838. Eight hundred and thirty-eight words. That's how many words you used to get into Hermione's thoughts to the extent that you did. This is special for me because I have often wondered what Hermione will be thinking at the wedding of Bill and Fleur. Indeed, what does she think every time she looks at Harry? This story is a nice way to answer that question.
"who purposely sat in the row next to her in order to avoid her heated whispers of warning."- Well, that's what Hermione thinks is the reason. But could it be that Harry can't bear to be around her knowing what they are about to face and also can't bear to think that there is a real possibility that Hermione might meet her end?
"Hermione knew that she would never allow Harry to save her or worry about her again. Ever."- I believe that Harry worries about Hermione every time he looks at her now. Hermione does not realize her importance either. Without her help, it is very likely that he and Ron would be dead by now.
Harry is nothing without Hermione. They need each other so much to be effective. And I don't just mean in romantic terms. Hermione's logic and passion, which seems like a contradiction in terms, is a major component in Harry's success. She just does not see it that way as this story so beautifully illustrates. "Her life was nothing compared to his"- But Harry's life would have a huge void without her. What would he think if he could hear those thoughts that she is contemplating? That would be an interesting story in itself!
"Later that night, she will return to the room that she shares with Ginny and sob silently into a pillow"- Oh my. Those tears mean a lot for Hermione. It was interesting that you did not use the word 'love' in describing Hermione's thoughts towards Harry but you don't need to. It pours out of her soul with every thought she has in this story. All she can think about is Harry and how much he means to her.
"she has a superman complex as well."- She will do anything for Harry, that is true. The quote from the Bible comes to mind at this point: "There is no greater love than this- to lay down your life for your friends." Hermione would do that for Harry in a heartbeat. That is true love. Good work.
Author's Response: Hi! Sorry I took so long to reply. I always save yours for when I actually have the time to think out a coherent thought. *Laughs*
I'm glad that you enjoyed it, and you can't BELIEVE how relieved I am that you approve of the word count. I knew that it was incredibly short, but I just felt that anything more would've ruined it. In fact, originally, this fic had a second part, where Harry thinks about the fact that HERMIONE has a superman complex, but I just felt that it destroyed the moment.
Of course Harry is going to worry about Hermione constantly, but Hermione's under this delusion that by distancing herself from him he can concentrate on the task at hand. She can be quite wrong at times.
I agree that Harry needs Hermione, even if it's not romantically. They obviously have an incredible bond in the books, and perhaps they really are friends, but if so, they have one of the strongest friendships I've ever read.
I didn't use the word "love," as you said, because even to Hermione there simply isn't a need. If, by some insane miracle, Hermione does end up with Harry in Book 7 (as I believe it SHOULD be, but I highly doubt), I believe that things subconsciously began to change for her at the end of third year, and that she realized her feelings for Harry over the summer of fifth. So by now, it's quite obvious. At this point, it isn't a question of whether or not she loves him. She knows that without a doubt. It's what she's willing to do in the name of that love in order to keep him safe. And even, again, if she isn't in love with him, she still loves him, even if it's just as a friend. Personally, I feel that if they don't end up together, they will always love one another more, even though it's platonic, than anyone they end up with.
Thank you so much for the review! Looking back, I realize that this reply really isn't coherent at all, and I'm terribly sorry. I'm a bit scatterbrained, truthfully, but I couldn't leave this review unanswered any longer. THANK YOU!!! :-)