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Review:theelderwand says:
Farmgirl,

This tale left me speechless, heartbroken and yet, somehow hopeful.

Even now I'm trying to find the words to appropriately describe just how thoroughly gripping this story is. Superb, excellent, amazing, awesome...these words get so over used in reviews. I just don't know how to articulate how touching this story was.

The fact that you open with Ron never getting over the loss of Hermione is gut wrenching. To describe how he locked himself away, allowing himself a few days to sink into utter grief and depression and then surface to take up his responsibilities as a father...Crushing, breathtaking, painful and yet so beautiful.

To have this entire tale told from the perspective of his only son, a squib, is just so...there are no words.

Fantastic job. A wonderfully heartbreaking story.

TEW

Author's Response: Eldy,

Thank you so much for reading, multiple times! It means a lot.

I'm sorry about the heartbroken part. It made my heart ache writing it, but I couldn't stop. I'm glad there was some hopeful in there, too, though, because I was trying to convey that.

Your praise is so high, I'm not sure what to say in return other than a thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The opening line was the key for this story. I've had the idea in the back of my brain since last fall. I heard a friend tell the story about how hard his dad had to try to learn to fix his little sister's hair when their mom died, and how that one act sealed for him just how much their dad loved them. And then when you asked those questions this spring, about what Ron would do if Hermione ever died, I knew I had to tell this story. I thought about it a lot but never tried to write it down because I couldn't find it's "voice" yet. Then yesterday the first line came to me out of the blue and after that, the story just sorta wrote itself.

I'm glad the transistion between utter grief and dispare to shouldering his responsibilities worked. I knew Ron would have to go through the dispare first, but I hoped the reason for him coming out of it so quickly was believable.

Thank you so very much for such a wonderful and heartfelt review. It made my day, and your support makes me smile.

- Farmgirl


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