Yay!!! You and Sneth are back!
Though not so yay, because Beth is sad and it's been nine months and she still loves Sev and he still doesn't remember her. :-(
Anyway, nice start to the final book. Your description of the cold is so realistic, I could almost feel it (and I hate the cold!) It always seems to rainy and cold in Sneth world...I'm sure that's on purpose.
I liked this line: "it was also as a reassurance that he, one of her best friends, was there, and would be there for a long time. It was a nice thing to be able to know." As always I love the friendship between Beth and Sirius, they've gone through some much together. And I like how, in this chapter, though they have every reason to be at odds, they forgive each other.
One question...and I suppose as always I could go back to your previous story...but doesn't Sirius know about Sev's role as a double agent? (I think Beth does...) Or is his hatred of Sev so strong that when he sees him with Carrow, he assumes the worst?
Welcome back! :-D
Author's Response: I'm back! And what's more, you're back as well, and I'm so glad! I hope you've had a lovely and restful month between books; it's weird not to "converse" with you on a weekly basis! :P
I get really sad thinking about this early bit, and the last bit of ITR -- when the pain of having Severus not remember her is still quite fresh to Beth. :( I'm glad you liked the descriptions of the cold, though! I HATE cold weather, and as a result I can describe it much better (I think) than hot weather, because I focus on it when it's cold. I know exactly how painful icy wind is on exposed skin, and how it feels down the spine, etc. And there is a tidbit about me. :)
I love Beth and Sirius's friendship, too -- and it suits them much better than a romantic relationship any day. ♥ I think all of the boys tread a bit more carefully around, and are a bit more lenient with, Beth since what happened the previous July.
Sirius does know about Snape being a double agent, yes -- he saw him at the Order meeting at the end of ITR. I get the impression that he doesn't approve of it at all, though, and I think in this scene he was going more for Carrow, too. But Beth also knows that he wouldn't have NOT hurt Snape if he'd had the chance -- remember, Sirius is incredibly loyal to his friends -- and that's why she panics. And then there is another part of her panic that's illogical. Sorry for the confusion!
Gahh, I'm so glad to be back. ♥ Thank you so much for reviewing this chapter for me, Ardeith! And I'm so, so excited to hear your opinions on what I've got in store!!