This story certainly is a nightmare to me. Of course, not from a literal point of view! No, it's brilliantly written. It's just that if I should name a situation in which I wouldn't want to find myself, this would be a top one, maybe with the exception of some particular deaths. I can so understand the madness this is about, but still, I've been in Sirius' position, not Lily's, and I do believe - as she do - that that one is better. But back to the point, I wanted to say that it was brilliantly written and the psychology is just exact. Maybe too exact, when it comes down to it, as I was close to rliving certain events of my life while reading this, and I did not enjoy that. But of course, that's hardly your fault.
And yes, Sirius' perception of what love is at the begining of this story is very exact, too...I mean, many people tend to see it like this. I could go on naming all the things that we so exact and realistic in this story, but it would be unnecessary, as I can say it all much more shortly: it was all very real, the entire story.
Author's Response: Oh dear. :S I can't believe that my made-up story could sound so real, eclipsing those emotions felt in a real-life situation. It still astounds me that it came out of my head (warped, nerdy head, but all the same). That must be what too much TV, books, and movies do to a person.
It's strange when I write one-shots - they are written quickly, usually in one night, and need a lot of emotion behind them. It doesn't matter what kind of emotion, but they need a strong feeling. Then with characters and setting, it all spills out. With this one, I actually had the real desire to apologize to someone, but just couldn't - based on that, out came this story. What bothers me most is that I got the situation right without even meaning to.
Oh well, even if it happens accidentally, that's wonderful. Thank you for reading this and reviewing it, Barbara. I'm sorry that it brought back painful memories, though. :*(