Hey there! First off, I lovelovelove Molly/Arthur stories. Whenever I see one I simply have to read it - and the fact that this contains dancing as well, which I used to do a lot of and miss now I've given it all up just made it even more of an obvious choice for me.
Your characterisation was lovely. I love the way Molly is so young and innocent, but not totally oblivious at the beginning, and how she (and cousin Florence) then grow up through the story, and how so much of it focuses on shoes and dancing. Two of my great loves, you know ;) Arthur was fantastic as well - I can totally imagine him standing around in muggle bars just to see what they're like, trying all the drinks because he's curious and watching people... they're both so perfectly in character, and yet you don't even really mention Hogwarts or their families or anything like that. I'm not sure how you did it, but you did and it's pretty incredible.
I loved the inclusion of cousin Florence, as well. How her story kinda rattles along with Molly's for a while, and then it separates. She's really Molly's role model, and I love how, in a way, she kinda reminds me of Fleur, with her being tall and thin and blonde, you know? It's odd, but she does... the gift of the shoes was just so lovely - and it really sort of brought it home, kinda like the passing of a torch, that Florence is too old for dancing, and Molly is just getting there...
The music is great, too. I liked how you didn't mention specific bands, but genres, and that Molly recognised the covers as well. It's a lot more believable than her remembering all the names! :) Also, the record shop owner was a nice addition too - how he's so confused, but thinks she's sweet and so doesn't really care.
Gah, there's nothing really I can say about this, just that I loved it. It's just everything I love packaged up neatly in one one-shot, with such beautiful flow, and lovely description and great characterisation... yeah, I loved this.
Author's Response: Oh I'm glad to find a fellow Molly/Arthur fan! They're such an underloved pairing, but I found them really fun to write!
I'm so glad you liked Molly's characterisation. I really enjoyed writing her as a child, but it was a bit of a challenge too! I'm not entirely sure how I managed to write a whole one-shot about them with only a few references to the magical world, but it's good to hear that this worked despite that!
Ahaha, I've never been much of a dancer, but I do believe in the great power of shoes, (as you can probably tell from this!)
I got a bit carried away with Cousin Florence- she turned from a passing mention to a crucial character in this! I'm glad you liked her. I've never actually seen the similarity to Fleur before, but actually you're totally right!
I'm a music nerd, so I had to have a couple of paragraphs about that! It's great that you liked them, and the bit about the covers. And I'm so pleased that you liked the record shop owner. He was fun to put in!
I'm so, so glad that you enjoyed this, and took the time to write this beautiful review. It really made my day, and every time I read it, I feel all happy inside. And thank you so much for the favourite! ♥