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Review:Roots in Water says:
Wow. Just wow. I was on my way to read the second chapter of your Fred/George story but I saw the summary of this story and I just had to stop.

And I'm very glad that I did.

This story was beatifully done. I think that you did a great job of describing what it means, what it could mean, to be the one recording the beauty of life, the one seeing the subtilities of the glory of living. Colin didn't capture the beauty of things that everyone knew were beautiful- he captured the ordinary beauty, the beauty that's often overlooked.

I really liked Doris and Colin's role in her life. He saw something in her, probably the effects of a long and not always pleasant life, and he saw her worth. The pictures he took during those weeks might not be pretty but they are beautiful because they tell a story of a person.

I think that you captured Colin wonderfully- the manner in which he would ask people, constantly and continually, to take their photos. It adds an extra depth to his photography; it reminds us that he, perhaps, was not just star-obsessed over Harry- he just saw him as a fantastic subject for his photos.

The role you gave Dennis was very interesting and well played. He was the sort of younger brother who tagged along, participating in the activities of his older brother without quite understanding or seeing the point in them. He allowed his brother to exercise his quirks, though; didn't complain (overly much) when his brother had him wait because he had just seen the perfect shot. The way you described it gave their relationship depth without being overly perfect and thus unrealistic.

I really enjoyed the manner in which you told this, exactly as though you were relating a story to me in real life. It made it that much more personal, which it pretty much has to be since he's talking about the death and life of his brother.

I absolutely loved the ending you gave this story. The way Dennis understood, even if just that one time, even just for that moment, what Colin saw in his photos was beautifully done and lent some more strength to their relationship.

All in all, I think that you did a fantastic job with this one-shot. It was a fascinating look into the possibilities of the lives of the Creevey brothers. Very well done! :D

Author's Response: asjkfdahlskjfhlkaj Roots! ♥

First, please forgive me for taking an absolutely ridiculous amount of time to respond to your amazing wonderful lovely review which just had me tearing up at all the compliments you've given me.

THANK YOU oh my gosh.

Yes, that's basically the main premise of the story - the ordinariest, plainest, trivialest of details rather than anything too abstract or grand. That's what Colin and Dennis see, and Colin appreciates them heaps - Dennis not so much. At least in this story :P Hopefully I pulled that off...

Dennis tags along a little, like the little brother! I think you've pretty much got him! Gah! I'm so happy you thought the sibling relationship was realistic :) It's one of the things I'm really concerned about: if character relationships are convincing enough or not. And I'm so so glad that the Creeveys work for you.

And the ending...yeah :) I had this ending in mind when I started writing. It certainly is a moment of understanding of some sort. Possibly you could interpret it (if you like) as a sign that Dennis is going to be fine...eventually.

THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN FOR YOUR FANTASTIC REVIEW ROOTS ♥ I love the Creeveys, and I'm just so overjoyed that you enjoyed this story!

-teh


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