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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
Rachel! Gah, this was just so cute and it made my heart burst with all the fluff, with just a slight undertone of angst.

I love your little short one-shots. There's something to be said about authors who can express so much in so few words and you're one of the few that does so fantastically well.

There was so much about this that I loved. It's funny because when we first meet Fleur, obviously through Harry's eyes, she's like this beautiful, perfect creature. Here, you show us how imperfect she is and that just makes me love her more.

Her love for Shell Cottage is palpable and I can smell the ocean and feel the sand beneath my toes. It's little things that she appreciates about the cottage that bring it to life.

I wasn't sure where you were going with the talk of Bill, the werewolf attack, and his scars but then you tied it all together so imperfectly perfect and the story feels complete.

Little details about pregnancy wreaking havoc on her magic and the curled edges of the newspaper because of the sea air...I love how they just add to the story without seeming like you're trying too hard to describe things. I don't know if that makes sense...but I just have an appreciation for those who can add small details without them seeming extraneous.

"It was a hard place for a man to love, I thought, but he tried anyway, because he loved me. For him, that was enough." Also, these lines are my favorite. I think it speaks volumes of Fleur and Bill's relationship, how much they've sacrificed for one another. It's perfect.

Author's Response: Missy! ♥ I'm SO glad you liked this -- I need to write fluff sometimes (since I'm at a point in my writing where I rarely do), even though it appears I can't do it without underlying angst. Still, the fact that your heart burst makes me proud anyway. :)

I HATED Fleur for the longest time, solely because through the series, and especially in HBP, we see her through Harry's understandably biased eyes. It took me a few years after the last book came out before I realized how awesome she actually was, and she was stronger than many people give her credit for. She is human, and Bill is human, and love is human. And if there is anything we know about humanity, it is that it is imperfect. You've taken away the point from this one-shot perfectly. ♥

I read a story years ago, some Harry/Ginny thing, about magic having an effect on Ginny's pregnancy; it's always stuck with me, and this is the first time I've managed to work it into a story of my own. :P I'm really pleased you appreciate all the small details in this story!

♥ Your reviews. I cannot get enough of your reviews. You manage to say the nicest things about my writing always, and I am just very glad we are friends.


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