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Review:Violet Gryfindor says:
The best way to describe my face right now is: O_O

Wide-eyed isn't even quite capturing my expression, so this review will contain many words in all-caps because I'm just SO SHOCKED at how the plot is developing and SO SHOCKED that what just happened did actually happen. I think the only thing that's not shocking me is how Freddy is handling it. :P She's so going to make things worse for herself with this, I know it. She's very much the Austen heroine here, desperately trying to avoid the wrong man's proposal, though in Freddy's case, I don't see a right man hanging about either.

What happened between her and Remus seemed so natural, so inevitable, but it's so not romance. Even Freddy sees him as a close friend, a companion with whom she can start enjoying the world again. I don't know what to make of that "almost" moment between them, when she recognizes his physicality - and it's perfect how you keep it an "almost", even if that's definitely not what Crane sees. Maybe it's just my canon-oriented mind that refuses to see Remus as being in love with Freddy. ;)

And Crane, OH MY GOSH, that was an awkward moment, but doesn't Freddy realize just how dangerous this could get for her? She's so impulsive, and forcing the erratic Crane into emotional turmoil could lead to something very unpleasant, if his past behaviour has been foreshadowing it in the way that I think it has been.

AHH! Very emotional chapter. Having it take place at the party was brilliant because it added to the atmosphere of fervour and excitement, giving the characters an excuse for joining in a carnival-like loosening of emotions and "masks".

I hope that this review has made sense, but if it does not, know that I enjoyed this chapter. It has left my heart pounding and my thoughts racing to what you could make happen next to these brilliantly-formed characters. ^_^

Author's Response: Hello Susan!
All right, first off, I have to apologize for taking so long to reply. I had one too many projects due this week and my free time just up and disappeared for a while. I always feel so bad, though, for taking forever to get back to your reviews. I know I've said it a million times before, but your feedback really means the world to me. I have an immense amount of respect for you as a fellow fic author and I value your comments so very highly. So I do sincerely apologize for the delay. Please forgive me!

Now, maybe I can finally get on to the reply. I'm so glad this chapter shocked you, although, like you said, Freddy's behavior was, well, Freddy-ish. Hehe. You know, I honestly think it has something to do with her being an academic. Judging from my personal experience, professors, or like-minded scholars, tend to be brilliant...but not exactly treasure troves of common sense. And Freddy has very little common sense. Zero, in fact. ;)

I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to compare her to an Austen heroine, because I've only read P and P myself and, to be honest, I have this unfortunate habit of just not liking Austen's writing. (Shh, it's my dirty little secret!) But yeah, I guess Freddy could be a little bit like Elizabeth Bennett in the way she deals with men, although in my opinion, she has the down-to-earth attitude of Charlotte. Whew, did I make it through that Austen comparison all right? Lol.

And you're completely right about Freddy not being in love with Remus. They really don't love each other and I think the Freddy/Remus pairing is rather vague in and of itself. When I first started writing Consumed and then Breathless, I knew I would never fully commit to Freddy/Remus. Even if they did attempt to have a relationship, I don't think it would go very far. They are, however, friends, or something like it, and I think it's important for Freddy to have a successful friendship, because she is rather stunted when it comes to her social skills.

Needless to say, I'm so thrilled to hear that you liked this chapter, Susan. And I do apologize for the rather rambling review reply. I've been rambling a lot these days, bleh. ;) Again, thanks for being such a wonderful reader. I truly appreciate all of your support. I do hope you're well. Take care!

Lee Anne

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