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Review:TheHeirOfSlytherin says:
The loss of memory just makes the fact so much worse somehow, because we know and we're just waiting for the character to catch up. And we let them try to figure it out and then they panic, but we still wish it was a horrible dream and we're waiting, begging for them to wake up. Only they're not. And then BAM, it hits them like cold water and we're crying all over again.

Poor James, he's bringing out all the facts but not putting it all together, just that he's dead and he doesn't know about his wife and baby yet and, gah, it's so sad. I don't want him to be a shell of who he was, stuck in this white place alone, I want him alive and happy and with his family. ;(

It's not his fault. Can I hug him? I'm gonna hug him.

Lily! I was so scared he was gonna be alone for a minute. But she's here and they know Harry's alive. It makes me feel just a little better.

And they know about Peter. I know there's nothing they can do about, being dead, but I wondered if James was going to yell or try to do something, and then he just surrendered to it, asked Lily why, and that just felt way worse than anything because there's nothing he can do and can only wonder why. It felt like a very big impact on this story. At least, to me.

I kind of hope they never find out Sirius goes to Azkaban. And I wish Harry had been able to go to Frank and Alice's.

And now they wait. :(

I loved this so much!

Sam.

Author's Response: Gah! I feel horrible, taking so long to get to all of these reviews. At least the unanswered reviews page of the Archives isn't giving me a headache with its color scheme, unlike the rest of the site.

Some psychologists believe that the brain uses forms of amnesia to protect a person from memories that are too terrible to deal with. I won't say for sure whether that's what's happening with James at the start of this, but it's certainly a possibility. I never like to make a reader cry, but I'm glad that you could feel James's pain when he figures out what's happened.

Feel free to hug him as much as you want. :)

It's funny how long it took me to write the section of this where James is alone compared to how long it took to write the rest of it. Once Lily arrives, I felt more relaxed and things just sort of flowed better. I think perhaps I empathize with James a lot more than I realize.

It didn't take Lily too long to work things out regarding Peter. Which is good, because I don't think James could have gotten there on his own. He's just too used to thinking of Peter in such a way that he could never imagine the backstabbing little rat betraying anyone.

My first draft of this story was actually longer. After some amount of time -- I don't think the passage of time is very linear in this place -- Sirius joins them and then Remus. And I had it in my head that at the moment Harry uses the Resurrection Stone, he would sort of "appear" in their world just as they appeared in his. I just couldn't get it to work out right. I'm pretty happy with where I ended it.

I'm glad that you liked it! Sorry for taking so long to respond. Thanks for reading and reviewing!


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