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Review:Debra20 says:
I'm loving this more and more, by the minute!

'He seemed to laugh at almost everything, especially the topics that were supposed to be sombre in nature' - this made my stomach lurch. How tragically different he is now than when we meet him in PoA, GoF and OoTP, with his gaunt face and almost bitter expression. When reading this, I had to stop because an image of a mirror sprang into my imagination. I saw Sirius's old self looking into the mirror with an almost helpless expression, but the image he saw reflected was that of his younger self, full of life, laughing. That really pained me :(

'He knew how to laugh, but there was always the little bit of darkness in his eyes that made the laughter seem so distant, so unreal' -OHH this is such a wonderful phrase. It's pure genius! I find the way you balanced his personality traits really well weighted. He gives the impression of a player, but the hints you provide here and there, that that isn't everything about him, makes one wonder what else could he be hiding underneath his shell. I can't possibly imagine him being the frivolous type everyone considers him to be.

Can't wait to read on!

Author's Response: It is very sad to think of what Sirius must have been like before everything went wrong in the war. I remember in the books, it was mentioned that in the Potters' wedding photo, that he was laughing, so I think that triggered this aspect of my characterization of Sirius. Usually, I write him in a darker light, but I didn't here partially to suit the genre that I was mocking, but also because a dark Sirius wouldn't attract Ellie in the same way. She may lean a little toward the bad boy image, but not the tortured soul type. I like to think that she'd love Sirius for being so light-hearted and happy - even if it isn't the case beneath the surface (but she wouldn't know that it was surface, not until she got to know him better).

I love the idea of making characters two-sided, which is how most people are in real life (if not more-sided, depending). How people put up a facade behind which they hide their more honest selves - Sirius makes a great character for this, and I'm glad to hear that you like that play with his character in this story. :D

Thank you again for a wonderful review!

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