The war is over, now the bill is due.
- Alorkin, it's been a long and wonderful journey, and I want to thank you for it! This is one of my favorite stories, and it is one that I'll remember and reread often. You had your priorites straight when you made sure that your important bills were covered, and there is no need to apologise for that. That's the sign of an honorable person, one who has their head on straight! As always this final chapter showed the courage and strength of the characters. I'm glad that Snape and the Toad Also Known As Umbitch received their well earned rewards, and that further information was gained about the bigoted scum favored by Dumbles and Voldy. Was Dumbles still continuing his "social experiments" at that orphanage, or had he stopped using that place after Voldy slipped the leash? Then again I can't see Harry's allies not digging under every rock Dumbles and Voldy had just to be safe. Many thanks for writing this story, and as always I'll be looking forward to whatever your muse creates in the future! May the Force be with you! Sincerely, Teresa :) PS Is their any chance of future vignetts set in this universe? I'd love to see what happens next, how Harry's academy continues after the fall of the Dark Lords, Luna and Hermione's babies everything ...... :)
Author's responseHello, Teresa.
Thank you for your kind words. It has been a pleasure writing this, though I must admit at times, a frustrating one. I’m happy you want to re-read, as that’s what makes a story memorable.
My daughter is my life. Nuff sed there.
I couldn’t just let Snape or toad woman go, now could I? (Snicker!) As with all the punishments I’ve meted out to the various characters, I used the ones that would hit the individual the hardest. Wait until Dumbledore makes his reappearance. Heh, heh, heh!
The orphanage burnt down in a ‘mysterious fire’ in 44. Was it Dumbledore, or was it Riddle?
While it is good practice, it won’t be necessary. With what’s already been collected, Dumbledore’s goose is well and truly roasted. With the article in The Prophet, and carried by the Quibbler and several hundred news outlets throughout the world, he will forever be seen as a borderline dark lord…at best. I’ll cover that in the epilogue.
The next chapter will be the last in this story, though I have other stories in mind…plus at least one challenge for the readers/stroke/authors. It will also contain some vignettes as to the fate of our heroes and their offspring.
And may the force be with you as well.
- I am glad to finally see this chapter, and I understand your need to put other things first. As Teresa said, no need to apologize.
I do have one minor 'quibble'. While Seel’vor has written a number of fine stories, I believe it was robst who wrote ‘Can’t have it both ways’. I hope you will update the end note when you get a chance.
Author's responseThanks, Tomandeva. Things had been pretty hairy here.
As to the Seel’vor/Robst question…(Sigh!) You’re right. It was Robst. I had it misfiled on my collection. (Sorry, Robert.) I’ll adjust the end notes when I post the final chapter, cause otherwise, people will think I’ve posted another.
- nice to see this story moving towards completion, good job on the award and family scenes
also, on your AN did you mean ROBST's "can't have it both ways"?
Author's responseHello, Maelwys,
It’s almost done. There will be another awards ceremony in the next chapter, as promised in Chapter 24.
And yes, it was Robst. My bad.
(#) drauchenfyre 2011-11-14 04:25:31 PMRight story, wrong author. Seel'Vor didn't write 'Can't Have It Both Ways', that masterpiece was the work of Robst. Anyway, brilliant story, loved it from the first chapter, all the way to the end, giving them all closure! Hope to see more of your brilliance in the future. -Drauchenfyre
Author's responseHello, Drauchenfyre.
This is what happens when you don’t double-check your sources. (Le Sigh!)
I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the ride. It was a lot of fun to write. There will be one more chapter, tying off the last few threads.
Hopefully there will be more brilliance in the near future.
- Now you need to deal with Dumbledore if you have the time to do so. Job loss without internet can be hard since employers now look at prospective employees internet history as part of the job interview.
Idea is to have Dumbledore become the Anti-Christ and take over the Religious World (of course Lucifer might have a problem with that unless Dumbles manages to kill him).
Author's responseHeya Queller.
Dumbledore’s sentence is actually harsher than Snape’s. without his magic, he is a has-been. The wizarding world will move forward to the future and he’ll be left behind. For such an egotistical jerk as him, that is the worst sort of punishment. He will make one more appearance in the epilogue. It won’t go well for him.
Internet history. Damn! I guess all the on-line porn is gonna go against me, huh?
I don’t know if I’m ready to deal with a Christ/anti-Christ situation. Or qualified, for that matter. I was thinking he was more like Cheney and Rumsfeld behind Howdy Doody.
Mayhaps in the future I’ll look into that one.
- That would have been hard to write. But only those who have been through an enemy engagement can feel the real pain of losing a mate in combat. May we never forget their sacrifices. Mate it has been one hell of story. Still brings a tear to the eye. May your life and your daughters' become a bit easier in the future. Thanks for sharing. All the best.
Author's responseG’day, Zamia.
You’re right. The aftermath of combat is often worse than the battle itself. In combat, your reasoning mind goes into hiding and the primitive reptilian hind-brain takes over. That’s why there is such emphasis on repetition in the training. It’s so you won’t forget when the lead starts flying.
When the fighting is over, picking up your friends and bringing them home is the most painful thing you could do…especially if you were good friends. I’ve buried twenty-six friends. Fellow police officers, Marines I served with, my parents, a brother and a sister, and both my wife and our unborn son, so I know exactly how it feels.
Harry was an honorary Weasley. He’s known and loved them for the past six years, which is why he let Molly hit him. He knew she needed an outlet for her pain, and in many ways, he felt he deserved her anger. Remember, this Harry was modeled closely on Canon. Despite everything he did to prevent it, Ron managed to get himself killed.
Thanks for the best wishes. When I was raising my daughter, a friend of mine quipped: If this is as bad as it gets, you’re doing OK.
- A fine chapter. Awaiting for more until it says its complete. Thank you for posting. I also Lost my job in March. So I know what you are going through.
Author's responseHeya mwinter. Glad you liked it. Only one more chapter to go.
You’re right. Losing a job really sucks. Keep looking, take anything you can and when you have a job, look for another.
(#) Destroyerdrt 2011-11-15 01:57:11 AMThis is the first story that Ron dies in that he was not up to the task of fighting in all of the others he was good but the bad guy was better or he was out numbered.This does exclude the ones that he is the bad guy and it is Harry that kills him.Good luck with finding a job.
Author's responseHeya Destroyerdrt.
Quite honestly, I hated to kill off Ron, but a lot of that wrote itself. In the early part of writing this story, Luna danced across my desk and demanded a larger role, so included her and Ron back in chapter four. Based on Harry’s canon character, he’d never even consider leaving his best mate behind. I also decided Ron, as written in canon, was rather one-dimensional. Rowling really didn’t do us any favours there. Most of her characters were paper dolls. Since he was jealous and lazy in canon, I made him the same…just a little less intense. I had to pair him with someone, so I chose Luna…which is, in my opinion, a realistic match. They grew up together, they knew each other well, and while Ron is afraid of her unusual nature, he’s fascinated by her all the same. She would also keep his hormones focused on her, rather than on Harry’s relationship with Hermione. It’s thin, but it’s much better than JKR did.
Unfortunately his canon nature would push him in the direction I have. As I said several times before, he’s still prideful, reckless and prone to impetuous action. That’s what killed him, more than anything. Worse, he nearly got both Susan and Hannah killed too. All because he wanted to be a hero.
- Fine chapter. I was out of work for about 9 months. I was fortunate to find acceptable employment at a significantly lower salery but I know I am lucky in todays ecconomy. I certainly hope that you are at least as fortunate. Thank you for taking the time and effort to continue writing. I certainly appreciate it. W.
Author's responseHeya Wolfric.
The economy will improve, but it’ll take time. We’re just past the bottom of the fifteen-year cycle. Bush and his cronies didn’t cause it, but they certainly didn’t’ help any either.
I’m not too worried. I’ll find something.
Writing it wasn’t the problem. Now, posting it…different thing entirely. (Snicker!)
One more chapter to go and this story, is done.
- Great chapter, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Hope you find the right job very soon. Thanks for all your hard work writing this wonderful fic.
Author's responseHeya Vheritas. Thank you! This chapter was harder to write than most, because of the emotional context, not to mention the lengthy articles in The Prophet, and it took considerable trimming to keep it a reasonable length. There will be one more, and then, it’s done.
Don’t worry though, I have more in various stages of construction.