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Review:Violet Gryfindor says:
I've been meaning to review this one-shot for a while, and now I realize that it's been two years since it first came out! This is one of my favourite ships, and it's always wonderful to see someone taking it on, especially in such a thoughtful, lyrical way. It's a beautifully-written story with striking imagery and lovely use of repetition, creating a dream-like atmosphere that perfectly reflects Rose's state of mind.

What I particularly like about your story is that you depict Rose's struggle with Teddy's past relationship (I assume it was with Victoire, but really it could have been with anyone). She loves him, but she can't get past being the second woman he's loved. This has such a powerful resonance in her mind that she displaces it onto Teddy's words and actions - he doesn't at all sound or act disgusted, but Rose imagines that he does, and it prevents her from ever taking pleasure in his love for her. It seems that she has loved him for a long time, hence the repeated use of "dreamer, dreamer, dreamer" - Rose sees herself as the dreamer and this moment as the dream. She has probably lived it so many times in dreams that now that it's happening, she can't react - in fact, she reacts against it.

At least, that's how I interpreted it. There are some aspects of this story that doesn't quite fit, such as the positioning of Rose as the "jilted queen" - is she jilted because of Victoire's lingering presence? Jilted because she imagines that he'll never be completely hers? There's a lot of room for different readings of this story, and that's one reason why it appeals so much to me - I love having to sit back, reread the story, and try to piece it together. It makes for a more complicated, but also more fulfilling reading process.

This is an excellent story, and I'm glad that I've finally had the opportunity to read and review it! ^_^

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