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Review #26, by cherry_pop94 The Pavilion

31st May 2015:
Hi there Cassie! Iím here for our review swap.

Iíve had my eye on this story for quite a while now because Iím sort of working on a similar thing Ė rebooted fairy tale. Fairy tales are already so steeped in magic, that it seems perfect to write stories on them based in the HP world. Plus, the Founders era is perfect for mediaeval tales.

Your first chapter is really excellent. The description of Desiya is quite good and the setting as well. Youíve done a good job of showing this mediaeval castle in just a few sentences. One thing though, they didnít wear corsets until the 16th century. At this time, the women would have worn much looser clothing that didnít show off the figure as much. Still though, I thought this was quite good, especially the long curly hair. I thought that was a lovely touch and sets a very vivid scene.

The names you chose for the 12 princesses were all lovely, especially the touch about naming them in alphabetical order. I actually quite feel for the father character. Iím certain that he loves his daughters very much, but it must be so hard for him to lose his wife. Children often forget in tragedy that their parents are human too and need time to grieve. Iím sure the father is absolutely devastated by his wifeís death and is trying his best with his daughters, though his best doesnít seem to be enough.

And with 12 princesses, youíve done a splendid job of differentiating their personalities! Beaís inquisitive, Clara feels a world of responsibility, Desiyaís a dreamer, Gertieís sweet and innocent, Adella is sternÖ I love them all very much!

Iím curious, youíve said that this is an AU. Will there be mention of magic? Youíve already talked about the enchanted castle (obvious that enchantment didnít totally wear off yet, what with the secret passageway) and Helga has been mentioned as the girlsí governess, but are they witches?

Anyway, this was a really great first chapter and Iíll definitely be reading more of this! Adding it to my currently reading list now!

Thanks for sharing this!


Author's Response: Hello!
I'm so glad you chose to read this! And it's so cool that you're working on something similar!
I really don't have a specific time period in mind when writing this story, because I kind of want it to be a story where you could picture it happening in different times and places, so I didn't stick with super strict guidelines to keep it in line with a certain time period. I kind of add little bits of different times all in one story.
I'm so glad you like the names! I made up Dezzy's name, and the rest were ones I found after researching popular girls names from different time periods. It's really interesting to hear your thoughts on the girls' father, because if you decide to keep reading, seeing some more of him might change your opinions of him.
It's both hard and really fun to keep track of twelve sisters who are all quite different. I tend to focus on the older ones for that reason, so I'm glad you think they all have unique personalities!
This is AU, because like I said before, I mess around with time and place for the setting. I also change around the Founders' ages, and magic exists, but not all the Founders have it. I've tweaked their characters to fit with the Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, so they don't all meet and decide to build Hogwarts in this story.
I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Thank you for the great review!
Cassie :)

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Review #27, by Princesss The Pavilion

29th May 2015:
Ever since I was a kid I have always loved this fairytale as one of my favourites. It would never had occurred to me to mesh that with the Hogwarts world but now you've written this I see that it is a perfect match so thank you so much for writing this! I especially love that you have put this in the founders era.

The writing is really great, it gave a real feel for the piece. There are parts that could be slightly improved if you wanted to but otherwise it is perfect as it is.

The mystery at the end of this chapter will definitely cause me to continue to read, I need to know who was watching them. So far I am really loving this story as it realy is my personal cup of tea.

Overall a great story, thanks for writing it!

Author's Response: It's so nice to hear that you love the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale! It's one of my favorites, too. Most people that I talk to have never even heard of it, which is sad, because it's such a good one!
I'm really glad you enjoyed this first chapter. It was tough to introduce so many characters in one go, but I tried to put in a little mystery and whatnot to make things interesting.
If you do decide to keep reading, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed this! And thanks for the review!
Cassie :)

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Review #28, by Gabriella Hunter The Moment of Peace

24th May 2015:

BOO! Its been a long time since I've dropped by with a review for your story and it feels like a crime. You've left me countless reviews for mine and I have a long way to go before I can catch up!

You left me with a cliffhanger in the last chapter and I'm really glad to see that we're jumping right into the middle of it now. I was really nervous for Dezzy but my heart kind of burst out of my chest when Godric revealed that he loved her too! Ah! I wasn't expecting it and I have no idea what might happen to them after this! This scene was wonderfully written and I'm really happy for them but I'm worried about what her father will think if he finds out. Will he have Godric banished? Killed? What about the competition? What if Dezzy ends up married to some awful jerk? I hope you won't let that happen!

I thought the most touching thing about this chapter was the end. We know so much about Dezzy and her sisters but this last moment between herself and Addie was just beyond sweet. It's strange for siblings to see that they might branch away from one another and I was really touched by how worried Addie was of that. The distance would probably hurt her and it reminded me of Astoria and Emily for a moment. The worst thing is having your family taken away but I think that they'll stay strong, they'll have to with what their father has decreed.

I'll be back for more!

On my end, Abandon misses you and I have a new story up called "A Wedding". There's also a one-shot called Charlotte up there as well and plenty of other things to read! Hope to see you soon!

Much love,


Author's Response: Hi Gabbie!
I really do mess with poor Dezzy's emotions quite a bit. I knew from the beginning that she and Godric would come to love each other, but it's not going to be easy for them. There are a lot of people who won't approve of their being together.
I loved, loved, loved writing that last scene. I think Addie has to be so stern and strict a lot of the time just because she knows someone has to make the tough decisions for all the sisters. But she really does have their best interests at heart, and I wanted to show that here.
Thank you so much for the great review on this! I'm so happy to see you back here again!
Cassie :)

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Review #29, by Shadowkat The Pavilion

12th May 2015:
"What is this place," she asked.

Wait for it.


A second more...it's Narnia! XD

Okay, now this is interesting, obviously AU ...which makes me curious what exactly will we expect? I've been meaning to check this out, and now you may consider my internet effectively peaked. I'll have to come back later, you've simply left me with no other choice! Curse you and this spell you've placed, using my natural overly curious nature against me! Curse thee! XD

Author's Response: You're the second person to say that this reminds them of Narnia! Haha. I'm a HUGE Narnia fan, so I'll take that as a compliment!
Yes, this is AU, and it's based on the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm. If you know that story, that will give you some idea of what will happen in this story.
I'm so glad I caught your curiosity with this, and I certainly hope to see you back again! Thank you for the review!
Cassie :)

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Review #30, by marauderfan The Pavilion

1st May 2015:
Hey Cassie! I've seen this mentioned all over the place before, probably as it placed in the Keckers a few years ago, and I'm not sure how I've never read it before because I LOVE anything founders-era.

Okay, I know this is probably not even meant to be a major point, or that funny, but THEIR NAMES START WITH A B C D. hehehe :D ... but my silly observations aside, the opening to this is wonderful - I really appreciate your descriptions as I can so easily imagine this beautiful ball room and their fancy gloves and things, it's such a great image.

Omg, there are more alphabetical names. Haha, I love that more than I should.

THERE IS A SPIRAL STAIRCASE HIDDEN BEHIND A SECRET PANEL IN THE WALL. This is like all of my childhood dreams come true.

And it goes to a snowy forest? It just keeps getting better and better! Pretty sure they've ended up in Narnia.

Okay, now that I've gotten my capslock reactions out of the way, I can provide you with some more useful thoughts. I love the way you've started this. It has such a lovely old-fashioned feel, but it's not too stuffy which is something that can easily happen writing old timey things. Considering you've introduced so many characters in the first chapter, I'm really impressed with how you've managed to incorporate tidbits of their personalities so I feel like I can already distinguish between some of them. I'm really curious how they're all related to Rowena Ravenclaw, and interested to know more about their father. And of course, ALL THE THINGS ABOUT THE SECRET FOREST WITH THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE. Who's watching them? (my bets on Mr Tumnus)

Anyway, I think this is a wonderful start, and I've not seen any other fic quite like this, so I'm really excited about it. Thanks for the swap!!

Author's Response: Hello!
Haha, yes their names are alphabetical! Their mother thought it was funny, and their father thought it was practical to name them that way. (Also it helps me keep track of them all!)
Oh my gosh, your excitement about the spiral staircase and everything else they find is awesome. That's how I felt when I was writing it!
I'm really glad you like the tone of this. I'm trying to get that old-fashioned, fairytale feel, but have it feel a little modern at the same time, so it's easy to connect to the characters.
You'll find out how they're related to Rowena in a few chapters, but the other founders will come into the story even sooner!
Thank you so much for the review swap! I'm so happy you liked this chapter!
Cassie :)

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Review #31, by teh tarik The Christmas Gift

25th April 2015:
I, too, am SO glad that pompous, stuffy Whitaker is gone (for good, hopefully). UGH. Even if he really did earnestly try to find out the princesses' dancing secret, I doubt he would get close, given how interested he is in himself, and nothing and nobody else. And his view of the servants, and how being kind to them would mean lowering oneself to their level, or some awful stuff like that!

The rest of the chapter, after Whitaker, was fabulous. I LOVE the Christmassy atmosphere, the sweet heartwarming meeting and gift exchange between Godric and Dezzy (I would love to see these two have more scenes together! Though I know Dezzy won't be able to, not with Rowena watching her like a hawk). And the relaxed, cheerful scene between all the sisters, AND THE YUMMY CHRISTMAS DINNER FOOD. And old Rowena being a sourpuss as usual. On Christmas night as well! Bah, humbug to her. :P

Great chapter, Cassie! I'm so pleased I caught up with your fic at last. ♥ I'm also wondering how far into the story we are; are we approximately halfway or more/less? Awesome job; I've been following this fic for ages, and I've enjoyed every bit of it, along with the AU setting the characters so much.


Author's Response: Hi teh!
Yes, Whitaker is gone for good! But, unfortunately, there will be more suitors in the future... His view of the servants really is awful. I don't even want to think about the things he would say if he found out that Dezzy was in love with a stablehand!
The Christmas scenes were so much fun for me to write, even though it's a few months out of season! Haha. But I loved imaging such a fun, peaceful day for the girls, full of good food and laughter and time spent together. Plus, the gift exchange between Dezzy and Godric really made me smile while I was writing it.
I'm so glad you've read, reviewed, and thoroughly enjoyed every chapter of this story! It means so, so much to me! I really can't thank you enough! I'm honestly not sure how many chapters the story will be once it's complete... I post chapters as I write them, so I really can't say how long the story will end up being.
If you want a little something to tide you over until I update this, my one-shot Just A Governess is about Helga's friendship with Dezzy's mother :)
Thank you so much for the fantastic review, teh!
Cassie :)

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Review #32, by teh tarik The First Suitor

24th April 2015:
Hi again Cassie!

I'm slowly making my way through the rest of your chapters! :D

Uh, skipping to Lord Whitaker, because he is such a bore bahaha! Some poor woman actually has to marry him? This is unjust. :P And I can't help feeling furious at the king and Aunt Rowena for subjecting them to so much stress and inflicting all these suitors on them. I'm pretty sure more undesirable suitors will show up...sometime. :P

I absolutely love the enchanted forest and the pavilion scene. Some of your descriptions were beautiful. I loved the images of crystal flowers and gold fish swimming beneath the bridge. If you could add even more description to the whole scene, that would be great, because you've got such a mysterious and beautiful setting to develop. And ah, Salazar is as unreadable and as unsettling as ever.

I'm still wondering what is his game. I'm definitely more of a Dezzy/Godric shipper than a Dezzy/Salazar. :P

Such a lovely chapter, Cassie! ♥


Author's Response: Hi teh!
Lord Whitaker is definitely not the most attractive guy in any sense of the word. I feel bad for the poor woman who actually end up with him, too! As for the king and Aunt Rowena, their both a bit blinded by their feelings (must run in the family!), and can't really see how miserable this whole plan is making the girls.
I'm so glad you liked the pavilion scene in this. I'm really trying to keep the magic alive, especially since we're twenty-some chapters into the story by now. Oh, Salazar... He's nothing if not mysterious.
I'm so glad you enjoyed this chapter! Thank you for stopping by this story once again!
Cassie :)

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Review #33, by teh tarik The Moment of Peace

21st April 2015:
Hi Cassie! ♥

I am so back to reading this story! I'm sorry it's taken me ages, and I had to re-read the last chapter to remember where things were at. But I'm so glad to be back in the lives of Dezzy and Godric and Mistress Helga and all the other dancing princesses.

Oh my goodness, this chapter! The Dezzy/Godric ship has finally come to town and I love it. These two are so sweet together. ADORABLE. LOVE their conversation, and their confession of feelings for each other; I thought you wrote all of that so beautifully, and I'm hoping to see lots and lots more of these two together.

I also love the fact that despite Dezzy/Godric being slowly realised, you haven't forgotten about the other girls, and Dezzy's relationship with her sisters. The way the sisters treat each other is such a big part of this story, and I'm glad that Dezzy is receiving so much support from them! I also love the development of Addie's character with that bit of heartfelt conversation between Dezzy and Addie.

This chapter ends on such a wonderfully positive note! I loved this, and I'm so glad to be reading this story again. ♥


Author's Response: Hi teh! It's so lovely to see you back here again!
Yay Dezzy/Godric! I love writing them because it's just so fluffy and cute and romantic. And a nice break from all the drama happening in the rest of Dezzy's life! I'm so glad that you liked the way they confessed their feelings for each other, too. Dezzy has never really talked to men before, let alone fallen in love, so it takes her a while to figure out her feelings, and she honestly has no idea what she's doing when she tells Godric.
That moment at the end of the chapter with Dezzy and Addie was also very fun to write. Addie always has to be so stern and maternal, that I thought this would be a good chance for her to be more vulnerable and have Dezzy to lean on.
I'm so happy you enjoyed this chapter! Thank you for the sweet review!!!
Cassie :)

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Review #34, by teh tarik The Challenge

24th August 2014:
Hello Cassie!

After a long time, I'm finally back to read your latest chapter. :D And such a wonderful chapter this is! It starts off with that awful, tense dinner scene with the family, and that the lovely warm, fluffy Christmassy scene with Mistress Helga, and it got way more intense toward the end! I love Mistress Helga more than ever; the girls really, really need her - right now she's the only spark of brightness in their dreary lives. The Christmas decorating was absolutely wonderful, and the cookies and cocoa...gah!

And waah, this is where your fic starts to tie in with the twelve dancing princesses' fairytale, espcially with the challenge issued by the king. I love that we get to see the princesses' opinions about the whole challenge, or at least Dezzy's. In the original fairytale, there's none of this; the princesses are just dolls - ethereal and beautiful and silent. But I love that Dezzy is able to feel outrage at her father's decision.

AND DEZZY CONFESSED HER LOVE FOR GODRIC ASLKDJ;LDFKS;L Sorry, these two are the sweetest. And FINALLY. Why did you just stop there, Cassie!? :P Ah, that was absolutely gorgeous. Now you've got to update soon! I want to read more Dezzy/Godric!

I really enjoyed this chapter, Cassie! Lovely writing as usual! Hoping to see a new chapter soon. :)


Author's Response: Hi teh!
I'm actually a little embarrassed about how long it took me to respond to this. Oops.
This chapter was kind of jam packed with stuff, but those chapters are my favorite to write and read! Haha. I loved, loved, loved writing the scene with Mistress Helga. She's the only really parental figure the girls have, and her surprise was just another way to show how much she loves them. She knows that she could get in trouble for the lengths she goes to be kind to them and take care of them, but she does it anyway.
And the challenge is finally here! I loved writing that scene because it was so emotional for Dezzy. She and her sisters are being taught to show no real emotions so they can attract suitors, so letting Dezzy get all her feelings out was a big thing for her. And she FINALLY realized her feelings for Godric! Yay! Things with that will develop some more in the next chapter, so you'll get more Dezzy/Godric there.
Thank you so, so much for such a lovely review. It means so much to me that you've stuck with this story!
Cassie :)

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Review #35, by Gabriella Hunter The Challenge

22nd July 2014:

I'm back! I told you that I would be reading this next chapter and reviewing for you after that last one left me in a knot. Haha.

Dezzy's situation is pretty awful, I couldn't imagine sitting there with all of my sisters (If I had any, mind you) with my horrible aunt and scary father. I think that scene was written really well, the girl's unhappiness was something that was so clear but not over done. Some people would have went on and on and on about it but you just let the scene speak for itself and it was a great read. I feel sorry for the girls though and poor Clara, her spirit was all broken up about what Aunt Rowena had said to her.

The chapter had a great moment in the middle though with the girl's decorating the Christmas tree with Mistress Helga, it was a beautiful scene and I'm glad that the girls got some happiness out of it. Helga was being awfully bold with having them there though, I hope she doesn't get into any trouble!

That ending! How could you? Really?! I was feeling the love and being so happy for Dezzy and Godric and then you just had to throw in some feels. Hahahha. I think their father is taking things too far and I can't wait to see what the other girl's reaction to this challenge will be! Did their aunt put him up to this? Will he ever forgive them for dancing? Gah, I need to know.

And Dezzy confessed her feelings for Godric!!! How could you leave it there?! D': What will happen next?! Will we see Salazar again? Darn you for this! Hahaha.

So obviously, I loved this and can't wait for an update so don't hesitate to let me know!

Much love,


Author's Response: HI!
I always feel so bad when I stick the girls in a room with their aunt and father. The emotions and tension are always running very high, since they're feeling everything from awkwardness to sadness to anger (although it's usually just Bea who's angry). I tried really hard to make sure it wasn't overdone so thank you for noticing that!
I think poor Clara has more going on than people realize. She's so soft-spoken that I think she can be forgotten sometimes, but she really does play an important role in the Ravenclaw family. She is very mothering to the girls, and has a lot of compassion in her, but the flip side to being so sensitive to people is that she can get easily hurt herself. When Rowena tells her that she's wrong for doing the one thing that she really loves, it gets to her and she's not able to let that go.
Mistress Helga is one of my favorite characters in this story. She's so loving (and a lot like Clara, actually) and is very willing to take risks if it ensures the girls' happiness.
I loved writing that ending! I knew that when that scene came I wanted it to be a huge cliffhanger, because it's not something Dezzy, or Godric for that matter, is expecting at all. I wanted her to suddenly come to this realization that she loves him, say it out loud for the first time, and then leave it hanging there. I'm sorry that you didn't get his reaction but I couldn't pass up an opportunity for such a dramatic end to a chapter!
Hopefully I can update this really soon after the queue opens back up! Thank you so much for the wonderful review!
Cassie :)

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Review #36, by Gabriella Hunter The Nightmare

22nd July 2014:

I was just about to pop on over to read the current chapter when I realized that I hadn't left a review for this one! Gasp!

So I'm really feeling for Dezzy and the girls, Aunt Rowena's expectations of them are so high that she's intent on breaking them in order to get what she wants. D': I wonder how they'll break free from her? I want to hope for the best but she made me angry, telling Clara that she doesn't approve of her reading habits. And then Dezzy fainted from the stress of it all! What are they going to do about their father, I wonder, I noticed that she was thinking of his disappointment a lot and it made me so sorry for her. I hope he shows up in the next chapter so I can see how that develops.

The nightmare! Scary stuff! Poor Dezzy, I was really worried about her and the awful dream Godric just made me want to hug her. Does that speak of the future? Or is someone messing around in her head? The pull to go back to the pavilion is strong...I wonder if Salazar has something to do with that?! I'm going on to the next chapter now so see you then! Haha.

On my end, expect Abandon today or tomorrow and after that I'll try to get At Midnight or A Force of Wills up for you. Haha. D':

Much love,


Author's Response: Hi Gabbie!
Aunt Rowena really is awful, and is going to continue to push the girls to fit her expectations for them. Unfortunately, the girls' father doesn't see this as an issue, and so they don't have someone who can stick up for them. It's a really terrible situation, but the story will have a happy ending so it's not going to last forever!
I always find writing dream, or in this case nightmare, sequences really interesting, and trying to figure out what would shake Dezzy the most was a good opportunity for me to get to know her a little more! I think what we dream about can tell us a lot about ourselves, and in Dezzy's case that's definitely true!
I'm so glad you enjoyed this chapter! Thank you so much for the lovely review!
Cassie :)

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Review #37, by Gabriella Hunter The Nightmare

2nd March 2014:

Hey, I'm back! I'm really sorry that its taken me so long to get back to this story and leave you a review! You left me some really great ones and I wanted to return the favor! :D
So, I am so worried about the girls right now, I can't imagine what its like for them, having to suffer with both their aunt AND their father. The fact that he isn't concerned with how he's raising them and how absent he is from their lives just makes me so furious! I really felt terrible for Dezzy in this chapter, her aunt was really trying to shape her into someone that she isn't. I really liked that you showed how anxious and upset it was making Dezzy as the chapter went along, I had a feeling that all the stress was going to get to her at some point. And then, she faints! I was so worried that I thought she was going to be really sick! D':
And the nightmares...those were so scary and horrible to me. Her sister's walking away from her, Godric's cruelty and just the detail of it, I was able to really feel her pain. T-T
But you've got me curious about her sister's too, they each have such unique qualities about them and their own fears were subtle but really great to read. I can't wait for more! :D
I wonder what Mistress Helga has in store for them though? And what will happen with Godric? I can't wait for more, let me know when the next chapter is up so I can check it out!
Thanks for the great read!
On my end...I'll try to get something up soon, probably "Transparent" and at some point A Force of Wills. So, stay tuned!
Much love,

Author's Response: Hi Gabbie!
I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to respond to this but here I am! Haha.
Life with the His Majesty and Aunt Rowena really isn't pleasant, and the fact that their aunt is basically the one now raising the girls, and that she's doing it in such an awful way, is just one of the ways that this story is going to keep getting darker. Dezzy fainting was just the tip of the iceberg!
I love writing dream sequences, and this was no different! It was interesting for me to take things that Dezzy finds the most joy from and twist them into something scary. Especially the part with Godric, because he's been such a good friend for poor Dezzy.
I'll keep checking for updates from you and I'll let you know when I've finally written something!
Cassie :)

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Review #38, by teh tarik The Nightmare

19th February 2014:
Hello Cassie! ♥

I'm a bit late in reading your latest chapter but at last I'm here! :P There's just been so much going on, both in RL and in the forums and I haven't found the time to read and review much over the last few weeks or so.

Wow, I loved this chapter! The girls' lives are becoming increasingly miserable under Aunt Rowena :( To the point that even reading is frowned upon by this merciless aunt of theirs. It's so sad to see how they're being trained, fitted and moulded into the roles of perfect wives and princesses - the purpose of their entire existences reduced to attracting suitors and subsequent marriage. It's so terribly sad how unloved these girls are :( I know I keep saying "at least they have each other", but in this chapter, it's clear that the strain of their situation is really beginning to affect them individually. Dezzy, in particular, feels so alone.

The nightmare was absolutely crepy. You wrote this so so well, my dear! That's the thing about bad dreams/nightmares - they cannot be controlled and they take elements of our lives which are familiar and good and twist them into terrifying things. And the worst nightmares often stay with us long after we've woken up, and they begin to affect our perception of the world around us, and we start questioning the things we've always considered to be good. That's how I see Dezzy's dream, and how frightened and unsettled she is. Her dream has really turned good, sweet Godric into a cruel mocking monster, made her doubt him in real life when she wakes up. I'm theorising a bit here: maybe the nightmare is somehow related to Salazar and that mysterious bracelet?

Such an intriguing chapter, Cassie! I really loved this, and I'm glad this has been updated. Hope to see the next chapter up soon, lovely! ♥


Author's Response: Hi teh!
The girls' lives with their aunt and father is really terrible, and it was really important to me that it did feel tense and strained. It's not this huge sudden change that feels like the end of the world (even if Bea and Ettie try and make it sound like that), and the effects of the girls' new daily routines affect them very gradually. Honestly, a lot of it comes down to the fact that as they have things taken away from them, they just get too tired to really fight back. It's really sad, and sometimes it's hard to write, but their bleak everyday lives make the bright spots that much better for them. I think one reason Dezzy feels so alone is that she doesn't feel like she can always confide in her sisters without being judged or pushed into following advice, and that's part of the reason Salazar and Godric are so appealing to her. They both have a certain distance from what's happening, and can hear what she tells them with fresh ears.
I love writing dream, or in this case nightmare, sequences, and this was no exception! Dezzy's nightmare was interesting for me to write, and I wanted it to feel kind of like a sensory overload. There's just too much happening at once and she doesn't know how to cope. And then having Godric mock her really is what haunts her. Like you said, it makes her question what she has and what's real.
I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this chapter, and I hope you like where this story goes in the future!
Cassie :)

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Review #39, by Hmscherer The Letter

16th February 2014:
Ahh I see sorry for the previous comment I thought you were going to make dezzy be one of the founders my apologies

Author's Response: No, Dezzy is not one of the founders, but they will all be introduced into the story over time. Thank you for reading and reviewing!
Cassie :)

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Review #40, by Hmscherer The Pavilion

16th February 2014:
Raven laws first name was rewenya or something like that all the founders first names started with the same letter as their last names

Author's Response: Dezzy is actually related to Rowena Ravenclaw, which you will find out more about later in the story! Thank you so much for reading!
Cassie :)

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Review #41, by Santa The Letter

28th December 2013:
My favourite clothes has to be "I'll make sure to let you know before running off and having eight children with anyone". Haha! (Paraphrasing, I know, but I'm in too much of a hurry right now to look up the actual quote. Nonetheless, it made me laugh! :D)

I like Helga more and more - I'm so happy to see that she's on the girls' side, and if she likes Godric, that makes me even more sure that he's a good friend!

As for the king's letter, I can definitely see why it upset everyone. It was very harsh and cold, and I really hope he'll warm up to his daughters again somehow. Maybe his sister can help him with that? Speaking of Rowena, yes! It's finally been revealed. I kept thinking that she'd end up being a sister to Dezzy, but if they'd keep the alphabetical order thing going, that would mean that the king would have to have lots of daughters before getting to 'R'. So Rowena being their aunt makes a lot more sense, and I can't believe I never thought of it. I'm excited for her arrival, and to read more. Now I have to rush but expect me back again very soon. I loved this chapter as much as the other ones and I honestly cannot wait to continue reading this story. I love the whole magical, fairy tale, princess theme, it's really incredible and your writing is so lovely to read, so light and with such an amazing flow to it!

(And btw, since I forgot to say it in my last review: Merry Christmas! I hope you've had a lovely time!)

Author's Response: I loved writing that line so I'm glad you thought it was funny! There aren't too many times I get to write really funny bits in this story, so when I can it's a lot of fun!
Helga is the only real mother figure the girls have, and she cares about them more than anyone. She's one of my favorite characters to write!
The King's letter was difficult for me to write, because I wanted to get the harshness across, and really show how he's been changed by grief. He doesn't really show affection anymore, which I think is sad, but I think it's almost worse that Dezzy expects it from him.
I hope you like Rowena when you meet her! Thank you so much for all the reviews you've left on this story. They really mean a lot to me, and I'm so glad you've enjoyed reading it!
Cassie :)

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Review #42, by Santa The Library

28th December 2013:
So the days before Christmas got extremely busy and I didn't even come close to reviewing all the chapters before that, but I'm back again now. And this chapter was definitely worth waiting for! I love how you further developed Dezzy's relationships both with Slytherin and Gryffindor. As for Salazar, I still don't trust him. I have a feeling that he's trying to make her fall for him in an attempt to trick her into freeing him from the pavilion. (i'm still very interested in finding out if he did something really terrible to be locked in there. Maybe it has something to do with why no one is magical anymore?)
So since I don't trust him myself, I can definitely see why Dezzy's sisters are worried about her being alone with him.

And like I mentioned in the last review, I really think having Godric Gryffindor for a friend will prove to be good for Dezzy. So I'm obivously thrilled to see how lovely he was to her in this chapter and that her sisters approve of them being friends. I am a bit worried that her father won't be as understanding, though, if he ever finds out. I love how Dezzy's sisters always make up these romantic stories, by the way! It's so cute and it always makes me laugh a little :)

Anyway, this was a really great chapter. I like this story even more for each chapter that I read, and I'm still so intrigued by it! it's really sweet and light, and easy to read, but also full of mysteries! I love that!

Author's Response: Hello!
I'm so glad you liked this chapter! I liked when Slazar and Godric are in the same chapters, because they're so different, and the contrast between the pair is really interesting, especially because they don't know the other exists. Salazar is really fun to write simply because I don't give you guys very much information about him, so I can hint at things without really giving anything away. And I love Godric! He's just what Dezzy needs, and really wants to be her friend and make sure she's happy.
Thank you so much for a great review!
Cassie :)

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Review #43, by Santa The Stable Hand

19th December 2013:
Well, I've got some times between wrapping physical Christmas presents, to get back to this one already! And the first thing that struck me about this chapter was that first paragraph - as soon as I read that, I just had to stop and read it again. It was absolutely perfect. I can't stop praising your descriptions, and I find myself falling more and more in love with them :) Sorry if I'm being repetitive, but I think that is a very important part of the story, because it helps the reader really get into it and visualize everything, and you're doing a wonderful job on that part!

And then you introduced Gryffindor, which made me really happy! I instantly liked him, and I do hope that Dezzy does make friends with him. She mentioned Slytherin's kindness, and I know she's a little infatuated, but I feel like Salazar is being kind for a reason. He probably wants something from the girls - maybe their help to escape the pavilion? I don't know, I just have a bad feeling about it. And now she's going there alone! I think it might mean trouble. Which is another reason why I really want her to make friends with Godric, because I feel like he could be the one to save her from Salazar, if needed.

I noticed one small typo, in the second paragraph: "see of Sebastian had returned" (if)

Anyway, this was another fantastic chapter, probably my favourite one so far! For each one that I read, i Just like the story more, and I look forward to whenever I'll have a moment to read the next one :)

Author's Response: Hi!
I'm so glad you liked Godric! He's really fun to write because he's such a goofball, and doesn't treat Dezzy like she's made of glass, just because she's a princess. It's a refreshing change from her daily life, and she really needs someone outside of the drama of being royal! Haha.
Thank you so much for the compliment on my descriptions! I love getting to go into detail about everything I picture in my head while writing this, so the fact that you've enjoyed it as well means so much to me!
Thank you again for the lovely review! I'm thrilled you like this story!
Cassie :)

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Review #44, by Santa The Fan Dance

19th December 2013:
Hello again! I'm back for another chapter :) Once again, you certainly haven't disappointed me, and I'm so glad that this is the story I picked to read of yours! The flow is so perfect, and whenever I read it, I don't really feel as though I'm reading. I just find myself sucked into it throughout each chapter. I wouldn't consider your chapters very long, but I think it's absolutely perfect that they aren't. I've mentioned before that I love the fairytale feel to this story, and I think that the shorter chapters only add to this - it's like when you're little, and your parents read you a bedtime story. You only get a small portion at a time of the story, but that's half the charm of it, in my opinion. So I think it works really well for this type of story, and nothing feels stretched out, which is great. I think you've got just the right amount of attention to details and descriptions! :)

As for this chapter, it was nice to get to see Helga. I think I spied some Hufflepuff traits in her wanting the girls to stay loyal to their father. Speaking of the traits of the houses at Hogwarts, I'm quite suspicious towards Slytherin. After all, what we know about him from the HP books isn't all that good, and while Dezzy looks like she's about to develop some romantic feelings for him, I have a feeling that he's not all pure and innocent, and I hope he won't hurt her!

I think that the conflict with the father is written very well. It's very touching to see how much it upsets all of the sisters, and him not wanting to speak to Dezzy because she looks like her mother is a great way of showing both his love for his late wife and a flaw in his character, rather than just telling the reader about it. So good job there!

I might have said it before, but if that's the case then I'll repeat myself; this story is so well written and I can feel the time and effort you have put into it. Than you for writing and sharing it, and expect to see my back very soon (maybe even later today. After all, I've got 13 more chapters to read and not even a week until Christmas. But I am determined to get it done by that!) See you soon :)

Author's Response: Hello again!
I'm so glad you enjoyed this chapter! I love writing the founders because I can bring in traits that are associated with the Hogwarts houses, but can still make them my own, too. Helga is so sweet, and is the mother figure for the girls since they lost their own mother, which makes her really special to them. And Salazar is my man of mystery! He's a blast to write!
The girls' father is very complicated, and he is very flawed. It makes him hard to write sometimes, because he's hard to sympathize and empathize with, but I'm glad you can see how much he loved his wife through that!
Thank you for another wonderful review!
Cassie :)

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Review #45, by Santa The Second Night

17th December 2013:
Hi there! I am back, and I'm very happy about it. I loved this chapter even more than the first one :)

So mystery man is Slytherin! I love your characterization of him in this chapter - he's still very mysterious, and I can't wait to find out more about his story and why he was trapped in the pavilion. You've definitely kept my interest so far, so good job there! You've also done a really good job of portraying everything through Dezzy's eyes. I like the little details, like how she's embarrassed by the fact that her ankles are showing, and how they all make a point not to where their nightgowns when they go back to see him again. That made me giggle a bit :)

Another thing that really stood out to me was how believable Adella is as the oldest sister. I feel like she's the typical older sibling and that you've really captured all those traits in her. Personally, I happen to be the youngest sibling, but if I look to my circle of friends, I think it's quite easy to tell who's the older sibling and who's the younger in their family. (I feel like this was a little babbling but I hope you get what I mean anyway!) It was a really believable portrayal of an older sibling who doesn't want to do anything they're not allowed to (but even though this story takes place hundreds of years ago, the younger siblings knew back then too how to corrupt her and convince her to disregard their father's order, haha..)

I think that one of my favourite things about this story is that it has such a fairy tale feel to it! That is obviously the point, because it's based on a fairy tale, but I just wanted to tell you that you've definitely succeeded. It's also something that fits so well into the hP universe and especially the founders era, I tihnk, because it took place a long time ago, like most fairy tales do.

I did notice in a few places that you had written "it's" when it's supposed to be "its". For example, the pavilion and "it's host". It's a very minor thing, but like I mentioned in my last review, I know it can be difficult to spot in your own text after a while :) Other than that, this chapter was really, really good, and I look forward to reading the rest of them!! :)

Author's Response: Hello again!
We now have two of our four founders! I love writing Salazar because you know so little about him, and I can reveal his character bit by bit. He really is quite mysterious, but that's part of why I love him so much, and why the girls (particularly Dezzy) are so intrigued by him!
The part with the nightgowns made me smile, too. It was a tiny detail that I wanted to include just to get more of a sense of the social rules of the period in which the girls are living.
Addie is so much fun to write! She really is strict with her sisters, but she just wants to take care of them. Since their mother died, and their father really isn't around, the older girls really act as parental figures for their younger sisters. I'm so glad you believed that she was the oldest, and that her relationships with her sisters felt real!
I'm so, so glad you've enjoyed this story, and that it feels like a fairytale! I love writing, so hearing that people like reading it makes me really happy! Thank you so much!
Cassie :)

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Review #46, by Santa The Pavilion

16th December 2013:
Hi there, it's Santa here! As I'm sure you're aware, I spend most of my time in the North Pole, but our paths may have crossed in the Hufflepuff Common Room... Anyway, I am here to read and review this lovely story, and as long as my elves keep up the job in my workshop, I should be able to do all sixteen chapters by Christmas!

I haven't read The Twelve Dancing Princesses, so I don't know how much of this story is based on that, and how much of it that is yours, but after reading this first chapter, I am very intrigued! I am very curious to find out Desiya's relationship to Rowena Ravenclaw, but I suppose it will be explained later on in the story. Also, Helga Hufflepuff being their governess fascinates me, and I can't wait to see more of her character, and how she'll go from that to founding Hogwarts (if that's part of this story. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it is).

Twelve sisters is a lot of characters! Again, I don't know if this idea is yours or the Grimm Brothers', but naming them in alphabetical order is brilliant, because it helps the reader keep track of them. I wasn't confused at all, so good job on that! Although it might take me a few more chapters to learn all of their names ;)

There are so many things I want to learn more about: this silver forest that they found, their father and his grief, and obviously, the question of who was watching them dance. And how the forest is connected to their palace. So to sum things up I have to say it's been a highly successful first chapter, because I can't wait to read more!

One of my favourite things about it, though, is something I haven't yet mentioned: your writing style. It fits this era so perfectly, and I feel as though each word has been carefully selected to do just that. It is great and I honestly felt as if I was reading some old, classic literature! Your descriptions were wonderful and perfect in amount - not too little and not too much, which can be tricky. So good job there too! All in all, I think that this was a terrific first chapter that you should be very content with. I noticed one typo in the first paragraph: "her hazel eyes *shone* brightly." (Everyone does it, but I thought I'd point it out-I find that I just go blind when it comes to my own writing and easily miss out on them, so sometimes I need a fresh pair of eyes to help out).

Like I said, great chapter and great writing! I look forward to reading more!! Duty is calling right now, though - I've got lots of toys to make before Christmas is here!

Author's Response: Hello!
I'm so, so happy you enjoyed this first chapter! It was a lot of fun to write, and I'm thrilled that it kept you interested, since I had quite a lot of introductions to do with twelve sisters involved!
Naming them in alphabetical order was something that I've seen done in other adaptations of this story, and in the Grimms' version I don't think the girls are even named. Probably because there are so many of them!
Thank you so much for the compliment about my writing style! I love this story because I get to use lots of description and classic fairytale elements that would seem over the top in a modern setting. I just have a really clear mental picture of the girls' bedroom and the forest and the dresses they wear to name a few things. I'm thrilled that I made that come across in writing and that you enjoyed it!
Thank you so much for the lovely review!
Cassie :)

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Review #47, by teh tarik The Consequences

1st December 2013:
Cassie! ♥

Wow! It's been ages since I read this fic, and I'm so SO glad you updated! I really do love this, the AU-ness of it and the fairytale premise...I've probably already said all of this in my previous reviews. But yeah, just...coming back to this story after so many months feels great. Your chapter lengths though short are perfect for this story, and the pacing is great.

I was really intrigued when Dezzy spoke of the king to her sisters, "That was not our father." I was wondering what on earth she could have meant by that; does she simply mean that grief and solitude and mourning for his dead wife has turned him into a completely different person, someone who is cold and controlling and completely uncaring of his daughters' feelings? Or did she mean that there is something more sinister at play here, that something or someone is influencing their father (could be Aunt Rowena ahah! I dislike her more and more with each passing chapter), slowly changing him into a more heartless figure? Speaking of Rowena, I never thought she would be trivial enough to resort to spying on her nieces. Ugh.

And wow. Dezzy is ill. This 'tiredness' of hers, I was wondering, could it have anything to do with the bracelet Salazar gifted her? After all, she slips it on unthinkingly, and perhaps it's possessing her, probably leaching away her energy slowly. Maybe Salazar is slowly absorbing her life and energy, growing stronger so he can break free from that mysterious place he seems to be trapped in. CREEPY. Or maybe I'm just imagining things and that I'm actually nowhere close to guessing.

At any rate, I loved this chapter, Cassie! Great work as always, and I hope you update this story soon! ♥


Author's Response: Hi teh!
It has been so long since you left this review, I'm a little embarrassed that I'm just responding to it now! Life just got crazy and busy for a while!
When Dezzy is talking about her father, she is really thinking about the way his grief has affected him. It's been really interesting for me to play with, especially in contrast to how this sisters are doing when they were grieving for their mother at the same time their father was grieving for his wife. The different ways they've coped with it, and how different people deal with tragedy, is really fascinating to me, and it's been fun to experiment with! And Aunt Rowena isn't helping the situation at all! She has no shame when it comes to getting what she wants, and will most definitely get a servant to spy on the girls for her.
Dezzy's tiredness is another thing I'm really enjoying working with. All the circumstances of her life are a lot for her to handle, especially because she bottles things up more than some of her sisters. She has a lot on her mind all the time, and is being pulled in a million different directions because of it, so in the future we will continue to see how that affects her!
I'm so, so glad you enjoyed this chapter and have stuck with me during my little hiatuses! I promise there is more of this story to come!
Cassie :)

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Review #48, by Gabriella Hunter The Consequences

27th November 2013:

Hey there, I told you that I'd be back and here I am with your review. I've missed reviewing so much and annoying people...
I am so glad to know what's going on with the girls this time but I'm horrified by what actually happened. Dezzy's father is terrible! What on earth has happened to him? I can't believe that he had them stop taking their lessons with Helga! God, I didn't see that one coming, I sort of thought that he would just sit there and glare at them, possibly say how worthless they were. Which, I guess, he sort of did in a rather eloquent way that my characters can't quite seem to grasp. Anyway, I was really feeling for the girls and the way you described the scene and Dezzy's nerves was just perfection. I could barely draw in a breath reading it and at the end, I had this really awful feeling. What's going on with her?!
But anyway, I love the bit with Bea, she showed some real heart and caring. It was a moment that was both tender and a bit sad, considering how their father treats them and I can't wait to see what happens next.
I think, out of all this I caught two grammar things but that's about it! Otherwise, it was gorgeous and I'm really hoping you'll update soon!
Now, on to Holding On and your one-shot!
Much love,

Author's Response: Hi Gabbie!!!
I'm so glad to see you back here again! Your reviews are always so wonderful!
The king is really hard for me to write sometimes, and this was one of those times. He is so cruel to them, but the hard thing about writing that is justifying everything that he does. He's not cruel for the sake of being mean, he really thinks that structuring every single thing in the girls' lives will make it easier to deal with the passing of their mother. The problem is that he doesn't want to think about her at all, because it hurts, and that grief has taken his intentions way too far. In a twisted way, he does think he's helping everyone, including himself, but he can't see that he's actually hurting his own daughters. And, of course, Rowena really doesn't help. Between the two of them, I really think she's the nastier one!
I loved writing the moment between Dezzy and Bea. The sisters really do take care of one another, and I wanted to show how much they love each other.
I'm so happy you enjoyed this chapter! Once life isn't so crazy for me, I'll definitely get caught up on your work! Thank you so, so much for the review!
Cassie :)

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Review #49, by MrsJaydeMalfoy The Governess

9th September 2013:
Ack, a Clyffie! Oh no! How did he find out?!? I hope it wasn't the chamber maid with the slippers again!! :( That's so sad! I'm really worried about what's going to happen now!

And there are no more chapters for me to read and review right now! :( Please update soon!! ♥

Author's Response: The King's response will not be good, and things won't improve for the girls! I am going to try and update as soon as I can! Thank you for reading and reviewing!
Cassie :)

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Review #50, by MrsJaydeMalfoy The Bracelet

9th September 2013:
*Gasps* Dun dun DUN!! I had a feeling something like this was coming from the moment Salazar was mentioned, but with the way he's been so kind, I completely forgot about it! I'm wondering if the bracelet is a horcrux or something... OH I really hope nothing bad happens!

*Scurries off to next chapter*

Author's Response: Salazar is really mysterious, which is just the way he likes it, so you'll just have to wait to see what he's up to!
Cassie :)

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