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Review:Aiedail says:
Okay so immediate blow to the feels--a maze! It's so amazing, that language has this capacity to become specific in certain contexts, and that you're able to play on all our knowledge of canon tragedy to supercharge the phrase "just a maze" with all this meaning and relevance beyond this story itself. This is a brilliant opening.

It can poison household pests--OF COURSE Snape would bring that up! I was literally laughing out loud at that line. And I have to say, this is a one-shot that I feel has been one of the most successful at making all the prompts seem really natural. I forgot when I was reading this that the goal was to answer to these somewhat disparate things at all, and I've read quite a few of these entries by now, and I know first hand that that's quite hard to do. So bravo for that!

You are also the first person to make me actually cry with your Cho/Cedric interactions. I think that Cho is somebody largely underrepresented as a strong female character and you've done that here--there's a difference between not needing anybody and being strong and I think that allowing yourself to love and be hurt and draw from the encouragement of other people is a wonderful way to show us how good of a person Cho is, and that makes her missing Cedric and his voice in her head a lot more sad. But in a good way. It felt it was almost too much, but this is a short piece, and I still loved it.

Well done, really. I enjoyed reading this and think you did a great job :)

Author's Response: Thank you so, so much for reviewing! I'm absolutely elated that you liked the story so much! I really wanted to pull from Harry's Triwizard Tournament, since I think that that will always be the one that affects Cho the most. I wanted to put her in that situation, because I can definitely see her having nightmares about what Cedric had to go through before he died. I'm glad you enjoyed the Cho/Cedric "moments." I didn't want it to seem like she was hallucinating or really "hearing" him (since he's dead, of course), but I did want her to try to comfort herself by imagining what he would say if he was there. I was surprised by how much I liked writing for her! I'm glad you liked the story. Thanks again!

--Emily


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