I'M BACK, after far too long. Far, far too long. I'm ashamed of how long! Anyway...
Oh, the questions in this chapter are grand. All this questioning of what is life and if Harry's really living; so wonderful. I love how Harry considered it. People so rarely make him a thoughtful character and it was wonderful to see that side of him again. *sighs* I missed your Harry so dearly! As for the chess game analogy - perfect. Loved it.
"Wait! Don't just throw it! How would you like to be tossed back into a lake by a huge giant?" HAHA! That was priceless. I can just see his face... Lovely. I laughed out loud.
The moment where Cedric sucks the blood away? Whoa. At first I was like, is this supposed to be naughty or just distracting? Lol! I loved that. A fun little addition, and I adored how thrown off Harry was. Cedric seems to have no inhibitions! I like it.
Holy bananas! What a kissing session! So intense, and lovely to read. Wow, wow, wow. Dear Lord, woman, do you deliver! Probably one of my favourite kissing scenes EVER. Wonderfully structured, well paced, not overdone, passionate and earnest. Fantastic. Beautiful. Egads!
Ah, and when Harry started crying... Oh, my heart hurt terribly. I normally don't enjoy Harry crying very much, but this time it felt real and well tiemd and not out of place. And IN CHARACTER, mentioning how much he hated the feeling, and how it made him think he was weak. I think that helped a lot in that fact that Harry didn't just let it happen. He was still Harry. Well done.
Beautiful chapter. I very much enjoyed it, and was so unhappy that I hadn't got to it sooner. Loved it, my dear.
Author's Response: My LaDorki! I'm so glad you came back! Most of all I just hope you enjoy it, since it was written for you. (o:
You know, I always thought Harry was a thoughtful character, especially as he got older. I thought that showed a lot in HPDH. He spent years gathering the info. and skills he needed and he was well equipped to handle it all when the time came - and that means handling the thoughts and tough decisions as well.
Hehe, throwing the fish. (o: Glad you laughed!
Sucking the blood off - I think it was just instinct reaction. When you papercut your finger, don't you suck on it? LoL, a lot of people do. Though, granted, this was Harry's finger. I think Cedric had a spur of the moment urge and followed it. Heh.
Glad you liked the kissing scene. Teehee. It had been so long, I had to go back and re-read this story so I would remember what you were reading! But I'm glad you liked the kissing. (o:
I don't normally like Harry crying much either, I think I just felt it here. Crying is something I have to feel when I write it - feel that the character would really actually do it. It's a weird part of my writing style I could explain better elsewhere, heh. Thanks though, glad you liked it!