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Review:javct says:
I had to be honest, I had a small freakout when I saw that you wrote Tom/Minerva stories!

This story is just brilliant! I cannot find any fault in this story; I love how you have managed to keep Tom in characterisation (we only saw a snippet of him in CoS as a boy) and I adore the way that you wrote this. I like how you haven't made Tom a jerk but you also haven't made him a Prince Charming or the Knight In Black Armour. I also adored the way that you wrote Minerva -- she seemed completely in character, especially in the way that she defended Dumbledore and knew that, deep down, Tom was dangerous.

You have managed to capture their relationship (or would-be-relationship) perfectly.

Good luck in your future writing endeavours!
Jasmine, x

Author's Response: Thank you for reading and reviewing this story! :D I wondered if you'd find my Tom/Minervas - this is my second. Yours have been on my to-read list, and I look forward to being able to read them. It's always a treat to find another supporter of this ship. :D

You've hit the nail on the head in your discussion of Tom - I wanted to achieve that middle ground between the two major characterizations of him as either evil cad or darkly romantic hero (like Heathcliff). Here, he's rather more normal. Minerva knows that there's something off about him, but she still respects him for his talents and intelligence, and unlike most others, she isn't judgmental or demanding. In the world of this story, I expect that they played chess on winter days or something of that sort - meeting as intellectual equals. They could never be friends, but they can still recognize something in the other that makes them stand apart from the rest. I'm so glad that you like how their characterizations and relationship turned out in this story - it's wonderful to hear it from someone else who likes the ship as much as I do. ^_^

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