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Review:Roots in Water says:
This was another great chapter. I knew that something would have to happen but I didn't expect an ambush by the Death Eaters... I think that you led up to the ambush beautifully- the image of the crushed pansies was so striking because only a few chapters ago Lily had said that they were the only well-kept thing about the house.

And Severus killed Sirius! I don't know quite how to feel about that- I know he was one of the bad guys in this story but he still seemed to genuinely feel something for Lily (though it might not have been purely love). The lines "Good. That'll make this easier then.", coupled with the slight frown on his face, made it seem as though he was hiding his pain behind a mask.

The ending to this chapter was slightly heart-breaking. They'd just gotten back into the swing of things, becoming good friends (and then some), and then this happened. I do hope that Severus somehow finds it in himself to trust Lily, because I know that she didn't know about the ambush. She couldn't have.

I look forward to seeing how you finish this story in the next chapter! Hopefully everything will be resolved and Severus and Lily will at least be friends.

Author's Response: I'm so glad you like my imagery. I work really hard to fit it in wherever I can and make it powerful, and it's always wonderful to see a reader who picks up on those details and appreciates them.

You got it! He's not soulless, like Voldemort, and I think it's important to recognize that. I wrote him from the mindset that he was powerful within Voldemort's ranks and saw Lily as a perfect match for him because of her prowess and isolation from the others. Therefore, he would be quite disappointed to see another man win her heart, let alone someone whom he views as inferior.

No, she didn't, but poor Lily is accustomed to tragedy, unfortunately. I couldn't give her a happy ending in good conscience... at least not in this chapter ;)

Thanks for another kind review!


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