Very touching, and so sad. Great job!
This is a really good story. My mother and I both have Asperger's Syndrome, so I don't really know what it's like for people around me. This story is really beautiful.
Wow, this is simply beautiful. Heartbreakingly sad, but very beautiful.
Not in many ways that characterisation is particularly relevant to this story, but I think that you've found a wonderful characterisation of Hannah Abbott that builds on the girl we see in canon, but goes so far beyond that.
You show her burden and her love so well that I'm sat here with tears running down my face. The way you wrote it is just so heartfelt.
A really well-written and emotional story.
Wow, Hanni. Wow. This story is...amazing. The writing is phenomenal, seriously - I love the simple, lucid way you write. The way you scattered the lyrics throughout the story was very well done, as well. The way you wrote was simple but heartbreaking. Hanni, you've outdone your usual awesomeness.
The premise of this story is sad within itself, but the way you told it just augmented it all (? I have no idea what I'm talking about). *hugs*
I think the part you wrote the best, or the part that struck a chord deep inside of me, was the part where Hannah Abbot (I just realized she has your name. ;D) leaves for Hogwarts when she's eleven and her brother sees her off. That was beautifully written. *loves*
Hanni, this one-shot is great. *awed*
Wow Hanni. Thank you for providing this insight, it’s just reduced me to tears. *hugs* I’ve been studying autism as part of one of my A level psychology modules this year, two of my best friends also have autistic brothers, and this too has really helped me understand the condition just a bit more.
The lyrics you’ve used in this story are simply perfect. They reflect the hopeful aspects really well, and I love the lines that come in between the text throughout the story.
Her heart shattered into a million pieces on that fateful day when he had not been there to greet her, and was never rightfully whole again.
This line in the story allow us to really begin to understand Hannah and how she must be feeling. Seeing her brother when she comes off the train has been a given thing and having him living in St Mungos must be one of the hardest things in the world. Likewise, later on in the story I found these lines so moving:
“Summer?” he asked. “Bu’, you said you’d be here fo’ me, a’ways. Don’ go!”
“I hate you!” He crossed his arms and stood defiantly.
The speech here just blew me away. There’s a simplicity here that really makes me reach out to James. I felt that the way that this scene is portrayed helped me understand how James must be feeling so much more. *sniff*
Wait for tomorrow, don’t worry. It’ll be over by then. The sun shall bring day.
This line is beautiful. Just … wow. I don’t think I really have a lot more to say than that.
This story is sad and moving but beautifully written. Thank you Hanni for sharing this. :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much Suzie...=) I hoped I had provided a greater insight into the mind of my brother, and I hope it helped! --Hanni
Hi Hansolohpfrk...I just wanted to say hi and just to say that I know exactly how you feel because I too have a brother 2 years my junior with autism. And yeah, I know what you mean when you say you love him more than anything else in the world...I feel the same way about my baby bro. I felt really connected to the Harry Potter books because they sort of gave me hope that my bro can have a normal life, coz Jo does write with hope. I drew parelles to Neville's parents and Arianna specially. I like the style of your story. I mean to write a book on my bro once I'm old enough, which I still am not.
Anyway keep up the good work. Bye....
Author's Response: You can write a book ANYTIME you want, dear. Look at S.E. Hinton! I know how hard it is, and sometimes you just gotta look for hope in life. And in some way, it's always there. I wish you luck! --Hanni
I have a little sister with Down Syndrome and Autism. She turned thirteen this year, but she hasn't spoken since she was one. My older sister has Asperger's, and my younger sister might have it, too. I often feel like the only normal one in my family, and I especially feel very alone because it often seems my responsibilities are so much greater. Thank you for reminding me that I'm not alone, and that I can pull through this and be the sister my other sisters need me to be.
Author's Response: No problm, dearie. Us girls gotta stick together, right? I know that nothing I can say can help lift these responsibilities off your shoulders (or anyone else's, for that matter, but it's comforting to know that there's someone else going through the same exact thing as you are. Tell your sisters I said hello! --Hanni
I love this story. I have a little cousin who is autistic, so I understand what you're writing about. I wish that I could see him more, (we live 500 miles away from eachother) so that I could know him and he could know me. He has meltdowns sometimes, but he is such a sweet little boy, who I miss very much. I wonder why little kids have to go through things like having autism. It doesn't seem fair. Anyway, thank you so much for writing this story. I really enjoyed it.
Author's Response: Sometimes, it doesn't seem fair, does it? it's hard, but you just have to keep thinking that it will all turn out okay in the end. Thank you for your review