I don't really want to write you a review. I just want to write 'awh' and use the most adorable smiley in my repetoire, except my smiley vocabulary is lacking. This moment was absolutely adorable, and makes my dedicated Corinna/Oliver shipping worthwhile. I don't know what it is, Oliver is nuts and yet somehow they are well suited.
I like Corinna's vague worry about them all being terrible friends. I love how you've taken a group of (powerful and realistic) characters, and built this story about them, and it's also believable because even for just your average group of friends their is a lot of emotion and drama. And perhaps they're not always caring to each other, but that doesn't mean they don't care.
Corinna, Corinna, Corinna. I adore her. And she makes baked goods. What's not to love? ;)
But this moment was adorable, and I can't help but feel Corinna's getting herself into something she shouldn't. So it's like, fluff mixed with impending doom. Brilliant. ♥Author's Response: My smiley repertoire is not that extensive either, sadly. But yay for adorable! It's so difficult to be adorable, especially in this context. I remember I was upset about all the /feelings/ coming up in this fic, and someone (I suspect Gina) told me to write about biscuits or chocolate to make everything better. So I did.
They really are terrible friends :P But I'm glad you phrased it that way -- "built this story about them" -- because it was conceived as an Oliver/OC fic, but in the process of writing, I began to look at the ship as secondary. It was the girls who I really cared about, and then the boys (although I still love Oliver and Robert and the band). And that last sentence in that paragraph is pure love, which I would denote with a heart if review responses let me.
But eee, fluff and impending doom. I like that description. Report Review
[oh, I just realized as I read over my review for chapter 14 that I put like zilch of the things I actually wanted to put :'( But I think Corinna deserved what she got thrown at her, and her defensivey-self-preservation reaction was exactly what she deserved.
- written before reading chapter 15, so who knows, my opinion may change haha, but I'll keep this here. On with reading the chapter!]
In that first sentance, I read 'hovering' as hoovering, and had this image of Corinna hoovering over a sleeping Robbie. Weird.
Ah, I love how you tied together the inevitable break up of Oliver + Gemma with the arrival of the letter. You started talking about their break up coming soon and then it swapped to the letter coming soon, and there was all that tension and then - boom. We're back to Oliver and Gemma. Very dramatic. I can't help feeling that despite their understanding of their group dynamic, the friends don't seem to always like each other an awful lot.
I wonder why Gemma was so accusatory of Cata... perhaps she overheard Oliver + Corinna talking, but that's the only guess I can hazard. Or maybe she's just taking it out on her inadvertantly accurately. Although it's not all Cata's fault, and I'm tempted to say poor Cata, but I guess she doesn't really deserve that either. Aghck :(Author's Response: [I agree, she deserves everything Oliver threw at her. It was something I only belatedly realized, so I'm glad you thought so too!]
Heh. Hoovering over a sleeping Robert. Now I can't get the image out of my head, teehee. Anyway.
Hah, is it weird that I didn't explicitly think of it like that? I didn't link the two things entirely on purpose, but I do remember that this chapter took a long time to write, so I guess I smashed these two inevitabilities (Oliver and Gemma breaking up was not always an inevitability, I should say) together and hoped it was coherent.
It's interesting that you say they don't seem to like each other a lot. It's something a lot of people have said about their dynamic and I tend to agree. Of course they are friends and they love each other, but they grate on each other a lot. Gemma didn't overhear Corinna and Oliver, she was just taking out her frustration about the break-up out on Cata. There's also the fact that Cata has been "actively" trying to break them up, or at least has been negative about their relationship since the beginning, so that's what Gemma meant. It's not a big deal -- you can imagine with a personality like Gemma's a lot of these sorts of things would happen -- but I'm glad you felt bad for Cata. People seem not to like her, sigh. Report Review
Corinna is one of my favourite OCs ever, even rivalling the Gryffindor Quidditch supporter who wears Red Spandex and Sparkly Gold Tophats I came across earlier today. Like I said, I just really like how relatable and intricate her character is. And I love how this fic is oozing with cynicism and sarcasm. And I feel I need to admitt that I'm a bit intimidated by your intelligence. o_o
So much tension and release of tension, this chapter was brilliant. I loved Corinna's rant and Oliver's anger. It was a bit hypocritical that he got all judgemental on her for 'thinking she was better than the others'. But all so believabubble. And and, I don't know whether to like Oliver or not, because the guy is clearly nuts, but I want Corinna/Oliver to happen. ahhh. ♥Author's Response: CONFRONTATION~
And eee OCs! I actually despised writing OCs for the longest time because I couldn't think of something not-that-cliche, but suddenly it just happened and now I can't /not/ write them. Although I find it incredible that silly Corinna can possibly compete with someone who wears spandex AND a top hat, I am so happy to hear that! I'm relieved that she's relatable, as I was worried that she'd come off very specifically as a complex that lives in my head, not someone who could conceivably be a character. If that makes sense? Anyway. You know very well my philosophy about cynicism and sarcasm in fic (the more the better!), but intelligence is something I only aspire to, not what I have. No need for intimidation!
But yes, this was all that tension coming to a head, which I thought was pretty necessary after all the ridiculousness. I was scared of doing it, because there's always a confrontation in these things and I didn't want it to be really weird and contrived, so I'm relieved it worked. It is interesting that you see it as a bit hypocritical on Oliver's part to be upset at her for that, but it makes sense now that I think about it. I do happen to like Oliver because he's so nuts, but as for the latter thing... well, we'll see. :P Report Review
Oh off-kilter, I've missed you so. -hugs banner- It's raining and I'm armed with tea, duvet and Gubby's sometimes cynical and satirical Oliver/OC. Yay :3
Poor Piper! I love the friends understanding of each other and their interactions which each other, and this was a great chapter for that. I think Corinna comes off as quite knowledgeable for her ability to understand her friends, although, of course she doesn't always (read: Suspicious Gemma). But maybe she is defensive. You write her so well and characterize her so brilliantly, she really seems like an actual person, which makes her kind of an intricate puzzle. I'd love to see some more of Cata, I find her interesting too ♥Author's Response: Helena, how Off-Kilter has missed you as well! I don't think it's raining here, but I too am armed with tea and my duvet as I respond to your always lovely reviews ^_^
The girls have some of my favorite character interaction anywhere, I must admit. Corinna is indeed quite knowledgable when it comes to them, which is why she usually ends up being the one to whom they turn in their times of crisis. I'm so glad you like the characterizations, of her especially! *love* Report Review
SUAVE OLIVER ♥
I love these cheerful little romance oliver/oc stories. I have a sudden and overwhelming urge to write one. But yours & Gina's are like the queens of the oliver/oc world. (I might start calling this genre olive for short, it kind of suits my typing laziness).
'So I let the door shut, and trooped determinedly off to find Crazy and Stupid.'
I like this ;D
Good chapter two! I will come back and read the rest soon (once I've finished beating up Draco, which is top of my priority list strangely.)Author's Response: Gina and I had a decent laugh at "cheerful little romance oliver/oc stories." Just thought you should know. I am not even going to be so presumptuous as to put myself in the same popularity rank as Gina, but you should! Once Starving Artists is updated cough.
But SUAVE OLIVER indeed deserves a heart (which I cannot insert because it turns into weird jumble of letters). And eee, quotes! I love seeing quotes! Anyway. So glad you enjoyed, love, and go beat up Draco for the both of us~ Report Review
TOM HARDY ON THE BANNER AGGHHH MUST CLICK
I know I'm supposed to be writing an essay about Mao's china/packing/tidying my room/revising the great gatsby/beating up Draco right now, but I've been meaning to read this for ages and I couldn't resist.
So I thought I'd compromise and just read chapter one to get me started, but...but...chapter two is very tempting and I think china/packing/room/gatsby/draco will just have to wait.
I like this introduction. The characters are set up well. I like the chapter titles too! IDK why I'm picking up on that, I'm a strange person. But I do love it. Much. (maybe it's just the presence of another hot Oliver in my life, or the fact that the first time I typed that it came up as Olive. HOT OLIVE.)
looking forward to chapter two! ♥Author's Response: TOM HARDY MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER.
I'm supposed to be writing an essay about Girondin France/reading about the Napoleonic Wars/being semi-nice to Draco now, but I am so honored that you stopped by here and thought I might as well respond.
Intros are the hardest part of writing, I've found, and since I had literally no idea what this was, I sort of just went with it and hoped that we'd all discover these characters together XD And teehee, chapter titles are the closest I can get to vaguely not-12+ without actually being not-12+ (I am devious like that). And again, Tom Hardy/Hot Oliver is all you really need. Olives, I'm not so sure. I choke on olives. They're gross.
Ahem. :) Report Review
I am amazed with this story. At first I thought it was boring. I thought "why isn't anything happening?" and "I'm confused". But, gradually I got into your style of writing and I really got into this story. Nothing was what it seemed to be and instead of "confusing" it became "intriguing".
You did wonders with a limited 1st person! Even though I thought I knew Corinna (she couldn't really hide her flaws through 1st person), you still surprised me at the end when with that powerful outburst of jealousy. Really, it was amazing!!!
This story has been confusing, absurd, funny, and jaw-dropping--all in one.
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Congratulations on completing this story, and I can't wait for more of your work :)Author's Response: Oh, yay for unexpected! And amazement! I admit, I was at first a little baffled by the "boring," but I realize that my utter disregard for anything resembling a plot can be a bit disconcerting :P I am happy that it became intriguing instead of confusing, though!
First person in my eyes can't be anything but limited, and playing with that was a lot of fun for me. The evolution in the ending, starting from her exchange with Oliver, was a great exercise in showing that she feels something, but she doesn't quite understand what that is. (A sinking feeling in her stomach, her head spinning, "every molecule in [her] body shuddering with disgust," etc -- she justifies it at first as disbelief that he and Gemma are together again, but only at the end does she realize that disbelief stems more from her jealousy than anything).
Yay for all of those adjectives! I did hope for all of that and I'm ecstatic that you saw all of that. Thank you thank you thank you for such a lovely review and I hope that you enjoy whatever else you may come across. :) Report Review
Is there more? Somewhere? Anywhere?
I think this story has made me insane o.O"Author's Response: You will not find any more anywhere, I promise you. And I hope it's a pleasant sort of insane! Thank you for reading and reviewing! Report Review
Well THAT was unexpected. Hahaha. I'm honestly torn. A part of me wants to scream and yell and DEMAND you make it so that they end up together and...
another part of me is saying that it was.
I mean, who would've thought? So I'm torn. I'd like to shake your hand and I'd also like to shake my head at you :P hahaha.
But really, I REALLY wasn't expecting that. AT ALL. I don't know why. I mean, Oliver /did/ say he loved Gemma. But ahhhkhh. Yeah. This hasn't happened to me on HPFF since...ever. Like, only one other time.
I congratulate you for not giving in to cliches.
I loved the story itself, I loved Corinna. She wasn't a Mary-Sue. In fact, she was full of flaws, but instead of making her worse, it made her more lovable, more believable. And I liked that.
I also loved the fact that she was into baking and such :P It was cute.
But, I kind of feel like you've left a few ties loose. I can't help but feel this was a bit abrupt. But again, amazing story all the same.
Is a sequel too much to hope for?Author's Response: That dual reaction was something I wanted to see, so yay! I love being unpredictable, so the reaction I've been getting for this ending has been incredible to me.
Yes, Oliver does love Gemma. He never really stops in the whole story (the first relationship and break-up period didn't involve love), but I think his affection for Corinna can match that love in its own way. I do think HPFF in general has a habit of embracing the reader-friendly happy ending, but it's always heartening to me to see things that thwart convention and challenge the audience.
Corinna is very close to my heart as a character, so thank goodness. Before the last few months I hadn't done much work with OCs ever, and then suddenly it exploded into this, so I'm so relieved you didn't think her cliche or Mary Sue or anything.
As far as loose ends go: I know the ending was a little abrupt, I agree with you. Arcs such as Piper's obsession with Cedric and Cata's crush on Oliver are as resolved as they can be in the context of the story: Piper will one day find out that Cedric never liked her, she will be upset, but then bounce back. Cata never truly intended to go after Oliver himself, holding herself to a higher standard than stealing her friend's boyfriend, and she'll grow out of it and move on.
I don't look at this ending as The End. There's obviously much more to the story than we see. This isn't the end. This doesn't mean that the others don't get happy endings, or unhappy endings, as it were. This is one episode in their lives, and sometimes things aren't tied up neatly and presented with ribbon. So I totally get where you're coming from, but I meant to leave some plot points a little ambiguous. Closure is a tricky thing in endings, and as much as I like the '80s credits montage of What Happens Next, I didn't think it fit this particular story well at all.
There are no plans for a sequel, but I'm flattered that you ask. Thank you so much for such a thought-provoking review, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Report Review
AMAZING. Completely brilliant... but please tell me there will be a sequel?Author's Response: Yay, thank you so much! Sadly, there are no plans for a sequel, but thanks for reading and reviewing! Report Review
I feel like doing a list now since that's the way it ended. XD And so I shall.
One: IT'S OVER D: Gahh, Gubby! Don't you know one crazy Scot is enough? There doesn't need to be two!
Two: WHY ARE THERE TWO CRAZY SCOTS TOGETHER? I will forever ship Corinna/Oliver because I'm stubborn like that. :P
Three: The ending was perfect, of course. Even though I still ship Corinna/Oliver and think the two of them should ride off on his broomstick into the sunset. Though I suppose that's not very realistic.
Four: I can't tell you how much I loved the last line. It tied everything together perfectly. And it reminded me of all the c-box talks, with 'Feelings' being written in a very small size. ♥
Five: I will never be able to look at what goes on in the Hufflepuff common room the same way again. All I'll think about are concerts and baked goods.
Six: Was it because of all the baked goods the ending was like that? Too much sweetness and fluffiness? Corinna/Oliver FTW!
Seven: I loved every second of this & ILYAuthor's Response: Creative reviews! I love!
One: Jordan said the same thing, so I am amused. And my answer is, two crazy Scots are irresistible.
Two: Because they're irresistible! Actually, ever since the baking explosions chapter, I've been intrigued by the dynamic of their relationship and that chemistry is too good to pass up. Although I am secretly a Corinna/Oliver shipper myself. Shh.
Three: Oh, good. That's really all I was concerned about: does it work within the rules of this story and the character arcs. I do still ship Corinna/Oliver, because I am a very shallow fangirl (Tom Hardy!), but as an author, I have to. Tis my job. And I don't think it's unrealistic, as Corinna does get her happy ending eventually.
Four: Yay! I'd been meaning to use that line elsewhere, perhaps in the chocolate cookie chapter, but it just never happened and then I saw the opportunity and my face lit up and was like YES. But yes, tiny *feeelings* inspired it.
Five: Hufflepuffs know how to party. I realize this now.
Six: Haha, Jordan also asked about this, in a way. I didn't consciously use baked goods just to contrast their sweetness with the ending's bittersweetness, but it does make an interesting parallel now that I think about it. I think Corinna and Oliver both realize they use macarons to stand for their relationship, but... yeah. Not entirely conscious.
Seven: Baww, thank you, sweetheart. So glad you stuck with the story and enjoyed it. :D Report Review
Eee! Several things: I was mentioned in the a/n and the story is finished and it's amazing and Corinna and Oliver and Gemma and Piper and Cata and Cedric and and and! I don't even know. Just. This story was really awesome Gubby. You're a fantastic writer. I envy you and your skills. :P ALSO Gemma and Oliver are idiots. And I feel bad for Corinna, even though she is kind of allergic to feelings. AND THAT IS ALL.
ILY.Author's Response: Of course you get a mention! :D
Baww, thank you so much, darling. I don't deserve your envy at all but thank you. It always warms my heart to see such popular, respected writers lend me a little undeserved praise :D I must agree that Gemma and Oliver are idiots, but who isn't? I don't know if Corinna needs to be pitied or that you need to feel bad for her, but I'm glad you do at any rate.
ILY2 and the fact that your reviews literally make up 1/5 of the ones I've received so far and eee, thank you! Report Review
Such an amazing story, very very clever: I was guessing right to the end what the heck was going on with Corinna and Oliver.. it was very does she/doesn't she. It was refreshingly free of fluff and sugar coated sentimentality so I did feel that it was realistic.. teenagers are cynical, paranoid and angsty beings and I thought this story captured that perfectly! well done!Author's Response: Haha, thank you! I am glad that it remained unpredictable to the very end. Yes, it was a do they/don't they relationship, the dynamics of which I adore; and on that note, I also like seeing one resolved nicely (stretching it out too long makes it aggravating more than intriguing). Fluff and sentimentality are two words I very much dislike, especially in the context of this story, and realism is something I adore. As a cynical, paranoid being myself, I have to agree. Thank you so much for this lovely review :) Report Review
AUTHOR'S NOTE 8D
I WAS MENTIONED 8DDD
Anyways, WHY IS EVERYTHING ALWAYS SO BITTERSWEET? GAH. Was that some kind of secret symbolism with the macarons (macaroons?) because of the too much lemon thing? "Too sweet, too sour," etc. I STILL SHIP CORINNA/OLIVER. WHEN WILL YOU WRITE A HAPPY ENDING, GUBBY? D: GEMMA/OLIVER JUST...eugh. One crazy Scot is enough by itself. :P
hehehe, the last two words of this chapter made me think of the tiny words "felings" scrolling across the cbox (and/or skypeland) XD But at least they had banter. ♥ Some sort of strange, Gubby-esque banter, anyway, haha!
I love this story and I'm so sad that it's over :( WAH (now imagine nile-esque tears rolling out of my eyes.ooh that's a weird image o.O)
p.s. btw, did i ever tell you i thought corinna was a super pretty name? i love that name now. gubby, your stories convert me like no other ♥Author's Response: Jordan likes being mentioned :D
I can't help myself! Bittersweet is too much fun to pass up! I do think Corinna and Oliver use macarons (yes, macarons not macaroons -- there is a difference!) to mean something in regards to their ambiguous relationship. It isn't a secret: they know they're doing it, especially in that last tense banter exchange. But I think we're all Corinna/Oliver shippers at heart, myself included. Trust me, the fangirl in me would squee loudly if they got together. But as the author, I couldn't let it happen; Gemma/Oliver is too good to pass up.
Why do people think I don't write happy endings? I like happy endings! Many WIPs that never will be finished would have had happy weddings. I guess I never get to finish the happy ones and do finish the unhappy ones :P
Teehee, *feeelings* is exactly what I wanted. I wanted to use that line before, but it didn't fit until now. And I imagine there was a lot of banter afterwards, as ambiguous friends, if that makes you feel any better.
I am so, so happy you loved it, dear :D I'm not especially sad -- a little sad, yes, but more relief -- but I'm so touched that you are :)
PS. Yes you did, in another review. I'm just happy that I can corrupt people too! (Take that, Gina.) Report Review
Oh my. Those last lines KILLED me (in a "oh-merlin-why-can't-they-just-be-together?!" type of way), but I loved every second of it. I'm seriously going to miss this story.
10/10Author's Response: They killed me, too, actually. Then I cackled evilly and rubbed my hands together and cackled some more. :P I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for the review! Report Review
Ah! This story was fantastic, right down to the very grin-inducing end. Seriously, I can't stop smiling.
Something inside me wants to say 'I knew it!' but you did such a convincing job that I don't think it's true. It's just me, wanting to be right.
Anyway, I'm happy you've completed this wonderful catastrophe (and I mean that in the best sense of the word) and I will certainly be sticking around to see what else you come up with.
10/10Author's Response: Haha, smiling is not something I necessarily expected, so yay! I do like being unpredictable, and I got worried, as my true colors started to show towards the end, that the ending would not come as any sort of surprise :P
Teehee, wonderful catastrophe. I like it. It's very apt. And thank you for stopping by at all, and I hope that you enjoy whatever else you may come across. :) Report Review
This is over? Gah... And I havent been around long enough then somehow this is over? Oh well...
This story is strange and I mean it in a good way. I love Corinna, I love her weird life and its complication. Her friends are...weird, some psychotic, but lol they make me laugh a lot. Cedric amuses me so, I almost forgot that he'll somehow fancy Corinna because of Cata, but hey suddenly he's there. Oliver, well I don't know what I should say about him because I thought well, Corinna and Oliver chose not to be together but then you wrote the last few lines of this chapter. Ah, I'll definitely miss this story a lot.
Congratulation for finishing and I'll be around to stalk your other stories! :D
GoAuthor's Response: The end of an era, I know. As always, I like being strange, flouting convention, all that fun stuff. Corinna and the gang are all delightful (to me, at least) and I'm so happy they and the boys were endearing in their own semi-psychotic ways. Oliver is just... I will miss him greatly. His obliviousness, his idiocy, his decency, his devotion. He and Corinna were my favorite pairing (as people, not as relationship potential) in the entire story, and I'm sad but relieved to see them go.
Thank you so much for all of the reviews and support, dear, and I only hope you continue to enjoy whatever else of mine you stumble upon. Thank you! Report Review
This story is insane.
I had no idea where the hell this thing was going.
GAH. And I sorta dislike the ending too...
Whatever. It's not like I didn't exactly expect it...
Maybe you could actually write something that ends happily?!
I mean, your writing is not cliched in that way at all, but honestly, I prefer happy perfect endings in opposed to oh, sullen sad main characters in the end.
It's not realistic, but WHO CARES?!!?
But I still loved it!! (even though I'm now taking out the pitchforks)
Don't mind if I dream about a happy ending...Author's Response: I'm glad it's insane, 'twas my goal, frankly. I understand that the ending might not have been exactly palatable, I am glad that it wasn't entirely unexpected. I do hope that it makes sense within the rules of the story and it fits the character arcs. Corinna, who has pretended all throughout the story that she cares about no one, is actually very considerate and kind to the friends that exasperate her (as Robert pointed out 18 or 19). Her association with Oliver helps her realize that aspect of herself -- that in ridiculousness, there is an element of reality that she should and does embrace.
I would like to clear up that point about happy endings, though: I have nothing against them. I love them, really I do. I do wish they worked themselves into my work more, but my imagination doesn't let me work that way. And I would also like to say that I don't think Corinna is sad at the end. Yes, there's a bit of bitterness in her jealousy of Gemma, but she isn't despairing or bitter. The very last line is her rebuttal to emotional complication, which she's obviously had a lot of in the past month or so, and it's her way of saying that she won't let feelings get in the way of her life. I don't think happy endings are unrealistic, and I think Corinna will get her own happy ending, but this story was never meant to chronicle that far ahead.
Don't apologize, I like hearing all comments! I'm glad you still liked it and did feel so much about this ending -- and yes, I welcome pitchforks, too. Thank you very much for your review and for sticking by the story. Report Review
GUBBYYY ♥ SUPER HAPPY CONGRATS to a story that was born in the oddest of ways from the oddest and yet most inevitable of friendships.
Speaking of inevitable, I knew that this was its inevitable end, not only because you showed me of course, but because this is just so appropriate. Corinna and Oliver are so right and so wrong to me, because they work but they could they never work in a relationship, I'd think. IT IS WHAT IT IS. SIGH. Feelings: the doom of us all. While I'm terribly cowardly when it comes to writing perhaps, reader-unfriendly endings, you do not shy from it. Deliciously, jealously fitting. So much so I kind of might hate you for it, in the loveliest way.
I'm still bringing out the pitchforks.Author's Response: GINAAA. SUPER ECSTATIC THANK YOU, for the inspiration, for the help, for the support, for the oddest and yet most inevitable of friendships.
I know you have a thing for endings that are fulfilling in their own right, for the character if not the audience, and while I'm glad that was the case here, I cobbsquint at you muchly. But yes, they are so right and so wrong. I can't imagine what they'd be like in a romantic relationship, and believe me, I have tried. And you know me, fearless and eager for confrontation as always (not). I just like doing things for characters as much as I like doing things for readers or for myself.
Bring it, baby. Report Review
Oh wow. I'm going to say something that could be taken in a negative way but I mean it in a completely positive way.
This is probably one of the strangest stories I've ever read.
I NEVER knew where anything was going, who everyone was going to end up, what was going to happen at ANY stage. And I loved it. Like seriously I normally get frustrated with stories when I'm lost but it was perfect for this story. You threw me Off-kilter as well as the characters and so while I felt lost so did absolutely everyone else! I've said to you before but even without giving a background to the characters you still managed to make me sympathetic to them and really curious about what was going on with them!
And those last lines have killed me. Killed.Me.
I had resigned myself to the fact that Corinna and Oliver wouldn't be together because neither of them wanted it.
BUT THEN YOU WRITE THESE WORDS:
"Five: because I hated her.
Six: because she was with him.
Seven: and I wasn’t."
Gah. You have messed with my mind and I bow before your powers =PAuthor's Response: I like being strange. With all my stories, but particularly this one, I wanted to be unpredictable, or at least flout tropes and cliches that are generally found in this genre. I started worrying about the unpredictability factor towards the end with people saying "I knew this wouldn't happen" and etc :P But yeah, I really did want to take everything about this genre and turn it on its end, and I'm so, so relieved and happy that it worked.
And teehee, the last lines. They never cease to amuse me. And your reaction is exactly what I wanted, so eee I'm so happy.
Thank you so much, Ruth, for all of your support and reviews and your general loveliness. So glad to have had you along for the ride. :) Report Review
I liked your response to one of the other reviews about Corinna being the reason that Cedric ran off with Cho, etc. You are vindictive like that, haha. :P I liked this chapter. Cedric was crazy. Bursting into the kitchens like that. Hmm. I'm excited to see where this ends, how many chapters are left? I think you said it would be done this week. ANYWAY, great work Gubs! As usual.Author's Response: Oh, yes, I am super vindictive. And super addicted to canon. I had a minor plotting freak-out in December when I realized that Cedric is a full year younger than Corinna and company. So I had to justify his relationship with Cho in some way. Buuut yay, glad you liked it! This chapter went through several edits, actually; first there was a Cedric scene, then there was an elongated Corinna/Oliver scene, then someone (coughGinacough) said that there should be a Cedric scene. So here it is! But yes, it shall be done this last week of March, with only one chapter to go! Eeek! I'm so excited. Relieved. A little sad. But excited. I hope you enjoy the end and thanks so much as always (heart) Report Review
CEDRIC IS A BLOODY W-!
I KNEW my instinct of dislike of Cedric/Corinna was correct! ICK. ICK ICK ICK. He's despicable. I am all for Corinna/Oliver.
BUT OMG YAY OLIVER VALIANTLY SAVING CORINNA FROM OVER EAGER CEDRIC. I still ship Corinna/Oliver. Coliver? Olinna? Eh, I don't even know. But Corinna is a really pretty name...did I ever tell you that? I even considered naming my charrie on PW Corinna because of Off-Kilter. xD
I'm glad the next chapter will be up in a few days ♥Author's Response: THIS WAS WHY I TOOK A SECOND TO ANSWER. I was wondering if you got to this section of the story yet and I'm like... naaah. So teehee, I am proud of you for that instant disgust! I don't know if he's despicable, but he's helpless and pathetic. Which is better.
Coliver? Ollina? Colive? Olive? Not many possibilities, sadly. But I am glad to have a definitive answer from you! Also, Oliver in this chapter, I agree, is EEE YAY SQUEE. I loves him. I think it's a requirement that the guy saves the plucky heroine from the pathetic underling guy at least once in a story. That's my opinion. And no, you didn't tell me that, but I'm awfully flattered ^_^
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Oh thank goodness. The first half of the chapter was a beautiful awkward painful torture to have to bear witness to and then Cedric!
I don't even know.
I suspected that Oliver wasn't quite the romantic that the last chapter made him out to be and I am very pleased to have been correct. Cedric was wonderfully intrusive and sappy and hopeless; to be honest I'm just excited to see what's coming next!
One last chapter and then everything will be over. Is it pathetic to feel so sad and excited at the same time?
10/10Author's Response: Oh, Cedric. Cedric is my favorite. He's just so stupid I can't help but adore him. Sappy and intrusive and hopeless, indeed. (No, he's not actually my favorite, I just like demonizing him. Anyway.)
I'm pleased that you're pleased! Although I worry about predictability... hmm. I shall simply hope that the ending lives up to your expectations. And considering I feel the same way (plus relief -- updating every three days is hard work!), I'd say it isn't pathetic at all!
Thank you so much for your review and I hope you enjoy the end! :) Report Review
Aw, no. There's no more chapters to read. I should have let myself get four chapters behind. Headdesk moment. Srslytho, this story is amazing, Gubby. Oliver is kind of adorable in this chapter. But I don't know how I feel about Corinna/Oliver. They need to have another moment or something, then I will decide.Author's Response: Headdesk moments never fail to amuse :P But eee, amazing is a strong word, so thank you! Oliver isn't physically in this chapter, so I'm going to go ahead and assume that you meant that what he might have done is adorable. I like that you're still ambiguous about them, because I was in the same quagmire. Until of course this whole ending arc materialized, at which point I was quite sure. :P You'll have to wait just a little more to see, but as always, thank you so, so much for your reviews. They always make me smile. :) Report Review
HALT. That was a good moment. I liked that. Corinna is so commanding. And possibly cruel sometimes. But entertaining all the time. I feel kind of bad for Cedric. Because he's clearly nice and didn't meant to make such a hideous and massive mistake. BUT WHATEVER.
Anyway, this is totally why I allow myself to get three chapters behind. Because now I don't have to wait to find out what Oliver is really up to. I can just click onto the next chapter.Author's Response: Corinna isn't really commanding as much as Oliver is indulging her, you know what I mean? And yes, she has a bit of a cruel streak in her, but don't we all? At least she's entertaining, though, which is my biggest concern. But it was a surprisingly cute scene, I must admit.
Cedric does have good intentions, I admit that as well, and he is a nice guy. But he is fully aware of what Piper thinks of him, so why wouldn't he let her down easy? That's the question to ask. And to be honest, Corinna's speech to him and her promise for retribution is what I privately assume is the reason why he was with Cho in GoF. She's younger than him and in a different House -- utterly different from what Corinna was, and I like to think that her threat and this whole experience haunts him throughout the rest of his life. I am vindictive like that.
ANYWAY, your schedule seems to be just as effective as mine! And I absolutely don't mind at all -- you know there's never a rush. So click whenever you can. Which evidently you have.
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