What the hell kind of dreams do you have to produce something like this?!
My God, that was... intense. So breathtakingly intense. I feel like I've just been underwater and I have only just come up for air. Wow. That was... I'm going to try to write as fast as I can so I can truly get out what I'm thinking right now.
You're right that this was dark. But it was just so well written. I could see the strips of lights falling to the floor. I could see the unforgiving stone around them. It was just... wow. You painted such a vivid picture of this in my head that I almost don't want to know how you imagined it in your head. It's like one of those books that you read that have been turned into films - you don't want to see the film simply because it will rid you of your own visions for what the world is like. I felt that in this. And let me tell you that I don't often feel it.
Some of the words you used. Some of the sentences. I feel like I should quote some of them back to you, but I don't want to because it will rid them of their power.
You have this way of encompassing basic human emotions into your writing. Like sacrifice. Like love. And you do it so beautifully.
What a vessel to convey what love really is - using the bond that the twins have. Wow.
This was just... intense. And amazing. I don't even know how much of what I'm writing right now is making sense. I just know that I absolutely adored it.
And I even like we don't know why the twins got to where they were. That open-endedness just adds to it, I think.
However (and I can't believe that I'm asking this), can you please explain the ending? Did one of them die?
I am so sorry to be asking this. And this does not AT ALL reflect poorly upon your writing. This is just what happens when I get home at 4 in the morning and have class at 9 in the morning the next day...
But, wow. I almost feel like I should go find a corner and cry now. I don't know why. This just... it's like there is a sob fighting to get out of me.
And that... doesn't happen. For that to happen, the writing has to really touch me in a way that I don't quite get.
Intense. Lovely. Breathtaking. Horribly sad. Desolate. Heartwrenching. Beautiful.
I don't know what else to say.
Author's Response: I don't ALWAYS have disterbing dreams like this, promise! (It does rather make me seem a little...um...freaky...) Seriously, I have another fic where Harry, Ron, and the twins are in a spot of trouble and I'd been thinking about it before I went to bed, and apparently the dream took off from there and then plunged down roads I NEVER would have thought up while awake. And, as I mentioned, I never planned to write this, until I read your challenge and knew it would be perfect, if disterbing.
Now, as to your wonderful, breathtaking review. Honestly, I was stunned the first (and secoond, and third) times I read it. You flatter me WAY too much, but I'll still admit to grinning like an idiot as I read it. It's partly why it's taken me so long to respond. What do you say in response to a review like this?
Writing this story was VERY intense. It was HARD to do, both to get it right, and to slog through the emotion that was attached to it. It's no secret that the twins are my favorite, and to do this to them...it hurt. I'm glad you found the reading of it worthwhile, because that makes the effort worth it.
As for the ending, no worries at all. No, one of them did NOT die. George almost died, but Fred, in a moment of pure love, did some massive wandless magic and got them out of the cell. Then he destroyed the whole building and everyone else in it and took his brother home. I really, really love the bond that exists between Fred and George and wanted to find a way to show that and explore the strength of it, without putting it in anyway that people could misinterpret or misread. (some of the stuff about the twins out there gets a little...um.freaky on the up and up angle.)
That it made you feel like you might need to cry. HIGH COMPLIMENT! Thank you so much for reading and for giving such a wonderful review. I absolutly LOVE getting reviews from you because they are always interesting and fun to read, but completely honest as well.
Take care and thanks a ton!