Oh it was so, so worth the wait and this was, somehow, somewhat unbelievably, insanely better than the first chapter. I don't know how you do it but it's so absolutely, perfectly beautiful.
I can't remember what I said about chapter 1, but this was just bordering perfection. Ruby is so vivid, so likeable, and yet she has this beautiful vulnerability and tender side to her that I love. Sirius is fantastic, and I can't really form coherent sentences or, well, coherent anything.
My favourite line would have to be the one that I think was in the preview:
"Really?" Sirius gasped, "But you've got that fantastic personality!"
It made me laugh second time round as well and I think that's what makes this so different from SITOT, as I remember the comparisons being made to that. The genre is so completely different and though your description can absolutely rival Marina's, it doesn't need to because - to sound repetitive - they're two completely different stories and plots and characters.
I love everything about this, from characterisation to dialogue to description. It's gorgeous and heavenly and because I've just remembered: I thought he was dead until that TGS podcast when I started thinking otherwise. I now feel better about myself for looking at it so plainly :P Of course, that could be you misleading us or similar so I'll have to wait and see!
Anyway, gorgeous, divine, delicious, brilliant, wonderful, fantastic and insert an array of other positively amazing adjectives here and you pretty much have what I'm feeling about this now!
Author's Response: RACHEL!
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^ That is me spastically hearting you! Part of the reason this took so horrendously long was due to epic, "SECOND CHAPTER AH!!" nerves - I couldn't have this totally destroy what I had going, so there was much re-writing, over-editing and general *headdesk*-ery. But you make me so, so happy that the eons it took to produce this haven't scared you away from reading this. :)
Oh, Ruby. I'm rather fond of her myself - her snark and blunt sarcasm is somewhat welcome in such a picturesque place as Epiphany, though I do hope she doesn't come off as too cruel to Sirius. She's got a perfectly good reason for why she is the way she is - and that'll come across later. As for Sirius; the fact that you can't form coherent anything is a tremendous compliment in itself ♥
Haha, I love that line as well! And as for SITOT, I completely understand what you're saying and I totally agree. SITOT has acted as inspiration for the more whimsical description of Epiphany and even being mentioned with Marina regarding description is ridiculously flattering!
Yep, my poor Sirius is dead! :( But if you felt at all hesitant to think of that so quickly, you're right. There's more to his death than is let on, and I'm beyond thrilled that you've caught onto that.
Really, Rachel, I can't thank you enough! You've been so supportive and I'm so, so, SO appreciative of all your help and this amazing review!