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Review:Jchrissy says:
Hi darling, and a very happy Birthday to you! Well, a day early ;)

Wow. You really want to break my heart, don't you? This was so powerful in such a short amount of words. The classic every word counts challenge is one of my favorite, and you absolutely did it justice here. I can't believe what an impact you managed to have on every single word, placing just the right one where it needed to be to just tug my heart out of my chest.

I think the idea of George having to go back to that shop, back to real life where Fred didn't exist, is such a painful one. He'd never been alone, and now he's forced to learn to live without half of himself. That's so terribly sad, and I can't believe how much this piece made all those feelings just dart to the surface. The part about life moving on behind him as he started at the building, until he ultimately turns around and decide to leave. UGH. :(.

Also, your section where you talked about George looking in the bathroom mirror trying to figure out how to create a smile, to get his lips to curve up, oh my god. That's such a small, minute fact -- but it's positively crushing. George should never be without smiling :(.

The only thing I noticed that sort of had me wondering is when he talks about the rest of his family being unscathed. I might have just read it the wrong way, or understood it incorrectly I suppose, but it felt like he was saying that none of them were hurt. I'm sure losing Fred hurt him more than any of his other brothers, but I think that losing their child would kill Molly and Arthur. Again, I probably just misunderstood. But that one sentence was the only one I wasn't sure about; everything else was absolutely amazing!

This was a really, really beautiful one shot!

And again, a very happy birthday ♥

Author's Response: Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Well if this story got a tear or two from you, my mission is complete! I admit, I was snifflign while writing it, and even cried a bit re-reading it! Something about George without Fred is just heart breaking.. no matter how long we've had to adjust to it.
As far as the "relitivly unscathed" part.. he wasn't talking about emotionaly, he was mean physically.. there was damage, but everyone but Fred is still alive. Of course the loss of Fred killed them all emotionaly, but I think it wold be worse for George.

Thank you so much for the amazing R&R (as always)



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