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Review #1, by Unicorn_Charm A Satisfied Mind

15th May 2015:
Hey Rose! I'm here for our swap and am ready for my feels to be damaged. Your tweet scared me. :\

I really like the friendship that has developed between Rose and Scorpius. I'm glad to see that they have been able to move passed their false relationship. Although, Rose doesn't seem to be completely over it. Not him, but the fact that he more or less used her. That would be a major shot to the ego, though. You can't blame her. It's sweet of Scorpius to agree to go to the wedding with her. If they do end up going together, I'm sure they'll have a great time. I'm dying to see what Rose thinks of Corbin and what he thinks about her. Haha Ioved that line about her being 20 and not 50. :D

Bahahaha! "Great job" :D I love it!! Oh god, and then James asking if Lily's pregnant! I couldn't stop laughing. But they really haven't been together that long and Lily is so young. It's sad, but only natural that people would jump to that conclusion. I really loved Ginny making that remake about James being like Ron, because that totally reminded me of something Ron would have done. Ugh, but I still so don't want Lily to marry that man. :( Make it stop, Rose!

ROSE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!? No, no, no, no, no!! But. But. But... No. :( I mean. I can't. Words. I'm in shock. And crying. And just. Rose, no! This section started out so cute and so lovely. Cora. Molly and Arthur. Molly feeling the same way about Archie as everyone else (except Lily). Mounds of general fluffiness and then BAM! The feels on the bus go round and round, kill my soul, make me cry. This isn't fair. I never had my permission slip signed for this feels trip! So not allowed!! The only thing I can think of saying to you is; on a scale between one and even - I can't.

I'm heart broken. :(

Poor Molly.

Rose, as always, you've made me feel all the feels. It hurts, but it hurts so good. This is one hell of a story!

Lots of love,

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Review #2, by Unicorn_Charm There Goes the Fear

8th May 2015:
Rose? Rose? :( Is James going to be ok?? I mean, he's going to be ok, right? Don't do this to me. Or Cindy. Or Al. Or Ginny and Harry. The fact that Ginny and Harry looked like the aged years at hearing the news of James being taken to St. Mungo' isn't sitting well with me. I mean, Ginny and Harry both played Quidditch, so they shouldn't be worried unless it's serious. Does this mean it's serious?? Bah!

On to cute things that aren't making me prematurely grey.

I think it's adorable that Lysander has a crush on Lily. He already seems sweeter than that turd she's with, so obviously that means I want them together. Now. Thanks. :)

Cindy is so totally smitten with James, I can't even take it! I love her. I know that we haven't seen her that much, compared to the other characters, but I just love her. And JAMES BETTER BE ALRIGHT!

Hmm. I just assumed that kiss in Spain would have stayed in Spain, but I guess not. ;) I wonder who Rose is going to get to be bet date? I mean, it can't be that bartender, right? I'm sure she'll find someone.

What a scum, that Hopkirk! Good for Lily! I'm glad she didn't decide to sell her family out and remembered her father's advice. I must admit, I was hoping that she would have inherited the aptitude for a certain bat bogey charm from her mother and used it there. ;) The sleeve ball. Grrr. I'm legitimately angry over that lol.

Aww! Just long enough for Cindy to fall in love with him?! *squeals* I can't even deal! :D ♥ ♥

*snorts* Bertrand and Archibald? Wow. Those poor guys...

Um... Rose? NO! NO LILY CANNOT MARRY THAT MAN!! Just - Just... NO! *making angry faces at the screen*

So it seems like Scorpius, out of everyone so far, really has his head on straight. I don't know what it is, but I feel like he's matured the most so far. As much as I'm not on the Corbius train, this was a really cute moment with the two of them. I do like the fact that he firmly stated that he's not willing to just give up everything that he's worked for, his family and his friends. I like that he still wants to be his own person, even though he's in a relationship. Good on Scorpius. :)

Oh and one more thing... JAMES BETTER BE ALRIGHT!

Great work as always, love! ♥ Thanks for the swap!!

xoxo Meg

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Review #3, by Unicorn_Charm Hold Tight

4th May 2015:
Hey Rose!
I am so, so, so sorry for how long I've taken. I was just not in a good place last week and didn't want to force a review and have it all halfhearted. But things are getting a little better, so here I am! :D

Ahh James and Cindy! I almost forgot about that, but Cindy is just the cutest thing! I love them together so much. :D I just love how at ease and how well Cindy and Brandon seem to fit in with the Potters. Brunch would had been pretty perfect if it weren't for Archibald. He seems like a total jerk, to be honest. I'm not digging the way that he totally became angry when Brandon touched him. That's the second time that we've seen some closed minded behavior from him. He just doesn't strike me as a great guy for Lily and I hope that she sees that soon. Speaking of Lily, I can't believe she made that comment! What was she thinking? And of course Brandon tries to break the tension there haha. I want a Brandon. Where can I get a Brandon?

Well look at Astoria being a sneaky Slytherin. Surprising Draco that way and totally lying to Scorpius. I guess it worked out though. Draco seemed like he took to Corbin well enough. Which is another reason why I don't feel like Corbin is right for Scoripus. I mean, he's - I don't know. I really just can't put my finger on it, but I still don't like him for Scorpius and I really hope he doesn't move to Paris with him. I can't believe that Draco is actually let Scorpius and Corbin stay there, though. Maybe he finally is accepting his son for who he is? I hope so. I wonder if Scorpius was talking about loving Corbin, or if he meant something different by saying he could love who he wants to love down there...

I can't even deal with how cute Arthur and Molly were here! You have them down perfectly, Rose. How on earth do you do it!? Of course Molly would over cook and offer to change Cora for Brandon. And I totally laughed out loud at Arthur wanting to show Brandon his shed of Muggle stuff. Love it! Oh Rose... (other Rose, not you Rose) I hope that she didn't totally screw up her relationship with Al. I know that Brandon is acting like nothing happened, and Al and Rose said it's all behind them, but I really don't feel like that's going to be the case. As you keep cryptically tweeting me, drama is coming. ;)

Another amazing chapter, Rose! I'm nervously awaiting the drama. Until next chapter!

xoxo Meg

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Review #4, by Unicorn_Charm Don't You Want Me

20th April 2015:
Hey Rose! Finally here! :)

Alright, so no shouty caps this time. *eyes Rose suspiciously* This. This chapter was too calm, which actually makes me more nervous for what is sure to come. Your tweet about the drama not being far away has me all anxious now. This chapter. I don't know. Something must be coming soon. I can feel it.

I was actually really proud of Scorpius and Albus in the beginning of this chapter. That both behaved like adults. Maybe the baby is doing Al some good, because he really seems like he's maturing. I kind of feel like Scorpius' feelings may still be there, and be a bit stronger for Al than Al's are for Scorpius at the moment. I feel like he's not debating on moving to Paris because he wants to live with Corbin. It feels more like he's running away from his feelings for Al. Which is why he's so aware of Albus's schedule, wanted to tell him that he's thinking of moving with Corbin and assumed that Al seemed down because he still had strong feelings for him. I don't know I could be totally wrong. :)

I'm still not hopping back on the Brandbus. *crosses arms tightly and turns away stubbornly* Nope. Not happening. But, I'll admit, they were pretty cute here. I laughed out loud after finding out Cora was not hurt and Albus was freaking out about jello. :D Again, this section showed how much Albus is maturing. Yeah, he was angry about Rose, but the old Al would have stormed out and ran to Scorpius or hooked up with Derrick or something. I'm glad to see that they talked that all out and have come to a better understanding of where their relationship is. But I'm still not back on the Brandbus. *might be lying slightly* grrr.

I really enjoy the dynamic of Lily and Rose a lot. They really do have a relationship that is more like sisters than cousins. It's fun to read. :) Although, I think Rose is right and Lily might just flip out if she finds out Rose not only has feelings for Brandon, but made a move on him too. Oh I'm sure that will come out in good time though.

Great chapter Rose! As always, I adore this story! Thanks for the swap!! ♥

xoxo Meg

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Review #5, by Unicorn_Charm Ice Cream

11th April 2015:
Hey Rose!!

Sorry I'm horribly late with this one!

I can't lie, the fact that Teddy named his son Remus made me a little teary eyed. :( Especially with him being a sandy-haired little thing. *sniffle* Who put the stupid onions in here?! I loved Teddy! Absolutely loved him! He was such a great big brother to Al here. (I know he's not technically his brother, but he's as good as) I know Al feels like he's going to change or be mature enough for Brandon, or whatever, but I just don't see it happening. I still feel like he's going to break Brandon's heart. :( I'm not hopping back on the Brandbus anytime soon! :p

ROSE (the fictional one) WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!? Oh no, no, no. That's not the way to go about it at all! She ruined everything at this point. I mean, I can understand just wanting to do that, but not the right time. Too soon. Far, far too soon. And he wasn't giving off ANY signals that kissing him would have been remotely a good idea. Ugh, I just want to shake her! I'm still not giving up hope. Maybe, when Albus inevitably lets him down again, or cheats on him with Scorpius (because let's face it, he's selfish enough to do that), that kiss with Rose will come to mind. *still waving my Brose banner*

Aww I felt bad for Scorpius there. That can't be easy to hear that the man you're dating had to go into hiding as a small child because of people your family were associated with. I wonder how many uncomfortable moments he's had like that in his life? Probably a few I would imagine. I don't want him to move to Paris! I don't think Corbin is right for him at all. What about his shop? He loves his work! He can't just give that all up! Nope. He's not moving, because I said so. So there. :p

Well you were right about the drama. I can absolutely sense that coming. Especially after Rose's dumb move! I still want to slap her...

I'm more than half-way through this now! That makes me kind of sad because I never want this to end. But then I'm anxious because I NEED to know how it ends.

I can't tell you enough how much I'm loving this! Great work as always!! ♥

Love and hugs,

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Review #6, by Unicorn_Charm Only Myself to Blame

9th April 2015:
Hi Rose! Prepare for yelling.

ALBUS SEVERUS POTTER! Brandon deserves so much more that what you're giving him! You-know-what or get off the pot!! Bah!!

Ok. *breathes deeply* How are you, Rose? Good? Good! :)
Yeah, Brandbus is never going to work. It's official, the ship has sunk. Brandon is too emotionally mature for Albus, who in many ways, is an emotional 16 year old. He definitely doesn't seem capable of having the kind of stable relationship that Brandon wants and needs, especially with a baby now. I've jumped ship and am sailing the wide open seas on the SS Brandon/Rose. No more flip-flopping for me.

Speaking of Rose, what an interesting night for her, huh? You really hit the nail on the head though. Why is it that you can't be friendly with a guy, especially while having drinks, without them thinking that you're coming on to them? I felt so uncomfortable and embarrassed for her when he tried kissing her like that. It's good that she stopped him though. It would totally ruin her business if word got out that she behaved that way with her clients. But good on her for the kiss with the bartender haha. He wasn't a client, so why not? ;)

Well, I've got to hand it to Archie, that was really well done. I honestly can't say one bad thing about that. It was really romantic and sounded beautiful. I probably would have been puddy in his hands like Lily was. I don't know. I don't love Archie, but I don't hate him either. He seems like one of those people who you meet and then forgot their name like 10 minutes after you meet them. But Lily seems quite taken with him, so maybe he's alright. I can't wait to see him meeting Harry though. :)

As always, fantastic chapter, Rose! And, as always, I want to slap and shake Albus. Gr. Can't wait to see what's coming. This chapter felt like a clam before a storm or something... I'm on to you. :p

Much love,
Meg ♥

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Review #7, by Unicorn_Charm The Wolves and The Ravens

31st March 2015:
Hey Rose! Finally here! Sorry I took so long, I've been taking Benadryl and kind of passed out last night. Stupid cold.

I wouldn't have been able to tell that was the first party that you've ever written. I honestly thought if flowed very well. :) I love that Rose just bursts in their flat like she owned the place. It really shows how close she is to Al and James (and Lily too, I'm sure). I always imagine that Rose and Hugo grew up with the Potter kids more like siblings than cousins and you really do a good job at showing that with how Rose interacts with them.

This shy-ish James is just adorable! It's so cute how he's so unsure of himself with women, I just want to hug him! And I love the overprotective brother in him too, when hearing about Lily's boyfriend. Immediately asking if Harry knew haha.

“James, this is why we don’t tell you things,” Albus sighed heavily. “Of course she hasn’t told Dad – he’d react worse than you.” :D I was cracking up.

And that little bit with Cindy was just too, too cute! ♥

Arg Al!! He is being such a selfish twit! I'm glad Rose hexed him and told him off. What is he thinking?!? He has a man who loves him, home alone, with a NEWBORN and Al is sucking face with an old hook up buddy?? I want to slap him! He really needs to get himself together here.

I'm glad to see that Hermione is being supportive with Rose and taking her starting a business seriously. I'm sure Rose feels a lot better with her mother on her side. And I like how you described the beginning of their marriage. I really feel like you've got that dead on.

Oh yeah. There is definitely something brewing there with Rose and Brandon. It's totally one sided at this point (I think), but there's something happening. Rose is obviously developing feelings for Brandon and I think Al is beginning to notice that too. I smell drama in the not so distant future.

And then we come to Scorpius and Corbin. Nope. Still don't like it. I do kind of feel bad for Corbin, because I think he does truly care for Scorpius, but I don't think he's good for him. And this chapter just proved it. He's going to be another person who tries to control Scorpius and tell him how to live his life. Nope. Not digging that. I think meeting Astoria might have been a mistake. Now he'll be able to use the, "And I know your mother agrees with me," argument. Nope.

Great chapter once again, Rose! I can't wait to continue on and see the inevitable drama that we all know is unfolding!! :)

xoxo Meg

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Review #8, by Unicorn_Charm Where the Wind Blows

26th March 2015:
Hey Rose!! :)

I absolutely adore your Rose. Like to the point where I want her to be read and to be my best friend. It really is/was bittersweet meeting up with close friends from school. It's nice to see them again, but then you begin to realize how much they've changed, or you've changed and things just aren't the same anymore. Like here, when Rose is hearing of Eliza getting married and having a baby, and all Rose could do is focus on what in the world color ecru was. (which had me laughing because that would be so something I would do) And then how appalled she was at hearing Eliza got pregnant on purpose, to keep him. Ugh... Some girls. She just doesn't seem anything like them. Eh, at least she might get some business for her new Travel Company out of it. ;)

Aww that's nice to see that Astoria is really trying to make an attempt to be open to Scorpius' boyfriend. The fact that she wants to lunch with them really made me smile. It kind of made me forgive the, "Is he a pureblood?" question. Bless her, she's trying. I really do hope that eventually his father comes around, but I honestly just can't see that happening. I at least hope that his mother continues to be there for her son. I mean, you can't blame Scorpius for being a bit cool with her. Yeah, Draco did throw him out, but Astoria let him leave. A mother shouldn't have let that happen, no matter what. But, we'll see what happens with them I guess.

Ok, so on to Brandon and Al. I kind of want to slap Al in the face, to be completely honest. Brandon is in love with him, and I think Al knows that, and Al has feelings for two people and is totally abusing the fact that both of those people have feelings for him too, and he's causing me to type out the longest run-on sentence in the history of run-on sentences! Brandon is a good man, who just had the biggest shock of his life. And now here's Al making him feel like they might have a shot at being a legit couple (because who wouldn't think that after all Al did for him in this chapter!) and he STILL doesn't have his you-know-what together! Albus Severus Potter! GR!!! He's going to break Brandon, I know it. And yes, Rose. Yes. There will be pitchforks, fire and a tantrum fit for a two-year-old. Bah!! *glares at the computer screen, breathing heavily*

I don't think I've been this emotionally invested in a fic in a while. I'm totally smitten with this story, even though it drives me crazy and hurts my heart at times! :p Thanks for the swap, as always!! ♥ ♥

Much love,

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Review #9, by Unicorn_Charm The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)

21st March 2015:
Hey Rose!! :)

I really, really liked this chapter. I know I say that with every chapter, but this one I loved. I think it was the amount of POV's that we really got to see. There was just a lot going on. :)

I agree with Rose. I'm hoping that Lily gets Archie Bunker (is what I've decided I'm calling the bigot. Because, let's face it, he sounded like a bigot) out of her system soon. I wanted to smack him in the face when he made the comment about being surprised Brandon was an Auror. And Lily must have rose-colored classes on with him right now, to basically not bat an eyelash at that comment. He does seem nice enough, I guess. But pretty close minded. Lily is better than that

I kind of couldn't handle George bringing up Fred. Anytime I read anything with George talking about Fred's passing. I immediately tear up. It kills me. But that showed just how serious he was while talking to Al. I feel like George wouldn't really bring up Fred much, if he could help it. He's right though. Al isn't really being fair to Brandon. He totally just abandoned him. I'm pretty mad at Al lately to tell you the truth. He's behaving very selfishly. Bad Al. Scorpius is just trying to live his life and Al is messing with his head. But Scorpius isn't exactly innocent either. He pretty much told Al that he's only dating Corbin until Al makes up his mind. They're both being pretty terrible people right now, aren't they?

Um... I may have, possibly, just a little, kinda, sorta, maybe have a new ship here. Rose/Brandon! Maybe Rosdon? Nah, that's terrible. I'll get back to you on that. I might just be in love with Brandon and want to see him with everyone! He was so cute with his daughter! Ugh I want to hug him! I love that Hermione sent Rose with a book on nursing! :D Because she thought it would be good to know the theory! Hahaha! Of course she would! But seriously. Rose and Brandon. Way. Too. Cute! Their relationship already is very comfortable and effortless. They mesh very well. I was already kind of feeling that the day that they had lunch together at the Ministry. But now I'm totally wanting to see it. It seems like Brandon 's mother might agree with me, too. ;) And it really is no surprise that Harry is being so accommodating, after hearing Cora's Muggle relatives don't like magic. I'm sure Harry would never want anyone to grow up the way he did. :(

Awesome chapter, Rose! So, so, so loving this story!! ♥

xoxo Meg

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Review #10, by BellaLestrange87 Simple Song

21st March 2015:
Hi Rose! I'm here for our review swap!

I've got mixed feelings about this chapter. I'm happy that Albus and Scorpius are friends again (true friends, not awkward-sexual-tension-acquaintances (does that even make any sense?)), but I'm not that much into the fact that Scorpius and Corbin are moving away to France. We know that Corbin isn't the calmest person around, and in France Scorpius won't have Albus or his family around to lean on if it flares up. (And, since I've seen your 2015 story map and know you've planned a Scorbin (Corbius? I don't know.) I feel like something bad is going to happen.

I feel a bit sad for Albus. Yes, he's got Brandon and Cora, but a lot of his friends are leaving, and to him it probably feels like the end of an era (of youthful innocence or not having to do anything), since now he's committed to a loving relationship and he's a father. I think he's matured a lot throughout the course of the story, and it was all gradual and realistic and I greatly enjoyed reading it (but I didn't review all of it because I AM A BUTT; I'll have to fix that sometime).

On a sort-of-related note, I feel like their flat is going to be a bit cramped. James, Albus, Brandon, and Cora (if I understood that part right)? I think they're going to end up tripping over each other, depending on how big the flat is (Undetectable Extension Charm, maybe?).

I'm sad that this is the last novel with Albus, Brandon, Rose, and Scorpius, but I can understand why; they've all done their growing and there isn't really any maturing left to document. Although I'd be interested in a story about Rose :thateyebrowwigglething:

You have a typo here: planning a two stories about Lily - planning two stories

I'm really excited for these Lily/Lysander stories. I think in one of my earlier reviews (or on another story, I don't remember) I said I was really excited for the Lily/Lorcan novel, and then felt like a complete idiot. Lily is possibly my favourite Next-Gen character, and I'm looking forward to reading more about your take on her, since she isn't really a major character in this novel. I think the reason I like her so much is because I've written 40,000 words about her myself and I like seeing how other (better) authors write her.

Thanks for the review swap! I'm sorry that this review isn't really a review and more me rambling about things semi-related to this chapter, though.


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Review #11, by Unicorn_Charm A View to a Kill

16th March 2015:
Hey Rose!

I couldn't wait for another swap. I had to know what happened! And all I can say is... you're lucky. *cracks knuckles menacingly* Well, lucky-ish. Alright, I'll start from the beginning. :p

I still don't know how I feel about Corbin. I mean, he came across as perfectly alright in this chapter, but the weird vibe I get from him is still kind of there. I could be completely crazy. I mean, I know that is definitely not out of the realm of possibilities. ;) He just seems to kind of talk down to Scorpius a little bit. And I don't know if that's because he's older and kind of thinks of Scorpius as childlike or what. But I don't like it. Although, it is kind of crappy that Scorpius cheated on him. Arg, Rose! You do complicated relationships and people so, so well!!
I hate/love it!!

I'm glad that Rose went home and worked things out with her parents. Hermione really must have been worried about her. We all remember what she did to Ron after he took off on her and then came back haha. And I LOVE how supportive Ron was! How he offered to loan her the money like that. I feel like he did that because of Fred and George. He couldn't help them start their business at the time, but he is in a financial position to help his daughter, now. It really was lovely to read that. :') Happy tear. I'm so glad that Hermione actually heard her out this time and is being supportive-ish, too. Yay for happy family! :D

YOU ARE SO LUCKY THAT YOU DIDN'T KILL HIM OFF!! Ok. I got that out of my system. I can understand why Al would be upset, but really, Bran having a child really isn't the worst thing in the world. And Al seems like he'd be really good with kids. If he thinks the news was a shock for him, then he should imagine how Brandon must feel. Albus is a bit selfish at times. James was great. I loved how he wasn't really letting Al fall into self pity and did kind of make him see Brandon's side, too. AND that he told him it would be pretty crappy of him to bail just because things may become hard. I think Albus needs a little bit of tough love like that. Bah! I can just see my Brandbus ship sinking in a giant firey blaze. Sigh...

Awesome chapter, as always! I'll be back to read the next one and (I'm sure) yell at you again. ;)

♥ ♥
xoxo Meg

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Review #12, by crestwood A Satisfied Mind

16th March 2015:
Hi Rose! It looks like I'm going to get to be your 200th review on this story! I'm writing this in school, so hopefully I won't be too distracted by everyone's conversations around me.

I had a feeling that Rose would ask Scorpius to go with her. It was a little embarrassing that he asked her about her lack of a 'proper date,' especially considering who he is. Rose is probably a bit too concerned about this, because like Scorpius said, she's still really young. But when friends start getting married those thoughts do start creeping in.

I'm still very unsure of this engagement, but I'm definitely interested to see how announcing it goes. It's no surprise that Cindy was the first to speak up, as she probably has the least stake in the situation. I'm not sure what I'd say if I was sitting at the table. It'd probably be somewhere between James' "Wow" and Harry's "Great job."

I just can't believe that James asked when the baby's due, that's probably not what Archie or Lily wanted to happen. It was definitely horrible enough to run away to your room.

Aw Albus' litmus test with Cora is so cute. I'm not totally surprised that Molly doesn't seem to like Archie much. She probably picked up on whatever it is that makes me not like him all that much. I don't think I even remember what it was he did, but I certainly remember that he rubbed me wrong.

Wow, did not see the ending coming. Don't know what to say about this. Need some time to soak this in. Somehow this was payback for the story I made you read even though it couldn't have possibly been. I can't even imagine what this'll do to Molly.. You've really gotten across a certain level of emotions. Especially as Cora is crying and Albus goes to check on her. Such an ominous scene. Molly and Albus' reactions are heartbreaking. This is so sad and I am so sad.

Great chapter. I'm upset, but this was a great chapter. Thank you for the swap.

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Review #13, by Unicorn_Charm Live and Let Die

14th March 2015:
Hi Rose!!

I think it's so funny that Harry was asking, in the previous chapter, if Brandon knew where Rose might be, and she's hiding in his house. :D That is seriously so funny! I really like the dynamic between Rose and Lily. They come across more like sisters than cousins. But I'm sure they were together often when they were growing up, and each being the only girl, it would only make sense for that bond to form. I loved when Lily teased her about Dom being in France at the moment. I wonder if Harry doesn't like Lily with boys just because she's his daughter, or if it brings back memories of how popular Ginny was with boys before him haha. And they're wrong that wasn't a close call, Ginny totally knows she's there. Ginny is no fool.

No! No, no, no, no, no!! You can't do this to me, Rose!! *stomps foot down angrily* Poor Al got all prettied up and HE DOESN'T SHOW?!? I can't even imagine what it would be like, sitting in an expensive restaurant and waiting for someone who never arrives! How could Brandon do that to Al??? There must be something wrong. That doesn't seem like Brandon at all. Is her hurt?!? Did something happen to him?! Aaaah!! I'm sad and angry and I don't like it! And now he's a bit under the influence and I have a bad feeling about where he's going to end up! Bah! You're killing me here!

You better go hide, young lady! You get in that corner (you can't see, but I'm pointing to a corner in my living room) and think about what you've done!! What did Al do?! Scorpius was moving on!! (Kind of) And Al made him believe that it was more than just a one night thing! How can I be mad at so many characters at different times! Before I've wanted to slap Scorpius, now I want to slap Al! I wanted to slap Brandon for a minute, but now I just know something has happened to him!! Once again, I can't deal. I need to go and reevaluate my life.

Bah!! Even though you're killing me, I am loving every second of it!! This is such a fantastic piece of work here. You're brilliant!

Until my next meltdown - er, I mean - the next chapter.

xoxo Meg

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Review #14, by Unicorn_Charm In the Waiting Line

13th March 2015:
Hey Rose!! :)

Wow that was all pretty heavy with Rose and Scorpius. I mean, from how she must have been feeling after leaving her parents', to waking up with Scorpius, to Scorpius kind of - but not in so many words - telling her she's being rash with abandoning her family and then finding out that her who relationship with him was a lie. My head would have exploded if I were her. She did a great job of not only keeping it together, but being very kind and understand about the whole thing. Even to the point of taking him out for breakfast. I know that I Scorpius bash at times, but I honestly do feel sorry for him. I know what he's been through hasn't been easy and I really felt for him in the beginning of this chapter. I hope that his father does eventually come around. We all know that Draco can be a jerk, but it's his only son. It makes me sad that he could so easily cast him aside. :(

Oh my god I love Molly. I love that she's fussing over how thin Albus is, but remembering that Harry was always thin, too. And the fact that she completely overcooks is just so her. And I love how grandmotherly it is for her to want to send home with Albus for both him and James. I just want to hug Molly Weasley. She's so awesome! :) And Arthur is absolutely perfect here! I can see him totally confusing Albus for Harry. And I love how he is just doting on the fact that Muggles are coming up with a flying car. (Molly making the comment about Arthur almost getting fired over the Ford had me laughing out loud). The bit about the TV was adorable, too! Such a great moment with Albus and his grandparents! ♥ ♥

Hmm... So it seems as if Harry does not really trust Brandon. Not when it comes to his son, I mean. I'm sure he feels that he's a good employee. Well, Brandon did break up with Albus. I'm sure any parent would not be 100% alright with their child re-dating a person who broke their heart. The whole mama bear/papa bear instincts must kick in, I'm sure. Bah! I just love Brandbus! (which is what I've decided I'm calling them now)

Another awesome chapter of this fantastic story! I love it, Rose! Truly, truly adore it!! ♥

xoxo Meg

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Review #15, by Unicorn_Charm Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

12th March 2015:
Hey Rose!

I am so, so, so sorry for the delay with this one! I had a few things come up and haven't had much time to myself. I hope you don't hate me! :\

Ok, so I'm not getting a good vibe from Corbin. Like, at all. There's just something a little off there. Almost a little scary to me. I feel like he's going to be a massive control freak and not healthy for Scorpius at all. Just from the little things like grabbing the bottle of wine off of him, saying he doesn't like him seeing Albus -which makes me think he's going to all together ban it soon- and then the most alarming to me was the whole "You're mine," thing. I don't know. He's just not sitting well with me.

And now to a happier subject! Albus and Brandon!! :D :D I know I say this every review, but I ship them so hard! Oh I just loved Al sitting on his lap, thinking he's being suave, but really not so much. :) I'm so happy that they're going to go on a date! But I know that I'm just setting myself up for disappointment by shipping them. *sigh* As The Stones say; we can't always get what we want. ;)

Yikes. That was pretty rough with Hermione and Rose. I have to admit, that hit a little close to home with me. I was talked out of (forced out of) doing what I wanted to do after high school and was made to "get a real job." So I totally know how Rose felt. It's a really frustrating/heartbreaking/annoying/miserable situation to be in and I feel like you got that just right. One thing that was great though, was when Ron first came home. I laughed out loud when he said he left something at work and tried to leave. :D So I'm assuming she's going to Scorpius' place, since she felt the person whose place she's running to would understand her situation. That was a very effective, yet low blow, comparing her parents (more Hermione) to the Malfoy's.

This was a fantastic chapter, Rose! I absolutely love it!! I can't say enough how utterly talented you are. :) Thanks for the swap!! ♥

xoxo Meg

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Review #16, by Unicorn_Charm Such Great Heights

10th March 2015:
NO! What is Al doing?! Scorpius was not right for him at all and now he's going to blow things with Brandon, who he has a legit chance with again by kissing Scoripus?! No! No! No! Rose! I won't have it!!

Hi! Thanks for doing the swap with me. I was going to wait and review after I read the whole chapter, but after reading that kiss with Scorpius, I immediately came down here to begin my review and yell at you. Ok. I'm going to go finish the chapter now. I'm sorry for shouting (through text) I still heart you and adore your work. ♥

Ok hi I'm back. *glares angrily* I swear, I'm totally aboard the ScorBus, but not in this story. I'm definitely team Brandon. I just adore him! He's so sweet and I loved the way that he tried to help Rose figured out exactly what she would like doing. I don't like how he was dodging the subject of Al, though. Now I'm wondering if he still has feelings for him, or if it was just a snog or what? Gah! You're killing me, Rose!

Aanywho. Rose absolutely cracked me up in this chapter. I love how she totally just cut out of work by lying and saying her mother wanted to speak with her. And what she said about her father running away from those types of conversations had me laughing out loud.

I'm loving this as much as I loved the prequel. I really meant to come back to this, read and review it. I'm sorry I've been a slacker. I'll get my you-know-what together and get back to this story! I love it too much to not.

Thanks so much for doing the swap with me! I always love reading your work!! ♥ ♥

xoxo Meg

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Review #17, by crestwood There Goes the Fear

8th March 2015:
Hi Rose!

So I'm immediately in love with your version of the Scamanders. Luna saying 'You're quite worried right after meeting Cindy is the most Luna-like thing ever. And can I just say that Lorcan feeling a little embarrassed about Luna talking about wrackspurts fits so squarely into my headcanon. Also, nothing is better than Rolf reprimanding him for interrupting his mother while she was passing on important information.

I think I would like to see Lysander/Lily, with these specific versions of them. I doubt that happens, but it'd be an interesting pairing. Lysander looking for her name in the Prophet is so indescribably cute.

I'm hoping James' injury isn't too bad. I'm with Cindy about how dangerous Quidditch can be. I'd be so frightened to watch someone I love playing. And, knowing how bad head injuries can get, I'm a little scared for him right now.

This dress scene is reminding me of how young I am and how utterly clueless I am about adult things. If it wasn't for Say Yes To The Dress, I'd be completely lost :P

I wonder who Rose will take as a date. She hasn't exactly been with a lot of suitable guys lately. There was the really forward guy from her tour guide job, the bartender and Brandon. Somehow none of them seem like someone to bring to a wedding.

I imagine that going back on the same vacations over and over would actually become a bit trite. I always feel bad for guides at places like museums and such that have to say the same things every day.

I do not like Mr. Hopkirk very much. My jaw actually dropped at the things he was saying to Lily. He could not be more unprofessional than that. I am so glad that she told him off because working there was apparently a huge mistake.

Somehow I don't think Lily's love is going to turn Archie into a nicer person. I'm very apprehensive about this proposal. I'm only afraid of what will happen because it feels like something waiting to blow up. It may just be my bias talking, but I'm always super suspicious of Archie.

Corbin is really sneaky with the way he words things. He's great at getting information out of people without directly asking. I will definitely say that he is anything but boring. Even the characters of yours that I don't like much tend to interest me. This story in particular just rings so true sometimes. Even minor characters are ridiculously well drawn out and realistic. You don't write any 'stock characters' that don't have much of a personality or purpose other than pushing the plot forward. Even Lily's boss, who I'm pretty sure has had one scene so far, has a really clear personality. Even Pedro, the guy who works at the pub, was a real person. It's just uncanny how you do that.

I still love this story so much. I really hope I can finally finish it soon! Awesome chapter and thanks for the swap :)

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Review #18, by crestwood Hold Tight

26th February 2015:
Hi Rose! Once again, I have taken much longer than I expected to give a review. My review swap turnaround time could obviously improve. Hopefully the actual reviews make up for it :P

I'm really interested to see how this big dinner with everyone is going to go. We haven't seen all of these characters in one room yet and I think that some of them will clash with others at one point or another. *Totally doesn't side eye Archie*

I really love that it's Cindy that James has decided to date, if only because I know she's nice and don't have to be worried about things turning out badly in that relationship. At least I don't think so.

I just realized that Archie's last name is Boot. I can't remember if he's Terry Boot's kid or not or if you've ever confirmed or denied.

Albus trying to get the hang of helping out with Cora warms my heart every single time. It's so endearing that he's trying now and actually sure that he wants all of this.

I feel like Brandon is messing with Archie, as if he somehow realized that saying that to him would get that sort of reaction.

NO WAY LILY. That was an awkward line for the dinner table. I laughed and cringed at the same time, especially because she didn't even really notice everyone's reaction. It was super embarrassing, but hilarious too. Also, I've noticed that Brandon is almost always the one to defuse tense situations. I like that aspect of his character. Along with everything else, really.

I laughed for a really long time about the fact that Draco said 'You had Kal make a nice dinner,' because usually in that situation you compliment someone on what they'd cooked, not what they got the house elf to cook! I have no idea why that cracked me up the way it did.

I'm interested in Draco's thought process. The fact that going against his word is the height of dishonor, even if he changes his mind. Or that he disapproves of Scorpius having a boyfriend, but shakes Corbin's hand anyway because he'd never be rude in a situation like that. It's all so confusing and contradictory and makes me think about how difficult navigating pureblood culture must be.

I think the aphrodisiac laced books are kind of creepy, but hey, if they have a warning I'm not against them. I personally would be weirded out by not knowing if I really like the book a lot or if that stuff was just working really well.

I'm really loving the use of the word décolletage here. That's just a really beautiful word.

I'm so touched by how Molly reacts to Cora and how Arthur takes to Brandon. I think you've really captured their characters so well here and it just blows my mind that people can manage to write canon characters so true to who they are.

Everything after Rose arrives is pure gold. Albus' 'cut the crap,' 'At least with Scorpius you didn’t know we were involved,' and then the realization both of them had and the differing effects it had on them!! Just everything. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. You are so good. So, so good. This story is amazing and I really need to finish it. At the rate we do swaps though, I'll get through it this century, which is more than I can say for most fics that I've been meaning to read :P

Thank you so much for the swap, it's always a pleasure :)

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Review #19, by crestwood Don't You Want Me

6th February 2015:
Hi Rose!

I'm so conflicted because I slightly want Scorpius and Albus to be together, but I definitely realize that they aren't the best for each other and possibly even kind of unhealthy. I think that staying with Brandon probably best for Albus and Scorpius should move on from his past regardless of who he ends up with.

I'm so glad Scorpius is taking this step of letting Albus know that he's sort of cutting things off between them. I think it's a good sign for his maturity in general that he's made a decision like this on his own. I think Albus is taking a step forward as well. Hopefully everyone goes on from this point that much more emotionally stable.

The scene where Brandon sings in the shower is especially funny because that is me, every single day. They just sound so soundproof from the inside!

Albus and Beatrice's conversation is seriously warming my heart right now. I am so happy that he is saying things like this to her and putting himself out there as a definite fixture in all of their lives. I'm also glad to see Albus feeling so protective over Cora because this is one step closer to seeing them as one big family like I want them to be.

You're really giving me everything I want with this chapter. Albus and Brandon both coming clean and everything working out and then saying the word 'love' and still establishing boundaries and making sure not to rush into things, I mean what more could I ask for out of that scene? (Or any scene in this story for that matter)

I wouldn't be very keen working for the Daily Prophet if I was Lily and couldn't even talk about my family for fear that it'd be front page news the next day. That would personally make me so uncomfortable and unable to feel secure at work. That probably isn't an important plot point but I still have a lot of feelings about that.

I'm really interested in where Rose goes with her love life. She doesn't seem to have a ton of luck in that department.

Well, this was yet another great chapter from you. It's not even a pleasant surprise anymore--it's honestly more of a comforting constant in my life. I just know I can come back to this story and have an awesome experience every single time. Thank you for the swap :)

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Review #20, by kenpo Simple Song

31st January 2015:
Hello! Here for the February BvB!

Rose! This was such a fantastic last chapter. It really was. At first when I read it, part of me was a little disappointed that there wasn't any Brandon or anything, but once I'd finished, I was really happy with it. You did a fantastic job here with bringing the story full circle, and reminding us where it started.

At times, I'd completely forgotten that Albus and Scorpius were ever even together. Albus and Brandon's relationship is so fantastic that it just sorta seems like they were always together. That comforts me a little. I'll just have to find my Brandon.

I think my favorite part might've been Albus musing about the potions, and how he'd been so involved at the start of it. He grew up so much during this story, and I'm so proud of him! I did a fair bit of growing up over the course of reading this, as well. Al and I can be buddies.

I'm glad that you didn't leave all the characters is an ultra positive place. Lily still has her stuff going on, Scorpius is :(, and I'm not sure how Rose will do in Spain. This was a happy ending, I think, but not wrapped up with a bow on it. I loved it.

This story was fantastic, and I just want to love all over it and hopefully in the next few weeks I'll have time to reread it from the beginning to remind myself where we started. Thank you for sharing it.


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Review #21, by missatron Such Great Heights

26th January 2015:
Hi Rose! So sorry for my lateness - I've had a very busy weekend and haven't managed to find time to review this up until now. Luckily, I'm here, and im glad to be back!

I really enjoyed reading this chapter. Last chapter was filled with introductions, so I was busy getting to know your characters, but this time there was a little more action involved. I liked how you described Rose as feeling 'trapped' in her Ministry job - it's a nice change, as, usually, Rose is portrayed as someone who loves work, her job, studying and what not. I enjoyed that. I thought that the interactions between Rose and the other main characters were very well done - paticularly between her and Albus. I liked how Hermione really wanted her to get the new job, but Rose wanted to be more free. It's different.

I don't think that I'm enjoying Albus and Scorpius kissing all the time. It feels a bit ... I liked hearing about what both of them were thinking though. It was interesting.

I like how Rose and Brandon get along well in this. Brandon seems quite a friendly guy, what with all his helpful advice and listening skills. I think it is good that Rose made friends with him. Rose's ideal jobs sounds good! I think that she soukd go for it. Maybe she will in the end ... I wonder where you will take this story ...

Great chapter, once again!

Missy ♥

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Review #22, by Aphoride Simple Song

25th January 2015:
Hey there, Rose! Sorry for this being a little bit late in getting to you, but my friend stopped round and I got completely distracted from the internet :P

I really can't believe this is finished! It seems like only recently it was being started... and Pure Romance before it... it's been, what? A year? Less? Something like that... wah, I'm so pleased for you but so sad coz this is the end of Albus and Brandon's story (though maybe minor appearances in Lily/Lysander? ;D).

I love how you've ended this though. It feels like this and Pure Romance have come full circle - with Al and Scorp starting out as friends, and then ending as friends, and both being secure in where they are and who they are and all that kind of stuff. There's something lovely about that - that they remained friends even after the love and the heartbreak and everything.

It was such a sweet scene with the two of them - so appropriate! And I love how Scorpius is so in love with Corbin (even if I'm not Corbin's biggest fan :P), and how Albus is so in love with Brandon, and both their lives are moving on - it's so nice to see people get happy endings for once! (I've been watching GoT recently, lol)

I'm so excited for the Lily/Lysander story (and I really hope it is Lily/Lysander, he sounds so good for her!), and I may pop by your story request thread soon with a plunny ;) But we'll see! For now, I'm just so happy with the ending of this - it's so nice! :D

Thank you so much for writing this story - I've loved it! :)

Aph xx

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Review #23, by missatron New Slang

22nd January 2015:
Hey! This is Missy coming over from the forums for our review swap!

I've actually been meaning to read this story for a while now, so I'm glad that we've had the chance to swap. Your characterisation has started off on a good note. I paticularly like your characterisation of James - there are hints of arrogance in him but there is a lot of good stuff too. Usually in next gen fics, I think that they over do the arrogance element of his character a bit. James is quite sparky and sarcastic, I'd say. I wonder how he will develop throughout.

Albus has quite a nice, friendly character, but not so much of a goody goody two shoes, as he is often portrayed as. I like how you have taken the niceness down a notch. Not everyone is is perfect. He obviously has feelings for Scorpius, which you have written very well. I'd say that Albus has a fairly regular character.

Scorpius seems ok so far. I wonder how the relationship between Albus and Scorpius will progress throughout the novel.

Lily definitley has a character and a half! She seems very feisty, much like her mother was. I like how her character matches in with the red hair and all.

James' "adult supervision" must really be getting in the way of Albus' fun mustn't it? I'm not so sure whether James is responsible enough to be given the task of "adult supervision" yet.

Overall, I love this story. It's such a fun, refreshing read. Thanks for the swap!

Missy ♥

Author's Response: Missy!!!

I'm so glad you decided to stop by this story! I'm always excited when people want to read my longer stories. I will say that it might be helpful t give a quick read to Pure Intentions as that gives so much more backstory than I touch on here.

James isn't someone I thought was really well done in this so I'm glad he seemed right to you. He's not a huge character in this (kind of second tier I guess) so I'm glad he didn't seem one-dimensional at least.

When I started on my next gen work I really wasn't aware of other next gen stories (I had been purely a Hogwarts Era and Marauders person for reading and writing). It was just luck that my interpretation of Albus is a bit different from the rest (but I'm really excited that he is).

Scorpius is a bit difficult in this story as he is pulled in a few directions with his life. I hope you enjoy his development throughout.

hehe, Lily was my favorite person in this chapter. She's such a rowdy younger sibling.

good point, it's a bit like the blind leading the blind!

thank you so much for an awesome review. I hope you keep enjoying this story!


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Review #24, by marauderfan Simple Song

18th January 2015:
Here is your celebratory 'Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl!!' review. :D

'Unchoreographed dance' of shopping. That's an excellent and very true description.

I love the way all of this turned out. Except for Scorpius - I'm sad that he decided to stay with Corbin, who I don't trust and who is bound to repeat what he did before if he gets angry again. But, at least he knows he has a safe place to go and something to fall back on if that doesn't end up working out - he and Albus are back on good terms and friends again.

Albus has grown so much as a character over the course of the novel and I loved his insight into the others in this one, like he realizes Rose is moving because she wants to, and he's supportive of Scorpius despite not agreeing with him. I think he's a lot more understanding now.

And the last line made me SO happy, as Albus goes to his happy life with Brandon and Cora. ♥ :D YAY

Wonderful end to a wonderful fic, Rose!

Author's Response: I LOVE REVIEWS CAUSED BY THE SEAHAWKS. (especially when they're left by you)

I once used that phrase in an essay about seattle and shopping in the market. I didn't think past me would mind now me using it in a story.

I at least got your 90% happy with the ending - that's a success!! I will revisit Scorpius in a one-shot and talk about how he and Corbin are doing a year later so there will be more to come! I'm so happy you liked Albus and Scorpius ending on a strong note with their friendship. I thought that was the most important thing with them.

Albus is my work of art in this story. he had so much growth to go through to get him where he's at in terms of his relationships and self.

The last line is my happy line for the story. :D



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Review #25, by Ravenclaw333 Simple Song

18th January 2015:


i have so many feelings.

i blame you for them all.

can't wait for lily/lysander aw yiss


thank you so much for going on this journey with me. xoxo


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