Don't think I didn't notice the little slip-in of Stephan Shooting-Starr. Hahah does that have to do with anyone by the name of a a_shooting_star, huh? *giggle* I definitely burst into a fit of what my best friend called "cute girl giggles." He resolved to just call them "my cute giggles." ANYWAY, I was so glad to see such a character. I miss Steffy very much :(. I haven't keep in contact with her. Have you?
Anyway, this wonderful chapter was super cute and super lovely to read about!!! I loved the private moment that Sirius and Dollie shared under the umbrella. It seemed like Dollie had let Sirius in to really help her and get to know her.
The raining seemed very typical of England but I couldn't help but wonder if it was supposed to be symbolical for something more. A sort of mood setter perhaps. And I was sad that Remus couldn't go home for the holidays. The life he has led...has been one of major misfortune.
And it wasn't your choice as the author; you were really forced to work with what Jo had already established. Poor, poor Remus :(.
I really liked the pacing and the inclusion of the holidays; its really nice to be reaching that time of the year in story! I love Christmas and since it has past I miss its influence on my life so.
The chaotic but loving nature that Christmas introduces into my life between parties, work functions, basketball season, sweets, time with loved ones, and even the lovely church services are just fantastic fun for me. I look forward to the next chapter!
Your build up in this chapter was excellent because I could feel the inner conflict and almost point of opening up between Sirius and Dollie even though it was ruined by James.
Author's Response: Our little private joke, eh Linds? *winks* I'd ask you the same question, I haven't heard from her in ages. I miss her too... Oh, sidenote, a Ravenclaw called Lindsey Lovely (or Lovett, I'm still deciding between the two. Which would you prefer? I'm sooo creative with names aren't I? xD) will be making an appearance during OWLs. Stay tuned for that. *wink wink*
Dollie just couldn't remain immune to his charms much longer ;). Sirius might just be the one to melt the ice-queen. But Remus might not stand for that. After all, where's the fun without a little conflict?
You could say that ;). Hehehe, I love reading your theories, Linds, please keep them coming!
The struggles Remus has to go through, gah, I don't know how he does it without going completely insane or depressed. Heck, even Harry had it better. At least he wasn't a poverty-stricken, bloodthirsty werewolf. *huggle squeezes Remus*
Aaaw, that all sounds lovely, Linds =). Some of my most treasured memories are my childhood christmases where all the cousins would congregate at my grandmother's house and have turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, dessert etc etc. You could say it was rather a Weasley-like gathering.
James really does have that uncanny ability to ruin every Dollie/Sirius moment. Thank you so much!