|Review:||Gabriella Hunter says:|
Its me, Gabbie with your requested review and pardon me while I dry my eyes! D': I have to say that that was the most brilliantly sad thing I've read today! And I'm so weak in the heart myself and I wasn't able to really read it due to my face scrunching up. Its not a pretty sight!
But what is lovely is this! I think that the beginning was enough to give me a bit of worry, seeing as how Molly was at St. Mungo's, where Arthur was, apparently dying. I think her mind shifting away from the thought was very realistic, she didn't want to face what was happening and you wrote it so wonderfully.
The passage of time was really well done in this too, I was able to sense, from just a few paragraphs that it had been a very long time. Molly's memories of her children and the rest of the family just sort of broke my heart, I could, despite it all, sense how lonely she was now that they were all on their own. D':
There was a bittersweet thing though, too, with her thoughts of the pregnant women, with her dancing with Arthur. I particularly loved that little bit and had to take a moment to prepare myself for big and nasty tears. Thankfully for you, I cleaned myself up enough to read the rest and I think that it was just wonderful. It feels strange to say that this is beautiful, when the content makes me want to pluck Arthur from this story and save him. But the fact that there's nothing for Molly to do, when she was so used to doing everything really stuck out to me. So, great job! That ending though, I had to dab at my eyes again. Even though she wanted to break down, she was still there for her husband, even acknowledging that he would be gone soon. I could hear her heart breaking and I thought you just did a great job, but goodness, I'm a major wuss. And yet, I write angst.ironic, yes?
Anyway, I have no CC's for this, other than thank god you requested this for me. It was amazing. :)
Author's Response: Hi Gabbie, I'm happy to see you back again!
This is going to sound mean, but I'm glad tissues were necessary! After all, this story obviously needs to be sad for the challenge :D
I'm happy the beginning worked well for you. I wanted to show a combination of Molly's mind slipping with her own old age and, as you mentioned, her desire not to face what is happening to her beloved husband.
Yeah, I really wanted to save Arthur from his fate, too. I especially wanted to do it not just for him, but because his death is causing Molly to worry over the end of her own life and to really take stock of all the bittersweet memories that are held in the Burrow. I mean, what will happen to them all when she's gone? It would be very scary to consider.
Thanks so much for your wonderful review!