Just stopping by to leave you another Magical Menagerie and Gryffindor Red vs. Gold Review for January 2019! I love stories told with unconventional methods, so I thought I'd stop by and check this out!
This is so cool how this story is told forwards and backwards. Each direction sort of changes the story. In the forward version, we see a main character who has to commit a murder but doesn't seem very resolved to do so. He seems to be struggling with it in fact. In the backwards version, he seems much more sure of himself and steps forward to kill her without a whole lot of hesitation. Very interesting.
One thing that I really appreciate here is how smooth the story reads in each direction. I've read a couple of these forwards/backwards stories and even written one myself, so I know that isn't an easy task. A lot of the time, people jam in weird sentences to try and make both narratives fit. With this, everything fits. Each line is necessary in both directions.
Also, kudos on using such a small word count so effectively. Sometimes small word counts can make stories come across as lacking detail, but this was a very rich, complex story. I didn't feel like it was missing anything at all.
Really good work on this! I'd love to see you attempt another story in similar fashion.
Thanks for stopping by, Kaitlin! I'm so grateful for your support. Your review makes me want to attempt another story like this. I wrote this for a 500-word challenge way back when and I think it was the short word count that made me feel like I could attempt something so crazy as a back-and-forth story. ;) It was a lot of fun (albeit challenging).