Set during the events of "Dark Dawn", this fic takes a close examination at the characters and the way they struggle to find a way to cope after the Grave Eclipse happens
. It largely succeeds, too - for many of them, their feelings regarding the sudden shift in their situation are believable; and the fight scenes are really well-depicted and plausible. It really makes you feel for the characters, fleshing them out beyond their game appearances and making them feel like real people. Despite the overall melancholic tone, the themes of the story are optimistic - and despite its novella-length, the story rolls in enough CMoH
, Tear Jerker
and even CMoF
to make the piece really powerful and uplifting, especially in the closing paragraphs. Definitely worth a look.