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Review:maskedmuggle says:

I thought this was such a powerful reminder of the long-lasting effects of war.. and how it completely changed many people's lives, including Lavender. Usually you'd expect it to be someone not being able to move on because someone they love is dead, but Lavender's perspective here was really refreshing and eye-opening. I really loved how you contrasted what she was like before - perfect with what she was like now - marred by scars, and the idea of how Lavender didn't feel like she was herself anymore.

I think it's a clever idea that someone would want to escape into big dreams and into places to avoid being anywhere but where she was. All of Lavender's emotions and inconsolable pain was really well conveyed.. I really felt like I could feel and understand her pain. I also loved how you portrayed Lavender and Parvati and how their friendship was still so strongly intact. A nicely written story, so well done! :)

- Charlotte/maskedmuggle
House Cup 2013 Ravenclaw

Author's Response: Hi Charlotte! Sorry it's take so long to reply! HC and RL have been so mental!

I've always been pulled in by the after affects of tragedy and war. I don't know why but i love exploring those moments when people's way of living is being ripped away from them. It's those really raw moments where we see what a person is made of. For Lavender, it destroyed her own reality. It ripped her grasp on it away because everything she's ever known is gone. She doesn't have what she used to, she has these memories she has to deal with, the knowledge that she almost died, and these scars and the only way for survival, for her, is to escape. It would be hard to move one when everything has been ripped away. Lavender hasn't been able too and it can't be easy either to see her best mate apparently move on either. To be able to put the memories behind and Lavender seems to internalize that and think that something is wrong with her if she can't get over this too. So she just hides and escapes from the world that has been so cruel to her, to chase her dreams and to really, become those dreams, because she doesn't know a better way to be anymore. It's only in these dreams she can be who she thinks she is.

Anyway thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind review! I'm really pleased you enjoyed the read and found this little story so powerful :)

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