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Review:spreaddapoo93 says:

I am instantly, undoubtedly intrigued by the first chapter (I sort of have a basic idea of the summary, so I skipped the deliciously long story summary you wrote at the end of this chapter (I like that train to hit me partially unannounced! :).) I just assumed it was to draw people to continue reading, and I am completely sold... If you feel it is integral to the story, please give a reply and tell me to quit being a snob and read the darn summary :D

I love the visual image that has been created - smoky, dingy, crisp ... The suspense and drama is top of the range; and getting past the visual imagery you've ingeniously and dexterously woven (from the description of the smoke and stubby nub of a cig in Krum's hand to the fascinating and almost sullied - by the man in the suit of course - biographical book) , your dialogue and characterisation is gorgeous.

Viktor Krum and his self-assured self-deprecation - I love his sharp, stinging remarks back at the other bloke.. From his accent, down to the poignant words "We’re the ones who like to do the killing. It’s no fun if they’re already dead inside.” to witty banter "rain check." Ah! it perfectly captures the Krum that you've created here - a disgraced, broken hero...

I really enjoyed the Man in the Suit. Even that glorious title/name. eerily generic - who could he possibly be? It is indeed a powerful device, especially naming the chapter after the mysterious but evidently the upper-hand man.

I am in love with your first chapter. Tremendously well-written!

(P.S. To half-sheepishly include the fangirl aspect of my experience for the sake of honesty: I am a self-proclaimed geriaphile - a term i made up and have no idea of its validity: meaning one who obscenely loves obscenely older people - so coming across your fanfic really made my day :D

I have been searching for something like this for so long! :D I look forward to reading more and founding out WTH is going on!

P.P.S. Excuse me for my wild scatter-brained review... It really is all over the place. And way too many smileys - I'm THAT kind of a gal - the vulgar smiley-perpetrator.)

Much adoration and admiration,

Author's Response: You're not being a snob at all! Feel free to ignore the summary. There is nothing in there that isn't revealed eventually :)

I'm so glad you liked the chapter. I was trying for a gritty feel here, even in the sort of sterile white environment, so hopefully that came through. And I'm really glad you liked Krum. He's been so much fun to write -- sort of blunt and crass, and both self-confident and down on himself at the same time.

It's great to hear you actually LIKE the idea of the difference in ages for the characters. Thirty years is quite a gap, and I can understand people being hesitant to give it a shot, but it's nice to hear from someone who's super open to it. And don't worry about all the smiles. There is no such thing as too many smileys in a review!

Thank you for the R&R!

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