Happy birthday, Jami! This is your birthday review and my birthday present to read another fantastic story by you.
I really, really loved this. There was so much win in this piece, both writing and characterization wise. I am absolutely overwhelmed by how you captured Fleur in this. You gave her a depth and edge I haven't read before. There was a reason she got picked by the Goblet and you proved it here completely. All her emotions crushed me and they were so perfectly in place, like her view of the family. She ached, too, but understood it couldn't be compared to their pain. I adored that she didn't view Bill's scars as scars that ruined his pretty face, but how they are a constant reminder of how worse it could have been. Also, the support she provided for Ginny, seeing Gabrielle in her, was lovely and so sad! It was very nice seeing it, though, as Ginny and Fleur didn't always get along, but in war all the differences are put aside and the family has to stick together. It was beautifully portrayed.
How did you become a thread in the tapestry of war? I'm totally in love with this line. It's so imaginative.
She's also sort of ruthless in here, fighting like a lion for those she loves, and it was really cool! Like I said, edgy Fleur for the win! There were so many characters that had their moments of glory in this battle we haven't seen in books that I'm really glad you wrote this. You made me feel so much closer to Fleur and her inner world. The second person worked extremely well in this case, I think. I was really just losing myself in it. Great job on that. :) Oh and as usual, I had serious chills reading this! My eyes glued to the screen, waiting for what will happen and so on, but mostly from the characterization. You've done extremely well. You brought her alive more than the books have, and that's saying something. I think this is one of my favorite one-shots of yours. Or at least it's a serious tie with Capture the Dark. Whatever, actually, doesn't matter, because I'm starting to think that whatever you write it'll just kill me in the most positive sense of the word.
I loved it. Wonderful writing. :)
Author's Response: Liz! FINALLY responding! Thank you so much for stopping by and for the birthday review ♥ you absolutely made my day!
Fleur is easily one of my favorite characters. The books don't do her justice. I hate when she's a ditsy stupid blonde, because this girl was selected to compete in the Triwizard tournament. Bill Weasley, an intellegent and capable man, fell in love with her and married her. SHE married a man whose family was heavily involved with the war and CHOSE a difficult life knowing the dangers... and yeah. I just can't stand when she isn't given her credit, so I'm extra happy that you see her the same way I do.
I am so happy you liked edgy Fleur! I really want to write more about her one day, but not until Before They Fall is closer to being finished :P.
Thank you again Liz for all your amazing reviews. I'm going to be smiling like an idiot for the next day after rereading this awesome one ♥