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Review #26, by xxstaindrosesxx Save Him

28th June 2012:
I was a bit skeptic about reading this at first due to the length being exactly 500 words, but it is wonderful.

I love the way you managed to capture such a touching idea in so little length. At first I had gotten the impression you were discussing James and Lily with Harry inside of Lily, especially with the whole flying on the toy broomstick and what not, but I looked at the story facts beforehand, so I knew that wasn't the case. It almost felt as if you were trying to compare the two, that perhaps they had similar lives growing up, just in terms of the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. I really enjoyed that concept quite well. I'm not sure if that's what you were going for, but that's how it seemed to me.

I love it, that even back then, Narcissa was trying to protect Draco, and it was Lucius who continued to say no, to reassure her that they would be alright. Good follow through with that, and a nice tie in.

Overall, I'm actually quite glad I read this story. Good job!

Author's Response: Okay, I must have forgotten that pesky submit button because I was sure I responded to this.

Anyway, I'm so glad you liked this! And as for comparing them, I actually started this piece with the idea of it being Lily and James, then changed it to the the Malfoys.

And, if we are being totally honest here, I was hoping to trick a few readers who didn't look at the descriptions into thinking this was the Potters ;)!

I'm so happy you liked this! Thank you for the lovely review!!


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Review #27, by Ever Save Him

27th June 2012:
Lucius/Narcissa is awesomeness with a cherry on top!

I think it was great and full of emotion, but the only thing I would recommend is actually addressing the characters. If i hadn't read the pairings, I would have had to assume who it was;P

Good story!



Author's Response: haha no no you were suppose to assume! I'm so mad that I had to pick characters, I want to lie and put nothing! haha! It was actually written to seem like it's reflecting the Potters discussing the Order, then the ending being a bomb shell when she says 'Draco'.. maybe I'll edit it so that you can't see who the pairing or characters are.. haha

Thank you so much for your review, darling!

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Review #28, by Cleopatraa Save Him

24th June 2012:
Seeing I also have wrote some one shots for the Every Word counts challenge I was curious how you wrote it. And you did make every word counts I actually thought it was about Lily and James Potter at first so I was pleasantly surprised it was about Lucius and Narcissa instead. Especially because I like Slytherin characters more and because I was so cleverly deceived into believing it was an completely different pairing till the bitter end. But I do admit what you wrote also fits Lucius and Narcissa extremely well. Itís just they arenít the first couple you would think of when reading this.

I loved the emotions in this one shot as youíve shown the people that the Malfoys are truly human and not some kind of robots, especially Lucius because I always did thought he really loved his family. Even though he was a death eater. That doesnít mean he canít love his family. After all nobody is completely evil ( though Voldemort and Bellatrix are very close )

You really did a great job!


Author's Response: I am so happy that you liked this one shot! And making you believe it was the Potters up until the very end was exactly my goal, I can't tell you how happy I am that it seems to be working ;)!!! I would never write Lily and James so very out of character!

Lucius and Narcissa got tangled up in a very dark world, and I don't believe that it simply happened by him saying, alright I'm a death eater! I think once Draco was part of the picture, it would have raised a lot of doubts.

Anyway, I am rambling, thank you so much for your review!

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Review #29, by StormThief17 Save Him

17th June 2012:
Wow. Just wow. That was great!! I thought it was Harry the whole time! I guess that's what you were going for ;) I was about to leave a review about how James and Lily were so out of character and it was confusing and stuff, but instead I have to say that was brilliant. It totally threw me off at the end. And it makes a lot of sense now, their words and emotions. It was very nice to see their side of things! It made me think about how similar the Potters and the Malfoys' situations were. Nice job!!

Author's Response: Ahhh I'm so excited you jumped into it without checking the characters! And yes, that was the goal. I had an evil smile on while I was watching people react to the thought of this being Lily and James. It was so hard to pick vague enough words to not destroy that idea, but to fit in with Lucius and Narcissa.

Thank You so much for your review and for falling for my trap ;). If I EVER get anyone as out of character as J and L would have been if this was them, I'd want you to rip my piece to..well... pieces ;)!

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Review #30, by charlottetrips Save Him

16th June 2012:
I think the thing that stands out most to me in this succinct one-shot was the emotions. You managed to bring those out and make it clear though the format was mainly dialogue. It takes more than a little skill to actually fit something relevant into 500 words and you managed to do that here.

I did spot some spelling and grammar errors but, as I am currently on my iPad which is not conducive to copy-pasting, I will trust your eyes or perhaps that of a quick beta to help you spot it.

I also had a little bit of a confusion as to what emotion Narcissa is trying to display in the 1 year later section. I becomes clearer as they continue talking but initially, she is yelling yet also trying to hold back laughter while being angry at the same time? Anyway, that was the itty bitty point I had a problem with.

The Malfoys, to me, came off largely family oriented in the books. Now whether that was family pride or family affection is something fanfic writers take liberty in exploring. Sometimes, passing off their actions as affectionate can seem false. That is not the case here.

Thinking of Lucius and Narcissa as these young parents so in love with their child that they would do what they can to protect's believable and sad because of that.


Author's Response: Power and green can take people over, I believe there was a time before that got the best of Lucius Malfoy, and he really thought he was giving his child the best chance possible.

I'll look through it for typos, thank you :)!

I think the confusion is how I have it set up. At first it's just a playful afternoon with Draco messing around on a toy broom, then her curiosity gets the best of her and she asks if they have a new mission from Voldemort. Voldemort has given them a bit of 'free time' but also hints to the future of bringing Draco into their ring of Death Eaters. This is what starts devastating Narcissa and when the yelling starts.

I'll have to go back through that and see if I can smooth it out without adding to the 500 word count!

Thank you so much for your review!

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Review #31, by CherryBoom Save Him

13th June 2012:
Hi! I really loved the idea of showing that parent's love is unconditional, even if you happen to be a death eater. It's good to smudge the line between good and evil, it makes it more real. Real people after all make bad choices and good choices daily, the effects of such actions just vary. =)

Dialogue was wonderful, it was a real discussion and very emotional. I loved it. =)

Author's Response: I don't know how I didn't respond to this! Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the review, I am so happy the discussion seemed real and that Lucius and Narcissa came off as exacltly what they were, parents.

I still can't believe I forgot to respond to this, that little submit button gets the best of me sometimes.

Thank you for bringing a smile to my face once again, it was so nice reading back on the review (and replying to it)!

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Review #32, by WitnesstoitAll Save Him

13th June 2012:
ooh. Very clever. I like what you did with this. The entire time I was reading I was thinking Lily/James. Which I'm so glad it wasn't... my canon-sensitive heart was balking at the characterization of them. Lily and James -- their reluctance and bitterness. And I was like WOAH. ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT DUMBLEDORE LIKE THAT? and was all ready to type out this nicely worded reviews chalk full of gentle, constructive criticism -- and then BAM. You pulled the old switcheroo and suddently, everything made sense and fell into place and my need to defend canon fell to the wayside because this, this was VERY well written. I think you did a great job with the Malfoys characterization without giving it away. Gah. I can't even find the right words to praise you with, but well done... very, very clever trickery on your part.

Touche. I was very impressed with this.

Author's Response: I wish I had a 'reading reviews camera' so you could have watched my face while I read this!

I am so ridiculously ecstatic that I tricked you!! The fact that I had to list charters is killing that sense of trickery for most people's readings. I don't really look at the characters when choosing a story to review, I just read the summary, and I'm so happy you seem to do the same!

Really, this idiotic looking huge smile is still plastered on my face from your review.

It took so much of my (already lacking) self control to not give out more of them by their characteristics, trying to keep their sentences vague and such. Good thing it was the 500 world challenge so I could get away with giving little detail ;).

Thank you for your extreme smile inducing review!!!

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Review #33, by Starkidgleek Save Him

12th June 2012:
This story is nice, short and sweet. It gives us a beautiful look into the house of Draco Malfoy, and how his future is definately not his to choose.

The way you made Draco soound like a problem is simply perfect, and is very fitting. The characters are very beliveable, and stay canon whilst still having your own flair.

My only issue is the last sentence; did you mean to say, "Her arms gathered the bundle of blonde hair and blue eyes close to her chest, *she* needed to feel their hearts beat together." ??? If not then you may want to make that end a little smoother.

Your detail is great. There isn't too much or too little. The story flows nicely, and it was very easy for me to read.

I lied, I have another problem. I want more of this story! lol... I very much enjoy your writting, and look foward to reading more in the future.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review!

This was written for a 500 word challenge, and forgot to change 'needed' to 'needing' after I removed the 'she,' thank you for catching that for me!!

Am so happy you enjoyed this story, the Malfoy's hold a bit of fascination for me.

I look forward to hearing your opinions with my other stories, too!

Thanks for reading and reviewing!

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Review #34, by TenthWeasley Save Him

11th June 2012:
Hey! Dropping by from the review tag -- and let me tell you, when I saw that this was a Lucius/Narcissa story I clicked on this immediately. :3 I've been reading a fic lately that's really made me warm up to this pairing, and the more I read of them, the more I love them.

I loved the emotions you put into this one-shot. You really showed readers that, yes, the Malfoys are human and that's really awesome to see -- so often, they're Slytherins without feeling, without caring, and that just isn't true. Narcissa, especially, was great in how obvious it was that she cared for Draco, even before he was born. I loved that!

And I loved the bit about Draco being a "benefit" too, especially knowing what he went on to do (or, rather, failed to do) for Voldemort in HBP. He was just a child there, too, when you think about it, and that makes that line in the second part of your story -- the bit about his being a pawn -- that much more hard-hitting. I love re-reading the books now (though I have many, many times!) because I always feel that when I first read them, I was too young to get a lot of it. That's partially why I love fan fiction; it really opens my eyes to a lot of the series's subtleties. :)

But anyway, enough of me rambling. Congratulations on completing a 500-word Every Word Counts one-shot! I've written I think four of these, now, and they're just so much fun. And not everyone can do them! You write a very good Lucius/Narcissa, and I'll be looking forward to getting the chance to visit your page again before too long. :)

Good job!

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! Having to lists the characters messed me up in this story, I have it set up so that if you don't know who is speaking, it comes off as the Potters.

Lucius and Narcissa are slowly turning into one of my ships I like writing, though Draco and Astoria are kind of cutting in line with them!

Your review made my smile so much! I completely understand what you mean about not really getting all of it when you read them at a young age. They are the kind of books that can be re-read a million times and you still wont pick up on every tiny little hint, foreshadowing, or detial.

I hope to see you around here again, your review was such a perfect thing to wake up to!

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Review #35, by caoty Save Him

11th June 2012:
Ooh, this was lovely. You are a fantastic storyteller and the way you used dialogue to tell the story of Lucius and Narcissa (who, by the way, are one of the few canon ships I ship, so you get another point for that) is very original, so well done for that.

A few technical errors:
-Typos. Typos typos everywhere, and not a drop to drink. Or something. (I make all my weirdest/worst jokes when I've just come home from school.) Mostly a lack capital letters after dialogue which is not immediately succeeded with something like, "she said".
-Draco's eyes are grey, not blue. (Don't ask me how I know that, I remember the strangest details.)
-The change in mood in the second half could have been done better. Honestly, this is just a case of moving the 'the happiness evaporated' sentence to before Narcissa's questions, just so we don't get lost.
-It's not clear, in the second half, whether what Draco isn't ready for and what the Malfoys' mission is are the same thing, and that confused me a bit. That might be just me, but I've reread it and reread it and I still don't get it. I'm not saying I'm not stupid, but I'm usually not that stupid.

This was great, though, honestly. You get a real sense of Narcissa's maternal feelings and it's just so adorable while also being so sad. I can totally imagine this happening in canon before PS/SS exactly as you've written it, so well done. :)

Author's Response: Thank you for catching the eye color! I should have known... But with the typos, I'm having the hardest time with dialogue punctuation. I have researched things that say no matter what after the dialogue ends, never capitalize, some of my books have a capitol after the ." and some don't. The HP ones don't, my Judi ones do, maybe it's a British thing? Haha.

I'll look into changing them mood smoother, this is for a 500 words only challenge, so I can't do much more explaining, but I do want to eventually elaborate this into a one shot!

I honestly don't know what their mission is either, I just wanted a way to bring them back to the reality of their lives. As for their discussion about Draco, when they are talking about the Dark Lord seeing advantages, that is implying making a future death eater out of him.. maybe? haha!

Thank you so much for your review! I will definitely read over and see what I can change without actually adding or taking words away, and I am on a mission to get to the bottom of the dialogue punctuation once and for all!

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Review #36, by CambAngst Save Him

11th June 2012:
Wow. This was really, really well done. You had me going until literally the last paragraph, convinced that this was about James, Lily and Harry. I could even see some of the same characterization you've used with James and Lily in your other story. Bravo for fooling me completely!

It's a very unconventional portrayal of Lucius and Narcissa, especially him. It isn't hard to imagine her being very frightened for Draco. She's reacting as any mother would in an especially dangerous situation. For Lucius, it seemed that you had him on the brink of turning away from the Dark Lord and fleeing at certain points, which was out of the ordinary and actually not 100% out of character.

This was nicely written, although I think I can see one of two places where you had to cut a dialog tag in order to hit the magic 500 words. It wasn't hard to follow, but some sentences did take a second reading to figure out who was talking. It's a difficult challenge, and you did well with it.

Overall, some masterful story-telling. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

Author's Response: I am so happy that you were tricked! I wish I would have just lied on the description of characters in the about story part, but I'm ecstatic I fooled the master of plot twists!

Poor Lucius let the need for power completely take over him and eat away that little bit of goodness I tried to portray in this. I'm happy you didn't find his reluctance completely out of character, it was important for me to show just a glimpse of a soul in this.

Thank you for your review and sweet words!


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Review #37, by Thepheonixpen Save Him

10th June 2012:
Oh wow,
Every word did count.
I had no idea that it was Narcissa and Lucias that you were talking about, i so totally thought it was Lily and James.
Again, you're an incredible writer!

Author's Response: Yay, I am so happy you were tricked! That was my main goal here!

Thank you so much lovely

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