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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
Gah, Hannah! This was so lovely. I love stories that are sort of like character studies and you did such a fantastic job with Katie post-war and dealing with the aftermath of not only the sixth year incident but also hurting her dominant hand/arm in the war.

I really enjoyed the repetition at the beginning of how the war was over, but Katie was still feeling the effects of it and she didn't know what else to do. I think part of it was her fear of flying and when you're a Quidditch player, you're sort of born to fly, you know? You're free and I think losing the ability to do that takes away a part of your identity. Poor Katie. It's interesting to think about how it really is only a piece of wood that keeps you from plummeting to the ground. Interesting, but slightly terrifying for someone like me who is scared of heights. I don't think I'd make a very good Quidditch player.

I internally squee'd when Oliver walked into the shop and started talking to her! Her love and loyalty for her old broom is sweet and it says a lot that her broom has never failed her - something like that really helps put her mind into focus I think. That and Oliver's persistence, of course. I love how he didn't pry about her reasons but he could tell that she was lost without flying and pushed her to get back on her broom. We see a little bit of that captain in him there and it's really sweet.

It made me so happy how exhilarated Katie felt while flying again. She's finally free! And oh my goodness, Oliver's little comment about catching her, SO CUTE! You should write more Katie/Oliver, please? I would totally read it.


Author's Response: I am such a sucker for character studies and backgrounds and all that jazz. One of the most fun parts of writing for me is coming up with backstories etc for characters so here was my attempt at Katie!

Most of the bits about Quidditch and all that came from my own sports experience. I definitely am not afraid of heights - I love adrenaline rushes and seem to naturally gravitate towards the more dangerous sports. :P Katie's whole bit about there just being a piece of wood was kind of based on one of my own realizations when I realized what exactly I was doing and how scary it could actually be. o.o

I wanted a little bit of the old captain to be there! :) I had fun writing him. ♥

This was pretty much completely fluff, which was kind of an experiment for me, but it was fun haha. Sometimes I think it's nice to write cute instead of depressing! And while this pairing was sort of difficult to write at first... I definitely really like them now. :) There very well may be more Katie/Olivers in the future!

(now all I have to do is get my muse to cooperate)

Thanks for the review!

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