I'm so glad you came back to request another story! You are such and incredible author - I am in complete awe of the way you take such minor couples and flesh out their relationships and their lives so that when I'm reading, these characters are more real to me than when JKR herself wrote them.
So, in case you didn't guess from the above, I love this. It is so adorable and sweet, and yet it is not just pure fluff - there is thought and substance behind it. I love how you started this off with Angelina opening the door to (a presumably drunk) George and compare it to the previous Christmas', giving us some background for their relationship without really giving anything away - at this point, they could be nothing more than friends. I love that you slowly draw their real relationship out, so that it isn't until the very end that we really find out how serious it is, because it isn't really realistic for Angelina to open the door thinking "Here is George, he is my boyfriend and we have been dating X number of years." You present us with all the information in a very natural way (both of their relationship and the various problems they have faced), and (if I haven't said it enough already) I love that.
ALSO OMG COULD GEORGE BE ANY MORE SWOONWORTHY HERE? He shows up at Angelina's door, knowing what she will expect of him, and totally plays into it only to surprise her by being clean and put together and ready to go out and celebrate. He dresses her up fancy, gives her a string of pearls to throw her off and the BAM!, when she least expects it he pulls out the diamond. SERIOUSLY? OH. MY. GOD. -swoon-
There are so many more things that I could squee at in this, but I think at this point I'm getting pretty repeatitive. (Because I totally didn't start out that way ...) All I can really think of to say is LOVE. OMG. SQUEE. SWOON.
(Also wanted to tell you, even though it has nothing to do with this story, that the way you described Rolf in your last review response is pretty much the only way I can picture him now. Viking!Rolf has become my definitive Rolf, and its all thanks to you :P)
OKAY, that's it. I'm done, for realz this time!
Author's Response: I love the minor characters, too, but my heart is really with Harry/Luna. I agree with you, that too often the minor characters don't get any love.
When I first heard about George/Angelina, I thought that it had to be a relationship with some trouble in it, and I thought that a lot of it would be guilt from George's side, and also George having to deal with strong grief issues, so I knew it would be rocky. But, I also picture Angelina as someone who could put up with that sort of rockiness because of her strong character.
I'm so glad you liked the characterisations in particular. I've written Fred/George only sparingly, so I'm gratified that you think it's good.
Ah, Rolf. I kinda picture him looking like a cleaner Zakk Wylde (google him if you're not familiar).
Thank you so much for the kind squeeing; you made my day.