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Challenges 3 - The Phantom Librarian — LiveJournal
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Challenges 3
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 3rd, 2014 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tom likes it

I'm glad a guy liked that, and it's not just a girly thing. (I always worry about my girl-accent coming through on stuff like that.)

And yeah -- both of them have really earned a shot at a happy marriage, though of course, it requires some effort... but at least they both recognize that there's effort, so there's a good chance for them.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: August 3rd, 2014 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tom likes it

I loved that one as well (well, I love all of them, but that bit especially). I'm not a guy myself but have known several who took that attitude -- I think it's one of the more attractive ways of declaring that you're really an adult now and the decisions you make have real and permanent consequences.

I can't remember -- were Effie's parents still around by this time? I wonder what they made of Haymitch, and especially what he made of *them*, especially her father, who seems to have been legitimately good father material, but warped by the Capitol culture.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 3rd, 2014 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tom likes it

I think her parents are gone, but she has her half-siblings possibly roaming around the Capitol. Haymitch is likely utterly baffled by the idea of her family. He'd recognize her stories of her dad as being pretty good... but would never be able to reconcile it with someone who thinks he "finishes" the job and moves on to the next.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2014 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tom likes it

I'm the anon who asked for Haymitch and Effie's conversation, and I love that this turned out to be the moment that Haymitch proposed as well! It was exactly what I needed after These Are the Names. I love seeing both Effie and Haymitch get what they don't think they can have. Since Effie committed herself to Haymitch a long time ago, it makes perfect sense that she wouldn't hesitate to accept a "real", district-style marriage--and that she would want that stability for her own child, given her experience of Capitol-style parenting.

I think you have a real gift for writing male speech that is exactly what women dream of hearing and yet completely convincing as something a man would say--which may be another way of saying that you have a gift for writing moments in which a character drills down to the bedrock of his self and finds the courage and maturity to lay it bare to someone who matters enough to see it and needs to see it.

(I'm sorry to be so slow in thanking you--real life kept me away from the computer for a few days.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2014 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tom likes it

Thanks. (I think maybe my problem is that I'm a huge cynic, and assume that someone saying what I want to hear is probably not being truthful. But this seemed true in Haymitch's head.)

Real life! Honestly, I don't know what it thinks it is, keeping people away from the computer.
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