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    September 21st, 2007

    The Bravery in Staying Behind

    The Bravery in Staying Behind by Ms. Spell

    Summary: She thinks it’s her fault, somehow.  Oneshot, 1,020 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Andromeda waits out the longest night of her life, and already knows how it will end before it does.  There is a numbness to this piece that seems all too realistic,  a sort of absence of emotion until the very end, like something frozen that is slowly thawing.  The emotional storm will come — perhaps has just started — but this piece is about the before.  It’s about waiting to feel.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is one of those fics that is less about a particular person (though this one is that, too) than it is about a human experience.  Everyone should take the time and read it.  Really.  It’s very good.

    posted by afterthree

    4 Responses to “The Bravery in Staying Behind”

    1. AML Says:
      September 21st, 2007 at 1:33 pm

      Nice story.

      My single criticism is that none of Andromeda’s suffering is invoked by Ted’s death. Andromeda’s thoughts are tailored to fit Tonks, which makes total sense in the scene. But I’m just surpirised Ted’s death wasn’t mentioned.

      *So* now I’m second guessing how well I read DH. Ted died at some point along the book’s timeline, right?

      Thanks for the rec!

    3. afterthree Says:
      September 21st, 2007 at 2:45 pm

      Ted died sometime after they overheard the conversation between him and Dirk and the goblins and before the radio show just after Ron returns from going AWOL. I suspect Bellatrix caught up with him sometime during the Christmas season — it seems her style.

    5. Sara Says:
      September 21st, 2007 at 5:13 pm

      Hm. Is it odd that I didn’t prefer this one? I really do love Andromeda, and I find her involvement in DH interesting, but it was almost… too detached. I really can’t pinpoint it, that might not be it; something just didn’t fit right.

      It’s a good story, to be sure, but not as good as the ones you usually rec.

    7. AML Says:
      September 21st, 2007 at 6:10 pm

      Yeah, can see that. This flipped my stomach, however:

      ‘She takes him closer to the window in search of light […] but the anguished baby’s cries won’t come to a stop. When she notices that his soft hair became a firm, mousy brown, she realizes what it means.

      This is it.’

      Reading this was like watching Nicole Kidman at the end of the movie ‘Birth’ wrapped in her wet gossamer wedding dress. Things just look bad and how does one cope? (But I’ve been known to see things that aren’t there. Forgive the movie reference, too)