I've heard a lot of brilliant things about this one-shot, and, being such a fervent Romione shipper myself (one true pairing!), I knew I'd have to come and check this one out. And quite honestly, this went above all the expectations I'd had for this -- I think you did an absolutely amazing, brilliant job in this story! I'm really quite impressed.
I loved how you told the whole story, and you left out virtually nothing. It really allowed me to get the whole scope of Ron and Hermione relationship on a broad level, yet one that was surprisingly easy to wrap my head around. I don't think anyone's ever written the entirety of their relationship in so compact and accurate a one-shot, and I've really got to commend you on that! It really allowed me to see their progression, and I just... That's such a genius move.
And your writing style is so lovely. ♥ I've got a massive amount of appreciation for people who don't write in a straightforward way -- of course, there's nothing wrong with that. That's simply the way you tell a story, after all. But you used italics and brackets and parentheses to your advantage, perfectly melding your narrator's voice with Hermione's. I read this over a span of two days (once late at night, in bed on my phone, and now a day later after working on a research paper) and I never once got lost or confused. I cannot enthuse enough about the way you chose to write this, and I really think it was a stroke of brilliance.
Ron and Hermione were spot on as far as characterization goes, too! You clearly know these characters, and that's such a treat for us as readers. I couldn't find a single fault with how you wrote either of them. :) And having read and written a lot of Ron and Hermione in my time, I'm not always the easiest to please on this front. You totally nailed it, though, and I just cannot get over how much this entire thing was. Words cannot convey how much I enjoyed it!
This was an incredible story, Lottie, and I'm so glad Helen and Sarah pointed me to it. I really owe them for that. :D I loved this story and I think you did a really, really fantastic job with it! Thank you for sharing this with us, and I'll definitely have to creep back this way again very soon!
Author's Response: Hehe I feel so honoured by all the attention that OW&W is getting! Ahh thankyou so much - Romione are one of my OTPs and so I'm really glad that you think I did them credit :D
Yay, thankyou! I wanted to show how they developed right from the start, but it was sort of difficult to shorten a relationship that took 7 books to develop to 5000 words! Hehe I'm really glad you think it worked, though - and thankyou so much! I just didn't want to try to build them up any other way. Baha I feel flattered by the 'genius move' :D
Aww thankyou so much. I've developed into a rather florid language over my time at HPFF, but am aware that I can definitely overuse the description at times! So I'm really happy that you liked my author add-ons, since I just sort of indulged myself with them! Ooh yay, I was worried about possible confusion, but I'm so glad it's not too hard to return to :) Aww thankyou so much!
Eee yay! I wanted to keep them IC so badly, since badly-written Trio are just annoying, and I'm so glad that you liked them and could feel the in-canon-ness :D Hehe ahh Jane you're just being too lovely to me! I'm just so happy that you enjoyed it and liked my Trio :D
Hehe thankyou! :3 Ahah I'm so glad you liked it - thankyou for such a wonderful, inspiring review! :)