (in a grown-up, boyish kind of way) and charming, and his presence in this story makes me so happy. Poor Rose, though. I really feel for her, sitting there, clutching a pint of butterbeer while her old (but newly, strangely remote) friends talk over and about her. I know they don't mean to (and that makes me love them even more), but they just don't seem to realize how much their words impact her feelings. Still, I really, really enjoyed that whole Leaky Cauldron scene - it was fabulously written, as was the rest of this chapter.
Hats off to you for such brilliant writing! I can't help but feel this wonderful, mounting excitement as I prepare to continue this story. (:
- EmmaAuthor's Response: Haha, that line! I had to go back and reread the chapter to figure out the context because it's such a random line. But yes, that's Teddy for you. He's a nut, but a lovable one. I've tried to imagine what that line would look like, how it would work, and I can't. It's just too much. XD
Oh yes, Rose/Teddy all the way! It wobbles back and forth until the end (mostly because the Scorose shippers had their say and made me nervous while I was writing the story :P, but also because true love should never be easy). I'm so glad that you like my portrayal of Teddy - it means a lot because I love this version of him rather too much *runs and hides* and I'm glad I'm not the only one. He looks just like that in my head, too! ^_^
Oh my gosh, Albus! I liked him from the moment he appeared in the Epilogue and have tried to include him in next-gen fics where I can - he's got a great name, a cute personality, and a lot of potential for being a generally awesome character. ;)
Thank you very much for reading and reviewing this story! It's been fantastic to receive and read your thoughts on each chapter - it's a great way for me to revisit the story and think more about the sequel (because half the time I can't remember the things I've already written - sad, but true). I hope that you enjoy the rest of the story, too! :D Report Review
Yes, I have decided that I'm going to read your stories =P Starting with this one, which looks like it's one of your most famous ones.
I loved this Prologue. You don't know how hard this hit home for me, since I'm facing a similar decision as Rose faced here. One that I think will end up as this chapter ended.
Beautifully written =) And on to the next chapter I go. ^_^Author's Response: Is it? I actually had to look and compare to double check, and yes, it's my second most popular story! Murder on the Hogwarts Express is the only one with more reviews, and while this one has more favourites, MotHE has a Dobby, so it all balances out in the end. :P
It's sad that I had to check and weigh the two stories against each other. It's what comes of being from a numbers family. *rolls eyes*
Anyway, thank you so much for your review! I didn't expect you'd take on a long one, being busy as you must be, but it will be wonderful to hear your opinions on this story! It means a lot that you've enjoyed this chapter, and I hope that you enjoy the rest as well! ^_^
I'm very sorry to hear that you're facing the same decision as Rose, probably with the same results - it hits Rose hard, and I can imagine it would be worse in real life. *huggles* Report Review
I don't want that to be the only thing I say in this review. So, I'm going to tell you - I really love this story. It's not one of those typical "angsty beginning, happily ever after ending" types you see a lot. At least not yet, I hadn't gotten to the end. But I don't expect that.
Oh, one more thing: TEDDY!
Slytherin Review Brew. (let's see how many times I remember to actually put this at the end of a review. :P)Author's Response: Even if it was the only thing you said, I'd understand and appreciate it. XD It's wonderful that you're loving the story so much - it's definitely not the usual type of story, and while it does sort of follow that typical plot line, there are a lot more twists and turns along the way. And of course, whether the beginning is angsty and the ending happy depends on how you want to look at it - I doubt that Scorose shippers find the ending very happy. :P
Anyway, I'm very glad that you like my Teddy (and yes, he's MINE) and I hope that you enjoy the rest of the story, too! Thank you! ^_^ Report Review
I have to say; I really don't like this lily. She's whiny and selfish - even if she herself doesn't realize it. She's like the rebellious one in the family, only not the normal kind; she's going about it completely the wrong way.
But you can also see she's naive, easily manipulated (three months? Pfft), unlike Rose.
Makes for a very interesting character. I need to see how this all plays out. So I can start the sequel (yeah, I saw it :P)
Also, can I be a tiny bit depressed that Teddy is married to Victoire? And hate her a little for laughing because he said he wanted to be a poet? I love what he does. ^.^
Next chapter...Author's Response: And that's exactly what I wanted people to think of her, so it's good that you don't like her - if you did, I'd worry. Honestly. Maybe one could feel sorry for her as one learns more about her side of the story, but Rose never does, and therefore the reader isn't really meant to either - Rose's opinion and bias guides the portrayal of other characters, especially Lily.
She does make a great "villain", though - the perfect protagonist for someone like Rose, who can't help being jealous of Lily's beauty, as much as she doesn't want to envy such a thing. :P
You can be depressed about that - I had to follow canon to a certain extent - but like what happens with Scorose in this story, Teddoire goes down the drain pretty fast. I'm glad that you love what he does, though, as it was such a random choice, very unexpected for the wizarding world, but I thought "why not?!" and went with it.
Thanks again for reading and reviewing! I look forward to seeing your reactions to Teddy when he makes a full appearance. ;) Report Review
You say wolf, I say TEDDY!
I don't, I've never read this till now, but I do. I can't help it. I love Teddy. And Rose. And Teddy/Rose. LOL.
Slytherin Review Brew.Author's Response: lol, it's definitely an obvious bit of foreshadowing - at least I can prove to people that this was meant to be Teddy/Rose from almost the beginning! I loved writing Teddy for this story (and its sequel now, too) and I hope you like how he turned out when you get the chance to meet him!
Thanks very much for reading and reviewing this, Sam - it was a great surprise to see you reading this story, and I hope that you enjoy the rest! ^_^ Report Review
Fall break is almost here, which means I'll have more time to read this! I'm currently waiting for my next class/ensemble to start, so in the meantime, I will happily review and (hopefully) continue reading more of this. I seriously can't believe it's taken me this long to come back, but since term started, I've been neglecting HPFF (but have been working on things at TDA, so I suppose it's give and take :P). However, I'm so thrilled that I'll have time to catch up on this lovely fic this weekend. And on a side note, congratulations on 'The Fires Within,' you fabulous writer, you! What a well deserved Dobby award! Anyway, on to the actual review.
Firstly, I absolutely loved the interaction between Ginny and Molly - it progressed so naturally and felt entirely in character for both of them, and it was such a lovely glimpse inside the Weasley world that never seems to change much. This section in particular was fantastic: "As Harry came through the door, Ginny leapt toward the kettle, keeping her still-scarlet face hidden from sight. He had all the confidence of the Boy Who Lived, saviour of the wizarding world, and the head of a Ministry department. Some said he was slotted for the next Minister of Magic, though most of the family supposed that he'd never take the post, following the inspiration of his beloved Professor Dumbledore. But in Harry's case, it would be a useless post; he already ruled the world." Truly, this quote captures how I always imagined Harry to be post-DH - to me, these simple, yet eloquent lines ARE Harry. What I mean to say is, if there were a dictionary definition of post-DH Harry Potter, that would be it. That's all we need to know about him, since you've captured him so beautifully and realistically.
Lily, on the other hand...ugh. She's insufferable! (Great job writing her, though!) If ever there were to be a reincarnation of Lydia Bennet, she would be it. I want to feel some sort of compassion toward her, but honestly, I just feel like introducing her to a Chomping Cabbage. (I love how invested I am in your characters! Ha ha.) Bless Harry for fathering her with so much patience. And it goes without saying, I support/adore/empathize with Rose twenty times more after seeing Lily.
Ah, anyway, to end my rambling musings, this was a wonderful chapter as usual, and you're such a spectacular writer! I'm still ridiculously hooked on this story. (:Author's Response: Oh my gosh, Emma, what a review! It's wonderful that you've come back to read this story some more, even with school - it means a lot to hear from you, and even more that you've taken the time to write such a long review, too. ^_^ Thanks for the congrats on Fires Within - gosh that story keeps coming back to haunt me! Just when I hope that people will have forgotten about it, it goes off and wins a Dobby! *flails* It was lovely to get a Dobby, though - can't say no to one of those yummy awards!
Writing this story taught me a lot about how comfortable I was with writing the Weasleys. They're a great family to write - very complex yet much closer than my own extended family, which was probably why I didn't think I could pull them off. And writing the older Trio-era characters is far, far better than I ever expected - they make good adults, for some reason, their personalities adapting well to maturation. I re-read that part you mentioned and was in awe of it - I couldn't have written that! Harry actually turned out well! And I don't even really like him. Strange what comes out of one sometimes. I'm glad that you liked it and Harry's portrayal - it's a wonderful compliment to be able to write the main character so well because usually they're the hardest to capture due to the fact that so much is already written about them.
Haha, Harry's used to having a brat for a daughter, even if he doesn't quite understand how it happened. She's like a freak of nature, and I wonder often if I went too far with her character, making her too extremely insufferable - of course, it is from Rose's perspective, so there's a definite bias against Lily. I'm glad that Lily makes Rose more sympathetic, though, as Rose is pretty flawed herself and many have questioned her behaviour throughout. ;)
Thank you again for reading and reviewing this story! I'm incredibly glad that you've been enjoying it so far! ^_^ Report Review
Hi Susan! It's Jenny :)
Well, wow. Have did I miss this fic exactly? It's wonderful! Such a beautiful start with the setting and description, and of course, Scorpius and Rose. I love them as a couple so it pains me to see you separate them (haha), but they way it was done was so perfect that I almost didn't mind! ;)
I loved the flashbacks as well, which helped to explain their past and how she had reached this point. I think what jumps out the most is that it's so realistic - not full of cliches and completely believable.
I can't wait to read more! Bye for now :)Author's Response: Wow, thank you very much, Jenny! I'm floored by this review - first because it was totally unexpected and second because of all the amazing things it says. I don't know if I can handle reading it for the hundred time (slow to respond, quick to read over and over and over again - that's me :P), but it'll be a pleasure to at last respond to your kind words. ^_^
Haha, a painful separation to see, but still acceptable due to perfection? That's awesome, and I'm glad that it turned out for the better rather than the worse. It's hard working against the popularity of Scorose with this story, and even up to the end, I was really close to tipping in that direction, but it's more fun to keep readers hoping (not to mention hopping). I'm so glad that it sounded realistic, too, as that's central to this story - I'm not usually a realist, but for some reason, this version of Rose and realism go together much to well. :D
Thank you again! I'm rambling, rather than expressing my gratitude in the way that I want, so I'll just end with more gratitude. ;) Report Review
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