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Review:Toujours Padfoot says:
Sirius's brows contracted. "What did he do to you?" he said in a low, quick voice, making as though to stand up from the loveseat without quite being aware of what he was doing. "Did he hurt you? If he's even laid a finger on you -"
- EVERYONE NEEDS A SIRIUS IN THEIR LIFE. SIRIUSLY.

Okay, might be eating my words now. SIRIUS, WHAT DID YOU DO.

The beginning of this chapter made me so happy and I was looking forward to one of those warm and fuzzy chapters where it's all friends together and they're playing cards and teasing each other and everything is wonderful and nothing hurts. And then all of a sudden they're yelling at each other and Beth's almost crying and I'm sitting here thinking OH LORD, NOT AGAIN. THESE PEOPLE. THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR EXTREME COMMUNICATION ISSUES.

Also, I made actual growling noises when I saw that you didn't include what the letter said word for word because now I'm trying to imagine what it said even though it probably should have been obvious. Did he say that he suspected Beth of spreading information to a Death Eater? Did he say that Beth should be kicked out of the Order or did he suggest that actions against the Death Eater in question be taken, or what? And now I have been reminded that we are close to the end of the story and this likely is not going to end well because of climax reasons.

D: D: D: OH NO, THE THING IS GOING TO HAPPEN SOON, ISN'T IT. BUT...BUT I THOUGHT I HAD LIKE TWENTY CHAPTERS TO GO BEFORE THAT HAPPENED.

D: I'm not sure how I feel about Sirius being a tattletale. I can see that it's coming from the right place, and if I were him I would most likely be doing the same thing... That would be so hard for him, knowing what he's risking, but I admire him for sticking with his gut and trying to protect his friend. It's hard to just sit by while one of your best friends is running off saying who-knows-what to a known Death Eater; particularly a Death Eater Sirius has always hated.

For Beth's sake, I'm a little bit mad at him because he's about to make her life twenty times more difficult than it needs to be, but still. Beth and Severus don't always think rationally where each other are concerned and from a third party perspective, maybe it is time for someone to interfere on their dangerous little bubble. If they keep doing what they're doing, the wrong information is going to get leaked and bad things will happen, and here I am forgetting that you're writing this and obviously controlling what goes on and you are probably not going to let Beth get blown up by Voldemort.

BUT IT FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING IS UP IN THE AIR AND THERE IS NO CONTROL AND BAD THINGS, VERY BAD THINGS, AND DJFKJSDFKJ. Sometimes I miss the old days when Beth was too shy to talk to Severus and the focal point of Sirius's world was pulling pranks on younger students. It feels like they're all going in different directions now, AND HAS ANYONE SUSPECTED ANYTHING OF PETER LATELY BECAUSE HE'S BEEN AWFULLY QUIET, and also as a random side note in this endless stream of run-on sentences, Dumbledore was spot on and I appreciated the mention of Slughorn.

WHAT WAS MINERVA'S SUSPICION. WHAT WAS IT, THOUGH. HAS SHE BEEN WATCHING BETH. HAS THE ORDER BEEN WATCHING SEVERUS WITHOUT BETH'S KNOWLEDGE. TELL ME.

I probably ask more questions than anyone else in the universe.



Author's Response: -rolling around in a pile of feels- Cannot do this. Refuse to do this. MUST DO THIS. Your reviewsss. And it doesn't help that I've just gone through and read all your responses to my reviews and now I'll probably unintentionally copy things and you'll feel cheated. Crey.

WHAT DID SIRIUS DO INDEED. But you'll find that out in the next chapter, of course -- which will be going up after I finish all these unanswered reviews. Excite! I left things intentionally vague to keep you coming back, aren't I tricky. You'll know what Sirius wrote, what Minerva expects, the whole nine yards. And this is where the story starts to basically descend in a decidedly downward direction (five points to me for alliteration), and you KNOW what's coming and I'm pretty sure I'm more excited than you. SO PUMPED FOR YOU TO READ THE LAST SIX CHAPTERS ~

I really don't think I'm able to write a story where people don't have at least some amount of poor communication issues. I don't even know if that's a good or a bad thing, but it factors into basically /all/ my stories so I think escaping it now would be impossible. I don't even know where that comes from. What is the deal, brain.

I'm with you: I look back at In The Black now, and I know I wrote that story, and I know that I was aware of what was coming, but I still sort of long for the simpler times. I'm having these little bursts of nostalgia now. Sirius especially, because he's just so... I was thinking about this earlier this morning, but I could /tell/ when my characters had grown up. The very last chapter of ITB, and the first chapter of ITR, made me feel really, really weird writing them, because the tone was already so different, and I didn't even mean to switch it up that much.

I'm seriously sitting here with twists of nostalgia in my stomach. I am too invested in this story. BUT THIS TURNED INTO A REALLY BIG RAMBLE SO I'M JUST GOING TO STOP NOW. ♥ Cannot even begin to tell you how much it means to me that you read this story like you do. I never want you to stop asking questions, because that tells me that you're curious, you're engaged in reading, and I don't even know how to properly express to you how awesome that is for me to see. There is no feeling like that when you know someone's /reading/ what you write.

I'm a mess now. You've reduced me to a puddle and it's only noon. ♥ Seriously though. Thank you so much!!!



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