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Review:Lilian says:
Hi Amanda,

OMG, i love this chapter! I love how you tell the story from the viewpoint of all characters, that is hard to do as it requires in depth character development (do you take writing classes?)

I particularly like how you can sort of see Regulus struggle with liking Lily. He clearly likes her (just as a friend) but he also holds on to his old beliefs of being superior to ‘mudbloods’. You sort of already know that he is not like Rosier and the rest of them and can probably never be a true and loyal servant to Lord Voldemort. I think that in the books there wasn’t much space for Regulus’ change of mind; when he turned against Voldemort. Voldemort mistreated Kreacher and this must have upset Regulus, but I have always felt that this could not be the only incident or reason Regulus decided to turn against everything he had ever believed in. I love how getting to know Lily and being forced to look past her blood status gives us more insight into Regulus’ eventual turnaround.

As for Lily, I really like that she knows Severus is desperately in love with her. It’s not clear from the books whether she is aware of Severus’ feelings for her, but being an intelligent girl, i think it unlikely that she had absolutely no clue. On the other hand, he so completely misunderstood her by thinking that he could impress her by becoming a death eater, it wouldn’t be unthinkable that she would question hints about his obsession with her and maybe thinking she misinterpreted his behavior.

As for Severus, i cannot wait to find out what he has in store for Regulus!

Can't wait to read to next chapter!

P.s. sorry for any grammatical errors or spelling mistakes; English isn't my first language

Author's Response: Hello Lilian, thanks for stopping for a review :)

Nope, no writing classes, though my background is in psychology. I've always loved to write, but only recently has it become a full-time hobby.

I figure that Regulus's constant exposure to Lily must have been challenging in terms of his maintenance of his family's beliefs. She's obviously caring and honest, even when he's not all that nice to her, and so to put that up against the standard of the "filthy Mudblood" must have been tough for him. I think you're absolutely right in that we have all these markers that he's not going to be a good Death Eater, that he'll regret that decision. Stay tuned, because things are only going to get more difficult for him in that arena.

Like you, I thought that Lily would have figured out that Severus wanted more than to be her best friend. I think part of her dilemma is trying to balance her compassion for him with her better judgment about his activities, like the use of the word "Mudblood" and his friendships with people on track to become Death Eaters. As you pointed out, his tendencies toward her have become clearly obsessive in nature, as evidenced by his sudden lack of ability to reason through his plans and her likely reaction to them. I think there could have been a point when he would have seen enough reason to abandon them; I suspect he's too far past that now, though.

I'm so glad you're hooked. The next chapter is already written (and it's fairly long, too), and I'll be posting it soon. Hope to hear from you again when it's up! Thanks for the kind review!

-Amanda


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