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Review:teh tarik says:
Hi there! I'm from the Holiday Review Swap!

This is indeed an amazing piece of writing. I always love stories centred around minor characters, particularly those which have something to do with the war and your fic really appealed to me. You've really gone deep into Hannah's broken and grieving thoughts to paint a most realistic picture of the traumatic effects of war and violence on a survivor. Your characterisation is wonderful and deep, and the relationship between Hannah and Ernie was profound, full of unspoken things, and made even more impactful by its understatedness and their shared experiences.

Your use of language and imagery is also very lovely and vivid, and there is a very dreamlike feel to the whole story. ...what it would feel like to be up there and to take a cloud by its hand and spin round and round till all she could see was a watercolour world bursting around her. Ahh...such a breathtaking line! It's very well-described and not overdone. There were the cold stones, the clouds, the mist - everything felt very cold and abstract and unforgiving.

I loved your ending as well :D There was a hint of redemption in it, of learning to live with their experiences, of the inextricability of the past from the present. All the themes tie up nicely, and again there was lovely reference to the clouds.

Well, all in all, this is a fantastic story full of fascinating and profound insight into the life of a minor character. I've really enjoyed reading it; I think you're a wonderful writer. Do keep writing :D


Author's Response: Hi teh tarik!

I know i still owe you a review and i promise you'll get one! A nice lengthy one as well! :P

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! :P Gah! You were just too nice that i feel out of words to express my thanks. I'm really pleased you enjoyed this piece and found this moment in her life believable. I do like post war stories as well and i've always wondered about the effects it had on the people.

I'm really glad to hear that the descriptions and metaphors weren't overdone. That is always one of my fears is that i write way too much metaphor into my stories that the plot and story actually gets lost in those.

I'm really glad you got that from the ending. I wasn't my intention exactly but i like when readers interpret my stories their own way and i like hearing what it made them think or feel.

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was was so lovely to read :P

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