|Review:||argetlam shadeslayer says:|
Oh, lord, Susan. Is it too cliche for me to tell you that I smell another wonderful story of yours? (Because I do. The cliche might have something to do with the roses and the garden setting, though.) I've been meaning to read this since I came back to HPFF a month ago (er, I hope you remember me, so this isn't ridiculously nerdy - but I've always been such a fangirl, especially of 'The Fires Within,' and on TDA, heh), and this first chapter is utterly wonderful. (Not to mention, the ABBA-ness of this story rules. You reeled me in with the story and chapter titles. :P) Seriously, I don't think I've ever read a story in which Rose rejects Scorpius - typically, it'd be an odd occurrence - but you wrote this so beautifully, and at the end of it, I found myself cheering for Rose. This chapter is incredibly refreshing, and each line is captivating and eloquently written, all the while evoking this sense of melancholy and uncertainty, but more significantly, a sense of hope and determination, and - best of all - Rose's empowerment (which she may or may not realize has happened yet).
I can't remember the last time I was so excited to read the next chapter of something! Which is why I'm going to end this lengthy, uber nerdy review and carry on reading. (:
Author's Response: *sniffs the air* It doesn't sound like a cliche at all, not when my stories take on a scent of their own. XD It's great to see you back again, Emma, and it's a wonderful compliment that you've come to read my stuff after your hiatus, and that you remember my old work too. Thank you very much!
It's fantastic to hear that you like this story! The ABBA song (and many of their other songs) really inspired this story, and I don't think I could have written it the same way without them - don't exactly know why, but something about the title song just fit perfectly with Rose's situation.
lol, I wrote the rejection because I knew very few had done it before (there has to be someone else out there who has - it's not a universally liked ship). It was a challenge to see how well readers would react to an "anti-Scorose" type story, though I do leave evil hints throughout that they might get back together. :P Can't resist that kind of hook.
Thank you so much for reading, enjoying, and reviewing! I hope that you enjoy the rest of the story, too! :D