Hi again! :) I'm so sad this is the last chapter for now, but it was such a lovely one!
It's really nice to see Sadie settling in and having some good times, even if her past is always somewhere in the back of her mind. I absolutely loved the whole scene with Ginny - I felt like I could feel and smell the rain and experience what it was like to run through it. Ginny's little secret fort was so creative as well, and I liked all the detail that went into it - like the water-proofing spells, and the fact that she couldn't stand up but it was roomy, and the photographs not being able to move. I really like the idea of Ginny having a place to call her own and to get away from the boys. And the hearts around Harry were so cute! :D
I like seeing Sadie starting to communicate more and the elation she feels when she realizes that Ginny is her friend. Also, I like the way she's communicating so far, and I think, in responding to your Author's Note, that it was a good choice. Once somebody understands the signs the ASL would feel very fluid. That being said, I like how for now her signing to those who don't understand as well is quite simplistic, as they're still learning, and how she sometimes has to resort to pantomime and other methods. It feels very realistic.
Fred and George's secret laboratory and their production of their joke shop products are great as well! I like the bond between the twins, but also how Fred is troubled by Sadie's vision. I wonder if this was some sort of Legilimency, or perhaps the special powers you mentioned at the beginning of the story? It makes sense that Sadie would have some special abilities, especially since whoever killed her parents kept her alive for some reason. I'm excited to learn more! :)
Looking forward to the next chapter, this was just lovely! :D
Blackout Round 3 - 12/20
Author's Response: I still can't believe you gave me such amazing reviews for the blackout battle. It would have been so easy to write fast reviews and move on. You really are incredible, you know that?
And I'm so happy that you liked the story so much. It gives me warm fuzzies. Hopefully, sometime you will make your way back and read more, but even if you don't, these reviews have been so much fun for me to read.
When I was writing this, I really felt like it was time to give Sadie something to make her smile. She has so much to be sad about, it was time to start building up some good memories as well. And I really wanted her to start bonding with everyone, not just Harry or the twins. Ginny has always seemed like such a strong, free-spirit of a girl, she seemed right to help Sadie out.
Glad you liked the hearts around Harry. That was fun to include.
Also glad you felt the explanation about sign language worked. I really want to be respectful about the language because it is complete and beautiful in its own right, but I also needed to make this story flow. And I really didn't want to fall into the trap of making people understand Sadie like "magic." I hope I'm getting the balance right.
Fred and George HAVE to have a secret laboratory! Because...just because. They are The Twins. As for how Fred saw the memory, you are partially right on both accounts. Keep reading, more will be explained. Well, it will if I can get the blasted chapters up that is.
Thanks so very much! It has been such a pleasure to read these again! And I hope you can forgive my tardiness in replying. I will try to do better from here on out.