Slightly confused, wanting to know more, but satisfied because I have just finished another great story. :)
WHAT??? You're not telling us??? How is this a conclusion??? This is probably going to bug me for ages... which is actually a compliment to you, because your story is original and well-written and memorable.
Well personally I think she must be a banshee or something, with that ending, but you really had me second-guessing it earlier in the story, and along with Oliver, I started to believe it was just a dream.
Julia is a great character - she seems very sweet and lovely and helpful, but she's also extremely manipulative and knows exactly how to play Oliver.
She laughed again, and the sound was infectiously cheerful. He was slowly starting to believe that her red eyes, the evil cackle, the piercing scream were all a dream. I really like how you explore the idea of believing what you want to believe, rather than what you think is necessarily true, and you culminate this idea with he didn't want to know at the end - it also juxtaposes really well with the idea of "No secrets" - because Oliver no longer cares about hers. (That was a long sentence...)
This was a very enjoyable read, there was plenty of humour and romance in it and it was certainly original and memorable as well.
That is a great cliffhanger, Gina... if I had read this a week ago when it first appeared, I might have been throwing things at the screen by now... but anyway, I thought I'd give you a review of what I think sofar before I continue.
I may be a bit gullible, but I thought for a while that this was just a romance story that was a bit different, although once Oliver started performing magic and Julia didn't really seem to react enough, I was a bit suspicious... but I thought perhaps she was a witch who lived with Muggles or a Squib or a Muggle related to a wizard/witch or something... I certainly wasn't expecting the ending. And I think that is probably testament to your writing.
I liked your characterisation of Oliver - he did seem a little drunk in this, but in general he seems quite level-headed and adorable, and it still seems like Quidditch is quite a focus in his life.
The more I think about it, the more I can see the hints that Julia certainly isn't who she appears to be - she prompts Oliver about what he does/who he is in a way that doesn't just seem curious, like the line "Although you still haven't told me what you play, you know.".
I like the idea that Oliver thinks she might be scared of him, when in fact she's playing him the whole time and he ends up being scared of her.
Anyway, sorry for this slightly nonsensical review... it's a great story sofar, Gina, and certainly not mental.
Well, I can safely say that this wins the award for most shocking plot twist :) I was totally expecting a typical romantic plot line where he wins her over with his charming Oliver-ness and then they get married and live hapily ever after, but now... You have me completely baffled!
Thank you for this delightful story, I can't wait to see what happens next :)
OO H OHH OHH OHH! Why did the queue have to close now?? I want to know what happens next. I am going to bet Julia is a vampire (well, duh!). But she's a chef as well. That is so bloody intriguing, because ... well, vampires don't eat. Bahaha. Okay, I am all excited right now because I want to read the rest!
Nice start, GinGin!
I am utterly amazed and the cheerful banter between them was really funny to read although it shocked me when Julia changed. Looking forward to the next chapter :)
Oh my. The story has almost everything - humour, mild sexuality, curiosity, playful banter, and then shocking fear. Anxiously awaiting the next part!
btw - I thought for a minute at the beginning that Oliver lived next door to Julia Child. That would have explained the great meal she cooked, lol!