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Review:Akussa says:
This story is just beautiful. I love how you let the words flow and just described everything from the scene to the feelings, passing by the experience of simply "living" the day life.

Rarely do we read stories that describe a moment of normal day life that just goes by; a moment where the characters think back on what happened in their life in order to appreciate the present and how they got there. This story felt that way to me; like a breath of fresh air.

I really like how you used the character of Fleur in here; having this story in first person was a perfect choice and you delivered it so well. Now you may characterize this piece as fluff but it's not completly fluff to me. Because of the attack obviously.

I love their reaction to that though, I find it was perfect. The war ended only a year ago and sadly, these attacks still happen and they don't act "shocked", they accept it with sadness and anger but they accept it because when you've been through hell, you begin to accept things that you normally wouldn't. Violent scenes become the norm and you want to forget about it, rather than deal with it.

I really liked this piece, great job!

Author's Response: I'm very glad you enjoyed it! I can't remember exactly where the plot for this one-shot came from, except that Toujours Padfoot asked for a fluffy story from me and Bill/Fleur popped to mind. And, of course, there's angst in this, so I didn't even accomplish that properly... but oh well! You found that, too, and it is true. :D

Normal moments are some of my favorites, because of exactly what you said in your review: Not a lot of people pay attention to the everyday and ordinary in their writing. It's understandable, but there are two sides to every coin, as it were. Saying this story was a breath of fresh air to you really made my day. ♥

Bill and Fleur are both such strong characters, and though the war has changed them in ways both big and small, they move on -- because what else can they do? They could give up, but they're not the sort of people to do that. They take their pleasures where they can get them, because they know what it's like for those pleasures to disappear. They want to live their lives, not dwell in the past, and that more than anything else is something I admire not just about them, but any people who've survived wars and natural disasters and traumatic experiences. I can't imagine it, and have so much admiration for the people who can.

Thank you for reviewing -- again, I'm happy you liked it! ♥


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