Hey there again!(:
Okay, wow, definitely was not expecting what this chapter turned out to be. Like, at all. But it was definitely a great chapter!
I'm so so glad Ginny finally decided to tell Harry, but I'm so so sad for what Harry is feeling!D:
I think again that your therapy scene was on point! Probs because you are a therapist, but still, writing about it is a lot different than doing. So kudos there, again!
Now, on to your concerns, I think the panic attack scene wasn't all that clear. I personally have had a panic attack, and I understand that people react differently when having their panic attacks, but just for your writing purposes, here's my suggestion, based on whats happened to me.
First, it comes on super slow, its more like a feeling I can't place as to whats happening. Then, I start thinking about whats currently giving me anxiety, and I worry. Bad, and its pretty much like a tornado in my brain. By that point, I'm hyperventilating, and probably crying, trying to catch my breath. Until I can think straight, i'm shaking and pretty much going crazy. lol when I can finally calm myself down, I definitely drink orange juice, or eat wafers or something to stop the shaking and help my blood sugar.
Now, that you think I'm totally crazy, moving on. Lets just say, college finals definitely get the best of me, haha.
Anyways! That scene was just unclear until you said something about panic. And it happened rather quickly.
Like I said, I just know what happens so thats probably why I can talk forever about it. I presume you know too, since you are a therapist, so you probably have a good sense of them too, but hey, that's just my two cents on the scene!(:
As for Harry and Ginny's last scene, I thought that was a great place to end. Your dialogue between the two was fantastic. I think its also very realistic of Ginny to hold all of her emotion in, and waiting till something breaks her down. I thought that was very character like of Ginny. And as for Harry, that seems like a very Harry thing to do by trying to save the day, even when he doesn't know how, so that was like perfection.
All in all, I'm so interested still as to how this will end up. I really can't wait to see what all is in store for both Ginny and Harry!
Author's Response: Hey, thanks for coming by, and I'm sorry this response has taken so long! :)
Hah, thanks! Writing a therapy session is very different from doing one, that's for sure. I still don't know if I'm happy with the sessions I've written here, but I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one.
I actually have experienced panic as well and what I wrote may have been slightly more reminiscent of my attacks than yours. But I should have remembered that panic experiences can differ a lot between people, and I need to go back and try to generalize Ginny's experience a little more to make it clearer what exactly has happened to her. People have given me all kinds of interpretations of this scene, so I need to do something to make it more concrete. Thanks for your feedback and for sharing that with me!
(Also, I'm a therapist, so my policy is not to assume you're crazy. Don't worry!)
The dynamic between Harry and Ginny figures prominently in the chapter I'm writing now, and it's proving to be a little difficult to keep a handle on, so I hope you come back when it's posted to give me feedback on it :)
Thanks so much for another lovely review!