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Review:marauderfan says:
Oh wow. This was really incredible. I loved that you wrote it from the POV of a house-elf, because they have a very innocent quality to them, and it highlights the fact that in the wizarding wars the innocents were just as much of a target for the DE's as were the Aurors. I think Tully had such a unique perspective as well, being the property of the Lestranges and able to see all the destruction but literally able to do nothing about it.

I think the way you portrayed James and Sirius, in prison but still joking about not taking out the rubbish was a nice touch. They are clearly terrified but aren't showing it, are just trying to make the best of their terrible situation locked behind bars awaiting their death. It was very true to character.

Poor Tully. I can't say I was surprised at how it ended, given the theme of death that permeates the whole story, and the lines in the beginning about death being better than serving the Lestranges. But it still had a (rather small) element of hope at the end - what she's going to is better than where she is, as she had indicated earlier, and she doesn't have to watch any more children die.

This was a very well-written, chilling story. I think you did such a great job with it. Good luck in the challenge!

Author's Response: Hi there, marauderfan! I love your penname!

I'm so happy you liked reading this from the eyes of a house-elf! I wanted to write it through someone who wasn't really involved/committed to either side. At first I thought of a child, but that didn't work, so Tully seemed to fit really nicely!

I was sort of sneaky in this. James and Sirius go through this entire thing, at least they're destined too in a book outline, in a sequel I'll be working on soon to my Marauders era novel. Getting to write the scene through Tully, knowing I'll eventually get to write it again through Sirius or James's perspective, was so much fun. I love writing anything where those two are concerned, and of course we couldn't let being in prison damper their mood :P!

I sort of had a hope she'd end up surviving too. I wasn't sure how this would end when I started, which is odd since I usually plan that out, and this seemed like the only real ending. Like you said, she doesn't have to watch any more children die. She's finally free.

Thank you so, so much for all your amazing compliments on the story! I was pretty unsure about it when I first posted it, so I'm really relieved you like it!

Thanks for an awesome swap ♥ Jami


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