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Review:BluebirdBrigade says:
How absolutely despicable of me to not have left a review for this story after I podcasted it?

I like to leave reviews for the stories I podcast so I feel like a right...poohead for having not done so with this one. Well, at least you have proof that I read the story quite thoroughly ahaha. This is by far one of the most beautifully chilling and haunting stories I have ever read. The words were so poetic and incredibly mesmerising that its difficult to not become attached to the story. Blend that with a disturbing and sometimes very puzzling plot line and you have yourself a truly captivating story. I could feel my tongue becoming lead in my mouth as I read the words because I was overcome with the emotion. I'd love to say that it was all acting in the podcast but sometimes I truly just lost myself to the horror and the angst lines of the story.

Those small segments of 'Come, Sugar' that interject like a rather haunting lullaby interested me the entire time as I read. I love Scorpius and Rose as a couple but at times I had to agree with Rose because although it wasn't obvious and it was incredibly difficult for him, he just didn't understand what was going on with Rose. I know I may have made an assumption as I was reading this but I think I might be right...

“Don’t you understand, Scorpius? If I tell you, you are never going to look at me the same way again! I’ve been…” - I think this may have been my favourite line of dialogue merely because its the moment where she breaks and she feels the compelling need to tell someone about the situation but again she can't bring herself at the last second to tell him because of the shame and the fear that things will change between them. I said this line to many times, I could probably recite it from memory ahaha! You know so many big words! It was struggle for me, being rather uneducated and not knowing how certain words were pronounced, but I hope I managed sense. :P

Thank you so much for letting me podcast this, it was truly an honour and I loved every second of it. Have almost finished 'There will come soft rains' - hopefully I have done it justice!

Maz x

Author's Response: Hi Maz, darling! Oh, not despicable at all! I'm just happy you decided to stop by! :)

I don't even know what to say to all of these lovely compliments, I really don't. I'm so completely over the moon and just a puddle of mush. Stream of consciousness was (and sort of still is) where my writing heart lies. It was a way for me to escape the confines that writers often place themselves in and let the words speak for themselves, to let the story unfold through me. I absolutely love it when a reader appreciates the descriptions and imagery that come alive when I write stream of consciousness.

I too love Rose and Scorpius as a couple, but I'd like to think that this story happened before the possibility of that. You haven't made an assumption at all! You're spot on! It's difficult for anyone, man or woman, to understand unless they've been put in that position. So try as he might, Scorpius will never quite understand and that's what isolates Rose, unfortunately.

She does completely break there, at least outwardly. I think she's already so completely broken inwardly, even in her soul, and getting so close to actually saying it - well, that's the icing on the proverbial cake. I'm glad you mentioned that she's afraid because things will change - I believe this can apply to anything that we feel will change a friendship/relationship. Even though we should embrace change because it is inevitable and necessary, we fear and shame things we have said and done. I find things like that fascinating.

Haha, thank you! I do pride myself a bit on my vocabulary! Oh no, you're not uneducated! Not at all! I'm an English teacher and sometimes I don't know how words or how to pronounce them!

Thank you so much for podcasting it! Your voice is gorgeous and you did such a wonderful job! It was PERFECT. Oh yay, I can't wait to hear it! It's going to be wonderful!

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, darling! I really do appreciate it! :)

Shelby


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