Hi darling! I read your message and had to come right over to read and review!
To be perfectly honest, I was crying by the end. Just squalling my eyes out. Then I read your author's note and cried some more! I'm so astounded that "There Will Come Soft Rains" inspired you to write Eileen/Tobias! That makes me so happy! I love, love them to death, as you know, and I think it's fabulous that you decided to give them a try! And may I say, you did a spectacular job!
Right off the bat, I love your summary. I'm one for short, snappy summaries and I love how absolutely alluring it is! That sense of allurement you get from the summary parallels with the allure of Eileen. It's a wonderful connection and pulls the whole story together nicely.
Holy Harry Potter, your prose Amanda! I don't even know where to begin! I always compare you to Faulkner because of your manipulation of time, but I tell you, I can't do that here because I think you've transcended his legacy. Honestly, the reality of the piece is so murky and has this hazy, clandestine quality to it that Faulkner could never come close to - your skilled hand has crafted this to near-perfection, if not perfection. I love your diction - your vocabulary is unrivaled, especially coupled with your style - oh, just utterly divine.
Just about every single line is one of my favorites, but this one struck me the most: "Hadn't she slept her whole life away for this moment?" - This is the point where I started crying because I felt this really personal connection. The ability to connect with the story was already there, but this line just did it for me. I feel like it's allegorical and can represent so much more - reading between the lines is huge here for me. I think this line is your defining moment - it characterizes Eileen. Perhaps I love it so much because I think it characterizes me too - not in the sense that I'm a beauty, but I'm always imagining and dreaming for /that/ moment in my life. What happens when I reach it, you know?
I could go on and on, but I don't think I've got any way to describe to you what I feel about this piece. I think you did an absolutely INCREDIBLE job with the Eileen/Tobias pairing. It's very canon, but you've transcended the limiting boundaries of canon and accentuated both your prose and the pairing. It is honestly all completely genius. I love this. I LOVE THIS.
Author's Response: Hi Shelby! So glad to see you here!
D'aww, I'm sorry that I made you cry! You really do deserve a lot of credit for giving me that last push to actually give this ship a try. It means so much to me that you liked this story so much, too!
Oh, thanks! The summary for this story was actually pretty easy to write, much easier than some of my others. I'm also a fan of quick one-liners, and I'm happy that it worked here.
WOW. Pretty sure I don't deserve that kind of praise, but thank you!! I would like to think that I've begun to nail down my signature style with these abstract, feely one-shots, and that some of it bleeds into my plot-driven longer stories, too. I think I'll just cuddle this part of your review about my vocabulary and my prose forever, thanks :D
Oh, wow, how neat that you personally connected with this! I can kind of identify with Eileen there, too, and I would imagine that lots of people can. You always think about what is to come in your life, the things you've always dreamed of, and you don't even realize that life is happening right now, in this moment. Unfortunately for Eileen, she never quite grasped what she was looking for here.
I'm so happy that you felt like this was canon and still unique. Thanks so much for this fabulous review, and I hope to read more from you soon :)