Date: 02/28/2007 04:35 PM Title: Chapter 1
I'm a big fan of Ron/Pansy and I liked this a lot. Dark and violent, though not quite as much as night and day. The humor was good. I thought killing Lucius with a gun was very appropriate, given how much disdain he's got for anything Muggle.
I thought the Ron/Pansy was well done, nicely understated. The end leaves me hopeful that they'll do alright, though in a world with happier endings they wouldn't have found each other. You even managed to make Draco sympathetic and I'm far from his champion.
The spare style really suited how much was absent in the story; a normal life, free use of magic, Hermione, Harry, Draco, most of the other Weasleys. This is the type of story that tells so much in a short space that I'd probably be happy if it was ten times longer.
Author's Response: Thank you!! I've never been much of a Draco fan either. The only time that I can bring myself to by sympathetic towards him is through Pansy's eyes (just as in Night and Day, actually). Thank you for all of your lovely compliments. I'm very pleased this worked for you! :)
Date: 02/28/2007 10:20 AM Title: Chapter 1
I read this over on LJ, and wanted to wait till I'd had a chance to go through it again before commenting—for obvious reasons. XD
I love your take on this sort-of-pairing. The previous fic that you wrote around them—"The Difference Between Night and Day"—was from Ron's pov and so, so sad, yet hopeful, in an Anne Frank kind of way.
This manages the same feat. The theme of injustice and revenge is such an interesting one, and Pansy's such an interesting character to take it on. I'm never quite sure just what it is she's so angry and obsessed about—Draco's death? Lucius's escape and resurrection? The betrayal of everything that Harry & Co. (with Parkinson and Malfoy, apparently) fought for?
It doesn't matter. I believe that she's obsessed, and it's very clear that she's hella pissed.
It's funny—one of the reasons that I needed to reread the fic was that it wasn't clear which Malfoy she killed at the beginning.
Again. It didn't matter. it still worked. All the better, in fact, because it made the scenes with Draco all the more interesting (which is always good for me—I usually find him about as compelling as earwax).
And I love Ron here—that after all he's lost, after all he's been through, he has reached a place that at least resembles peace—Zen, as Pansy sees it. And that he's "got big arms to wrap around her and he understands the value of secrets kept, and the importance of letting people go when they need to be gone." I love that!
But where's Ginny? :-(
Author's Response: :) Thank you so much for the review. I'm so pleased that it gave you something to think about. The structure of the fic was such fun for me to figure out. one of the reasons that I needed to reread the fic was that it wasn't clear which Malfoy she killed at the beginning. I actually went back and forth over tipping off the reader right away that it was Malfoy Sr or not, but then I decided to be mean and let them figure it out on their own. :) Ron...was like Pansy's anchor in a lot of ways. The story is very much Pansy's story - (which was why no Ginny, she's around there somewhere, being Ginny!like. I did have a scene where Ginny and Pansy spoke, but it didn't further the story along so I cut it) - but I liked that Ron could just be comfortable. Maybe not happy, but at least peaceful. Anyway, dear, thank you so much for this. I'm so pleased you liked it.