Hey-hey, lovely! I decided to come and read some of your stuff I hadn't read yet. I decided to go ahead and start off by reading this one.
First of all, I love how you used Amycus Carrow in this, instead of going for the more "overrated" Death Eaters. It was nice for a change. Only, I didn't find Amycus as scary as I imagined him to be. The story just didn't feel dark. It was a good one-shot, don't get me wrong, but it didn't have that darkness I was looking for. Out of all the wonderful pieces I've read from you, I'd say this one was your weakest. Not bad, but not at the same level of awesomeness like you usually pump out.
No, I didn't come here to tear your heart -- gawd, hopefully I didn't. I still love you! Forgive me if my words ended up being harsh, *braces for intense dramatic outcome*
So let me point out the positives!
Two words: Theodore Nott.
I honestly love it when people portray him as a good guy. It brings in more depth into the Slytherin House and shows that despite their bloody history, there were loopholes in the system and people made exceptional cuts and broke tradition. To be honest, even though we never knew much of Nott in canon, I truly do think he was different. Being raised by his single father and being able to see threstals, I truly think it was his mother who he witnessed die, and he was a kid of solitude apparently, back in school. He didn't really mix with Draco and his gang much. And he was never asked to recruit with the Death Eaters either, so it's nice to see Theo portrayed in good light.
Anywho, enough about Theo. I liked the way you characterized Neville as well. Being strong minded. A fighter. He really did do Gryffindor house proud, and justified the cursing of his parents.
So yeah, overall it was a good read. Not bad, but good. Hopefully this doesn't come out as offending. I wasn't aiming for you too feel gut wrenched at all.
I read your response to my last review, and I totally understand about how things are about to get busy, and that this is your most important year at school. I can relate with all the priorities, so no pressures on ya', just don't dissapear on us alright? :D
Author's Response: HELLO AGAIN! :D
Yeah, Amycus is hardly used in fics, I thought I'd give him a go. :p
OH MY GOSH YOU HATE ME NOW!
I'M GOING TO STOP WRITING FOREVER! D:
I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS! :'(
Jokes, I totally understand. I didn't really like this story, it was for a challenge and I wanted to challenge myself. :p But I don't think I can 'do' horror/dark. It does feel weak to me, but I thought I'd give it a go at least once. :)
I don't think I'll be doing horror/dark for a while - maybe one day when I'm better at writing, but for now I'm going to stick to what I know! :)
I've never really perceived Theodore to be a 'bad guy' (probably because I've read so much fanfiction :p) and having him mean didn't fit with me. So I thought I'd go with fanon idea of Theodore. :)
I'm glad to hear that I portrayed Neville well! I was so nervous because he's such an individual character.
It wasn't offending at all, any criticism is welcomed! Anything to improve my writing is always a plus. ;)
I won't disappear don't worry, I'll probably go on just before I go to sleep but I may not respond to reviews, I always get so distracted when I start to respond to them. :p And I can't respond to them on my phone, which is always frustrating - otherwise these reviews would have been done hours ago!
I must say, if your name is Pearl, that's absolutely amazing! It's such a pretty name! :D
Thanks for another review! :)