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14 February 2013 @ 05:25 pm
Apparently Valentine's Day means putting up with a lot of posts from me again!

I'm close to being caught up with this last hoggywartyxmas party with just the 14th, 15th, and 16th days to go. I've been compiling a rec list as I've read. I realised today, though, that there is another one that I wanted to post separately:

  • A Year to Forget || PG?, 9.5k, Rosmerta/OFC || Rosmerta is under Imperius and her partner is finding it difficult to deal with her behaviour.

  • This can be a difficult story to read but is very well worth it. It’s uncomfortable in knowing that in this case we all hope the OFC sticks it out—because we understand the reason behind Rosmerta’s behaviour and how/when it will end—but these changes are not rare in other circumstances, either, without the ‘cure’ that we know Rosmerta and her partner will experience. We can root for them here because we know; otherwise we would be looking at it much the way other characters in this story are and it would be terribly difficult and uncomfortable, which is how it mostly is for these situations. We can be glad in this one that it is not and that, as one might imagine, the ending is strong and good but still requires the time for healing. This story touches on dark waters that run deep and dangerous.

    I loved the characterisation and the setting. We get to slip into the magical world with new eyes, much as we did with Harry Potter in the first book, but these eyes likely fit most of us much better than those of an 11-year-old boy.

    I've been wanting to read this story for a long while. featherxquill once gave a prompt to a post I'd written rec'ing a piece of Rosmerta/Pomona art (04/10/2010): Well, I've always wondered how Rosmerta coped in the wake of HBP, what with being imperiused into having a hand in Dumbledore's death. I imagine an earthy, understanding woman like Pomona would be the perfect person to help her deal with that. It's been on my years for the years since, although I haven't written it (that I still have it in my inbox is proof that I intended to come back to it). Though I knew in the end it didn't really have to be Pomona; I just wanted to experience the story surrounding this time in Rosmerta's life.

    When I read the header for the story I went, "Yes! This is what I wanted to read!" It does a wondrous job of giving just that story, that experience, that I was waiting for.

    Now I'm afraid I'll likely never get to that Rosmerta/Pomona prompt because the subject matter is dealt with so well in this story, A Year to Forget!

    You all can get back to your lovey-dovey days now. ;D

    [Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
    Current Mood: impressedImpressed.
    lash_laruelash_larue on February 14th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
    Yes, that was a very good one.

    Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Fireside stockings.cranky__crocus on February 14th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
    That it was! :D
    jean_doe_27jean_doe_27 on February 15th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
    Aw, dear, thank you for your wonderful words! I am touched. I really am!