I was so anxious to get home and read this! I think I'm starting to get addicted and you just keep feeding me all these twists that make me want to know more!
Let's take it from the top. I love the name of the chapter, since to me it reflected both the small step Remus took to opening up to Lily and the beginning of Belle's healing and closure. With baby steps. So cute. Once again I am in awe of the details that you put into this chapter. The healing process and the description of the various magical remedies and their characteristics was nicely written and with an appropiate attention to detail (why am I sounding so formal? My God, I should sleep more!). Basically, you rock, girl! :D
You are trying to kill me with the Sirius and Belle relationship. Whatever I expected, that was not it. You do realize I will never forgive you if you don't show me how the showdown with the French parents goes down, right? Just think how you felt when JK robbed us of the Lily/James story... Think... And try for some remorse... (When is it appropriate to make Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows references? Always.). Ahem. Back to your story. I am still crushing on Sirius. Bad.
Something about your writting and the way in which you portray these characters is unique, in the sense that you make the bad guys seem worse. Don't get me wrong, they are presented impeccably but their darkness runs deeper than what we see in the books. I saw it before in Bellatrix. We know she's just blood thirsty and something's loose in her head (in other words the wheel is probably spinning but the hamster is most definitely deceased) but in your story her mental illness just runs deeper. She has her own little parts in the story and even her motives are just sick. Which brings me to Walburga, whom we all know as the screaming portrait lady, throwing insults at whoever enters her family home and is undeserving of such an honor (I can't believe I wrote that). Yeah, she's sick as well and has her priorities wrong. But in your story she's so much more. In this chapter you showed us a woman who is so cold and blinded by her hatred of those that are not like her, that she forgets she is a mother, she is capable of cursing a person she created and brought into this world and who at sixteen is still a child and in need of a mother's love and protection. To deny a child that and to demonstrate with actions that they are unworthy in your eyes of existing... That's something that makes my skin crawl. I just wanna hug Sirius. Really.
Sirius and Belle really deserve each other. They are, I think, the only two people that can fully understand each other and the painful experiences of their past. It's going to be really sweet to see them battle their demons together and find out whether they can pull through together or if they'll just let said demons pull them apart. I'm not going to make an assumption on that. There are too many twists to this story to be sure right now. But you are the best hope they have. I trust you (I know, again with the reference? Can't help it!).
I'm going to stop here before I run out of space and you run out of time to read this and tell you that I'm so very curious to see what you have planned for us next!
Oh, and did I mention this was a lovely chapter, as usual? I did now!
Author's Response: Aww I'm so happy that you were excited to read this! That just made my week ♥
Hahaha I like your formal ending with 'go girl' :P. Sometimes I get super formal in reviews and then forget what I'm talking about. Haha. My poor brain.
Putting detail into the behind the stuff of magic is so much fun for me, but I did force myself not to get carried away in this one :P
Ral I have good news! I WILL show you the showdown! AND it's only a few chapters from now. Mwahaha. I haven't really decided what I'm doing about the fact that we'll be in France where they speak French. I'll figure something out... :P
Sirius is pretty crush worthy, right?!
I think Mrs. Black was pretty terrible. Sirius has a lot of issues, we've always seen that. He's an amazing man, but still broken, and something broke that years ago. Thank god he had the Potters to help put him back together ♥ Okay. Now I'm getting feelsy.
It makes me so happy that you feel like Belle and Sirius deserve each other. I don't think someone innocent who has never seen the bad side of the world would ever fit Sirius. He's not a guy that needs to be 'saved' like Draco, he just needs to be understood. And Belle can do that. And Belle's always been treated terrible, though hers was more emotional than physical, so she needs someone who can understand that, though as she may think she is, she has a lot of insecurities that will never fully go away.
Okay. Now that I've rambled on, I'm stopping myself. Haha. This is your fault, btw. You make me ramble :P
Thank you so much m'dear for this wonderful review ♥ I can't wait to see what you think of next Saturdays!