Even though Venn and Helena are so similar in some respects, I like how youíve made them different in others. Youíre already showing how theyíre so different in one very important area. It was nice to see that Helena was quite comfortable among muggles, as I would like to think she wasnít a pureblood fan, then you showed how different Vennís views were, and it will be interesting to see whether this affects their relationship in the future.
I thought it was interesting that you included religion in this chapter, as Iíve always been interested to see how muggle religions would affect the lives of the magical people. It makes sense that Helena joined in with the festivities, and it was funny to see Vennís reaction to it all. Itís still making me wonder whether she believed it in as well, or whether she just joined in for the fun.
I really liked the banquet scene, as it made me feel as if I was actually there, and in medieval dress and everything. The same goes for the description of the village, as you could really imagine the crowds of people, and Helena crushing the flower petals.
I really liked the idea of the competition, as you often see it crop up in medieval tales, and itís always so exciting and tense, so whether the man who maiden really wants will win or not. It also gave us an insight into Helenaís feelings for him, as it showed that she was rather desperate that he won, and therefore, shows that she must have feelings for him.
You also showed differences between Helena and Venn in their character, as well as their views. Venn seems the more typical aristocratic man, with the colder demeanour, and not willing to give into freedom, whereas Helena seems freer, warmer, and more joyful!
Another excellent chapter,
Author's Response: The whole idea of Muggle friendliness versus Muggle avoidance or aversion is a big one in this story. It's always playing out in the background, even if it doesn't take center stage all the time. We'll have to see how it factors into this budding romance.
I knew I would have to tackle the religion aspect somehow when I decided to include this historical festival in the story. JKR didn't really feature it, but she didn't seem to shy away from it, either. I think if religion had ever needed to come up in the canon series, she would have handled it with grace. I tried to make my best attempt at that here, and I'm happy to hear it worked well for you.
Ah, yes, Venn's chance to shine! What girl wouldn't want to be swept off her feet, romanced by a handsome suitor who is willing to literally fight for her honor and her hand? She must have high hopes for the joust.
I'm pleased that you're enjoying getting to know Venn and Helena, and please do keep letting me know how you like them as their characters grow and change in coming chapters! Thanks for another fabulous review!