Hello there you wonderful and talented writer! (this is my way of trying to win you over for not having the time to review yesterday).
Another amazing chapter, like usual. I like the fact that you took this moment to explore the relationship between Petunia and Lily a little more. It's obvious that Petunia never wanted to be average and she couldn't stomach that compared to Lily she was. It's horrible to feel like that, in the shadow of your sibling (I can only imagine, I'm so awesome my poor brother can't compare! Yeah, don't tell him I said that...) and to see her get to live this amazing experience that you want but is out of your reach.
I find it fitting that you chose to show us this now, when Lily is quite literally on the edge of her new life, with the Potters and Sirius (who we love, like always) and the healing process will never be complete until she embraces the new and lets go of the old.
I can't wait for the trip to France. I have a feeling it's going to be very emotional and if you take mercy on me, we might get some Sirius/Belle. By the way, before I forget, if you need help with the French, feel free to PM me!
As for Belle, I still don't understand how some people can be like that. In my family, we're not overly organized and formal. We eat in the living room and wait until morning to do the dishes, we get to eat whatever we like, whenever we like and my Mum and I have this very informal relationship, were we make fun of each other and laugh all the time. But I have seen other parents, in some cases, that don't let their children have toys on shelves or eat whatever's in the fridge when they want or talk to them in a certain way. I can never understand why some people want to raise their children in a museum and make them feel like they're in front of a teacher instead of a parent all the time. That's horrible. I'd rather my kids leave toys on the floor but talk to me, than be perfectly neat and organized and have them be these robots, all civilized and unhappy. Bleah!
As I said, I liked how you described the sisters in this chapter and the atmosphere in Belle's house! Can't wait to meet the parents (I bet Sirius feels the same way too)! :)
Author's Response: Ral! Okay. I was so scared about this chapter, and I was obsessively review checking and and and nothing and I was so scared you hated it!! PHEW. I do like the way you started this review out, I suppose that make up for my scared-ness. :P
I actually was really, really jealous of my sisters. They're two years older than me, and always just seemed so perfect. It was always such a bad feeling, but it's also natural. We're all extremely close now, but I do totally get how Petunia was feeling. She just couldn't deal with it the way most people can. And of course there's much more to be jealous about in this case. Lily gets to have this amazing life, and Petunia just can't deal with it, so she decides she'd rather be normal any day than a freak like Lily. Poor sisters :(
I will absolutely take you up on that offer! I've figured out a way to avoid having to do much French, but I'll need a line or two. I'll PM you when I get there ♥
My family's very similar. We're all just really comfortable around each other, so I couldn't imagine feeling the same kind of distance that Belle does with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Leclair is what I nickname 'mantle piece parents.' they want children to display on a mantle piece. To be perfect so they can brag to their friends about their child, but the second it becomes a human being who makes mistakes, they no longer want them. Poor Belle :(
Belle Sirius feels, you say? hmm.. I'll see what I can do :P
Thank you so much for all your amazing reviews, m'dear ♥