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At Hope's Edge  by Cairistiona 14 Review(s)
CalenlassReviewed Chapter: 19 on 4/2/2009

Angsty chapter. 'Nuff said. I've had a hankering today for some more, and this was a nice one.

You wrote in Erestor--a very, very pleasant surprise. I loved the part :) also serves as a reminder I have that fic still to be finished. *sheepish grin*

Tsk, Aragorn, you of all people should know better. I thought you were a healer. He never learns, does he?

P.S. Who apologizes if this review is disjointed because...well, she doesn't have a good reason. :/

Author Reply: Glad to have fulfilled your hankering! :) And thank you... even disjointed reviews are always appreciated. I wondered if you'd be surprised at Erestor showing up. I know I was! I enjoyed writing that entire bit--Erestor's fun, isn't he? And yes, Aragorn... well, I wouldn't say *never* learns but he's a stubborn study.

Thanks for the review!

FantasiaReviewed Chapter: 19 on 4/2/2009
What a nice surprise!...well he really has a big depression, Hurry!!! He needs Dr. Elrond immediately and to complete the picture, an infected wound. Poor, poor Aragorn, having suicidal thoughts is no good, no good at all.

I loved the detail of Rivendell's scents and how he feels at home, I can relate to him with that, do you know that every time that I smell rain, the damp earth smell, I remember my home, it is such a bittersweet moment and memory (I don't live in my home country, and as much as I love my live and my new country for many years now, I still miss my childhood land). Now I'm melancholic, you are a great writer...

More please, please….


Author Reply: Oh dear, I don't aim to depress my readers! Quick, go read Keeping Watch for some humor! *grin* But thank you, I do know what you mean... this chapter did have so much angst and heaviness to it, didn't it. Poor Aragorn! The river tempted him, and though he heard its call, he didn't give in. I think a lesser man probably would have, if he had all the burdens to bear that Aragorn has. And yes, it is always a bittersweet thing to be reminded of a home that's not yours anymore... I think Aragorn probably feels a bit like you do. Rivendell was his childhood home but no longer, and that's always a bit sad. I still live in my home country but not the city where I was born... and it's always a bit hard going back and seeing the changes. My old childhood home is no longer there (washed away in a flood long after we'd moved out), but the trees I climbed as a child are. It gives me an odd feeling, seeing them alone with no house near them.

Well, I do hope I didn't depress you *too* much! Hang in there! I may start updating twice a week instead of once, since we're nearing the end... it will depend on "real life". But updating on Monday and Thursday might not be a bad option if I can get it accomplished. We'll see! And thank you as always for your review.

ElentarriReviewed Chapter: 19 on 4/2/2009
Beautifully written as usual. I just wish you would update sooner :-)

Author Reply: Thank you, Elentarri! I'm glad you're enjoying this, and yes, it's hard to know how quickly to update. Much depends on real life allowing me to get each chapter ready. But I might start doing 2 updates a week now that we're getting nearer the end. Have to see how it goes. Thanks for hanging in there with this story, and for your review. :)

MarethielReviewed Chapter: 19 on 4/2/2009
Oh, my.

Finally, out of nothing more than a vague sense of duty as a healer, he roused himself to lift his left arm. There was a sharp sting as the muscle flexed. He peeled back his shirt. The bandage was stained with dried blood but there was evidence of fresh bleeding and some yellowish pus. He laid his hand over it and felt heat even through the layers of bandage. He sighed and pulled his shirt back up. So it was infected, probably much worse than before. "You said you would keep an eye on it, Halbarad," he whispered, and his throat ached.

You got me there, babe. I was in tears.

Every one of these chapters has been exciting to read, but I think this one is one of the very very best.

Many thanks for sharing!


Author Reply: Oh, I made you cry! *hands over tissue* Thank you! I'm so glad this chapter moved you... it was such a wrencher to write, to get at the emotions in a way that would move the reader and give us a peek into the turmoil besetting Aragorn from so many directions, while staying true to Aragorn's very strong character. I can't tell you how many times I rewrote this chapter. So to know that you were moved to tears and found it to be among the best is very, very gratifying. Thanks so much for the review!

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