So sweet!!! I love stories like this, ones that make me cry. It really is such an amazing story.
Wow, the last bit made my cheeks hurt. That was a brilliant mix of fluff, sappiness,and drama. Excellent. I wish the opening scene was longer, a bit deeper, but even so you did a fantastic job.
Okay that was a great story I loved it!! I'm sorry that I can't give anything more detailed it is just that your story made me really happy!!
Traveling is the best medicine, I think. When a person feels like all the beauty is trapped or lost, just travel.
I like reading stories about the trio post-war, before they've settled down. I imagine Hermione would need to do something like this. Re-asses her values.
abosolutly a great story
I don’t know what to say about this story, except that it’s wonderful. It’s really been a long time since I’ve read Ron/Hermione, but they hold a special place in my heart. I think that you write them wonderfully, so realistically, and you really bring out the truth of how and why they’re good for one another.
“Your mum is an anchor in any storm.” I really like this line. It gave me a rush of affection for Molly, and I also thought, later, how wonderfully you fit it in. Sometimes characters speaking in metaphors don’t exactly sound believable, but there is something so peacefully poetic in your writing and in your dialogue, and it was done with such simplicity, that it sounded natural. Which is so good because I think that a major purpose of fiction is that people get to speak in poetry more often than they o in real life.
There was another line that sort of took my breath away – I stopped and had some sort of physical reaction to it, it was so wonderful. She reached out a small hand — Ron never ceased to marvel at how small and beautiful her hands were — and touched the ring with a lightness that would have shamed a butterfly. So beautiful. So beautiful.
“I don’t know who I am sometimes. I’ve spent so long fighting, so long helping Harry–you know, I think it’s easier for those who died fighting? No, not like that–” upon seeing Ron’s face — “but they died to make the world a better place for all of us. Now here we are, and what are we here for? This, I thought was a very interesting statement. And, it reminds me of how there are often things that we all feel or think, but we don’t say, because it’s not considered the right thing to feel. But, I could see why Hermione would envy the dead. I like that, ‘Now here we are, and what are we here for?’. And, it’s so easy to wonder, with Ron, why Hermione is leaving, what will it accomplish, why can’t she be happy? But what is the point in fighting a war, and sacrificing all those lives, just to go back to ‘normal’, get married have kids, whatever. But, different people react to trauma and loss in different ways, and I can understand what Hermione is feeling. ‘What now?’
Also, about her being strong through all the fighting and funerals, and the business with her parents, and then falling apart. I thought that was powerful, too. And it makes sense. Sometimes it’s easier to stay strong when you’re still fighting for something, or when you have to be strong. But as soon as there’s no reason to be strong, you let go, and everything that was threatening to consume you before closes in.
Yes, I’m rambling. I’m sorry. Just, this story is so complex. It has that simple, emotional appeal. I definitely feel for Hermione, for Ron, and understand the pain they much each go through, and the strength it must take Hermione to try and put him out of her mind for those months when she leaves. Aside from that, though, there are all these complicated ideas; it goes beyond the simple ideas of love and life and shows how things get so much more difficult, and sometimes we need to take time to figure things out. I love that Hermione was brave enough to leave, and that Ron was brave enough to let her.
So, yes, this is a remarkable story, Katie, dear. I truly love it and I really think it gives us something to think about along with giving us something to feel, and that is magnificent. ♥
Author's Response: SQUEEE! Thank you thankyouthankyou! I am so incredibly honoured that you like this story this much--you being as amazing and deep a person and writer as you are. *hugs* It's wonderful to get good feedback on my characters and emotions and lines and...everything...I really appreciate it. Thank you muchly, Jenna!
I really love this story. I don't leave many reviews, as I rarely know what to say (some writer I am, right?), but I read this story months ago. It has stayed with me since. I've thought about it from time to time, which is rare for fanfiction pieces. I was thinking about it tonight, and I decided to go back and read it again. It was just as lovely this time around, even after months of mental hype. I just wanted you to know this.
You do a good job tying the song into the story. You match up all of the lyrics with Hermione's actions, but don't make the story so shallow that it's just a song with names attached. I particularly enjoyed Ron physically going to Hungary to meet Hermione. After all, Josh Groban doesn't sing that he'll welcome her back.... he says that he will bring her back.
Thank you for this very enjoyable experience!
Author's Response: You leave very good reviews; you should write more of them!
I am incredibly flattered that you like this story so much. I love the song, and I really liked the idea of seeing a different side of Ron. He loves her, we know, but it's a young, slightly immature love. I wanted to see him show that he loves Hermione in a very real way, enough to trust her and suffer for the hope of gaining her back. I am fond of the fact that he goes after her--I have the idea that Ron leaps into the Floo the second he reads her letter. He may be mature, but he's still impulsive!
Thank you so much for these lovely comments. I really appreciate knowing that people actually love what I write.
Wow. *fans self*
Katie, this story warmed me to the tips of my toes.You know, I read it with misgivings, because your summary hinted of an unhappy or unresolved ending. You might want to tweak it, hon, so that more people will discover how lovely this is.
I love Hermione. Most of my fics have her as the heroine. As I opened HTS, I was scowling, because my Hermione isn't supposed to be weepy. But then the scowl turned into an awed expression, because you gave my Hermione a wonderful new aspect. *grins at proprietariness* We perceive her as a tenacious character, after all, but here this dent in her 'strength' only emphasised all that she has gone through.You've made her depression feel real and plausible. She was not weepy at all, only heart-rendingly sad. The kind of sadness that doesn't dissipate in tears. And then of course, you resurrected Hermione's resilience in her decision to battle her sadness alone. That's what she did, really.And then, Ron. He's so sweet here. So tender. So generous. I think it will have been better if he has struggled through some hurt and anger toward Hermione, though. Ron is a little possessive of my Hermione, isn't he? But then, maybe seeing Hermione's depression made him giving. He has matured. And believably so.
I love, love, love the ending! Another 'but': but I thought they'd meet back at home, when Hermione has come back to stay. Still, I pictured the scene in the Hungarian Ministry, with all those happy and 'aww'-ing audience. *sighs happily*I see why this story's special to you, Katie. It is to me!
Author's Response: Oh, thanks so much! I'll definitely look into some of that stuff. I'm glad I got her depression right; that's not something I'm an expert on. And the Hungarian Ministry--to me, Ron didn't need to get her physically back home; he wanted her "back" emotionally. And when she wrote him, she was ready for that. I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for reviewing! :D
Author's Response: Thanks!
Gosh.. that was absolutely heart-warming. Beautiful! You'll win for sure!
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad my readers have so much faith in me!
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!! That was the best thing I've read in a while. I cried-it was heartbreaking. I like the whole "love will find a way thing", it really backs up what J.K. Rowling was trying to get across. Loved it, I'd raise a glass to you if I could!
Author's Response: Hee! Thanks so much. I really wanted Ron to be able to show a bit more of a sensitive side. He's not the smoothest of characters, but I decided that what he needed to "say" was just how much he loves Hermione.
That was one of the most heart-wrenching, at the same time heart-warming stories I have read on this site. Wonderbah!! - applause, applause -
Sometimes the "loss" of someone to grief/sadness/depression is harder to deal with than a loss due to death. It's heartbreaking to watch the person you love "slip away" before your eyes.
Again, very good story.
Author's Response: Thank you! It was interesting to try and write almost exclusively from Ron's point of view. Part of the blow was the fact that they were physically safe, but Hermione's heart had been hurt. I like the way this turned out.
Aww..that was swet and nice ending and the letters where well written and nice choice of song
Author's Response: Thank you! I love Josh Groban. If you liked this, try "So She Dances" -- it's based on another of his songs.