Oh, I keep finding stories through this swap which I instantly enjoy!
This was such an interesting look into Bellatrix's mind. In many ways, she reminded me of a child. Her attention span, her sole focus on one object and her random thoughts which most definitely couldn't be contained. But, at the same time, I felt her power and her controlling tendencies.
You really showed Bellatrix's devotion to Voldemort, and how she sort of saw the world through an opaque piece of glass. This is the main image that I've created through your story. It seems that Bellatrix is standing in front of a window with everyone stood behind it, and she's polished one spot perfectly, so that she can see Voldemort perfectly, but then she seems to see everyone else with slight confusion and lack of clarity. Your description of how she sees Cissy; her faded love for her sister, but her confusion over why Narcissa doesn't devote more of her time to Voldemort. It's perfect.
I really enjoyed how you focused on the smaller details; the scuffling rats which she eventually killed, the dirt-ridden wooden floor, the broken glass in its frame. It just added to the believability of the entire piece.
I really like the description of the glass window. It linked perfectly to Bellatrix's life. Almost like it's always been broken, just like Bellatrix had possibly always leaned on the 'crazier' side. And she was the only one that could, or cared to, fix it.
The relationship between Bellatrix and Rodolphus was really interesting to read. I've always imagined the couple as Rodolphus loving Bella much more, and as she grew crazier, they grew further apart. But divorce wouldn't have been an option. I've always seen her as the more powerful in the couple, but I really enjoyed how you showed them. The idea of Rodolphus having mistresses and them only acting as a couple when needed was perfect.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one-shot! Fantastic job! Keira :)
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing my story!
I love your analysis of this, it is really quite true that Bellatrix lost sight of everything else in her entire life except the Dark Lord and his conquest. That was her entire life and without it she was an empty shell. But not only that, she was certifiably insane at the same time. It's almost like she's not entirely lucid all the time, she goes from having a perfectly nice conversation with Narcissa to accusing her and threatening her, back to nice again.
I think that Rodolphus and Bellatrix were a staged couple, because she has made it clear so many times that Voldemort was her one true love in all ways that were necessary. I don't know if she lusted after the power more than the man but I always saw her husband as a front for her, for the wizarding community at large. But hey, a guy has to feel loved somewhere, right?
Anyway, thanks again so much for reviewing this I really appreciate it!