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Review:AC_rules says:
Okay, this would be another of your fabulous fics that I've read and never reviewed. I used to read this whilst it was still a WIP and I hardly ever reviewed then... but gosh, I really really loved it at the time.

You had me already with the fantastic dynamic you had between Teddy and Vic... and the whole unconventional relationship and the wonderful lipstick thing (and really I love how you took such a simple thing and made it into something so much more than that - the red lipstick is just so perfect and relatable. Honestly, that image still astounds me especially with the fact that it relates in so well with the title).

And then you go and throw Teddy's accident our way and wow, it was so unexpected and perfect and GAH. You tackled the issue so sensitively and I feel that, excuse the pun, I really had my eyes opened.

And the title was so darn clever. Did you always know how the story was going to go with Teddy? Hmm.

Anyway, sorry for never reviewing before (again) and I'm really glad that the review battle had brought me back here. I may read this whole story again this weekend, I'd forgotten how much I loved it...

-AC

Author's Response: This is like, the best review ever. Your reviews are always awesome, and I am aware that I sound like a weird fangirl right now, but I love you and you're one of my favourite authors so yeah... squeee.

I got the idea for this after reading a couple of books one summer that both starred best friends as their main romance. I really wanted to explore a story where there were these two best friends who clearly had a thing but the timing was all wrong. Anyway, I've never been much of a planner so all I had in my mind was that they'd had a fling and then were trying to deal with it. Everything else came after that.

I think it was after they kissed in like chapter 15 or something that I realised I had to think of a longer plot. I remember making myself a cup of tea and suddenly realising that I could, you know, do that to Teddy. I think if I thought of that plot twist these days I'd write it off as being too cliche or something, but I'm so glad I did it with this.

The title really worked in more ways than I originally thought! Now I see it as both referring to Teddy and Victoire - Ted because of his condition, and Victoire because she was so insecure and he helped her overcome that. So, it all worked out very nicely. :)

Oops. Rambly review response! I loved writing this, so I'm pleased that you enjoyed reading it. It's a real honour :D Thank you!

Marina


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