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Review:RonsGirlFriday says:
Susan, this is beautiful (and that banner, too, might I add). What gorgeous language. The last line is fantastic. The whole thing was so moving, the emotions were palpable. The characterizations are excellent, especially when you consider that these are their younger versions, which we don't know a whole lot about - maybe Tom, from what we learn in HBP, but still that doesn't mean we know anything about how he'd act in a situation or relationship like this. You bring a lot of nuances to their characterizations.

And I love the last section - it adds some extra punch and brings everything full circle. Just amazing with that quote you pulled out of DH. Fantastic.

Melanie

Author's Response: Wow! Thank you for this, Melanie! It's wonderful to hear these compliments from you, whose work I admire so much. To have gotten a review from you is a huge treat! ^_^

What do I say to all of these compliments? O_O I'm glad that the characterizations were canon, as that's always the hardest bit about writing these younger versions of canon characters - one has to take into account the mistakes of youth and a general amount of immaturity as well as whatever historical events are shaping their lives. It's like calculus with characters, or something similar.

I wasn't at all sure about that last section, so hearing that it turned out is a great relief. It was tacked on late into the writing process because I couldn't think of how to end this. The earlier version of this story had Moody instead of Tom, and that ending was clearer for some reason. But like my older Tom/Minerva, I felt the need to link who they were with who they became, especially in this case because of the linked settings - the same place, only 50 years later. The sun still rises and sets, but the people beneath it have changed with time.

Thank you again! ^_^


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