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My Secret, My Hell, My Burden by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 15 Reviews
Summary:

What could possibly be a higher form of madness than falling in love with someone who does not share your feelings? Well, for starters, if that person happens to be your best friend, then that certainly qualifies.

Albus Potter has fallen prey to this quandary, and through a self-exploratory journey, he learns much about what it’s like to love and what it’s like to lose himself.

This placed second in the February Great Hall Month of Love Challenge - First Love.

This fic was nominated for a 2010 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Same-Sex Pairing.


Reviewer: Niftylingo Signed
Date: 07/30/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

You've created something beautiful. Your portrayal of Albus as a tortured sou,l was wholeheartedly believable and touching. You laid out his mind for us to dive into, and you opened his heart for us to ache for, just as he ached for Scorpius. This could easily be translated into a non-magical story, because its emotions are universal and real.

Author's Response:

Thank you for your lovely words!

It's funny that you should mention that it could translate well to real life, but in a way, real life was transposed into the magical world. You see, the story was inspired by an actual friend of mine who recently admitted to me that he was gay (though I had already figured that out a decade ago). He had had a crush on his best friend from primary school when they became a bit older, and they drifted apart when they were 14/15 years old. Though it was a sad event, it did fuel a plot bunny, which turned out to be one of my favourite pieces that I've written. I personally don't read slash, and that's not what this piece is; it's unrequited love and heartbreak where the pairing in question just happens to be of the same gender. Take that as what you will, i suppose.

I'm glad you enjoyed it and captured the feelings of empathy that I was going for. This story was very difficult to write in that it was very emotional for me. I have no idea why, but it was. Now that it's finished, I know it was worth the effort. I'm glad you feel the same.

Take care and happy reading,

Jess