Gahhh, I don't know what to say!
Okay, okay, got my mind in gear now, lol. First off, I love anything to do with the Black family - I find them all utterly fascinating like you wouldn't believe - and Regulus is just such an understated character. We know so little about him and yet he's probably one of the bravest characters in the books (him, Harry and Severus making the top three in my mind).
I loved how you wrote him here. Again, like with all your one-shots, it's so simply written with minimal description, short sections and virtually no dialogue. It always, always works when you do it and, honestly, this isn't the exception. The style is just so beautiful - it's kinda broken and jilted in a way, which suits Regulus because Sirius abandoned him, his mother went nuts and the only (possibly) real friend he had was Kreacher. He is sort of broken and damaged and twisted and I liked that you managed to portray that so well.
I don't think it was unnecessarily melodramatic, tbh. The Blacks in the books are all fairly dramatic - particularly Sirius and Bellatrix - so it fits with the family and it fits with the character you've created for Regulus. The whole gothic horror sort of aspect of it is really nice too - I love all that kind of stuff in stories :) Yeah, I think you could have done a bit more on the Drink of Despair (is that what it's actually called? Never knew that... cool) - maybe go back over the scene in book 6 when Dumbledore drinks it and Kreacher's recollections of it in book 7 and add a little bit more to that? But, seriously, you don't need to do anything else or add anything in at all. It's great, really great.
So many feels for poor little Reggie! Gah, poor little thing - I just wanna grab him and hug him tightly and never let him go.
Also, one thing I just remembered: I really love how you've done different styles in some of the different sections, like how there's the section at the beginning with the note/journal entry by Regulus. It adds something to the story, you know, and it wouldn't be the same without it, although I can't say exactly what it is... (that feels unhelpful, lol).
Anyway, yes, I really enjoyed it. Sorry for all the random rambling, but you actually made me feel emotion (you should be very proud, btw, I don't normally get like this)!
So glad I got to read this!
Author's Response: Well, it looks like you certainly figured out something to say. :P
I adore the Blacks - they're just so dramatic and crazy, all, it seems, except darling Reggie, who's got his own issues a-plenty as well as a healthy dose of mysteriousness.
I've always wanted to write in this kind of disjointed, numbered style, and it seems to suit Regulus because it's organised and broken at the same time. Or at least, that's what I was trying to do. Anyway. Erm.
I love Gothic horror and I've always thought of Grimmauld Place as one of those spooky, architecturally intimidating manors where Gothic heroes so often find themselves in, and so it made sense of give Reg his own Gothic story, with all the melodrama.
Maybe I'll fix up VI now that you've mentioned it, but that was simply meant to be the beginning of his experience with the DoD (found that out on Wikipedia. It is pretty cool)... because I'm lazy.
I had ALL THE FEELS while writing this. Siriusly.
I'm glad you liked it! I was wondering whether people wouldn't be thrown a little by it, actually, so thank you.
Rambling is nearly always good! And yes, I'm very proud. The great Aphoride has been moved by my humble little experiment.
Thank you so much for your awesome review! :)