Hi! I was so happy to see you updated this story, and such a lovely and intriguing chapter as well!
I really like the characterization of Eileen so far. She's so unusual, especially for fan fiction: she seems so practical, sincere and almost painfully down-to-earth. She's also secretive, but I feel like it's not for selfish reasons, but to protect those she loves. She's very resigned to what she has and to this mysterious family curse. I also really enjoyed the physical descriptions: how she's taller than some men, like Fabian, and how she considers herself plain but with pretty eyes. It's all very realistic, and the regularity of her life and her career makes her all the more likeable and believable.
There's so many interesting little details that you've put in here: her vault is one of the oldest in Gringotts, but she's had to amass her own small fortune and has only a few heirlooms. Also, I loved how she used Muffliato, proving that she's more than a dull girl but is actually very intelligent and creative, though she doesn't flaunt it. I really love her already, and knowing how she probably doesn't end up with such a great life already makes me sad, because I want her to have a wonderful one! :(
It's also very interesting how you've described this wizarding world of two generations before Harry. Seeing Fabian was such a great touch, especially how I got the sense that Eileen might carry a small flame for him. One thing, though: I thought that it was spelt Prewett? But of course, you can spell it however you like! :) I love the contrasts between Eileen's friends, who have babies and very domestic existences, in comparison with Eileen, who is alone and has built up a successful business on her own skill and merit. That's amazing, really!
Also, now that I've figured out she's a seamstress the title of the story fits so beautifully! But I feel like there's more to it, like Eileen and the Princes may break at the seams. And then seams are boundaries too, aren't they? Like boundaries between generations? Or between certain individuals and the outside world? So many possibilities for symbolism!! :P
I can't wait to read the next chapter, and to see if you'll go back to the Prince family's past or focus on Eileen as a character. Either way, I'm sure I'll love it! :)
Author's Response: Hi darling! You know you are so wonderful that I can't even handle it! I thought I'd cry when I saw your review! (Speaking of updating, I'm going to do that as regularly as possible!).
Yay! You like Eileen. I adore her so much and knew that I could basically take her any way that I wanted. She could be whoever I characterized her to be because we know so little. It's fabulous, really. I'm so glad you think it's realistic. I'm a oneshot writer for the most part and this novel is really pushing my boundaries as a writer. Like really. I want my characters to shine, to be realistic, to connect with the audience (in essence, characters like JKR writes them!).
I do love the little details - I also love a perceptive reader who picks up on them! You noticed that she used Muffiliato! That makes me giddy, it really does. I think it's nice to believe that Severus could have possibly learned the spell from his mother and like you say, she is intelligent. She's so many things, like any human, and I want her to be an unforgettable character!
I've done so much research to try to emulate the world at this time - thank you for noticing! Ah, love Fabian. Love him. Oh, I spelled it wrong! Thanks for picking up on that! And yes, the contrasts. I believe in strong female characters, no matter the capacity they serve, mother or businesswoman. I think it's important.
You are so blasted perceptive, already figuring out part of the symbolism of the seams! It makes me all happy!
Thank you so much for the WONDERFUL review! I appreciate it so much and am so happy that you like my story so far! :)