Hey! Here to review your entry for my challenge!
Woah! Three challenges in one story?! You sir are quite the multi tasked and here I am struggling to finish one challenge!
Right, back to the story. It was heartbreaking. To be honest, I didn't really get the big picture until the end. I figured that Ginny was remorseful about how she should have told Harry her feelings more often, which gave me the nagging suspicion that one of them was dead. I thought Harry had passed on from the way she was lamenting. The truth hit me like a tidal wave in the face.
Poor Ginny with her embarrassing Valentine's day moments. I think that everyone has to go through them sometime. Well, except if you're me living in a country were valentine's day is really just February 14th.
Interesting use of the quote. It's actually from Pride and Prejudice (you know, the whole Darcy moment. Swoon.) and is intended for a person. Yet you used it to describe a holiday. The irony that Ginny hates to day of love. You know, I really have to agree with Ginny on this one. I've never really seen the point of Valentine's Day. Love should be something that is expressed all year, just like how Harry told Ginny several times a day that he loved her. Why allot one specific day for love? I feel that it's just an excuse to be exploited by company selling heart shaped everything.
That last line is my absolute favourite. It shows how nonchalant she is about dying and although she thinks it would have been nice of her not to forget their anniversary, it wouldn't be Ginny-ish if she hadn't. Each couple has their quirks and I think Ginny's apparent indifference to the concept of love is one of theirs. It's obvious that she knows Harry well enough to picture a conversation they would have usually had. Sometimes love isn't big romantic gestures like songs and chocolate, it's these little things (God, I sound like One Direction, don't I?) that matter.
No dialogue! How on Earth did you manage that? Is it awful of me that I didn't notice you hadn't included dialogue until you mentioned it in the Author's Note? I guess it all seemed so natural and the flow was so beautiful that dialogue would have stuck out like a giraffe in a herd of elephants. Not that your writing or your characters resemble elephants, just...gah, I just love the story so much that I don't know how to express this love!!
Haha, if you've actually managed to read and understand all of this rambling I congratulate you on writing a very lovely story. Thank you so much for participating in my challenge!
Author's Response: Wow, what a lovely, detailed review!
That was my intention actually, to be kind of ambiguous about what had happened until I revealed at the end that Ginny was dead. I'm glad you thought it was Harry at first, actually - I tried to word it just so that it might seem that way :p
I was so excited when I got that quote actually because I love Pride and Prejudice, and I'm glad you like the way I applied it here. Valentine's Day is quite a silly day, isn't it? It's more about consumerism, buying heart-shaped cards, which, you're right - shouldn't you express love every day? Heh, I think some of my own opinions about the day crept into Ginny's feelings as well, but I'm glad it worked!
Thanks, I'm so glad you liked the last line! I felt that Ginny wouldn't end it on a depressing or too-sentimental note - she is Ginny after all! And I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed their would-be conversation as well. She might not have said a lot that she loved him, but rather than the big gestures, it's the little things, as you said.
Haha, I didn't think you meant it sounded like elephants :P I'm glad it flowed so well, that's so lovely to hear!
Thanks so much for the challenge and for this absolutely wonderful review!!