I couldn't decide between this and The Fall of the Town, so I picked one randomly, figuring that I could always get back to the other one at a different time :D!
Just...gah! You and the story-telling! Someday, when/if I have children, I'm going to hire you to write bedtime stories for me to read to them! Er...they may be dark but, hey, if somebody like me is ever going to be a mother, I highly doubt that my offspring will be shrouded from dark literature. While it makes me slightly jealous, I can't help but marvel at the elegant descriptors and entertaining story-lines.
I love the innocent romance between Jeremiah and the Fat Lady. Their immortal fondness that has the capability to transcend time and place truly has to be one of the best love stories ever told. Then, to be torn away from him in such a way, made my heart break! That's absolutely anguishing to hear Jeremiah call out for her as she's taken away. Having a soul, the portraits have emotions, revealed by the grief they felt and then again by love. Yet, they're so easily removed from their location, from friends and loved ones, by the outside world... okay, I'm going to cry.
I agree with Violet, she simply has to find a way to be reunited with Jeremiah! She has to. Oh! Sir Cadogan! If anybody can help, it will be the eccentric knight! Even though they are technically reunited, still kept separated from the limitations on traveling between certain portraits, it's almost too far away for cause for a happy ending. Instead, it's bitter-sweet, but at least they can communicate with one another, which was more than they could previously. Still, like I said, it's so bitter-sweet, and remains heart-breaking really.
I was way too into this story, which means that you did a fantastic job. Just...gah (because any coherent words that I can formulate into sentences don't seem to be powerful enough)! It was beautiful and tragic, and I don't want it to end!
Author's Response: Hola! :)
I'm glad you picked this one! :) I do love it so. TFOTT (such a weird acronym) will always be around.
I would love to write bedtime stories for your potential future children! :P I think it's good to have dark stories, de-sensitive them early, haha. I'm so happy you like my writing style and storytelling here, it really means a lot!
Aw, I'm so glad you like their sweet romance! I love writing it, they're so genuine and pure together. I'm glad you think it's a great love story! I know, I felt so awful for doing that and tearing them apart like that. It's so unfair, but they're portraits, and portraits aren't considered people to the wizards so their opinions don't matter. Oh no, don't cry! :(
I love Sir Cadogan! Yes, this isn't quite a happy ending, and quite bittersweet as you said. They really have no chance of a true solution unless they get moved to the same place, which is very unfair.
Gah, this review! ♥ Thank you so much for the beautiful review, I'm ever so honoured that you like the story! :D