ayy, branwen, i just couldn't not leave a review on this. i've read the three stories that come before this one and they were a great intro into their relationship. i love how damaged they both are but you don't make the story totally about that and totally angsty, it's refreshing to see someone tackle what happens after the war in a realistic way - things are pretty bleak but also slowly getting better.
i'm also amazed at how you manage to achieve the tension and general atmosphere between them just by having one of them say a word or two.
anyway, i just wanted to let you know i'm loving these drastoria stories so far (i expect i'll love the ones that i'm yet to read, too)
Hey! I was randomly craving some sweet romantic FF and this totally fit the cut. So happy to have stumbled across this. I loved reading it. It brought a smile to my face by the end. i loved Draco's characterisation and how you fleshed out Astoria as well. Their chemistry was interesting and the little snippets of backstory were great. Absolutely loved the morning scene when they finally kissed and the conversation that followed. All in all, great writing!
Literally, I want to live in your writing.
You are so talented, and amazing, and wonderful. This story is beautiful and everything I wanted it to be. I am so freaking happy that I read the lead up to this. This story was amazing. Flawless. Perfect. I have too many compliments and no CC, so I'm useless, but maybe this will make you smile.
Draco is wonderful. He clearly adores Astoria. The part where he says, "Yes, Astoria, of course I want to kiss you" made me want to scream with happiness. And how cognizant he is of being careful with her when she has her panic attack. AND THE ENTHUSIASTIC CONSENT. I LITERALLY LOVE THIS SO MUCH. THIS DRACO IS MY FAVORITE DRACO I HAVE EVER READ (INCLUDING THE SUBPAR ONE THAT I WRITE). I have no words (well, that's obviously not true) for what a fantastic character your Draco is.
Astoria is fabulous. I actually realized that I have no idea how your version of her looks (I just imagine the banner image of her.), but I can see everything she does and relate to it so much. I love that she finally kisses Draco. I love the moment with him. I love that she knows she's not there to have sex with him, but she wants to kiss him and IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
I love the setting of this, and the magical elements like the wrist band, and the callbacks to other stories like the bottle tops, and literally everything.
The evolution of this relationship is going to bring me to tears. I just want them to be happy and be together forever. I'm so ecstatic to be reading this series. Why do I even ship Dramione? What is my life? Omg.
Hey, I'm back for more and still here for the winter wonderland.
First off, I must say, the instant chat idea is ingenious and beautifully executed. I haven't come upon one until now. I feel like Wizards would have figured out something for quick communication at some point.
I also must comment on Astoria and Brendon's relationship. I'm so tired of the irrational overprotective brothers (ahem, men in general, to be completely honest). I do really love the bond they have and that he cares about her, but truly and fully trusts her judgment and doesn't interfere in her life. I mean, God bless him. I would love to see more of him in stories.
Then we move on to my darling couple being their amazing, understanding, but also their bruised, conflicted selves. I think that him knowing and trying to respect her suspicions with open bottles is super sweet. And her choosing to ignore it because is him is basically 'actions speak louder than words', and it just goes to show how comfortable they were getting around each other. Even if things got a bit edgy sometimes. And that, I suppose was the perfect build up for what came next. There was also, of course, how amazingly Scorpius handled her in her post-nightmare panicked state. Being there, constantly checking that what he was doing wasn't pushing her past her comfort level. It was just so, so sweet. Made my little shipper heart squee. And then because that wasn't enough, he let her start the kiss so she wouldn't panic.
I've got to say that you do portray all these dealings with psychological issues and fragile mental states so realistically and respectfully. I love seeing characters like that respresented. I love relating to Astoria like that. And I love seeing a healthy relationship between two broken people who are working on their issues. It's just so real and beautiful, and yeah. I'll stop gushing now.
Thanks for all the feels!