Hey Carl! I'm here for judging the Say Goodbye challenge! ♥
I was super excited to read another TRC fic, and despite how dark it is, I really like what you've done with it. It felt like a nice follow-up to the series; to kind of know where everyone's at after the events of TRK. It makes my heart happy to know that Adam's so successful, and I think he's a domestic abuse lawyer? That makes so much sense.
But ugh, my dude. Poor Adam. I can't imagine what it must be like going through that photo album, especially considering how messed up his family life was. I'm not at all surprised by the actions of his father, and sadly not of his mother; as much as I hated her for standing by countless times over Adam's childhood, it's sad that she ended her life the way she did.
And I just wanted Ronan to comfort Adam. I weirdly applauded him for putting the photo album in the trash can - I'm not sure if that's the effect you were going for - but it was like his final, I'm standing on my own two feet, I got this way because of me thing. I appreciated it, after all he'd been through. But then him crying in the dark :( I just wanted Ronan to show up and hug him and tell him everything would be okay.
I think you did a great job with Adam's character; everything just felt believable and right, and I definitely wanted to hug him at the end.
Great job! And thanks for entering the challenge ♥
Glad you enjoyed this. Yeah, I went back and forth with the ending, discussed it with my wife (who has read TRC and enjoyed it greatly and helps with my fics sometimes) and decided that while he HAD TO see the album, that he wouldn't want to keep it. People talk about closure all the time and I think this would be his form of it. You hit it exactly that he thinks he did it all on his own.
I picture him as a political consultant to pay the bills and that allows the side 'business' of pro bono lawyering for domestic abuse victims.
I think I will take your suggestion and edit in a hug and kiss from Ronan just before he takes Adam home. I think it will add just the perfect touch. Thank you for the suggestion.
One thing I don't know if you noticed, but those were supposed to be the only clippings in the photo album, which to me makes it even sadder. I know Mrs Parrish was likely abused also by Robert and that makes her response more understandable, but still is sad, perhaps even more so.
Thanks again for the review.