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Review:Singularity says:
Hello :) Thank you so much for entering my challenge! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get to your review. I think I'm a bit awful at hosting challenges...

Anyway, this was a very lovely one-shot. I don't read much marauder's era, but I really liked this story. I think you portrayed James and Lily in a very realistic way. James is a character who often gets on my nerves, because (in my opinion at least) we don't get to see a whole lot of his good points. So often he's full of himself and obnoxious and kind of a bully, but that's obviously not all there is to him. I liked seeing a more contemplative and mellow James. You also made his love for Lily very clear. The little details that he notices about her, and how he's so caught up in looking about and thinking about her that he doesn't even realize that his sleeve is in his food. Very sweet :)

When James was talking about the war and how he wasn't sure he believed in it, I was strongly reminded of Harry. Both of them are just these kids who get thrust into the middle of a war that they don't necessarily want to fight, but they both choose to fight to protect the people they love. I don't know if that was intentional or not, but I thought it was really great.

I also thought it was a really nice touch that you added in James' conflict about how he felt about Snape, especially the similarities between Snape and Sirius.

You incorporated the quote flawlessly. If I didn't know you were quoting DW, I don't think I would have noticed that you slipped that in there. It fits perfectly with this story and the placement was perfect.

Really amazing job. Thanks again for entering my challenge!

~Singularity

Author's Response: Hey! I'm happy you got a chance to review :)

I'm not usually a huge fan of James either, as I explained in my author's note, but I really gained a new appreciation for him in working on this piece. I'm glad that you liked how I characterized him, particularly with the emphases on his reaction to the war and his love for Lily. I definitely do see a comparison between Harry's experience in the war and his father's feelings in this piece. They were all thrown into something they weren't ready for.

Yeah, I find it hard to write things without mentioning Snape in some capacity. I'm fascinated by his character, and I thought using him would be a good way to show James's growth and maturity in this piece.

I'm happy you liked how I used the quote (which I loved, by the way) and the piece overall. Thanks for your very kind review! :)

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