*is aghast* No, not at the story. At myself. It's nearing three months since I've left you a review, and you've posted a lot since then! Then again, I did take a break and didn't really review much of anything during that time, so it wasn't just you I neglected.
Anyway. Phew. No, I won't flame you. That would be silly. This chapter had to happen, and I love it when authors are relentless, forcing the readers to face unpleasant things. I recall in the last chapter that you really fleshed out Cecilia's plans for the future, making it seem all the more horrible when she was killed. Now that future must go on without her.
It was a bit wrenching, knowing that Cecilia and her family have been killed, and knowing that Siobhan is innocently about to discover them. She seemed so happy at the beginning, and we all know Siobhan isn't the happiest girl. It was cruel of you to do that to her, but fitting as well. It makes sense that she would be the one to find the Fletchers, and who better to use to show the impact of Cecilia's death?
I loved the appearance Molly and Arthur made. I know Siobhan wasn't the closest to them, but they were still friends, and it was encouraging to know they were there for her, even if she wouldn't really allow them close.
I wonder if we'll be reading more about Siobhan's future in future stories? It sounds like she has an interesting future in store for her, even if she is effectively leaving Molly and Arthur's lives. (Effective way to reduce your cast list, lol. You do have a LOT of characters. Thank goodness not everyone has to die!)
Author's Response: "Effective way to reduce your cast list" - Okay I totally cracked up at this. XD It's so true. I have a list to keep them all straight. Actually my notes files on the Unsinkable-verse runs close to 80 pages. It's quite ridiculous haha. Yes, I have to admit, it's sort of a relief to be down a few characters.
To give some further info on how Molly turned up (I actually put this in that third chapter I mentioned in other review responses, but since I didn't post it, here goes): Out of the other Gryffindor girls, Siobhan was next closest to Molly. When she got her Apparition license, her "next of kin" emergency contacts were Cecilia and Molly. She has no one else.
I suppose it is relentless, isn't it? War and death and life, all of it. Never thought of it quite that way, that writing about them makes an author relentless, but I must admit I'm quite flattered. Thank you. And all very cruel at the same time, too, as you said - Cecilia's plans for her future, Siobhan's brief contentment (inasmuch as she feels that, which is a relative term for her at this point in her life) with her life. And now all torn apart.
Thank you so very much for the review! I'm unspeakably glad to see your reviews again. I definitely missed hearing your always insightful thoughts :)