Ugh. I missed out on 100th review >.< Meh. 101th isn't so bad, admittedly. Anyway, I'm here now! I actually read this five minutes after I saw your request (I get way too excited over the little things, honestly) but unfortunately I was busy and that is why I am here six days later. Gah. Me and my bad timing, honestly.
Anyways! I don't often read about Hogsmeade weekends - and if I do, they're usually about dates and all that sort of stuff - nor do I think about them that much, but I'm glad you included some in this chapter! Of course, Regulus and his friends don't exactly have the best sense of where to go (Hog's Head? Really? I know you're Death Eaters, but seriously, even Regulus agrees with me) but I was interested to see how you would put your own spin on the all-wizarding village - and what a spin, too. Your description makes me see everything, from the dust in the pub and the excitement of the girl who bumped into Regulus.
I found it rather interesting that Regulus didn't drink Firewhiskey, and that he was actually waiting until he was of age, and that his mother didn't allow him too. Obviously, most let Sirius or any of the Marauders do it, and this just goes to show that you are very cheerfully shattering any cliches that you might come across, because let's face it - with a brilliant plot like yours, you probably won't come across any average cliches :)
The talk about the Death Eaters just brought a whole new level of seriousness into the story - while it was most definitely serious before, you aren't forgetting that there's a war right outside their window, that Hogwarts is just as safe as a Muggle village would be, and that they're going to have to grow up long before they are officially meant to. So many people just stick to the romance with the occasional mention of the war, but heck, Amanda, you aren't forgetting - you're shoving us in right into the action :)
Your ending lines -.- I'm envious. Ugh. See what you do to me? I have so much more that I could say to you, but this chapter in all has made me utterly speechless, and I honestly can't wait for the next when it comes out - bravo for another excellent chapter! I'm looking forward to the next one.
Author's Response: Hi Linn! I'm happy to see you back here!
I did try to purposefully defy a few cliches in this chapter, starting with the setting. I agree that Hogsmeade visits always seem to be about flirting, first dates, dramatic breakup scenes, etc. It's lovely that the description worked well for you and you could appreciate the seediness of the location Rosier and his friends chose. Naturally, the regular village would be too warm and friendly for a band of soon-to-be and recently-added Death Eaters.
Firewhiskey doesn't sound pleasant to me, and I hate reading fics where characters just drink it casually like it's no big thing. It's great that you could also see that I tried to attack a cliche directly there. I tried to use it to symbolize Regulus's continued innocence.
Oh, yes; I think my number one Marauder era pet peeve is forgetting that there's a war going on outside. The romance is part of the plot, obviously, but I'm trying to be careful not to let it take over too much. I'm pleased to hear that you think I'm accomplishing that.
You're very kind, as always, and I truly appreciate this thoughtful review. I always look forward to hearing back from you, and you can bet that I'll continue to re-request chapter by chapter as long as your thread is open. Thanks again for coming to visit me!