First of all, how come I haven't read this before?
Second, why must you always hurt James?
Third and most important, WHY ARE YOUR JAMES/LILY FICS ALL SO BLOODY BRILLIANT?
No, seriously, I was giggling throughout the whole fic and just ...I can't describe the kinds of emotions I felt. It was fun and sweet and heartbreaking and hilarious. Lily is as never as fun as she is in your fics, and James only manages to make me fall deeper and deeper in love with him. Please don't stop writing them, Gina.
A few nitpicks before I fangirl more:
"When James came out, he found her staring forlornly across the street, her mind going over the strange turn of her afternoon."
It seems to shift to his POV here, and the rest is from Lily's, so I'd suggest you tweak the sentence a bit. There were also at least two other instances where you had left a word and a punctuation, but I can't find them now. :(
Really, really wonderful fic, Gina. My infatuation with Prongs grows as I read more of your fics.
Author's Response: Natalie! Thanks so much for reading this! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I have a confession. I think I actually started this for you, way back in October. And I got majorly stuck and gave it up, certain it would never work. It took a while, but I ironed it out, lol. I do tend to pick on James a lot - I mean, go through my J/L fics and it's like a tic or something. I'm not sure what it is about him. I just love giving him a hard time, I guess. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll go back someday and make those tweaks. Eventually. ;) Thanks so much for reading this and for the lovely review! You know I'll never give up writing them! ~Gina :)
I love coming across a story where it isn't lily hates james , and then things magically change . this was a great story and worth the read . leaving it up to the reader to guess if the felix worked was also genius . i'm sure it didn't , but it got lily to bring out her true gryffindor bravery (: thanks for the great read !
Author's Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the lovely review, I really appreciate it! I'm so glad you enjoyed this story, I had fun with it although I had my doubts too. I'm really glad you enjoyed my take on them. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
what is with the slopers and the potters? geez . . .. but oh well they always end up with the good ones! u did a great job with this! I'd write more but its winter so my fingers are freezing off :D
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed and hope you warm up soon! ;) ~Gina :)
I have now read this story three or four times and like it better each time. It is really fun to read a different Lily. She goes and comes from Hogsmeade multiple times and seems so indecisive, jealous and moody. I love the use of the "less effective(?) " Felix potion. James seems a cluless bystander in Lily's mental battle for him. My favorite line was "Hell, it was over the minute you grabbed my hand." He was never over her! Thank you for a fun reflective complex story!
Author's Response: I seem to say this a lot, but I did have my doubts about this story and sat on it for quite a while. I felt like it worked but that maybe I didn't write it to work, if that made sense. There might still be something left behind in my head. ;) I'm glad you enjoyed it, though, because I really did want to write something a bit different for my favorite couple. Thanks so much for the review, I always look forward to them and truly appreciate your kind words! ~Gina :)
I LOVE IT its such a great description of how they got together. Gosh you're a amazing writer!!!!!
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed this story. I had my doubts but I'm happy with the way it's been received. It was fun to try to take a slightly different approach to the couple - ie, give James a girlfriend instead of have him pining over Lily! Thank you so much for the kind words, I really appreciate your review! ~Gina :)
Nice one. me likey!! :) hm.. i dont think it had anything to do with the potion getting old, cuz harry takes it after almost half a year n then the others b4 the hogwarts duel which is right at the end of the year, in hbp, n it workd both times.. maybe it was bcuz lily herself wasnt clear about what she wanted... i would love to know wat u had in mind!
Author's Response: Hi! Thanks so much for reading another one of my J/L stories! I'm glad you liked this one. As for the potion...I really do leave it up to the reader. It definitely didn't work, but whether it was old, a bad batch, or just misued is up to you. ;) Thanks so much for leaving such a nice review, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)
Gmarium, I love your James/Lily work! You make both of them so relatable, so accessible. It's not one of those stories where one character is portrayed as flawless or remarkably changed and the other simply fails to see it--although in this case, I'd have to say Lily definitely seems more flawed than James. But that makes sense if it's from her POV when she likes James and is having an awful day herself. So yes, I really like your characterisation. And I would guess that the potion didn't work on Lily at all--except as a placebo. Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! I'm so glad you enjoyed this story. For some reason I really struggled with it so to hear feedback like that is very encouraging. I'm really glad you enjoyed the characterization, since I really enjoy playing with different aspects of this pair and bringing that out in different ways in different stories. Thank you so much for reading this one, and for the lovely review! ~Gina :)
Gina, this was absolutely fantastic. Your portrayal of Lily was absolutely fabulous, if unconventional, and James seemed perfect. I have to say, my favorite bit was when Lily mentioned kissing him and he rolled his eyes while hiding a smile. I thought it really showed that James, while a lovestruck teenage boy, is also just that: a teenage boy. The two also had very fantastic dialogue, and seemed like real friends as opposed to characters shoved together to make a plotline work, which is what happens in some J/L stories. All in all, this was really well-written, and I'm glad I decided on the spur of the moment to check out the Recently Uploaded stories section on the archives! Becca:D
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! I'm especially glad you enjoyed this story because I had so many doubts about it. I'm glad you liked the different approach and found them in character even if they were a bit different than usual. I have to admit I sort of prefer the James who doesn't pine for years over Lily but moves on a bit. Thanks again for reading this and leaving such wonderful comments! ~Gina :)
Gina!!!! Lovely story. OH, I'd forgotten all the twists and turns we'd talked about. Ha ha. Okay, proper review (well, as proper as you'll get from me). I do like this. I love the dialogue between the pair. It flows well and the banter is very natural. The story is interesting. Who really knows how Felix works, after all. getting Splinched certainly doesn't sound lucky, but it did bring her closer to James. Okay, my thinking is that ....oooh ... someone else took some of the Felix, and then topped up the bottle with Pumpkin Juice, thus skewing the effect. It still worked a little bit just not the full Felix!
I have a slight crit. How did James get Cynthia's cloak? He couldn't have got into the girls' bedrooms ... oh, did she leave it in his room (heh heh heh). Um, other thing ... we say Autumn and not fall. But that's the very ebil Britpicker speaking and not the person who really loved your story.
Very pleased you posted this, despite us now being tied. *goes back to Marauder story* ~Carole~
Author's Response: Thanks, Carole! This is the story I abandoned back in October while you were working on Juggling. The idea of James with another girlfriend partially inspired it, so thanks. And thanks for the review! I'm glad it worked, for the most part. I actually do know how James got her cloak, I just couldn't work it in since Lily was sitting on the couch sulking: he Summoned it from her dormitory, that's all. Although I like your idea better! And I would never have thought 'fall' wasn't a term over there, so I'll remember that for next time. And don't worry, I know you'll eventually end up on top - I'm just trying to keep up and get us to 2%! ;) Thanks again! ~Gina :)
I don't think the potion worked, to be honest; I reckon it was a bit like Ron in HBP, how he thought he was going to be lucky and he acted it too. Fab story, I loved it!!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Soraya! I'm so glad you liked the story. And I like your interpretation of how the potion figured in too! Thanks so much for reading this and leaving a review - I was very unsure about this story for a long time and appreciate your lovely comments very much!! ~Gina :)
Once again your portrayal of Lily and James was great and I liked the unconventional way you used to get them together.
I wasn't so sure about how you seemed to portray Lily's relationship with her friends... from what is known in canon, she seems like she'd be the loyal type who'd share everything with them and the way she just flippantly left them seemed a bit strange... but that's just my interpretation.
Anyway, I really enjoyed it, it was nicely written and your characters were great :).
Author's Response: Thank you for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed this take on it all. I find it amusing that you are picking on Lily and not any number of things I would have pegged, lol! ;) I see your point, but I would like to point out Lily wasn't being flippant when she left them: she was in a terrible, rotten mood. She didn't want to hang out with them, and they hardly noticed her lag behind. I can recall times when I didn't want to hang out with people, and I can recall times where I did just leave. As for her sharing everything, that's possible, but we don't know that for sure. And again - this thing with James is something she's not sure about, so maybe she didn't feel ready to talk with her friends about it. Or maybe she did off the page. ;) So that's where I'm coming from on Lily. I'm glad that little bit didn't distract from the rest of it - thanks so much for the review! I really appreciate your lovely compliments! ~Gina :)
a great story.
i really enjoyed it. i have read almost all of your stories and this is really good.
please keep writing more. people still surf this
by the way my name is Shashwat (it means eternal) and i'm from india.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked this one. Don't worry, I don't have any plans to stop writing. I have several more I'll be posting soon. Thank you for reading so many of my stories. I'm thrilled when people enjoy them, because I love writing them and sharing them. Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice review! ~Gina :)