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Review:cleansweep says:
This is an interesting fic, made more so by its reviews. Why are the reviewers so sympathetic for Draco? His life is a result of the choices he made. He chose to be a Death Eater, and he chose to skate prison afterwards. He never really owned his crimes publicly and he retained his cold demeanor and standoffishness, never trying to bridge the gap with others. He's the one that has to bridge the gap with the public, not the other way around. Is it any wonder that society would resent him? People love giving second chances; there are numerous real-life examples. But you have to do something to earn it.

As for his non-relationship with Hugo, a boy that might not be his, any possible patriarchy resulted from an affair with a married woman, again of Draco's choice. Perhaps love grew out of the affair later on, but it intitially started as Draco's attempt to conquest over the prim and proper girl he always resented, who happened to be married to someone he hated. Again, not very sympathetic behavior.

Finally, there's the indifference to which he treats his wife. He feels no guilt for cheating. Why did he even marry her, and why is he still married to her? If the answer is because his family pressured him into marrying her, then he's not really changed from the person he was during the war, is he? A weak boy that takes the easy way out. There exists a sympathy for Draco, but it's because he's pathetic, not because he doesn't end up with Hermione.

Hermione doesn't come off that well either. Perhaps she's bored married to Ron and doesn't love him romantically. But she did love him as a friend, and cheating on him doesn't seem like something she would do. Apparantly that love was specious; her adultery and actions with Draco here show her complete lack of respect for her husband. Actually, she and Draco probably would be happy together, as both look for self-gratification without regard for the negative consequences that might befall anyone close to them. It seems the only reason they aren't together is because they are both afraid of what others would think of them. Once again, they take the easy way out. How real is their love if they won't put it under any kind of scrutiny? Once again, nothing to synmpathize with.

Anyway, interesting story dynamic, I just wanted to express my thoughts and confusion as to what these characters have done to elicit the sympathy they are getting. It seems to me that they are unhappy not because they are the victims of harmful events beyond their control, but because they lack the courage to make their lives worth living.

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