Hey there! So I was so excited to see you'd posted this up - I love pretty much everything you write and your stories are always so fascinating and fresh and shiny :)
This, of course, wasn't an exception ;)
It's odd, because although it's a rare, unusual pairing, I've actually seen quite a few stories about on various sites and things with it :P I've never read one before, though, but I loved it!
I love how you talked about the way Katie thought of Fleur as perfect for so, so long, you know? Thought she was amazing and beautiful and perfect and everything, and then, the ending, where she realises she's just as human as the rest of them... it was almost bittersweet, in the way that it kinda implied to me almost that Katie hadn't really understood Fleur, really, until that point, because she's idolised her and loved her for perfection, and then, only after that does she love her for her, as it is.
But then, that's just my interpretation ;)
I loved Katie's voice in this as well. It's so strong and I love the way she writes/talks - it's almost poetic. I liked how it was obviously an older voice, as well, as though Katie was talking to an older Fleur, telling her about them. Some of the lines in here were phenomenally beautiful, and you used repetition so, so well - I'm kinda jealous! :P
I liked how you wove it in with canon, too. I'm a huge canon-fan, haha, which probably explains it, but I liked how it was an unconventional romance, really. How Fleur was married, and they didn't really have a relationship after GoF and all that, except that they kinda did because they had a relationship of sorts and they loved each other... the little cameo by Victoire was so sweet.
I have to admit, there was a point when Katie was talking about other girls, that I genuinely wondered if this was going to end up as a Katie/Luna and thought THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. But it didn't, and it was still awesome anyway :)
I loved all the metaphors as well. Actually, I love your writing, full stop. It's just so gorgeous - and this really, really brought it out. Your style in this is fabulous.
So, yeah, you might not be able to tell, but I love this. If you're not on my favourite author list already, you will be soon (I can't remember if you are or not... my bad!)!
Author's Response: Hey Hun! Sorry this response has taken so long, oops.
I'm so glad you liked the story! I had so much fun writing this.
I've never seen another story of these two, but I might try and seek some out, haha! I can't honestly think why someone would ship them without being prompted because they never interact in canon, but I've fallen in love with them while writing this, so I'm not complaining XD
I don't really know why, but it never even occurred to me to make this an AU. It was so much more interesting to try and fit it into canon - and so much more heartbreaking, really, because I already knew Fleur had to end with someone else. Though I guess end up is subjective, because I kind of like to think a few years after this story ends, Fleur comes to her senses and goes back to Katie ;)
THOUGH A KATIE/LUNA WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME. Wow, now you've got me wanting to write a sequel where that happens. Luna would be the perfect breath of fresh air and originality to make Katie get over Fleur. Maybe Luna is the heliotrope princess after all, hahaha!
Ahh, just thank you for this awesome review! Your one of my fave authors on this site so I get so happy to know you like my work XD