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Review:academica says:
Haha, it's like with Kiana -- I had been meaning to come back and visit this story again, and then I didn't have any time, and then you were lovely enough to respond to my swap request and remind me. Hooray!

Interesting! I'm enjoying getting to know your characters better. Simon's scenes were immensely powerful. I don't know how you get yourself into the proper emotional state to write something so tragic, but I'm very impressed. The details really hammered home the dire nature of the situation and helped take me back in time to that point.

Camille, too, is interesting. I like how multi-dimensional she is. For starters, she was once vulnerable, and now she's hardened. I'm guessing it's a self-protective measure, and that she might let Xavier in again one day, be it out of pure tension or a desperate situation or something else. I loved the moment where she had to laugh to throw off the patrol, too -- it was scary to witness.

The ending--whoa! That spell is intense. I loved the emotion in that scene, the sort of steely determination I got from Jean and his recollection. I fear that the mission will not be flawless after all.

And your author's note was great--very informative. I had been aware of the symbology in the concentration camps, but your story helped jog my memory there and give it some context. The bit about choosing criminals over communists was interesting, too, and it makes a lot of sense.

Lovely chapter. Thanks again for the swap :)

-Amanda

Author's Response: I had a complete fangirl moment when I read your review, so I'll try to respond properly to this.

I honestly have no idea how I get into the proper mood to write Simon's scenes -- maybe that's why I find them so difficult to write. I'll just be typing, come to the end of a scene, and Simon's thoughts appear on screen spontaneously. That is not an explanation, sorry...

Camille is one of my absolute favourites, so your compliments about her make me really happy! I'm particularly glad you of all people think she's multi-dimensional (you know how I feel about /your/ characters).

That comment about my author's note. Heh. When I typed it up, I was actually thinking of your author's notes, that are always so wonderfully detailed and explanative.

Thank you for the review &hearts I'm always happy to swap with you!


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