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Review:ValWitch21 says:
I'm here! Before anything else, I'm so glad I swapped with you because it's been ages since I read one of your one-shots.

The way you described Andromeda's childhood made me so sad. I'm not the middle child, but something in the way she views herself as the calm center, while at the same time passing unseen by all really rang a bell.

Then there's her perception of Tonks' birth, that turned me into a ball of feels. Most stories present motherhood as a beacon of light that is the climax of a woman's life, and you steered clearly away from this. It's not that Andromeda doesn't love her daughter, but there's something very bitter about the view she has of herself as a mother and a wife that, to a point, I found almost chilling.

What I love about this is that Andromeda is a strange mixture of defeat and stoicism. On one hand, she's a very strong character, holding on to what she has even though her world is slowly crumbling; but on the other hand she comes across as quite resentful (although maybe that's just me?), with nothing left to fight for. Ugh, and here I am fangirling again over the duality of your characters.

This line was particularly lovely: I carved a place out for myself and there I am content to exist, to breathe, to go about my small and simple life until the day that it ends.

It's so sad and at the same time so perfect and I just can't.

Amazing work, as always!

Author's Response: Hey Val! (By the way, I dropped some questions in your TGS MTA, in case you hadn't noticed. Enjoy them!)

I imagine that a major apex in the life of a pureblood woman would be the birth of her first child. Unlike Narcissa, Andromeda doesn't have to figure out a proper match for her daughter or worry about who she makes friends with or what House she winds up in. It would probably seem pretty easy to her without all of that baggage, except that she's responsible for all the normal, messy bits of child-rearing as well. I think it would have been a scary but really instructive time for her, and hopefully one she learned to love.

She's not quite resentful, I'd say--more like my perception of Moody in "Descent into Madness", where she doesn't know what to do without her usual setting. I do think you're spot on about her trying to hold to her inner strength as her world crumbles around her, her roles falling away little by little over time.

Thanks! I like that line, too :)

Thank you for your awesome review!

-Amanda


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