Story Title: Counting to Five Thousand
Author Name: Rhetor aka Rhetoretician
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: All Ages
Story Summary: One decision leads to an army of consequences, and a lifetime is not too long to spend amending them.
This story makes me cry every time I read it. Written post-HBP, the three-part story is told from a different POV in each chapter. The metaphorical language used in the first chapter is just beautiful, as a storm rolls in on the horizon. The next chapter is a kick in the gut, written 50 years after the war ends. In the final chapter there is a sense of healing, with an almost Utopian world ahead. But through it all is this passionate emotion, written beautifully and yet starkly, without melodramatic embellishment. Rhetor would make any propagandist proud, as he easily convinces me of whatever he’s selling in each of his stories. The MLE employee in chapter two, for example, never stands a chance with Rhetor presenting the opposing view. This story is a classic example of Rhetor’s emotionally-evocative style of writing. I’m quite jealous.