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Review:Toujours Padfoot says:
I read this a while ago but never reviewed because I felt like I would just blubber unintelligibly.

There was something atmospheric and the-stuff-of-dreams about this that I really liked, because it goes with Percy's view on life, shooting for the stars, constantly trying to rise above the obstacles he sees in his family and all around him. You portrayed that perfectly. He was not some villainous prat here but a person with serious flaws, who ended up owning those flaws and coming around. He's a Weasley just like all of his siblings; they are all so desperate to stand out and this was his way of doing so. Your descriptions and showing me inside his head made me love him all the more. I loved the bit about the sun-haired child and the ladder that he was already on the bottom rung of, and his foot already being out the door to go left - because those descriptions brought to mind something that is constantly moving, constantly climbing, which really speaks about who Percy is. He got so much flack, so much teasing, but all he ever wanted was to be special, and when he began to believe the poisoned lies, he genuinely felt like he was in the right, and that he was working toward the right path. The end bit, about his Heart's Desire really being to keep them all whole, was so, so sad. His struggle against what was his Heart's Desire and what wasn't was beautifully written and I'm so glad you take the time to make each character a person rather than a caricature. You do so much justice to canon.

Author's Response: Unintelligible blubber is the best kind of blubber. :3

I don't think it's an accident that all of my one-shots have been fairly atmospheric lately, although I couldn't really tell you /why/. (And a fair number of them are Weasley-based, aren't they? Huh.) And I'm going to tell you again just how happy I am that you just seem to have EXACTLY the same visions for a lot of these characters that I do. Percy wasn't a villain -- not by a long shot -- but was, as you said, a seriously flawed individual. Much like Snape, now I think about it, although their scenarios are quite different.

I'm so glad you appreciate the descriptions and characterizations, too -- I really do want people to see the /people/ inside these characters. And maybe it's a bit sad, but that's what they are to me -- they aren't just names in a book. I feel like I've come to know them as friends throughout my time with them, which is something every good book should do. -ramble ramble-

Thank you so much for reviewing this -- and you know you definitely didn't have to, which makes it that much more awesome. ♥ Your approval means I did my job! :D I'm so happy you liked this!!

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