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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
Okay, excuse me while I flail. I don't find myself particularly drawn to stories about Lavender for some reason and yet I've read two stories in the last two days that tell her story post-war, assuming that she survived the attack. Gah, Helen, this is just fabulous. It's so well-written and honest. I feel like you have this fantastic ability to pry open your characters and expose their raw emotions to us in such a beautiful, vivid way.

Lavender is definitely a character that isn't often written this way. She's often portrayed as a bit of an airhead, I think, who is obsessed with Won-Won. ;) The war changes people, though, and I really love this contemplative character you've written.

Honestly, there are so many lines in this fic that I want to pull out and keep with me always. But this, especially, really resonated within me: it has become a lullaby of life - a reminder that they are all still alive, that they survived this, that she can still breathe. I love the idea of Lavender lying awake, sleep eluding her, listening to those around her breathing. It's such a beautiful reminder of life.

Everything about this was so incredibly moving. Lavender's thoughts post-war, her desire to move forward with her life, becoming an adult and moving in with Parvarti - they're all such ambitious goals for her and I'm worried she's striving to achieve too much too fast. She's so determined to not go through her recovery alone and let her mental state deteriorate but I feel like that's still something she's going to struggle with.

I also really like Pye's character with his psychological babble. The line about how he's new so he still has time to talk to patients - that really struck me when I first read it. It sort of reveals a lot about his character and about the state of the medical field - that Healers are so busy that they rarely have time to just sit and talk to their patients. I think it's sweet he takes that time.

I'm really rooting for Lavender to pull through this, though I know she will probably struggle a lot. You've done a wonderful job setting us up for that and I can only hope school won't kick me in the butt and I can follow this story as much as I can. I'm really looking forward to joining Lavender on her journey.

Author's Response: I've only read one or two Lavender fics before starting to write this, but I was really excited by the whole concept of it. In my head Lavender definitely survives, though, well... I just think that Lavender is someone who really needed that time after she'd finished school to grow up and live and... well, I don't want anyone else to die.

That's the thing, she's so determined to make sure she's okay that she's trying a little bit too hard and not giving herself time to fall apart a little bit - which I think everyone needs to a certain extent.

I liked Pye too! I always thought he was a great character just thrown into ootp and, well, as it's the same ward as mentioned there I thought I might as well capitalised on this.

I'm rooting for Lavender too and thanks for the lovely review :)

-AC


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