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Starlight at Eventide  by Ariel 8 Review(s)
EstėReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/16/2006
This chapter made be cry and then it made me laugh.

I loved the following true statement:

"No one can refuse Peregrin Took, my dear."

Author Reply: :D hehehe! Yep, even I have fallen for the fellow upon occasion. ;)

InklingReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/27/2006
Three more chapters!? I can't keep up with you!

Figure like a hunting hound and short, dark wavy hair...I dunno, Estella, you sound pretty cute to me! :D Maybe not the hobbit standard of sexiness, but still...

I love this portrayal of feminine friendship, and also your comments on gender dynamics. Hmmm...may need to take a good look at my female characters and see if they pass muster.

Author Reply: Um... yes, they do. Quite easily, as a matter of fact. Hyacinth is probably one of the most well developed female characters I have ever read in a fic. She wasn't perfect (acting) but was truly believable. I even loved her epiphany at the end of the story - it was really true to life. I really can't even think of another female character who I found more realistic, though there are others I have liked more (though I am sure that was your intention).

aprilkatReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/27/2006
Thank goodness for good friends like Diamond who can bring a little perspective to the situation. Very nice scene.

Author Reply:
Yes, the Tooks will be quite helpful in this situation, I think! ;)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/26/2006
Ah, poor Estella. And quite the reason for Merry to become remote physically.

Author Reply:
I had hoped it would be seen as credible. Thank you for letting me know I was able to communicate it clearly. :D

AuntiemeeshReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/26/2006
Oh, poor Estella! To be so sick, for so long, and then just when she's finally feeling herself again, she gets sideswiped with something else.

And poor Merry! Her illness must have been devastating for him and I can understand his fears.

It sounds to me like Estella's been a bit spoiled in this relationship up to now, and it's definitely time that she learns how to communicate openly and honestly with her husband.

I'm looking forward to reading more of this. :)

Author Reply: Well, don't be too hard on her yet - who couldn't be spoiled with Merry for a husband? ;) Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoy this story as much as I have enjoyed your pieces.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/26/2006
Thank goodness for our friends and 'sisters-in-love'. It sounds like too many traumas for Merry to trust his heart won't break. I love the bit about the links between the two couples. Estella has to realise that there can't be a 'return' to her previous relationship with Merry. They must both heal, both physically and emotionally and forge a new passion in the present.

Author Reply: They must both heal, both physically and emotionally and forge a new passion in the present.

You pinned it. And in about two chapters, you will see how precisely you did. ;)

songspinnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/26/2006
Oh, my. Yup - that's just what a best friend does. Comforts you and verbally thwaps you into common sense when needed. :) I like your two hobbit ladies. Merry's reaction is pretty normal for almost losing someone, from what I've seen. Common sense doesn't enter into it on that side, either. Well written and I can't wait for the next bit.

Author Reply: Thank you, Songspinner. I sort of like them too! LOL! And Merry's is a very common reaction, unfortunately, but hopefully not unsurmountable. He has to learn to see her in a new, and yet old, light. Thank you again for reading!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/25/2006
Oh, I *do* like your Diamond! She's wonderful, just what Estella needs to shake her into acting!

I loved the way you indicate how tightly the lives and hearts of these four hobbits are tied up in one another--Merry might fade away entirely without his Estella, and Pippin without Merry is not to be borne, and it's clear that Diamond knows this. I also like the way you indicate that the loss of Frodo is still raw--fifteen years or fifty or more--Frodo's leaving would still be painful for his cousins.

And Aragorn is coming to the north! Wonderful! I will bet that good old Strider and his lovely Queen Arwen might have some good advice as well!

This is a wonderful scenario, by the way--most Merry/Estella stories focus on their courtship, or the early days of their marriage. It's very realistic and painful and true to life.

Author Reply:

most Merry/Estella stories focus on their courtship, or the early days of their marriage.

To tell you the truth, I think few fanfics focus on any of the married couples. It's almost like most folks think married life is boring! LOL!

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