So my first Eileen and Tobias story was actually one of Shelby's, and I have to say I was really excited when I saw your most in the New Story thread. I feel like I've started this story dozens of times, but my phone always rings or my email always buzzes, and this isn't a multitasking kind of story. It's a, you better read every single line or your going to miss something beautiful, kind of story.
Do you know what you do better than anyone? Cursed beauty. And cursed isn't the appropriate word, but I'm not sure if the one I want to use here is 12+, so I'll message it to you. But, it's amazing. And it just feeds that need that we have to read destruction, but you make destruction so beautiful! It's almost terrifying.
I don't know if the love potion is something I'm missing in canon, I don't think so, but I love your usage of that. Her skills as a potion master built her confidence in her own mind, despite her lacking aspects in other subjects, then destroyed her. Her skill to make that potion, to keep the simple man in love with her, ruined so much though it probably would have been ruined regardless.
And the part about walking through the village with her skirts. I just have this image of a woman in torn clothing walking like a queen. Everyone is pointing because they think she's gone mad, she's the woman from that house that they all know something is wrong with, and they're wondering how she can walk around like that? Okay, that might be completely wrong. I have no idea if it's what you planned, but that just stuck in my head.
And I feel like by the end, she's resenting what the man who was so simple wants. A hot meal. Before it was convenient because he was simple and she could do whatever she wants, now the thought of it is too much. And a child that wasn't enough. Bahh. Like I said, I may have read this completely wrong, but I loved every second of your vivid descriptions and beautiful writing. You have so much talent. It makes me turn envy green.
Author's Response: Hi Jami! Always happy to see you!
Hah, Shelby is the Eileen/Tobias goddess. Her work is the reason I finally felt brave enough to try this ship out--and I'm glad I did!
Wow, thanks! I guess it's my love of angst. I sometimes feel more comfortable with unhappy endings than happy ones, though I'm trying to work more on that. Luckily, we already know that Eileen and Tobias probably don't end so well, so the canon freak in me was more than happy to write their tragedy.
Nope, I made that up--though it was definitely heavily inspired by Merope and her plight. My head canon is that Severus got most of his potions know-how from his mother, and along with it came his obsessive tendencies and clinical, detached nature (sans love for Lily). Like him, Eileen is unable to understand what to do when logic fails her. She's emotionally stunted and helpless, like Severus is in a way.
You got it--that's exactly the image I wanted! She reminded me a little of Anne Boleyn, wanting to keep her head high and her riches visible even when her image was tarnished. Her fantasy world means more to her than the real world ever will, in multiple senses. She does really resent having to return to earth.
You're so sweet. Thank you once again :)