Mmm, certainly an odd and unexpected romance. I'd like to use the word awkward, actually. Then again, I don't see Percy as a romantic much at all. It really worked, and I thought it had a very satisfying ending. I want to see more!
Holy random story, Batman!
Though it isn't my best work, I do have a soft spot for this story. Oliver is one of my favourite characters, and Percy is just an awkward git, hehe. However, as weird and awkward their encounter was, I am glad that it left you wanting to know more about them. I suppose, in my head, nothing came of it, but I believe they definitely remained friends.
Thanks for the visit!
This is wonderful. It's lovely in that it's not angsty or dark, but it's not overwhelmingly, unrealistically flowers and bubbles and love. It's some real, conflicted teenage feelings, and it's very well done.
If you've ever read anything else I've written, you will know right away that I don't do flowers and bubbles and love. It may or may not gross me out. :/ This is why I fit into the niche of the nastiness that is the human condition and all the sloppy mess that goes with it. I'm glad you enjoy stories like that, because I love to write them.
Thanks for the visit and the read/review. I appreciate it!
This was pretty good
I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :)
Thank you for reading and for your review. Have a good... evening (my best time zone guess, lol).
Great story! Your writing is great, and your characterization is better. I can totally see Oliver being gay, as well as Percy (even though he marries Audrey). The scene in the bathroom was awkward in a hilarious way. Again, wonderful job! ~Olivia
I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Normally, I ship Katie/Oliver, but he's such a fun character to write that I put him in whatever pairing strikes my fancy. :)
The bathroom was supposed to be one of those things that, if asked to describe what happened, it would be a series of 'er's and 'um's and 'well's. No way to properly articulate what was going on, lol. I'm glad you appreciated Percy's discomfort and confusion.
Good emotional situation. I like that you made Percy seem like a real person rather than a pompous ass for once. I like the ending.
I never thought Percy was all that bad until he started drinking the Ministry cool-aid. That's what turned him into the raging jackass from GoF/OotP. He was always a bit uptight, but we'd never really seen him around people who he was responsible for supervising. No reason to think he wasn't a decent bloke before that.
Thanks for stopping in, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :)
Ha ha - I love it. Sorry, this will not be near enough recompense for the wondrous review you've just left me, but I had to leave something because I just adored the story.
I have to admit, I was half hoping Cedric would turn up. That particular night is the first time they seriously got together in DNW and you know how one's own stories become imprinted as canon. Anyway, the mark of a good writer who is writing alternative canon is that I found it very believable. I loved Alicia's characterisation here as viewed by Oliver. 'Bonkers' is such a good word. Oliver was still recognisably JKR's obsessed captain and my Oliver, but you added a complicated kind of chivalry. He's avoiding Alicia, but he didn;t screw her over. He's trying to be honest.
Percy was brilliant. The same prig. The boy who craves peace and can't join in with fun. I really felt for him and his confusion over both the bathroom incident and then Oliver kissing him.
I like the end very much. You've left me wanting more ... but ... I don;t think they'll meet up. I get the feeling that they might have an awkward drink in a pub, and perhaps a fumble, but then no more. Just too sad.
What is it about Oliver Wood that we all love. Perhaps it's the sketchy canvas, but he lends himself to so many pairings and stories.
Thank you for writing another great story for him. ~Carole~
I think the thing that draws me to Oliver the most is that he's a driven athlete with no discernable past in canon. I love athletes and I love giving story-less characters a life that dwells inside what we know about them for sure. Plus, movie!Oliver was the first character from the Potterverse I ever crushed on. :D
And as for Percy, I was going for slightly confused and perhaps a bit tittilated. I don't know if he's attracted by men in general, or just by Oliver, whose stuff he had inadvertently seen and maybe even admired. I agree that nothing would've ever come from it, save for your aforementioned drunken fumble, but I do want to hold out hope that Oliver could lighten up the ever-stiff Percy.
Thanks for fuelling my Oliver addiction. He's fast becoming one of my favourite characters to write.
You always amaze me with your randomness ;)
I would have never thought of Percy and Oliver ever being interested in each other or Percy ever being gay, but when I thought about his character over again I could really see it. You made it very believable. Nice job :)
I hold the Crown O' Randomness, just so you know, hehe.
I wouldn't say that Percy is gay. I think he felt something when he saw Oliver naked and wasn't quite sure what it was. I'd call it more curiosity than anything. And the fact that they were alone and there was a good chance he'd never see Oliver again if it didn't work out, it gave him no excuse not to let Oliver have his way with him. I think it shocked even him that he enjoyed it.
Thanks for reading/reviewing. It's always lovely to hear from you. :D
Interesting. I find it very interesting what people get out of the characters we know so little about. I've been working on a very long Oliver fic that will probably never see the light of day, and I find it interesting that "my" Oliver has a similar sense of...Brave honesty? Brave we can expect from Gryffindors in general, but honesty in relationships I am not sure we can expect from anyone, and I don't think it is explicitly demonstrated in Canon. Yet it must really be there in Wood somehow - no matter how Quidditch mad people make him, I don't think I can recall a fic in which he wasn't essentially honest in his relationships.
I find the idea of ANYONE pulling Percy on to their laps for a snog somewhere between between impossible and delightful. You pulled that off well. I find it totally believable.
Oh, thank you, Thea! I've never written Oliver!slash before, but Hannah really wanted someone to pick that prompt for LoveNotes (which I took as her subtle hint that she wanted me to do it, lol).
I know what you mean about Oliver. I've written him in four different fics, and each time, he is portrayed so differently, but that rudimentary level of honesty has always been there. I think we are subliminally on the same wavelength in that regard. I just see him as someone who sees no reason to lie. Mendacity doesn't suit him, I think.
I was far more worried about Percy in this story, actually. He's the uptight one, and consequentially a character I've never given more than a passing thought in terms of how his life ends up, but crawling inside that martinet little brain of his really allowed me to make this pairing not so much an 'OMG, it's like canon!', but plausibility. I'm glad you find it believable. :)
Thanks for reading and reviewing, especially at this late hour!