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Review:Remus says:
Hey Academica!

Just so you know, I've never, ever, read a Tobias/Eileen story so I'm very excited to read this! By the way, so sorry that it has taken me forever to come review this. I've been writing like mad to get my next chapter done before my inspiration went away.

I'm here thought, ready to tackle this!

I'm a big Grimm fairy tale fan and this immediately reminded me of the Little Snow-White so I was glad to see in your A/N that you were inspired by it.

I usually read/review at the same time but your story sucked me right in and wouldn't let me go until the very end.

The imagery is fantastic and haunting at the same time. I have the tendency of not reading the type of 'Genre' the stories would be so the darkness of this story took me by surprise. And I'm glad! The images you give the reader and Eileen's personification have more of a shock value to me when I don't know that this is a 'Horror/Dark' story.

I also liked how Eileen did the same as Merope and gave him a love potion. Both stories end sad in a way when it comes to that potion and their children are the ones that pay the price for their selfishness. Eileen was only trying to make herself happy by being the fairest, the princess, the perfect wife...but failed miserably at the very end. She doesn't even think Severus is perfect in her eyes as a mother should.

Ugh, poor Severus!

I really don't have much to say except that I really love this. Not only the imagery and narrative are fantastic but the flow and characterization, I think, are what makes this story perfect.

Thanks for the chilling read! This is going straight to my favorites!

--Rosie/Perelandra

Author's Response: Hi Rosie! Thank you for stopping by, and now it's my turn to apologize for the late response :)

It's so great to hear that the story sucked you in, especially since you don't routinely read Tobias/Eileen! It was a daunting ship for me, but I really liked writing this piece and playing with the Snow White imagery. I must say, I'm quite proud of how it turned out.

Yeah, I don't know if I would have what it takes to write a happy Tobias/Eileen story, if such a thing is even possible. It was interesting to journey into the darkness, so to speak, to try to get into Eileen's head and the heart of her ill-fated marriage. The whole story really sprung from the repeated images of red lips, black hair, and snow white skin.

Well, I figured that since Severus had been tied to his mother via potions in canon, the love potion thing would work well with her character. It's sad to see how Eileen transformed from a hopeful princess into a lonely, wretched woman with nothing left, not even a child whom she could ever really love. I'm glad you could see how Severus's own struggles might have emerged from all this.

Thanks so much for your wonderful review :)

-Amanda


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