This review is extremely overdue, and first and foremost I shall offer up apologies for that. ♥ Because I pretty much nearly cried tears of excitement when I saw you'd updated this story, and that is really only a very small exaggeration. It's like... the fan fiction equivalent of JKR writing another Harry Potter book. Or something. :D ANYWAY.
I loved that beginning bit with Cygnus! It was very poetic and mellifluous, and I could so clearly picture every single emotion in it -- his sorrow and his somewhat fruitless hopes, and I think it's perfect that you had him construct the arch where he did. That atmosphere perfectly embodied what you were writing about. And that's sort of what I was trying to say in my latest review to you: Whatever your characters are experiencing, your setting's embracing as well, and there's just something very, very cool in that.
LUCIUS. ♥ I knew if anyone could make me like him, it would be you -- and I was so right about that! This entire chapter, the whole way through, I just wanted to throw my arms around him. And it's so amazing, really, how well he's come to know Narcissa, and how to care for her, in such a short span of time. It's hard to think that I was ever creeped out by him, really, although ink-black eyes and transparent skin are good candidates for creepiness.
YOU WRITE VOLDEMORT SO WELL. Have I mentioned that? I don't think I've had a lot of opportunity to yet, but I'll go ahead and say it here, even if I already have. I am just blown away by your characterization of him, because it's pretty much how I've pictured him, every detail intact. (And thank you for being so up to speed on details and not making him a red-eyed skeleton man from the get-go. Cannot enunciate how much that bothers me.) And those last few paragraphs -- UGH, I AM GETTING A TWISTY FEELING JUST THINKING ABOUT THEM -- hit home in a way that's almost never happened in reading your stories before. Oh my gosh, I just... it's the sort of twisted thing that I love reading about, the sort that you call me odd for enjoying. :D I adored it. Those last paragraphs made this chapter.
I am legitimately so excited you're working on this again. Like, bouncing-off-all-the-walls-multiple-times excited. Because this is foremost and forever my favorite story of yours (well... it's pretty much tied with "So, Listen..."), and I just have a great time reading it. :) And you're fabulous and wonderful and if you don't update again soon, I might explode. But no pressure. ♥ I cannot wait!
Author's Response: I AM UNWORTHY. SO UNWORTHY. I consider myself lucky that you read this at all. Seeing as how I used to update this story once a week (and sometimes twice), I've been terribly negligent with Lucius and Narcissa. I DO NOT DESERVE THIS REVIEW IT IS TOO LOVELY. -foams at mouth-
The arch bit has been planned since the very early chapters. I was always curious about the veil (Siriuuus creyyy) and wondered what it might be made out of, and for some reason a dementor seemed a bit like a viable option. I mean, they're so closely associated with death, what with all their soul-eating and whatnot, and it made me think that underneath their hoods, in the faces that no one in living memory has ever seen, you can see the faces of the souls that dementor has sucked out. SORRY FOR THAT BIT OF AWFUL IMAGERY BUT THERE WE HAVE IT.
Lucius lulz. In canon I absolutely hate him. I possibly hate him more than Voldemort. He was /so mean/ to Arthur and that's just unforgivable. I can try to justify his rudeness any which way I want, but at the end of the day, this story is the only place I like him. At all. And this story feels so spaced out in time, even when it isn't really, that I forget he hasn't really been with Narcissa all that long. I have been slowly pushing away from the fairytales to bring them into reality - which I am doing on purpose - but I think very soon I am going to bring back some old faces here and there, or at least mentions of them.
VOLDEMORT IS EASIER FOR ME TO WRITE THAN DUMBLEDORE, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN. Maybe I'm more in touch with my inner villain than my inner Confucius. And nope, I always saw his transformation from good-looking Tom Riddle to scary-as-hell Voldemort to be very gradual, increasing more when he's being more evil. The worse the evils are that he's committing, the more his physical appearance is going to reflect that loss of humanity. Now that he's starting to gather up more and more power, he'll start to deteriorate a bit more and become the inhuman-like creature we all know.
YOUR FAVORITE STORY OF MINE SQUEE ♥ I have such a soft spot for this story. I think a lot of the reason why I haven't written it is because I'm afraid I might write it wrong and it won't come out the way I want it to. I'm just going to push through it and adapt to whatever ends up coming out.
YOU ARE THE BEST EVER. ♥