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Review:Female_Warrior says:
This story was absolutely heartbreaking, but I mean that in the best possible way.

The depth of Narcissa's emotion is really something else. She understands and internalizes the whole concept and scope of the war, which not only fits perfectly with the reference to Les Miserables, but serves to make the all-consuming nature of her grief seem almost altruistic, and quite permanent.

I loved the dynamics of the family as Narcissa revisited them, they were all believable and they took a bit of the focus on despair away from the literal deaths. This is how I have always pictured the Black parents dealing with the "treachery" of Sirius and Andromeda as well - I feel like it would have come close to destroying them. Their lives would never have been the same after that, because none of them could accept what had happened.

Your imagery and metaphors are beautiful, and I have to say that they are the reason felt like I should tell you how much I loved this story. Regulus going from a prince to a butterfly with black-stained wings... excellent.

Cheers, and keep writing!

Author's Response: Oh wow, thank you so so much! :) That's just so amazing to hear (er... not in a bad way :D), so thank you! :)

I'm so glad you like Narcissa - this story just sort of hit me after I watched the film, so it wasn't really planned to be her. It is sort of altruistic, in that she's not mourning for her loss, she's mourning for their loss, if that makes sense?

Omigosh that is practically identical to my head canon! :D I love finding people who see it similarly to me, because it's such a huge part of my head canon. And I kinda wanted to focus on losses other than deaths - things which were still permanent in her eyes, because those things hurt just as much, you know?

Gah, thank you so so much for the review and all the wonderful compliments - it really, really made my day and was such a lovely surprise, so thank you! :)

Aph xx


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