Greetings from the Crumple-Horned Snorkack! While I normally spend my days lurking in forests and/or hiding from the Lovegoods, I thought that today seemed a good day to venture out and read some fanfiction.
This is such a cute story! I really love your portrayal of both Neville and Hannah, and their friendship is so wonderfully supportive and give all the warm and fuzzy feels :D I love how patient Hannah is - I think that's one of the things about her that really shines through. She doesn't pressure Neville into talking, just provides comfort and a listening ear if he wants it. And cake! That cake sounds amazing and now I want one, only I would make mine in the shape of my favourite animal: a Blibbering Humdinger.
Poor Neville - what a rough day he had. But I'm glad he feels welcome at Hannah's and knows that he can always count on her to be a friend when he really needs one, plus the good chance that he'll get some delicious food and some tea as well. The friendship between these two is just beautiful. I love it. :)
I have really enjoyed reading this adorable one-shot! And now I'm actually meeting my own friend the Yeti for some chai!
Neville is so cute! Even when he's sad he manages to give Hannah a compliment and she's so cute as well. She pretends like all of the sweet stuff that Neville does is just something that's friendly. If only she would open her eyes to the truth.
I absolutely love it when you add in little bits of Hannah's family culture into the story even if it's for something as simple as chai. I don't know why, it's just for me it makes her character come alive even more and I feel like I know Hannah better.
For me personally, it's very obvious that Neville has a crush on Hannah by the way that he looks at her and the way that he talks to her and treats her. And most importantly, by the way that she's the person that he goes to when something like Atticus dying happens because he trusts her and he likes her. You don't go crying to just anyone when someone close to you dies so that says a lot about how much Hannah means to him.
I definitely think that this could stand on its own as a one-shot, but there's a certain level of familiarity between the characters and in the writing that kind of hint that you don't have to, but you should read the one-shot coming before this one. But yes, it can stand on its own.