Just WOW. I'm at a loss for words...as I probably should be as this is the silence is golden challenge.
Let me just say, you've achieved such great miracle here with this story.
Firstly, you've been able to take a story without a single ounce of dialogue, and have it LEAP off the page (or in this case computer screen) and SCREAM at me with emotion. That sounds violent...but I don't mean it that way. It's just so jam packed full of emotions and everything...this story absolutely transcends the words written on the page.
Secondly, you've been able to make a story flow without dialogue. Haha you might say...but I think the last week I've written more reviews telling people to please CUT BACK on the description please. Sometimes it's like reading and walking into a wall simultaneously. THIS story, though, is just amazing. It flows so naturally and beautiful in its dark setting and is not once boring or lethargic. It keeps moving. This is so important...and I don't often think it is recognized how entirely challenging it is (maybe you recognize it...haha) to write a story purely on a non-talking basis.
I'm not even really into dark stories usually, but I found the imagery and emotions so moving, I was literally too drawn in to quit reading.
I know this is in the AU direction, but for somehow, it felt so real to me, which is also a miracle, considering its not usually my thing. Upon further reflection...I think this story could have totally happened, perhaps that's why it felt so real.
I also respect how you've integrated the two most happy-go-lucky, slap-stick characters into such a story. You really dive into a side that's unexplored. You don't just go snorkeling...I'm talking DEEP SEA DIVING. The results were breathtaking.
I have yet to favorite any authors here...really...but you have really won my respect as an author and just. Yeah. I started with Wow I'll end with Wow.
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful writing with the world!!!
Author's Response: Firstly, I'm sorry for the tardiness of this reply. I once again managed to get behind on answering my reviews. And I must be honest and admit that part of the reason for that was the sheer awesomeness of this review! I've been stuck trying to figure out what on earth I could say in response. You serously left me speechless! I don't think I've ever had anyone tell me my writing was miraculous! THANKS!
I honestly can't express how much it means that you liked this story so much. You were taking a risk with me anyway, knowing how AU I can go, and to have you come out with such glowing praise after reading it. I'm totallly blow away.
I've never written a story completely void of dialogue, but in the end that wasn't really even the challenge. I wrote this is such an abstract way that I ended up having to almost choose each word individually to make it work. As I say at the beginning, it was seriously the hardest thing I've ever written. I'm glad you think it worked okay.
I have done some dark stuff in the past, but not in Harry Potter writing, so I was VERY nervous about delving this darkly here, especially with the two characters I choose to use. But I'm also a firm believer that there is much more to our favorite twins than meets the eye, or than they let most people see, so I wanted to explore that. I also really wanted to show how strong their bond is and that's the other reason I used them.
Now, I must say that I am completely honored and humbled that I was the first author you favorited! Thank you, thank you! I'm not the most vocal or noticable person around the archives or forums, and as such, I'm not sure a lot of people know my stuff even exists. I can't tell you how much it means when someone adds me to their favorites, and it means even more knowing this isn't the stuff you usually read.
Thank you so much for such a beautiful review. I hope you can forgive how long it took me to get back to you on it, but I've been in awe of it and not sure how to respond. I shall certainly be coming back to your thread to ask for more, which I hope you won't mind.