CONGRATS ON WINNING AND BEING FEATURED! Ah, I loved Gone and it was such a great read, so I couldnít resist coming along with a congratulatory review :D
Ah the beginning of this chapter was perfect. ♥ So much Dursley fluff it was almost rather cute. I really loved how Petuniaís names for Dudley didnít change from baby to teenager :P I think Dudley was my favourite here with the way he was so spoilt and demanding attention. It really made wonder what would have happened if Harry hadnít come along and sort of changed him because of the dementors.
The normalcy you created at the beginning was so perfect too. It was all so boring and it made wonder how Petunia could be content with giving her son breakfast every day and then seeing off her husband and doing the casual gossip. At least Harry came along and made it a bit more exciting for them, so they should be grateful more than anything!
I love how Vernon has no heart at all when he comes across the baby, all he cares about is preserving the purity of his son and nothing else and you showed his vileness really well! I loved the moment of realisation when Harry opened his eyes and Petunia figured out who he was. It was nice to see that she and her sister were close enough that that detail would always remain strong. Also, all the evil thoughts about giving him away beforehand sort of evaporated which was sweet too.
Ah, I nearly gushed/squeed when Petunia acknowledged him as her nephew. One of my biggest wishes for this series is that Petunia and Harry had been friends and made it up afterwards, so sort of getting it here while he was a baby almost granted me that. I really loved that ending moment because the mix of emotions was great and you wrote it really well.
A great one-shot, Emily!
Author's Response: KIANA! AHH THANK YOU SO MUCH! I couldn't believe it, all the entries were so amazing! And wow, thank you for the compliment about gone!
Bahaha I actually found writing Dursley fluff quite easy, let's not think about what that means about me as a person. :P And cute is what I was aiming for, so yay! Hehe yeah, I always thought that Dudley's names originated when he was a baby and Petunia just continued using them. :P Dudley is your favourite character? Hehe, that's the first time I heard anyone say that. I'm guessing he would be a whole lot more spoilt if Harry hadn't been in his life.
Yay for normalcy then, that's exactly what i was aiming for. And haha, I don't think you can write the Dursleys without a healthy dose of boring, and I think that in Petunia's eyes her boring life now is much better than a life with her freak sister, which is really sad. :( Bahaha yeah, Harry livened everything up for them, so they should be grateufl. :P
Yeah, Vernon always struck me as one of those people who's really nice to anyone he cares about but he doesn't care at all about anyone he doesn't like. Yeah, I think that since everyone seems to be obsessed with Lily's eyes that would be the thing Petunia remembers best, and Harry having her sister's eyes would shock her. I mean, I'm pretty sure even the Dursleys have some kind of standards not to give away relatives. :P
Ah I know! I always wanted them to reconcile as well, and so I wrote that and stuck it on the end really quickly. Ah, I'm so glad you think I wrote the emotions well.
Thank you so, so much for this amazing review Kiana, it absolutely made my day. :D Thank you!