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Your story does what few I've read so far have managed to do: it made me care and be sympathetic to the protagonist. Your story lyric tone, measured pace, and almost poetic structure seemed confining, at first. Then I welcomed it as it freed me to understand what was taking place.
Since I know people will read reviews before the story, I will say only this:
This was a story so beautifully delivered, I wish I could say I'd written it. I reconsider entering my own now because this deserves to win. Thank you for sharing it, the attention to detail, the little historical flourishes, the awareness of the scribe's inner life.
This was not just a story, a sequence of events. This was an experience. You have a great career before you, if you choose to seek it.
Thank you for sharing.
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