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Review:shadowycorner says:
I am really starting to like Astoria. Her father is annoying. I swear if he had called her my little princess one more time...this is not a negative comment on the writing or characterisation, just that I can't stand talk like that although many people do it, lol. His character is otherwise really interesting. I always wanted to explore or read about the other Purebloods, the ones that are proud of their ancestry but don't make such a fuss about Half-bloods or Muggleborns. What he said about the Blacks and Malfoys helping Voldy reach all the power within the other families was spot-on.

Now to Draco...oh how I like reading about him. It must be hard for him at this point where he needs to distance himself from his former friends because of the negative influence they could have over him. On the other hand, he has no other friends and it's not like his old schoolmates will start lining up for him. Still, it makes for a nice inner journey Draco must take and I love seeing him learn. His characterization up to this point was flawless. He's so vulnerable yet there are these sparks of strength inside of him. You really know how to write this guy.

Well, I'm so glad I clicked on this story this morning and read it because I really enjoy your writing and the fact that I saw you have a Drastoria made me squee. I can't wait for the next chapter!


Author's Response: Gah! Seriously, you're spoiling me!

To me, Horatio Greengrass is a fairly typical, overprotective, doting father. But he does go a bit overboard. In many respects, really. I think his statement about Voldemort's rise to power is a bit naive. Voldemort did things that no wizard in history had dared to do. He would have been incredibly dangerous, no matter who chose to support or oppose him. It's not that the Blacks and Malfoys didn't make bad choices, but Astoria's father's point of view really underscores how little most people outside of the Order and the Death Eaters understoood about how powerful the Dark Lord really was.

I imagine Draco being sort of like the alcoholic who's been off the sauce for about a month, both in terms of his drinking and his social habits. Zabini probably seemed like a reasonably safe opportunity for Draco to test himself a bit and see whether he could be around the sort of people who make up his small, remaining social circle without relapsing into his old way. Blaise isn't as crazy as Gamp, Flint and the others.

I'm starting to work on the next chapter. My biggest problem is that I had a good idea for the beginning and I have a good idea for the end, but filling in the middle is proving challenging. Soon, I hope...

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing! You seriously made my day!

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