Hello, Cassie! :) It's been far, far too long since I've read any of your writing, but this story was such a lovely piece to return to. I'm very interested in stories about minor characters, and I'm almost certain I've never before read any story that centers around Mary Cattermole. There's a first time for everything, though, and I'm glad my first story of hers could be yours!
I thought your style of writing was very lovely in this, and there were next to no grammatical mistakes, too -- this flowed very well! Not everyone can fit a story into less than a thousand words like you've done, but this didn't seem lacking in anything. I liked how the first and last parts of the one-shot were mirrored with descriptions of puffs of air, because that made the whole thing feel more joined together. And your dementor descriptions were incredibly canon -- I loved the line about how Mary's happy memory temporarily suspended their chilling effect. I thought that was a really nice touch!
You really captured her emotions well too, I think. I've never before given much thought to her apart from the scene we see in the courtroom, but now it's almost heartbreaking, knowing that Ron's impersonation of Reg meant that he couldn't be there for his wife. Of all the people he could have disguised himself as... But then again, the family was probably somewhat spared because of the trio's intervention. (Now you've got me thinking more about them than I ever have before!)
I'm really glad you steered me in the direction of this one-shot. :3 I enjoyed reading it very much! I think you've done an excellent job here, and look forward to when I'll be back to your page for more.
Author's Response: Hello! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this story! It really does mean a lot to me, because I look up to you so much as a writer! I'm also interested in minor characters, and I enjoy writing about them, so I'm really glad you thought I did a good job with Mary! She's in such a difficult position, and I really think people don't give her credit for how brave she is considering that!
I wanted this to be a tiny slice of everything that's going on in Mary's life at that time, since so much is happening to everyone in the wizarding world, and I also wanted to really get inside her head, so that's why I chose to write about a few memories instead of her whole backstory or something like that. Picking the memories actually came really easily to me, and I think that when you're remembering something like your wedding or the birth of a child, it's such a happy, important time in your life that even dementors can't affect you. Part of it could be because a memory like her wedding involves love, and dementors are warded off by things like that... More power of love, just like Dumbledore's always trying to get Harry to understand! :)
I always really felt for Mary when Reg doesn't come, because Ron doesn't know what's going on in their lives, and can't get to her. He's the one person that can be there for her, and that I think she really needs, and Ron can't give her that with everything the trio has to do in the ministry! But they do save her in the end, so it works out!
I'm so glad you enjoyed this one-shot, and can't wait for the next time I hear from you! I'll be over to read more of your lovely work as soon as I can!