The perfect ending to a perfect, heart breaking story.
I think you have an exquisite way with words, which I can't quite describe as I'm not as talented as you are. The way you can put yourself inside each characters frame of mind, clock into their emotions and write them so beautifully, it's amazing. It must be difficult to write about the issues this story has dealt with. Love, death, friendship. You have them all down perfectly though, and it's inspirational. You make the reader feel as though they can relate to each and every character. The story just fit together so perfectly, and I suppose in a way Mary's death was the perfect climax. A lot of writers become so attached to their characters, or worry about what the reader will think, and when it comes to the death of a main character, they themselves cling onto the hopeful delusion that the character will miraculously come back to life, or the characters will meet in heaven or their spirit will appear before them, something like that. I admit that part of me was hoping that Mary would come back to life, but I much prefer the way you have ended the story. The way you described her final days was also, perfect. It was perfect. All of it. Just in case I haven't told you, your story is perfect. :P At the end I felt satisfied - the story is complete, there are no loose ends.
It even made me think of my own life, relating it in a strange sort of way to the lesser problems I have to deal with. I've realised that life is worth living every second, and myself, and my friends and everyone I care about, are lucky to be here and should cherish every moment. You have helped me to find a way to reason with a suicidal friend, and I thank you for that.
Thank you :)
Author's Response: Oh gosh, thank you so much for this lovely heart-stoppingly beautiful review. Honestly, each one of these reviews just makes my life and I'm sorry for not being able to respond to it before now.
Really, I don't know anytihng about half the things I'm writing about. Its stupid. I care about life a lot though, I think, so that must have rubbed off onto this... but, gosh, thank you so so so much.
I'm really proud that I managed to get you think of your own life. I began this story with the aim of getting myself to man-up about my own problems (yeah, you can see I'm as eloquent as ever) but I'm honored to have helped you and I'm honored that you've read and review my story. Thank you so much.