This was such a beautiful story- you nearly had me crying at points! You captured the canon characters so perfectly I didn't even question anything they did- it just all seemed so right! I loved the relationships you created between the characters and I especially loved Hollis. She really had something special about her. I hope she's happy now, despite lacking Fred :( The funeral chapter had me in bits! You are a very talented author- keep writing! xoAuthor's Response: -hugs you through the internet-
Thank you so much for this review, I can't even tell you how much it means to me. I really miss writing this story because it just feels like home to me, so it always cheers me up when someone floats along and reviews. I got rather attached to Hollis. She's happy now, yes. I wrote a one-shot about Hollis later in life, which is on my author page. It's called "So, Professor...", if you'd like to read it. :)
Thank you so much for reading and for this wonderful review. Report Review
I hate you! You made me cry !
No, I don't hate you. But you made me stay up past my bedtime to read this :)
This is amazing. I love it. Keep writing, you have a gift.Author's Response: Heee, thank you for staying up past your bedtime to read this. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it, and thank you for the review. :) Report Review
I've read many stories. I've cried and got angry, and continued to read. I must say, "So Listen..." Has been the best story I've read so far. Thank you for making me cry, and thank you for making me hate you. I loved this more than I can say, and I wish I didn't. it would mean they'd have a happy ending, but reality isn't always about happy endings.
Fred. I think you captured him perfectly. I've never read another story that seemed so realistic. Great job. Fred has always been my favourite character. Always. George coming in second, but Fred always seemed a bit more competitive. A bit more outgoing, I would like to think I could tell them apart, if I had been on paper in a story(:
I used to want to believe that Fred and died without love. Died young, forever twenty. But, that's unrealistic. It makes sense that he had someone, before he could have someone. It someone makes his death seem more tragic, much more realistic.
Again, thank you for the tears, for the hate, and thank you most of all for giving Fred this story. For making sure he wasn't another name, another number. Thank you telling his story, ensuring that he indeed, had one.Author's Response: *jaw drops* I can't even tell you what an amazing compliment that is, saying this is the best story you've read yet.
I prefer Fred over George, too (obviously :3). And you're right, he's more outgoing. I'm currently rereading Goblet of Fire and JKR seemed to give him the wittier lines. He's a bit rougher around the edges than George, too, and more quick to prank.
Thanks to fanfiction, Fred has many, many, many stories and will never have to just be another name or number. I am so, SO grateful and appreciative that you chose to read this particular one, and that you left me such a lovely review telling me your thoughts. Thank you for the tears and the hate, and for being a fellow Fred-lover. :) Report Review
Ur mazing, made me cry love u and the stroy in a rush sorry for crappy review! thank you for writing and i love u!1Author's Response: Aww, thank you! And you are welcome, it was my pleasure. :) Report Review
I want to thank you for writing and sharing such a beautiful, touching, and /special/ story; I have laughed, smiled, and cried throughout and will think about Fred and Hollis for a very long time. You have suceeded in writing something truely spectacular and my heart goes out to all of the Freds and Hollises of the world, of all those who fall in love and die young.
Congratulations on completing this story and thank you so much; "So, Listen..." is on my favorites list and will be recommended to all of my friends who will listen...no pun intended.
10/10 (although this story deserves so much more than that)
~Jess :DAuthor's Response: Thank you SO SO much for reading and reviewing. Seriously, highlight of my week. You said such lovely, awesome things and I'm so glad you liked it. There are many, many great love stories that end in happily ever afters but I wanted to write one where it did not, where the girl almost got the boy but didn't quite make it to the 'ever after' part.
Thank you, once again, for reading and for your kind words. :) Report Review
I cried; I miss him.
10/10Author's Response: :'( I'm sorry that it was sad, but as an author it's strangely reassuring to hear that a sad chapter made someone cry. It tells me that I did something right, so thank you, I suppose, for crying. I miss him, too.
Fred forever~ Report Review
That was probably the most adorable date in the history of the world!
PS: I am so afraid to read the next chapter, but I can do this!
...I hopeAuthor's Response: That date was supes awkward but Fred was there, so he made it cute. Cuteness seems to happen around him. The next chapter is a tough one, but I'll be supporting you in spirit! Or rather, would have, if I'd responded to this review before you read the next chapter. :D Hee. Report Review
I seriously feel like crying right now. I'd go further into how much I loved this chapter and Fred and Hollis's reunion (because I really did) but I've got to plow through the rest of the story before I have to head to bed. But I want you to know that this is a really special story that you've written.
10/10 :DAuthor's Response: You plowed through this story like a bulldozer; I must say that I admire your reading speed. It was so much fun to log in and see that you marathon-read this story. You are awesome. Thank you for your splendid reviews. :) Report Review
It's official, next to James and Lily, Fred and Hollis are my OTP. I can't even handle this; I sitting here at my computer, smiling and giggling like a loon. I'M GOING TO BE A MESS IN MAY 1998 - A MESS I SAY.
10/10 :DAuthor's Response: EEE OTP ♥ Thank you, I can't even tell you how much that made my day. :) MAY 1998. SAY IT ISN'T SO. LET'S JUST PRETEND THAT CHAPTER DOESN'T EXIST. :'(
Thank you for reading and reviewing! Report Review
I feel like crying; this chapter was beautifully written. I especially liked the passage about Fred's name being written all over Britain. And I have a bad feeling that I'm going to be very upset by the end of this story because of what happens to our dear Fred...
10/10 :DAuthor's Response: :( This chapter was a bit of a downer. I'm glad that any depressing moments I had to write could be tempered with fluffy chapters. Thank you for reading and reviewing, and I hope that any later fluffiness in this story cheered you up after this somber chapter! Report Review
Oh my God, that ending! I think I'm officially in love with Fred Weasley!
10/10 :DAuthor's Response: Fred Weasley is fabulous Hee. Thank you for reading and reviewing! Report Review
Ha! That was brilliant! I love the twins and Lee's secret language, haha. Fred was adorable, as usual :) 10/10 :DAuthor's Response: I love it when Lee and the twins get together. They operate like a machine, reacting seamlessly to each other. Report Review
jgadfudjgsg FRED IS TOTALLY INTO HER AND I LOVE IT! 10/10 :D
Onto the next chapter!Author's Response: YOU BET HE IS!! XD Thank you for reading and reviewing! Report Review
I'm doing as I'm told by feeding the dinosaur ;)
But another great chapter! I love Hollis and Fred's interactions; they're so cute! 10/10 :D
Now, onward to the next chapter!Author's Response: Thank you!! This started out by being my guilty pleasure story where I could focus solely on moments between Fred and an OC and not have to worry about depicting anything else, but it turned into my favorite story that I've posted on here. Report Review
jhfiahdjasdhaf I'm in loveAuthor's Response: Eeeep! Yay! I hope you continue to like it. Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) Report Review
i cried so much at this chapter!Author's Response: :'( It was a very depressing chapter to write. Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) Report Review
this story is awesomeee! Love it! :) 10/10.Author's Response: Thank you! I hope you continue to like it. :) Report Review
This whole series of short vignettes were just beautiful. I am sorry I haven't read them sooner. I cried during chapter 17 - Fred's funeral. So toughing and sweet. Thank you for sharing your writing!Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading! It's been awhile since this has been read by anyone, so this review was a lovely surprise. Calling it beautiful and saying that the funeral brought you to tears really, truly means a lot to me. I am so glad you read this story. Thank you. :) Report Review
Gorgeous, gorgeous. So perfect.
Everything hurts a bit and I'm all sad now thanks to you. No more Frollis, no more Fred being Fred and Hollis being Hollis and this story's actually ended. It's a huge achievement that you got me to read all 18 chapters of this. I can't remember the last WIP I actually started and finished; this is stunning.
Looking at this story is a reminder of precisely what I love so much about writing. It has a power to sway people, to make them feel connected to ideas and people who aren't even real. You're such a talented writer - you handle characterization smoothly, you've made Hollis's narrative voice grow properly over the years, you handle humor and angst equally well and I'm just green with envy. Why can't I have your skills?!
Anyway, thank you for this story. It's been such a pleasure reading your writing. I think I'll be coming back to it at some point or the other to reread it. Thanks for bringing Fred back from the HP series, if only for a little while.
Author's Response: I'm awful with reading WIPs straight through. Some of them I stay with until the end, but most I abandon, even if I really like them. It's sort of odd.
-is a bad reader-
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, CELESTE, YOU HAVE ALL OF THOSE SKILLS. I've seen your author's page and I know for a fact that you can write just about everything. But thank you for the compliment, dahling, it's made my ego swell up nicely. :D
Just the idea that you might one day reread this story makes me so happy, you have no idea. That is such a wonderful thing to say, and now I feel like I've achieved something. Thank you for reading. (hug) Report Review
So, Sarah. I finally came down and read this, even though I spent ages procrastinating doing so. I didn't want to get to the part where Fred dies.
But my goodness, look at this story. This part was so incredibly beautiful. Hollis made me feel so much genuine sadness and anguish. The build up for this was absolutely perfect; I felt like I lost a friend along the way too. The descriptions were gorgeous and Hollis, as always, remained sympathetic and lovely. I loved Molly's eulogy - it was gorgeous and made me all crumbly and sad.
It's amazing what you've done with familiar canon characters like Fred and George and Lee. They feel so authentic and perfect and real to me. And with OCs like Delphine and of course, Hollis - this little fictional world is so complete by itself. Even though this story's been told in Hollis's perspective, it still has the magic of the Harry Potter books somehow. I don't know how you've done it, but this story is probably one of the few works of fanfiction that honestly feels like it could be canon.
I've spent the last hour or so reading and not doing homework and laughing and making odd strangled noises when important things have happened. Hollis is so delightful and such a wonderful narrator. I'm going to miss her and this story a lot.
And so, this story has taken its place among the best fanfictions I've ever read. I've never read a Fred/OC before and I never will again because as far as I'm concerned, this is canon and I don't care to read anyone else's spin on it. Thank you for all the laughter on this random night. My review's kind of a mess, but then again, so am I after reading this.
xxAuthor's Response: Celeste, I do not know how to respond to these reviews. All I can say is thank you, SO MUCH, for finishing the story and saying such lovely things about it. I'm thrilled I was able to impress you. Seriously, logging in and seeing those reviews was a fantastic way to start the day. I just. Gahh. I JUST WANT TO HUG YOU. Saying that it's one of the best fanfictions you've ever read - and you have read your fair share of fanfictions - is such an incredible compliment. And really, you've never read another Fred/OC? I've tried a few but it felt just a little off, which is why I wrote this. I've also read some Fred/Hermione, but most of them assassinated Ron's character and that was really off-putting. I'm so glad that you gave this Fred/OC a try and that you liked what I did with JKR's canon characters and their interactions with the characters I made up. I had so much fun writing it. I really miss writing Hollis. At least with my new story, I get to write about Fred again. ^ ^
Thank you so much, Celeste. You are amazing. ♥
P.S. WE ALL MISS YOU, COME BACK TO US. Report Review
I had read this before but hadn't reviewed for some reason (bad me!) Anyway I loved it. Especially how you go back and forth showing us the different aspects of Hollis's life. I loved her and this chapter was my favorite so far especially when she mentioned Mountage that had me laughing for five minutes. (I still giggle at the thought)Author's Response: A fellow Weasley twin writer! I'm very flattered that you stopped by. Thank you so much for reading; I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) Report Review
i really like the way you write i was nearly crying on the last 2 chapters i was wondering if you would be interested in writing a gideon/oc or a fabian/oc story they seem like interesting characters but i havent been able to find a good portrayal of them and i really liked the way you portray fred and george.Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you liked my portrayal of Fred and George. Hmm I've never considered writing Fabian or Gideon...who knows? ^ ^ I might try to tackle them someday, it depends on if I ever get any plunnies for them. You should consider writing them yourself! That's what I did with Fred when I couldn't find any stories about him that I liked. When you can't find it elsewhere, you write it.
:) Report Review
I cried like a baby. You know, he was my favourite character in the book. I know it sounds odd, but I just like him more than i Liked George. And JKR was genius to kill him because that REALLY made me feel HORRIBLE. That really got you to feel the sadness of the war, and I think that was what she wanted. Also, to kill Fred without George is even worse! After reading this chapter, Especially Mrs. Weasley's speech, the pain and sadness that I felt when i first read about fred's death came rushing back and hit me with a power that was so overwhelming. This entire story was so beautifully written, relaying between the different moments. I hate that Fred died. But before I get side-tracked by this depression, I must tell you what a fabulous author you are. Congrats on a LOVELY piece of work. And I love how the funeral is not the last chapter. And I love Fred Weasley. Always.Author's Response: As much as I love George, I also liked Fred more. I think JKR purposefully made him just a little bit more carefree, made his lines just a tad bit funnier, so that in our subconscious Fred's death might have slightly more impact than George's would have had. I really wish Fred hadn't died, but you're absolutely right - JKR is a genius for doing it. Every blow was perfectly unpredictable and heart-wrenching. I'm so happy that you enjoyed this story and thankful that this chapter in particular resonated with you, and I hope you like the next chapter. Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) Report Review
Well I finished your story yesterday afternoon. I have to say it is one of the best stories I've ever read, I think you're very talented. I wish you had of at least hinted at what each of them wrote on the little swans (which was an amazing idea) but leaving it open for our imagination was really amazing. I'm curious at what you pictured them writing. Anyways, I just wanted to let you know how happy I am that I stumbled upon your story, it was very moving and VERY well written.Author's Response: First of all, I want to thank you for coming across my story and giving it a chance, and for leaving me these beautiful reviews. They're very encouraging and they make me miss writing about Hollis. :') As for the swans, leaving it open to imagination was very important to me, so that everyone could decide for themselves what was said. But between you and me, I imagined that Hollis scribbled something slightly snarky in hers, but also affectionate, to let Fred know how she really felt; and in turn, Fred told her that he loved her. Which is why, while she was at his funeral, he felt like she needed to hear this again, and why that swan fell in her lap at that moment. Something to comfort her when she needed it the most. :)
Thank you so much! Report Review
Wow, I don't really know what to say that hasn't been said in the 25 reviews before mine. I cried over so many different things about this chapter. I can't get over how well you did at getting across the pain everyone was feeling. Well done. I was nervous about reading this chapter, I secretly hoped that you'd change it, but you did an amazing job. I'm sad I only have one chapter left.Author's Response: Thank you so much. This was the chapter I was dreading writing the most. Truth be told, it put me in a miserable mood for the rest of the day. I really wish he didn't have to die. :( Report Review
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