I have to say that now I'm with Sirius--Epiphany is creeping me out some. So it's an afterlife of some sort, and from his "Why didn't you just let me pass through?" I gather that he's in an in-between sort of place? Or was that just Sirius rambling wildly in his haste? Ah, I know I'll just have to wait and see. :)
Really, though, everyone all clad in white, eternally young, and from what I see, eternally happy is kind of odd to see written out, and I can definitely see why Sirius is so freaked out.
The Watching Room was very interesting--it's where new arrivals watch their death, right? It was described beautifully, as was the scene Sirius watched. The rest of the chapter was amazing in description as well, and I can really 'see' this place, and like I said, it's both beautiful and disturbing at the same time--in a good way!
Ruby is only all the more interesting--was she an Order member that Sirius knew? A Hogwarts classmate? Oh, and Epiphany is mixed between Muggles and wizards, right? Loretta is a brat, but seems to be intriguing so far, as well.
Overall, great chapter, again! The story is, so far, getting more and more interesting as it goes along, and is still pulling me totally in.
Author's Response: Epiphany, if you look past the perfection and tranquility on the surface, is actually quite a creepy place! XD Yes, you're totally correct - definitely an afterlife. As for your other theories, you make such good comments that if I try to address them, I'll give everything away somehow. So, mums the word for this one!
Once again, you're totally right! The Watching Room, although it may have other purposes that will become apparent in later chapters, is first and foremost the place where newcomers see how they died. I'm ecstatic that Sirius' watching his death was done alright, I was particularly terrified about that one. XD I'm thrilled that you're also getting that "beautiful in a totally unnatural way" vibe from this.
I'm glad you're so curious about Ruby. :) Just keep in mind that Sirius still does not recognize her once all his memories come back! And yes, muggles and wizards alike go to Epiphany - but not just any kind of person!
Oh, I agree. Loretta is so unpleasant.
Thanks so much darling! I absolutely adore getting reviews from you! :)