Oh wow, I don't even know where to start. First off, I am really glad you made this chapter about Siobhan and not Reid. I love Reid, but the bond between Siobhan and Cecilia has its own power and value that deserves to be explored. The whole chapter was so incredibly sad and I felt like crying. Siobhan's grief and anger and feelings of isolation are palpable, and it's all the more sad because Siobhan has nothing left.
I loved the incorporation of the prayer, and on that note, I think the story title and chapter titles are brilliant and well suited to the story - probably more so to the second chapter than the first, but overall they really set the tone.
The writing in this chapter is really evocative, and I especially like these lines:
there was nothing but her, the murmured words, and the soft feel of Cecilia's hand in hers, a universe in a moment
She knew she had to leave. Cecilia had kept her tied to the British Isles, her wandering spirit tethered by her love for her best friend, her soul's sister. Now she was cut free, and she could feel the wide world calling to her. It was time to go.
It's just really powerful. I feel like calling my best friend right now to say hello and tell her I miss her. How absolutely cheeseball of me is that??
Anyway, the question might be premature since I don't know how much Siobhan will feature in "Over the Anvil," but will we learn what happens to Siobhan and get any follow-up on what she decides to do after this? I feel so broken-hearted for her.
Author's Response: I wrote this half of the story first, oddly enough. And then I wrote Cecilia's half, and considered it finished. This was about a year ago, maybe more. Shortly before posting it, I re-read it and got a bug in my head and wrote most of a third chapter, from Arthur's perspective. He's the one who tells Reid what happened. I may never finish it and will probably never post it, but I enjoyed writing it.
Titles are the bane of my existence, so I was really happy to work these out. I really felt they meshed, so thank you so much for the compliments on them. And I'm glad the story touched you - I was really feelin' it when I wrote it, so thank you for calling it powerful.
"OTA" has some of what happens to Siobhan. You'll hear a bit at the end of it. The rest of Siobhan's fate, I've got a partially-written post-DH piece that I'm debating finishing off, and it will show what happened to her. I do have her future mapped out, I assure you ;) At the very least, if I never finish that one, I will post about her character.
Thank you for the review!