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Review:hsw says:
OMG! I am just about ready to scream myself! The suspense in this story, the way you got into Prof. Ampara's head is just amazing. I felt like I was inside her mind, especially toward the end! I knew something fishy was up the instant Rookwood made an appearance. I actually gasped! I also was able to guess who the "hulking brute" was before you actually named him, thanks to your discriptions which were similar enough to JRK's.

This story just has shivers going all up and down my spine. (I have a very low tolerance for horror-type stories . . . I guess I'm a scaredy-cat.) It was so sinister! All those little things that you put in, the Patronuses (Patroni?), the prickles, the howling, all those added supremely to the effect. I am impressed with the way you accounted for the decline you described in Prof. Ampara in "Unsinkable." The non-fatal attack was particularly creative. I did not expect it at all, but it was the perfect thing to do!

Now about the ending. It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. The only thing I have to wonder is if the "hulking brute" actually was that sophisticated, but monsters like that do unravel, so by the time DH rolled around, he probably wasn't that collected anymore. Besides, that little nitpick doesn't matter because the effect is just stunning. Of all your works, I think this one impresses me the most with your skill. I wish you could see how impressed and awestruck I am right now. I know, I'm gushing like a lovesick fangirl . . . but I am supremely impressed and awed by this story!

Author's Response: Wow thank you so much! I'm not big on the horror genre either, I don't watch horror movies and I get nightmares easily. I was hoping I didn't do too bad here, it's a fairly major departure from my usual romantic-comedy or angsty-death stuff lol. Poor Aminta, I quite liked her and was sad to kill her off, but it had to be done.

Greyback I think would have been slightly less crazy at this point, being some thirty years prior to his appearances in the books. He's definitely a freaky one. The ending was the part I wrote first and from whence the rest of the story came! I just had to do that line. I didn't really think of it as him being sophisticated, I was thinking more like he should have been watching and instead kept harassing her, since Greyback is pretty much of a loose cannon.

I'm really glad to hear you think I did all right in horror/suspense, and your gushing is making me blush! Thank you, thank you! I actually am pretty proud of this one, but I think the Percy piece in the "Defining Moments" collab is my best. It's in my favorites list if you haven't read that collab, there are some very impressive contributions (girldetective85, gryffindorseeker, ginwannabe and other fabulous authors whose names don't begin with G).

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