Hoo boy, what a chapter.
I love that nothing is truly at ease in this chapter. There are tensions everywhere and sooner or later someone is going to snap. This business about the will still bothers me though, while Pollux and Orion are trying to keep the family together, it's already falling to pieces, bit by bit. Perhaps they should focus on why Cygnus changed things instead of trying to change it back.
And can I just say, I don't trust Regulus or Barty so much at the moment. I can't quite tell you why, but I have a feeling.
Bella's reaction to things is always interesting to read about. She's very casual about her father's death, or death in general. I suppose that's just the person she's become.
As for Walburga, well, she's just as unpleasant as JKR said she was. Well done. I would've given anything for her to not talk at all. You haven't written her as a complete fascist, but the little things she says is enough to remind me of the type of woman she really is.
And holy crap...Druella's gone! That is going to blow things up so much more now. Wow. Whoever set this in motion must have really known what they were doing, and I suspect more death to follow soon. Maybe it would be old Pollux Black (again, this is another feeling I have, though I think he's a formidable character too).
There's one thing I wanted to point out to you here: "...Narcissa murmurs softly, not looking up from her book." I thought she was doing embroidery?
Another great chapter,
Author's Response: Hey there - thanks so much for stopping by! :) I always look forward to your reviews so much!
Yeah, things are pretty tense, and they're not really going to get much better any time soon ;) Pollux and Orion are kinda fighting a losing battle, but they'll stubbornly keep fighting... ah, about the will, interesting idea, but... hm... it's kind of a difficult situation - hold onto that thought, though! :)
Haha, yeah they're not very trustworthy... Barty is very creepy, lol.
Bella's going mad. Nuff said, methinks ;) She's very unconcerned by most things, and her main interests are not here. She's so much fun to write, though, because she just doesn't care!
God, I hate Walburga as a character... I mean, she's just so horrible to everyone! Except Regulus. She adores him. There's not much scope in this to really explore that side of her character, because they're all purebloods here, unfortunately, so I'm so glad you thought she was just as horrible as she is in the books!
Mahaha, yeah Druella's gone! Things will start kicking off shortly, probably, but it's definitely not going to help things. Pollux is very definitely formidable - everyone obeys him, well, nearly everyone - but I can't say anything for fear of spoiling it ;) Maybe, maybe not...
O.o Really?! Oh no! Thank you so much for pointing that out to me! I thought I'd got them all... thanks! :)
Thank you so much for this review - I honestly look forward to them so much whenever I post a new chapter! Thank you! :)