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-The Things That Stay (First Pages)- by HennaLucas -The Things That Stay (First Pages)- by HennaLucas

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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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HennaLucas Dec 16, 2012  Student Writer
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.
HennaLucas Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
You'll just have to wait and see :aww:
I am already in love with this book. The writing, the characters, the emotions, everything are just gorgeous. It's so beautiful.... TT
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.~
HennaLucas Dec 2, 2012  Student Writer
aw, thank you so much!
NextAvailableSoul 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
HennaLucas Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
haha oops! Yes, I've been fiddling around with dates and I overlooked that part. Thank you!
OlympianAngel 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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