Starting this chapter, I immediately got unnaturally excited that we'd get to see Sirius's family. Far too few stories actually handle his home life.
Getting to see Anna for a longer period of time just enforces that she and Sirius really aren't right for each other, and she's just a distracter. I mean, she's a sweet girl and all (side note: thank you for not making her some horrible person, it never makes sense when writers do that) but definitely not the right fit for Sirius in the slightest.
I love seeing the Marauders prank each other. I mean, what's friendship if you don't annoy your friends constantly in the process? :)
I like how as Sirius walks up to his parents, there's a palpable tension in the air. It just shows how different his home life is from his school life; it's like he walks through an actual barrier to switch between the two.
Sirius's mother - she's basically exactly how I'd picture her. I feel like I say that about every character. I've never really liked her much, but then again, how can you? Poor Sirius.
You do a great job of, from the start, building up the drama of the "family event." You can tell from the start that it's not good news, and that feeling only increases over time.
I love the stand-off between Sirius and Voldemort. I feel like only something major like that would ever make Sirius run away from home. As Sirius cast Expelliarmus, my mind immediately jumped to Harry. After all, it's his "signature spell." This battle just seems so, well, typical of Sirius.
I loved reviewing these chapters, even if it did end up taking a few days! Feel free to re-request when there are more chapters up, or even for some of your other stories!
Author's Response: Hello again, and you're all caught up, so I'd better get writing!
Yes Anna isn't the right person for Sirius, she's just too simple for such a complex person, so wouldn't fully understand him. And she's a clinger and I can imagine that would not suite him at all!
Yes I enjoyed writing that work over to his family, I'm not really sure why, but I guess it was because he's so reserved about his home life, and now we finalyl get to discover it!
Haha yes the portrait of his Mother certainly acted as inspiration for the real life version.
I'm glad that you liked the build up about the family event, I was worried I was banging on about it too much so I'm glad to find it wasn't the case!
Yes I thought it would have to be something major, so I was sitting there thinking and Voldemort popped into my head, and it just seemed to fit. And it was a chance to include the rest of the Black family, and I found them really interesting so that was fun!
Yes when I was writing it, it did remind me of Harry, so I thought it would be fun to include that as his leaving thing! I'm glad that you felt the battle suited him:)
Thanks again for the review, and I thought you reviewed them all really quickly, so don't worry about that!