Over fifty brave souls perished during the fight that took down You-Know-Who’s regime. However, not all of the victims of the clash that ended just this morning set foot on the grounds of Hogwarts last night. Numerous family members and friends will be spending these next weeks not celebrating, but planning funerals while raking up the pieces of their lives and wondering where they are supposed to go from here.
One boy was lost and alone -- looking for a lifeline, crying for help. But is anyone listening?
This story was nominated for two 2012 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Dark/Angst Story and Best General Story.
This was so amazing! By the end of the story, when you have already figured out who D is but Harry hasn't, that little "Oh." seemed just perfect! That line 'I feel like I should know who you are' tied in greattly with the 'oh', I loved how it showed Harry realizing who D was and what had just happened to him. A teeny-tiny part of me needs to scold for giving Harry even more to worry about- I mean the kid has enough to worry about already! But seriously, the tone Dennis uses seems so.... true. I can sense the dissapointment he's feeling, love 'I thought you were different and that you would be more, well . . . friendly'. Dennis seeme kinf of.... not really sure how to put this, sad? angry? angsty? at first, and this makes him seem like some raging teenager. However, he really is so pure and filled with love. Even when Harry hasn't written to him for months Dennis still writes politely. Maybe he just needs someone to talk to, someone who might listen. All in all, it was very beautiful. I had tears in my eyes by the end and I can give no higher praise than that.
This story is full of complicated emotions, both for me as a writer and for the reader. It's hard not to be frustrated at Harry because he's not answering, but at the same time, as you said, it's not fair to Harry, either. It's not his fault, but he was the only one who could've done anything. We as an audience figure it out quickly because we are become vested in the character, but Harry reads all of these letters in succession and just finally figures it out. He never was much of an observant bloke in canon. >.> Take his track record with girlfriends, lol.
The heartbreaking thing about Dennis, at least to me, is that his situation sucks. He knows it sucks, but doesn't know how to make it not suck. His optimism only gets him so far before he starts doing rash things like running away from school or trying to steal what he needs. He just wasn't equipped to handle such bad business on his own, but really, who is?
In the end, I think all Dennis really needed was to know that someone understood how he was feeling, someone who didn't dare tell him that the war had ended and everything was going to go back to normal. I always stopped reading post-Hogwarts fics when they end up spewing that sort of nonsense, because that's what it is. Nothing ever goes back to normal after events like that.
Anyway, I've rambled on enough. Thanks for the read and review. <3
I really liked it! The part about the guy who drew on a Dark Mark... So funny!