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Review:teh tarik says:
This was an incredibly difficult story to get through. :( :( It's not a topic I like reading about, and it's one that's incredibly personal for me, too personal for me to ever write it in fic. But oh my god, this story. I'm honestly a mess of feels right now because you've taken such a difficult topic and written it with neither sentimentality nor glorification, and you've made Fred's suffering so real. I'm also so glad you chose Freddie as a character; it's an unexpected choice and I love your examination of him in this perspective. You covered the bit about his name and how he feels, being named after his dead uncle whom he can never replace; you explored his feelings of inadequacy and isolation, but Freddie's situation is so much more than these things...what really got to me were these lines:

There had been no real catalyst. The beautiful thing was that it was all in his head.

^ This is perfect. This really says it all for me: that perhaps Freddie is in fact searching for a reason why he does these things to himself, and not the other way round. It's like he's trying to put a name to all these feelings that come out of nowhere.

Nothing had really gone wrong. Nobody died. Recovery is a constant and this was just the first step of so, so many. He clutched to each word like a lifebelt, learning how to float.

Probably my favourite lines of all.

Ugh, I don't really know how to say anything coherent any longer so I'm going to leave it with this review. This was absolutely fantastic; thank you for writing this.


Author's Response: Hello Teh! Here I am, more than a year later, responding to this incredibly nice review you've left me. I know, I'm trash.

It's a difficult topic for me too, both in writing and in reading, but one that was very cathartic to write about. That's something I do genuinely enjoy in writing; getting to exorcise my own personal demons in surprisingly productive ways. It's cheaper than therapy.

I like how you identified that line as one of your favourites - I felt like the line about Fred I was an attempt on my behalf to shoe-horn in a "reason" for Fred's depression (why did I feel I had to do that?!? Oh, the power of hindsight) but ultimately that line sims it up best of all. Sometimes there isn't a cause, sometimes it just happens. So I'm pleased you picked up on that.

Thank you so, so much for your wonderful review. I wholeheartedly promise to respond much faster in future!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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