For such a Chunky, Serious, Important chapter, the ending made me flail in such a pathetically lovelorn way. I am SUCH a girl. Aww, even in the midst of all of this difficulty and angst, she still wants to go running to Gideon. It might be a bit because we, as the reader, are finally seeing inside her head, but it does feel as if now our Minty-G is managing to be more honest with HERSELF as well as the readers - now the blinkers have come off and she's made the decisions she's made, she's more aware of her feelings and being rational about them rather than charging up De Nile.
And again, we get to see her as competent, we get to see her as intelligent and calculating in a way which is refreshing. I don't know why I like it so much; I guess partly because the stereotype of the Death Eater orphan under Voldemort's wing is usually so much more frail and wilting, while these are not words I would use to describe Araminta (however she may be perceived by Bellatrix et al). Of course, it's backfiring a little if old Voldy wants to then have more of a direct hand in managing her. The price of competence! (in this case, possibly death)
I kept forgetting to say - there had been that Mysterious Reference in the last chapter to her being unable to kill people AND having done it before to someone who would have 'died anyway'. I am intrigued! I'm sure we'll find out all in good time. But yes, I enjoyed this chapter mightily for a good insight into Araminta, and it's refreshing to be pulling off the covers and basically rediscovering her from scratch all over again. The little insights, into her thoughts on Bellatrix, her thoughts on the Travers(eseseses), are all satisfying. Good stuff!
Author's Response: Haha, the ending made me squee a little bit when I wrote it. Minty-G's so adorable when she's not being all "I IS A DEATH EATER I IS MEANT TO FEEL NOTHING." It IS partly because I can be more open with her feelings now, but it's also because ... well, you said it all for me! This decision she's made is HUGE and she's realising that near enough everything she thought was right, was wrong, and so she CAN let herself love someone, it doesn't make her vulnerable. That and now she's on the same side as Gideon it doesn't feel WRONG to want to be with him, which was the crux of the issue before; he was on the Other Side and she wasn't supposed to allow herself to get close to him. Now she's on his side, things are different.
Yeah, now it's all become clear, we can see just what traits she DOES have. Which is nice, because she deserves her time to shine. She does have frailties - but then, she also has some traits which we might consider to just be having morals but in Voldy's eyes amount to being weak - but she's got a backbone and a brain, which is important. And things are about to get VERY hard for her, poor thing. I am cruel.
You notice everything, don't you? Yes, you will find out about the whole killing thing all in good time. I'm not even going to TRY to guesstimate, but if I were to pluck a number out of the air I'd say six or so chapters time. DON'T HOLD ME TO THAT. As I said, this chapter totally wasn't in the plan, but I thought it would be unrealistic if Voldemort DIDN'T call a mass meeting to try to calm the troops, and besides it meant seeing Minty in action which is always nice. I too hate pluralising names which end in 's'; this silly English language, eh? Thanks for reviewing :)