This was very good. I was content with the ending, but at the same time I wish it was much, much longer so I could find out what happens.
This was gooood. I like how it was never explicitly said that Harry died, and no one ever talked about it.
I liked this line -- "There is no way that many people could fit in here with her, but they all do"
and laughed at this -- "If Errol had carried it, he would have died."
Thanks for the read! I'm currently going through your other stories as well.
lol. The mentioning of Harrypotterwikia made me laugh. I've spent a long time on that myself. It was a very interesting read watching Ginny try to get over all the losses, and the touch with Harry dying was really well done.
This was a bittersweet thing, again you succeed with getting the emotions across at their strongest. This is a skill of yours worth envying.
Author's Response: Yes, I don't go to HPW often, because when I do I tend to gravitate to the Draco and Snape pages and get stuck there forever, heh. But I'm not so great with dates and various other technical details, and it is such a handy tool. I'm glad you liked it, even with the bitterness and lack of Harry and everything. Especially that you liked my 'getting the emotions across' - it's something I always try to do. I pride myself on being not half bad at it, which is always nice to have confirmed a little.
I love how this fic shows the possibility of a relationship developing between D and G but doesn't jump into. It seems more realistic this way.
Author's Response: I did consider it, but in the end it really wasn't right. That was why I mentioned that the kiss could have happened, though, because I almost could have written it there.
I particularly liked how distant this sounded.
Author's Response: I'm glad you did - it was an effect I worked hard to achieve.
Oh, this is painful and lovely at the same time. Thank you for sharing it.
Author's Response: And thank you for reading. :)
Oh, Vicky, this was absolutely beautiful. I loved the sort of haunting quality about it. Your imagery is so vivid, and I feel like I can really see everything that's going on. Ginny's perspective is written in a sort of detached state that really accurately reflects her emotional turmoil. As for Draco, he has a sort of soothing quality throughout that softens Ginny's emotional rollercoaster. I'm really glad that they found comfort with each other, and that he helps save Ginny towards the end. I just have one question: is Ginny mourning the death of Fred, or Harry. Because I thought it was Harry when Ron was talking with Hermione about Ginny's date, but then I thought it was Fred when she passed the WWW and saw how the apostrphe was still after the "s". Anyways, this was so beautiful. Really brilliant. Great job, Vicky!
I'm glad you liked it! The detachment that you commented on was exactly what I was going for. :)
But as for your question - who said it had to be one or the other? Grief doesn't have a quota, and while there were certainly "high-profile" people she missed (Fred and Harry) there were plenty of others, from ones who were mentioned peripherally, like Colin, to ones who weren't even mentioned at all, like Lupin. The point of this fic wasn't to suggest that Ginny was sad after the war - because I took that as a given and tried to make the fic about her eventual coping and return to life, so to speak.
Sorry, I'm lecturing. I just had a lot of fun writing this, and a very vivid picture of what was going on, so I'm still a little crazy about it. ;) Thanks for the great review!
this was really good. i liked the dynamic between ginny and draco. they were both depressed but helped each other heal. it would be interesting to see how their relationship plays out and their families reactions to it.
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm almost upset that I never got to showcase Draco's on family, because I have no doubt that the dynamics there changed a lot too (at the very least because they realized they were all they had, which I did try to demonstrate with Draco's weekly owls) but this fic was about Ginny. He had a major part, but it was her familial issues that were a big problem, so... Some other time, maybe. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
beautiful. Aboslutely beautiful. thank you so much for such a lovely story, it was charming and sweet but so sad at the same time. Captured what the feeling 'must have been' brilliantly.
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the lovely review, in your turn. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
you didn't mess up at all i think it's perfect! this really sounds like what happened after the war in my opinion. and i like that harry died because that's really how i thought it should end anyway. i love that draco helps ginny finally owl her family!! great story i look forward to reading more from you!
You thought Harry should have died too? Yes, I'm not alone! (And I do say that because I think it would have been better for the plot, not just because the Epilogue annoys me, honest!)
I'm glad you enjoyed my year-long post-war angst tale. ;) I would love to see more reviews from you in the future as well.
Very nicely done. It's tempting to ask for more, but it's really complete in all the ways that matter.
Ooh, glad you think that, because I'm wiped as far as this 'verse goes. ;)
Thanks for the review!
Ah! This is the kind of story I've always wanted to write! I love your style, and the use of the present tense is perfect. It's usually so hard to pull off, but it just fits so well with this story. It's engrossing, but also has this vibe of detachment, which is exactly what Ginny feels. The pain is so, so real, that by the end of the story, I was near tears. But you built the emotions up from the beginning to the end, so I didn't feel it until I reached the end and saw the carving. It was all very sad. Your writing is exceptional. Thanks so much for sharing!
Well hey, if you want to write it, don't let me stop you! I've always thought there wasn't enough fic about how the survivors handled life immediately post-war, so I'd love to see what you did. :)
But in the meantime, thank you for the review. I actually tend to overuse present tense, but I consulted my beta and she agreed that it worked with this story (betas, so useful). I'm really glad you got the detachment, since Ginny is meant to be really detached from everything in her life, and to slowly overcome that. I'm so glad you liked it all!