I just noticed in your last author's note that you were asking us reviewers to point out pop culture references we'd seen - as Abed Nadir, pop culture god of Community, is my spirit animal, I shall take it upon myself to track down said pop culture references and regurgitate them back to you in this wee review box.
I like how the investigation of the house elf's death has to take place for such mundane reasons, haha. And that such a, erm, junior detective has been assigned to the case :P (also, I think Spungen was Draco's surname in one of JKR's initial drafts, a reference to Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of Sid Vicious. Do I get a point for a pop culture reference?)
Terrence expected the Headmaster to finish with "that will be all", but after an awkward silence with the Headmaster's head buried into his scrollwork, the detective saw himself out. - lolololol. I think it's a legal requirement that everyone in the teaching profession must finish their conversations with 'that will be all'.
And I like how Pansy is like a foil to Peony, being all ugly and spiteful when Peony is graceful. She wears underthings. Not just pants. Underthings. How delicate and proper!
(May I britpick for a second? Here, it's not eggplant - it's aubergine. I've never understood how both countries can speak English and disagree over a simple vegetable but, well.)
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the purebloodiest of them all? (a wee insight into Pansy's internal dialogue there)
Draco, honestly, Peony does not have eyes! She has orbs!
(Another reference! Aside from Spungen, Spinks was another surname JKR was considering for Draco. Knowledge~)
Heh, I like the 'Dumbledore's Army, FTW!'
another awesome chapter dear ♥
Author's Response: Wow, your spirit animal is downright accurate! Congratulations! You might be my only reviewer that noticed both the Spinks and the Spungen reference. Why have one Draco, when we can have three? ;)
I had no idea that Brits had an alter ego fro eggplant. But now I do. In the future, they will all be named aubergine. And you got Pansy's little sweet talk to herself nailed too.
You know, I honestly thought about using the term "orbs" in this story, but with everything else going on, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I can only push things so far before I start feeling uncomfortable... *cough*
Cookies AND brownies for you, since you were so excellent AND you came back for chapter two! I might even throw in whipped topping and a cherry. You were extra sweet. Thanks so much!