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Well, twin, you've done it again: you've taken a minor character and given her a strong backstory, and a rarepair and given them life. Well done. How do you do it??
The first thing I thought when I was done with this was how much I love your Harry. You always write him a bit damaged. You always acknowledge how hard the war must have been on him. I especially liked the idea of him feeling so guilty and trying to make amends even though he saved the world. And yet even with all you put him through sometimes, he's still Harry, and such a damn decent guy here. I love him. I sort of wanted him after reading this.
And you really redeemed Pansy. What a great backstory you've given her, and then connected it to Harry and his guilt so well. I could totally see this happening. I liked that you kept a bit of her bitter snark but gave her an inner strength to deal with things.
The magic of the chocolate tangerine was super cool. I want to eat there and get a magic flower. :)
I loved the surprise interview with Mr. Weasley. That was well done and so great to see, because by then I really felt bad for her. It was a very Harry-like thing to do but still a nice surprise.
I'm not sure I would root for them to end up together forever, but the way you've written them they could certainly enjoy some time with one another. I could believe this might have happened...but I wonder if Pansy wouldn't revert a bit to her old ways once she is better off. What do you think?
Nice job, twin! I'm glad the archives came back so I could finally get to it. A great fic for my 600th review here on this illustrious site. ;)
Haha, I'm surprised you dared. :D
I suppose I have a lot of ideas about Harry and how he would act toward certain people, but I think he would lose a lot of his preconceptions about people in other houses, people who he actively hated as an adolescent.
Far be it for me to take a Slytherin's snark away! It would be treasonous to all things fabulous. I never thought Pansy was a bad person, really — just a bit self-centered and overly-opinionated. She would've seen that, maybe, her views on right and wrong might not have been the be-all-end-all, as most of us painfully learn when we enter the adult world.
Confession time: when I came up with the chocolate tangerine and corsage thing, I was just jonesing for a Terry's chocolate orange and inserted my own craving into the story. Plus, it fit rather well as a cool restaurant theme, like Outback's bloomin' onion or some sort of signature sauce/decoration. And since the magical world does everything better...chocolate must be involved.
My goal with Harry setting up the interview with Arthur (who I believed a perfect appointee to make sure the Ministry hired the right kinds of people) was not as a handout, but as an opportunity for Pansy to take something she had done wrong and make it right for herself and her mother.
Would Pansy stay reformed? Well, honestly, I think she would slip back into her selfish ways to an extent, but I think she did a good amount of growing up in the time after Hogwarts. Will she and Harry stay together? Really, I don't think so. I think they could have something good and beneficial for both of them at the respective points in their lives, but as Pansy's journey is coming into fruition, Harry's is just starting. That's why I ended the story where I did. I'd rather have it end hopefully than shatter yet another love story.
Yay, 600 reviews! You rock, Twin! And a great review it was!
I have to admit I was a little nervous about reading it... I think I might have come across a Harry/Pansy story before and found it completely OOC. But really I shouldn't have worried, knowing that you're a fantastic author who can really make me believe the most unbelievable situations.
The most amazing thing about this was that Harry and Pansy were completely in character. Harry was perhaps not how I'd imagine him, but you certainly showed him believably. And he does have a 'saving people' thing. I also think you're right in saying that he would understand what Pansy's going through - I loved his line “Because I know what it’s like to not know when your next meal is coming from.”. It made me think of the chapter Snape's Worst Memory in OotP, because in that Harry could really identify with Snape - supposedly the 'bad guy'.
I also adored this paragraph - The world was supposed to have been a more tolerant place after the Battle of Hogwarts. Dozens of people had laid down their lives so that Mudbloods could walk freely amongst decent folk and be seen as equals. It just struck Pansy as ironic that, in this newfound freedom of theirs, the new world had seen fit to discriminate against its own kind in a different fashion. - I think that could very easily happen in post-war wizarding England because obviously some people have suffered immensely and want to blame someone. But ultimately it results in the same kind of prejudice which they fought against.
I thought Harry was very IC when he was talking about his guilt for those who died at the Battle, and I smiled at Pansy's thoughts, which also seemed very true to her character.
I liked how you redeemed her, but without turning her into a different person (I hope that makes sense).
And all because of an angry landlady, a cigarette, a tangerine, and a couple of ‘what if’s. - You really do know how to end a story! That was just the perfect ending for this... there's nothing else I can really say about it.
I also liked the idea about turning back the clock, and the way for Pansy things have reverted, in a sense, to the way they were, but nonetheless I think she is changed at least a little.
Just one little typo - you've written Eater to think about nearly anything else, (It's during their first 'date'), and I imagine you meant to write "Eager".
Anyway, loved the story despite initially being uncertain about the pairing. Great job!
Well, considering this story was thrown together in, like, less than three days with little prior forethought...it's a miracle it isn't stupid, hehe. I had already written one in this exchange of a completely different nature, so I thought I'd try one that showed a bit more of the world. The thing I've noticed is that people are always intolerant about something or another, whether about heavier things like religion, politics, or morality, down to things like smoking, lifestyle choice, and clothing. We all do it, however much we might try not to do. And, as you said, I thought it would be very easy for post-Battle society to condemn anyone who was noted for pure-blood supremacy of any kind, no matter how little they had to do with the war. Harry knew what it was like to have people he didn't know pretend to know him and what he was like (both good and bad).
At any rate, after me ramblinb and staring at the page, I'll thank you for the lovely review and reiterate that I'm glad you liked it and thought it was plausible. Making a non-canon pairing believable is difficult, but yay that it didn't squick you. :D
Ok so I have never read a pansy/harry before and I was sure I will hate it but it was really well written and very very good. Harry was in character which is great because in most of the non canon pairings he comes off as not himself. You should really consider writing a longer fic for these two.
Unfortunately, my longer fic plate is full, but I was also pleasantly surprised upon writing this pairing. In all honesty, I've never used Harry's 'saving people thing' as a plot device, but it actually worked out well here. :)
Thanks for reviewing, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
Ooooh, it's nice to read something of yours in the middle of doing my statistics courework at school, lol. Depsite being a Harry/Ginny (and the occasional Harmony) shipper, I did enjoy this. In fact, I confess that I didn't think much of Harry/Pansy in the past, but I agree with you -- I think I've got a soft spot for it :D
It wasn't fluffy, per se, but it was a lot lighter than your usual fare, lol. Excellent story, Jess, and it's nice to read your work again :)
It's nice to actually be writing again. This was churned out in three days as a pinch hit, so that considering, I'm rather pleased with how it turned out. It isn't what one could call a traditional romance, but it was one that happened because both of them needed a new chapter in their lives and the other just happened to be there to fulfil that.
I have to say, I seriously wanted one of those Tangerine ribbon corsage thingies after coming up with it. How cute would that be, hehe.
Ta for the review. :D
Jess- that was lovely. As usual for you, it was beautifully written, but this story also had a lovely romantic quality, about the possibility of redemption and forgiveness, as well as the growing friendship between two people affected by the war in very different ways.
Their dialogue was lovely, the spite and fear on both sides at the start, moving to begrudging respect and then finally being able to meet on equal terms. I loved the image of the tangerine and the ribbon, as well as the way the lines "He tasted of citrus and chocolate and something secret" and the final line bringing the story to a beautiful close.
Hehe, I'm surprised you went for this story. It's a bit on the fluffy side in comparison of my normal fare, but I like a good redemption tale, as well as some deserved forgiveness. I never was on board with demonising the Slytherins for not staying for the battle. With the pre-existing emnity other houses held for them, it was only good sense. I think Harry would understand that after some thought.
Anyway, lovely visiting with you, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :D