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Review:lia_2390 says:

I saw this while I was sorting out stuff for the review exchange, and got a bit nosy! Honestly, I've seen so many fics with Narcissa's reaction to Andromeda leaving, but I can't understand how I could ever underestimate you. Ever.

I loved this so much. Narcissa's reaction was perfect. Of course she'd cry, but she was literally frozen to the spot, which made sense because this came out of the blue. It was funny at the same time because all Mrs. Black does is scream anyway. Cygnus Black apparently is too engrossed in anything else to be bothered, and Bella just smirks. You'd expect it to be emotional and heartfelt, but it made me chuckle. All the family hate about Andromeda leaving was probably just Druella and her batty sister-in-law.

I LOVED Lucius here (which is no surprise, really). I love that he's still the rigid pureblood everyone expects him to be, but he notices her enough to realise when something is wrong. And he removed her from a potentially dangerous situation, into a safe place where she could talk about it. He wanted to know if she was okay - which is all a person could ever ask for on most days. Even his reaction to Andromeda leaving with a muggle born was very anti-climatic, in that he didn't blow up, or speak badly of her. It makes me think about when those prejudices really came into play.

This was really great work, Amanda. I'm glad I was so curious!


Author's Response: Hi Lia! I'm happy to see you here! :)

I think I just really wanted to ruffle some pureblood feathers with this piece, both in terms of Narcissa and Lucius. I was trying to play with how Narcissa, with her perfect upper-class life, would handle something as crazy as her older sister running off with Ted Tonks. It's great that you liked the Blacks' reactions - I meant for the whole thing to be kind of lighthearted and funny, in a very macabre way.

It was neat to make my Lucius squirm a little. I just had trouble imagining what Draco or his father would do when confronted with a crying girl, and I thought it would be a neat way to bring Lucius and Narcissa together in a vulnerable moment. You do kind of have to wonder when things got so extreme.

Thanks for your super sweet review :)


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