Hey there! Spotted you in the battle, saw this was a Bill/Fleur and just had to drop by. Who cares about law essays anyway? :P
Anyway, I loved this! I've seen a few Bill/Fleur's dotted around the site, and it was only when I read this that I realised that none of the others were in first person - they've all been in third, so it was nice for that to be a change. It felt kinda refreshing, if that makes sense.
I love the way you write Fleur, as well. I think when people write her they seem to focus on the 'oh, she's a quarter Veela, doncha know' thing and not her personality, which upsets me since she absolutely stunned me when I first read the end of the sixth book and I kinda loved her character for it. But yeah, you've really done so well with her here - focusing so much on Bill and the house as sort of representations of him loving her and everything, with the references to a leaking roof and all that jazz.
The werewolf attack... gah, you talked about it so briefly, but the way you wrote it really made me feel for poor Bill. It so easily could have been him, one of those dead, you know, back in book 6, and he'll just remember it and reading things like that must be so horrible because there's always those memories at the back of your mind. And, really, after everything, they all just deserve a nice, quiet life.
I also liked the contrast between the peace of Shell Cottage and the mention of the werewolf attacks. It was a clever little reminder that even though it's a year later, it takes time to clean up after wars. Things aren't quite perfect, maybe, but they're getting there.
The whole thing is just so simply written it's just lovely - there's not really any other way to describe it. It's lovely and made me smile and cheered me up after I got glared at by a man on a mobility scooter for opening the door to let him through, lol.
I really enjoyed reading this! :)
Author's Response: Law essays say what? Fan fiction wins out every time! I'm glad you liked this story. :) I've only written one other small Bill/Fleur before, but I am really coming to love them as a pairing. I've not read a lot, but now that I think about it, most of the ones I've tried have been in third person!
I see Fleur as such a strong character -- I think maybe a lot of views of her are tainted by the fact that, well, she came in last in basically all the Triwizard events. But she competed at all, and that's more guts than a lot of people would have had. The end of HBP is what turned her around for me, as well.
I always manage to forget Bill was attacked by a werewolf, probably because it's really only a factor for one book and a sliver of another. But wow. Like... I can't even fathom that, you know? Bill is so strong, but then, he's a Weasley, and they are basically my favorite fictional family in existence. ♥
I was going for simplicity in this story, and I'm glad it didn't read as complex! And yet there is an undercurrent about strength and goodness and you seem to have picked up on that, too, which is just awesome. ♥ Thanks so much for such a lovely review, Laura!