I was so thrilled when I noticed that you have written a piece on Lucius, and even more so because it concerns a part that was missing from the books. I did wonder what happened in Azkaban and how Lucius, being the person who he is, dealt with it. What we were able to see, was the result of his rather short stay, and the great impact it had on his behaviour and attitudes.
As for the story, I absolutely loved it. You smoothly went through his last self-preservance barriers, his hopes, denials, and touched on the human part of him - undoubtedly, his affection towards his family. I have always admired their integrity when it comes to family values, despite their involvement with Voldemort, they still tried to go through this together. You captured it very well.
I also like it that exactly this affection was the last straw that broke him - in his nightmare, the Dementor picked up on his last defense and turned it into a horror. After this, he succumbed finally to the terror that he tried so much to overcome. All in all, it was a very powerful ending, and you made it sound so finite - the last two sentences gave me the chills.
Thank you for sharing your story with us!
Author's Response: IKA! I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU HERE! :D And yes, it's taken me almost a month to reply to this, but life's been very hectic around here lately :( And it's only going to get worse from now on for a month or two :(
It really makes me all warm and fuzzy inside that you enjoyed this little one shot. Missing moments are one of my favourite things to write from the books, and I must admit that being in Lucius' head has given me a lot more insight into his character than I had until now. It's forced me to imagine how he felt there, in prison, knowing that he was so close to the terrible Dementors. I had to think like him, feel like him, see everything he saw, and suffer everything he suffered. And it wasn't a nice moment. Breaking him down was not as fun as I'd expected. I thought I'd be more satisfied because this was payback, yeah? This was the moment he'd finally pay for everything he did. Well, it only left a sour taste in my mouth.
I couldn't think of a stronger image of a happy moment than his family. It had to be them to be the last to go. Despite having conspired with Voldemort and being involved in all those horrible things he did, his family was sacred to him. I think the ultimate punishment for Lucius was seeing his loved Narcissa change into a Dementor, even if it was just a dream. Nothing could destabilize him more than that.
Thanks a million for dropping by and reading this. You're a sweetheart!