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Review:Sarah_Bee says:
Susan, this is brilliant writing on your part. I rather like your one-shots as you take even the smallest amount of words and turn them into something quite beautiful.

Your descriptions of a blazing sun and the scenery are just captivating and Minerva's emotions feel so real. It amazes me how just one small sentence or phrase from DH can inspire such a truly remarkable one-shot. You portray Tom/Voldemort in a very interesting light and I like how you describe how he's turned from a golden schoolboy to someone with a corrupt, somehow twisted mind.

I have noticed you frequently use Minerva in your writing. Is she a favorite character of yours? :)

Good writing. You always find some way to surprise me with every new one-shot or fic. It's always something different, something with a new twist or your own original take. I love it and hope to see more!

Author's Response: Thank you very much, Sarah! It's always a pleasure to hear from you. ^_^ It means a lot that you enjoyed this story. One-shots do give me a lot more wiggle room to try out new things to see what will happen, and also to look at smaller things, narrowing down the overall focus of a story into a couple thousand words. It is a short one-shot for me (keep trying to fix that issue of wordiness :P), but to hear that the result was beautiful!? *blushes* It's a lovely compliment!

And Minerva definitely is a favourite character of mine - I simply can't imagine how you got that idea, though! :P Originally, Hermione was the female character I felt a connection with, but as time passed, McGonagall took over that position, especially once I started exploring her past (the first one was a collab piece from like 2005 or 6, so it's been a while). She's smart, strong, and pretty amazing in general. ;)

What's interesting about that sentence was that I didn't come across it until having written most of this story. It's a very weird thing. I'd gone back to re-read DH to make sure that I wasn't breaking with canon, and then I came across that line and was like "eureka! it fits!" And I wanted to include it because it ended up solidifying this story - giving it that ending and an introduction, tying the whole thing together in that ideal way. :D It was a wonderful coincidence!

Thank you again for the review! ^_^

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