I've read this before, but on a lark decided to re-read it. I honestly laughed out loud when I read your clever little aside to your own story 'Hope' (a la "Faith and Charity"). That was... an extraordinarily clever easter egg. Many thanks for the excellent work!
I thought this was beautifully done, and an interesting approach having the entire chapter be in Sammy's p.o.v., first as a child, then as an adult. I would have liked to see more of how Harry & Ginny's relationship developed, but that can't very well come through when it's from the p.o.v. of a 7 year old, obviously. It was heartbreakingly sad when I read about Ginny's death, but I can understand why Ginny wanted to "go" on her own terms. Poor Harry!
"Consider it a bit of karmic debt – I owe Harry more than a dozen times over, and between you and Ginny, it’s probably an even gross."
I think you might mean a score... A gross is 144! Otherwise the ghettisburgh adress would refer to events of over 500 years previously, rather than less than a century...
I must admit, the first dozen times I read through this, I missed the subtle poke in jest you took at your other story, Hope. Funny!
Oh D: You have me drying my eyes with my hair b/c I have no tissues available. The series was wonderfully written but all the tears I've spilled have made me quite tired so I think I'm done with reading for a little while. I didn't even realize that this wasn't the last chapter until just now. So I guess I'll come back and read the next chapter in a little while :) Big fan!
Wow, this was totally different than what I thought it would be when I started reading it. Ginny's death and funeral and Harry's "aftermath" (dealing with the bad guys) had me in serious tears. Wonderfully well written.
Wow! You continue to demolish and rebuild everything about HP in such a utterly fantastic way. Made my absolute top ten.
I admire an author who can parody his own story.
Damn this was emotional, I cried a bit for the last part. A fitting tragedy for your skills.
You manage to mix genres in a three part story in a way that is unexpected for a fanfic.
I just finished reading the trillogy and i love it, poor Harry; i hope he can be lucky with Sam...
This is one of the best stories Ive ever read, yes I adored the first two parts of this and even the little drabble I found, but I'd read this before hand and I understand what you meant about not going down that road... but I did enjoy the drabble and actually wouldn't mind seeing it made into a story, maybe with some of this original story laced into it... But it's perfect the way it is... I've read a whole lot of fanfiction, some would say it's an addiction, my mother certainly would and my studies, when I was in college as well, but I digress... The point is this is by far one of the best I've ever read, the writing, the poetry of the story and writing itself and the love story that strings it all together, I love this part, which I believe is more a story by itself which I'm sure is the point, but I love this and havn't really found one to match it since I originally read it ages ago, and as I'm reading it for a second time, the feelings, the justification that it is all I remember it to be and that I could read this time and time again is still true with the dozens or a lot more stories I've read since then not changing that at all!!! Thank you for this gem and I'm sorry that I'm a horrid reader for not reviewing the others I've read, but I don't really have much time to read and when I do have my time I don't usually stop once I get started and invariably end up getting into trouble, hehe, or just don't think about reviewing because I want to read more, but again I'm rambling and I just really really wanted to express how much I loved this story and how much it touched me and also as much as I love the good manipulating and such story with Harry being betrayed or controlled etc. and their being a bad Ron or Herm. I know this is more the truth and it puts it in such a way that you can't help but wish you had such a friend or relationship on that level and the way you write it is just poetry into the lives of Harry and of the so called and justifiably as well 'Golden Trio'!!!! And also, though I've never been a big fan of the Harry/Ginny pairing, even though I know its cannon, I just don't like it at all, and though I don't typically read them, I have found a couple that do it in a way that I can believe, and actually enjoy/like, but this is by far one of the best, even if it is more of a story of their love and that of overcoming grief and of Sammy/Harry as well! Just thank you so much and I really have fallen in love with this pairing and this Harry and just the whole of the story!!! I also loved the 'excersize' and everyone helping and you can see a glimpse into how everyone was in the war and how they worked together, etc. to win!!! I could go on forever about it all but I just really had to review and say how much I truly enjoyed this and fell in love with the story, the writing, and the romance, and overcoming the grief, moving on, war, etc. just everything and I can't thank you enough for this diamond in the rough of fanfiction works!!! Thank you and I can't tell you again how much this touched me on so many levels and I really really love your writing and am pleasantly surprised whenever I read something else by you!!!
On a side note I can't wait to read more of the Harry/Pansy/maybeGinny pairing of White Knight/Grey Queen story that I also fell in love with and just everything about it was perfect!!!! Thanks and if you have written more or are going to I would love to hear about it! My email if you wish to know is email@example.com
Thank you so much, I know I can't really describe at all how much I love your stories, and ESPECIALLY how much I love and was touched and just man! this story was everything and just *though I've used this word a lot* poetry in writing and just amazing! My grammar and vocabulary just went out the window trying to express it all!
Thank you so much!
You are a fucking incredible author. The stories I'd read so far that you wrote are all so...GOOD! This story, White Knight Grey Queen, Happily Ever After...all with lots of GOOD romance scenes and tear-enducing moments.
I just noticed how you poke fun at your own story in this. I had never noticed before. You death of Ginny was very touching.
An Australian 'ranch' is generally called a station, the only places I've heard them refered to as otherwise are touristy places for foreigners.
That was wonderful. I thought the whole deal with Ginny's death was done beautifully. Best in the Trilogy, I say.
Also, cool little vague allusion to Hope in there. :)
This may not be your normal style but I just stumbled across it and had to finish it all in one read. It is now 5:35 am and I have to get some sleep before work this morning. I really enjoyed it. Please write some more like it.
eugh. don't get me wrong or anything, the stroy was well written and interesting and whatnot but...eugh. he's 20 years older than her and he's her uncle! it's just wrong. and i was furious too- why'd ginny have to die? i think you should have left it at two stories or made this one a...different pairing.
Well it's interesting you have made me both love and hate Samantha. But you broke the cardinal rule. You killed Ginny and made me cry.
I was a bit disapointed that you didn't conclude the whole Harry turning into Dumbledore thing at all. I thought you could at least have had Hermione begging him to take the Headmaster job at Hogwarts.
Over all it was a very good, if depressingly sad story.
Interesting twist. I like the Veela imprinting idea, mostly. But I have to say I don't like losing Ginny, at all, though I have to say you do it very well and tastefully (if such a loss can be tasteful).