|Review:||Toujours Padfoot says:|
That was an unexpected twist! And this means - omg! - this means that Poppy began to impersonate Andromeda and went on to marry Ted. And Poppy gave birth to Tonks and spent the rest of her life drinking polyjuice potion because she has some serious identity issues and loves pretending to be other people. First she imitated Narcissa, and then she became Andromeda.
When Narcissa fell to the ground with her dagger and said, "Poppy, I know what you did," I was a little bit confused and thought that she was just speaking to the memory of Poppy, and then as soon as you mentioned polyjuice potion in the Ravenclaw Tower with Poppy and Andromeda, I knew. Wow, that is insane. Poppy is seriously crazy! She could have told on Narcissa and sent her to Azkaban forever, but she kept quiet. She let everyone go on thinking that she was dead - even her own parents! Even Lucius! All to become someone else, to steal someone else's life. And all these years later, no one but Narcissa knows that Andromeda has been dead for years and years and years. And you know, that kind of explains their rift. She knows that this woman is not her sister, so of course she would use any excuse (a Black running off with a muggle-born) to stay as far away from her as possible. And Andromeda mutually kept the secret, maintaining her own distance from the entire Black family for fear of being discovered. Both of them had damning information on the other and had to keep silent in order to protect themselves. It's mind-bending and insane and also totally, totally makes sense.
That is. Wow.
Spectacularly written! The plot was very intense, mysteries thickening with each section, and the language and descriptions you used were very vivid. Narcissa was determined and ruthless, and it becomes evident by the end that Poppy was, too. But Poppy did learn from the best. So dark and twisted; loved it!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for agreeing to swap with me, Sarah! I'm so sorry for the delay in responding to this review and I hope you can forgive me! ♥
Haha, I'm glad that the ending was great! I was very concerned that it was too subtle when I first posted it, so it's fabulous that you loved this one-shot! Yes - Poppy literally replaced Andromeda in life XD
I quite like Poppy's deceptiveness, and as soon as the idea came to me I was just /so/ thrilled with the idea of the Poppy/Narcissa rivalry - because you know, even if Poppy hadn't stolen Andromeda's life and revealed what Narcissa did, there wouldn't be any guarantee that Narcissa wouldn't try again, like she did in the forest the second time around. Although I do agree with you - Poppy's insanity /is/ extreme, in that she actually plays along with Ted and lets him think she's Andromeda for the next thirty years of their lives.
Thank you so much! I'm really glad that you loved this one-shot, and your review was fabulous to read! ♥