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Review:argetlam shadeslayer says:
Wow! What a risk, indeed, but you executed it flawlessly. These days, when I read a fic and Hermione is given some sort of strange past with Draco, it always comes off as a bit of laugh, kind of like, "You know Aunt Hermione, she totally had that thing with Scorpius' dad, eh?" and people tend to reference it as a joke, at least in most Next Generation stories. But I really, really loved the way you tied this in with the story. It added so much depth to Hermione's character (which you've written beautifully, by the way), and this sentence - "She wouldn't want anyone to see that she, too, could suffer" - gosh, it's captured Hermione Granger in a nutshell for me. And again (I think I've mentioned this in previous chapters, but if not, here it is!), you have such a beautiful, eloquent way of writing. Seriously, I can't even begin to communicate the beauty in a simple sentence like this one: "No, no. Don't think of that, Rose. It was painful, unhealthy. A thorn in all their sides." And your writing is full of beautiful, simple sentences like that. I wish I could somehow convey just how much I adore your narratives. Again, excellent chapter! (Sorry it took so long to read this chapter. I literally just finished summer exams.)

Author's Response: Can I "wow" you back, Emma? Like, really? How can you say all of these things, they're making me too happy!! I don't know what to say other than a giant glomping thank you so much because this review is definitely a spirit-lifter - just the kind of beautifully inspiring thing that every author ought to have. ^_^

A Dramione past can be funny, like you said, and it would have made a good joke ("had" because I'm sure it's been overused by now), but it's in this story to add more to the characters, especially Hermione, who, unlike Ron, was lacking somehow for me. Ron came through in this story with strength and clarity, but I didn't know what to do with Hermione - she needed something to link her more closely with Rose, who is, otherwise, very different in personality and mannerisms (Rose is definitely her father's daughter). The past relationship is also a parallel with Rose's relationship with Scorpius - one can see how both Malfoys acted and how the Weasley women interpreted, and in both cases, it turned out poorly. It gives Rose some way of connecting with her mother, and that felt important to this story - for some reason, I don't write many mother-child relationships that are truly positive, so I was glad to get that chance here. :)


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