Brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful.
Author's Response: That is especially good news, as the prompt for this drabble was "laugh or cry." We were supposed to make the judges laugh or cry. You figured out which one I was going for. ;) Thanks again. I'm glad you liked it.
That is a very touching look into Hermione's character. We really don't know what happened to her at Malfoy Manor or how it affected her, and this is a beautiful scene exploring just that. What is so nice is that it is set in an everyday, ordinary moment - getting ready to go swimming - yet it explores extraordinary events, this terrible thing that happened to Hermione. It's also very subtle - I don't think I need to know the gory details of it, and so you addressed it perfectly. And then both of their reactions just seem perfect - Hermione is not completely broken, and Ron is completely accepting. Ah, he's so sweet and mature here, I love it! Very nice writing, Lori! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Who knows what it really would have been like for any of them, trying to recover from all of this stuff? But when I think of Hermione, I think of her being very strong, yet at the same time, very weepy. In my imagination, she does very well with regular life, and then its the surprising little things, the everyday things, that sort of set her off and cause a bit of emotional fright or trauma. Sort of the way it is with grief. And it is a kind of grief really, isn't it? Thanks so much for your thoughts and for the lovely review, Gina. I always get especially excited to see reviews from writers whose work I love to read. :)
I think of Tonks and Fleur, how fiercely they loved and how little they thought of things as trivial as scars on the one they loved. Ron is like them, and suddenly, so am I. OH Merlin, Lori, that line is so bloody good. This whole story is wonderful. So very touching and true! I usually dislike first person, but it is absolutely the right choice here for Hermione and you really crept into her psyche.
Must stop fangirling or I'll never finish my *coughDramionecough* Brilliant, though. ~Carole~
Author's Response: Um, did you just say fangirling? Excuse me a moment... *faints dead on the floor and recovers as quickly as possible* Hehe. Yay, I'm so glad you like it! That was my favorite line in the original drabble, as I meant it to mark a point of healing for her. Not complete healing, of course, but I think every little bit matters. Thanks so much for the happy review!
This is one of the most beautiful pieces I've read here in a long time, especially for a Ron/Hermione. I especially loved the line about Hermione having been through a lifetime of change in a year, and the line "I never stop trying to see." This is a quick but powerful one-shot - I loved reading it.
Author's Response: Thanks so much, and thanks for mentioning that line "I never stop trying to see." It was not in the original drabble, but I wish it had been. It is one of my favorite parts, too. Thanks again for the lovely compliment.
Oh, this is so lovely! It seems as though all of the characters are scarred in some way. I love how Hermione realized that and lets Ron love her. Great work!
Author's Response: I'm so glad you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. :)