Hi! I'm Becca from TGS :). I've been meaning to come and review your stuff for ages, and I'm finally doing it! It's a shame it's so overdue really.
This is really, truly brilliant. I mean, everything you write is brilliant, but the depth of feeling and understanding of and for your characters in this wonderful. Right from the start, Rose and Scorpius feel completely real, and they remind me so much of people I know in real life that it's quite scary. I love how you could belittle their experience, but you don't - even though they were young and foolish, you write about them as if they matter. IDK, it's just nice to see that you have compassion for your characters, if that makes sense.
Plus, your style of writing is just beautiful. There were so many lines in this which I just loved, or where you said something that is just so realistic, or that I've felt myself and you put into words so well.
In summary, this is just wonderful. I know it's quite an old story, so it's interesting to look at it in comparison with what else you've written, and I think it shows that you've had a lot of talent for a long time!
Author's Response: Eeep :3 This oneshot draws quite a lot of inspiration from things I went through a long time ago, and I wrote it as a way to remember, and for that reason, it'll always stand out from much of my other writing. I never expected to get the response that I did from it, and knowing that other people were like Rose, or knew people like Rose - I feel that personally.
Something that I've come to learn is that the things that don't matter to me, might matter to other people, and to belittle these matters only limits me. One bit of inspiration comes from something I told myself when I was in my Rose phase, equal parts wise and foolish, aha. I told myself to never forget that I loved [insert guy] once. I think that was hugely responsible for making sure I didn't end up belittling my characters nor my past self. Even when I look back and think of silly my 'love' was, my feelings were real at one point, and I should acknowledge that; it's the only way to understand not just myself, but other people and my characters too.
Thank you so much for this review! ^__^