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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
Oh. It's sad to see this story come to an end, to have had that moment be their last. I love how you incorporated Regulus's death into this chapter, the presence of all the Blacks and blaming Mudbloods for his death. Then Sirius there too, bitter and angry about the loss of his brother (and loss not only to death but before that, to the Death Eaters) and it must've stung like hell that Lucy, his ex-girlfriend, could be married to one of them. Sirius's reactions were spot-on, but it didn't mean that it hurt less to read them.

Poor Sirius, still concerned about her well-being, even when he decided to just remain friends with her. I wonder if she went back to Snape, would Sirius still try to maintain his friendship? Would he admit that Snape was better for her, made her happier? I wonder.

It pleased me that she finally took out her wand, that she was acknowledging that she was indeed magical. I think it's a step in the right direction. I'm sorry she didn't get more of a chance with Sirius, to repair their broken relationship once they fixed themselves up. I really hope she finds happiness, with whatever she chooses to do.

Thanks for letting me along for the ride and put up with my rambling reviews. I'll miss Lucy but congrats on finishing another story!

Author's Response: I really wanted this moment at Regulus's grave to be the concluding flashback to the story, because I think it did a good job of showing the two of them at their absolute worst and reminds the reader of how far they have come and how much they've grown up since then. I actually originally planned for the last scene to take place at Sirius's grave, but I liked the ambiguity of the letter better because it captured Sirius in what would have been a relatively happy moment of closure.

The ending here, though, the ultimate ending, was planned from the start, too. Lucy taking those first steps symbolizes her trusting herself enough to make her own decisions and do whatever is best for her. That might mean going back to Severus, it might mean returning to magic, it might mean taking a short walk and cleaning up her apartment. I've kind of become the queen of open endings, and again here I've tried to allow the readers to fill in Lucy's happy ending for themselves.

There is a bit left to wonder about Sirius, isn't there? I do kind of wish I could know what things might have been like if they'd stayed together. I imagine they would have been good parental figures for Harry and very close to Lily and James. At least Sirius got his own sense of peace, in a way, although it's unfortunate that he never got to make good on his desire to really get to know Harry.

Thanks for all of your wonderful reviews! They are my very tasty bread and butter :) I appreciate you sticking with this story, and it's so flattering to know that you've become attached to characters and pairings that I created. I'll be over to your page soon!

Amanda


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