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It's 1961, and to support herself and prepare for nursing school the subsequent fall, eighteen-year-old Holly Halliburton becomes a member of a very peculiar agency. They are called “The League of Bedside Sympathizers”, or at least that is their official title, though nobody seems to know what it means nor where it originated. Her job? To provide solace and smooth the transition between life and death for hospital patients who have no living or reachable kin. Having successfully undergone four separate "transitions", serious, soft-spoken Holly feels as though she is prepared for anything the agency throws her way. That is, until she is thrust to the bedside of Simon Dalaigh, a melancholy, spirited and blunt young man dying from acute Cystic Fibrosis of the lungs. Their unusual circumstances eventually throw them together into a serendipitous roadtrip--a veritable scavenger hunt across Ireland to track down Simon's roots. As their joint yearning for liberation pulls them forward, it soon becomes clear that the transition between life and death might not be as simple as they had thought.
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MidshipmanK Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
:love: :love: :love: :love: :love:
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Writer
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billytheixi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I'm so glad I finally got to read this! The language and the style of this one is just beautiful, though the very beginning is scaring me a bit; I'm really hoping Simon makes it through.
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
You'll just have to wait and see :aww:
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FantasiaVII Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I am already in love with this book. The writing, the characters, the emotions, everything are just gorgeous. It's so beautiful.... TT
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MisfitableGrae Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Writer
oh this is just beautiful. my favorite part is the "it takes a while for people to matter". basically that whole paragraph is something i just adore.~
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Writer
aw, thank you so much!
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NextAvailableSoul Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I already want to cry - this is beautiful!
I do have one suggestion for improvement, however. In the first section you say Holly met Simon four months, three weeks, and eight days ago. I think you may need to switch your numbers around, because that's five months and a day.
Other than that, amazing work as always. Simon seems like a tough cookie already, and such a charmer. Never too late to flirt, oh my. XD
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
haha oops! Yes, I've been fiddling around with dates and I overlooked that part. Thank you!
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OlympianAngel Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! :la: I love the letters and The League of Bedside Sympathizers. :aww: Your description is wonderful too, especially the way you described Simon's hands.
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you very much! That means a lot!
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pierdepoule Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... wow...
I'd never really taken the time to read your writing. Kinda regretting it a whole lot.
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
aw, well it's never to late to start! Haha, thank you!
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XShiningxStarrX Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely fantastic! I'm already hooked! You've done such a great job so far, can't wait to see more progress! (:
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
wow, thank you!
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XShiningxStarrX Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No problem! c:
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Hockaloo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I can most definitely see myself getting completely hooked on this! It's fantastic
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
aw, thank you so much! :heart:
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SirMartin1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i know not where you get these ideas of growth from tragedy but its a god given gift dear! :)
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you! I have a ridiculous infatuation with the bittersweet. :heart:
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SirMartin1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
meh it makes for great emo art :D
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WolfPatronus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
What an excellent start! I can't wait to read more!!! :)
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you!
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PurpleObsessedNinja Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! I love it :D
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks!
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PurpleObsessedNinja Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
np :)
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seltzica Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
so cool~ - v -
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Gratzi!
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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   General Artist
This absolutely fabulous:aww::la::la::D!!
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
aw, thank you!
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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   General Artist
dawww, you're welcome:aww::D!
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aikalikka Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simon Dalaigh is a wonderful name!
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you! I quite like it, myself :aww:
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aikalikka Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YW :)
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starlingthefairy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
This is beautifully written- I can't wait to read more of it, it's a really intriguing story and the characters have already stolen my heart.
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
aw, thank you very much! That means a lot!
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starlingthefairy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
You're very welcome!
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der--sprout Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I get the feeling that if/when you continue this, there will be sad parts and I'm going to cry. A lot. I'm talking bucket loads. ;-;
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
I'm trying to make it as bittersweet as possible: it's a perkier look on a tragic subject, but it will unfortunately have some sadness in it.
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bubble-loves Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful!! I love it!
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you so much!
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vertegres Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student
i haven't even started reading but the plot sounds so intriguing that i'm fav'ing this now
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you!
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BitterWinters Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Please draw them is this fantastic!
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
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