Dear me, I should be punished for this. A late review for my favourite author. Again. Procrastination doesn't run in my family, so I must have been born with a mutated gene...
Inspiration comes from all sorts of places. And not always good. The inspiration for my first story on this site, Antagonist, came from a nightmare that kept me up for half the night. So I know what you mean.
If there's anything i'll always remember from this story, it's the message that no one can understand another's loss, peoples' relationships with each other are very different. I'm still sorry for your loss, though. And also, I think you're incrediblely brave, sharing something so harrowing and close to your heart. I fill previledged to be a reader of this story. Also, RIP Kellsey.
The chapter is appropriately named. Tension. You could actually cut the tension in the air with a buttering knife, it was so thick and coagulated. And frankly, it doesn't suit James and Val. I mean, they are so meant to be (don't deny it), and all this awkwardness...meh, I feel like I don't get to see enough of James.
Val overcompensonating was hilarious. And btw, I love Al's nickname, Allykins is my favourite! Personally, I never liked Rihannon and Lessie very much. They were not described a lot, their relationship with Val was very shallow, and I never got to see enough of those two. Theain focus of this story are James and Val, maybe that is why i'm still not used to their presence. Don't take it otherwise, but i'm kinda happy that Val told them everything and had a fight. Perhaps now they really know the real Val, it'll be a better and stronger friendship.
Lastly, will you please pass on this message to Val: Darling, , wake up and smell the roses. Why do you feel taking it to the next level with James would change anything. You can still be jointed at the hip with him, still talk about everything, still be his best friend, only you get to snog him occasionally (read: often), and that's not really a bad thing, is it? Admit it to yourself, you have feelings for James. Acknowledge them right now, before you pull a Summer Lancaster, and end up suppressing your emotions, then having then blow up in your face like a dormant volcano.
Thanks for this chapter, and please do pass on my message to Val, and make her see sense.
Bears hugs and high-fives,
P.S. Thank you! No one's ever told me that my name is 'cool'.
Author's Response: All is forgiven for calling me your favorite author :) And trust me, I'm going to be late on updates for a while now. I love college and all, but it keeps me busy!
I'm glad you're able to find meaning and learn something from this story. While a lot of what I write is meant to entertain and for expression, I've always hoped readers would find a message in what I write.
If I could change anything about what I've written, I'd probably go back and add more with Val and her Ravenclaw friends. Because I don't actually dislike them all that much. Well, I don't like Lessie right now (or in the next chapter) but I do have a bit of a soft spot for Rhiannon. Maybe it's just me.
I'll try to tell Val, but when she doesn't want to hear something, she's really good at avoiding it. But I'll try: "Hey, Val! VAL! YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH JAMES AND THAT'S OKAY. IT WILL ACTUALLY MAKE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM BETTER, NOT WORSE! VAL!?"
...dang. She didn't listen. Well, I tried. Also, I love you for comparing Val to Summer. I adore Being Summer, it's probably my favorite story on this site.
You are very welcome! And just so you know, the next chapter of Choices is in queue!