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Review:bridgetlynn says:
This is lovely and painful and wonderful and awful all at once. I hope you understand what I mean - it just drags up so many emotions as it moves along.

Twisted as it may sound, I love how increasingly bitter Hermione gets as the fic moves along. Especially after she realizes that her feelings for Harry are returned. It's super realistic to the situation presented. She initially didn't make a move because she had the 'who else would I end up with?' expectations and it's not like Harry ever said anything to her (I would have smacked him if he pointed out to me that whole "i've loved you since second year" bit. 'Cause, why didn't you say something jackass?). Unfortunately, they both painted themselves into a corner by capitulating to other people's expectations over their own potential happiness. You don't marry someone if you have even one shred of doubt - and then if you go through with it...you've gone through with it and it's time to put on your big boy britches and live your life. [though this is also a stellar example as to why you don't marry your 'high school sweethart' only a year or two out of school]

I found certain places in her internal monologue that implied Ginny and Ron definitely knew what was going on - but didn't really seem to 'want to know'. Almost like, 'as long as they come home to me in the end' they're not going to make waves and lose their spouse. Ron pointedly questioning Rose's eyes (then accepting a pretty weak excuse) and Ginny not letting them alone together for example.

Seeing this from Harry's perspective would be super-interesting 'cause from Hermione's perspective he seems like the 'worse' of the two because he comes across as very happy with Ginny while keeping Hermione on the side. And in this we just see Hermione as having settled for Ron as the consolation prize. Not that adultery is okay but in this instance Hermione's situation almost makes a weird sort of sense.

Author's Response: I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU GET THIS.

Seriously. This was exactly what I wanted to portray. Because, yes, Harry seems like the biggest douche in the world. But this is Hermione's POV! Yes, yes, YES. You've nailed it all. I've always thought JK's choice to make them marry straight out of school was a bit weak, and very very sudden. They weren't going to be alright straight away after that war. And nobody knows who they are at 18. Seriously. And marrying your childhood-sweetheart? I'm not saying that Harry and Hermione were more meant to be than Harry/Ginny, but what I'm saying is that you can't be certain of anything. And that time changes people. War changes people. And in this fic they're grasping at anything really, trying to see themselves in different lives. Growing up too early, places people in these kind of situations. They didn't know who they were at 18.

Thank you so much for your review, I love it when people get this story and see it for what it really is.


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