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Harperchondriac, Browncoat, and Gryffindor.
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* This author is represented by 2 cats, who grudgingly allow her to write - sometimes. Complaints about lack of or slowness of updates will be reviewed and given priority based on the amount and desirability of cat treats accompanying them.
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After a terrifying night in July, 1994, her life is changed forever. While Hogwarts hosts the TriWizard Tournament, Catherine Lawrence isolates herself into sleepless nights while she struggles to come to terms with her new reality. As she attempts to decipher if the voices and the ghosts haunting her are real or imaginary, Catherine fails to notice those who reach out. But Fred Weasley could be the one person to shed light into her fortress - if she can learn to let him in.
(Transfering from HPFF, originally posted under the name Rapier Rodent as a secret gift exchange thing.)
Please excuse my unfashionably-lateness. I would tell you the sordid tale, featuring pirates, marauding unicorns, and some Muggle contraption known as bouncing house, but I fear you would be bored. Besides, this review is supposed to be about you.
So yes, let's talk about you, and this AMAZING story you have started here!
SUCH TALENT! I have found myself all caught up in this tale already! I have questions that I want to know answers to.
Who exactly is this girl the the multiple nick-names and twin brother? What happened in July that is causing all this lingering grief? Who is Chris? And who/what is making that voice, if it's real at all!
See, this is good! Great stories leave things like these dangling, tantalizing readers to come back for more and find those answers. Something you have done SO WELL!
An utterly perfect appearance by the oh so dashing Weasley Twins did not go amiss either. :D There are so few stories out there that include these characters, and do it well. BRAVO!
You certainly have a gift for writing characters and drawing readers into caring about them right from the start. I can't wait to see where this goes!
Don't worry about the lateness, I'm just very happy that you came along to read!
Aw stop, you're making me blush :P I really wanted an interesting first chapter for this. I had a lot of things to set up, so I'm glad that you had all of the important questions at the ready by the end. Even without an immediate cliffhanger, I knew I had to give you guys a reason to keep coming back!
Thank you so much! I struggle quite a bit writing the Weasley twins, and keeping them in character is important to me, so thank you!
Wow, thank you for the lovely review!
(Another transfer, from my silly secret review-name.)
Oooh, things are getting interesting now!
Okay, first of all, I find your take on twins unique. Twins are usually written like Fred and George - two people who are always together, practically part of each other. And don't get me wrong, I love that, but I think you've done a very realistic thing here to show a pair that actually AREN'T attached at the hip. It's still an extremely authentic sibling relationship and it's intriguing. Especially when you juxtaposition that next to Fred and George's version of being twins. So, nice writing!
Secondly, it's really fun to explore the Hogwarts era from a different character's point of view. To have familiar names pop up (Fred, Lee, Angelina...) but experience them from inside someone else's head. We're two chapters in to a Hogwarts Era fic and you have yet to mention Harry Potter. LOL. That's very different. (And probably should teach poor Harry something about him always being so worried about what everyone is thinking of him...most of the time, they actually probably aren't! LOL)
Oh, something horrible and awful and sad happened at that swimming hole over the summer, didn't it. Poor kids. And this brings us to the real question - is Cate really seeing a ghost? Can Muggles come back as ghosts?
Oh, and Cate, take the nap. Naps are amazing and the best thing ever, and all too soon you will grow up and never have an empty weekend for napping ever again. So, while you still can, just take the nap.
Thanks for all the transfers, Jill! XD
Oh wow, you're back already!! Hello hello!
Yeah, I figured that twins were just regular siblings. Sure, they have that special bond - and I don't forget about that in this fic - but some twins don't get along and some twins are very different. I'm glad that you liked that, and noticed that parallel there with the Weasleys ;)
Ah yes, I love Hogwarts era fics. And you're right, but given everything that's happening with Cate, I doubt she'd be too bothered by the hero of the wizarding world :P
Naps are the best medicine!
Thank you for another amazing review!
Cate's having a hard time in this chapter, isn't she. Poor girl. I must say I AM glad that she took that nap. It had to be good for her.
I really enjoyed the part with Lee in here. He's not a character you see in fics very often; he always gets overshadowed by his two more attention grabbing buddies. It was very nice to see him get the spotlight on his own for a bit. I really loved the way you wrote him as still funny, but awfully caring and concerned as well. Nice job!
I'm a bit torn on what to feel about Cate and Rob. It's obvious that they care for each other, and I kinda wish I could just smack them both upside the head and tell them to work it out. But, also, everyone is also entitled to their own feelings and the time to work through them. I kinda think Cate needs to realize that about Rob...and herself as well.
All this rambling about the characters tells you that you are doing an excellent job at writing complicated and detailed OCs. Take that as a huge compliment. :)
So, does this mean there is going to be Cate and Fred stuff in the future? I mean, I know there will, given your tags on this fic, but...yeah. Interested to see how that will develop!
And I really need to know the whole story about how Chris died. Gotta work out exactly what's going on.
Aw yeah, I wanted to keep Lee in here without him being overshadowed by the twins. He's a really great guy, and he cares about people, so of course he's going to be concerned if he thinks that something's wrong. I'm glad you liked his appearance here!
You know, you're not wrong in the sentiment of wanting to smack Rob and Cate in the head. Even when writing, I want to do that sometimes :P And you're right, she DOES need to realize that Rob's entitled to his own feelings. It's a journey♥
Thank you! I definitely take that as a huge compliment. I love dark and complicated OCs ;)
I'm so excited for their development as well! They're going to be adorable together.
Thanks for another great review!
Okay. I must give you a hand. This story is FAR MORE complicated than I even imagined.
So, Rob is actually responsible for Chris' death? Wow. That's just...wow. If this were CSI they would be getting ready to arrest him by about this point in the show/story.
Maybe you are really Agatha Christie in disguise? Mixing magic and murder mysteries in the same story!
It was a very interesting switch to suddenly be in Rob's head instead of Cate's. There's a lot of guilt going around here, and apparently some of it is not totally misplaced.
So, Rob and Angelina? Is this going to take the place of Fred and Angelina, to clear the way for Fred and Cate?
I should be typing more here, but I'm seriously still kinda reeling from the revelation that Rob pushed Chris. I mean, that's HUGE stuff! Way bigger than who broke up with whom or what so and so got on their Charm's test.
Still here, still needing to find out what happens. And as always, still great writing!
You're right about one thing: this story - and all the characters - are exceptionally complicated ;)
That's all I'm going to say about that.
I'm DEFINITELY NOT Agatha Christie in disguise, but thanks for the huge compliment! I don't often write mysteries, so I'm glad it's coming across well!
This story definitely has bigger issues going on and I can't wait to see what you think of the rest!
So glad you're still intrigued!
(Again with the transfering.)
YES! Finally her brother acted like a brother! That moment was just so good! Her finally drawing, and then finally letting the tears come, and then Tommy being there to hold her. So simple and yet so profound. It's my favorite moment yet in a very good story!
Now, I'm also getting a little creeped out by Chris's ghost. I mean, why is he here? Does he want her to know the truth? Does he want revenge? Is he just tying to say goodbye? This story is like 3/10 romance, 3/10 murder mystery, 3/10 ghost story, with a little bit of high school drama thrown in on the side. It's amazing that you can get all that in there, and still have such a brilliant story!
I really did love the bonding between the girls her age, though. And because we know these other girls, we know they would be caring and concerned. I love that they are there for her.
Now Fred. Bravo on the banter and writing there! I'm a bit picky about my Freds (as you might have guessed from my code name here) and you are doing a splendid job! Can't wait to see what he has planned for this friendship.
Also, I kinda wonder what he and George are up to. That's always something to worry about, lol. Especially if they are involving Hagrid.
Great stuff! Thanks for writing and posting!
Aww yeah, Tommy finally stepped up and put his big brother shoes on, so to speak. This actually wasn't the original scene - it was originally Lee, but I changed it to Tommy after a friend suggested it - and I'm so glad I did because it makes way more sense this way. I'm glad it's your favorite moment!
In terms of Chris' ghost, all I'm going to say is that you shouldn't be creeped out. Well, maybe a little bit, and his purpose will be revealed in due time ;)
I sort of forgot about the girls, honestly. Oops. But I felt like this was definitely necessary for Cate.
Thank you! I'm trying hard to keep him as canon as I can, so I'm glad that you think I'm doing a great job. Sometimes banter is hard for me to write, but it flows naturally with these two.
All I'm going to say is keep in mind that this takes place in the Goblet of Fire ;)
Thanks for another great review!
(Last transfer, I think...)
Oh wow. I'm so torn about this chapter.
I HOPE Tommy is acting out of real concern and love for her, but after reading Cate's thoughts, I'm not sure that's the case. And he does have a rather lousy way of showing it usually.
And I actually feel rather bad for Rob here. Cate may have gone into the relationship with a set of stipulations, but what he said is true - things and feelings can change. And she's being awful selfish to not at least acknowledge that. Him falling in love with her doesn't mean she has to love him back, but she can't get mad at him for it happening, and she can't expect him to ignore it and have things go back to how they were before.
Now, the Fred part. I really liked this part. I like that he's playing games with her to get to know her! It's so unique and such a Fred thing to do. True story here - when I was in high school I had a friend that I used to do this with. We'd write each other funny quizzes and pass them back and forth for the other to answer. Fun times. Probably why this part made me smile so much, as well.
And Fred, mate, gotta hand it to you. Of course you would know that the way to a girl's heart is through chocolate. Nicely played!
I like the glimmer of hope you give at the end of this chapter, that Rob and Cate can somehow reconcile and be...something...again.
Still, I feel like we haven't seen the last of your ghost. And I feel like there are big, terrible secrets here that still need to come out and are hanging...waiting...teetering on the edge. I imagine the crash is going to be both huge and painful. :(
Great writing again. I really think your chapters are getting even better, which is awesome considering what a high level you started at anyway.
I've enjoyed reading this and hope you'll have more up soon! Thanks for posting!
This is actually my favorite chapter so far, but I understand your feelings!
I think Tommy *is* acting out of real concern, but given his previous behavior, it's hard for Cate to understand and accept. He does normally have a lousy way to show it, but she needed to call him out.
Aww, good. I wanted everyone to see where Rob is coming from and why he's been so hostile towards her because it was important for their journey.
I'm so glad you like the Fred part! I was kind of nervous about it because I wasn't sure if it was something that he would do, but everyone seems to love it and I'm glad you do as well! It was actually really fun to write that bit.
Ah, yes, Rob and Cate. Will they, won't they? *innocent whistling* But yes, hope is necessary!
As far as the crash, well... it will be big. And terrible. And my poor babies *hugs them*
Oh, wow, thank you so much for the compliment! This story is kind of my baby, and I'm so glad that you've enjoyed this so much! I have a few other WIPs to work on at the moment, but I plan to have another chapter up in the not-so-distant future.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your amazing reviews!!! I can't wait to find out who you are so I can squish you!
Wow. Wow. WOW!!!
Okay, I'm thoroughly creeped out now, and huddled in a blanked in the middle of July. Did I ever mention how I do NOT do ghost stories?
Girl, you have a talent for writing the creepy!!! Yes, it's couched in the funny, and the touching, and the normal teenage-y stuff....but CREEPY!!!
WHAT does Chris want? Is he really dead? Is he stuck somewhere, al la Watcher in the Woods style? (And can I tell you when he showed up in the bathroom mirror I almost lost it?)
You have me very worried and yet hooked.
Amazing job, great writing, perfect description- as always.
Oh, and P.S. Mr. Ghost - hands off my Fred!
Um, you didn't mention that - so... sorry not sorry for future chapters if you're already invested in the story? XD
Thanks! I still feel like it needs work, but I'm trying to draw from some of my favorite authors for inspiration. Glad it seems to be working! And thank you, it's hard trying to find a balance between all three.
Um.... I'm answering none of the above, you'll have to read on. :D
Aww, thank you so much, Jill! I'm glad you're still enjoying the story <3
Paranormal experience from beyond the grave.
McG - All right, class, back to work.
ONLY at Hogwarts...
I honestly don't know where I stand with Rob. And Rob and Cate. And this WHOLE mess. Personally, I think they all need help. GROWN-Up help....but they aren't gonna listen to me.
And then there's Fred. I can't quite figure out yet if he like-like hers, or just wants to help her as a friend. I'm ASSUMING this will be a romance...but he's kinda swinging at it from an odd angle and taking his sweet time.
*snickers* Yep, only McGonagall. She's concerned, of course, but they have a curriculum! ;) Her reaction is sort of important, though.
I'm soooo glad people (and you) are feeling conflicted with Rob and Cate and everything. That's exactly where you should be right now. And yes, you're right- they do need help. Cate's admitted it, but it's a bit of a struggle for them to get there.
As far as Fred, I'll tell you that he and Cate are a slowburn. He's taking his sweet time and going at odd angles because he knows that a new boyfriend isn't really what she needs right now, and that's all I'm going to say.
Um... Thanks! :D
(For team Chimera and the Poetic Blizzard thingie...though I would have read it anyway...)
Lizzie! How have I never read or reviewed this? It's so amazingly brilliant! And I'm so happy I found it now when it's Christmas time, because that made reading it so much more special.
Gah, I can't tell you how much I love this. You know I love Weasleys, and Molly, and happy, mushy Weasley moments with Molly being all motherly to Harry. And this just hit ALL of them. Right on the spot.
All those reasons Molly lists for Harry needing this sweater just made me cry, and want to hug him, and then be so very glad that Molly does. That poor kid deserved so much in life, and got so little.
Something else I love about this story is the ease with which you write it. It just flows out, naturally. I know you enjoy crochetting and working with yard, and maybe you won't think I'm weird when I say that this story shows that. You write it with a familiarity of someone who has done this before - sat in a chair creating with yarn while your toes curled under a warm cat. And I love that about it.
I also love how Molly knows that she's doing this, not just because her heart aches for Harry, but because her heart aches for his lost parents and what they don't get to give their son. That's a very unique thing to point out and it makes me happy - and sad.
The best imagry is the jumpers as shield - a way to protect her children, who have now grown to eight, when she can't be there.
Brilliant as always Lizzie! Sorry it took me this long to find it! Next time slap me and remind me or something!
So, I COULD copy the review I know I gave this on HPFF and paste it here, but then I wouldn't get to tell you AGAIN how much I love this story. It makes me smile every time I read it. You have such a way with words.
More than that, though, I can tell you wrote this from the insight of BEING a mother to girls. I feel like this is less a work of fiction and more a moment of truth couched in the view point of some fictional characters.
So, when was the first time YOU had the "he's hot" conversation with your girls? LOL.
Fabulous writing, as always!
You know how to deliver on the warm fuzzies. It is a moment within a moment, and probably something that I'll come back to over and over again. Motherhood is a tough gig.
Thanks for your incredible words!
Expect the unexpected.
For forever_dreaming's Domesticity Challenge
Can be read as a stand-alone or a sequel to Escape Velocity.
Well, I can't come all the way here, and read it all, and just leave without giving you a review, can I?
I loved it! So much! It's so nice to see Harry finally getting a family, and having warmth and love and light and home in his life. It's not the family I always pictured, but you wrote them SO WELL they just seemed totally real and I can deal with it.
Harry as a dad was AMAZING! I sense a lot of personal experience there, and this tells me that you are probably a pretty amazing dad yourself. It really warmed my heart to see this, and you should know that.
Great writing, great painting of pictures in my head!