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Review #1, by nott theodore A conversation and a letter

28th April 2017:
CTF Jailbreak Review

Hi again!

Okay, I have to admit, again, that I'm not the biggest fan of pairings like this one. In fact, I don't think that I've ever read a Draco/Neville story before in my life? (And I've read quite a lot of fanfiction so that's saying something really.)

But even so, I liked the way that you wrote this piece. There's something about writing stories that are this length with unusual pairings that leaves the reader a lot of space to use their own imagination and fill in the gaps for themselves, which is what I did here - trying to imagine what their relationship might be like and how it began and developed.

The opening section was so tense to read - I loved the way that you hinted at Draco's feelings for Neville with his reactions to what his parents were saying, but he couldn't really voice them or anything and I actually felt really sorry for him. His parents have so clearly not even thought that Draco might be interested in anything but men and carrying on the family line...

The description at the end was lovely, it really showed how much Neville meant to Draco, and I liked the letter that he wrote to him as well - you could tell how they felt about each other and how much their relationship meant. An interesting read!

Sian :)

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Review #2, by melian A conversation and a letter

28th April 2017:
Aww, isn't that the cutest thing! Poor Draco, batting off his parents' suggestions for a propsective bride, when really what he wants is a groom. Lol. I seriously did laugh out loud at that one.

I liked how you had the different relationships in the past, too. Neville/Hermione - well I never really thought of that one, though I suspect he did have a crush on her at some stage. And creating a younger sister for Neville to act as a red herring was nice, too. Melinda Longbottom. It rolls off the tongue.

Those poor kids. SEven more weeks apart - you can feel the heartbreak in that last bit there. They're dying for contact but it's hard when it's not only a Gryffindor-slytherin relationshiop (especially in the days of the Draco/Harry feud) but same sex as well. I liked how Neville had casually mentioned Justin Finch Fletchley and Ernie Macmillan as a couple to his grandmother to see what her reaction woudl be. So much what any teenager in that situation would do. She didn't bat an eyelid so he's hopeful, but he still doesn't think she'd be happy. I can understand that. Draco Malfoy isn't someone a lot of Gryffindor families would welcome.

And now I find myself wondering how they got together in the first place. i don't suppose you want to give us a one-shot that shows that turn of events too?

Great job!

cheers Mel

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Review #3, by Crumple-Horned Snorkac A conversation and a letter

11th October 2016:
Greetings from the Crumple-Horned Snorkack, an elusive inhabitant of the northern boreal forest. Word has also reached me that today is your day of birth, so I hope you have a happy one. While I was out lurking quietly in the woods far away from human eyes, I happened to stumble upon this little corner of the internet full of fanfiction, and am here to see what these humans are up to.

Poor Draco, having to sit through all this about who he should marry. For him, it's already a boring conversation just because it's not what he's thinking about at this point in his life, but doubly bad because he's not interested in a girl at all. And Draco can't bring himself to say anything, because not only is the object of his love not a girl, but it's Neville, and his mother has nothing good to say about Neville regardless. So much angst in this poor human. I suggest that he runs off into the woods and lives in a tree or a cave for the rest of his life. I can promise you, that is bound to guarantee happiness. It did for me. And if you doubt me because you think I don't exist, then just ask Bigfoot. It worked for him as well.

What a sweet letter from Neville! It sounds like his family at least would be more accepting of who Neville loves, if he and Draco ever decided to tell anyone. Maybe. They might be okay with a guy but they may have the same thoughts about Draco Malfoy as Draco's parents have about Neville - those families aren't really on friendly terms, from what I hear of the humans. Until then at least they can write cute letters and smell the parchment.

This was a lovely story! I hope you have a happy birthday. As for me, I promised the Yeti I'd play table tennis with him and I'm late, so I must go.

Author's Response: Oh Mr Snorkack! (Or Ms? Mx?)

I did indeed have a good day of birth, and this review helped brighten it further! I'm very happy that you happened to stumble from the northern boreal forest and onto this little corner of the internet!

Draco definitely would make a good cave-dwelling hermit - as long as Neville comes along and dwells with him, of course! (Which I suppose would make them not hermits. Oh well!) And yeah, I definitely think Frank and Alice would be quite okay with their son being bisexual, but as you say, Neville dating a Malfoy is a bit of a different matter! I'm sure they'd come around eventually, though - and hopefully Lucius and Narcissa would as well, even though it might take them a bit longer. There is a lot of love in the Malfoy household after all, as shown in Canon!

Thanks again, and say hi from me to Bigfoot and the Yeti the next time you see them again! : )


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Review #4, by ImaRavenclaw A conversation and a letter

13th August 2016:
Hello, first off, Iíd like to thank you for entering my challenge! Thank you for your participation.

This was a shorty but a goody, I loved how though it is only about 700 hundred words, really nothing seems rushed. This first entry is fabulous, and I think you have a pretty decent shot!

I love how the inevitable is happening within the Malfoy household. Itís that time in Dracoís life where he must decide who to marry, from a very strict list of course. And obviously heís not thinking about any of those girls, or any girls at all. Heís thinking about Neville, and his parents donít have the slightest idea that anything is different.

Draco/Neville, what a strange and unusual pairing! Iíve never thought about it, but you know what, it makes some sense. This is kind of brilliant!

Oh that letter, it is so poignant and perfect and funny! Neville knows exactly how to make Draco feel loved.

All together I LOVE LOVE LOVE this story, and Iím so glad you decided to enter my challenge. Donít worry about the level of angst, there is a suitable amount, but other angstier stories might still gain the upper hand. However this is amazing and I think you have a pretty decent shot at winning! Good luck to you, and I hope you have an amazing day!

Yours sincerely,

Author's Response: Thank you for the review, and for setting up the challenge that inspired me to write this little Neville/Draco story! And sorry for being so late in replying to this, I'm hopeless when it comes to reviews and responses, ooops!

This little snippet of a story came to me basically fully form, so I just wrote what I had and it ended up at ~800 words in a very organic way I think - but it's great to hear from a reader that it doesn't feel rushed!

I got the idea of writing Neville/Draco from seeing someone talk about the ship on some corner of the interwebz and being intrigued - it's definitely not an intuitive couple, haha, but there was still some sort of pull there for me. I don't know why, exactly, but when I saw your challenge I was reminded of it, and I wanted to see if I could write this ship in a believable way... it's good to hear that you think it works! (I cheated by jumping right into an established relationship, though, so I didn't have to come up with a way to get them together, hehehe!)

It's interesting how you point out that this Neville knows exactly how to make Draco feel loved. In some ways I think you can have the greatest insight into people who are very different from yourself, and for Neville and Draco I think that could turn into the two of them helping each other become better people... So I definitely think there could be something there (if only just a friendship) if there wasn't so much bad blood between them in Canon...

Again, thanks for the review, and for hosting this challenge! : D


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Review #5, by pinkpanther16 A conversation and a letter

1st August 2016:
I've never read a Draco/Neville before but this was so well written I might actually start shipping this. Fantastic one-shot! :)

Author's Response: I actually don't think I'd ever read a Draco/Neville myself before writing this, but I was just hit by this crazy idea and I knew I had to write it, haha! I'm so flattered that reading this made you consider shipping it! Thank you so much! : )

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