|Reviews for Beautiful Day|
| melove167 chapter 1 . 2/15
You an incredible writer. The emotions and your writing were raw and realistic. I did not consider the sex part as rape at all. To me it was about Fleur's unwavering love and the unbelievable pain Bill was under. It made the feel their pain and made the story better.
| life according to bram chapter 1 . 1/10
I'm liking this and I don't think it's rape, because she said it was fine.
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| xxxCattxxx chapter 1 . 12/23/2010
WOW! this is so well written! Not many authors can write and show raw emotion like that even if they have gone through similar experiences - but you have done it brilliantly! :)
Keep writing definitely
Although i do agree with most reviewers - it wasn't rape BUT i think that is good because the rest of the story without that scene is perfect and everything fits in wonderfully! GREAT JOB :P
| solfire chapter 1 . 12/16/2010
Huh, it's interesting because I didn't take it for rape at all. To me, it's considered rape when one party is unwilling or unable to protest and the other disregards any resistance and goes ahead with it anyway. Fleur completely understands what Bill is going through and was neither unwilling or upset about what happened. I don't think he raped her, I think she knew what he needed and chose willingly to give it to him even though it would cause her pain. Or at least, that's how I took it :)
| Ava chapter 1 . 3/4/2010
I have to agree with the rest of the reviewers: I don't read this as having been rape. For me, rape is about power; it's a malicious action perpetrated by one person against another in an attempt to establish dominance or power through the use of sex as a weapon.
That isn't what happens here: instead, we have a grieving husband who is pushed to his emotional tether.
Is it selfish? Absolutely. Is it rough? Of course.
Does that automatically make it violent sex, or even rape? Hardly.
It might have been rough, yes, but I don't consider rough sex to be violent sex, and certainly not rape.
You mention that Fleur "Could not have resisted him if she'd wanted to", which implies that she did not want to (because I would assume that a woman as confident and forceful as Fleur would have no trouble telling her man to GTFoff her). This is a husband she trusts implicitly (as we know she does since she stays with him even after the lycanthropy has been transmitted). Furthermore, this is a woman who at a very young age faced down a full grown Dragon, and if she was scared, she never the less performed well under pressure, which leads me to believe she probably wouldn't have lost her head if this had, in fact, been a situation in which she had vehemently NOT given consent.
The main indicators of it being anywhere remotely rape-y are the location (outside), the fact that he doesn't ask her explicit permission, and the fact that she is not shown to derive much sexual pleasure herself.
I) Outdoor sex is not always bad sex-it's not as though there's anyone around to see, since their cottage is isolated as heck, and I'm sure that a couple as young as Bill and Fleur have probably gone skinnydipping/blanket-bumping at least once. It doesn't seem as though boundaries are being pushed.
II)I believe it would be very rare for a partner to ask permission every. single. time that an act is initiated (I know I'd start smacking someone after the third "May I...?"). He's grieving and in need of solace and sometimes that solace manifests in a sexual way, which isn't a crime, it's human.
I) A lack of orgasm some bruises does not mean rape, it just means some pretty one-sided sex, of which I'm sure there's some in every relationship. Then again, it doesn't seem like Bill is the sort to be overtly selfish, so again, he's in a rather tenuous position, and will probably be super-extra-tender to make up for it afterwards, at which point I'm sure she will eventually get hers.
Lastly (since this has turned very long and I apologize), the most obvious marker that this is not rape is this single line:
"Bill rolls over too, and pulls his clothes on. He will not look at her. Eventually: "I'm sorry," he says, his voice breaking, still avoiding her eyes."
Bill is ashamed. A rapist wouldn't be. There's the major difference, in my opinion.
| RavenEcho chapter 1 . 1/4/2010
Very realistic (even- especially- the implications of sexual violence). Well done, yet again.
| brigrove chapter 1 . 10/16/2009
Given that most husbands don't ask their wife for permission every time they touch them intimately, if she didn't say no, as he hasn't gagged her or drugged her to prevent her saying no, nor has he taken her while she was unconscious, so even if he was forceful, it cannot be considered rape as she had the opportunity to say no and didn't.
I can quite imagine Fleur being willing to allow her husband that liberty of such rough sex when he was so distraught.
Whether her saying no would have stopped Bill, we will never know.
I can also understand that it would horrify Bill when he awoke, as it would me, if I had ever done such a thing.
| verity candor chapter 1 . 9/15/2009
I wouldn't read it a rape so much as... non-consensual and slightly violent. I mean, rape implies violent intent, and well, it was not done with intent to hurt Fleur... I think. Anyway, back on topic I really liked it (or well, not liked, but it left a very vivid impact) This is one of the few Bill/Fleur's I've read where Fleur shows more admirable behaviour than Bill, and you've written her as both capable of comforting and as very strong, something not often seen in fanon!Fleur. Great job.
| danny-draige chapter 1 . 7/23/2009
i quite liked this story, and althougth obviously she couldn't have stopped him if she wanted to, she didn't tell him to stop. she didn'[t try to stop him. all she did was give her husband something he needed. to her it wasn't rape and in the same position i'd agree completely with her.
| Sephora85 chapter 1 . 6/13/2009
This story was very emotional. It was awesome! :-)
| beachbumyeahh chapter 1 . 5/6/2009
Wonderful story, but I have to say, I didn't see this one as rape. It was just Bill needing to feel alive and his wife was there. But really wonderful story. :)
| girlfan1979 chapter 1 . 4/10/2009
I have to say, I agree with many of the other reviewers - it doesn't read as rape.
True, you write that "she could not resist him if she wanted to", but in writing that, it strongly implies that she did not want to resist. Nor did she indicate that she wanted him to stop (though I'm not saying that she enjoyed the sex, but neither rough sex nor bad sex is rape), and I don't think we should assume that he wouldn't have stopped (even though I get the impression he's scared that it wouldn't have).
I think "a brutal catharsis" is probably a much more accurate way to describe what takes place in the story.
| undercloakkept chapter 1 . 2/26/2009
Ahh, Katy, I'm so glad you recommended this one. I can't imagine flaming you for it! Bill's grief for Fred is very stark and touching, but Fleur...you've really done her justice. She didn't get to be a Tri-Wizard Champion for nothing, after all. I may have missed the point, I suppose, but I don't read rape from this story. A brutal catharsis, yes, but more about the transference of pain than the infliction of it. Gah! I can't sort out how to express what I'm thinking very well. But in any case, this is one of the most empowered Fleurs I've ever read, and if it's rape, she'd see herself as accomplice rather than victim. But of course, you already know that!