Hahaha I just read one of your review responses, you were right about Jilly being my favourite paring ;D
Wow you managed to make a character have a bath! Like I said in the last review they seem to lose their pets and you made them have them, you did the same thing with them having a bath! That never happens, and I think it must be the first time Iíve seen someone have one! I liked how you drew upon how much Bellatrix liked to be in control. I always thought she seemed like that, and it was interesting to see how much she thought she put into perfecting that. It was also relevant in the how way she talked about controlling the blood status of the pupils of Hogwarts, so it was nice to see how it all tied in together.
I thought Lily was going to be the adventurous one then, and she was going to sneak off and visit James, but then Sirius come knocking, that was a surprise. It did seem out of character for Sirius to be up early, but with the whole thing with Belle, it was no wonder he would be up early worrying about it. I always thought that Lily and Remus were alike too; I guess you always need that wise all-knowing friend.
Even though it obviously wasnít nice for Peter, I liked how you made his parents be divorced and for his dad to be not particularly nice. His actions make more sense that way, if there was always that feeling of insecurity, then he would go to Voldemort because that would be secure, as he would get protection no matter how the war ended. Even though it was an awful thing to do, it makes more sense when you add a backstory to it, so it was great that you did.
I see what you mean about Aliceís being the middle ground between the Potters and the Blacks. I thought it was really sweet that Alice cared about how much work the house elf did, as that just seemed so like her, and that she would go out of her way to help others. Then the way her mother and father reacted! Even though I was shocked by the cheeky Alice like Belle was, I rather liked the change, as it showed how she was brave enough to argue with her.
I really liked that little scene with James and his parents, I agree with Lily you could really see how much they cared for him, and how they wanted him to be safe. I thought it was nice that they were respecting Petunia enough to come by muggle transport and wear muggle attire. Even though she hasnít treated them well, you could see that they still wanted to please her, and make her day special.
I liked that scene with Alice and Belle. We havenít seen them interact with one another that much, but this scene was really touching. Belle was so unlike herself with her wondering whether she was doing the right thing, but I suppose thatís only natural. At least Alice was there to pick her up again, and encourage her along. I liked Belleís reflective thoughts about Alice and Lily, it was nice to see how they became friends, and how much she appreciated it, and the added bonus of getting to know Sirius ;D
Ooh that was an excellent chapter, and I canít wait to see how Belle deals with it all!
Author's Response: Hehe I love finding people who love JamesLily as much as I do ♥
I think I'm sort of stuck on bathrooms scenes with Bellatrix. A while back there was that one where she scratched down the mirror, and then yeah she ended up in the bath in this one :P. While I was writing it I remember thinking something along the lines of, 'is it okay if a characters taking a bath?' because it felt so uncommon haha. But it just worked so perfectly to set her up for the sort of tests to measure her own control. Poor crazy Bella.
I love your thoughts on Peter. I always planned to make his character an involved one, but didn't hash out his back story too much so I always enjoy when little things about him manage to slip themselves in here. I'm really excited, even if neither of us will ever forgive him, it makes you feel a bit more sympathetic toward him ♥
I really had fun writing cheeky Alice! I don't want to make her character seem too constantly sweet, because she's tough enough to become an auror, and this was the perfect spot to show that, when it comes to things she believe in (like fair treatment of elves) she's not going to just hold her tongue.
Thank you so much for another absolutely amazing review, Kiana ♥ I hope you're holiday is amazing so far!!