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Review:Alopex says:
Well, I'm flattered that you think I have "refined taste" in reading. I am somewhat picky about what I read, but I've never described it as refined before. I know not all the reviews I've left for you have been overflowing with praise, but most have been complimentary. I enjoy your writing very much (I consider myself a fan), and I was very pleased to see that a second chapter had been posted to this story so soon after I read the first!

I've said this before, but it struck me again: I love all the friends you've come up with for Molly and Arthur and how they interact with each other. I liked seeing the boys' perspectives here. They really do seem like boys, which are entirely different than girls. The difference comes out in your writing.

This chapter seemed a little on the fluffy side, but I assume the point of this story is just to follow Arthur and Molly through their seventh year until their elopement, while Voldemort is gathering strength? (Maybe I should just reread the summary . . .) When I got to the part about Molly marking down Arthur's schedule in his homework planners, I couldn't help but remember with great amusement the year that Hermione gave the boys homework planners for Christmas. Molly talking about the NEWTs reminded me of Hermione as well. I never pictured her as being so concerned about grades (except her kids' grades), but I can totally picture her being strict and bossy about everyone else's grades and studying!

Gideon and Fabian are always good for a chuckle, as well. They aren't exactly main characters, but this story (and "Unsinkable," of course) wouldn't be the same without them. I'm impressed with your OCs, of which you have so many, but I'm also impressed by the way you have taken characters who are mentioned once or twice in the entire series and brought them to life. I always get a kick out of the way they interact with Arthur, and I have a little feeling they might just help him deflect some of Molly's wrath over the Quidditch tryouts.

Author's Response: ;) Good to see you back! This is such a great review, thanks for taking the time to leave it for me.

I've always thought of Molly as being very pushy about schoolwork to her kids and attributed it to her own past as a high-achiever (or wanna-be high achiever). I think she feels she didn't do as well as she could have and wants her kids to do better, as many parents do. I also think Molly and Hermione have quite a bit in common haha.

This story I wanted to explore some wizarding world issues, and bring forward a few things that will happen before the next story, which will be the elopement. So it's going to be about Molly dealing with some issues she didn't realize she had attendant to becoming a Weasley, and Arthur is going to get to some of the issues that characterize him as an adult. You know I like the slice of life stuff more than the big battles and such :) I'm trying not to degenerate into fluff this time, you'd be amazed if you met me in real life, I'm very much a Siobhan and not fluffy at all haha.

Gideon and Fabian are going to get a character arc this time (rather than staying static characters as they did in Unsinkable), so they'll be back :) Thanks so much for reviewing!


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