I swear that I never, ever thought I would have such fangirl moments over Arthur Weasley, of all people -- and if you told me even a couple of weeks ago that that's how it would play out, and that he would be the desirable character in a story, I probably would have laughed at you and made a mental note not to trust your judge of character. And now here I am, having finished the third chapter of this story, and already the feelings you have evoked in me for that man are bowling me over.
I just love how noble he is, how he's willing to let Molly be happy at any costs, even if (as he thinks) that means being with Thaddeus. That's something really admirable especially when you consider all the sleazebag guys that seem to be a dime a dozen in fic, you know? And really, all of your characters are wonderful just because they seem like true, actual people. It's so easy to fall into the trap of having the token mean girl, the token nerd, the token girl-who-is-misunderstood-and-nabs-the-hot-guy. And your characters are just... people. I know it sounds a bit silly, but honestly, that's just something I LOVE about this story. It makes it addicting and fun to read and I don't think wild centaurs could yank me away at this point. True story.
Arthur's feelings for Molly are so, so well-written. ♥ AND THEN SHE KISSED HIM, AAARGH! I honestly wish you could have seen my reaction to that part -- except for not really, because it was kind of ridiculous, but I had the biggest scrunched-up expression of happiness I can ever recall being on my face. Ad it's a pretty lucky thing no one happened by my sad little cubicle at that moment, because I would have had some odd looks. Honestly, I may have been more excited than Arthur...
This is my Molly/Arthur canon now. End of story. I cannot even conceive of ever believing that anything other than this was how that couple got their start. I really cannot tell you how much I am adoring reading this story -- it's seriously, seriously one of the best I've ever read on this site! Fantastic job, as always! ♥
Author's Response: Ooh check you out getting fancy hearts in your review ;) Cool.
I really admire Arthur in the books - he is a noble guy, and dedicated and principled and just all-around a damn fine man (and not fine in the modern "hot" sense but in that he is a stellar person). He stands up for what he believes in, for what's right, even when it's unpopular and makes him hated. He fights for people who have no voice, no defenses for themselves. And he's silly and funny and loves his wife and children. I just adore him. And Molly too, she's just great. Ack I love those two. Always my OTP.
I tried not to have any "token" characters. Nobody is an archetype, really. They're all people with varied traits, some of which are a bit contradictory, just like real people. I like real people. I dislike stereotypes. High school stories are full of stereotypes, and while learning to recognize archetypes is probably an important stage to go through, I don't think it makes for as interesting a story. Anyway, yes, I like to write people who are good. Too many stories have like 3 good people and hundreds of jerks in them. It makes you feel drained and exhausted to read them. This story is coming-of-age, fluffy romance. As they say on RuPaul's Drag Race, I'm serving up realness ;) At least I hope so.
I'm so glad I converted you to the Unsinkable version of canon. ;) And all the fluffy feels. I am still really fond of this story, though it has its weaknesses (plot is sort of slapped together as I went, since I didn't start out to write a novel-length). Thank you so much for the review!