I love Siobhan; she might be one of my favorite OCs of yours. I'm glad you get verbose with her. I'd be delighted if she showed up again...but your stories about Rose are delightful too, if in an utterly different way. :)Author's Response: I do love Rose ;) But I have for quite a while now had a story for Siobhan mapped out, I just never seem to get around to writing it. I should get moving on that. I'm glad people like her and still want to hear more about her. Thank you so much for reviewing! Report Review
I feel sort of ridiculous saying this, but now that you've reached 1981 with your characters, I feel a little bit old. I just looked, and I left my first review on Unsinkable in June 2008, although I'd been reading it before that. That means it is closing in on four years since I first started reading about these characters. At the time, they were all teenagers, which makes it almost half their life spans, counting from this chapter. Now some of them have kids going to Hogwarts, and geez! Lol. It's really intriguing to see them all growing, though.
One thing that really strikes me about this chapter is that these characters have lived their entire adult lives so far during the war. It's just like Dunstan says . . . they don't know what it's like not to be in the midst of the war. It's been so much a part of their lives, shaping so many of their experiences and thoughts.
I felt sad for Dunstan and Gemma in this chapter, even though it's not so easy for me to relate to, not being at a point in my life where I'm at all interested in having children. Still, being in a circle of friends where each of them seems to have so many children must be quite difficult for them both. The ending with the puppies was heart-warming, though.
This was a beautiful little collection of short stories! I'm so glad you wrote these about the Unsinkable characters!Author's Response: I find it odd to think of how long I've been writing Molly and her friends, not to mention the sheer number of wordcount I've devoted to her. You've been a steady reviewer since very early on! It has been a long time in their chronology. Ending this with baby Harry seemed appropriate, and it's interesting to think of how those who'd lived all that time with the war reacted after it was over so abruptly. I really hope you get a chance to read Cherry Blossoms, I'd love to hear what you think of fully adult Hattie and her family in that.
Dunstan and Gemma's predicament is not one I've dealt with, but I tried to write it accurately. It's a hard feeling for him, and poor Gemma. It's tough to be the only ones without kids when you want some of your own. But they'll be okay. They wind up breeding Yorkies and live the rest of their lives down the street from Petula and her family, visiting back and forth all the time (though keeping the dogs away from poor allergic Jeffrey). Petula's kids are closest in age to Bill and Charlie - in fact, what with birthdays falling the way they do, Bill and Jeffrey are in the same year at Hogwarts, and so are Charlie and Charlotte.
Anyway, thank you so much for all the wonderful reviews! I really appreciate it, and loved reading them. :) Report Review
I didn't read the chapter summaries before I started reading the actual chapters, but I was hoping there would be one about Siobhan. It is usually fun to read about her, and she never completely satisfies the reader (which keeps us coming back for more, I suppose!). She is an interesting character, and whenever she's been mentioned since Cecilia's death, I wondered where she was and what she was doing.
I never would have predicted it, but dragon keeper actually seems to suit her as a profession! I'm glad she found something that can anchor her a little more than Cecilia's travel bag.
Hmm, so there are Death Eaters sniffing around, looking to acquire a dragon, I suppose? That does not seem like good news at all. I hope old Mad Bertok hasn't bitten off more than he can chew going after them, or that he isn't in league with them himself. This is the first story in this collection where I'm really wondering what happens next! :PAuthor's Response: Couldn't leave out Siobhan! She found a job to suit her, and a man to suit her (at least for a little while, certainly not forever). I was sending the Death Eaters for the giants in this scene - they joined with Voldy in the first war.
I actually have a ton more of Siobhan's life planned out, which I didn't get into here. She's destined to leave the Carpathian reserve (the one where Charlie Weasley will someday work) before too much longer, and unfortunately Firmin will not return from checking up on what those Death Eaters were doing Romania/Hungary.
One of these days, I'm going to write out a bunch more on Siobhan's life. Don't know how much audience it will get, but I know at least a few people will want to read it. lol
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Wow . . . this story literally made me misty-eyed. Cecilia's death was a really difficult thing for her whole group of friends, and it was difficult for many of your readers too, I'm sure, especially the ones who had invested in the Reid/Cecilia ship. Still, her death was an excellent way to show the impact of the war and truly bring it home to your other characters.
It's still sad to see Reid in such a state three years later, though. However, I suppose I ought to cut the guy a bit of slack, because something like the house selling is bound to bring the memories back and make it seem worse again for a while. Also, I suppose maybe he's feeling like everyone else has forgotten, with the way he received the news.
I was touched that he wanted to save the roses for Cecilia, though. Maybe it wasn't the best move on his part for moving on, but what he did made sense to me too. I understood Hattie's reaction too, though.
This was a very well-written and impactful story.Author's Response: This one is probably the best out of this collection (although I did really like Hattie's). So sad though. Sometimes sad has to happen, though.
He wasn't in such a bad state until he found out about the house being sold. I tried to hint at that when he says he hasn't been by her grave in a few weeks. He was getting better, but this was definitely a big setback for him.
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I noticed one typo: Arthur should be interested in all things about Muggles, rather than all thing about Muggles.
I was rather touched by this story, especially the ending. I suppose it's because we know Hermione did something similar with her parents, and I always thought that must have been incredibly difficult. That was one scene I thought the movie showed very well. Perhaps this is silly, but I feel like Cosmo is having to grow up really fast, and it makes me just want to give him a giant hug.
I also enjoyed the first part of the chapter, when Cosmo and Arthur are in the pub. It's really wonderful how you can be so sparing with sharing details, yet I can still imagine the room and atmosphere very clearly. A cold, blustery day, meeting in a sort of dim pub, whispering over their glasses . . . it does all seem rather secret society ish, doesn't it?
What a fun little detail to throw in about how the Burrow got its name!Author's Response: Oh thanks! I hate leaving typos, you know that drives me nuts ;) I'll fix it.
Cosmo got a bad lot here, really, but he did what he had to do (I liked Reid helping him out, enjoyed writing that bit in). It's very secret society-ish, and he did have to grow up too fast. Poor guy's only barely out of Hogwarts, so he's only like 18. Just like Hermione. That's a hard thing to do, to send your family away like that. Cosmo's in rather less danger than Hermione was, so he doesn't have to do anything like as drastic as she did. At least his mother and sisters still remember him.
I'm not totally happy about the Burrow origins there, but it was fun to throw in :) Thank you for reviewing! Report Review
I've never been a big fan of wedding chapters/stories, to be honest. Usually they wind up being somewhat boring, with too much oohing and aahing over the dresses and the flowers and the gorgeous bride taking the groom's breath away and how perfect everything is and so on. So I didn't enjoy this chapter as much as the previous story, but it was pretty darn good for a wedding!
I was torn between amusement and sympathy for Petula. It would be so frustrating to have your mother and sisters making all the decisions for you, especially if you already argue with them at times. Then the stress of the whole event makes things seem even worse. Still, as the reader, it was somewhat funny, especially Petula's mental asides about Majorca and aliens.
I was glad that she finally stood up to her mother and sisters and got a bit of time with her friends before the wedding. I suppose that's a good start for her.Author's Response: Ah yes, I actually dislike weddings greatly. But for Petula, it was just... the only thing I could write for her, if that makes sense. Although she does appear in Dunstan's chapter, and that was fun to see her 10 years later, basically.
Poor little Petty, she has a crap family, but deep down they do love each other. Probably only because they have to, but they do. Her sisters are pretty wretched. She did get a nice wedding in the end!
I have to admit, my favorite part of this chapter was Petula's alien thoughts. She's a hoot with her crazy Muggle novels. Thanks for the review! Report Review
Aw, this was a cute and beautiful little story! What a joy to read. :-) I am always impressed at how distinctive you can make your characters in different ways. You have a loud, unusual protagonist (Rose in the Midnight stories), but you have a cast of softer (for lack of a better word) characters too. So often it seems like authors on this site give their characters "personality" by making them loud and weird. It gets a bit on my nerves after a while. I think it takes a lot more ability to make a softer character seem alive and strong.
There was a certain aspect to Hattie here in this chapter that reminded me of the way RonsGirlFriday writes Audrey in one of her stories, Irrational, which I think you have also read.
I remember that earlier, Hattie was a bit hesitant about her mother marrying a Muggle, but it was really neat to see her here with her new step-brother. It seems that she is really getting on with her new family, and it was probably nice for her to have another young person to talk to--especially one where she can, to some degree, forget about all the danger in the Wizarding World for a few moments and concentrate on enjoying Muggle cafes and the like.
Also, that was a fun ending with Edwin. Whenever he appeared at first, I suspected he might be a wizard, only possibly a bad one. Then I became convinced he really was just Jack's Muggle childhood friend. Then he really was a wizard after all! I think a Hufflepuff is probably a good fit for Hattie too, to get all stereotypical here.
Anyway, as I said, I enjoyed this chapter very much.Author's Response: The loud and weird characters, I know exactly what you mean. They get on my nerves too ;) It is harder to get a quieter personality across effectively, but I think they're more common than the larger-than-life types. Thank you :)
I looove RonsGirlFriday! She's fantastic, and I especially love Irrational. So cute. Hattie did start out quite afraid of the whole step-family of Muggles issue, with what people would say and her own prejudices, but she has adjusted well since she's a good person at heart, and she is open to adding to her family, as it were.
I couldn't resist giving Hattie someone awesome ;) She's one of my favorite characters and seemed underappreciated, so I liked letting her find somebody who sees her as desirable. Mostly they're like "Hattie's a good egg", but not Edwin.
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Aww go Hattie! I think I've said 'I love her/him/them so much' about almost every one of your OCs, but Hattie's so wonderful. I'm glad she found someone. (I realize they just met, but I can be hopeful, can't I?)
"From an unusual, even fractional platform?"
Oh god I could cry. That's so funny!!!Author's Response: Be hopeful! They did just meet, but this is Hattie's future husband :) I wanted her to have somebody wonderful too, cause I really like Hattie. I'm glad you do too!
That was one of my favorite lines when I was writing this ;) Thank you so much for reviewing! Report Review
So glad to get a look at what Siobhan was up to on her long search for herself. I didn't think this story was too long at all and I certainly wasn't bored! But then again, I love Siobhan. I do hope she turns out alright in the end, although I think I'm getting to the end of the Unsinkable series so this might be all I get of Siobhan. Great job as always!Author's Response: "Long search for herself" is an excellent way to put it. She definitely hasn't found what she needs here just yet, but she's on the path. I actually have much more in mind for her, so I might need to start working on her story after this one-shot. Thank you for reviewing! Report Review
Poor Reid... his has become a story that tugs at one's heartstrings. These one shots are as amazing as all your work is. It's great to get these little snippets of what is happening in their lives and sort of fill in the rest yourself. Marvelous job!Author's Response: Thank you! Poor Reid, yeah. He winds up a bit tragic, but he presses on. Bit of a backslide here though - he kind of snaps a bit. I'm really pleased that you're enjoying this addition to the OC stories :) Report Review
I'll be honest and say I'm glad you ended this with a squishy, happy feeling. :-D How adorable. And of course I love that you tied it in with Voldemort's defeat by baby Harry - it puts us right back at the beginning of canon! Dunstan wondering who the devil was Harry Potter made me laugh a bit.
This has been so wonderful to read. Your OC's are hands-down the best I have EVER read. And now that I think I have caught up on all recent Unsinkable stuff, I will promptly go back into withdrawals (seriously, have you considered the idea that nobody is ever going to get enough of this, and we're going to force you to keep writing Unsinkablicious stuff until you're about 90 years old??) :-)
Melanie ♥Author's Response: It was a lot of sadness in this one, wasn't it? But it's wartime, so... And Dunstan and Gemma will be happy once they can let go of the dream of parenthood and let themselves have a new dream. At least they have each other. I had fun with the Harry Potter bit, because he's so famous at age 11, but no one would have known who he was before that day.
Thank you, thank you! I'm so pleased that you like my OCs. I'm pretty fond of them, so it makes me very happy (and relieved) when readers like them too. I hadn't considered that - haha! I figured people were probably done by now with this stuff. I've written so much in the Unsinkable-verse, but I don't think I'd ever really say I'm done with it. Maybe I should work on another one after I finish up Rose's latest adventure. Report Review
I love Siobhan to pieces. She's fascinating and so damaged. She seeks all these thrills that would normally make you think, Man, she's really living life, but when you acknowledge the fact that she does it just to get away from her problems and get lost in different kinds of excitement, it's ironic because she's really not living life after all. Her experiences don't really build her up, they just keep her kind of distracted and numb - that's how I read it anyway. I love reading her. And I loved the end of this chapter - it was actually very sad, but in a beautiful way.
MelanieAuthor's Response: Damaged is really the perfect word for Siobhan. She's no less damaged here than she was at Hogwarts, and you're exactly right, she's still running away and not really living. Her adventures cover up her feelings and let her distract herself from really thinking or feeling anything. And you see she hasn't actually changed since Hogwarts - there she has no adventures, only boys, and here once the adventure falls into a lull, she immediately turns to a man. Poor thing, she's really messed up. I *do* have in mind a future - several years past this - where she can begin to heal, and hopefully one of these days I'll finish writing it.
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Where to even start? Reid's devastation, even three years later, is so palpable. What stuck out to me a lot was his attitude towards digging up the rose bush - in contrast to Hattie, whose first thought is that it's a very odd thing to do, in Reid's mind it makes perfect sense, and nothing will convince him otherwise.
These quotes are wonderful:
If only it said beloved wife instead of beloved daughter, so he could know that he still belonged to her, even when she was gone. Mad, he knew. She'd owned him, heart and soul, since he was sixteen. Maybe before, even.
He wasn't sure how he'd survived without Cecilia, come to that. It had to be because Hattie had told him he must.
"I miss you," he whispered, staring at Cecilia's roses, and Hattie, who always knew when to pretend she hadn't heard something, pretended not to hear him.
Seriously close to bawling right now. And I love the relationship between Reid and Hattie. It's gorgeous. I love it.
MelanieAuthor's Response: Poor Reid. Yeah, Hattie is aware that he's sort of lost it here, but Reid isn't seeing it. Sinking into madness for a minute there, but Hattie will drag him back. It's what she does. Hattie and Reid developed sort of slowly through Unsinkable and WIW, and then in Over The Anvil, Hattie really takes charge of Reid. But never in a romantic way; they only ever were friends. I think it's good for both of them.
I tried to show that he had been getting better, but this was sort of a big set-back for him. He says to Cecilia that he hasn't been by for a few weeks - he's getting to the point where he doesn't visit her grave as often, which is good for his grieving process. Anyway, hopefully that made sense. As much as Reid's disjointed thoughts can make sense here.
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Ok, so I legitimately thought I had read this whole fic already, but I recently realized that was not the case! So I'm back!
I am always in awe of how perfect the interactions are between your characters, how everything you write flows like butter. Like buttah! And the amount of adorable constantly emanating from Arthur is going to kill me. In the best way.
I love the reference to how the Burrow was named. So cute!
And the end of this chapter was so heartbreaking. Poor Cosmo. It was written just perfectly.
Cosmo was one of those characters in Unsinkable who really just flew under my radar. I liked him of course, but he didn't stand out to me as much as, say, Reid (whom I want to *squish* and love forever). But the point of this is that it's really nice to just see a whole chapter devoted to Cosmo and what he's dealing with here, and that's what I love in general about this whole series of one-shots. :-)
MelanieAuthor's Response: Yay! I love getting reviews from you.
Arthur is sweet, isn't he? lol. I love him. He's a great character in the books, I get such a kick reading him. So of course I love writing him too. Thank you sooo much for the comment on my buttah-rific flow! *restrains a squee*
I threw in the Burrow bit almost as an aside - I can't decide if I fully like that explanation, but it was fun to add in.
Cosmo didn't get a lot of screen time, but he's still part of the group, so I gave him a one-shot in this collection to show a little more of him. It's tough times for everyone, especially a Muggleborn like Cosmo.
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I am always so astounded by your ability to make me care about noncannon characters. It's a testament to your talent as a writer. You have a skill that can't help but surpass fan fiction. I hope you never leave the genre but you could be a very successful writer of original fiction. I would buy anything you write!!Author's Response: Wow! Thank you very much. I can't even tell you how much this review means to me. *hug* Thank you. Report Review
This was a sad chapter with a happy ending. I love it thats all I can say. that and I am so sorry for Dunstan and Gemma poor things.Author's Response: It's sad, yeah. I felt bad doing this to Dunstan. He'd have been a decent father, he's a pretty good guy. I did like throwing in more of Petula's life here, though. I picture her living down the road from Dunstan for the rest of their lives, both popping in and out of each other's houses all the time.
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haha no I was not bored. I love her and her strange ways. Its nice to know even Siobhan can find a bit of love. Its sad to see how fast these years are going for your OC's. I loved this chapter though it seemed well not what you usually present. It was refreshing! Well once again great job.Author's Response: Siobhan definitely has some strange ways. She is, as Georgia always puts it, damaged goods. I don't think it's love so much as distraction, because Siobhan has a very hard time feeling love. But she is still using men as a substitute for actual feeling, the way she did at school. She's just got someone who does rather the same thing now, so they use each other. She's still pretty messed up. There's a few more years yet before she really starts a healing and growing up process.
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You were right this was horrid sad. Reid and Cecilia are my favourite OC's of yours. The story of them is so strange i love them both dearly. I love that you slowly put in things like The baby crawling or that Petulia had a baby as well and that hattie is married. You are gifted with words my dear and I am glad for those words have touched my heart. Congrats on a great story you are an amazing Ravenclaw!Author's Response: I have to admit, I sort of enjoy throwing tragedy at Reid. Poor guy. He kind of snaps a bit here.
This review really left me speechless. I don't even know what to say! You are so sweet, thank you so much! Report Review
Just when things are happy, Ol Moldy shorts has to go an ruin it! He is such a funsucker! Molly pregnant that is amazing I am so happy to see that you included something as fantastic as that. I was heart broken that Cosmo had to use the charm on his mother... It is rather sad things came to this in the time of the war. I can't wait to see what Reid Has been doing! Great job as always
Love GinnyCAuthor's Response: Yeah, from this chapter on out, it's a lot about the war. It sort of colors everything. And I wanted to tie in the Weasleys to every chapter whenever possible. I also wanted to use the opportunity to explain why Molly and Arthur weren't part of the original Order, and I think it must've been the kids. She spent most of the 70s pregnant. Poor Cosmo, but he had to protect them. I think more Muggleborns must have done this sort of thing than is talked about, you know?
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I loved this as I knew I would! Her sisters are cows! But her family explains her so much! I love that Thomas chose to see her the night prior to the event. It was a sweet tail of love! Great Job thank you for being the amazing author you are!Author's Response: Yeah, they really are, aren't they? ;) They do love her, they're just... cows. I do think her family is integral to her personality. She's more like her sisters and mother than she'd admit. I love writing love stories, it's my favorite thing :) Thank you so much! Report Review
I love this! A badger and a loin how sweet. I love Hattie and I love that Hattie is finding a good fellow! Jack is becoming one of my new favourite characters of yours! Great job!Author's Response: I really like Jack, I have to admit. He's a nice guy, he really wanted a sister and was glad to have one finally. And in a roundabout way, he set her up with her future husband. He's a good brother :) Thanks for the review! Report Review
Gah, I love Siobhan. She is such damaged goods, but at least she knows it and deals with it in her own way. I like to think of her finding a place to fit in and go on with life, such that it is. Loved this one!~GWAuthor's Response: She really is damaged goods, I'm tellin' ya. Poor kid. She is still working out issues here, hasn't moved past them. This is definitely a girl who needs therapy, I think. She does find the world of dragon keepers a place to belong, in some ways, but she won't be staying in the Carpathians forever. ;)
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Oh my god. Girl, how desperately beautiful. His grief is almost palpable, and my eyes are full of Reid's tears. I don't have words for this one. ~GWAuthor's Response: This is the first one I wrote deliberately for this collection (the Hattie chapter had been written just for funsies), and yeah, it's super-sad. Reid really loses it when he finds out Cecilia's house was sold, but fortunately Hattie is around to draw him back to sanity when he needs it. Thank you for the review! Report Review
How utterly gutwrenching. Poor Cosmo. As always, this is a brilliant glimpse into the lives of the characters you've created. I always expect to see them on the Lexicon. Well don, hon. ~GWAuthor's Response: Thank you! Yeah, I think a lot of them got the short end of the stick in the first Voldywar - although they came out of it better than many, so it could have been worse. Poor Cosmo. Thanks for reviewing! Report Review
Aww... As always, delightful. SO glad to see all of these little moments.
Hope to see more from you soon!Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm going to be posting the first chapter of a short story set in the DH, focusing on Hattie, very soon :) Report Review
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