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Review:CornishPixie says:
Bahahahaha. Your author's note made me crack right up.

In short, I don't know what's wrong with you. But don't try to get rid of it, okay? This is such a unique piece that right after I write this I'm going to see if you have any more like it. First--did you name this Chimera because it's like three different kinds of stories in one? lol. Anyways. This almost seemed lyrical, poetic. It might have told the entire story of Snape/Lily, or it could have been his last thoughts as he was dying. It's specific, but gives way to plenty of interpretive thought.

I love that about this.

In the end he dies for sure. The child is representative of pureness, heaven? Maybe it's Lily? We don't know for sure, and that's okay. Because it COULD be Lily. It also could be Young Severus himself. But we won't ever really know...

How neat. It could have been a dream sequence too, and maybe parts of it were, but it was done in such a way that we could probably just argue and muse about the REAL meaning of it forever and still not completely get it. I wonder if you even understand it fully. I mean, I know that you wrote it, but sometimes you mean for it to be confusing and let it get away from you a bit, you know? I think that might be what you've done here.

In any case, I absolutely loved it. Thank you for giving me something to think about!

Author's Response: XD

Thanks so much for your review! Most of my writing is not like this, as I tend to be more straightforward - so once in awhile I like to experiment with other writing styles. I have written a couple other pieces that are somewhat similar to this - I'd say that "This is how big a moonbeam is" and "Clockwise" are somewhat like this, as they are both stream-of-consciousness-type pieces.

As for the title, "Chimera" - I didn't even think of it that way, three stories in one, but it fits! XD The title is a reference to the mythological beast that was a female, so that fits in with the not-so-flattering depictions of Lily here, and it's also a reference to an illusion or fanciful, unattainable dream.

I'm glad you had such a good time trying to figure out the meanings in this. And as you pointed out, I don't think that even I understand it fully - there are probably lots of interpretations here I never even considered.

Thanks for the fantastic review!! I am really glad you enjoyed this so much, especially as it's a style that's very different for me.

Melanie


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