Goodbye

May. 29th, 2012 07:12 pm
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I'm sure most of you have already heard that our friend [personal profile] leni_jess died during the weekend. Her brother and sister have made a post here.

It's so terrible and unexpected, I'm still stunned. Leni... I've known her for almost 10 years, first her stories, then herself, and she's been such a constant presence in my fandom corner and has been active in quite a few others. A very gifted and courageous writer, with a special talent for dark fics, for thoughtful, often political stories, at times with a quirky sense of humour. I loved her stories, and will always treasure them. Her Harry/Lucius fics Resolution and Defiance, or her gen The Return of Draco Malfoy will always be among my favourites. She wasn't just a great writer, but also a wonderful, encouraging and exacting beta reader, and I kept marvelling at her skill at and love for writing Snape and Slytherin characterisation in general.

In person, I met her for the first time during Sectus. Last summer, she visited Edinburgh and we travelled down to Canterbury for DiaconAlley together, chattering about anything under the sun and again I was struck by her love for travel and books and the energy with which she approached life. I'm going to miss her terribly - she was a wonderful friend. It's comforting to know that she was on the road and meeting friends right up to the end, because that's what I think she enjoyed more than anything else.

Sleep well, Leni - you left us a lot of stories to remember you by, but it's your presence and personality we'll miss most.

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