You know, maybe one of the reasons I'm so enchanted by your stories (yes, I am - and this is only the third one I've read so far) is that they are completely different from mine. And I'm not talking about good and bad, although you could say that too, of course - but as modest as I am, I do have to admit that there probably are people out there who write worse then I do. :D But I'm fascinated by the fact you incredibly descriptive your stories are. I couldn't do a description to save my life. You don't have many fast dialogues, but behind every word your characters say I can feel so much emotion...I admire this skill, and oh, how would I need it in my writing!
Enough talking about me. I loved the idea of this story. I've actually contemplated the idea of Minerva going to school with Voldie, but I would never imagine them being lovers. Maybe it's because I have another as-close-to-love-as-he-can-get object for him in my head...But it's just brilliant. I mean, she was really very good at magic, so he would probably like her...and she wasn't completely devoted, like, say, Bellatrix, so he would definitely respect her more. But as she said at the end, ultimately, there was place only for him at that pedestal.
For some reason, I never connect my fics with my 'real' lecture in any way, but you paradise and Paradise references made me think about that a bit...there are some plot bunnies which could be written based on, say, 'Better to reign in Hell then serve in Heaven'...
To finally say something relevant (I must ramble, because otherwise I would have to end this review with "excellent" and I never leave short reviews like this :D), I honestly loved this story and I'm glad Minerva managed to hold up - and I'm sure Albus was glad, too. :)
Author's Response: Enchanted? o_O Never heard that word used, but it's certainly a beautiful compliment, thank you. But don't downplay your own talents, I'm too much looking forward to reading your stories. ;)
I agree that imagining them together is a bit strange (this story is only one that disturbs me to no end, I have trouble re-reading it), but I couldn't resist trying out the ship, just to see how it could work. Perhaps it was the challenge alone that made Riddle interested in Minerva: Gryffindor, loyal to Dumbledore, unselfishly good.
The Paradise Lost thing is too much fun to play with. :P Riddle is so villainous in the Satanic way, loving words and getting others to do his bidding without much effort. In this story, Minerva is like Milton's Eve - the one who takes too long to convince, the one who won't be swayed by compliments. Arg, this is why is sucks to be an English major - EVERYTHING relates to literature in the end. *sighs*
Thank you so much for reviewing this. It's wonderful that you enjoyed it. ^_^