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Review:CambAngst says:
Thanks for recommending this in your comment on my status. This story is really, really lovely.

You tackled a subject in this story that an awful lot of post-Deathly Hallows fics dance around. You gave me a truly believable, very well thought out and emotionally connected "bridge" that takes Ginny from the hurt and anger she must have felt after Harry broke up with her to the love and devotion she feels for him during the final battle and in the aftermath of the war. I thought it was spectacularly well done.

Starting from Molly and Ginny's conversation, you laid out a well-paced and realistic progression of her feelings for Harry. First, she has to come to terms with why Harry couldn't be with her and fight Voldemort at the same time. The angle that you chose to play up, the fact that he couldn't possibly be at his best while worrying about her safety, is a slightly different twist from what I've read in most fics and it's a clever observation.

Once she accepts that he broke up with her because he loves her, it allows her to continue loving him back, even though she can't be with him. Your next big leap is having her figure out what Harry truly needs from her. I'm sure that her quiet support and acceptance meant the world to him. The knowledge that he had something to look forward to if he survived the war certainly must have helped on the long, cold, hungry nights in the tent. It was a precious gift.

Your writing was fantastic in this piece. Everything flowed nicely. You had a great mix of narrative and dialog/monologue. It was a very easy read.

Thank you so much for your recommendation. This was just what I was in the mood for!

Author's Response: Thank you for coming to read & review! I really appreciate it, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the story.

I wrote this in part because I wanted to work through how Ginny could step back so maturely at such a young age (she is only 16 here, after all). And while Ginny and Harry are one of my favorite couples, a lot of people dislike her, so I wanted to give her a sympathetic view, so to speak. I'm glad you think I handled her processing-of-emotion well here :)

I think, though Harry didn't say it explicitly, he would have worried far more about Ginny than he did about Ron and Hermione. He knows all three can fight, and cares deeply about all three, but it wouldn't be the same with his two friends as with the girl he loves. So I tried to articulate that in her feelings and the conversation with Molly. I used a similar tack in the one-shot I did for the Final Battle site collab, writing Molly's duel in DH from Arthur's perspective - he doesn't dare try to help or interrupt, in case the distraction comes at a crucial moment for her.

Her quiet support - exactly! I think that's what she was really trying to show Harry by the birthday kiss, that he did have a future, so I wrote it that way. Of course, Harry was a bit stuck on his confrontation with Voldemort at the time and couldn't see past it, but it certainly kept her in his mind.

Thank you so much for the beautiful review! I really enjoyed reading it :D

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