|Review:||Violet Gryfindor says:|
Oh, that ending! Fabulous! This story was incredibly sweet, just the kind of thing I needed. ^_^
Charlie and Tonks stories are hard to come by, and it was fantastic to see that you'd written one. You portrayed them both at this age perfectly. They're pranksters, but they're serious about things too, which is a great combination to see. I loved the little details you snuck in throughout, such as the way that Tonks just wanted her picture in the paper for anything and Charlie's crush on her peeking out between the lines. But I like how they're close friends who obviously care for one another, like how Charlie doesn't want her to lose anymore points for Hufflepuff. You capture that middle ground of affectionate friendship really well, and it's part of what makes this story a great pleasure to read.
With Tonks, I think you nail her characterization in a single line: "I'm always quiet," she whispered loudly, promptly tripping over one of the trick steps in the staircase. That's Tonks in a nutshell right there. XD It was wonderful to see someone including her clumsiness without overdoing it - it's hard to find that balance and just write Tonks as a gawky adolescent witch, and you do it so well. I love your version of Tonks! Charlie too, as he was particularly adorable - a Weasley through and through, like a combination of Percy and the twins, but with his own quirks. Gah, I don't know how you wrote them so perfectly, but it made me ridiculously happy.
There are so many other parts I could mention, but then I'd be quoting the whole story and this wouldn't be much of a review. Needless to say, I loved reading this. The ending... I can only squee over the cleverness of that twist - again, perfect is the word that comes to mind. Amazing work with this story! :D
Author's Response: Thank you!! I'm so pleased you enjoyed this. I wrote this for Melissa (WitnesstoitAll) for her birthday, and she requested Charlie/Tonks. I'd never given them much thought before but I love a challenge, and this ended up being very fun to write. I find myself writing more feel-good one-shots these days because my WIPs can get a bit heavy, and it's nice to just run around with some silliness like in this particular story.
I wish I knew more about Charlie. He was a neglected Weasley - scarce mentions in the books, none at all in the films, and he's the only sibling to not get anything on the family tree. I think it would be fun to see a fluffy story about him in his school days, back when everyone thought Voldemort was vanquished and Weasleys were only known for being gingers, not the resistance. And Tonks would make a pretty fun sidekick... Gah. Must suppress those plunnies!
I'm so happy you liked the characterizations! And the ending...hee...the water dragon that only Stella saw. I think that Task One in the House Cup must have still been playing on the brain when I wrote this, with the dragons.
Thank you so much for stopping by to read and for taking the time to leave this lovely review. It brightened up my day quite a bit. :)