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Review:my_voice_rising says:
Hallooo! You know why I'm here. ;3

First of all, I am pulled in right away by the introduction. I was excited to see your non-humor stories; they are so so lovely and of I was very curious about your dark/angsty writing. It's still amazing, of course.

I think you've brought a very interesting (and probably very accurately canon) light to the Grey Lady. She's always seemed the most ethereal of all the Hogwarts ghosts; a wisp of a person, less like a human being than the rest, but had a serious dark side when confronted by Harry in DH. So I love that you've given her these qualities in life as well. I feel like the wispy qualities translated to Helena even more perfectly. I've never heard of a "founders next-gen" story before--this is a great idea!

How horrible that her mother makes her take Veritaserum. It's so terrible and almost grotesque that Slytherin confronted her as a child, telling her that he would woo her later in life--even if during this time period things like that weren't uncommon, it is really upsetting to read. And poor Helena, being too kind to tell him no. It's a really interesting character trait that Rowena values keeping promises so highly.

(Although I do love the inclusion of Astragale Trewlaney.)

I would like to see some more relationship buildup between Helena and Adeleine. Clearly the maid cares about her very much if she's willing to risk her job, and possibly her life. How long has she been at the Ravenclaws? Where is Helena's father? So many questions!

Taking the diadem was a really nice touch, but I'd like to know why she did it. Out of spite? To hold on to the memory of her mother? To sell it? All in all though, another brilliant work! :D

Author's Response: Sarah, you are officially the most wonderful person ever.

How is it that you manage to weave imagery into a review? A REVIEW?! I'm going to steal the phrase 'a wisp of a person' and pretend it's mine, okay?

Rowena is a horrible human being in this story, I completely agree, but for some reason I don't imagine her as the warm, welcoming type -- that sticks more to my vision of Helga.

I'm writing a companion piece to this, that delves into the relationship between Adeline and Helena, that should hopefully answer your questions. As for why she stole the diadem, it would be out of spite -- she wants to take away what her mother cares for the most, and that's obviously not Helena herself...

Thank you again!


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