This is easily the best Christmas story I've ever read. I consider myself to be a horror writer, I write about horrible people that do horrible things and pay the price. But this was wonderful, like the story 's theme, it's about love and hate both.
I love the idea that suffering as much as love makes us who we are, because it does. I can testify to that; I couldn't be the man I am today without first taking my medecine.
But there was some very moving and powerful imagery in this story. The most powerful for me was Carlisle and Esme fighting, because they're my two favorite characters. But the moment with Rose and Emmett was almost as brutal. It was just such a savage scene, so opposite of what I expect of them, even though they're my least favorite characters.
Still, almost the most savage scene was where Jasper kicked Renesmee, who is so well loved by all.
I also loved that part about fire and how Maria used to torture him so. That was just perfect.
MAster of the Boot
I'm thrilled that you liked it so much! It's so hard to say what makes people kind, because plenty of abused kids end up being violent themselves, while others rise above it and reverse the trend. I like to think kids who are treated well, like the way Carlisle and Esme treat them in my other story, will be nice because they don't know any other way, and yet how can you avoid hurting someone if you haven't been hurt? But there's no way to find out what would be different if a given incident were erased, so you just have to take them all as a package.
I had originally written a scene where everyone apologizes to each other, but I think it's doubtful they'd be allowed to remember what had transpired. Poor little Renesmee. The guy in the original story was mean to the orphan child, so I had to put it in there, but still. There's a young actress I picture as Nessie, and it makes me sick to think of anyone kicking her.
Probably the reason Emmett and Rose's argument seemed worse was that it's easy to believe they could be that vicious, even without this reason. Rose certainly could, anyway. And it's sadder because it's not so far OOC.
Thanks so much for leaving such a detailed review!