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Review:academica says:
SARAH ♥ I have returned, after having been beaten down by spring semester, to flail at your lovely Lucissa.

Oh my gosh, you are brilliant. I cannot believe how much I love this idea of the backstory behind the infamous black veil. I felt so much for Cygnus reading this, in part, I think, because I can imagine a similar scene playing in out for my beloved Snily, had Severus had the necessary information. It was so lovely how you built up the story with details until finally, shockingly, I realized precisely what he was doing. It's so interesting to see something as pure as love and the loneliness of a widower juxtaposed with such a dark creation. And your description of the way Narcissa would react to her father's idea sent chills down my spine. I fear things will not end well for Cygnus, Druella, and God knows who else.

I also love how you've used the events of the plot to really differentiate between the three Black sisters. I'm sure I've said this before, but it's so clear to me -- Andromeda is pure, fighting for the side of good; Bellatrix is evil, fighting for her own selfish desires; and Narcissa is this complex little thing trapped in the middle, the youngest and the one fighting the hardest. And then I blink, and the portrayals are no longer clear cut; Andromeda is out to put her sisters in prison, and Bellatrix is clinging to Narcissa in a demonstration of faux 'sisterhood', and Narcissa doesn't want to fight for anything anymore, not if she could just run away with Lucius instead. I love how this theme of separation reverberated throughout the story; in particular, I found an eerie parallel between the point Narcissa made about how Cygnus was Bellatrix's father, too, and yet she didn't acknowledge him, and the later point where Narcissa said that Bellatrix doesn't know Andromeda like Narcissa because they're sisters, ignoring the fact that Bellatrix is still Andromeda's sister as well.

Voldemort is so chilling, of course, and it breaks my heart because I've become so attached to your Lucissa. You can really see the special connection and tender romance between them after watching it build for so long, and I feel like it fits in so well with how I see them in the final canon book. In the same theme, I have to wonder how much of their behavior up until that point was just the presentation of coldness and obedience, and whether there was more of this under the surface, quietly working to balance it out. I believe that a good story makes me ask questions, and yours never fails to do just that, all while leaving me completely mystified.

-Amanda

Author's Response: Amanda! ♥

I'm not sure how worthy I am of any flailing, seeing as how negligent I've been with this story. I am so, so horrible with balancing fics. And it seems that I have to be in a really strange mood to write this story. But I'm very grateful that you're still sticking with me, anyway. :hug:

Narcissa has a lot of imperfections. While she's quick to find fault in others, she rarely sees any of it reflected in herself - like in how she was angry that Bellatrix regarded Cygnus as Andromeda's father but not her own, but forgot about Bellatrix when she was thinking about sisters and how she knows Andromeda better than anyone. The Black sisters are troubled; some have more issues than others. Narcissa is pretty selfish and would definitely just run off with Lucius if she could, leaving Bellatrix behind to fend for herself.

I think that a lot of Lucius and Narcissa's love became lost after they realized that Voldemort was seemingly back from the dead. They had to reexamine their roles in society, their loyalties; they had to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of hiding in the shadows and risking punishment from Voldemort or openly joining Voldemort again and risking punishment from the Ministry. Or at least that's how it is in my headcanon. I refuse to believe that they didn't love each other. If they didn't love each other, it's impossible that they would have made it through to the end, doing whatever they could to keep each other alive. Even so, the Malfoys are some pretty twisted people. I find them fascinating. XD

Thank you so much for dropping by yet again and for leaving me this lovely review. :)

- Sarah


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