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Apothecaria 2005.03.15 - 08:04PM 5: Five Signed
Hmm...I went through this a couple of times, and couldn't pick up on the references. Is one of them the "everybody's got something to hide" line? It might be familiar. Anyway, another great update. They get on about as well as many married couples I know. The banter is wicked, especially, "Are you attracted to women?" "Are you?" I almost feel sorry for Percy; the joke continues to be on him. And you are bringing Snape and Tonks together well--both are smart, with caustic wits. And they drink together well: the secret to a happy marriage.

Author's Response: Sorry, that's not it. As I said, they're fairly obscure, so I'm not horribly disappointed no one's caught them yet. Guess I'll send them out with the next chapter. But thanks for trying (and, of course, the review)!

Sigune 2005.03.15 - 05:28AM 5: Five Signed
Oogh - the marriage contract plot device still makes my toes curl (translation of this Flemish expression: I think it's perfectly horrid) - but your own assurance that it's a parody makes me keep my faith :)... Tonks and Snape remain a weird combination, so I'm veeeery curious where you are taking this. Favourite line: “Although it would have almost been worth it to see Potter’s face when he found out that his Defense Against the Dark Arts professor was none other than Professor Snape.” Teehee.

Author's Response: Thank you. In a way, I'm glad to have picked up another reader who hates the MLC--it keeps me honest. And yes, I just love that all you have is my word that it won't devolve into sappy drivel.
(Also, I've always liked the toes curling expression--it's so viscerally evocative of its meaning. If you want a really rare expression whose origins I haven't been able to pin down, try "[you look] like death sucking on a salt wafer." Maybe I'll sneak that one in soon... hmm...)

blah_blah_blah 2005.03.14 - 05:58PM 5: Five Signed
Fantastic! I loved the part where she was checking for Moody behind the couch!!

“What precisely are you searching for behind the sofa?”

It's love! And with all the threats and one liners, I think they are getting on just fine!

Author's Response: Lol. Thank you very much. Personally, I think Tonks and Snape would say "it's toleration"--so long as they have enough alcohol to act as a buffer.

LariLee 2005.03.14 - 04:55PM 5: Five Signed
I hate to say I have no clue about the book or movie you're borrowing from, but I have no clue. I do think you've got their interactions down perfectly. And I love the Snape glide!

Author's Response: It's two paraphrased quotes, and one of them's pretty obscure. Always great to have your reviews!

Greyfalcon 2005.03.14 - 03:19PM 5: Five Signed
Great chapter, I found it very funny and was chuckling all the way through it,seldom is it that two characters like this remain in character but must find some common ground...and you are laying the groundwork nicely

Author's Response: Thanks, this chapter's extended dialogue goes down in my favorites to write, and I think the effort put towards keeping them in character paid off in some decent one-liners. By the way, thanks for the prompt review--I always hold my breath until the first one.

Sigune 2005.03.06 - 11:35AM 4: Four Anonymous
The great difference between this parody and the originals I have painfully stumbled across is that *this* is infinitely better-written and infinitely more enjoyable. Marvellous how you keep the characters IC. You Tonks is masterful, and Snape... Ah well, he's Snape. ;-)

Author's Response: Why thankya! I try my best to keep the motley crew in character and make sure it's a fun ride. Glad you're enjoying it.

JustAwitch 2005.03.05 - 05:31PM 4: Four Signed
great! that ending was so Snape-like:) only wish the chapters were longer, I enjoy your story veeery much...thank you:)

Author's Response: I'm glad you like the story. I suppose I could make the chapters longer, but then the wait would be longer as well. There's also the small problem that I naturally tend to write 2-2.5k word chapters, and pretty much always have. How about I try to update as often as possible? It evens out in the long run ;)

FeyinBetween 2005.03.04 - 10:28PM 3: Three Signed
I really liked this chapter. I knew there had to be a reason Dumbledore kept so many sweets around... The scene where he is "persuading" Severus is also very well done.

Author's Response: Thank you :)

Apothecaria 2005.03.04 - 07:52PM 4: Four Signed
Great snarky dialogue between Snape and Tonks! And I like how you structured this chapter, beginning with him taking away her wand as the revelation begins, and ending with him giving back her wand after she knows. I've always wondered, though, what spawned this whole "marriage challenge" thing that you are parodying so well. When I first started reading HP fanfic about a year ago, or so, that struck me as about the weirdest plot bunny out there.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! The Marriage Law Challenge, as far as I know, was spawned over at the WIKTT mailing list(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/whenikissedtheteacher/) . It soon became enormously popular, mostly because it provided a barely plausible excuse for throwing together two characters who otherwise wouldn't touch each other with a ten-foot pole while still piling on the angst.

LariLee 2005.03.04 - 07:49PM 4: Four Signed
Snape shows great foresight in taking her wand. I can definitely understand why men would want to bind with their wives. It's a barbaric custom (unless I can find someone to bind to me, then being worshiped keeps them happy... I would make that sacrifice for them). Actually, the binding sounds more like the turn in the house elves of the Stepford Wife variety.

Author's Response: Snape's instinct for self-preservation is impeccible--especially when faced with a trigger-happy auror. As for the binding, it's been mentioned in a few of the MLC fics I've stumbled across, and I did need an excuse for her not to marry Percy, didn't I?

Author's Response: Also--could you SEE Tonks as a Stepford wife--or Snape dealing with one? Oh my. I'll leave that plot bunny for you to adopt if you will.

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