Okay, this chapter... Hmm. I really don't know where to start. It was just lovely, this progression, this struggle. The opening scene, I enjoyed so very much. The simplicity of just holding one another, how important it was... I don't know, it's one of my favourite Harry and Hermione (either as friends or more!) scenes I've ever read. It was just comfortable, yet it made a statement about where their friendship is heading... Further solidified with the next scene. ;)
And then, Harry's dream... I liked it a lot. (And not just because you brought up Cedric! Hee hee...) It was so scattered, and it sets the tone for when reality and dream begin to mix, and ahh! I just loved it. And, you know, I wasn't expecting to be so comfortable with the kissing. I've been trying out some H/Hr lately, but nothing like this, nothing with such significance in each moment. And I also like that it brought back themes from the book - love conquering evil and all. By this time in the story, it just felt right, like this was what was supposed to be happening. You are not forcing the characters into it, just guiding them. I very much like that.
However, my absolute favourite thing about this chapter is Ron being the "bookends." The chapter starts with Harry thinking about him, and ends with Hermione thinking of him. I just loved that - not because I'm against H/Hr, because you know I'm not, but rather because Ron's death is what brought them together and is such a huge part of this story... I just liked it. Lovely writing, my dear. The feeling and tone was so perfect.
Author's Response: What a lovely review dear! I'm so pleased you liked this chapter! And the hug... yano, there's something about a nice hug that just feels right... One of your fave H/Hr scene you've ever read? Hehe, well dear, I think you've not read much H/Hr, hehehe. (o: But I liked what you said - comfortable, yet making a statement about where the friendship is heading...
Liked the dream? Hehe, of course, Cedric. Hey, erm, I got an idea last night for a Harry/Ced... (o: Anyway, lol, Yeah the dream was meant to be really dreamlike, and indeed scattered and hard to follow because that's how it's coming at Harry. You were comfortable with the kissing? *dances* And I reckon the timing and pacing were alright, from what you've said. I'm definitely not trying to force the characters, so I'm really happy it's coming across right!
Ah, the Ron bookends eh? Would you believe I didn't plan that? Actually, this story I wrote completely beginning to end (sorta) but later went back to divide the chapters and it just sorta happened that way, I guess. I don't think I ever specifically noticed Harry thinking of Ron at the beginning and Hermione thinking of him at the end. That's kinda cool. Teehee.
Indeed, Ron's death is a huge part of this story and it will remain so. It's easy to kill off characters to get the plot you want to go for, but it changes your other characters when their best friend dies. Ron has a huge part in this story, even if he's gone. Anyway, I hope you'll continue to enjoy it! (o: