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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
Oh, Rachel. This was simply gorgeous. I don't even know if I have the words to tell you how much I adored this piece. Stylistic experimentation is a success - you must write more fics like this. I love the stylistic parentheticals (this works so well as long as it's done well and it's perfect here) as Percy's conscience.

There are so many lines that I could pull out and claim as my favorite, but I think my actual favorite and one that reveals a lot to me about Percy's character is the line about him being the middleman, stuck between the great (Bill and Charlie) and the ordinary (the twins, Ron, Ginny). It's interesting to see how he views his siblings - never quite as successful as his older brothers and the frustration of never being taken seriously by his younger siblings.

Poor Percy. I just can't get over how well you've gotten into his head and everything is just so beautifully written - the ladder built of bones and he was just stepping on the innocent ones to reach the stars. Gah, so perfect.

I love this so much. Your writing never ceases to amaze me. You are just phenomenal.

As an aside, I'm not sure what Dylan Thomas poem you're referring to (and maybe you got confused?) but the whimpering of the world line reminds me more of one of my favorite poems, T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men - this is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.

Author's Response: I'm honestly so glad you liked this -- and even more that you took the time to leave it such a lovely and thought-out review. ♥ The parentheticals are really thanks to Mel, but it's great to hear you thought they worked well!

That middleman line's a big one to the story overall, I think (as much as there can be, since it's under 1,000 words), but I think it really does say a lot about Percy. If I might be so bold as to claim that, of course. :) And being stuck in the middle is something I've sort of dealt with, too, even though I really shouldn't have, so I can on some level relate to him in that way.

♥ You are too kind to me. Thank you so much for being willing to stop by and give this a shot! And for catching my poetic error -- I get lines of poems stuck in my head, and Dylan Thomas has been lurking about up there recently. :P Your reviews truly are so appreciated, and I'm always extremely happy to see your name pop up again!!


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