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Review:megthechef43 says:

This is such a true and harrowing tale. The first part with Draco and how he dealt with cards and letters is perfect. I lost a close family member this summer and I hated when people would mention it. I didn't want to hear that they were sorry for my loss. I didn't want to read the cards attached to the flowers expressing their sorrow. It's hard and I can see Draco not wanting to deal with that kind of pain as he is already dealing with so much of his own grief.

I;m intrigued by the idea of a portrait "waking" up. I hope you go a little more in detail about that. Was it once awake and when Ron passed on did it fall into a sleep that he could never awake from.

I'll be reading on...


Author's Response: megthchef43,

Wow, do I owe you a mountain of responses. You just don't know how I appreciate your every word. I have been so busy that reviews got away from me. At one time, I had 35 to do! It's wonderful, but overwhelming. Right now I'm actually traveling out of state for a hockey tournament and the place we are at now actually has wireless internet that works! What a blessing so that I can actually work on responding. Finding time to write is another story! :P

On to the response... Draco and the cards... yes. This idea actually came from my grandmother-in-law who was widowed 4 times! She is one that we lost this last year. When she would speak of her losses, she said what helped her most was to keep busy with LIFE and keep her faith, but the worst to deal with... was the cards. ;( I cannot imagine her great loss. That bit was to pay homage to her and her thoughts on the matter.

I'm so sorry that you too have experienced this. It is very kind for people to express their condolances, but so hard to not break down and 'lose it.'

The portrait... well, I know little about them and so in my head, a portrait is created after a person dies and it is a "wait and see" if it wakes... sort of a part of a person 'finding his way back.' I remember Dumbledore's portrait clearly asleep when he died, but I think later in the books, Harry speaks with it, but I'm not 100% sure.

Anyway... thank you dearly for your words and for your understanding what Draco is going through with the cards.

It's heartbreaking to hear that you went through it. I'm so very sorry.

Dark Whisper

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