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Review:academica says:
Hey! Thanks for the swap :)

Your imagery is absolutely stunning. It's amazing how you can weave these intricate, delicate little bits of description that seem fragile enough to crack into pieces in my hands and yet speak volumes about horrific, grand moments in Teddy's life. I love the morbid juxtaposition of the joyful and the tragic, even as it reminds me that, in this life, we can so easily fall from the innocent summer of childhood into the uncertain bleakness of adulthood without even realizing we've slipped. It's so powerful and so bold, and I must applaud you for it.

Your characterization is lovely. You imagine Teddy just as I imagine him: outwardly, a normal teenage boy having the same pleasant experiences as others in his peer group, but just under the veneer, there's a young man waiting to crumble, struggling silently under the weight of his past. What a pity that he had to fall into the place he did with Fred's death, as I can't imagine he'll be able to sustain himself now.

Flow was wonderful, a smooth ride all the way through even with the knowledge that something awful was approaching in the most frighteningly humdrum manner possible, the same way nearly every unfathomable tragedy comes to pass. There were no technical errors that I saw, but knowing something of the caliber of your work, I hardly expected to.

Captivating through and through. Well done!


Author's Response: I'm so glad you liked the imagery, it's so important that I set the atmosphere right with a delicate theme like this. The moments are horrific in many ways, they're the best and worst moments that really stick in his mind. I wanted to write this as though they were flashing through his mind.

Thank you so much, Amanda, to hear such praise from you is wonderful indeed :)


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