Happily Ever After
This is a very good story
I see Gabrielle parents Marie and Eric as very bad parents, they are so stupid to think that their 6 year daughter could be sociopath. It should had been a big clue that almost every psychiatrist won't diagnose sociopath in a patient until their adult for a reason, I won't be surprise if Marie and Eric came up with theory and try to find someone that agree with them. I for one think that Gabrielle be a fool to leave her kids(if she have any) alone with her parents, Gabrielle parents could cause an lot of damage in a child which was proven with what they did to Gabrielle.
My god this story is absolutely brilliant so far. There's so much depth to each character, it's amazing. I've never been so enthralled before.
Gabbi is an amazing character. Great work.
Also, I must admit I'm not a huge fan of Harry's soliloquys. He likes them way too much.
Gabrielle seems to have some serious problems. I think I preferred Hope to this story, mainly because the Harry in Hope is much more realistic (aside from the insane power and such). This Harry isn't pissed off at all (irrationally, but anyone would be) and automatically decides he wants to be dating with a really fucked up girl. Seems kinda screwed up, planning out her life around him. Either I'm missing something, some bit of information, like a compulsion someone placed on him, or Harry is just weird enough to like a sociopath....
You were doing really well until "It's not up to us who lives and who dies" - because it is, they DO have that power, and should use it to its full extent.
Pity. Was a good story.
Great chapter again!
but I think I found a little mistake - you wrote somewhere during the talk between Harry, Parvati and Padma, that Ginny and Nevilly were already married. I thought they still would have to marry...
Lol at Remus being so respectable his shoes now squeak. I like the idea of Gabbi being borderline sociopathic. Great chapters.
Very good!! Keep them coming
Well, I feel better knowing that all this "fairy tale" prince & princess stuff actually has a hook into 'real life'. What, Gabby has a mild tendency to 'disregard or violate the rights of others', she 'lacks a sense of moral responsibility' (according to the definitions I just looked up)? So, knowing this, she fixated on fairy tales and then onto Harry as her moral compass? I think I grok it.
Thoroughly enjoyed the anti-interview intent to have proper baby names, and not pop out Lily-and-James-version-3 and so forth. Whew.
My respect for Hermione grows ... thank you for keeping her dedicated to Harry.
I like the psychology here. I was honestly worried at the beginning about where this story was going - it was the shallowest first chapter from you that I can remember. But you've shown that there was a reason for that, and are developing all sorts of wonderful complexity. I'm looking forward to see where you go from here.
Oki-doki... the antagonist is hinted at, and I seriously don't get it. I've read and re-read, but I'm still drawing a blank. It can't be Gabrielle's parents/father, can it? Because that's just wrong, but maybe that's what makes it fit? I guess I'll just do what I do best, sit back and enjoy the ride. Because the ride is spectacular, even if it makes me slightly dizzy with everything going on. I guess that'll change after a while, as I get a better grasp on the story. I do love fairy tales, and you are a great story-teller, blessedly free from angst. I appreciate that.
I just wanted to say I love each and every single one of your stories! Some moments make me go..awwww! And many more others make me burst out laughing. In almost all cases, I'm smiling so much my face hurts later. :-) Anywho, keep up the fantabulous work!
Side note: Do you think you may finish 'Wild Horses' in the future? I'd like to see where it goes. Thanks!
Love the speech at the end.
Keep the chapters coming.
I saw two possible antagonists. One would be Gabrielle's parents, the other would be in Harry's speech. The people who fear change would be the second possiblity.
I would lean towards the people fearing change since you used the term "Dragon", where with parents it would be "Evil Step-mother" (or in-laws). That and I doubt they would be a force strong enough to be considered a dragon. Hell if they were the antagonists they wouldn't last 3-4 chapters.
Oh well, I'll just keep speculating until the next chapter comes out.
This story was always nice - now it's starting to get interesting. I love it - keep it up.
Excellent story. I really enjoyed Dobby's comment that he knew Harry was a great wizard 'cause he was as barmy as every other great wizard... <cough>Dumbledore<cough>. I look forward to your next update, may it be sooner than later. <eg>
Well, now that this has gone on a bit, I feel like I actually have something to contribute. :) This is very enjoyable, and I truly love your writting style.
Antagonist: well, dang that is a small hint. It could be anything from the straightforward Fudge and Malfoy to a much more complex issue of her parents, the media, or anyone who feels that her sociopathy is too detrimental for continuing this relationship/public facade/etc. Perhaps it's the metal imballence itself.
As for Gabbi being a sociopath, I find it interesting and I look forward to seeing how that plays out. It always stuck me (when reading the cannon books) that her Prince Harry was on the other end of the mental spectrum of being too emotionally attached, and perhaps a bit unstable as well. (Now -- I speculate wildly.) I thought that the latter books showed him to be borderline manic-depressive. I think that pairing up such a combo would have the potential to be high-risk/high-reward. While the failure of the relationship would likely be spectacular, the sucess could be a potentially ideal ballence of opposing forces.
Another aspect that I want to comment on is the idea that Gabbi's focus was on the Prince/Princess ideal. I have to wonder if this is wholly accurate. While she is a child making the associations to the farie tales, she is mentally commenting over and over again that all would work out in the end. That there would be a Happily Ever After. That is even more of a Key theme from the stories than even the central character's societal roles. She is seen in several scenes (ie the pensived wedding) pushing people into the happiness that she is working towards. (Which, by the way, I love her wonderful innocence of being unable to understand why people seem intent on denying themselves happiness, and that it is up to her to fix that!) It is stated repeatedly that she can't understand why people deny themselves happiness. If her goal, her ultimate focus, is that final line "Happily Ever After", the farie tale backdrop is exactly that. A framework to work in, but not the central focus. And if you couple that idea with the one that Harry is supporting -- that this is only the begining, and this next story is going to unfold over generations -- then the potential crisis of her losing that focus is pretty remote.
But, that is just my thoughts and likly no where near what our dear author is heading towards. I look forward to seeing how off base I am! Thanks!
There we go; this is what we were waiting for in the first four chapters. Though you brought out the "sociopath" angle a tad quickly, it went a long way to give us a lot of background that was missing from the beginning - providing much more depth for Gabrielle's character than a simple delusion of being part of a fairy tale.
With the additional conflicts with Gabrielle's parents, the Dursleys and the hints we saw from the first few interactions with the other students of Hogwarts, it is clear that this is not going to be a "post-victory" story where as super-savvy Harry has everything going for him at all times without any real effort on his part.
Good work :-)
Sooooooo good. I must say that I'm happy to see the increasing depth in Gabrielle's character. I was afraid that she'd be too much of a face-value personnage.
Lovely. Loved his speech at the end. He's certainly setting himself up as a leader.
Enjoyed their floo trick with Bill.
And the antagonist? The King? Gabby's father?
Thanks for the update.