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Review #1, by randomwriter orange groves

10th July 2014:
House Cup Review 2014

Hello :) Bear with me, for I am trying not to be too rambly as I'm hoping to pick up the pace and leave speedy reviews. I'm terrible at it, however that it is for another day. Onto your (great) story! I've never read about these two together, and I really like Teddy/Victoire, so I can't say that I've actively sought out stories where they're paired with others. I like one-shots that maintain a certain element of mystery, but try as hard as I might, I'd never have figured it out unless I'd gone back to the summary :p However, it was interesting to read about them together. There was one line where you said that nobody loved them together. You also listed out some negative qualities that they both had. So I'm guessing that there were people who believed that they didn't work well together, but I love how this fueled their love even more, how they loved each other together.

My favourite part about this was how you stressed on their imperfections, together and separately and how you showed that despite these imperfections, they were still in love with each other. It wasn't mad with passion or lust, it was a more muted and understanding kind of love, where he didn't feel the need to lie to her or to build castles of dreams. It was realistic, yet in many ways, ideal in a manner that we can only hope to find love so caring and lasting in real life.

I loved the writing style. The descriptions were absolutely breath-taking. I love the words you used to describe their love in the beginning. You defined it through little details and the smaller joys of life, which was a sweet thing to do :) The last line was amazing. You packed so much meaning into six short words.

Great writing. I love this :)

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Review #2, by nott theodore orange groves

10th July 2014:

I've actually never read a story that features Teddy and Molly II as the pairing before, so straight away I thought that was really original to read and I was intrigued with the way that you'd portray their relationship. I really liked the way that you made sure you emphasised the negative qualities and flaws of both the characters, which made their relationship a lot more realistic and believable to read about because often, especially in short stories like this one, relationships are perfected too much. The description in this story was really beautiful as well; the scene was really vivid in my mind and I loved the fact that you called this story orange groves to fit in with the setting in this piece. The formatting with the brackets was unusual but I really liked it too!

Sian :)
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Review #3, by lumos_knox orange groves

9th July 2014:
Hello! I'm here for the House Cup 2014 Event Five Review.

I think that this story is just beautiful in the way you are able to use description like that. I enjoyed this style of writing quite a bit. There's such beautiful images in my head at the moments as a result of your sunsets, stars and orange trees. By the way, I think that Orange Grove is a great title and sort of theme for this story. It seemed to fit the bill well. I know that you were only allowed to use 500 words, but some bits in here were just a bit hard to follow. In saying that, I understand just how hard it is to cram so much into so little, and I think you did a fantastic job at it. Thankyou so much for sharing this little beauty!


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Review #4, by HarrietHopkirk orange groves

9th July 2014:
House Cup 2014 Review

Celeste! You're ridiculous! Really! I know this has been up for ages and it's been so long since I read anything of yours, but you have such a way with words. I know your style has only improved since this, but it's still great.

Your imagery is beautifully executed and creates such a great picture that it can't help but stay with me. Here's an example: Their love was one of watching the sun fade to red dust, of watching the star strewn sky, of dancing in the street side curb, the streetlight draped across their arms, their mingling voices their music, of sitting in silence, because they were beyond mere words. Their love was of him, of her.

Despite the length, you managed to fit in a lot about Teddy and Molly's relationship, about her writing. It was very concise. There was no need to write any more, I was perfectly satisfied by the end, by the state of their imperfect/perfect summer relationship. The simplicity of the writing complimented the tone of the story, and it really worked.

I loved it! 10/10

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Review #5, by Erised orange groves

18th July 2012:
Another amazing story! Although it was short you managed to fit in a lot about the characters, their relationship as well as a plot. The sort of childishness that the two of them demonstrated was also really cute and made their relationship more believable.

What I especially liked about this was the lack of perfection that you deliberately wrote for the characters - it makes them and the relationship between them so much more realistic and elevates your writing. Well done!

I actually really liked the structure of this with the brackets and short sentences, although some people might not like the stop-and-start approach you used I think it fitted in perfectly.

Great work here :)

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Review #6, by shoveitsunshine orange groves

8th June 2012:
Ahh, stunning, stunning writing! I loved the use of imagery as well as the subtle dialogue in the piece.

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Review #7, by jennie8lynn orange groves

27th February 2012:
The simplicity of this story is what makes it so wonderfully written. You've taken something so simple, and made it into something. He loved her, she loved him. Their love just wasn't enough for the both of them, I suppose.
I haven't found too many Molly/Ted stories that I enjoy, but this is definitely one of the few. I've seen quite a few on the site, but as that is one of my favorite pairings, I tend to be quite picky, but you've pretty much captured everything. They both loved each other, but their love just wasn't enough to hold them together.

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Review #8, by lunylucy orange groves

3rd September 2011:
aw... that was sweet xoxo

Author's Response: Thank you so much! :) Glad you thought so!

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Review #9, by Siriuslover177 orange groves

5th August 2011:
This is actually my first time EVER reading a Molly-Teddy fan fiction, so it's a new intake on things.
I never really actually thought about them as a couple before, so it gave me something to think about.
I learned about this story from Harry Potter PodCast, and I really wanted to read it after that episode.
It's a very different style of writing of what I am used to, but I actually like it.
It's a very unique story, and I love that about this one.
Very nice job!!


Author's Response: Wow, thank you! There're a lot of lovely Molly/Teddy stories on this site and I would definitely recommend you read more of this ship. It's an interesting and promising one. Definitely check out PenguinsWillReignSupreme if you're interested in more of this ship - she writes a lot of it and she does it well.

Ooh, the HPFF podcast offered some lovely thoughts about this story. Thank you so much for reading and giving me feedback! I'm glad you liked it!

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Review #10, by Cleopatraa orange groves

17th August 2010:
I have never read a Molly/Teddy story and seeing as I love minor characters and pairings I had just to rea this . I also loved the fact it was about Molly because not alot of people write about her. Aww this was just adorable. The kept me hooked up till the very end. The story was perfect. You didnít need to write more or less. It was just unique and cute. The mood was so strong. This was really something I could imagine to happen. Iím a lover of forbidden romance stories they have a certain appeal but this story has the same appeal without it being a forbidden romance story. Iíll definetely will be putting this in my favourite list!

Author's Response: Thanks so much for giving this story a chance, then! ^_^ I'm so pleased you liked it! There's actually a prequel for this story - a short story called Autumn's Sonatas, if you're interested in reading on about these characters. :D

Thanks again for reading and reviewing!

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Review #11, by alicia and anne orange groves

20th July 2010:
This story was so amazing, the writing was beautiful. I loved this story so much. Well done on such a great 500 word story, I'm amazed at how much you put in those 500 words. 10/10

Author's Response: Wow, thanks so much! I'm pleased you liked it! ^___^

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Review #12, by ThatRomantic orange groves

20th April 2010:
Really well written.

I couldn't write so much in so few words.

You have a true talent!


Author's Response: Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! :D

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Review #13, by Marzipan orange groves

26th January 2010:
I'm almost embaressed to review at this point - you requested on my thread ages and ages ago. But I can't not review, because this was lovely. So hopefully you will forgive me.

It's hard to tell a story in so few words. Often by the time you get started you realize you are actually finished. But this felt perfect - there is no need for it to be any longer, it tells everything that needs telling already. I fell like if it had been any longer it would have detracted from the story, rather than adding anything to it. The simple, unpretentious style of this matches the simplicity of the story being told.

He loved her. She loved him. In the end, it wasn't enough. It's so refreshing to find someone writing about a love that wasn't meant to be. This isn't an epic love story about soul mates, or a tragic tale of star-crossed lovers. It's just two people who loved each other, but weren't meant for each other. The fact that their love doesn't work out doesn't detract from the fact that their love existed, however. That is the beauty of this, and is what makes it so wonderful.


Author's Response: Please don't worry about reviewing late. I completely understand real life and such can get in the way. :D

Wow, thanks so much for this amazing review! I'm truly very grateful to see that you enjoyed this odd little piece. And you perfectly grasped every aspect I was trying to get across. Teddy and Molly loved each other, but their love wasn't enough.

Again, thank you so much for reviewing, Marzipan!

- Celeste

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Review #14, by FluffyBunny orange groves

10th January 2010:
It's really beautiful and it made me cry. :D
Love it.

Author's Response: Thank you! (And sorry I made you cry! :P)

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Review #15, by confusedlover orange groves

12th October 2009:
very lovely.

i have read a lot of these 500 word stories out there and i must say that yours is no exception whatsoever to the other extraordinary ones that i have read. i loved the simplicity of it all and the abrupt ending that gave way that they were not perfect for each other even in the midst of their love. truly terrific. as i have told you in the past, feel free to stop by my thread anytime seeing as i truly love your writing. have an AMAZING day!!


Author's Response: First off: I apologize for the extremely late response! Life has been beyond crazy.

Wow, thank you so much for everything! I'm glad their realization came across to you; no one's really mentioned it so far. And please don't worry about the wait. I, of all people, should know. :-)

Thanks again!
- Celeste

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Review #16, by Drecklin orange groves

3rd October 2009:
Oh wow. This was so powerful. It's so interesting to read this and I really did like the way you kept the same style throughout the whole piece. This challenge has been turning up fantastic entries and this has quickly become one of my favorites! I love how you make their love them and then each of them themselves. I don't know if that made sense, but this really touched me and makes me happy :) Fantastic story with great power in such a small amount of words! :D


Author's Response: Wow, thank you! One of your favorites? That's so amazing to hear! The writing style used can be tricky for me to work with, so wow, you liked it! I'm really, really grateful for your kind words. Thank you so much!

- Celeste

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Review #17, by civilized orange groves

24th September 2009:
I really like this. It's adorable and citrus-y and I want MORE!

However, some parts are really confusing. Like the last sentence of the third big paragraph and the second-to-last paragraph through to the end. That said, I also realize that a.) this was for the Every Word Counts Challenge, so you didn't have many words to begin with; b.) I almost want to say that you MEANT it to be confusing, sort of like the jumbled thoughts that one would have when they don't make sense even to the beholder; and c.) it's poetic, and I appreciate that.
However, it's still really confusing, and an ideal fic should be easily comprehensible.

I'm really impressed with your bravery at attempting this challenge, though! I was going to try it too, but unfortunately I write lengthily and 500 words just isn't enough. :P

Author's Response: Hi and thanks for reviewing! (And sorry for the late response!)

It's unfortunate that you thought it confusing, because none of my other reviewers mentioned anything about being confused. I'll go back and have a look at the lines you mentioned. :) And yes, I absolutely meant it to be the way it is. I appreciate the review, but I'm going to have to disagree with you saying, " ideal fic should be easily comprehensible." I do not believe in spoon-feeding information to a reader, so I always keep some things vague (symbolism and interpretation of the ending). Many of my favorite authors write like that and I write like that as well. To me, an ideal fic does not need to be easily comprehensible, but rather rich in content and I try to echo that in my own works.

Thank you for the review! I really do appreciate hearing your thoughts on my work! =)
- Celeste

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Review #18, by Miss Lily Potter orange groves

22nd September 2009:
I really enjoyed this. (: It was poetic, in a way, and while some lines, at first glance, would appear redundant, they weren't, at all.

I especially liked this line:
She would laugh her gentle laugh that reminded him of waves rolling, of the wind playing the trees.

That struck me as adorable, as did the rest of the fic. (: You have a real way with words, if you'll pardon the cliche. It was realistically written, and the brackets made it seem more so. Everyone dreams about love like that, and you've managed to capture it well. (:

The only thing I'd point out is that it's really not obvious that it takes place in the magical realm, though I actually enjoyed that part of it as well.(:

Very well done. !

Author's Response: Thank you so much!

It's great to hear that you liked this odd little one-shot. Haha, everyone does dream about love like the one Teddy and Molly share, although it's not really a very perfect one, as shown by the ending.

It really isn't very connected to the magical realm, is it? It probably could simply stand on its own. None of my fanfiction leans too heavily on JK's world. I can't really explain why. I feel like writing something a little looser gives me more freedom. (:

Thanks for the wonderful review!


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Review #19, by faerieall orange groves

21st September 2009:
This is so poetic and stunning and wow. I'm speechless, this is just so gorgeous. I love the picture you paint, I love the style of this, just guh. You pretty much killed me in 500 words. 10/10, this is absolutely wonderful.

Author's Response: Wow. Thank you so much. I'M speechless after reading this wonderful review. This really made my day! Thank you, again!

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Review #20, by PenguinsWillReignSupreme orange groves

21st September 2009:
Oh wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

You have such a knack for the most original and delicious description and that just comes across wonderfully in the 500 words. I still can't get over the fact that we both wrote Molly/Teddy - though yours makes much more sense than mine :P

I just...I love it all. The dialogue is very strong - I think it really set it off well, especially the bits in brackets afterwards. It was a lovely touch.

Your description, as I've already said, is flawless. Completely and utterly brilliant. The characters were very well presented in such a short space of time as well.

I think this is fantastic, Celeste ^_^


Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much!

Yours is far better than mine! I love 'Wise'; I think it's a great deal more straightforward and more emotional than mine as well.

Wow, again, thank you for all your lovely words on the descriptions and the inner dialogue in brackets.

I really can't thank you enough! This review made my week!


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Review #21, by redherring orange groves

21st September 2009:
Oh, your writing never ceases to blow me away! Honestly, this was just beautiful. It was so wonderful and a really enjoyable read, and I think this was a really great subject to write about for the challenge, as well - the fact that it was so short gave it an intensity which worked really well. I really love the pairing, too :D

Fantastic! 10/10 :)

Author's Response: -blush- You're too kind. Thank you! I had some trouble with this piece at first. But it's splendid to hear from you that it worked out. And you liked the pairing! (which, to be honest, I was worried about, considering how little it is written about).

Thank you for the amazing review!


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