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Review:HeyMrsPotter says:
This is absolutely, comptely, perfectly and yet imperfectly adorable! I read this story when it was nominated for story of the month in the common room but didn't have time to review, which gave me an excuse to read it again now :D

I'm not generally a next gen reader because I find Rose and Scorpius characters are often all characterized the same, him as a mini malfoy and her as feisty and really intelligent. For me, the beauty of near gen is that we know almost nothing about the characters so they can be whoever we want them to be and that is exactly what you have done here. Your characters are beautifully flawed with real issues that effect real people and you've created a wonderful relationship between them as a result. I love how well they understand each other and that they both had to fight their demons for something as simple as a kiss underneath the mistletoe. Both OCD and stutters are difficult issues to live with and you wrote them well, especially Rose's OCD.

I thought your use of the repetition of three and how it linked to the waltz was really clever and effective, and you didn't over use it either, it was the perfect amount.

The description was excellent, in all of the little details surrounding Rose's OCD, and particularly the kiss. It wasn't fireworks and magic and an instant cure to all of their problems, it was sweet and awkward and a big deal for both of them. Superb!

It goes without saying really, but I adored this one-shot. Thank you for a lovely little festive read :)

Author's Response: HeyMrsPotter!!! Ah, this review is so wonderful!!! *attack hugs* :-D

Ah, it's so incredible to hear that you enjoyed my versions of Rose and Scorpius! I agree 100% with you about how they seem to have a similar vibe in most stories, though I don't have too much experience as I'm not actually a big Next Gen fan either! Still, I was definitely worried that my less-than-usual versions of these two might miss the mark and upset some avid Next Gen writer/readers, but the response has been really wonderful instead! Such a relief! haha I'm so, so thrilled that you found my portayal of Rose's OCD and Scorpius' stutter to have been handled well! It's always a risk to take on these sorts of things and I'm just so happy you not only like the choice, but the way each was utilized! Phew! ^.^

YAY! This is such a nice thing to hear, as one of my main concerns was that the repetitions wouldn't sit right. I'm just ecstatic that you feel they were perfectly incorporated!

Hehehehe They really are just too awkward to have a normal kiss! I'm so happy you found that scene and all of the little details sprinkled about to be good additions to the story! It's always great to hear that those little bits of information, though not necessarily needed, still add an extra element to the characters. *squee*

This is such a lovely review! You're just too wonderful! Thank you so very, very much for having taken the time to leave it! :-D


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