You're back! Happy New Year, tenth!! :D
With a very strong chapter, love the characterizations of Snape, Dumbledore and Peter here. Love the way you continue to write our hero Sev in character, warts and all. His arrogance, his self serving-ness, his pride...as shown in these bits:
“What I have to say,” he sneered through gritted teeth, “is of rather high importance, and would interest you greatly, should you care to listen.”
what sort of a question would it be? And (even as he thought it, he hated himself a bit for it) what would it mean for him?
And he was an Occlumens, or, at the very least, on his way to becoming one… he could do it, he could hide it from them, he was good…
Just great stuff! As is this insight:
There was something about finally letting out what you had been thinking for months and months, and had never had the courage to voice before, or indeed, much of anyone to voice it to.
I'm intrigued by the way you write Dumbledore, you/Sev seem to see his devious, ruthless side which poor Harry and friends never seemed to.
And poor Peter! Nice parallelism as always putting both spies in this chapter.
Author's Response: Happy New Year, Ardeith! :D And even though it's early yet, I hope it's going very well for you so far. If anyone deserves a great year, it's you!
I'm so pleased you're still finding Snape to be in character -- I do admit that from time to time I have my doubts. But it's like I've said dozens upon dozens of times before: There is both good and evil inside of him, and unlike a lot of people, he lets both sides shows in different circumstances. He's not inherently horrible, but it cannot be denied that he's made some seriously poor choices. I just... gah. Love him!
I think those little insights are sort of... personal justifications of things, if that makes any sense. ;) There are several of them sprinkled through ITB and ITR that, if I went back and found them again, could point to, and you might see what I mean. It's personal reflection on life!
As for Dumbledore, I COMPLETELY agree with you. I just said this in another response, but most canon characters always seemed to paint Dumbledore as such a saint, even in the later books, and after OotP I never saw him that way at all. He lies to Harry's face on more than one occasion; he abandoned his family essentially for Grindelwald. He's good, yes, but it's almost Snape-like in the way that he's got some bad qualities, too, and often walks the line between the two. In short, I'm glad you seem to see him the way I do!
Thank you so much, as always, for returning to review this latest chapter for me. I honestly cannot even begin to tell you how much your support does for me! ♥ Hoping to see you back quite soon!