Date: 06/27/2008 11:51 AM Title: Chapter 28 - Moment of Truth
Would Draco have acted if the timely appearance of Ron etc hadn't tipped the scales in the right direction? He was thinking about it, and hated what was going to happen, but he didn't act on his own. On the right side, but no noble hero. Maybe Ron can trust him in terms of not being pro Voldemort, but he shouldn’t trust him with Hermione. who isn’t the most reliable character herself.
I hope once she recovers, she finally decides what she wants and stop being so tiresome. When Molly kicks off about the baby, will she stand shoulder to shoulder with Ron? Or run away/push him away ‘for his sake’. Again. Draco will always be waiting to comfort her…..
She needs to distance herself from Draco, though he‘ll object. She knows he loves her, how on earth can anyone but the most selfish woman, not keep her distance for his sake? If he's the wonderful noble person she foolishly thinks he is (I'm not convinced) she'll want him to have the chance to meet someone new, which he can't do if she's still in his life. This situation can’t sustain a friendship now she knows how he feels. Unless she likes the feeling of being adored by two men, or needs an alternative for when things get rough with Ron. Or actually has romantic feelings for him. The three of them being friends would be totally unbelievable. If she insists on keeping him in her life, that’ll prove how self involved she still is. Run Ron run!
Author's Response: Sarah, you have such interesting comments! They always make me think ahead to what is coming and how my story will or will not answer your questions. I have to say that I think Draco definitely would have acted to save Hermione, even if Ron and the others hadn't shown up. He may not have been quite as physical about it, perhaps attempting some verbal intervention or underhanded maneuver to make Dolohov pause, but he was sure that Harry and company were coming and with their arrival, he could finally leap into action. I think you're quite right about Ron not trusting him with Hermione - at least not completely, but after their talk, I believe Ron is tolerable of him in her presence. He's just keeping an eye on things. More to come soon. Thanks again for the stellar review!! Love it, love it, love it!!
Date: 06/25/2008 04:48 PM Title: Chapter 28 - Moment of Truth
I still have this deep seeded hatred for Draco...I know it's the books swaying my opinion. I suppose a rat can be reformed...but I still have my doubts. Of couse you just had to have Ron trust him now...damn! If my guy trusts him, I guess I'll just have to go with it. I'm glad our girl is alright. This is my favorite chapter of the whole story! I just love an angry, get-even kind of Ron!
Author's Response: My dearest missgranger2, I knew you'd be one of the first to review this! Yes, I've always been of the opinion that Draco could be reformed. Like I said, some will like this and some will not. Thanks so much for leaving the lovely comments. You're the best. L
Date: 06/25/2008 02:00 PM Title: Chapter 28 - Moment of Truth
Hurray! Draco chose the good. He really did have his "Moment of Truth" Now I really think he and Ron are Harry’s guardians.
You really had me holding my breath and praying for deliverance for Hermione. Your description of Dolohov and his torture of Hermione brought tears to my eyes. I’m so thankful Ron and Remus made it in time. Now I know Draco wouldn’t have let her be raped, but even if he had stopped Dolohov his father would have killed or at the very least rendered him unable to help. There were too many Death Eaters for Draco to stop them all help showed up in the knick of time.
If I had been Ron I’m not sure I would have stopped at beating Dolohov I may have killed him. As long as he’s alive some innocent in at risk. Lucius got off easy, he should suffer with the memories of his sins.
I had been wondering if Ron and Hermione had told his family, I guess not. She’s lucky to hide her condition from Molly at 5 months along. Can't wait for Molly's reaction. I do wish she would agree to marry Ron.
I’m glad that Ron is getting better about accepting Hermione’s friendship and doesn’t go off on jealous tirades any more.I’ve only a chance to read the chapter through once, will do so again as soon as I can. It seems there’s always things I miss the first time round.
Great story, love it, love it, love it.
Author's Response: Dear KaL, I'm so glad you like the direction this went. I've been holding my breath waiting for the responses, but I'm sticking true to my story. I won't deviate based on any other opinions. Hope you enjoy the second read through. I like this chapter a lot as well. Thanks again. Hope to hear from you on future chapters.
Date: 06/25/2008 01:48 PM Title: Chapter 28 - Moment of Truth
Your chapter end notes are a dirty trick!! I was all convinced of Draco until you asked us that. Now there's this annoying voice in the back of my mind (it sounds remarkably like Hermione, btw) going "Is she trying to give us a hint?" "Can Draco really be trusted?" "Was Ron right to begin with?" AAgh! Dirty tricks I say!
Author's Response: jocelynsmama, Give me a minute to laugh. I'm enjoy this way too much!! I never knew I was so sneaky until I started writing this stuff. Mmmm - should I tell you or just let you wonder? It's just too good - I think I'll let you wait. Naughty, naughty. LOL Take care and thanks again.
Date: 06/25/2008 01:09 PM Title: Chapter 28 - Moment of Truth
I was going to wait till you posted this on SU, but I guess here is just as good as any.
That was a hard chapter to read, I`ve always been a bit touchy when it comes to subjects of rape. It`s just something I always avoid in reading stories. But thank-you for not letting it go to far and thank-you for not hurting the baby. I think if it did go to far it would have destroyed my feeling for this story. Don`t get me wrong, your by far a wonderful and talented writer and you did beautifully with this chapter, it`s just that aspect of what would of happened would be too much for me.
With that said, I do finally trust Draco, he wouldn`t have done what he did if he was evil. But I do believe he is inlove with Hermione, even though he can never have her, he loves her even if that means he has to watch her be with Ron. Ron and Hermione has always and will always belong together.
I hope Hermione finally say`s yes to Ron`s proposal. I`m waiting for a happy chapter filled with lots of love. Can`t wait for the next , your still one of my fav`s Thank-you
Author's Response: Dear rubyhill, It will be up at SU soon as well so you can read it a second time!! hee hee. Yes, it is a nasty subject, but I've always pictured Dolohov as the type that would do that and I also wanted a situation that put Hermione in more than just magical danger - something truly awful that would up the stakes to where Draco had to make his decision. If he had stood by and allowed that to happen, it would destroy too many lives, including his own. I believe he is in love with Hermione as well, but is coming to terms with her relationship with Ron. You'll just have to wait on the rest, but trust me, you'll like the ending.
Date: 06/25/2008 12:20 PM Title: Chapter 28 - Moment of Truth
I still don't trust Draco and certainly won't cry if you kill him LOL
Dear Sternbetrachter, Hmmm. I guess a few more chapters will have to come out for you to truly make your decision. I'll keep your suggestion in mind. LOL Thanks for the review - they are so appreciated!!
Date: 06/11/2008 07:10 AM Title: Chapter 27 - Faulty Floo
I was just re-reading this story when surprise! an update.
I'm still trying to figure out the riddle of the scrolls and trunk. I just don't have the steel trap mind to do it.
I still have my doubts about Draco and this chapter really didn't set my mind at ease. I'm thinking Snape isn't totally evil and Draco would maybe like to work with the right but he is still really under his father's thumb. It seems he should have found a way to warn Hermione.
Isn't 13 Grimmauld Place a muggle home? Did Snape make a secret floo connection with the fireplace there? Will Draco get help for Hermione before she's tortured? Or will he betray the Order.
Please update soon I'm going crazy with these questions and more.
Author's Response: Dear Kal, you are my first review for this chapter and everything you asked has made me smile because it's exactly what I hoped for!! Only one more chapter and you're going to find out about Draco. I think I've left you in suspense long enough! Thanks again for your lovely comments. I hope I somehow manage to wrap all this up in the next 6 chapters and that it all makes sense! Keeping my fingers crossed.
Date: 05/18/2008 09:03 AM Title: Chapter 26 - Coming to an Understanding
I've been out of town for a while, so, what a nice surprise to see this wonderful story updated. Thank you so much for updating quickly.
Harry seems to have a wonderful self-healing power since opening the trunk, I wonder if he can help others?
I enjoyed Ron and Draco's talk, sort of clearing the air between them. I do enjoy stories where Draco changes sides. Although I and like Ron and will still keep my defenses up. I remember that Draco is suppose to be a spy and he can still turn on them. We'll see.
Hope you update again soon, I really love this story.
Author's Response: Dear KaL, So nice to hear from you again. I think this last chapter with Ron and Draco is one of my favorites. I find that I truly love writing Draco. I find him intriguing although I've always had my opinions on whether he was going to end up good or evil. You're going to know for sure in another couple of chapters! So, hang on. My undying gratitute for your continued readership!!
Date: 05/16/2008 08:28 PM Title: Chapter 9 Jealousy Unchecked
Oh, dear God, no.
Author's Response: Dear muggle mom, I've enjoyed watching your reviews come and I can see the dates and how you're progressing through the chapters. It seems that I wrote some of them so long ago, I forget how tantalizing they are!! I hope you'll continue to read and enjoy the rest. I'm nearing the end and getting very nervous about it. I so want this to wrap up in splendid fashion!! Thanks again!
Date: 04/29/2008 12:47 PM Title: Chapter One A New Spy Is Born
I should have read the reviews before I posted.
1) I don't think Ron is a doormat. I think he is a young man in an impossilbe situation. He is going to be a Father and his love is extremely emotional he's just trying his best to maintain harmony for now.
2) Harry's insensitivity toward Ron? What better way to wake Ron up. What should he have done, let Ron start drowning his sorrows in firewhisky and possibly messing up his Auror training not to mention his relationship with Hermione?
3) I do sometimes think that Hermione is out of character, but she still has her brilliant moments with I am sure more to come. She experiencing something she didn't have time to "study" for and she's thrown off. I give her a break.