|Review:||dim at best says:|
For some reason, the last line of your author's note made me laugh. O.o It's a very 'because I said so' kinda line, and I just found it really funny. I'm weird that way :D
I liked this chapter, and think it's like a breath of fresh air after all the ANGST from the last one.
It gave us a chance to glimpse James and Lily during a rarely seen (well, at least for me... maybe I don't read enough or something) time period - after hogwarts, yet before Harry and marraige. You've once again taken the traditional depiction of their relationship and twisted it so that it's more real and has more depth. You've bonked me over the head with yet another James/Lily relationship factor that is highly plausible but something I would have never thought to associate with their relationship - a cheating James. It does happen in real life, but it would have never occurred to me if you hadn't wrote it. First the abortion thing, now this... you're making me feel like I'm a complete dunderhead to have never considered these things before! Sadly, I've just realized that I'm one of those idealists who've imagined James and Lily to be in the perfect romance. *smacks forehead*
This story, in addition to having made me laugh, cry, think, and fall into awed stupors, has now given me a James and Lily epiphany. You ought to be proud. :P
On the forums, Kay (at least, I think it was Kay.. I'm too lazy to check) said something about you being recognised as one of the great James/Lily writers. I can definitely see how that reputation came to be. In fact, expect some reviews from me for your other James/Lily fic in the near future. I've gotten all curious now. lol.
Author's Response: I think I was very tired when I added this chapter. It's possibly not a good sign that I don't even remember adding it!
You're right about there not being a lot of material on the period between Hogwarts and marriage (most of the stuff out focuses on their schooling years and I get the feeling people plan to write their entire life story and then get lost in what a huge task it is...um...like me). I really, really think it's interesting they got married so young and exploring that idea of marriage in war, of teenaged marriages is really very interesting and if they just happen to be HP characters so be it.
A cheating James...well...perhaps I'm just going off my own experience, but things do happen when you're young and it doesn't make you a bad person, just stupid and incapable of making adult decisions. I'm not trying to be sensationalist with a new drama every week, but to me it kind of seemed natural that something like this would happen...James seemed like such a self involved character and I could see him doing something like that and really messing things up. I hadn't considered any of these things until I started writing them after Hogwarts (in NFA there's really not so much drama, it's very standard I think...please don't feel you have to read it, I was young and my ideas have changed a lot since then) but then I started thinking about things and what a stressful situation it would have been and how I'm 21 and a steady relationship is seriously the scariest thing in the world, forget about marriage. I don't think there's anything wrong with idealising the James/Lily romance, but I did want to play around with it a bit.
Thank you again, so very, very much for reviewing. You already know what your reviews give to me as a writer, so...yeah. You are made of awesome, Terri.