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Review:CambAngst says:
Pointless? Darling, why must everything have a point? This was so lovely and easy to relate to. It took me right back to those god-awful nights when my boys were infants and they wouldn't stop crying... It's a universal experience among parents, at least those that don't have house elves. Isn't that what Harry Potter is all about, to some extent? Taking the amazing, fanciful, magical lives of witches and wizards and bringing them back into these very ordinary, human situations that we can all relate to? To me, that was the point of this, and you did a great job with it!

I though you captured that horrible sensation of desperate helplessness perfectly. When your child is crying, it's beyond wanting to be able to make it better. It's even beyond needing to. You absolutely feel that you should be able to and if you can't, you feel like a total failure. It's such a strong biological imperative. It makes a person do crazy things, like lying on a floor instead of a perfectly good couch. That was a nice touch, too, I thought.

All of the physical details of James and Lily and their house were perfect. Are you sure you're really the baby of your family? ;)

Ha! Lily tried to cheat when she and James were supposed to be taking turns watching Harry. It's such a humanizing thing, in a dastardly sort of way. You and I have had this conversation, about how fan fic tends to canonize Lily just on the basis of her one, great sacrifice to save Harry. What always gets glossed over is the fact that she was most certainly a normal, fallible human being with all of the weaknesses that go along with the condition. It makes her sacrifice that much more meaningful, I think, to realize that she wasn't some saint or super-human woman. Just an ordinary person who did something extraordinary.

"She couldnít believe how quickly he had gone from a boy to a man. The day Harry was born was the day that she fell for James Potter all over again." - Well, it happens to all of us. ;) And I think that happens to a lot of new mothers, as well. Lovely sentiment!

"... before either of them could lose themselves into one another, they both fell fast asleep." - Yep. I've been there.

There was nothing pointless about this. You took a very ordinary moment in the lives of two much-loved characters and used it to draw out new and interesting things about them and their relationship. That's what great writing does. It finds a way to make great meaning out of even the mundane parts of a story.

Author's Response: I'm so sorry for taking forever to response. The sister and bro-in-law have kept me VERY busy!!

Haha I am the baby I am I am! I was so happy that I've worked with so many frazzled parents though, because it felt very easy to get into the mind set of a newborn parent. And having someone that has actually been there (times two) and that it feels accurate makes me so happy!

This one shot made me so excited to start work on unnamed sequel to Before They Fall, because writing them as regular people who can do amazing things was really so much fun. I LOVED the idea of crazed sleep deprived Lily sneaking into the bedroom and switching James's pocket watch, then waking him to tell him it was her turn. It just made me giggle.

This was such an awesome review, Dan. You really know how to make my day. Thank you so much for always playing such a huge part in the confidence aspect of this whole writing thing. And for you lovely patience ;)!


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