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Review:Pixileanin says:
It was nice that Remus had reconnected with Lucy there at the end. I think it showed that she was less afraid of her past and was willing to get back in touch with the things she was afraid of. So it wasn't a surprise to me that she reached for her wand and dusted it off there at the end. I kind of expected her to, you know?

I thought the way you described Sirius' remains in Lucy's flat, especially after the flashback to Regulus' funeral, was really telling. The laundry, the sandwich he seemed to have never come back for, the footprints on the floor... all echoes of what used to be.

Sirius' letter told me that he grew through the story, having learned to think outside of himself, so good job on that. I hope that wherever Lucy ended up, she was able to overcome her condition and learn to live with her past instead of hiding from it. Overall, I enjoyed taking this journey with your characters. They are quite fascinating!

pix

Author's Response: Pix!

This chapter was tough to write, because I know a lot of my readers really wanted a happy ending, really wanted Sirius and Lucy to just kind of ride off into the sunset together. But I knew from the beginning that this would stick to canon and be sad and just kind of messy. I felt like the messiness and the shock would be good for Lucy, would help spur her along to do something besides sit and wait for the inevitable. I'm happy that you felt like the ending wasn't surprising in that way.

I'm glad that the parallels worked for you. I really wanted to use the funeral to emphasize that Sirius has grown up and changed, and that his relationship with Lucy has grown. It's great to hear that I've inspired sympathy for my characters and made you want them to get better, especially my darling Lucy, whom I've poured so much effort into for this story. I'm happy that the open ending worked for you as well, and that you enjoyed taking a moment to imagine what might happen next.

Thanks so much for your wonderful, devoted reviews! I enjoyed logging on to see each and every one of them, and I hope you check out some of my other work when you get a chance :)

Amanda


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