I officially hate real life.
No, really, I do. After I recovered from that bad bout of cold, all I wanted was a little peace of mind. All I got? My exams are preponed, my syllabus has increased, Kiara's not talking to me because I forgot her birthday, and I forgot the promise I had made for an extra long review...
Send me to hell right about now.
But before that, the review I promised.
Yay! You, my dearest Val, are so on the path of improving. It is so good that you're finally letting go of the grief from Joy's death. And I love how it's depicted as 'letting her rest in peace'. I never really got the full impact of the utter sadness in her heart after I read this chapter, and all her efforts to put Joy's painful memories and the guilt behind her. It really struck, you know... The whole process of making her bed, sleeping in their room, giving away her stuff, looking at the pictures, and of course, the gift. I loved the gift. And also the jeweller. He seems like a very sweet man. Did someone you know in reality inspire him?
The truth is, this chapter needed delicate balance. You needed to depict how Val let go of her grief, misery and pain, without it seeming like she was a heartless hag who was forgetting her sister for good to kill the guilt and sadness inside of her. It really was very well done, and you shone through. I commend you.
All in all, a very beautiful chapter. Now I think i'll go read the next, because its summary really is intriguing. And it's the 25th. Can you believe we've already reached there? I can't. Seems like yesterday I read the first chapter. :)
Love and strawberries and cream,
Author's Response: Hello my dearest Akansha. I'm sorry to hear that things aren't going very well for you right now. But don't worry about the review - I could never be mad at you. You're, like, the best reviewer I've ever had. You fill the world with sunshine, daisies, and fluffy kittens with your kind words.
I think has many different degrees of sadness. There's the obvious, dramatic ones when she's crying and sobbing and such. There's a bitter sadness when she talks about Joy. But then there's also a quiet, more subtle sadness, like the one in this chapter, and I think that's the one that hurts the most.
I also think a lot of people don't realize just how much Val depended and continued to depend on Joy until this chapter. It shows just how much she was holding onto the past.
Patrick Sheehan, the jewler, is indeed based off a person I know, a man from the town I was originally born from. In real life, he owns an ice cream shop, not a jewelry store, though. He's pretty much the nicest guy in the world, and whenever I visit my old hometown, my family and I always stop in to see him.
Yes! Read the next chapter! It just got validated and it makes me very excited!