Oh my God, it's JAMES!
Erm. Yeah. Erm. Another round of gushing from yours truly, courtesy of review tag, though I'd have R&Red this anyway, because you're just that good.
The way you've incorporated nearly everyone into this AU, right down to Winky, without losing their characterisation (even though you've lost the house elves' dialect), is absolutely brilliant... although I do wonder what's happened to Alphard. Is he to appear in this fic?
Your Regulus, actually, presents himself as a more tragic character than Sirius/Hamlet (Hamius? Sirilet? Erm... moving on swiftly...) in my view, because he just seems to feel everything so, so deeply, and there ain't no way in hell he's capable of mastering the intricacies of being the heir apparent at this moment in time. He's lovely, in a sad way. I love him. That is not generally a view I have on Regulus, so well done.
The best thing about this chapter, though, was just the breadth and range of emotion. You have hope, grief, humour, confusion, terror, pain and OMGJAMES! all flowing into each other like it's completely natural. Wow. That's amazing.
Sorry for the incoherency of this review, but yeah, I really like pretty much everything you write. If you can't tell already. :P
Author's Response: Oh my god, it IS James. No kidding? :)
I am totally okay with gushing and flailing. It's a favorite past time of mine too.
House elves aren't present in this fic as house elves (Winky, Kreacher - they are humans), hence the lack of dialect, but I'm glad you like my cast of characters. To be honest, I didn't even think about Alphard when I wrote this. If he does, it will be a small part.
I was a bit worried about your thoughts on Regulus, just because you love his character, and I'm constantly afraid that I've made him too whiny or childish. I love him too. He holds a very dear place in my heart in this fic and his life is only going to get worse.
Aw, thanks. You're so sweet in your reviews. Thank you for all your lovely words and gushing.