I can't thank you enough for the last installment of my Christmas present here. Its spectacular.
The characterizations are excellent. I read through your other reviews and apparently I'm not the only one that thinks so. Luna, who is always difficult to write, was captured perfectly. Right down to the "Lost things have a way of turning up, if you just don't worry too much."
But, Draco? Spot on. His selfish, self preservation streak comes through loud and clear. But at the same time, you managed to capture that stronger shade of his personality, the one that wouldn't give up the Trio so readily once they were captured. As a result you managed an exceptionally brilliant story that perfectly fits into the Charity motif.
You've stretched your writing quite a bit to put this three parter together, from Remus/Tonks to Draco and Luna, I really must say you've shown some pretty amazing writing chops.
And, of course the Twins' chapter was Brilliant. That was to be expected ;) The other chapters, however, truly do show off your abilities. Your writing never ceases to amaze me.
But, I think my favorite flourish had to be your incorporation of the Hanukah story here. Never saw that coming and you did it so masterfully.Such a dark tale, with such a "light" ending. Simply impressive (and heartwarming). I'm really flattered and honored that this is dedicated to me.
Thanks so much for such an amazing gift!
Author's Response: Eldy!!! - better late than never, right? And I'm really good at being late...
I'm glad you liked it, even after all this time you had to wait. I was really worried about Luna in this one. She didn't feel as in character to me here as she did in Healing, but nothing I tried could fix it so I finally just left it. I'm glad you thought she was good. Makes me feel a bit better.
Writing Draco was HARD! I've never had any desire to write from his point of view, but this story just seemed to need it. Again, your praise, especially of Dracos, has me blushing furiously. How come I give you the present, but I end up feeling like the one who's a million bucks? *blushes again* You are too nice to me.
I don't know whether I've stretched my writing chops or just gone insane, but thanks for the compliment! Don't expect great epics featuring Lupin or Draco in the future, however. I love my Weasleys too much, LOL.
You know, someday someone will come along who writes the Twins brilliantly and then you'll wish you hadn't heaped all this praise on me for writing them. *head swells*
I'm amazed that I can still surprise you with my writing, since you know me so well and know how I think now. Glad I did it at least once, hehehehehe.
You are most welcome. Thank you for being an amazing friend and mentor and adopted big brother! My writing wouldn't be what it is without your help!