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Review:marauder5 says:
This was absolutely stunning - one of the saddest and most beautiful pieces I've read. I fell in love with it from the first paragraph, and this line: "Marguerite hastily waved her wand and cleared up the cup of tea he had dropped when his hand started shaking. They both ignored it." It set the mood for the entire story, and it really touched me. You've really captured the sorrows of growing old.

Bill remembering how his wife used to be was just beautiful. I think you did a very good job of explaining the difference between him and those who didn't know her then: they saw only her bitterness, but he saw who she really was. It's so beautiful to think that despite of what age did to her, she was still the same to him; she was still the woman that he loved.

I'd like to mention one thing. You probably speek French a billion times better than me (aren't you Canadian? Or do I have confused with someone else?) so I might just end up looking silly. But I noticed that in the part in French, you refer to Fleur as 'tu' first, and then as 'vous'. Is that correct? Also, I'm not sure that anyone would refer to his wife as 'vous', as it's a bit more formal. If I'm wrong, though, just ignore this. You probably know better than me ;)

I just want to say once again that this was a wonderful story. It was even more touching than many other sad stories I've read, because it's a real phenomenon. I think it's the reason why people are scared of growing old; they don't want to turn into someone else. It broke my heart a little bit. I felt so bad for Bill, and for Fleur too. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

I don't even know what else to tell you. I want you to understand how beautiful it was, but maybe you already do :) I hope so. I want to thank you for writing it, and for touching my heart (and probably many others'). :)

Author's Response: Hi! Aw, it's so wonderful to hear that you liked it. This story is definitely very special to me and getting these positive reactions is just lovely! :) I'm glad that you liked the line about the tea as well, since I thought of it as saying a lot about Bill, and growing old as well.

It's good to hear that you liked the differences between how Fleur was and is, and how Bill sees her and how everyone else sees her. It's nice to know that the flashbacks to how she used to be worked well! :)

Haha, I think you're right about the French phrase! My spoken French is a lot better than my awful written French, and I think I just wrote "vous" because it flowed better without thinking about the grammar! But I'll go back to fix that up when I get a chance, thanks for pointing it out! :P

Turning old is definitely such a realistic but frightening part of life, and I was happy to try and do it justice with this story. It was very sad to write, though! :(

Thank you so much for appreciating this story, and for giving me such a wonderful and nice review, as always!! :D It was such a nice surprise, and knowing that you liked it means a lot to me!! :)


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