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Review:redherring says:
Yay some proper Draco/Astoria time! I loved the mix of tones and themes in this chapter - the angsty but not too angsty complaints about the war, and then the romantic-leaning moments in the second half. What I think I enjoyed the most is how realistic it all is - Draco, Pansy etc are all suitably self-pitying and irritated with their lot, but no one is exactly wallowing in the pits of despair, and so actually that makes it much more emotive, because it's so much more natural and believable. I liked the elements of mystery too - a tattoo? Made up of digits and numbers? Sounds slightly suspicious...

I do love love love Astoria, though. She's brilliantly written and feels very well thought-out, like you really know your character. It's all the little things, like simple snippets of dialogue - I especially liked ('A bunch of effing idiots') and ('Can't see the wood for the trees, any of them') - that make her feel very real, very believable. I know I'm getting a bit repetitive here with my 'realistic's and 'believable's, but it's so rare to find a story that feels that way, where everything fits and makes perfect sense, the characters are all so well-rounded, etc etc. And the fact that I'm only three chapters in and I'm saying this just makes things even better :D

Oh, and as a Tweed-girl fan, I loved (and laughed my head off) at this: she cursed and jumped backwards, hand over her Tweed-coated heart. Genius! xD

Author's Response: Good to hear from you again! Ahha, I'm known for overdoing the angst so I tried to make a conscious effort not to overdo the angst on this one. It's still a bit 'woe, woe, and thrice times woe', though. Self-pitying characters really are more fun to write. & ooh! Elements of mystery. Chapter six, I think, is the big 'here's all the information at once, try and digest it' chapter.

Thank you very much! She's good fun to write. I wanted to make this character that Draco thinks is a complete bumbling idiot who dresses like a weirdo but is actually pretty sharp and witty, thinking along his lines and all. It seemed more appropriate when it came to bringing them together in the story, or something like that. Anyway, thank you very much (:

Thanks for another lovely review! :)

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