You literally have no idea how horrible I feel about not having reviewed it. First, as part of my challenge, and now, with your request! -hangs head in shame- Life does get busy and things do slip my mind... and as bad an excuse that is, I do hope you forgive me. Or at least not secretly hate me. -hangs head lower-
ANYWAY. I do love seeing Bellatrix and Rodolphus together - anything vaguely Black-sister related, really - and seeing them in a fluffy, less sadistic setting is so refreshing. I really do adore seeing them this way - even when I wrote them way back when in their teens, they were deranged. But this showed that they were human once, too, and again, it really makes me happy to see them this way.
Not to mention, you wrote innocent!Bellatrix wonderfully. It's not that great a stretch to see her as a murdering, torturing madwoman. Seeing her, you'd never guess it, but she's aggressive and adventurous and wild. All makings for a good Death Eater, no? =P All of your included characterizations were lovely, as well. The Sirius cameo made me smile, it was too cute and yet sad as well, for we all know what ends up happening to them. In that way, this whole fic is rather sad: the reader does learn to put aside conceptions about these people's schooldays, but little things in the narration - Bellatrix being a wildchild, Rabastan and Sirius being the same age, Narcissa secretly hating Madame Puttifoot's, all of that - remind the reader that all is not well. That subtlety puts the whole fic into perspective, which really makes the fic ^_^
Oh! And how could I forget the use of second person? As I adore second person to bits, seeing it here was a pleasant surprise and made me all the happier! Especially as it wasn't in the challenge to begin with. Not many people would think to use it, let alone for Rodolphus, so major kudos to you for doing it. Rodolphus is sweet (!) and relatable, which are two adjectives I don't think I've EVER used in relation to that character. It flowed very well, narration and dialogue both. I'm always happy to see second person done well, so yay!
All in all, an adorable (!) Bella/Rodolphus fic that is surprisingly insightful. You really know how to pull together little details to make the fic really stand out. Well done, Lia!
Author's Response: Hey Gubby,
Relax, it's fine. I understand life gets in the way and that thread was sorta inactive anyway.
At first, I really had no idea how to write Bella/Rodolphus in a way that would've been un-death eater like but this plot just popped into my head.
Writing Rodolphus wasn't much of a challenge as we're given so little information about him in canon. I'd always seen him as a quiet, pensive young man anyway and not so much the bad boy who smokes. As for Bellatrix, well, I tried my best :) It was kinda hard to keep her canon characteristics out but some still leaked in. I felt I had to include Sirius, I imagined their relationship was much more civil when they were younger.
If you think about it, all is never well. Even those who try to be perfect never really are. It's always those little things that are important in the end, aren't they?
Ahh, you're the first person who reviewed that actually likes second person! I've always liked it, it always appealed to me because it's so different to the others. I just thought it suited Rodolphus in this story. And yes, I don't think I'd ever use those words to describe him either, lol.
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it:)