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Review:teh tarik says:
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Oh my god this ending :( Even if I wasn't expecting the cheeriest of endings to this story, this was still...wow. Tom was his usual terrifying self - terrifying in his unpredictability and the way he swings from cruelty and cold control to being a victim of his own skin and his own appetite for murder. One minute he's pleading with Pomona - bribing her, even - to die willingly and then he's burning and then he Stuns her so clinically and WHY AM I REPEATING MYSELF AND RECAPPING THE ENTIRE FIC BACK TO YOU. AND WHY DID ALL THAT HAVE TO HAPPEN. But it was Pomona that really made me feel, that really made this end chapter so compelling, so utterly thrilling. Her tears somewhere near the beginning when Riddle admits he feels nothing for her...I just...I mean they're so genuine and it really is heartbreaking. And then there's her final burst of courage defying him, refusing to bend to his will and actually duelling Lord Voldemort. Is it a bit redundant to say that I just wish she'd made it?

Loved that terrifying bit where she can't Apparate and realises what it feels like to be trapped in her own skin. I'm guessing that that was essence of Riddle rubbing off on her, just like in the second chapter.

The bit about the boggarts was brilliant. But I do have a question about these sentences: Pomona shot yellow sparks at it, but the boggart - or Tom - did not retreat. She'd never learned how to produce a corporeal Patronus. She was defenseless. I'm not exactly sure why you mentioned a corporeal Patronus; I thought they repelled Dementors and boggarts are driven off by the riddikulus charm, but as your fic is AU-ish maybe there's something about patronuses that I missed earlier.

Pomona's transfiguration into a begonia, horrific as it may be, was the perfect way to end the story. I'm just so glad you brought up the begonia symbol again and how corpse-like it seems and yet it's a living growing thing - but it's probably a sick kind of growth, just like everything nourished (or infected) by Tom's tainted touch. Argh, I'm just glad she survives in the end several decades later when the spell is undone. That's such a lovely idea, Pomona being so dirt-covered because she'd been a flower for so long :)

Well, I can't believe this story has ended (but of course there'll be a sequel :P )! I'm so so happy to have read something as amazing and as terrifying as this; I'm glad to have followed this story to the end and I've truly enjoyed it. Your writing is absolutely fabulous and I wish I could say more than that but I'm not very eloquent tonight. So...just...thank you for this and don't you stop writing ♥ ♥

-teh

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