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Review:academica says:
Hey Aph! Thanks for the swap :)

I love Narcissa--I just think her feelings are really interesting and I like exploring her character. I love how you really just take a journey through her memory here, through the many romantic nights spent in the dustless version of this forsaken ballroom. I love how she can remember specific details about each person who has perished, things that other people might not have even picked up on. Your post-war Narcissa, in her grief, is so much like mine. I was completely entranced by her thoughts as they drifted from person to person, leading me about the imaginary room.

The description is gorgeous, obviously, because I would never have expected anything less from you. It's like Narcissa herself is turning into ashes and dust, with the way it coats everything she loves and everything in the room around her.

I don't have any critique. This broke my heart, as it should, and I really love your sympathetic take on characters whose deaths were probably celebrated without reserve by the majority of the wizarding world. Narcissa's solitude makes this ever more powerful.


Author's Response: Hey there - thanks so much for the swap as well! I love reading your stories - I always regret I don't have more time to read them all...

I know, right - she's such a fascinating character just by virtue of who she's related to, without considering what she does in the end. Thank you! :) Honestly, the whole idea of using memories was totally inspired by the song and the way it talks about the past while he's standing in the room then and there in the aftermath, so I can't really take credit for that ;) I've always thought of Narcissa as being quieter than her sisters and more observant, but also more compassionate. Honestly, I was a little worried when I wrote it that it would be bit too 'and here's another person, and another' throughout, so I'm so glad you think it worked! :)

Gah, I'm not totally sure about that one myself, but thank you for that! It means so much :) I actually love that analogy... it's brilliant and I never really thought about it in that way... wow... yeah, I love it.

Thank youuu so so much for that! I'm happy - no, well yes, well... you know what I mean! - that it broke your heart and that you enjoyed it! Thank you again for the wonderful review! :)

Aph xx

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