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Review:Jchrissy says:
Okay, I've never read this pairing before, and you've made me love it. For some reason it just feels so natural and easy, they way you wrote their friendship was so beautiful. Then, when Daphne decided to show Pansy how she felt it just seemed real and fitting and honest.

I love the how you incorporated the memories, telling the story of Draco's slow and painful way that he broke Pansy's heart just really made me feel a sense of compassion for her that I never had.

Your imagery was, as always, gorgeous. The opening paragraph, imaging Pansy running through the freezing air nearly broken was a haunting one.

Pansy constantly hoping to please Draco, with meeting his parents and worrying about how it went, wanting to turn the dress into a recreation, just all those details that showed us how much of her heart went into wanting to be good enough. You left me with the impression that her entire life revolved around that. Never feeling like she was enough but always wanting to.

I seriously want to ship these two after this. Thanks for the amazing read!



Author's Response: Hey Jami! Thanks for stopping by :)

I don't know that I know of any other stories that feature this pairing, either. I'm not sure exactly how I came up with it, except that I got this burning bunny about how Pansy and Daphne could come together in the wake of Draco joining the Death Eaters and largely leaving matters related to Hogwarts behind. I'm happy that it felt like it made sense and that the pairing came across as natural to you.

I think Pansy tends to get a bad rap in fanfiction; she deserves it to an extent, because she does come across as prejudiced and entitled, but I wanted to show another side of her here, because I think some of what she espoused had to do with wanting to impress the boy whom she might have married. That is to say, I think Draco should get some credit for the way Pansy was.

I'm glad you liked the imagery and that the memories didn't break up the flow. I really wanted to convey that Daphne has always been there for Pansy and, now that Draco is out of the picture, can finally be there for Pansy in the one way that she always wanted.

Thanks so much for your lovely review :)

-Amanda


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