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Review:TenthWeasley says:
I've written a couple of one-shots for this challenge, as well, and so when I came across yours I clicked on it almost instantly. I love these stories, because I think it's so lovely when someone can tell a story in 500 words and do it so well.

I've only read Glass before on your author's page, but it seems to be a general rule that whatever you write, your words are going to have a lovely, flowing quality about them. :) They are delicate, and I think my favorite thing about this story as a whole was how put-together it all looked, and how each word seemed placed there on purpose. In a story as short as this, you can't wander, and this was so polished and lovely.

I like the anonymity here, too - leaving it up to the imagination, as you have, makes me more engaged with the people you've written about. You wrote nothing explicitly and I could feel their emotions perfectly anyway. Their fear, their uncertainty, their tension, and yet how much they loved each other in spite of it all.

I have to remark very quickly on how much your title impressed me - it's subtle, and you have to pay attention to glean its meaning, or you very well might miss it. You could have picked no better.

Favorite line --

Wrapping themselves in each other, they were shielded from tomorrow’s perils.

I'm not sure why this, out of everything, made me feel as it did, but it seems to strike a chord. It sort of sums up everything in the story, really, the complexity of the emotions your characters weave.

You write so beautifully, Marina, and now that I've become more exposed to you (if only having read two stories) I think I'm going to have to drop by here more often. This story was lovely, you did an amazing job.

Author's Response: Wow, thank you for such an awesome and long review!

I'm quite fond of the 500 word challenge (this being my second entry for it) because it tends to suit me. When I write one-shots, they mostly tend to be on the shorter side, so I naturally lean towards short pieces anyway (I think that's because I'm lazy...). So, I enjoyed writing this a lot.

I am really pleased with the title of this! I think you're one of the first to pick up on it, which I suppose is how I intended it ;) It really is just about them snatching a few moments of calm in the midst of all the crazy war stuff.

Thank you so much :)


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