Just so you know - I would like another chapter. Can we discuss the idea of a novel? Poppy has to end up at Hogwarts sometime, this much we know. And she meets a poor broken boy who has been attacked by a werewolf and she helps him during all this... so her part in Remus's life would probably really remind her of this same desperate desire to rid the world of everything that does this to children. Okay, so, I'm rambling. I'm just hoping if I get ideas out there, that I'll get lots more chapters ;).
I loved the relationship between Poppy and Elora. You can tell they are deeply about one another, that Poppy attributes over coming her illness/disease to the Elora's help. They are also both head strong, and I feel like Elora understands so much more than most people. She's like that woman that has been through it all, but it still hurts her to see things. She's strong enough to do what she does, but weak enough to feel hurt for the lives she can't change.. making her so insistent on there being *something* bigger fighting alongside the children to cure them. I really adore her character.
Poppy seems so young and knowledgeable, but at the same time it's easy to tell she still hasn't healed over everything she's been through. I think the way that ward, the memories in it, hurt her was perfect. It didn't make her seem weak, it just showed us how truly terrible what she endured is. And then the fact that she wasn't even sure why she went to Healing school, if she wanted to be, it felt so natural.
I love Poppy as a narrative voice. For some reason in my head she's kind of like a nurse during a war. An older war, not the current one on terrorism. But she wants to do this and she needs to help, but the reality of what she'll face is much more difficult than she thought. And for some reason she has like WWII style nurse's outfit as well as a southern accent.. haha I'll try and work on getting the accent out of my head, sorry about that. But this entire chapter was like a movie to me. Which is awesome, because that means you had that perfect balance of giving me enough detail without interrupting my flow.
I do hope you continue, m'dear ♥
Author's Response: Hey Jami! I really, really don't know if I can make it all the way over to Hogwarts and Remus, but I could certainly try. It sounds like a great idea; I just worry I wouldn't be able to execute it!
And I'm so happy you like Elora, and that you understand her so well too! I don't have a solid characteristic plan for her in my head, but she just came out like that. The more I think about it, the more Dumbledore-ish she becomes.
I was worried that Poppy's fear may be seen as overly dramatic, so it's such a relief to hear from you that you think it isn't. I just don't think people like to go back to places where they've witnessed so many losses. Unless they're the characters of Grey's Anatomy or something.
So the WWII style nurse outfit, I get. But oh my God, Jami, a southern accent?! Every time I read this review, I just sit here and try to imagine that, but for some reason I can't. I'm really glad you liked the chapter though. And I'm sorry it took me and eon to respond to it!
Thank you, as always, for the kind and thorough review!