Hiii! I've been trying to get myself here for way too long.
I'm going to jump right in and say that your ending is killing me. You realize this, yeah? Yet you decide to do it anyway, because you like killing me! yes?
I was very into the first section. The air it held of past romance, of lingering feelings. We know the marriage didn't go through, but that didn't stop me from wanting to hope just a tiny bit. Xavier's need to look her in the eye while he lies, hoping that it will stop her from seeing through it, was very realistic and his reasoning just cruel enough that he could pray she'd get over him. Or at least that's why I suspect he'd used that line.
If she thinks that he's fallen in love with someone else, that he is so insensitive and cold to fall in love and tell her so casually. maybe she'll be able to hate him instead of being broken hearted. I can't imagine that those months until she was recruited was anything but easy. Poor girl ;(.
That scene with Astrid made me really nervous. I was so afraid that they just wouldn't care, that maybe something was discovered, maybe the German soldiers were just feeling cruel. AHH thank you for not making anything bad happen. I was scared. But I liked that you included that bit. It reminded us how, even in a place where she should be safe, she still deals with never actually being completely secure. Good thing the higher officer was present.
And now this last section! You took pity on my poor little heart by giving it happy feels! Sure, they didn't really solve anything, but they're talking again. And their conversation of what could have been was both heartbreaking yet necessary, in my opinion.
And now we get back to the end. I don't think it felt rushed at all. Your story is sort of a constant revolving door of characters, and i love that, so the smaller sections fit well.
An amazing chapter, but I'm going to remain angry until I know Xavier's fate :P
Author's Response: JAMI ♥
Oh, pish posh, you're hardly one to comment about how my ending is killing you. (And now I have the sads because Belle. Oh dear.)
That first scene was painfully difficult to write, because it hurts both of them. Xavier lies to protect Camille, Camille has her heart broken, and in the process neither wants the breakup to happen. (I didn't either, truth be told, but it had to be done.)
Amusingly enough, I originally hadn't planned to give Camille and Xavier a history. I just ship them so bad that I'd never have had the patience to wait several chapters for something to happen.
Prepare yourself to fear for Astrid a lot more! The poor girl is really in the middle of the wolves' lair, and because I'm horrible I'm not going to make things easy for her just yet.
YES, THEY ARE TALKING. IT IS PROGRESS, PROGRESS I TELL YOU.
Thank you so much for being constantly supportive and lovely and ugh. You're amazing, have I said that before? ♥