First thing I have to say about this, I just need to get it out--Go Ravenclaw!
Ahem. Alright, I can be a little more expressive about the story now.
Bottom line, and I will begin with it, is that I love this! While honestly it took me a little while to get over the obvious deviation from canon, I love the way that youíve portrayed Bertie, because it makes perfect sense that someone so inquisitive would be the one to come up with a line of every-flavour beans. Really. Reminds me of the character on Pushing Daisies that lives in the sewer--wants both the good and the bad to really experience things!
Back on topic: I also appreciate that youíve strayed from the usual characterization of a Ravenclaw. Youíve created a really sweet (no pun intended, really) character who has depth and feeling. Iíve seen Ravenclaws portrayed as the stereotypical ďsmartĒ ones, the cut-throat-competition-loving, politically active, occasionally snobbish students. Iíve always thought that there was more, and you have it here! Iím so, so glad to see that as a fellow Ravenclaw (yey!) you view things the same way ;)
This is just a really cute story. I got really into it and was rooting for the pair only towards the very end of the story, because little old clueless me was still a little--well, clueless. I smiled almost continuously, unless I was nodding in appreciation, as I read this.
I also love the title here :) Very clever!
I find that as a reader Iím very partial to Bertie. I understand that the most important thing is not to create a character that everyone will love, but in this case, I canít help but feel that his insight and his pure, good nature will result in this inevitably.
I also love the line about answers at the almost-end. I guess I sort of indentify with Bertie as someone who processes things internally. I keep to myself a lot, like Bertie seems to. But that reliance on another person is so nicely integrated, and a wonderfully crafty foreshadowing (I donít know if you meant it to be or not, thatís just what I see!) of their eventual marriage.
I just want to say ďitís so cuteĒ and ďitís so sweetĒ and ďI just really love it!Ē about a hundred more times, but redundancy isnít ever something thatís graded well in papers ;)
(your personal valentineís day fairy!)
Author's Response: Woohoo! Go Claws! :D
Anyway, yeah, this started out as a story about how Myrtle could've survived. And then once I got Bertie in there, I couldn't stop, and the story swiveled to focus on him more.
As for Ravenclaws, it's pointed out at least once in the books, probably more, that intelligence is more than just good grades. Bertie is just one of many claws that had his own style of smarts.
Don't feel clueless, I think the ship wandered along halfway through the story and I liked it so much I kept it there. It's a kind of innocent romance, and sort of unthinkable anyway because Myrtle is so firmly rooted in my mind as dead dead dead.
Whoa! The idea isn't not to create a character everyone will love, it's to create one that has pluses and minuses, one that people can relate to, and still love despite all that! That's my view, anyway. :D I always love characters best when I have to take a step back and remind myself that they're not me. I'm so glad you liked him. ;)
You are the Valentine's Day Fairy! Thank you SO much!!!