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Review:Beene says:
I completely didn't see this story coming at all, and it sucked me in completely. Unfortunately, Ron's dalliance with Pansy is very realistic. I've had "that talk" with a friend of mine; fortunately for Ron and Hermione they seemed to have patched things up at the present. Hopefully they'll continue to do so in the future.

Have to say you were spot on capturing Ron's guilt. I'm also glad to see you skipped ahead, as I'm not sure I really wanted to read the chapters that contained the omitted time period. That had to be a very dark chapter in the life of Ron.

The best part, though, was the ending. Things don't always have to be stark black and white, and the ending provided several shades of grey. Atlas Parkinson will definitely have some questions in the years to come; wonder if he'll inherit the Weasley hair and complexion? As for Pansy, this is the first story about her that I have actually enjoyed. I can definitely see Pansy raising her son and reveling in the fact that nobody knows who Atlas' father is...again, unfortunately not as rare as one would hope.

Very well done and well-written.

Author's Response: Hi! Thanks for the review!

I'm so pleased you think I did this story justice. Making a Ron/Pansy pairing work is tricky in any circumstances, but I did want to make it believable. I'm really pleased that you think I got not only the dalliance itself, but also the accompanying guilt and confrontations from friends down pat. That's very reassuring so thank you!

I also agree with you that these situations are very rarely black and white and that was why the ending had the shades of grey that it did. I wanted to keep it so that it could be canon - and therefore compliant with the DH epilogue - but still reflecting the fact that Hermione would never, in that situation, welcome him back with open arms without a LOT of work going into the relationship in the meantime. And that was what I tried to achieve with the last chapter - like you, I thought it woudl be too dark to show the intervening months, but it was important to give the story an appropriate conclusion.

Thanks again for the review, it made my day. :)

cheers, Mel


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