I don't think I know enough words to express how I feel about this story, Jami! Oh my God! ALL THE FEELINGS! Oh God! I can't! I teared up listening to Blown Away when the album first came out and and I teared up once again reading your story. And, from now on, I think that I'll remember you when that song comes up on my iPod. From now on, this song is about Draco and Astoria and no one can change my mind!
You see, personally, until this moment anyway, I didn't believe much in song-fics. I've read a couple and they only felt like replicas of the songs, like there's nothing to them. But this... Jami, this just adds so much depth to the song, which is unbelievable considering how this probably is one of the most touching songs on the album! You made me understand that one bit that confused me a little in the song and you just made everything so believable!
I like the prospect you've introduced here, of Draco and Astoria being friends throughout Hogwarts; it mostly isn't portrayed like that. Also usually, Astoria is portrayed as Draco's saviour, and I love how you reversed the roles here. Astoria is often also portrayed as a fighter, as the one that opts for better and works towards it, but here, you've made her challenge so difficult that she needed help. My God, I just adore that!
As for Draco, he's just so admirable! His determination to help Astoria, the lengths he had taken in order to bring her out of her suffering even if she didn't completely agree... How could she anyway?! He's her father no matter what! And I absolutely love how you've stressed on that point in various parts of the story.
And then, when all the rain in Oklahoma couldn't wash the sins out of that house, you set it on fire, Jami! You gave us this ending that's, in my opinion, bittersweet and basically brilliant!
You had many wonderfully descriptive and creative lines that I probably will have to quote the whole story if I want to point them out! Nonetheless, I have managed to choose two favourites!
'The sound of the lock echoed in her heart as she secured the cellar door in place...'
I honestly don't understand how a sound can echo in one's heart but while I was reading the story, I almost felt it -yes, I was that into it. I have never seen fear portrayed like this before and I absolutely love it!
'Then it was a scream, she screamed the incantation with all the wrath of her soul, with all the pain in her heart, and she watched it burn.'
This sentence made made me shiver... It's just so expressive! Mind you, that whole paragraph was simply brilliant!
So yeah... Apparently, ending the night with a Jami-Carrie collaboration is something that I should do more often. Such a marvellous, awe-inspiring piece! Absolutely one of my favourites!
Never, ever stop writing, Jami! :D
Author's Response: What am I going to say??? I don't even know how to thank you for this awesome review.
I think deciding to burn down the house was probably my favorite part of this. Because all the rain couldn't wash the sins out! And she just needed to be free and escape everything that was happening, she deserved to let all those horrible memories go... so she burned it!
I am so happy you've heard the song, that was actually what sparked this. I was on my way to work when it came on and I just had to write it. I spent the first few hours of the morning ignoring everything and working on this, haha.
Bahhh you are so incredible and this review made me so happy ♥ I wish I could just explain how many soft fuzzy feels you gave me, but I don't even know how!
I am so happy that I stumbled across your review thread ♥.
And! I'm with you on, before this, never being a fan of song fics for the exact same reason. It was so much fun to turn this into something entirely different, to make the storm more of a theme and not what actually ended it for her.
Okay. I have to be done before you turn me into a pile of mush. ♥