This is the first Draco/Pansy fic that I've ever read. I don't really know much about Pansy and I had to read up a bit on her before giving this review. Tee hee.
Anyway, on to your story. In terms of characterization, I think Pansy seems like a kinder, more sensible, less daft person in your work compared to how she was portrayed in the books. Well, good for her then that an author has actually made her less horrible than she actually is. Tee hee. So, if I'm to think strictly in terms of canon, I'm inclined to say that Pansy is a tiny bit OOC here. However, if my frame of mind is solely focused on the romance/drama part, then you were definitely on target.
I liked how you portrayed Draco here, how you added more depth to his character. I'd always thought he was a very shallow boy but HBP changed my mind a bit. And your version of him is even better because it showed that he has indeed grown as a character.
The statement that struck me the most was:
She spoke most of the time, she liked to, and Draco welcomed a time when he wasn't expected to be the sole bearer of the conversation.
There is something so true about that. I imagine being the ringleader of the Slytherins, Draco definitely had to do all the talking and entertaining, so to speak. And for him to think of Pansy in that way was something I found very poignant. It made me see him in a different light and it made me believe in your Draco - in his anguish, in his regret, in his grief.
Overall, quite emotional and heartbreaking. Thank you for making my first Draco/Pansy encounter an interesting one. ;)
Author's Response: Hiya butterbeer! Sorry about the long wait for a reply. No excuses! I sorry . . .
I guess I could see where you come from with Pansy. I mean, on the surface she looks like a very shallow character. Person, check that. A shallow person. However, Draco appeared much the same way until the different side of him was shown in HBP, you know?
And while writing this I wanted to think of Pansy in a way more shown in the books, you know? (I always say you know . . . you know?) Joke aside, even if a jerk was dying . . . I gotta think they'd be somewhat serious and honest about their life. And I can't imagine any character in HP having NO redeeming qualities. After all, I know Rowling said somewhere that the only one who did was Voldie.
So based on that info is why I wrote Pansy as . . . well, a damsel dying.
But I do think (you caught me) I took the 'make her less horrid' thing to a point of slight Out-of-characterness. But I'll argue against it! Bwa-ha! (don't know what kind of laugh that was --- maybe diabolical?)
Yaaay! I'm stoked you liked that line. Probably my favorite from this one, too. Like you said, something so honest about that line. It explains for his grief, which was what I was going for --- so I'm really happy you were able to lock in on that!
Anyways, I'm very merry (and Pippin too!) you were entertained (and brought in on some respects emotionally) with this fic!