Wonderful! Lily was so hilariously naughty in this and the normally-cool Sirius's reactions were priceless. I knew Lily was up to something, but it was just all the more funny that they were ALL in on it, especially when Sirius thought his friends had forgotten about them. This is exactly how I imagined the Marauders. Great job! :) -abovelevel
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed this story, it was a lot of fun to write! I really appreciate the compliment about the Marauders, since they can be tricky - too much or too litte and they just don't work. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Aaaah, I loved this, Gina. I'm sorry, I can't leave much more of a coherent review after such an LOL-worthy story. Hahahaahahaahaha. That was hilarious, and it's made me love Sirily. Wonderful :D
Author's Response: Thank you very much, Soraya! I'm glad you enjoyed this and had a good laugh. I had a good laugh writing it too. I have to admit I'm sort of intrigued by Sirily (don't let Carole hear me say that, lol!) so it was fun to play with that here. Thanks so much for the review, and for the nomination! ~Gina :)
really cute and funny :)
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it - thanks for reading and reviewing! ~Gina :)
This fic really made me laugh, it was just fantastic. The whole idea for the plot avoided cliches, was clever and very funny. Funniest bit - when Lily wiped the chocolate crumbs of Sirius' face... oh how I would have loved to have seen that...
I really liked the use of first person here - it really helped to build up the suspense. Throughout the fic you wrote lines about how Sirius should have seen it coming or should have known what was going on, which tells the reader that something weird indeed is going on, but we're left guessing just as much as Sirius.
I also liked how you characterised Sirius in this - often in fanfiction people seem to write him as a complete womaniser who has no respect for women, though he is loyal to his friends. I liked how you made him almost sweet in this, and how Lily and Victoria's behaviour bothered him. (I hope this made sense.)
In canon, it says the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang are the other major wizarding schools in Europe, which I never quite understood as I wondered where students from other countries went, if they couldn't speak those languages. I suppose there's other smaller schools around, like the one in Northern Italy in this fic. (Sorry, rambling here.) Anyway, I do wonder about the exchange in this - in canon, there's no mention of exchanges... though it doesn't necessarily mean they don't happen. Also, Victoria seems to have an exceptionally good command of English, and from my experience, even a very good student of another language who has been learning it for a long time would still make mistakes with phrases and mispronounce words. So I guess that would just add more authenticity to her character.
Anyway, I'm getting very off topic here... that's really only a very minor thing. Loved the story, Gina.
Author's Response: Thank you so much, Katrina. You're reviews are always so lovely. I just love receiving them. I'm so glad you laughed, because I laughed while I was writing this! So I'm happy the humour I was thinking and feeling came through. There are a few moments I would like to see myself in this. I'm also glad the first person with Sirius worked. I tried to write him once before and just couldn't get it right. Now I think that story was just not his story - this one was. It was fun. As for the exchange student - I see no reason why there can't be other schools besides the two we've seen in canon. Europe is a big place, after all. ;) But I definitely see your point about Victoria's English! And that's where I confess that I believe the original idea was that she was American, only I thought that was a little cliche so I gave her some of my Italian heritage. Only I have no idea how to write an Italian accent. Fail, lol! I do appreciate you pointing it out, though, so next time I write a foreign character I can think about the language/accent more. I'm glad she didn't distract you too much. Thanks again for the amazing review, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)
Ha ha ha - what did I unleash in you, here? This is so funny. You, Gina, my love, have not only made Sirius/Lily a pleasure to read (I LOVED when she removed the chocolate crumbs from his lips), but you've given the exchange student cliche a new twist that WORKS! YAY - Brilliant. ~Carole~
Author's Response: Thanks, Carole. I barely remember the thread this idea sprung from, but you definitely started it and I just twisted it to my means. Thanks again, because it was fun! A new twist on the exchange student? I didn't think that was possible, lol! And I'm shocked you enjoyed a Sirius/Lily moment, since I know how loyal you are to J/L, hee hee. It was fun, though, to prank Sirius for once (and not beat up on J). Thanks again for your help, I'm glad you enjoyed it! ~Gina :)
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!!!!!!!! I just loved this! Best april fools gift around! Great job! :3)
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to try and work something in for April Fool's, even if it was two weeks ago. Thank you so much for the review! ~Gina :)