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Review:Allison says:
I'm grinning so widely right now that it's hurting my face and my coworkers likely think I've gone insane. Thank you so, so much for the dedication! I am incredibly flattered. :)

I really can't say enough good things about this story. Wonderful plot, superb characterization, witty dialogue... all around brilliance. You do a wonderful job of writing Lily and James. I think looking at the Lily and James we see in Book Five, that your Lily and James are incredibly believable. They fit right in where JKR left off.

I loved James's explanation of why he wasn't such a jerk anymore. Also, I loved that Lily asked him why that was! I thought that you gave him a completely believable reason to have grown up a bit. It wasn't that he had changed his personality or something awful like that - he had just seen himself as others did and realized that he wasn't always very nice and that he was better and than he was currently acting. It can be very sobering to see yourself - especially your faults - through the eyes of others. I think it makes complete sense that that's what occurred after the lake scene. Far too many authors write that aftre scene with James deciding that he needs to change who he is for Lily, which is incredibly unhealthy. I also liked that Lily felt that she had acted badly that day. But in the end if all worked out.

I thought that Lily's apprehension for the Christmas holidays and meeting Vernon was a really good setting for the story. I think it is something she would have worried about given her very strained relationship with Petunia. It would be extremely difficult to have to hide you are from potential family members. And it would definitely be hurtful to think that Petunia could care more about what Vernon thought of her than of Lily's feelings.

James was fantastic, of course! He always is. My favorite line was "It was almost as though he was starting to grow up or something ludicrous like that." That's the perfect way to describe James growing up and Lily coming to the realization that he isn't as much of a jerk. It made me laugh out loud! Very clever.

Jane was a nice character - I'll have to check out your story that features her. Ha ha, I'm getting quite the extensive list of stories to keep up with - but that's all right! For me, Jane's comments about Lily having being attracted to James in their fifth year is spot on with what we saw in the books and what JKR has said. I adored Lily's line "James Potter? Really, self?" Ha ha! Been there, done that. It can be a bit disconcerting.

Absolutely wonderful! I would love to see more Lily/James oneshots from you in the future! You do such a nice job with characterizations. :)

Author's Response: Oh, I'm really glad you liked it! You're such an amazing reader - you deserved to have a story dedicated to you, and I was crossing my fingers that you wouldn't read it and say, "Er, thanks, but... um, this was a bit rubbish." :P

I'm glad that you liked my take on the scene at the lake! :) I don't think I ever really cover that in A Light That Never Goes Out, and I wanted to take the opportunity to, here. As you said, people often swing to one extreme or another in their characterisation of James and/or Lily based just on that one scene, and I almost never see Lily acknowledging that she was at fault. I never liked that take on their relationship - maybe partially because it's a bit cliche, but mostly because I just don't see it as being so one-sided or negative. They wouldn't have worked if it was, IMO.

Thank you so much for the review, and I'm really glad you liked this!

(Also, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to answer this - I thought I already had, and then stumbled across it tonight when I checked my 'unanswered reviews' folder. Oops. :()

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