Wow... so One Last Golden Day won Runner-up for a Quicksilver Quill! Thanks so much to those that gave it a nomination. It's one of those stories I've always been rather proud of even if it didn't get alot of attention at the time I was posting it.
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Hey Chloe! Nice work on this chapter. Your timing was much better, spacing out the action a bit. Your flow also improved, so excellent work! I'm curious to see where Ron and Hermione are. Good job!! Can't wait for the next chapter =)
Author's Response: Thank you so much for all of the compliments! I worked much harder on this one so I\'m glad it payed off!
*Sigh* I love Ron and Hermione. Such a fantastic ship. This was a very sweet story, Gina. I don't usually enjoy the fluffy stuff, but this made me feel warm fuzzies rather than nauseated, so grand work my dear! I like that you did the story from Harry's perspective. You don't see many R/Hr stories from his angle, and you pulled it off really well. Yay =D
Author's Response: Hi Ashley! I\'m so glad you read this story! It continuously suprises me with the wonderful responses I get. I like Ron and Hermione too, and I\'m so glad you enjoyed my little moment for them! And I\'m glad you didn\'t get sick, lol - that totally made me laugh. I know too much fluff is a bad thing and I\'m glad you got the warm fuzzies instead. :) Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a great review!! ~Gina :)
That was beautiful! Wow, there are SO many great stories in this challenge (I entered one as well), I'm excited to see what the mods have to say! Your story was extremely moving, though incredibly sad. Great job, good luck! I loved it!
Author's Response: Thank you! Good luck to you as well!
Haha, just when I'm complaining, they post the new chapter. Excellent timing, mods!! So I'm confused, do Ron and Hermione have any kids? Nice work, update soon =)
Author's Response: I\'ve never said one way or another, but I\'ll say they have one or two that are younger. Since I\'m making Hermione a bigger part of the story, I decided not to include any kids of theirs as main characters.
Author's Response: Whoa, I was way off. I HAD written that, in chapter three, which I was just reviewing before submitting. They have two daughters and one son. And the son has a minor role. Sorry!
Hooray!! Sequel!!!! Good beginning! Poor Hermione, four babies at once! Looking forward to more chapters!!
Author's Response: It was Fred and his as yet un-named wife who had the quadruplets. Sorry if that wasn\'t clear. I\'m glad you liked it!
*Bangs time-turner on table* Darn I think its broken... So, over a week since this chappie posted... same with my story... *sigh*
Author's Response: yeah, it\'s tough business. But it\'s up as of me answering this review, so yay!
Congrats! Beautiful work! I told you you'd leave them wanting more ;)
Author's Response: Thank you! Yes you were right. Well we\'ll just see what happens! ;)
Hey Amy! Interesting story, very original choice of topic (you don't see much teen pregnancy in the wizarding world, and it being with Dean was even more surprising). I found the last two paragraphs a touch confusing. Somehow it sounded like Hermione was going to abort the baby herself or something (maybe I just read it wrong...). Otherwise, lovely job, very powerful fic!
Author's Response: Ashley, thank you! Deciding to write this was difficult. I was afraid it would be too much for some people. I reread the last two paragraphs and can see where it could be a bit confusing. I was trying to get across how hard of a decision this was for Hermione as well. She is going against her beliefs/morals in order to provide much needed support for a friend. I\'m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to review!
Hey Gina dear!
This one is by far the best of yours that I've read. I am very impressed, excellent use of emotion and canon! You built the suspense lovely for a one-shot, keeping us guessing at what might happen next. The scene with Hedwig was very touching. We often forget that the animals in the story are just as important as the people, and it wouldn't surprise me if Harry experienced a similar loss in the final book. Wonderful job =) ~Ashley
Author's Response: Hi Ashley! Wow, thank you so much for the great review! You must be on a reviewing tear this week. ;) I\'m so happy you liked this story, I don\'t think its one of my more well known stories. Its rather unusual, in some ways, and I\'m so glad you enjoyed it. Like I said in my author\'s note, I wanted to do something with Fawkes, even if it was subtle. I actually just wrote a story about his first meetings with Dumbledore -I quite like working with him. ;) Thank you so much for reading this piece and leaving such a nice review! What a great treat!! ~Gina :)
I'm surprised no one has reviewed this. I think your writing was excellent, I especially loved the line about being as impressionable as hot wax! I was a little surprised when she decided to join Labella. The death of a friend is terrible, but somehow I don't see her killing others instead. Just my thoughts though. Go Badgers! Good luck!
Author's Response: Glad you liked it! (also glad you didn\'t follow the examples of other readers and not review.) And while Maria is not actually a killer, she\'ll do whatever it takes to protect her friend. Reminds me of someone....
Wow, I really enjoyed that. I don't think I've ever read a story quite like this before. Chloe seemed very real, very down to earth. Even with her obvious beauty, and given intelligence, you definitely kept her from being Mary Sue, especially since she couldn't let go of a hopeless crush. It's hard to imagine loving someone for so long, knowing you will never receive their love in return, but you painted the scenario well. Excellent work!
Author's Response: Wow, thanks! Why do so many people like this? I wrote it in, like, 20 minutes! Lol, whatever, just goes to say that I should rush through everything I write, and people will like it more! ;) I\'m glad you didn\'t think that she was Mary-Sue, even though I made her beautiful. Thanks mucho for the review!
I've never read a fic with this character, and I think you did a fabulous job portraying her situation. Having been basically thrown out of the family for marrying a Muggle, its no wonder Andromeda was so nervous about visiting her sister, even after she had died. I had always pictured Bellatrix as being a difficult sibling to live up to, and I think you showed that nicely!
"She let go of the letter, and it floated slowly to the ground before being swept away by a gust of wind. Andromeda watched it dance across the field and out of sight. She couldn’t help but feel that it was Bellatrix, even in death, brushing her thoughts away once more."
I think ending lines are your strong suit! I loved this, the imagery of Bellatrix in the wind, once again casting Andromeda aside. I only hope she brushed her lingering feelings over Bellatrix aside, as well! Nice work!
Author's Response: Lol, I was laughing so hard when you said that ending lines are my strong point, because I think the exact same thing! They usually have some connection to the title (though usually it isn\'t planned) and they usually come to me before writing the actual story. Take this one for example! I think that this is my favorite end line out of all my fics, so I\'m glad you liked it, too! Thanks so much for your comments, and the lovely review!
Hey Gina! Interesting idea, making the Keeper of the Hall of Prophecy Dumbledore's cousin! I really wanted to get to know Aldred more, what he looked like, his quirks and mannerisms. You should definitely consider working with him again. I like how Aldred was born to be the Keeper, that was an intriguing idea and makes me wonder about the other Unspeakables. The only problem I saw in the entire story was Aldred being unflinching whenever Albus said Voldemort. Most people cringe when Albus or anyone else uses his name, and Aldred, though not using the name himself, seemed unaffected.
Otherwise, excellent job! Good luck with the scoring!
Author's Response: Hi Ashley, Thanks for coming by to read this story! I like Aldred too, so hopefully I can write more about him in the future. As for him not flinching at Voldemort\'s name . . . good point, I hadn\'t really thought about it until you mentioned it. When I do think about it, I\'d have to say that while Aldred may not use the name himself, he is a Dumbledore after all, and so it doesn\'t affect him as much as it might others. Plus I see him as a bit of an eccentric, at least in a sort of \"I\'ve been working underground with a bunch of glowing orbs for years and years\" kind of way, so that might go toward him being unaffected as well. But I might be saying that just be because I don\'t want to go back and edit in any flinches. ;) I\'ll have to keep that in mind, especially with other stories. Thanks a lot for your comments! I really appreciate you leaving such a nice review. Good luck yourself!! ~Gina :)
Hooray! A fellow Hufflepuff in the HHWP! I really enjoyed your descriptions of the rooms. You painted lovely pictures in my mind, making me feel like I was walking right along side Teagan. I also loved her character. I think you show her personality very well throughout the entire story. I would have liked to see you create reasons behind the rooms, some explaination for their existence. What purpose do the brains serve, and what is the mysterious reason behind the death chamber? But, seeing as your character was meant to have a limited scope of understanding, I suppose your Unspeakables could only give us so much ;) Fabulous job! Good luck with the scoring. FOR PHILBERT!!!
Author's Response: Yes, FOR PHILBERT! I want that Cup. Looking back on this, I do see what you mean, but the truth is I was so tired of writing such a long fic and wanted it over so I left those parts out. It would have certainly been interesting, though, you\'re right on that. Thank you so much Ashley, love, for reviewing this. It means so much!
Hooray, finally got a minute to read this story! A very interesting plot bunny, Harry being able to cross the veil when no one else can. I do believe there is still more to Harry than meets the eye, and this was an interesting idea. This has inspired some questions for the dueling club... keep an eye out ;) ~Ashley
Author's Response: I am so glad you read this story, it is sort of a special story to me. Not only did it do well in the challenge, but I was just really pleased with how it turned out. Yes, there is more to Harry. I don\'t know if this is it, but I was looking to write a DoM story, and I really wanted to write something emotional. I\'ll be looking for your questions on it in the Dueling Club. If they are anything like the last ones, I\'ll be writing another mini-essay! ;) Thanks so much for the review! ~Gina :)
Hehe, very nice. I thought Bill said he was going to change anyone if George and Fred told what had happened... That would have been fabulous to have the trio and Ginny switch bodies for awhile =) Anyway, lovely job, congrats on placing! ~Ashley
Author's Response: Hi! I\'m glad you liked it! I\'ll have to take another look at Bill\'s empty threat, I think. ;) I am rather proud of this piece, as I didn\'t think humor was a strong point for me. But it was such a great challenge I couldn\'t resist the opportunity to give it a try! I\'m glad you liked it, thanks for the congrats and the review!! ~Gina :)
This was lovely, and very nicely written. I, too, and not a fan of super fluff in Ron/Hermione fics. This story had just enough =) I also usually don't like song fics, and this one didn't bother me, so great work!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I was just reading your fic- Senses, and I loved it, so it\'s nice to know you like mine!
Chloe my dear, I think you've found your niche in the realm of HP Fanfiction! You write Ron and Hermione very well, and given how naturally humorous you are, I think this story is going to be fantastic. Great start, dear! I look forward to reading more =)
Author's Response: Yay! Thank you so much for the huge compliments!!! I hope you like the rest of the story! I\'ll try and post more soon! :D
I love the way you tied the standard wedding procedures into the growing conflict in London and the rest of the wizarding world. You really were skillful with layering in different ideas and objects, which I'm sure I'll see returning in the chapters to come. Excellent job so far, dear!
Author's Response: Hi Ashley! Thanks so much for coming by to read this story! And thank you for the comment on layering - you know I worked hard on that. ;) I do hope you read the rest of the story and enjoy it as well. Thanks again for the great review, it made my day! ~Gina :)
*jumps up and down and does the happy Beta dance* Yay! POSTED! Bravo my dear! This story was really fantastic, and I'm so happy that you wrote it. Your writing has really grown since your first story, and I'm so proud to be your Beta. *Huggles*
Author's Response: Thank you so much Ashley! That means a lot to me! *tear-eyed* You\'re the best beta ever!! :) *huggles*