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Review:TenthWeasley says:
I didn't even see that you'd written another Every Word Counts entry until now! It's a bit sad, how quickly I clicked on it once I realized what it was. I'm not sure why I like these stories so much, but they're fascinating, somehow -- I love how stories can be fit into such a small amount of words. I'll never get tired of reading these, I think.

I actually really enjoyed the sort of mysterious air that this one-shot had at the onset -- I had to continue on reading before realizing that it was about the Grey Lady, and I enjoyed the sort of suspense that came before it. And more credit to you, again, because this is such a short story! That's difficult to do in three-thousand-word one-shots, and you managed it in five hundred.

I've never seen the Grey Lady's personality being written quite like this, but I think it fits her. Even before finding out that she was Helena Ravenclaw, she was known to be quiet and tragic and melancholy, and those are all personality traits you've written here. I do wonder why she might have chosen to remain behind as a ghost; JKR's stated in Pottermore information that it's got to do with a choice, with unfinished business. I can't imagine what hers would be, but then, that's a bit off-topic!

Bottom line: I really enjoyed this, and your writing style in this story in particular was very lovely. :) It was enjoyed thoroughly! As all your stories were -- I've said it before, but I liked having an excuse to come by here and read a few stories for you. I hope you have a very happy rest of your holiday season! ♥

Author's Response: I suppose I have a penchant for writing shorter stories :P

hmm, yes, I haven't seen much about the Grey Lady in general besides academia's Diamonds into Coal. I don't think questioning with reasons to stay behind is off-topic at all haha. My guesses would be (to be canon compliant and not what I propose in my ficlet here) guilt to her mother's memory. She might also have wished to stay behind because she felt incomplete in some manner, whether in knowledge gained or prestige or duty. She's such a dynamic character, endless possibilities here!

Thanks so much for the review and glad you enjoyed the feel of this piece :)

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