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Review #26, by TenthWeasley Al and his Many Elbows

26th January 2013:
I feel like it's nothing short of fate that I happen to be watching Community and reading this story at the same time. I'm not sure if you did this on purpose -- in fact, I don't think you'd started that show before starting to write this -- or did you? I know you had by the time of Operation: Rescue Raven. NOW I'M MIXED UP. What I am trying to say is that both this story and that show have very similar senses of humor, and what's more, both of them are splendid and know exactly the right things to say to keep me laughing. Even though "saying" doesn't work here so much as "writing".

I'm mixed up again.

One of the things I've come to enjoy most about this story so far is that, through all the antics and whatnot, your characters read more like real people than I can remember in any other next generation story I've ever read. One of the reasons I try to, in general, stay away from next gen is that I am sick to death of how overdone all the characters seem to be in those stories, and I'm pretty sure you know what I'm talking about. But the way you write this generation of the Potterverse, nobody seems fake or drawn-up; they just are. Even through bad poetry and dark eyeliner and brooding, they are very much people, and I think that's one of the reasons this story got to be so popular. People can tell that sort of thing, even subconsciously, and it's a breath of fresh air.

I am now sincerely hoping that Scorpius has to be around when Lucy develops these photographs, and has a miniature panic attack when he gets to the ones containing Rose. He's dug himself a hole, poor boy. Although you know, I can't really blame him, because Rose is... well. And here's the thing: I don't see my extended family a lot, because we're all spread out across the country, and I've never had a big family gathering like the one here, but I just feel like it would be awkward. I don't know how that's relevant, but I thought I'd throw that out there anyway.

I feel like these reviews are just getting worse and worse as I go. Sorryyy. ♥ Another excellent chapter, though, as always! I can't think of the last time reading a fan fiction has been so genuinely enjoyable. :) I'll be returning to chapter 5 before too long, I'm sure!

Author's Response: I hadn't started community, actually! I think I'd finished this story by the time the study group entered my life - so Operation: Rescue Raven is a kind of retcon, inserting all the community references into the story at a later stage.

Ahh, thank you! Well, a lot of this is taken from real life, so I'd hope it wouldn't read as being fake, hehe! Besides, I had fun coming up with the characters and really grew to love them during the process of writing this fic - they felt so very real in my head. Because I have no life and compensate with...this.

As for Scorpius seeing the photographs...yeah, just you wait. And, yep, he's good at digging himself into a hole.

No, they're wonderful reviews! thank you so much :3 ♥

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Review #27, by TenthWeasley Hedonism is our Middle Name

21st January 2013:
I absolutely, fully, hands-down adore this story. And it's only chapter three. ♥

I think that one of the things I like best about it is the fact that, in reading it, I can just tell that you were having a load of fun writing it, and when that comes across in writing it makes the paragraphs fly by effortlessly. I'm already on tenterhooks, anxious to read more about Lucy and Scorpius and all of the rest of the art school bunch (I can't remember precisely from your one-shot, but please tell me the brooding boy makes more appearances). This is so unlike anything else I've ever read, in the best way possible, and I am really regretting the fact that I chose to start reading it during the busiest school semester I can remember having in ages.

Scorpius is a poet! And really not a bad one, either, although apparently his handwriting leaves something to be desired. I actually loved the last line of the poem, though, which means all the more credit is due you. I am racking my brain to try and come up with more examples for how enjoyable this story is, but it really all is coming together so splendidly in a mesh of fic that makes me want to read more and then read some more and basically not stop reading until the end.

I am extremely sorry for the rambling. This is a shoddy review, to be sure. But thank you so much for this enjoyable chapter, and as soon as I can (and my eyes aren't aching with overexposure to reading, which happens when I read fic after reading my textbooks), I am going to return for chapter 4. Rest assured! This is brilliant, Julia, and I very much mean that. Can't wait!

Author's Response: Rochol!!!

Baww! Yep, I definitely had fun writing this. Although there is a smidge of angst later on (and let's not get started on the angst of the sequel), this was a hoot to write. Brooding Boy definitely makes more appearances. His name may be revealed at some point. Gasp.

/Not/ a bad poet? Are we thinking of the same Scorpius?!? Baha. He's a melodramatic poet, fo sho. Rose is fantastic inspiration for him.

It's not a shoddy review at all! Thank you very much for being so lovely :3 ♥

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Review #28, by TenthWeasley A Dark Room

13th January 2013:
Fun fact: I actually read half of this chapter late on a Friday night, and then in all the hustle of returning to uni and unpacking and doing the obligatory social things that comes with returning after a month away, I actually completely forgot I'd started it at all. Imagine my delight at returning and realizing I was already halfway through!

I feel you should know that Scorpius is, in this story, a perfect carbon copy of Andrew Garfield, which is probably in thanks to the banner. ♥ He makes for lovely reading. Call me crazy, but I actually kind of ate up the whole dark room scene, because doing film-to-development photography is something I totally want to do at least one time in my life. (Digital. Gross.) When I sail to England I'll make you teach me. But I also really liked that you are the first person I've ever come across to actually explain how wizarding photos move, and the way you did it is so canon that I'm pretty sure that's exactly what Rowling had in mind, anyway. Please surrender all skills now.

I don't know what it is about this story -- or maybe just your writing -- but I feel like you could write anything, and I'd still just be sitting here soaking it up with my eyes.

I liked all the backstory here, too! All about Scorpius's reasons (or not-so-reasons) for going to art school, and now all of his little quirks are coming to light, and Lucy's blue hair, and I am just having a lot of fun with this. There is a very distinct reason that this won Best Next Generation in two awards, I'm seeing now, and I wish very much that I had read it sooner.

Looking forward to forging on and meeting more art students and progressing with Lucy in her journeys through wizarding photography! And with Scorpius, of course. :3 Another great chapter!!

Author's Response: fun fact: I actually read this review at midday on Sunday when I was unpacking, and then in the hustle of unpacking and going to my friend's flat for a HP marathon, I only got around to responding to it now. COINCIDENCE, I THINK...YES.

heee. funnily enough, when I cast him for the banner, I'd only seen him in a (relatively minor) role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. but approximately a week after the casting I went and saw Never Let Me Go and I was like. what. he /is/ Scorpius. then he proved that even further with his interpretation of Peter Parker in spiderman. FATE.

*holds skills tightly to chest* I don't have many, please don't take them from me!

thank you so much for reviewing! :D ♥

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Review #29, by TenthWeasley Art School

11th January 2013:
I felt so incredibly guilty when I reached the end of this chapter and sat here, prepping to write a review, and realized that this has been on my to-read list for over a year. And it's not like I really do anything with my time, is it? I don't know where 2012 went, but I'd kind of like to demand a refund. So anyway, I found myself lounging on my bed today avoiding packing for driving back to uni tomorrow, and it just sort of hit me that I wanted to read this story right now (well, start this story, but you get my drift). So here I am!

I love the premise already -- although to be fair, I loved the premise anyway. Just the concept of a magical art school! And there is, of course, no one better to write about it. There is loads of Julia in this story already, which makes it that much more fun to read, and I love Lucy's character. I'm really not huge on next gen except when it's written very well, and this is absolutely one of those times. Lucy isn't an obnoxious, overdone, annoying caricature, but she actually seems like a real person -- more than almost any other fic character I've read recently. She is a breath of fresh air. :)

I SMELL SCORPIUS SCANDAL. Ah, Rose. Giving Albus a black eye is a bit over the top, in just the telling of it, but then we meet her and she's a perfect combination of her parents and it makes loads more sense. Although Albus still seems to have been on the rough end of that encounter, no doubt. I am already demanding Scorpius/Lucy snogging before the end is up. He's a photographer, she chose photography because it's cheap... If that's not a match made in heaven, I don't know what is.

Tarquin and Gwendolyn/Raven are familiar! And now I'm remembering that last January during Skypelandageddon (or whatever horridly wonderful name we came up with) I read a SA spin-off one-shot of yours and WHY DID I NOT PRESS ON WITH THIS STORY THEN, but I remember really enjoying it. I'll probably have to go back and read that again soon, come to think of it. You're really good at humor! Not a lot of writing even warrants my smiling, even if I think something's funny, but that one-shot did it for me. I've no doubt this story will do it too.

One chapter down... several more to go! I'm seriously so excited about getting on with the rest of this now, and I still really can't explain why it took me so long in the first place. I definitely plan on reviewing each chapter for you, too; if this review's anything to go by, they'll probably be less than desirable, but do forgive me in advance. ♥ It might take me a while, I might disappear for weeks at a time, but it's going to be all nice and reviewed at some point. And that's a promise!

Brilliant first chapter! ♥

Author's Response: ROCHOL ♥ I am most delighted to see you!

all good fics should be marathoned before returning to uni; that's how I read Run...

baww, thank you! well, it's a premise that means a wee bit to me. I'm a little hurt that there's no art at Hogwarts or anything considering it's my ultimate dream to be a witch and go to Hogwarts and such. sucks that the only things I'm good at aren't on the curriculum! also, I'm glad you like Lucy~

believe it or not, it was toned down from Rose /hospitalising/ Albus. And I think it needs further toning down but, hey ho, I've already edited this five thousand times and I don't want overkill or anything.

spoiler alert: the endgame ship is Scorpius/Lettuce. I really hope you like Lettuce when he turns up.

thank you so much for coming to review! this was so nice to log on and ind ♥ ♥ ♥

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Review #30, by noname Obscurity is Overrated

26th December 2012:
This is an awesome story. I can't stop reading it, which is why I'm awake at one in the morning.

Author's Response: it was mostly written at one in the morning, so I'm glad to hear you're carrying on the tradition ;D ♥

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Review #31, by noname A Dark Room

26th December 2012:
Scorpius needs glasses for distance, too... I HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH A MALFOY! :O

Also, this is really interesting!

(Disregard my number/number rating, I'm bad at that, and it's all relative to what I have read recently.)

Author's Response: I also have this thing in common, both with Scorpius and with you! :O

thank you for reviewing! (and don't worry, I don't get to see the number ratings anyway) ♥

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Review #32, by Fawkes394 Obscurity is Overrated

25th December 2012:
I decided to pass your fanfic to my kindle so that I could read it over my grandmother's (I had this Christmas dinner-meeting we have EVERY year) an you saved me from six hours of utter boredom. I have been having so much fun reading your story up to now, I couldn't stop laughing while I read. I am positive my cousin thinks I'm going crazy, because every time she entered the room where I was reading I was either grinning stupidly, laughing or making weird faces not to laugh.
I'm so glad you posted this story and so glad I find it, because I think I've never laughed so much reading a fanfic. Your creativeness really impresses me, I had never pictured non-muggles attending to an art school, specially not Scorpius Malfoy, and I love your characters and all the extravagant things they do. : )

Author's Response: ooh, wow, glad to hear it! :D ah, happens to me all the time when I'm reading fanfiction - it gets hard to explain to people...

thank you so much and I'm so happy you enjoyed it ♥

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Review #33, by Hedwig_Pie Metaphor Wrapping Paper

17th December 2012:
OMG. CUTEST. STORY. EVER. i didn't think i'd ever ship a scorpius/lucy but you actually made me love this couple and want them to be together forever. and ever. you totally deserve your dobby fifty times over because your idea was amazing, your writing is amazing, your taste of music is amazing (SOME OF MY FRIENDS DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO THE SMITHS ARE. AND I WAS LIKE KILL. ME. NOW) and lucy and scorpius are cliche and cute and amazing. great story. i loved it. loved it. seriously. it was awesome. aweeesomee.

Author's Response: awh, thank you so much! they are a bit of an OTP for me, despite them both being total blank canvases. thank you for saying that and, yes, I will admit that my taste in music is amazing ;D

thank you! ♥

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Review #34, by spreaddapoo Metaphor Wrapping Paper

8th November 2012:
Wow. It's over... It's difficult to find the right words, and although most of my reviews of these twenty-two amazing, AMAZING! chapters were quick pop-ins to shout something vaguely nonsensical before moving onto the next, I've enjoyed this SO MUCH.

I've laughed aloud (much to the chagrin of my lovely sister), cried in private, felt that god-awful pit of tension and suspense, and that cheerful fuzzy feeling on the other end of the spectrum... I've had a phenomenal emotional (and existential?) journey, and to have had that opportunity drafted, edited and published here on HPFF by you, oh Glorious Scottish God(dess!)... I can't thank you enough.

I found this just passing by, literally browsing through the HPFF archives, and doing so, I feel like I sort of stumbled upon more than just a fan fic (although... no HPFF is JUST a fan fic... which is why it's so wonderfully beautiful!). It's really contributed to my creativity, technique, artistic lives, etc... I'm absolutely inspired by you!

Thanks a ton... :)

Author's Response: finishing this felt a bit like throwing the one ring into mount doom. IT'S OVER. IT'S DONE.

eee, eee, eee! I'm glad to hear I provoked such an intense variety of emotions within you (a selection box of emotion, if you will).

thank you x one thousand hundred million (that's a lot!)

♥ ♥ ♥

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Review #35, by spreaddapoo Emotional Wronski Feint

8th November 2012:
I don't even think I want to know how you even known who commented on the 1966 world cup final... Anyway; by golly - what a juicy chapter! And I am on my knees, kissing the wireless network in hope that it will reach your toes~ Your side salad metaphor was intensely ingenious and the Quidditch? ALL THE QUIDDITCH? Absolutely... spectacular... By Golly, what an amazing chapter.

Author's Response: you know how I know? I'm clever (jokes; I googled it).

all the quidditch indeed! ♥

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Review #36, by spreaddapoo Sunny with a Chance of Showers

8th November 2012:
Awww... WHY AREN'T THESE TWO TOGETHER? Well... you know... Other than the obvious. Awesome chapter! Really enjoyed it (and cracked myself laughing at the Brown and Sticky joke! XD). I believe, thanks to you, I will always find myself picturing the almightiest of mullets whenever I hear of Merlin. :)

Thanks for the AMAZING read, and am totally onto the next chapter!

Author's Response: they're like magnets, and they're running at each other with their north poles forward so they keep getting thrown apart again.

thank you for the review! ♥

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Review #37, by spreaddapoo Breakfast Epiphanies

8th November 2012:
I'm starting to run out of words of appraisal!!! Which should be rare for an arteeste, but what can I say? You have this wonderful tendency of stealing the words from my mouth... throat... brain... Anyway, I'm really indulging myself in this Rose/Lucy WAR - Time to get the shoe polish out, and paint my face like a wariorrr~ I'm ready to take sides~~~

Author's Response: would a thesaurus perhaps help? paint yourself with woad, the true battle armour of the scottish ♥

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Review #38, by spreaddapoo Scrabble Smackdown

8th November 2012:
Damn you... Just... Damn you for being so brilliant... *sniffle* You made me do it again. You made me a sobbing mess AGAIN. I have decided that I have fallen head over heels in love with you, no doubt.

Author's Response: ooh, thank you! ;D ♥

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Review #39, by spreaddapoo Everything is Lovely

8th November 2012:
Oh, I am so lucky I am reading this as a completed fic; If I had ending this with only this chapter to go on for the next few weeks, I would honestly hunt you down, empty my savings in order to buy a plane ticket, some ducttape and a black hoodie, and physically shake the next chapter out of you! (Remember "Misery"? Well... Your fic has made me into the garish figure of the beautiful Kathy Bates)

Anyway, I'm loving the subtleties! And gar, Rose is scary... Whew, that little photograph at the end... You know she means business.

Author's Response: I know that feeling so well - it's a rare feeling, but a glorious one. And the opposite is the heartbreaking but more common feeling of finding a perfect story that's abandoned.

I actually only read Misery a month or so ago and the memory of it is still fresh so PLEASE DON'T DO THAT OH GOD

thank you for the review! ♥

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Review #40, by spreaddapoo In Case of Emergency, Break Things

8th November 2012:
*Standing ovation*

Congratulations, Most Hallowed Creator (of Awesomeness, with a sideplate of freakin' Genius); You have somehow squeezed my usually dormant tear ducts, and reduced me to a quivering, wet bundle of delirious sobbing. Touche... Tou...che.

Really, amazing chapter~ I think I might have scared my cat (who was attempting to sleep at the edge of my bed)! Just the right blend of slapstick and tearjerker(ness)!

By the end, when I saw (or rather read about) BACNB(BAVMB)L, I felt a wave of strength, vitality and a teensy good measure of "Hell yeah, Get What Thou Dost Deserve!"... I like this new BACNB(BAVMB)L (although, I'll always love Wibbly (or not Wibbly) Lucy. :))

Author's Response: *bows, loses balance, topples over, sprawls into audience*

erm...would you like a tissue?

haha! yes, she does summon the spirit of the spice girls in this chapter to achieve maximum GIRL POWER! but, of course, I like writing wibbly lucy more :3

thank you! ♥

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Review #41, by spreaddapoo Destination: Gretna Green

8th November 2012:
Oh, the suspense!!! Have you ever read something so exquisitely fascinating and enthralling that you end up lunging over sentences and skipping whole phrases in rabid excitement, that you're forced to take a deep breath, calm your heartbeat down and reread the whole thing again? Well... You've succeeded in doing all of the above.

Author's Response: *blushes* you're too kind! ♥

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Review #42, by spreaddapoo Minimalist Art Party

8th November 2012:
(AH!) *Muffle me with your almightiest writing hand!* Wow, that's... Wow, either the world crumbles and falls into a neverending pit... or this may turn out alright.. :O

Brilliant! MAGNIFICENT! I'm dying to know what happens next! So I'm gonna pack up, shut it, and move on to the next chapter.

Author's Response: I think the former's more likely than the latter, heee.

thank you for your reviews! ♥

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Review #43, by spreaddapoo The Pear-Shaped Iceberg

8th November 2012:
Ooh. It was bound to come, and the Pear-shaped iceberg indeed loomed oh so innocently in the distance, until the inevitable fate of Lucy and her foolishness collided with it. Ah, wonderful chapter! :D I'm having a ball and a biscuit reading this beautiful fic!

Author's Response: Lucy is the titanic. Lucy is not watertight.

thank you for reviewing! ♥

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Review #44, by spreaddapoo Plan, Plot, Scheme

8th November 2012:
Haha, this chapter came out wonderfully! No doubt it's as brilliant as the rest (despite your worries over the "transition" nature of this chapter). I can't wait to read about how Scorpius and Rose react upon seeing one another... That should be... explosive...
Psst! Love the quirky "Art Finals" discussions! And the Muggle Music references... and Al in the phonebooth! Ah, screw it - I love everything!

Author's Response: thank you so much! I don't think you want to see Scorpius and Rose's first meeting - might be explosive. don some goggles?

thank you! ♥

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Review #45, by spreaddapoo Obscurity is Overrated

8th November 2012:
Hello again! Oh... I never could imagine Lucy with the Obscure One. I'm sure he's a charmer from every other unbiased perspective, but the Obscure Hipster vibe is really off-putting. :D
I'm getting rather tense and anxious about Operation Hippogriff! I mean, it's so difficult examining how good Scorpius and Rose would ship together, because I guess all I can really determine it from are fragments of an already broken relationship; so far, everything in the cosmos points to a "F*** no!" but at the same time... There has to be a reason why they're both cut up about the whole business, right?
You've got me fantabulously hooked... I NEED TO KNOW!

Author's Response: aloha!

come on, Lucy/Obscure Henry is /totally/ the endgame ship. (fnarr no chance)

there are reasons for their existence as a pairing! I am writing a prequel to this (which is kind of abandoned now, I guess, because I don't know what to do with it) which tries to explain why they became a couple, but it's not the best of fics and so I will attempt to explain it to you in the most basic of ways here:

Scorpius is a bit lame. He's also never had a girlfriend. Rose is also a bit lame and very single, and some mutual friends put two and two together. But then Scorpius and Rose gallop off and take things their own way, with a few secretive and awkward meetups in places like the Library which have a 'seriously we're just friends' vibe. But then Rose saves Scorpius from a feral house elf (long story) and writes a history of magic essay that daringly does not blame his parents for everything and he falls in love with her. Most of their relationship is her bossing him around and trying to make him into a better person and he follows her around like a little puppy, convinced that she's the only person around who cares about him.

And then he decides he wants to be an artist. And then he has his first taste of binge drinking right before his Potions exam. And then he sits his Potions exam with alcohol poisoning and a broken arm. And then he only just scrapes his way onto the further education Law course Rose wants him to take with her, and then he realises that he'd actually agreed to move in with her and everything and kind of goes 'oh my god' and runs away.

And then he spends the rest of this story feeling sorry for himself about it.

phew, that was long! thanks for reviewing ♥

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Review #46, by spreaddapoo Operation Hippogriff is Go!

4th November 2012:
You've got me hooked - I can only imagine how Operation Hippogriff is going to turn out... *trepidation - but the good kind!*

Author's Response: The good kind of trepidation? Surely you mean the bad kind!

which number is the most dramatic? ten ten TENNN!

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Review #47, by spreaddapoo Thus Spoke Scorpius

4th November 2012:
Oh, Scorpius... Always the charmer. And I absolutely adore Tarquin; your character developments for all of the characters (from Lucy, the amazing narrator, to the wacky Mr. Holstone) is just impeccable! You should seriously think about (if by any chance you haven't) writing a novel similar in style to this! In this day and age, when good literature is difficult to find, I would pay an excruciating amount of money to read it.

Author's Response: Scorpius is so charming, he may as well have written the book on etiquette.

eee, that is, like - nobody can comprehend how much that comment means to me ♥ I mean, obviously, I can't write FF forever, but I am just writing it for me and for kicks and it's a big thing for someone to say 'I would pay for this'. so thank you so so so so much! :D ♥

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Review #48, by spreaddapoo Rose has a Human Side

2nd November 2012:
Wonderful chapter! Whew~ That was another close one; I don't know how many times Lucy'll be able to get away with Sc-Tarquin... Hmm... Suddenly craving a huge slab of chocolate. ;)

Author's Response: sc-tarquin is not the most subtle of names, no. thanks for reviewing! ♥

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Review #49, by spreaddapoo The Shape of the Pear

27th October 2012:
:) Hello! I'm loving every chapter thus far - and am quite convinced by this stage that it'll only get better and better. I think stylistically even, you can see Lucy's development in her narration, from the fairly simplified first chapter to now - everything's becoming not only more detailed, but her comfortableness with being one of the starving artists is really showing through even in her own undertones of philosophising...

There's a pure tangibility and crispness to the story which I have fallen in love with and am proceeding to bow down and kiss the holy soil upon which your writing capabilities stand!

Thanks for the amazing read, and I'm continuing onto the next chapter!

P.S. I've fallen into the habit of enthusiastically reading aloud each chapter to my (elder) sister, and we're both having loads of fun! It's like a live-podcast!

Author's Response: thank you so much! yes, the improvement's noticeable to me when I read back - not necessarily in lucy, but in my own writing. the first ever, /ever/ version of chapter one was riddled with grammatical errors and poor phrasing that I've just about got over...I think.

eee, thank you so much for saying that!

♥ ♥ ♥

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Review #50, by spreaddapoo The Benefits of a Flashback

26th October 2012:
Haha; a note to dearest Celeste: If ever a fanfic were to arise from this potential ScorpLettuce ship, I would LOVE to read it. Aloud. To everyone I know and dearly love.

Best chapter so far! Haha, wow, that's beautiful - the philosophical musings on ducks is such an artist thing to do! I loved it - your ability derive the most phenomenal pieces from ordinary occurrences baffles me! :)

Author's Response: whenever I next see Celeste in this online microcosm I shall pass on the message, although sadly university seems to have eaten her alive :C

thank you so much! ♥

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