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Review:Athene Goodstrength says:
Why did I read this? *sobs* I would be annoyed at reading something so sad, but I canít be, because it was also so excellent.

Your characterization of Molly is wonderful. Sheís exhausted, but always has a little energy left. Sheís frightened, but isnít going to show it. She loves her family more than anything, and itís so cruel that sheís had to lose them over and over. Kids growing up, husbands growing old, a twenty year old son dying. And I love her eye for the little details or for the silly - the way she wonders about Mrs Skowerís bleach, and Pygmy Puffs, and recalls her love of children seems very realistic to me, not just in terms of the way you cling onto the details when something huge is happening, but also in her own maternal, absent-minded endearing sort of Mollyness.

Has anything Iíve said so far made any sense?! Iím sorry, I just love this story. Even if I donít love whatís happening, haha!

The imagery was very real to me, and very gentle and beautiful. The moment where Molly lays her hand on Arthur at the beginning was lovely and so sad. You really captured the strangeness of a silent, empty Burrow, too.

The canon details are great, and exactly the sort of thing I love. It really makes me believe that this is our Molly, and our Arthur. And just the few lines you give us about the other characters feel really perfect too, like Hermioneís stress about early pregnancy and Ginny becoming the knowledgeable one (actually, it made me think of my own WIP set at the same time as that memory).

Thereís so much death and loss in here that it could be overwhelming, but youíve tempered it with new life (pregnant women everywhere!), a lifetime of memories that Mollyís taking care of for Arthur, and the promise of thinking about something tomorrow if you canít deal with it today. And the love that she has for that man, and his sweetness, seem to be enduring. And now Iím sad again.

To round up, this fic is tender, sad, beautifully written and wonderfully characterized. Well done :)

*Sniffles*

Athene xo

Author's Response: Hey Athene! Thanks for coming by :)

Ahh, I love Molly. I love her mix of no-nonsense practicality and deep, enduring love for her family. I blame her mothering, in part, for keeping the Order together despite all that they went through. It was very important to me to get her right, and I was a little surprised by how difficult that was, by how complex she really is. She's a masterpiece in canon and I can only hope to approximate that in my own rendition.

It's so great that the imagery worked and you really noticed the warmth and humor missing from a typical afternoon at the Burrow. I couldn't eradicate it totally--that would be heartless--so I tried to hint at it again in the end with the smile exchanged between husband and wife. But yes, this is not the happy family household we know so well.

Along the same lines, yes--pregnant women everywhere! Even after Arthur passes away, even when it is Molly's turn to be buried, the Weasley family is eternal. It's fortunate that there are so many children to carry on the legacy of love and happiness and keep the sunlight shining into the windows of that house.

Thanks so much for your wonderful review :)

-Amanda


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