Marina, darling, this was... gosh, I don't even know where to start. I think I shall have to resort to enumerating them to resemble some form of coherence :P
-The descriptions were utterly gorgeous, deliberate, and well-thought of. They fit perfectly, painting a very vivid picture in my mind (even the whiteness!).
-I thought this was VERY original, and you wrote it in such a way that I believed such a place exists. Not that I don't, but the execution was simply superb, I couldn't help but believe it, like it was the most natural, normal thing in the world to read and write about.
-Your take on death was something unique. Often it is written with such sadness and anger, which are but natural reactions, but we also do not know much about it, and I don't think we can EVER understand it (at least right away), so I truly appreciate how you wrote it here. These lines, specifically, were what really struck me:
Her and death share space, face each other as though old friends and sit side-by-side in comfortable silence. They don't understand each other, but she has never understood anyone before and so this doesn't bother her. She is no longer scared.
The last line also gave me chills. How true it is. As much as we want to hold on to our loved ones, or their memories at the very least, we also have to learn how to let go, to accept the fact that they are in a much better place than where we are, and that we should finally allow them to be free, to enjoy the afterlife without constantly worrying about those they've left behind. I don't think that's the point of the/an afterlife, right?
Gah. I truly, honestly didn't know what to expect when I started reading this and to be quite frank, I don't read much Ariana or Aberforth stories, but this was a TREASURE. So beautiful in style, so profound and moving in content. I'm very proud of you for having written such a piece. ♥
Author's Response: Ahh Gill! Thank you so much for such lovely feedback! I honestly don't know what to say... thank you thank you!