Why must you insist on doing this to me? This story is so incredibly sweet, so sweet that my eyes grew foggy for a bit, and I wasn't even halfway through. Are you happy now? This is the second time you've done this!
Bill's character was quite on par with what I would expect in a situation like this. He wasn't what I expected him to be based on the earring, the long hair, and the dragon-hide boots. He was sheepish, and shy which I find very endearing.
And to give Fleur some credit too, I loved how you've written her. I was a big supporter of her in the books, especially in HBP when I thought the Weasleys' were being unnecessarily judgmental to someone they didn't know. I loved that you put hers and Bill's reactions in there as well. Like one of your reviewers said, I never thought much about how their behaviour would have affected the couple. So when Fleur finally put Molly Weasley in her place, I was cheering.
I loved, loved the use of present tense in this story. To me, it works really well, and adds more effect than another tense would.
The snapshots into their lives - from when he met her to Percy's funeral - were what I loved most about this story. But OMG, Percy's funeral! Never in a million years would I have considered that at all. It was so heartbreaking having that visual of the brothers standing in a line at the coffin with a gap present where Percy was supposed to be….two gaps actually (I almost forgot about Fred). I'm glad they said they were proud of him too. It needed to be said.
This was a beautiful one-shot! I'm glad I got to read it :)
Author's Response: Baww, Lia! I never mean to make you cry! ♥ (Is it bad if I'm a bit happy to evoke emotion? I just won't say it aloud, then. :3)
I think a lot of people think Bill's a bit different than how I wrote him here, for the reasons you mention (his boots and hair and earring), so I'm really glad you appreciate him! Being a Weasley, I've got to figure he's at least partially cut from the same mold as some of the more canonically-present Weasleys. :D
I /love/ that so many people, like myself, never thought about what Fleur might have been going through when the Weasleys were so cold to her. Because it's something that made me stop and think, too! And making other people think is always a goal of mine, especially in one-shots. :)
I normally hate writing in present tense, and although I combed it thoroughly, I'm sure there's a place in there where I slipped up. :P But I do think it works well here and it's great to hear you agree!
Not only were you a prompt reviewer, you were an extremely complimentary and lovely one, and I feel like you're just a big packaage of bonus. :D Thank you so much for reading this for me, and I'm so super happy you liked it! ♥ You're awesome, Lia!