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Review:Jchrissy says:
This is so bittersweet. I really liked the fact that Andromeda seemed content with her life in her own way, not always trying to reach for more and shrinking away when more did come. But the fact that she didn't understand what a monumental part she played, raising Teddy, being one of the few people trying to fight Voldemort...

It felt like part of her was still almost sad about giving up her old life. Or sad that she realized it wasn't what she wanted, because it was what she'd been most prepared for.

I see women with adult children (my future MiL for example) that fell into this trap. The trap of just being a mother and having nothing to do, or feeling like they have no purpose so often, and I LOVED how you tangled those emotions in there while keeping solid her mentality that she didn't want more. She just wanted to blend in the shadows.

The part where she compares herself to her sisters (and I really think when she thought about the oldest falling in love she was referring to Voldemort and not Rodolphus)! and does a bit of analyzing was one of my favorite.

First person was perfect for this. I still am so jealous when I read a first person PoV and it's pulled of seamlessly. In my opinion, it's such a hard writing style to really master. It's so much more challenging to slip in details, emotions, when you're looking out from the character's eyes.

This one shot made me want to hug Andromeda and tell her to buck up and realize how important she is all at once, haha!

Awesome story, Amanda! Thanks for another awesome exchange ♥!

Author's Response: You're so welcome, Jami :)

Yeah, I thought of Andromeda as really struggling with being pulled out of her old life and the path she had been confident in prior to her teen years. She might have felt like her skills were relatively useless compared to the more confident natures of Molly or Minerva. At the same time, though, we know that she played an important role even if she wasn't really in the spotlight in the canon series.

Unlike Sirius, we don't know that Andromeda fell into a new group of friends after being separated from her family, and it would probably be tough to figure out her new world and develop a new identity all on her own.

I actually was thinking about Voldemort rather than Rodolphus when I wrote that line about Bellatrix, too, so you're spot on there :)

I don't know, for me sometimes first person just feels right. A story just really wants to come out directly in my voice rather than from me as a narrator. It actually seems like this happens more with female-centric one-shots, actually, so maybe these pieces are more expressive of facets of myself. Who knows? I just go with what my muse says :)

Thanks for your lovely review!

-Amanda


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