With or Without You
Author: Beruthiel's Cat
Nominator: j_dav (JDE)
2009 Award Category: Times: Second and Early Third Age
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Mature ✧ Reason for Rating: mention of m/m relationship, non-graphic.
Summary: Cirdan finds an abandoned Teleri child who is more than he appears, and must travel seeking answers.
Reviewed by: Narya ✧ Score: 5
I apologise for not reviewing this earlier; I hadn't realised it was nominated! I think the idea behind this tale is intriguing, and the way you execute it nothing short of superb. Glorfindel's reaction to remembering his past is harrowing and realistic, and Erestor's joy, disbelief and eventual understanding are beautifully depicted. The last line still brings a lump to my throat, even though I've read the story several times now; it's one of those tales that makes me feel truly involved, like I could slide right into the world and touch the characters and feel the storm on my face. Congratulations both on writing this and on the well-deserved nomination; best of luck with the competition.
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 2
This was really lovely and touching - Beruthiel's Cats really has a way of bringing out the emotion in her characters and making them feel very, very real.