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Review:SilentConfession says:
I really like how they've all found new life here and it's not paragraphs and paragraphs of people being sad that they are dead or that they miss their loved ones. there is some of that but it's truly great how you show them come to terms with this new and twisted deathlife you've given them. I like the simplicity of their lives, how they go day to day finding amusement in the smallest of things, are still gruff in the mornings before their tea or just finding new ways to love what they have.

I'm not sure how to describe this, but i loved how there was a mixture of this loving what they have theme going on here and this other angsty bit where you're reminded that these people are still dead and that they can't exist like they normally would have. That everything changes and they're still trying to find ways to just survive in this. Like Cedric and how he thought of Cho and was driven a little mad by his longing for her. Or even Crabbe, that part i was completely impressed with because even if it was short it showed how he was just a human and wanted to go home. It made me sad because no matter what he'll always have to come back to this place, this place which he probably imagines as a prison, a place surrounded by people he doesn't get on with and has no one from what i can tell.

The new friendship between Rowena and Snape is interesting and i'm really curious to know where you are taking it. I do love how Snape seems to be growing here and getting past that stage of his bitter and sorrowful life. It gives me hope that he'll have redemption of a sort and not one where he and Lily fall madly in love and live happily ever after. But maybe one where he can life fully and stop living in the past.

Another lovely chapter and really well done at being able to dip into these contestants lives and and make me believe every moment of it.
-zayne

Author's Response: Hello again, Zayne!

I think that paragraphs and paragraphs of people moping and despairing of their old lives and about being dead would get old so fast. Not only that but I'm too naturally happy to be able to stand such a thing. This is why angsty chapters are usually followed by lighter ones. Writing angst makes me mopey for the rest of the day, so I vastly prefer looking at Cliodna's Clock like the glass is half full. The characters have to look at the brighter side of things or they're going to destroy themselves. I liked taking that journey with them, following as they realized that they needed to move on.

It's all very much a process. Everyone's in different emotional places - Cedric is mostly settled in but he still gets lonely. Tonks isn't as much lonely as she is sad for her son. Sirius is perfectly content, Regulus is happy with day-to-day activities that consume his focus, and others have been here so long that they've become fixtures of the environment even if they haven't completely adjusted (like Salazar and Rowena). It was important to me while writing this not to make everyone's grieving/adjusting process too similar, because everyone deals with this in different ways.

I do feel bad for Crabbe, not really having anyone. :( One of the goals I had for this story was to give Severus a second chance at life. He had such a raw deal on earth, pining after a dead woman who didn't love him back; so here, he's dealt with it. He's fully realized that the Lily he loved is not completely real, and the real Lily belongs to James. I feel like Severus is finally in the present now instead of wallowing in the past and what could have been. I'm so glad you recognized that and we're on the same page. :)

Thank you endlessly for your awesome reviews! And thank you for reading.


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