oh my gosh, can I just say that I want to cry after reading this?! oh my gosh. I've always loved reading about the Slytherins' POV during the 1st and the 2nd Wizarding war because they truly believed in their cause. Voldemort was pure evil, as was his cause, but the fact that the Slytherins truly believed what they were fighting for and truly believed in their way of life just makes me so sad. Especially reading about Narcissa's reflections makes me so sad because she was part of the original era of those whose pureblood lives had a point in which they hadn't been tainted in the nonsense of ridding the world of Muggleborns and Muggles. its so depressing to read about it because it's so true, as you wrote. in the end of a war, sometimes, it doesn't matter who won or who lost and the losing side just has it so much harder because they aren't comforted by the fact that they had fought, lost so many, but won the cause for which they were fighting for. the losing side dedicated their lives, fought so long and so hard, lost so many, and lost the entire war.
sometimes, it makes me depressed for purebloods who fought on the other side because of how sad it really is.
I think you did a wonderful job portraying what Narcissa is thinking and making that delicate balance between wanting to maintain the pureblood ways of life and thinking that Voldemort had it right. the part that you wrote about entire houses being eliminated is just SO true. from Narcissa's point of view, you can really see why she mourns all of those people. there WAS so much legacy and so much history in those houses, even if they had slowly lost sight of what Narcissa called 'the light'. the fact that all of them are wiped out like that just makes it really depressing. it's not even about keeping the severely pruned family trees completely 'pureblood' but its the fact that all of those old families are COMPLETELY gone. just that in itself is so depressing and sad.
I think you did such an amazing job with this one-shot. I think its so amazing.
Author's Response: Hey there! Thanks so much for dropping by! :)
Thank you so much - I'm so so glad you liked this! (Though it's a strange thing to say about someone crying after reading your stuff, tbh... :P) I know - it's something which I always found kinda sad about them, too, how they were kinda manipulated into dying for Voldemort, when he didn't really care about them or, arguably, their cause. I kinda wanted to write this from Narcissa's point of view, because I think so much is written about the losses the 'light' side suffered, and it made me think about the other side and what did they do, how they felt and so on... and yeah, so many people died, and lives are still lives. It doesn't necessarily make it any easier that they were 'wrong'.
Yeah, the whole pureblood thing really fascinates me, as they kinda seemed to have their own society and their own way of life and things, and when their cause was lost, their people, and their way of life was gone. It's kind of sad in the way that it's tainted, as well, by what happened in the war.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review - it really made me think and I really loved getting it!