*mwah* *mwah*!! (A kiss for both of your cheeks. When in Rome... Or should I say France...?)
I was just reading chapter eight of this story last night, and I said to myself, "You know, it'll be just my luck that I have to wait for a very long time for chapter nine."
But no. Here we are! I saw your post on the forums, and I ran over here as quickly as I could. I wish to claim the spot of "first reviewer of this chapter!"
So, anyways... I've really come to love this story and your writing style. It's definitely fluffy, without being obnoxious, and it's glamourous without being narcississtic. Darcy is an awesome character, and for some reason, Albus is my favorite NextGen guy EVER. He's such a cutie.
The things that you've done well in this story: Ummm, everything? Your style is so unique; it seems to shine without overstating itself, and I can see everything happening, though I've never even been to London or Paris or anywhere special, really...
Albus' note made me laugh. Muggles are so stereotypical, aren't they? (I guess I'm one to talk, since I opened this review in such a stereotypical manner...) His shyness is so evident, but since he's realized his mistake, he's determined to fix it!! Darcy's coy little kiss was cute, too. "You've got something on your upper lip..." Classic cliche, made much less groan-worthy by your superior writing!!
And Lorcan is a smarmy git. Editing Darcy's article, my foot! He just likes to be in control (typical male, *coughcough*). I feel like he's either gay or anal retentive. Maybe both. But I love him for offering Darcy and Dominique a bigger workspace.
Of course, Lily and Rose were shoo-ins for the prize, but I thought that Scorpius was pretty suave. Rose seems to think so, at least!! You've given us Scorose, but in a much more subtle fashion than your run-of-the-mill Scorose-ity. Kudos! I'm enjoying this little budding bit of romance on the side!!
And even though you're writing in a world of glitz and glamour, you've managed to show us the other side, the side of the stylists, and how they might not be so glamourous as we might think. You're obviously really awesome for doing that! :)
P.S. Is it really almost over?! I wish it didn't have to end so soon... But I know that chapter ten will be every bit as good, if not BETTER than this one!
Author's Response: Hah, yes, when in Paris! :)
Little makes my day more than when someone leaves a review that begins with "...I've been following this story for some time and I love it." It's so nice to hear that Darcy works okay as an OC and that you like my Albus. He's one of my favorite next-geners and I've always wanted to write one of those cute, fluffy stories where he falls in love. I have loved writing his and Darcy's mutual, at-times combative awkwardness and I will miss it when this story is over (tomorrow!!).
I'm glad you found Lorcan entertaining. He doesn't get written about much, I think, and I wanted him not to be a Rolf/Luna clone.
Scorpius may be one of my favorite parts of writing this chapter. I'm going to toy with him some more soon in a one-shot, so keep an eye out for it if you like Scorpius/Rose fics. He's just so over-the-top and silly, and the best part is that he takes himself seriously.
Oh, and it's great that you enjoyed getting the inside scoop of the world of Witch Weekly. I tried to make the glitzy parts interesting and not too detail-laden, and I hope I accomplished it. You're right; Darcy and Dominique definitely don't have it all together!
Thanks again for this really lovely review :)