Hi! I'm here for the Blue vs. Bronze review battle. :)
I love the description that you've put into this story, from the floors of the cottage to the wedding band on Fleur's finger. Your descriptive powers are amazing, and you've done it all in so few words, yet I feel that I've been watching a scene in a movie. I kind of wish that this WAS a scene in a movie, but if it were, it would never be as good as this story. (The movie is not usually as good as the book, of course!)
I love the way that Bill is like the cottage: imperfect, damaged, and at the same time, strong and nurturing. Because you know that Bill's going to care for the kids with all his heart, and you know that the cottage will do the same. In an inanimate sort of way, naturally, but still. The connections are there. Brilliant!!
This story seems like fluff, but it's not totally fluffy. There's the werewolf attack, and Bill's concern with his werewolf-like state, and Fleur's memories of broken Bill. But that gives a lot more to the story than just a lovey-dovey scene that anyone could have, because it's saying, "Here are Bill and Fleur. They've been through a lot, and they love each other anyway." It's saying that love isn't always an easy thing; sometimes there are mountains to climb and fears to face, but the people who are meant for each other will always be there to pick up the pieces of each other's broken hearts. Very resonating. Lovely.
Fantastic, marvelous, brilliant, wonderful, exquisite, beautiful, sparkling. Maybe there are more adjectives to use about your writing, but these are the ones that I've chosen for now. :)
Author's Response: Whew! This response is a tad on the late side, and I do apologize, but please know it doesn't mean I think any less of your review. :) On the contrary, I'm very glad you enjoyed this story!
I sort of see my stories, especially one-shots, as small movies in my head, and the little details flow pretty naturally from my mind onto the page, so I'm glad you enjoyed that! I try and make things as realistic as possible in writing, and I like to think the details help. It was pretty neat to know that it translated movie-like for you, too -- that was an awesome thing to hear!
I promise that I intended to make this story 100% fluff when I first started writing it, but I shifted into the imperfect cottage/Bill parallel without meaning to, and that added a slight undercurrent of angst to the whole thing. :P What can I say -- I write what I write! I love the idea of Bill/Fleur as a pairing, though, much more than I did in canon, and there's a fierce strength to them that does translate a little angsty. But you know, love isn't all fluff, all the time, and that's bringing it back to that realism -- I strive above almost anything else to make the romance and relationships in my stories the most real things in them. It's something I think is very important, and I'm pleased as punch that you appear to agree! ♥
You are much, much too nice to me. I am flailing around reading this review again and it's been 10 days! :D Thank you so much for saying such lovely things about my writing -- you can't imagine how much it means to me!