Again I must say I like how you describe the interaction within their family. They seem as close as all Weasley's were in the books. And it seems effortless.
And I can just see Fleur sitting there. Crying over the troubles of her daughter. Loving her children in a way that rivals Molly's love. I like that.
And Victoire telling Dom that there is a choice, when Dom sees none. That kind of almost naive hope a sister or really close friend can have for a person. Hope for a different future. I like it.
And I like the motherly idea that the bad news should come in moderation and not all at once.
And Dom trying to stay strong for her family. Accepting their good intentions, despite what she might or might not have wanted. It shows a strong character. One with flaws of her own but a good heart. A likeable character.
Even her resentment towards her sister's bright future does not take anything away form that.
But oh my poor Teddy. Again she pushes him away. It would be much easier for her own mental health to simply speak to the man haha. Then again, I probably wouldn't if I had been here. So it's realistic, but I just feel for him.
I love how he stood his ground this time, even if it was out of character for him. It might not have been what she wanted, but perhaps what she needed.
Oh and a nice reference to something that has changed over the years. Using portkeys as a quick way of communicating now.
I like the suspense you added this chapter. She is finally thinking of what happened. Not merely all that had followed it, but the actual moment where she was bitten.
And I wondered why anyone would want to harm another being like that. What was her boss going to gain from this? Surely there is the personal experience that she now has when writing about werewolves. But is that reason enough? She could have gotten another werewolf for that.
Is it her popularity? Did that threaten her boss? Again it seems that there would be easier ways of taking care of that. This is just cruel.
Now this is something I can (over)think about until the next chapter. I blame my love for detectives and other crime stories. I always look for something extra, a deeper hidden meaning behind things. On the one hand to humanize the perpetrator or simply to try and understand it. Pure cruelty exists, but I just can't understand it haha.
Author's Response: Hey! Thanks a ton for reading and reviewing my story so sincerely! My apologies for the super late responses.
I am glad you enjoyed the interaction with the family, especially Fleur's reaction as I was quite uncertain while writing her. I have an elder sister too and she always wants (and hopes for) the best for me, thus how I wrote Victoire's almost childish fantasy that everything should one day be okay for her sister.
I am pleased you find Dom a likeable character despite her flaws. I wanted to show her as someone human who has faults, and yet not take away the appeal (if that is the right word) that she has for my readers.
Also, I love how you catch on to and point out the little details I mention in the story, like Dom's resentment towards Vic's brighter future. I love weaving them in and it is great to see readers noticing and highlighting them. Thank you.
Aha yes indeed it would be so much better if she just spoke to Teddy, but that's not Dom. She is a Ravenclaw and an over-thinker, and has to complicate matters xP I am glad you feel for Teddy, and liked how he stood his ground.
I figured things would change over the years and I try to incorporate some of my head-canons in my stories, thus the portkey thing. Glad you liked it.
I am happy you enjoyed the suspense, if it can be called that, haha. Yes, Dom has been overwhelmed with all that has been happening with her, but now that she has time to think, she did a lot of reflection. As for Delilah Jones' motive, you'll have to read on for that ;) I understand what you mean about pure cruelty, I can't stomach it either, haha. I believe there's always a deeper emotion, some trigger, associated with the hatred from which the cruelty stems from. So her true motives will definitely be revealed sooner or later.
Thanks so much for such a thoughtful review.