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Review:dim at best (not signed in) says:
That was beautiful, and to be honest, the first I've read of this ship. I detest student/teacher pairings, mainly because I'm not the type to like the whole age difference thing and also because I don't particularly like any teachers (least of all Snivellus).

But for some reason, reading this, with one of my favourite characters, Hermione, and one of my most hated, Snape, falling in love... it didn't bother me. Not one bit. In fact, I clicked on this fic because although I knew that this ship would normally repel me, you as a writer would be talented enough to make me see different.

I'm not sure if I'll become a dedicated shipper of this ship, or even read more of this kind, but I do know that I definitely did not come close to hating this one-shot. Quite the opposite in fact.

You portrayed the broken and unknowingly in love Hermione very nicely, and it was easy to feel empathy. The result of the war and her detachment from everyone was believable, the reason you gave for the animosity between her and Ron sufficient (it's amazing how many stories kill off Ron or make him evil so that Hermione can get with another guy. What you've written is refreshing.)

And, somehow, you make Snape stay true to his being a greasy git while also making his romance with Hermione, well, romantic. ♥

Great job, and sorry for such a long review...

-Terri

Author's Response: Long reviews are welcome, don't worry. They do make me grin like an idiot, but as long as no one else sees me, it's quite fine. ;-) It makes the story all the more gratifying when a non-shipper ends up liking the story even with their prejudices. That's quite a compliment to me and I appreciate it very much. ^_^ Keeping Snape in character is too much fun; writing Hermione was a bit more of a challenge, especially when I had to make her fall in love with someone who was once her enemy. That scene with Ron never fails to break my heart since I love them together -- I'm glad that his reason for hating her worked out for you. I really didn't want to make him evil - it suits his character more to make him extremely "good".

Before I ramble on to no tomorrow, thanks again for your amazing review. It brightened my day considerably. =)


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