I was so happy to see this story updated! Happy New Year, by the way :)
After reading this, there are so many questions swimming around in my head. But I'll get to those later.
Writing Sirius Black is very interesting especially when he's with his family. You've already hinted at him having differing opinions in chapter one, and again here where people still doubt his intentions - especially when it comes to the elder men in his family. I love that you've placed him in this position (I know this sounds bad), but you've given the audience a look at the type of person he truly is. While he might not have liked the man very much, the entire situation has altered his perception of things. It's made him feel something akin to grief, I suppose. A part of him still needs his brother, his parents, and his cousins. But he still has that need of being independent of them. It makes me wonder what sort of person he would have been like, had he been put into Slytherin.
I like that you wrote this chapter from Sirius' eyes. Compared to the rest of the family, given this situation, his perspective is the most honest. At the end of this chapter, you've given me reason to be suspicious about a few characters. For one, why did Regulus lie? Was Barty Crouch really being sincere? What about Bella skulking around behind locked doors? And what could possibly be in that letter to make Lucius' frown so deeply?
Naturally, you don't have to answer those, I'm just sharing my thoughts.
I really want to know now what the rest of the story holds.
Author's Response: Belated Happy New Year! And sorry for not getting to the response earlier... life = manic, before.
I've never thought Sirius was totally disaffected by his family - I mean, they were his family and he's still only a kid, so they're going to effect him somehow, even if not much. And yeah, he's at that cross where he needs them but he doesn't and he does and doesn't want to need them as well. Oh gosh, a Slytherin Sirius would have been terrifying... I can't help but think he would have made a very good Death Eater - even from canon. Yeah, his family are sceptical of him and his intentions - and with good reason! He doesn't exactly (and hasn't, in the sort-of background to this) made it a secret that he doesn't like them, and you're not exactly going to leap to trust someone who you know doesn't like you, right? So yeah, he's in an interesting position. He's just a fascinating character, really...
Or is it? :P Couldn't resist... but yeah, he is kinda honest. He definitely doesn't have much of a filter, which is different from most of his family. Ooh suspicions, yes... I can't answer any of those questions (though I know the answers to all of those... :D) but I can say that they're good questions.
Thank you so much for the lovely review - it was such a wonderful surprise! :)