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Review:academica says:
Hey Jami, thanks for the swap!

Wow, this was really powerful! A lot of people use house elves in their stories without really giving the elves much of a personality or a personal history. It was neat to watch the scene unfold from Tully's perspective, even if what transpired was not particularly pleasant. I especially liked how you weren't afraid to really explore her emotions and give her a sense of humanity. Her story reminds me a little of Kreacher or Dobby in the sense that they were commanded to do awful things to themselves and others in the service of their masters. As sad as it is to admit, I'm sure a lot of other house elves could empathize with Tully. On the other hand, it was nice to see her becoming somewhat attached to Rodolphus and then falling away from that as he grew older and more cruel.

It was nice how you tied canon events into this, like the slaughter of the Bones family (which I seem to recall from Before They Fall also). I wonder if this would have been one of Sirius & James's first missions as members of the Order.

Oh, and the ending--I really liked that, too. It's good that Tully's last thought was a happy one, and it shows that she was truly brave until the end.

Great one-shot! Very creative :)

-Amanda

Author's Response: Hi Amanda, and thank you!

I wanted to focus on something that isn't looked at as often for war-horror type of challenges. We know all the regulars: James and Lily being murdered, Frank and Alice being tortured to death, so I wanted to try something different. The idea of having to be part of the war without wanting to, but having literally no power to stop yourself, was something that interest me.

I'm so happy that you liked the scenes from Tully's perspective. And you're so right, I've tied in some canon and btf canon into here :P. BTF was the first attempted attack on them, and then this one shot ties into it's sequel. Only there's a bit more after this in the sequel that makes it not so happy :(.

I was worried I'd made the ending too much. But where was she going to go from there? She can't just disobey and leave any more than the Lestrange's would let a disobedient elf in their home. I'm really, really relieved you liked it, because I have been a bit worried.

Thank you so much for the lovely review ♥! And for all the awesome swaps!!


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