It took a long time for me to remember my username and password, but I signed in to tell you that honestly I think this is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. You've written it with such a balance of happy moments, dorkiness and sadness, and I've reread this so many times I've lost count.
Thank you. :)Author's Response: I am just floored right now. I've read this review before - many times - before responding to it, as I have all of them. And honestly, responding to these reviews has been so difficult that I've been putting it off for over a month in most cases. But thank you, thank you, thank you - for caring enough to read it all, for signing in, for reviewing, and for those amazing compliments. This was such a beautiful review, and it reminds me why I write. :) Report Review
Hi. I've been reading your story the last couple of days and I needed to tell you that I love it. I'm not sure if you'll ever read this review, but I had a very intense reaction to this chapter and I wanted to let you know. Great work, I can't wait to finish it.Author's Response: Thank you so much for telling me. :) And thank you for reading and reviewing. Report Review
wow I just . . . wow
I decided to stop reading this at 2am when my laptop ran out of juice but then snuck downstairs after an hour to grab my charger - I just couldn't resist (incidentally it's now 4am and I'm probably going to regret this tomorrow but it was just too good!)
I realised about half way through that you were sticking too closely to the books and some of the dates were in 7th year so he was going to die - it was like someone had punched me in the stomach; I couldn't breathe.
You captured it so perfectly - life, school, the carefree nature that you don't realise until it comes up against such a sharp contrast. I absolutely love that you didn't feel the need to include her in the major events of the book, that it's strictly the book but with someone else as the main character, someone normal. A backstory of a character that really deserves one, whose death is somewhat glossed over in the books (possibly because it would just be too achingly painful if she had let anyone dwell on it).
It was beautiful. Thank you.Author's Response: Thank you so much for that beautiful review. I am so, so pleased and so touched that you liked it so much. And I'm glad you didn't mind that Hollis wasn't someone more vital in the war, someone involved in the battle or a part of the DA, who had a bunch of important friends in the Harry Potter books. She was someone from the background, someone very normal who lived quite a different life than people like Harry, right at the center of things. She found herself crossing paths with Fred and things progressed naturally, but all the same, her life remained wonderfully ordinary up until the war. I was always so curious about the students like Dean who had to be on the run, who even though they weren't looking for horcruxes, were still in danger, still had lives of their own; and in Hollis's case, still in love. It had many sad moments, but for every sad moment there are many happier ones, and I loved writing all of them. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. :) Report Review
Aww. The ending is so sad. Amazing story, very creative and impressive manipulation of time and sequence. Awesome! I loved it, but it was so sad. I like Fred/oc, but I hate that he has to die! Great story!Author's Response: Thank you so much! Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a review. It was very lovely. :) Report Review
this story has is so beautifully written. fred. oh fred. im still in denial. hollis and fred are soo perfect the way they were portrayed. I wonder what the note says!Author's Response: Thank you! I'm a bit in denial, too. :'( As for the note, well, I have my ideas, but it's open to imagination. ^ ^
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This is my third time in life when I'm crying because of the book. The last time was when I was reading "Deathly Hallows" for the first time.
It was... beautiful, cheerful and sad, sometimes funny, but from the first line I was feeling this strange... pain in my throat. I was hoping that you'll change the history a little bit, but I think I'm glad you didn't. I'm really sad, but it was worth it.
You deserve more than that short review but I'm awfully tired and I have only five hours of sleeping (if this story will let me sleep at all). Also I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes.
NadiaAuthor's Response: I wish I could have changed the history, but I think part of the appeal for me of writing this story was the definite end of the journey always in sight, looming around the corner, a dark shadow that hangs over the blissfully unaware couple. We know what happens, but Hollis and Fred do not. Terrible things happen to innocent people, people with their whole lives ahead of them; it was painful to write but I'm so glad I did it and I'm even more glad that you liked it despite its ending. Thank you for reading and reviewing and for feeling emotion from this story, and for reacting to it. Report Review
Oh my god you've made me sob reading this story! Their relationship was incredible, the fact that it was so subtle andnothing definitely happening made it all the more stronger when they finally kiss! I was already crying at chapter 15 when she leaves him and oh god the funeral had me sobbing! But you did his character justice and this combined with the books just makes me go "WHY DID SHE KILL HIM?"Author's Response: If I could choose one character from the books who died, and bring them back, it would be Fred. It's just cruel to kill Fred and not George, you know what I mean? Kill both or don't kill either; but I think that's part of the reason why she did it. She knew it would incite a strong reaction. Thank you for reading and reviewing, and strange as this may sound, thank you for crying. Thank you for caring. :) I appreciate it so much. Report Review
So I just thought I would tell you that this was the worst chapter was the worst, but only because I cried so damn much. I was really impressed with how much emotion was evident in this; you have real talent.Author's Response: :( Sorry you cried! But then again, it means I did something right. So thank you. :)
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Ahah as predicted, I cried when I read this final chapter. I think it was the perfect ending as it leaves a bit of room for our own imaginations to fill in the blanks as to what was on the parchment that fell on Hollis' lap. And of course, it was great to see Fred once again.
I finished reading with a smile on my face, however with a tinge of sadness as the story was over. I have loved reading this story, and it is most definitely one that I will reread.
All the best for the future :)Author's Response: Whether you reread it or not, I am eternally grateful. Thank you so much for reading this, all the way through, and for reviewing, and for the compliments. I couldn't believe that so many people cried while reading it, and just knowing that they did has really made me love it more, and looking back I am just so glad that I wrote this story.
Thank you. Report Review
Oh my goodness. This was such a good fan fiction. I know that I haven't reviewed before, but I pretty much read this straight through. I skipped studying for my exams because I really just couldn't stop reading. Thank you so much!Author's Response: You skipped studying for your exams! Fred would be proud. Heehee, really though, that's very flattering and I hope you aced them, anyway. Thank you so much for reading and for reviewing this chapter. It means so much to me. :) Report Review
I told you I'd cry. And I did. Really beautiful.Author's Response: :') Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, and for reading, and for caring enough to have an emotional response. It means the world to me. :) Report Review
“Expulsion for every single Weasley in this school!”
Snerk. I can totally see Umbridge attempting to do that. She probably did, behind the scenes~
This is so cute and so much more serious than I'm used to with this story. Not in a bad way, at all, but there's actual romance and potential for loffs.
Also, the image of Fred sitting in WWW while Hollis is abusing the crap out of that quill is priceless.Author's Response: Lulz, I can totally picture Hollis abusing the crap out of that quill. It would be an opportunity difficult to resist. ^ ^ Thank you for reading and reviewing!! Report Review
This was an adorable chapter. :) It was a good way to end it, I think.
I'm so sad it's over! :( :( :( :( :( :( :( you created the cutest relationship ever between them, it is a shame it has to end. I look forward to "So, Professor..." so I won't have to say goodbye to Hollis quite yet, but I'm dearly going to miss Fred in her life.
Hollis is perfect for Fred! I have read several other fanfiction stories of Fred's love life, and none of it ever fit the bill. Hollis and Fred belong together!! Thier relationship just feels so real to me! Well done(:
I will sincerely miss following this lovely story. It has been very fun anticipating the next chapter, and freaking out when I saw you uploaded it, and racing to get my sister so we could read it together. Haha thank you SO much for sharing your fabulous writing with the world.
I will really miss So, Listen :(
But now I get to read your other work! :)
Thanks again for being so amazing!
Lydia.Author's Response: Thank you so, so much for reading this story and for taking the time to tell me how you felt about it. This review is completely amazing, I don't even know how to express my appreciation and thanks. I just love knowing that other people loved Hollis, that they had an investment in Hollis's life and her relationship with Fred. It makes it all the more real to me and it made it all the more enjoyable to write. And to hear that you and your sister read it together was amazing.
I've read several stories about Fred in various romances (most of them involving Hermione), but the relationship never seemed quite right to me. Therefore, I needed to make someone else to pair him off with. I had no idea that other people would be interested in reading it, and am so, so pleased with reviews like this, telling me that I got it right.
Thank you so much. Report Review
I am so behind on reviews for this story it is kind of pitiful. But I am back to review the fluff out of this story and it begins here.
This chapter was so silly and funny and cute. Fred, Lee, and George are truly the three musketeers and it's nice to see them together in fic as Lee always seems to be an after thought. Sad, when he is utterly hilarious most of the time. For example, this was my favorite line of the chapter:
“– or, you know,” Lee went on, “you could come over here and take a look for yourself. I’ve got loads of orifices that you could examine.”
TEEHEE He's so cheeky. I love it. ♥ ♥
Also, poor Wayne Hopkins but all the insults towards him made me giggle hardcore (which is kind of an oxymoron because there's nothing hardcore about giggling.) But I wish someone would send me notes telling me I looked lovely on a random Tuesday, for real.
A totally lovely chapter, but what else is new?Author's Response: Baww, thank you. :) I loved writing that chapter, it was one of my favorites. There's never enough Lee in fanfic, is there? The dynamic between Lee and the twins was hilarious in the books and I hoped to bring it to So, Listen... as realistically as possible, so I'm glad you enjoyed it. ^ ^ Report Review
nawhh it ended! :(
I was so hopeful it would continue and we wouldn't have to read that Fred died :( I also admit I was hoping that Hollis died so they could be together. But :(
It's a great story, the characterisation is brilliant and it is written in a really engaging way.
Look forward to reading the sequel (so, Professor) and if you do write the fic from Fred's afterlife - please include Hollis! For some reason, it wouldn't seem right without her in it! :P
Keira7794Author's Response: Just between you and me, I sometimes entertained thoughts of Hollis running off to the battle and dying, as well. Not seriously (because I already planned it out to the end and knew it wouldn't end that way), but just on occasion because I wondered what it would be like for her to sit in a chair at his funeral, immersed in Fred's death.
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. :) Report Review
Well I hope you are happy--you made me cry twice during the course of the story. Fred is one of my favorite characters and you portrayed him beautifully. All the hilarity with just enough sweetness--I totally believed it could have happened. Please, please, please make Hollis happy in "So, Professor..." ok? I couldn't bear it if she wasn't.Author's Response: Baww. I'm sorry for making you cry! Here's a consolation cupcake to hopefully make things better. ^ ^ So, Professor is a much lighter story, and she is indeed happier. It might seem bittersweet, coming off the back of this story, but I assure you that Hollis lives a very long, very happy life. Thank you so much for reading this story. Report Review
Thank you so SO much for writing this! Its been such a pleasure to read, every chapters been great and this ones no exception. You've woven Hollis' story in so well with the books I've found it easy to convince myself it all actually happened. I've loved the characters, the humour, the sadness and the fluffy happiness, so basically everything. I've never cried because of a fanfic before but with this story I find myself weling up at probably really odd times. You're a fantastic/ brilliant/ incredible author and I'm looking forward to reading all the rest of the little things with this story as well as anything else you come out with.
Thank you again a million times over for a wonderful story!!!Author's Response: I am just...wow. I am completely blown away by this review, and the reaction that this story has gotten in general. And if you were the only person who ever read it, I still would have written all of it, just because of this review and how much it touched me. Thank you so much for caring about Hollis and Fred and their story and for reading and reviewing. It's been amazing. :) Report Review
I... this is so strange. I have chills running up and down my arms and spine, and I think it's because I really sort of don't want to believe you've finished this story. And yet at the same time, I am so, so proud of you for having done so. :)
I remember when you first got the idea for this story (and now I feel like I'm making a speech!), and I knew -- I /knew/ -- right from the start that it was going to be great. Hollis is so you, there is no way that you could write her character with anything but the honest voice she speaks in, and the humor that you yourself possess (being one of the funniest people I know!). I see a lot of her in you, and you should take that as a compliment, for that's how I mean it. :)
But even more than Hollis, you've created this cast of characters that are YOURS, no matter if they appear in canon or not. Fred and George and Lee and Delphine, especially Delphine, are people I have come to love as though I really knew them, studied with them, spent time with them -- because I did, in a way, I suppose. Every time I clicked over to a new chapter, I was diving more and more into their world as a way to escape mine, if only for a bit, and I never expect to make such good friends with them in the process.
I think one of the best things about Fred and Hollis's relationship was that is was so /natural/. They were friends first and foremost, and I think that that was so important to how they grew up. Nothing was rushed, or hurried, or unplanned, and I have a lot of respect for authors who can write such a REAL relationship, especially in fan fiction. You have so much talent, and I do hope you realize that, because you are going to go so far. I mean it. :)
This was exactly the sort of closure that was needed, for Hollis and for us, the readers who have been following her and rooting for her since the very first chapter. I cannot express to you how much I have loved this story, and I know you're only going to get better. Look at what it's accomplished! Nearly a hundred favorites (as I write this) and over 200 reviews. A Snitch, featured story -- that's nothing to laugh at, that is ASTONISHING. There are going to be people who won't give this the credit it's due, but I want you always to remember what you've done and HOW AMAZING THIS IS. You have been here a /year/ and you have accomplished more than some have in five.
I love you, and your writing, and you some more. I cannot, cannot, cannot wait to see what's coming for you, because I know it's going to be spectacular. ♥Author's Response: without further ado:
He's got silky black locks
and eyes that snap like da wind
All the ladies love his argyle socks
His odor does not offend
He used to make things glow
in potions but now he's so over it
He's a cold gangster of the dark arts now, yo
And he's got swagger in his hips
Order up some hot Snape, rare
Cuz he's the llama's pajamas
He has wind in his hair and he just don't care
He's like everyone's fave drama mama
I'm so happy that this has finally come to a close. It really was a lovely way to end such a sad, sad story. I love your decision to end this fic on this note and not with Fred's funeral. It was so nice to see the little leaf/swan parchment notes, and the imagery of them floating into the night was gorgeous. It (to me at least) felt like a bit of each of their souls soared off with them, to be together forever. Very sneaky with the blue quill finally being given to Hollis. They're so cute and if Hollis magically appears in Fred's afterlife, I'll will be ecstatic. I'll save you from another whinge about how unfair the war was to those generations of witches and wizards, since you've heard it before. All in all, this is a beautiful story with gorgeous characters. I want to thank you, you and this story gave me the courage to believe I could write George.
Beautiful, sad to see it end,
MelissaAuthor's Response: MOLOSSO. ♥
Since you love me, you will excuse the ramblyness that will be this review response. When you mention the parchment birds flying away and likening it to bits of their souls - that's how I felt, too. This way, a small bit of their relationship will be immortal. And the blue quill! I own that the blue quill started off as an afterthought and gradually grew in importance, and it was fun to see everyone's various responses to the quill throughout this story. I'm eternally flattered and I feel very lucky to have gotten such support from you and for you to have reacted exactly how every author hopes another author they admire will react to their stories; it just blows my mind. And your George is boss - it's like you've been writing him for ages, you know him so well.
THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND
~golden girls theme song music~
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Ooh, that was the Nosebleed Nogut that Hollis told Fred she had tried out in an earlier chapter that had taken place a couple months later than this memory. Or I could only assume that's what it is. :P
Also, I really enjoyed the detail of Hollis's daydream in this chapter. You really went all out and it felt more like an action/adventure story for just a moment while the daydream lasted before going back to being a drama/romance story. And Fred won't let her live this down at all... he could just tell that she had daydreamed of him, just knew it. His teasing is so natural, as are Hollis's reactions to his teasing. Love it. Can't wait to continue reading onward. :) 10/10Author's Response: Yep, that's the Nosebleed Nougat!
I love writing action/adventure - it's probably my favorite thing to write. Unfortunately I couldn't incorporate much of that style into this story, but whenever I got the chance I sort of took it as far as possible. :P Ahh, the teasing and the blushing and the general pitter-pattering of hearts. -swoon- I thoroughly enjoyed writing Hollis in the OotP year and I'm thrilled that you liked this chapter! Report Review
Hahah, Hollis sure showed Fred she has the guts in her to give him a run for her galleons. I liked this chapter a lot, you managed to fit in what everyone thought of Harry Potter now starting at Hogwarts and another scene with Fred. I'm starting to really see how you're connecting each of these memories that Hollis has of Fred together, even if they are out of order still. It'll be really interesting once I get further in and start reading the chapters ahead that come after these first chapters, just too see it all start to fill in the gaps that are showing between memories. Over all, excellent chapter and I'm still enjoying this greatly. :) 10/10Author's Response: Hello again! Although the story is told out of order, they can be read in any order and still make sense. I pictured the story like flipping through a scrapbook - sometimes the pages stick together and you accidentally skip ahead, and then you come back and revisit a different time of life, and then you move forward again, and double back, etc. It was a new format for me to try and I really liked it. Report Review
I liked how diverse and plentiful this chapter is. The whole atmosphere of the day of the Yule Ball was recreated perfectly from the book, and I loved how you so easily inserted Hollis and Delphine into the snow ball fight.
Also, excellent job sticking with what we know of what happened at the Yule Ball through Hollis's observations, in addition to adding what we didn't see through another character's eyes. I love how George ended up with Angelina, and how he quickly pulled Angelina off with just one look from Fred in order to leave Fred and Hollis to their own devices. Great job there.
Lastly, I really love how you continue to characterise and write Delphine. She is as much developed as Hollis, as well as seemingly important to the plot. She's such a germ-o-phobe and hypocandriac (sp? not sure I spelled that right). But she has so many little quirks that it keeps the story amusing just to read what she'll do next time we see her in a scene. Such a great supportive character. Over all, lovely chapter and am looking forward to reading more soon. :) 10/10Author's Response: Immense apologies that it took me so long to get around to responding to the wonderful and unexpected reviews you left for me. Rereading them, I'm flattered all over again. ^ ^
The bit with George going off with Angelina at the Yule Ball stemmed from my general dislike of the idea that Angelina only ended up with George because he reminded her of Fred. George is amazing all on his own and I like to think that Angelina's relationship with Fred was always just a platonic friendship.
Delphine was a blast for me to write - she's the sort of nutty individual almost everyone can relate to, because most of us have to deal with various forms of Delphines in our lives. She's one of my favorite OC's that I've written.
Thank you so much for the lovely review. :) Report Review
Brilliant choice of a last chapter! Thank you so much for writing So Listen... it's been one of my favourite stories on here since I began to read it at the 7th chapter or something like that? You're such a brilliant author, and I hope you do post the one shot on Hollis soon... I'm very interested to know what you decided would happen to her! Can't wait for more of your writing, thanks once again for the amazing story!Author's Response: Thank you so much for being such a dedicated reader, staying until the end. I'm very glad that I could keep the attention span of so many people, and I'm so glad that this story resonated with you. Thank you so much for reading. :) Report Review
Oh wow, it's over :'(
Everything just wrapped up and got tied together eventually and it was so fascinating to piece their story together and view the whole picture in the end. The parchment was a lovely little touch, it made me smile. In fact, the whole story did! It holds this sense of innocence and honesty about it. I can't really describe it, but I can just feel all the playfulness, the banter, the laughs, the hurt, the love. I mean, we watched Hollis grow up, fall in love and then lose it. It was so real and I absolutely adore every single piece of it.
You really are an amazing writer and I'm looking forward to all the other little bits and bobs that you're going to write! :)
~Maddie xAuthor's Response: Thank you so much. Your reviews mean the world to me and they prompted me to keep writing and continue posting. It was a lot of fun to read them and I hope to see your name again someday on my author's page. ^ ^ Report Review
Wow. Its done. I remember when this storywas only one chapter and I thought, "This one's going to be wonderfuly awesome! " And it was more than that! Thankyou a thousand times for writing this! Definitely one of the best fan fictions I've ever read!! Deserves a million Dobby awards! As well as a million dollars xD Frollis Forever Author's Response: Oh my goodness, I want to hug this review and carry it around with me forever. A thousand thank-yous for still reading this story, seeing it all the way to the end. Thank you for taking the time to leave me such wonderful reviews. It's been so amazing.
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