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Review:Renfair says:
Wow! I meant to just scan the first paragraph or so, to get a feel for the story, and I ended up reading the whole thing. Very VERY awesome surprise twist at the end. I LOVED it! I thought your portrayal of all the characters was superb. It was kind of cool reading this now cause I'm in the middle of re-reading HBP so all of the canon events you mentioned are fresh in my mind. Of course you went, ahem, *slightly* AU at the end, but who cares?! It worked amazingly with your story and I totally bought it after the brief moment of, "HUH? He's DEAD?!"

The only thing I didn't like was the fact that you used Catullus' poetry. EEEW! I had to translate him in Latin class and I HATED HIM! Haha...but that's a personal problem of mine and has nothing to do with the story. The quote you used WAS great, even though I hate the author, and it was really cool that Severus could sight-read the Latin. I always thought he'd be fluent in Latin too :) Wow...that was a really nice story. I think it *sort* of weird that Dumbledore would be encouraging Severus to commit adultery with Narcissa, but I think Dumbledore would probably always err on the side of love as opposed to society's "values." (I even have him say something to that effect at the very end of my own story.)

Ok, wow, didn't mean to be reading fan fic this long today, but I'm really glad I did! I think this piece would be excellent for the Story Club once it gets picked (cause you know it will if you just keep it there long enough! That's what I'm hoping for with my own, anyway). Sorry for the rambling, babbling review. That's what happens when I start to write when when I wasn't planning on it...ah, oh well. Once more, EXCELLENT JOB! 10/10!!

Author's Response: Well, of course Severus can sight-read Latin. I figure he taught himself as a child. How else can he get into Liber Venificorum Atrum and learn all those cool spells. (I take it as a given that any Magical scholar worth his or her salt would read Latin because all the good treatises are written in it.)

I hope you'll give Catullus another try. After all, I hated Dickens after being force-fed. It took me years to realize what a wonderful writer he is.

Yes, Dumbledore was not exactly taking what some would consider the moral high ground. I wrote a few review ago to JL Hufflepuff, I think Zorba the Greek was dancing around my brain when I wrote those scenes. Zorba, who said --"God has a very big heart but there is one sin he will not forgive. If a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go.” On the other hand, my DD character recognized that Severus's live was a uniquely sad and joyless one, and he (DD) hoped he (SS) might not end it in that state.

Thank you for your wonderful review. I am honored that you liked the story, as I have gotten so much enjoyment out of yours.

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