Title: The Pure and Simple Truth
Word count: 65,482
Summary: Harry, Draco, and Hermione go to a pub. Harry, Draco, and Pansy go to a pub. Harry, Draco, Pansy, and Hermione go to a pub. Harry, Draco, Hermione and Ron go to a pub. Harry, Draco, Hermione, Ron, and Pansy―you guessed it―go to a pub. I could go on. In fact, I did. Harry, Draco, Hermione, Pansy, Ron, Blaise, Luna, Goyle, Neville, and Theodore Nott go to a pub. In various combinations.
Review: This was just amazing. I loved the writing very much, especially all the dialogue. At times it really sounds like the dialogue of some brilliant movie done by a professional. There’s so much meaning behind the conversations, and it’s very interesting to read the interactions between all the different characters. In a way, it’s more a Gen story than a romance story because the focus really isn’t on the romance (hence the G rating). The characterization was very well-done, and I’m just amazed how the author managed to fit so much character development into such a dialogue-heavy fic.
“No,” said Luna. “I think that a meal is like a friendship. You begin with little bites and tastes. Some are spicy and some are a little sweet. You’re really just grazing, here and there. And then there’s the in-between. It’s what fills you up―really getting to know who a person is, deep down. Learning to understand whether they’re worth all the pain and time and heartache, and learning whether they like mushrooms. Once you get to the dessert part, you know they’ll always be there for you, and you’ll always be there for them. That’s the sweetest.”
“Meals end,” said Harry. He was trying again not to think of Hermione and Ron.
“Oh, well I don’t think it’s a perfect metaphor,” said Luna. “I think that a friendship dessert can go on and on. They’re not without their crunchy parts.”
“When you put it that way,” said Harry, “I prefer dessert.”
“When you put it that way,” said Malfoy, “I prefer the in-between.”
“Mostly I just like food,” said Luna, and so they ordered mousse.