Aww... I was in bad mood so I started to read this, hoping your story will make it all better as it always is, and you disappointed me - it wasn't even half of the chapter and you killed Andy's mother. How could you? XD But after I overcame the shock, I lost myself between the lines of your writing and here I am praising you to no end, because you so deserve it! <3
What a start of your writing career ! I mean what a beginning! I loved how the story shifted from happy and sunny to gloomy and bad - that's the technique that you used, as it turned out, from the very beginning and you've very well developed in your later works, and it's very effective. I mean, you take the reader on emotional journey, you make them feel and that's what excellent writing is about. But that's not the only thing that for me is grain which later on became a tool that would make the reading experience even more intense.
Once again, whenever you make the story AU you so well transfer the nature of relationship from the movie, sometimes emphasizing what lies underneath, for example here, you made a relationship between Emily and Miranda more informal, and you can actually see that in the movie. I mean, the trust Miranda has for Emily, warm feelings and appreciation of all that Emily does it's all here. You, when you write, you always slalom between the canon relationships so efficiently, grabbing some details along the way, picking them up, exposing them, creating your own version of world based on your knowledge of characters and their vices or weak spots. .This came to my mind when I read how you got our Mirandy meet for the first time. I mean, is there a better way to get to Miranda's heart than to achieve what others consider impossible? ^ ^ Furthermore, Nigel so fits here with all his obsession about clothes. Though set somewhere in the Middle Ages, it's still all about fashion. Doug squealing over clothes... and he dresses Andy in quite unconventional way? Well, Haven't I seen it somewhere before? XD XD XD Everything rings true. Genius, you are!
Yu made me dying in appreciation for Mirandy scenes. I am not sure that everything happens so slow... XD No, no, I am kidding. I love the way you construct the story and everything is so detailed, it's nothing else that the proof that your capabilities of imagining the reality of the story are far beyond average!
I loved the small personal insertion, for example in this bit :
"Andy could not find the right words to describe Miranda. Every time she began to write down her thoughts on the white-haired woman, she was at a loss.
The more she thought about that woman the more she knew she wanted to know more about her. "Inspiring indeed!" Andy grinned goofily at the dancing snow flakes outside. (...)"
It is like you pouring all your freshly developed, given it's your first story in the fandom, fascination for Miranda through Andy. I can totally picture yourself, sitting in front of blind Word-page, rephrasing, rewriting, correcting, struggling to find right words to describe all that Miranda is. It's beautiful in that way. It's the part of yourself you leave in your work.
Did I tell you that ever time I read your story, I see everything and smell everything and feel everything... I don't know exactly what does that trick, whether it's the ambiance your words create, whether this lies in the decision of what to describe, and what not. I don't know, it's so inspiring, it transfers me to the images from my life, to my memories. It helps me to connect with the deeper layers of my personality (apparently, I am like onion, too :) , with that what is beneath my shell I normally show to the world.
Now, let me elaborate about Miranda! There was so much compassion in her, it made me all squishy and happy and giddy inside! I loved how protective she was, I loved how possessive she could become with the snap of the fingers. I loved that she rescued Andrea from the claws of Prince Christian! XD It was like reversing the scenes for the movie! It was like when Andy distract Irv's attention from the incident with good-for-nothing husband, and it was Miranda who looked at Andy like she would like to cancel her evening, and now Andy is the beaten one, the lost one, scared one and unloved and Miranda is there, to straighten Andy's path to became happy. :D
I especially liked this bit :
The enormous tension left Andy so suddenly that she felt as if she had started to float. Through the blur of fresh, hot tears she saw the beautiful face of Miranda leaning down toward her, concern shining through the ice blue eyes. A thumb drew delicate circles over her bruised, wet cheek and Andy was at a complete loss for words. The older woman gave her a slight smile and said, "It's going to be alright. You're safe now.
I had tears in my eyes, because Miranda Priestly and her compassion always deeply touches me. This feeling, is one of the many, that attributes the characteristic of being human, and for me compassion piles off all the masks we may have, because if its true, it leaves nothing else that our heart exposed and as it comes to Miranda, with all her thick mask and carefully guarded humanity, it is much more spectacular.
There were so many parts that made me feel giggle! Let me quote some of them :
"You must definitely introduce me to this man with vision!" Nigel crossed his arms and slowly shook his head, as if in disbelief at what he saw in front of him.
She turned to face the younger woman and after a pause asked, "would you like to become my assistant?
XD XD XD "Would you like to become my assistant? " XD Well, that was polite of her behalf .D: XD
Something about the combination of white and that particular shade of blue.
Awww I see what you did here! XD
Hello, drama girl! Leave it to you to require a huge rescue operation! Emily! :D
and his creepy eyes. More like eyebrows!!! XD
Miranda had seemed thrilled at the idea of punishing whoever had made the mistake of laying hands on her coffee shipments.
LOL LOL LOL, I have totally no idea why, but I suddenly had this vision of Miranda sitting on top of pile of bags of coffee grains screaming: "Minnnnne! Minnnne!" XD
She knows who you are. She actually made me attend the ball.
I knew it! I knew it!!!
It added to the sweet and spicy flavor of the older woman's mouth and Andy knew that coffee would forever be tied to the feeling of Miranda's tongue sensually caressing her own.
It made me think of Andy's line "I've always knew your kisses would taste like coffee." Where was it ? In "It's all relative", wasn't it..?
And when I reached the final chapter, I really couldn't picture the king other than actual Meryl's brother :D Me, and my brain!
Summing up, I love that magic gleam your stories have, even if the story is not set in stricte magical world, like Vocalise, for example. Every time I read your stories, there's that spirit of something beautiful happening, there's that promise of future feelings, love, affection, happiness. You re-create the world for those two, you make them happy, and the process of it affects not only their lives, but also those who read about it, who thanks to that explore, expand and discover their own worlds existing within the boundaries of their hearts.
Thank you for everything <3 <3 <3 <3