This story has been calling my name for a while now, with its pretty cover on the Archives' front page, so imagine my delight when I realised you'd written it! I've been excited to read this story ever since you first mentioned it, so expect an excess of capital letters and loud exclamations about how great your writing is in the coming days.
First off. I have a lot of questions. What's the deal with Chloe's parents? The description of her mother leaving the butter with the silverware pinched my heart -- is it Alzheimer's? (If yes, I'll cry.) I'm assuming they're both Muggles, in which case yes, I'm very excited to see the perspective of a character whose family can't know what she's up to.
More questions: Chloe's relationship with James and Lily (and Harry! Where's Harry? Does he still go to the Dursley's?). Her relationship with Marlene. Why weren't they talking? Why on god's green Earth would Sirius Crucio Marlene?? Why isn't he in Azkaban? AHH. SO MANY QUESTIONS.
Thankfully, I have nine more chapters waiting for me, wahey! Expect my fangirling self all over the place in the coming days. I'm so glad to be reading your fic again.
Which reminds me -- there's something about the pacing of this story and your character's voice that reminds me strongly of KC&CO. Please take this as the compliment it's meant to be, even though I'm comparing two vastly different stories. tldr; your writing is great all of the time and I'm already half in love with this and your main character. Hee. ♥
Author's Response: Okay, so I can't type as many characters as I want because of the limit here, but assume that this has like 87 As in it: VAAAL!!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. It really brightened my day!
Agh, I loved the graphic that mockingjay at TDA made for its spot in the featured stories. I need to find a way to casually use it in everyday life because I miss it now, hehe! It's funny you say "since I mentioned this story" because I remember us actually talking about it while picnicking at the Eiffel Tower, what a fun time!
As for Chloe's mother, I struggled for a long time whether to give her Alzheimer's or crippling paranoia (or both), and it's because Alzheimer's runs in my family and it's such a painful subject--so, naturally, I have to include it in the story and make everyone sad. Yes, her mother will eventually suffer from memory loss and confusion. And yes, they are both Muggles! Hence Chloe feeling very torn between two worlds.
Eeee I love that you have so many questions! That was a huge allure in making this an AU story, because for those readers who are very familiar with canon, I didn't feel that I could do anything interesting without diverging from what JKR has written. Plus I just??? I don't really care about breaking canon in fic? I guess that makes me terrible in some readers' eyes, but for me, it's much more interesting to read a reimagining of what has already happened than a canonical retelling of what I already know.
That's so funny that it reminds you of KC&CO! In my head as I was first planning this, I was like, Wow nobody who liked my first story is going to want to read this because they're so different. But that's reassuring that there are at least some similarities! Hopefully people won't be too terribly thrown off, then! Chloe definitely does have a sassy remark here and there--nowhere near Edie's caliber, dear God.
Thank you so much Val! You're the greatest ♥