Hello, again, darling! I am really impressed by the pace at which you've been publishing new chapters lately. It can't be easy to keep the words coming at this rate. You're doing a great job!
"Boyfriend" It is a pretty big word, isn't it? I think the doubt and trepidation that Lily feels as her relationship with James gradually developed is one of the best decisions you've made as you write this. The pacing feels so natural. There must have been a lot of temptation to throw the two of them together. Heck, I might have even encouraged you to do that from time to time. But you didn't, and I feel like I really got to love both characters as individuals before they became a couple.
It's the small moments in a story about tragic characters that really get you sometimes. Nobody can see the Thestrals except McGonagall and Dumbledore. Unfortunately, that won't last. Sigh.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention James and Sirius's attempt to saddle Butterscotch with a less than noble nickname. Genius!
I felt badly for Minerva. Albus is, of course, correct based on what the Order knows at this point. Somehow, she has that intuitive feel that there's more going on than they realize. That James and Lily are in much more danger. I love the way you characterize her. She's a lioness, fiercely defensive of her cubs. Rawr!
The train ride was just a cozy, friendly, happy scene. Lily and the girls are lounging and Sirius is plotting mayhem. It's nice to see the group of them have some downtime from the tension of this dangerous and difficult world.
I think this is the first time you've given us any insight into life at the Christopherson household. It definitely provides a nice comparison to the easy living in the Potter family. I guess you're right, Belle would feel somewhat at home there, although not for any good reason. As much as losing her parents hurt, Lily keeps a good perspective on things.
Another line that really tears at the heartstrings: "Even if her parents were gone, at least they’d given her enough happy memories to last a lifetime." Unfortunately, that lifetime will be very short. Meteorites were falling on Russia the other day. Couldn't one of those land on Voldemort?
The dream sequence was great. That's the Petunia Evans we all know and loathe from the books. Small, narrow-minded, jealous and nasty. She's so awful! I cannot disagree with one syllable of her characterization here. Lily is a saint for attempting to see the good in that woman!
Aww! The kitty is sleeping on the doggy! Don't think I didn't see what you did there. ;)
James and Lily are starting to really talk now. Saying all the seemingly meaningless little things that mean a lot. I love the easy dynamic and the genuine warmth between the two of them.
Sigh. Big things are going to start to happen soon, aren't they? It's been far too long since we've had any sort of tragedy in this story. I'm fearful. Fearful, but excited, nevertheless. Until next time!
Author's Response: Dan! ♥
More like it can't be easy for my poor beta when I email a chapter the night before it's supposed to get published. You're an editing superhero, you know :P
I can't believe they're actually dating now. I know, I know. we're 19 chapters in. But it still feels like it happened so fast! Haha! My babies... of making relationships of their own :P
I got the idea of Scotch for his name back when I wrote that James and Lily one shot. And it had to be those two changing a perfectly sweet name into something different ;P
I always worry if I'm making Minerva too caring, but I really do think she would have held such a special place in her heart for these children. And I just wish that they would have gotten to joke together about Harry when he was in school. And Lily would have opened a letter from Minerva telling her about some trouble he caused with Ron, and at the very end it would say, 'it's just like having Mr. Potter back inside the walls of Hogwarts again.' Or something along the lines of that. And and. Now I'm sad and feelsy ;(.
JKR is so annoying sometimes. She takes away all Harry's family so I have to get rid of them all, then she does the same with Neville. Except for Augusta. I couldn't kill off any more parents, so I decided to make the Chrisopherson's the kind of people that would want nothing to do with their daughter once she gets more involved in the war. More on that in book two *sneaky ninja face*.
Did you see that video where the meteorite left a fire trail?! Voldemort deserves to get a big huge one right on top of his head.
Hahahah you don't miss a thing. Playing with the guys's animal forms without anyone else knowing is too fun :P
I've decided this will be a no more tragedy story. Nothing bad happens. Everyone lives happily ever after, the end.
I wish. I kind of just want to scoop all these guys up and put them somewhere else. No one ever told me writing a Marauders era novel would cause so much sads ;(
Thank you so much for your awesome reviews, beta work, and not firing me from being your author to beta read for when I'm being ridiculous ♥