Well, this is definitely a story I wouldn't have normally read, but I love the Dylan Thomas Poem (granted I've only heard it in Rodney Dangerfield's movie lol) but it intrigued me, and then learning what they went through, killing for the first time. I think it was beautiful how you ended it. Also makes it very appropriate that Killing is then something Harry had never done, that even when Remus scolded him for using Expelliarmus, he stuck to that part of himself that is so much like James in this. I loved the similarity, and I believe that if it was between say Ginny being killed, he would, like James, then kill. There are a few phrases that come up a little too often, but then if it was waaay too often then I'd remember what it was :P lol. I'm not a big drama/angst reader, so it makes me curious what James' POV would be since he was the more positive one, but then I would have thought it would then be that much harder for him than Lily since she was already so tainted with what she'd been through.
This really seemed to echo that poem, they certainly did "not go gently into that sweet goodnight" so to speak.
Author's Response: Thank you very much for coming in to read this story! It was lovely of you to take the time, and I'm really glad that you liked how the story turned out. With the ending, I wanted to give them both some happiness even in the middle of a war - they've found each other, maybe in the wrong time, but they still have to make something of it; they have to fight.
Not many readers have dealt with the way that this story explores the act of killing, and I don't think anyone has nailed what I was hoping to do with this story quite this perfectly. If Harry was cornered and had no choice, he would kill, but with Voldemort, he knew he wouldn't need to, that it would in fact work against him. If Ginny had been directly threatened, though, he would have done what Mrs. Weasley did - and he would do the same for Ron and Hermione. But it would always have to be for someone else.
But Lily is different. She killed because she was scared, and she sees that as a weakness - though self-defense is natural, instinctive. The fact that it haunts her shows that she equally hates killing and hates herself for it, but unlike Harry and James, she won't shy away from the spell - she sees it as a preventative measure, saving others before they're even in danger.
It's a big issue to deal with in a story, and I don't know if Lily and James were the most ideal characters to attempt it with, but I'm happy to hear that you found that it worked with the parallels between James and Harry - I hadn't even thought of those! I don't know what James's POV would have been - I only imagined it through Lily's eyes, but my guess would be that it would also be a sad story. He would be watching the girl he loved torture herself over something she could not help, something that they were both too young to deal with, much less fully understand. He may have seemed more positive when compared with Lily, but his story is equally a tragedy.
Thank you again for reading and reviewing this story! I agree that there is too much repetition in this story - I do get carried away sometimes. XD But I'm glad that you found it an interesting read!