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Review:toomanycurls says:
Thanks for making me cry at work. (Well, maybe I shouldn't be on HPFF while I'm trying to work but I'm a multitasker.) Seriously though, this is emotionally charged and very well done. It really poked at parts of me that are still grieving over loved ones (I've considered doing the same before).

The dialogue he's imagine back from Mary was wonderfully done. It showed the depth of their relationship and a bit on how they were together. I really felt Regulus' pain at not being enough for Mary though he seems to get why she killed herself.

I really liked the theme of them having a room that was tied to their identity as a couple/non-couple. For some reason it really reminded me of a book called Wisdom Sits in Places by Keith Basso that looks at ethnolinguistics of the Navajo tribe.


His ending with wanting to imagine Mary soaring among the stars in the sky was really beautiful (and I'm tearing up again just re-reading it). I haven't read many stories on here that leverage such raw emotion in this powerful a way. I felt like I got to know Regulus (and he's a bit of a mystery to me) and I got to know Mary (who had just been a footnote to me before).

Author's Response: Ahaha, sorry for making you cry! But I'm glad you liked my story! I'm lucky enough to have never lost anyone close to me so I was really uncertain when posting this that the emotions in it would be realistic or fall a bit flat, and it really means a lot that you think it's an accurate description of that.

I don't quite know where the inspiration for the room came from, to be honest, I just wanted them to have something that was THEIRS, and the room of requirement was the only place that seemed to fit? I've never read that book but I'll look out for it, it sounds really interesting!

Thanks for the wonderful review, I'm glad Reg and Mary could touch you with their raw emotion, and that you thought my words were powerful < 3

~Maia


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