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Review:toomanycurls says:
Review Swap!! (part 1)

(yes we're both a bit swap obsessed)

I'm really excited to read more about Thackeray!! I laughed so loud at "take back the soil" - great play on Take Back the Night! I like that Thackeray is so complimentary towards Roxanne's drawing.

It's interesting to learn about Thackeray's family. Her parents seem rather cool and perfect for raising someone to care as much as Thackeray does. I'm glad that Thackeray seems to appreciate her parents. ^_^

Oh poor Roxanne. It is a bit understandable how Roxanne feels with her family being famous and not really looking like the famous side of her family. I grew up not looking like my family and it was only weird when people pointed it out. It suits Thackeray to not be interested in her family for the fame but Roxanne's connection.

!!! Their "you're pretty too" exchange was to die for! I thought it was so sweet and genuine.

Kids and their malicious rumors. Some kids did a similar thing when I was in middle school - it wasn't nice.

I got a laugh out of James looking as upset as if he'd been told there wasn't any more cherry pie. I got such a vivid image of the teenage boy. Ooh, nice that he actually *did* like Jameson. I mean, nice that it wasn't just a malicous rumor but not nice that people are picking on him for it. Oh Thackeray - despite her a bit off-putting demeanor, I just want to hug her when she comforts James and seems to be so supportive of him!!

!!! Kissing!!! (I loved the scene but I can't articulate more than that)

I like that Roxanne telling her parents she had a girlfriend was a non-issue in the plot. I'm excited to see how her visit goes. They're completely lovely! Dr. Wright's comment about them getting into some sort of trouble seems a bit forboding!


I'm so sad that they can both see thesterals but bonus for making it a kissing moment. It was very sweet and tender how they shared who it was they lost.

Um, I wouldn't expect anything else from Thackeray's family but to be complete nerds. :D

Ending with Roxanne thinking how inspired she felt around Thackeray and her happiness just filled me with a bubble of squee.


Author's Response: Hola! :)

Haha yes! I didn't even think of that when I wrote that - it was probably one of those accidental inspirations. :P

I'm glad you liked Thackeray's parents! I imagined them being quite liberal and cool Muggles, and figured that the family would be quite close- of course there's more about that later in the chapter.

I imagined that while Harry and potentially Hermione for her work in the Ministry would be quite famous, the rest probably wouldn't be. So most of the world would know about the famous ones and not care about Rox so much. Yes, Thackeray cares rather more about Rox than about the family. :P

I'm glad you thought it was cute! :) They're still both a little shy around each other at that point, and it was fun to write.

Kids are awful, and I imagine even Hogwarts wouldn't be immune.

Haha I'm glad you liked James! Yes, James and Jameson were a fun little sub-plot for me to put in there- I'd never seen a gay James so it seemed like a nice change. I'm glad you liked the nicer side of Thackeray too! I imagined Thackeray would be quite understanding about things such as this.

Yay kissing!! :)

I loved writing the parents, they're so understanding and silly with all the literature references. And yes, complete and utter nerds. :P I'm glad you liked the Thestral and sharing grief scene too: it seemed like a strong point over which to unite.

I'm glad this was squee-inducing! :D Thanks so much for the wonderful review, I loved it! :)

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