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Review:teh tarik says:
Hello Zayne!

What a gorgeous story. It's terribly sad; there's so much melancholy in this fic and that really tugged at my heartstrings. I love Lavender fics, as long as she is portrayed with compassion and depth, and your Lavender was definitely a very rounded character. You've done a great job writing her voice, and really accentuating that hopeless vulnerability about her and the emotional and psychological scars of her life, along with the physical injuries sustained in the war. It does make sense that she would have such an overwhelming desire for escape, and the extent of her imagination and escapism is both tragic and hopeful. Somehow the scars and the war have broken her open, broken her out of her tiny contented world of lipstick and friends and new robes and thrust her into a reality that is so vast and alien. It's quite symbolic that she coops herself up in a flat full of books and at the same time dreams to be far away. There's a delicious complexity and duality to her situation, and you've done a fantastic job showing that.

Your descriptions and use of imagery were gorgeous. There was such a gorgeous sweeping view of things (pyramids, great wall of China etc.), and occasionally there would be close-ups on tiny details (the smells of perfume and curried lamb, the sand clinging to skin). How real it must have felt to LAvender, and how deeply immersed she must have been in her dreams and imaginings to be able to feel with such intensity. And at the same time, I do get the nagging sensation that she's possibly losing touch with reality, just a little.

I love the inclusion of Parvati here. She's a contrast to Lavender, being strong and whole, but supportive as well. If Lavender is going to be fine, and I like to think that she will be, then it will be partly because of Parvati's support.

A beautifully written oneshot, Zayne! I loved this :)


Author's Response: Hey Teh!

Thank you so much for this review! It was so lovely to read and so very nice. I've never really thought too much about Lavender before writing this. I've read a few stories about her and found them interesting, but I never felt the need to write about her. Until this and I realized the depth she could have. It was interesting to write this and explore her as she is definitely losing touch with reality. She's escaping it and with every book she reads the more she slips away from what is real and falls into this dream word of hers.

I hope she'll be okay one day.I hope that the support of Parvati helps her but I don't have the answer to that now. Right now she's still slipping and nothing Parvati does will help. Not now. Perhaps later though. :) Thank you so much for you wonderful review teh! It's made me squee with joy every time i read it.

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