What a lovely story! It made me start thinking about how hard it must be for one twin to lose the other. I can't imagine. And, I'm sure Angelina thinks of Fred when she sees George. It sounds like the relationship was more in Fred's mind than reality.
Author's Response: Um, well, the voice in George's head was Fred, but he fell silent when George stopped thinking about him and focused on the future. Basically, I wanted to portray that Fred exaggerated what had happened with Angelina (as boys are wont to do) and George realised that by the end because he'd lied by implication that things had gone a lot further with Fleur's cousin.
Hmm, as far as Angelina is concerned, I wanted it to be more like that she'd always slightly preferred George, but Fred had got there first.At Hogwarts there wasn't much between them, and she was friends with both, but George would never have been second choice - whatever he thinks. Thanks for reviewing. ~Carole
Author's Response: Thank you ~Carole
This was a perfect story--quirky, hilarious, and heartbreaking all in one. I loved the cracks about Percy flying! I also nearly cried during the funeral part.
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I liked the Percy line, too, especially as Victoire is around one year old in this story - heh heh. Oh, the funeral part choked me up a little, too. :( ~Carole~
I loved this story> It's very much up to your usual standard, being well plotted, well written and a damn good read. Thank you.
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the compliments. I had this story in mind for a while so I'm pleased you enjoyed it. ~Carole~
Good as always :)
I always felt as if Fred was the stronger twin and it was nice to hear George's opinion about the situation in reference that he was living in the shadow of his brother. I also always wondered how George seemed to go on after Fred's death. Thanks for sharing your story :)
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review. I've had this story buzzing around my head regarding Angelina for a while now, so was pleased to finally get down to write it. I feel George/Angelina get a rough ride in fanfiction because people assume she was the love of Fred's life, when it's possible she only went to the Ball with him. I enjoyed writing this, so am pleased you liked it, too. ~Carole~
Okay, so literally, by the end of this, I had my elbow at the keyboard, chin in hand, mouth open, with my eyes about three inches from the screen. This story is absolutely fantastic, Carole. Wow. It might be my favorite of all your stories, actually, which is saying something. Even Lavender, I'm conflicted to say. Haha! Though a romance, this is also a post-Hogwarts story. I'm wondering now where you put it in terms of category. The journey into George's psyche as he deals with the loss of Fred is brilliantly done. I did cry in the section where he saw Fred. I too have always imagined that he knew the moment it happened, and that description here was heartbreaking, including the journey with Angelina to find him. The romance too was lovely. I've always thought it strange when fans don't like the idea of George with Angelina because she was with Fred. It couldn't have been long that they were together or I think it would have been mentioned. Do you suppose she would have said yes to whichever of them asked her to the ball? I think so, but that she grew into a deeper friendship with George over the years. You wrote this so, so well. My reviews are always rubbish, but please know how fabulous this is. It's going right into my favorites, and I'm stinking ecstatic that I get to be the recipient of it! Right up my canon alley! Oh, and does she get her sight back or not? ;) I must know these things. Thanks again, friend.
Author's Response: Thank youuuuu. Okay, I have always thought the thing with Fred was just very brief. they're certainly not together at the wedding because the twins are off with the Veela cousins. I really don't think she was with Fred in OOTP because that would have been mentioned when she had to rebuild her team, so ... yeah .... not a lifelong romance.
Very pleased you liked it. I've had this in my mind for some time because I wanted a story where it's not just about Angelina getting him through the loss of Fred, but where George is in a better place and can help her.
Does she get her sight back? Hmmmmmm, well, this is compliant with High where it's mentioned that Angelina was invalided out of Quidditch on her England debut. If you read that then you'll soon see if she's blind (actually she;'s not in it till the last but one chapter - ha ha)
I did wonder about the cat because it's also about George getting through Fred's death but it was more about Angelina, I thought, so I kept it in other pairing. Glad you appreciated the Fred death scene. I admit to crying a touch at that and also struggling with his funeral speech. I know he wouldn;t have recovered quickly from Fred's death, but I can't bear him to be eternally miserable especially when he has 'good old Ron' to help him. :-) .
I ran out of words to write more about the Ball but I always imagined that she liked both of them, so if George had got there first she'd have gone with him. I did always like George a little more than Fred simply because I think he was slightly kinder, but at the time, I'm not sure she had a particular partiality.
Thank you very much for the review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it because I love George/Angelina and like having someone else on board that rather lonely ship :) ~Carole~
Lovely. I like the chcukle and faint whoop in his head.
Author's Response: Thank you. I had to chop some, sadly, but I might rework and add more when the challenge is over. ~Carole~
I really, really like this story! I especially love how you switch from flashbacks to present tense. Very entertaining! :)
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I'm glad the flashbacks worked. ~Carole~