|Reviews for Epitaph for an Empty Grave|
| TheHeartOfLife chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
Dana rec’ed this to me (I’m a huge Rosalie fan) and god, I’m so glad she did.
I always wondered what it would take for Rosalie to get the closure she needed (and so, so deserved. And never got). It’s not always time that heals your wounds. Sometimes it can be a split second, a small series of moments that does it, that causes the realization and lets you move on. This was that moment for her, and you crafted it just so beautifully that I don’t even know if I have the words to properly articulate how…I don’t know, how poignant this was. And not just poignant, but funny, too. You mixed the two masterfully, and you perfectly captured Rosalie’s voice.
I have a few favorite parts, hopefully you don’t mind me sharing…
“So here she is, watching possibly the worst “band” in existence, and staying sane only by reminding herself that one night of listening to a stranger’s narcissistic brooding is infinitely better than listening to another five years of Edward hammering out Pathétique on the piano every time Bella trips over her own feet.”
- I did a spit take on my own saliva with this. Brilliant, so canon Rosalie, and hilariously acerbic.
“And besides, not being able to do any of that makes me feel more like the old me—more human. And Rose? I never want to forget how that feels.”
- This is really incredible, and I love that you have Emmett saying this. He’s so often cast off as a dumb jock, a big brute with no brain. The way I see him is exactly the way you’ve written him – straightforward, honest with his own emotions, and able to convey an absolute truth so simply and truthfully that it almost takes your breath away. He is Rose’s rock and you convey that so perfectly throughout this story.
“But either way, Rosalie Lillian Hale McCarty does finally let go.”
- I think my heart stopped when I read this.
“…allowing him to help her up—not only off of the dirty floor—but also off of that Rochester street she hadn’t even realized she was still lying on until tonight.”
- And then I actually, literally, honest to God clutched my chest when I read this. Talk about breathtaking. I don’t even have words for this.
“At the front door, Jasper briefly touches his sister's hand, silently speaking for the whole family as he sends her—not doses of comfort or calm or sympathy—but five distinct waves of pride, awe, approval, respect, and love.”
- Again with the heart. I love that Jasper is able to show her how meaningful she is to the entire family, how proud they are of her for what she did.
This was totally scattered and mostly incoherent, so I’ll just end by saying thank you for writing this. I absolutely loved it.
| jacril chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
That was absolutely the best!
| For the Love of Lisa chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
i teared up when jasper touched rosalie's hand at the end. js.
what an awesome bday gift for cinnamonscars. :)
| StealtheMoment chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
Wow. This is fantastic. I LOVED it. A lot. Thank you for writing it. Even if it was for cinnamonscars, you put it up so we could all read it! :)
| luckyj525 chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
oh, I loved this. you captured Rosalie so well! and I was close to tears when Rosalie let the girl go. this was beautiful, great job.
| regencygirl13 chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
"...but also off of that Rochester street she hadn’t even realized she was still lying on until tonight." AMAZING!
| MooCow chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
This was amazing. I really like what you have created here.
| juliedons chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
wow this was really good!i never really read storys that is focused on rose, but im really glad i choose to read this one beacause it really showed roses emotions and thoughts about her rape and how she was finally able to let it go!
| TwinkleFae chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
So, now that I'm bawling my eyes out... that was beautiful. I love fics that look into Rosalie's mind, because I really think she got a raw deal in the books.
This was a beautiful, touching look at a long term survivor. (And, incidentally, I love the relationship you've described between Rosalie and Emmett in so few words. The love just reaches up off the page and touches you.)