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Review:A Licorice Wand says:
I read this a few days ago but finally now exams are over have found the time to come back and review it. I have only read one other piece of your work a Minerva/OC one shot and ever since have been meaning to read more and this story reminded me why!

Your characterisation of Minerva surprised me again. It is so perfect and it is a credit to your writing that you can make characters do things we would normally consider completely out of their nature and yet write it in a way that makes it real. The great thing about this story is that it made me question my own view of McGonagall and made me think yes, she could of done this. I suppose you made her more human to me, which was greatly refreshing.

Your Riddle was terrifyingly haunting; controlling made all the worst by just how real he was. To watch him undo Minerva was made part of me want to look away as I watched a normally perfectly together character break down. I have never read this pairing and as I consider it they are an interesting ship. Their differences, when written well, could play off each other so perfectly. There are very few writers that would dare to write him let alone do it successfully.

I musn't forget the description contained in this. It made every aspect of this story come alive. It is definitely a strange plot but I felt completely there, and although sometimes I didn't want to be your words compelled me to continue reading. The most impressive thing was the way you felt completely empty as a reader when Minerva realised the extent of Tom's power over her. The imagery brings new life into your words, lines such as 'silk running over bare flesh' and 'liquid was the only way to describe him' are a joy to read.

A good story for me is one that continues in your mind long after you've finished reading because finishing it leaves you feeling strangely empty. If this makes any sense because this story did exactly that. I was lying in bed desperately trying to remember Physics equations for my exam and I simply couldn't shake the scenes and the characters out of my head.

A brilliant one shot. Simply perfect.

Author's Response: This review still makes me blush. Goodness, thank you for writing such a long one! They're hard to respond to, but still wonderful to receive and read. ^_^

Haha, poor Minerva. I torture her with all these stories, yet she manages to get through them all and continue on. I'm glad that she turned out still in character for this story. It's definitely a situation which could cause OOC issues, and it's very pleasing to know that mine didn't turn out that way. As for Riddle being terrifying, that's perfect - exactly how I wanted him to appear like. He's more than the typical comic-book villain; he is very much a terrifying and disturbing person, at least in my mind. In turn, the story itself became disturbing - what you say about it making you feeling empty is what it did to me, and I don't know how or why. It was painful to write, and painful to re-read. I don't know if I could write something like this again, but I'm glad I was able to push myself to finish it. :)

Thank you so very much for this review. It really means a lot to me that you took the time to write it. ^_^

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