I'm so glad you came back to request another story! You are such and incredible author - I am in complete awe of the way you take such minor couples and flesh out their relationships and their lives so that when I'm reading, these characters are more real to me than when JKR herself wrote them.
So, in case you didn't guess from the above, I love this. It is so adorable and sweet, and yet it is not just pure fluff - there is thought and substance behind it. I love how you started this off with Angelina opening the door to (a presumably drunk) George and compare it to the previous Christmas', giving us some background for their relationship without really giving anything away - at this point, they could be nothing more than friends. I love that you slowly draw their real relationship out, so that it isn't until the very end that we really find out how serious it is, because it isn't really realistic for Angelina to open the door thinking "Here is George, he is my boyfriend and we have been dating X number of years." You present us with all the information in a very natural way (both of their relationship and the various problems they have faced), and (if I haven't said it enough already) I love that.
ALSO OMG COULD GEORGE BE ANY MORE SWOONWORTHY HERE? He shows up at Angelina's door, knowing what she will expect of him, and totally plays into it only to surprise her by being clean and put together and ready to go out and celebrate. He dresses her up fancy, gives her a string of pearls to throw her off and the BAM!, when she least expects it he pulls out the diamond. SERIOUSLY? OH. MY. GOD. -swoon-
There are so many more things that I could squee at in this, but I think at this point I'm getting pretty repeatitive. (Because I totally didn't start out that way ...) All I can really think of to say is LOVE. OMG. SQUEE. SWOON.
(Also wanted to tell you, even though it has nothing to do with this story, that the way you described Rolf in your last review response is pretty much the only way I can picture him now. Viking!Rolf has become my definitive Rolf, and its all thanks to you :P)
OKAY, that's it. I'm done, for realz this time!
-heart-Author's Response: I love the minor characters, too, but my heart is really with Harry/Luna. I agree with you, that too often the minor characters don't get any love.
When I first heard about George/Angelina, I thought that it had to be a relationship with some trouble in it, and I thought that a lot of it would be guilt from George's side, and also George having to deal with strong grief issues, so I knew it would be rocky. But, I also picture Angelina as someone who could put up with that sort of rockiness because of her strong character.
I'm so glad you liked the characterisations in particular. I've written Fred/George only sparingly, so I'm gratified that you think it's good.
Ah, Rolf. I kinda picture him looking like a cleaner Zakk Wylde (google him if you're not familiar).
Thank you so much for the kind squeeing; you made my day. Report Review
Good for him for getting himself together. :)Author's Response: I really enjoyed writing this story. George and Angelina have always sort of fascinated me. I wondered what kept them together and if the relationship was troubled in some way. I tried to show that trouble here as a backdrop and I think it was fairly successful. Glad you enjoyed it and George getting himself together. Report Review
So sweet. I love George and Angelina; there's simply not enough written about them. I like how you showed how Angelina ans helped George recover after Fred's death. Good work!Author's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm glad you liked this sweet little George/Angelina story. I like to think that Angelina knew it would be a tough, long road and supported George the entire way. Report Review
Ah, gotta love George/Angelina. I know a lot of people think their ship is weird, and I guess I can see where they're coming from, but I like it myself. I don't read much of it, but I like happening across it.
This was such a short story that I don't feel there's much to comment on, but I'm pretty good at rambling. From the top: I liked the way you started the story. It was a good way to show the problems that George has been having since Fred's death, it established a pattern and routine with Angelina, letting the reader know that they keep in touch (you don't reveal the extent of their relationship until later).
Even though the reader knows "this time" is probably going to be different - what point in the story otherwise? - you still managed to make me expect a drunken George, and I felt as surprised and pleased as Angelina when he was all put-together. Isn't it just like George to pretend he wasn't, though? It really showed the contrast, and that he was fully aware of it. (That made sense in my head.)
I also liked the way you gradually revealed the extent of George and Angelina's relationship. At first, they could have almost been friends or . . . well, something awkward but not quite romantic, I suppose. You simply gradually revealed how comfortable they are with one another. I felt like you were describing the situation as it was, without trying to explain it to the reader. That's another thing that made more sense in my head.
Let's just say I found a lot to comment on after all, because this was such a lovely and up-lifting and sweet story, and I was impressed by the writing.Author's Response: You know, when I first heard George/Angelina was canon, I thought, "WTH?" But, then I thought about it and I realized that nowhere does it canonically say that Fred and Angelina were a couple, he just took her to the Yule Ball; that doesn't mean they were going out or even serious with each other.
I definitely believe that George would have had some serious problems after Fred's death and I could see Angelina being there for him, but still being exasperated by him, all at the same time. It's a very adult relationship, with peaks and valleys.
George knew he hadn't acted well the last few Christmases and he wanted to change. It's hard to beat depression and substance abuse, but he was working at it.
Thank you for noticing the gradual way the relationship unveiled. It was deliberate. I didn't want to overdescribe and have it go too M rated, but it had to be shown that they have been intimate.
I'm glad you found this uplifting and the writing to be decent. It's another more recent story and I'm learning how to write gooder (joke!) Report Review
Yay! I love all the Weasley's, so it was lovely to read about George :-)
It was very well-written and the story was so perfect!
I'm saying a silent thank-you to the Review Tag game on the forums for finding thisAuthor's Response: Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this. I wrote this to explore my feelings about George/Angelina and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Report Review
Oh, wonderful! That was very well-written (as always). It was just short and sweet, and I really enjoyed that. Very realistic, as well. Hope you have a lovely holiday! :)Author's Response: Thanks, PPP. It's quite a departure for me, so I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I admit that I've been stuck for a while on my writing, so taking on these two Christmas challenges got the juices flowing again a bit. Report Review
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