Hey there academica!
Well, I randomly decided to pop in your author's page and I am so glad I did, or else I wouldn't have stumbled across this amazing story.
Wow. That is all I have to say. This story was just so sad and heartbreaking that I am almost in tears now. The way you showed Molly and Arthur's situation really broke my heart.
Your writing style was just beautiful though and the emotions came through it effortlessly. I could actually see this happening many many years later in canon too, how much ever it breaks my heart to imagine the sweet couple in such a situation.
The "one tragedy at a time" part really got to me though. It made me realize just how much loss Molly - and Arthur - have seen and how much pain they've faced.
The part where Molly tries to tidy up Fred's bed then gives up made me almost break down in sobs. And then, towards the end, the part about the empty space suffocating her and the silence hurting her, was written so vividly and painfully, ghosh. The ending was the best though. It really killed me to know that Arthur is dying, yet you ended this on a bittersweet note.
This one-shot was really a masterpiece of writing. It had so many emotions packed in it, and was so believable, and just so heart wrenching yet beautiful at the same time, I just don't know how to express all my feels right now! So, I'll just wrap up by saying that you have portrayed Molly very aptly, and her situation and thought process in a very touching manner.
Your writing flowed very smoothly and it really struck a chord. It was sad in the biggest and truest sense so I hope you win the challenge.
Oh and before I finish, I must say, I absolutely loved your title and the plot concept! I googled the meaning of the title before reading (though I realized that I didn't need to once I read your author's note at the end) and it instantly made me click on the story. So, the concept of Molly's heart beating almost "irregularly" and the subtle ways in which it was shown throughout, along with the 'justifications', was just amazing. Then the ending just tied everything into place, and it all turned out brilliantly.
Another great job! I am always in awe of your works. Keep writing such amazing heart-touching beauties.
All my love,
Author's Response: Hi Angie! Thanks for stopping by once again :)
You're right, the Weasleys have really gone through more than their share of tragedy. First, Molly lost her brothers, then Fred, and it must be really sad for her to imagine losing Arthur after his close call with Nagini. I'm glad you liked the ending, though. I couldn't bring myself to end with total sadness. I think the kind of one-shots I like best are those that have a sad, angsty theme but a good ending, one that suggests hope for the future. I didn't think Molly and Arthur deserved to go out without a chance, not after everything else their family spirit has brought them through.
It's great that you felt like the emotion was tangible; I was hoping the combination of using beloved characters and choosing an event that happens all that often to people in real life would bring that out for the readers. Unfortunately, the challenge wound up getting deleted, but it's nice to think that this one might have had a shot, so thanks for that :)
It's great that you liked the title! I struggled for a while to come up with a decent one, and I just couldn't get this out of my head, just based on the beauty of the word and what it means. I'm really happy that it seems fitting.
Thanks again for another fantastic review!