This was such a miserable chapter and I'm feeling miserable after reading about how Val and James are so miserable.
Honestly, I don't know if I'm the only one, but I actually think Val isn't in the wrong here. She suffered such a huge loss once, so it's natural for her to fear loving someone again. She's afraid of being hurt a second time, afraid of being abandoned again.
And now, here she is, feeling so alone because everyone is mad at her.
I agree with what Rhiannon said about Val's fear of love, but I digress that James should stay away and do nothing.
Val is so miserable, and it's as if her sorrow is eating away at her. Why can't James see that?
Val is afraid of being hurt if she loves, of being abandoned by the ones she loves, yet her friends, her family, and even James (the supposed love of her life) is intentionally staying away from her and hating her. I can't believe them.
I think it's extremely cruel for Val.
Well, anyway, even though I kinda hate you for making Val go through this, I love this story. The last few chapters were absolutely well-written and extremely emotional.
It perfectly describes all the sorrow and stuff everyone's experiencing and the details are so graphic, that I feel tears pricking in my eyes as I read. I can't wait for new updates and please make it quick - in my opinion, Val certainly deserves her happy ending.
Amazing story. I can't say I wasn't hesitant at first when I started reading (I thought it was rather cliched at first - perfect girl with a not-so-perfect secret underneath the glossy facade - but you proved me wrong), but I'm glad I continued reading. The plot is fantastic and I just love it.
Great job! :)
Author's Response: I'm very glad to hear your opinion on this. I love that people can have diverse thoughts and opinions on things. You explained your side very well and I though you made some great points, but I'd also like to give and explanation as to why people, and especially James, are doing what they are doing.
The thing with Val is that she is so utterly dependent on other people that she doesn't know how to survive on her own. And that's why James is staying away from her. It's because it's the only way she'll ever learn how to be strong for herself.
I am in no way saying that there is nothing wrong with needing someone. Everybody needs other people in their life. But being so completely attached to a person - like Val was with Joy, and then James - isn't healthy.
I do agree that other people are wrong for abandoning Val. Lessie has no real right to be mad at her and the rest of the Weasley/Potter family are being too extreme. But that's life. Sometime people make mistakes. And it looks like right now, pretty much everyone in this story is doing so.
As for Val's family, I think both sides were in the wrong. They all reacted badly. Yes, Val probably should have told them and yes, her family should have noticed something. But her family had a terrible reaction and Val had an even worse reaction to their reaction. And now she's being a bit extreme in ignoring them, though she does have some justification.
Anyways, I hope that gives you a bit more understanding as to why James is doing what he's doing. If you still don't agree, that's fine :) I like varying opinions. And yes, you were the first person to mention feeling that way. Way to be original!
Thanks for your review, and for giving this story a chance. It really means a lot to me.