Today was pretty much my fanfiction reading day. And I came across your story on someone's favorites (actually I think they had favorited another story that I had in mine, so I went and looked at theirs...) and it looked pretty interesting, so I was like, what the heck, I've read longer stories in one sitting. Except, then I couldn't stop! Your writing is very good-its original, with that touch of mystery and thrill that can draw anyone in. I loved your characters from the beginning, and throughout the story, I admired you for making them so complex. It was a relief to read a good fanfiction where Peter wasn't evil (although rather questionable at times), James and Lily were already together, and Sirius was much more realistic. Have I mentioned that I loathehatedespise Isaac and Blake and Sal and all the other stupidbutt Death Eaters (and Voldemort...he pretty much sits on the pedestal of grossness). Gah! I mean, honestly, when its your family or people that you're insanely close too, I don't think I could ever do what Isaac did. It was so selfish and it wasn't like he couldn't think of the repurcussions. Because, you never do that to the people you love. It basically shows how weak you are. And, what about having your own morals. Freaking flamingos, I wanted to slap them across the face occasionally. Hehe, I felt rather strongly about blaming them. But, wow, Ellie. It was such a complicated and plot-twisty story that I'm kind of amazed at your creativity. And willpower, because I honestly don't know if I could let one of my characters die after investing so much. But, oh poor Quinn. My heart kinda broke when Ellie died in the last chapter. As it did for Sirius, surprisingly, not Ben. And Lily. Because I feel like Sirius could have had so much more with her, or Ben I guess. And Lily, poor Lily, finding out her best friend was murdered and she was never really fully forgiven. And Quinn, because he probably played Ellie's parting lines to him over and over again, as you wrote in the last chapter. It was actually one of the most sobfest endings ever, especially after the hallucinations, where I had built up so much hope for her. And Isabella being her daughter! Makes so much more sense about Ellie's rule following thing. And actually adds a whole another dimension especially to the parts where she holds her/rocks her to sleep. I almost cried when she died, just because I had sat down and read it in one period and was like, ohmygoodness it might actually be happy. But I have to say, it wouldn't have been as powerful if you had done it any other way (which is pretty much the highest compliment I give...rare is the fanfiction that is truly powerful) and every character had a purpose. So, since the review rambles slightly on and on, I hope you got how much I absolutely loved this story and its characters. I fell in love with your writing, and was actually touched by the very well-written story (which proves that you should write a novel...I would go out and buy it!). Amazing job!
P.S: Sorry about the insanely long review. I got a bit carried away :)
Author's Response: Wow! I think that was by far the best review I have ever gotten for any story. Thank you so much Amulya_HPfan for letting me know you enjoyed the story so much!
It was very difficult to kill Ellie. She drove me crazy at times, but I grew very fond of her over the months that I wrote this story. I knew from the beginning that she was going to die, but I didn't like it one bit.
Just so you know, I'm currently working on a sequel to the story titled, "Allegiance." It probably won't be out until 2010, but it focuses on Quinn and Isabella a bit more.
And I do have plans to write a novel one day, if I could only come up with an original idea and follow through with it. :)
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