Oops. I must have read this and then been distracted, I thought I'd reviewed! Naughty Slide! But here we go. It's nice to see Moody accepting Araminta; though he's mister Constant Vigilance, I like the idea that if he's decided to trust her (even if it's via trusting Dumbledore), he goes the whole hog, rather than being sort of begrudgingly trusting about it all. And, of course, Arieda being supportive (waves little flag for the two of them). I can just imagine our Minty-G would be having a pretty horrific time of things if she didn't have those two, especially Arieda, considering Gideon's reactions.
I am curious as to why Voldy is after Gideon. It might just be because he's, you know, awesome, and so it's in Voldemort's best interests to try to get such a powerful enemy offed. But I wonder if there's something More Sinister.
And, ha, of COURSE her suffering horribly is his point to start to realise. Nothing like a bit of torture to get everyone's priorities in check? But, of course, doing it in such a Gideon way - needing to be kicked out by Lily, needing to be knocked out of the self-pitying by Sirius. I seriously (no puns intended) love your Sirius, he's such a sweetheart beyond the usual impetuous, fiery guy - making him rather emotionally intelligent makes a whole lot of sense and does make him an excellent foil for Gideon and Araminta, who're both pretty obtuse. Especially since I think Sirius is more inclined than Arieda to apply tough love, which they sometimes really need. Like here!
Author's Response: Yes, naughty Slide! Haha. Moody has no personal attachments ... well, ANYWHERE really. So he's probably more likely to trust Araminta; even if he IS mr Constant Vigilence, I don't think he's quite that paranoid YET. And yes, a lot of it is about him trusting Dumbledore's judgement more than anything else here. Minty/Ari time! Araminta would, indeed, be pretty stuck without Arieda here. Gotta love the girlie. :)
Yeah, basically Giddy and Fabby are too good at duelling for Voldy to let them live. I mean, does he need a reason to kill people? He's a sadistic maniac. But yeah, that's basically what it is; they're too good for him to let them live. Sob sob.
Gideon Is Silly. It was always going to take something big for him to finally come to terms with it all. As Araminta pretty much said last chapter, to be fair! Or asked of him, at any rate. In the end, he cares for her too much to refuse to see it any more. And of COURSE he blames himself for it. This conversation between Gideon and Sirius was one of the early edits that survived plot changes, and I'm still really pleased with it. Sometimes I wonder if Sirius is TOO emotionally intelligent! Haha. But then, twelve years in Azkaban is enough to make anyone regress, isn't it? Really glad you like him though, because obviously he's the 'villian' to some extent in Gideon's eyes ... but he's not, not REALLY. Thanks for reviewing! :)