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Review:nott theodore says:
Hi Amanda!

It makes me so sad to think that this story is coming to an end and I can almost see the tragedy approaching already. I've been enjoying this so much and I don't want it to end at all, let alone the way that I know it will!

I think that this chapter being short worked well, because it conveyed the sense of urgency in finding Helena really effectively, as well as Helena's constant travelling to try and escape.

The imagery you used was really lovely, even if it was showing how much poor Rowena's condition had deteriorated and how close she is to death. It makes sense to me that it would only be at this point, when she is so close to dying without seeing her beloved daughter a final time, that she would accept Venn as Helena's fiance and choice. To her it must seem like sending Venn to find his love is the best decision she could make, but of course with the rift that there's been between Helena and her mother, Rowena couldn't be expected to know that the prospect of marriage to him was part of, if not the main, reason that she fled. It makes me wonder whether Helena might have lived if Venn had not been sent to find her, which is actually really sad to think about!

One element I loved here was the chance to get more of an insight into why Helena made the decision to run away from home. She seems much more like a woman who would be at home in today's society, rather than when she lived, and the idea of losing who she is must be horrible, so I can understand why she made that choice.

Another aspect which was really great was the fact that Helena wasn't miraculously coping easily with the travelling. She's lived such a sheltered life and even though she is magic, she doesn't know how to provide for herself or cope well with hardships like hunger and not being able to wash properly. It reminded me of what Ron was like during the Deathly Hallows, and I think it's very believable and realistic.

Once again, I'm both looking forward to the next chapter and almost dreading at the same time, but I really enjoyed this chapter, as I always do!

Sian :)

Author's Response: Hey Sian :)

It's great that the length of this chapter worked okay. I wanted it to be a little longer to fit better with most of my other chapters, but I also had a specific structure and purpose for it and I didn't have a lot of fluff to throw in.

Ugh, that is sad to think about, isn't it? I even have a hard time picturing how things might have gone had Helena just missed the wedding and then tried to return to her life. Naturally, she has no idea how much her absence has caused her mother to suffer, which adds another dimension of sadness.

I think Helena is just terrified at the thought of living her life and then looking back and realizing that she's not happy with the end product. She's young and there's so much she wants to do and see and she views marriage as forcing her to put an end to those dreams. Of course, there are other adventures to be had down that path, like raising children, but she views that sort of life as being inferior to what she has planned and what her abilities are. Venn certainly isn't the ideal man of her dreams, but he's been more generous with her than most of her other suitors, and yet it doesn't seem like she would ever be satisfied. Anyway, enough philosophizing... the last chapter will hopefully show you my final take on the whole situation with Venn and Helena.

I'm so glad you picked up on Helena's inadequacy in terms of being out on her own. She didn't even pack food for the road, you know? She was more preoccupied with her expensive, heavy wardrobe than anything else. I feel bad for her because she's desperate and I understand feeling trapped in a bad situation, and yet part of me wants to shake her and just tell her to grow up already.

Thanks for your wonderful review :)

-Amanda


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