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Review:Jchrissy says:
Sian, you're going to need to get to writing. Because I just realize this is one of the only two stories of yours that I have left to review. So, go on. Type away! :P

I was worried about how this would end because of the summary. I know this is terrible, but I don't remember what happens to quite a few Hogwarts era minor characters. I've spent too long stuck in the Marauders era that I tend to forget about the not so major ones in this, and so I wasn't sure if Padma makes it through everything alive or not.

The first part of the story I was convinced she'd come in contact with a creature or something. I loved that you set up the eerie feeling, and then it was really her who went running into the danger. The fact that nothing came at her and she ventured upon Draco was even creeper. And what he was building! wow. I honestly wondered at first if an Iron Maiden was something different there, then when you started described it I got a chill.

Too many people show a softer side a Draco, that giving us the boy who doesn't care about anything but saving his own skin was so incredibly refreshing. He felt like Draco. not like someone who's gone through some huge reform, who realized he's in deep and is sad and scared of the Dark Lord now. He felt like the arrogant boy who could care less about others, and that balanced P's attitude perfectly. The fact that she didn't even realize at first how much danger she was in set up such a tense moment of 'uh oh.'

I loved the details you focused on about the fluxweed and what they were going to do with the potion. You really have a talent for taking these tiny little moments, twisting canon fax in there, and making them into really awesome, addicting one shots.

This was an awesome story. It was creepy, intense, and in the end I found myself wanting to cheer for her. Really great story, Sian!

Author's Response: Jami! You're spoiling me so much with all these lovely reviews!

I wanted the summary to be ambiguous so that people would be guessing up until the end what would happen, so it's good that works!

Haha I kind of wanted people not to know what to expect from this while Padma's going into the forest, so I'm glad you thought it might be a creature at first.

Shall I let you into a secret? I didn't know what an Iron Maiden was before this challenge, and when I found out I was so tempted to twist the prompts around and stick the band in there instead somehow! :P It's horrible, so I'm glad you got chills about it! But I thought it fit with what we know of the Carrows as well, since they don't care how they keep control as long as they have it.

Draco was actually really hard for me to write; there are so many different versions of him in FF and it was hard to settle on how I wanted to portray him. I think at this point while he is scared, saving his own skin is still more important to him than anything else, and we see that through the Battle at the end of the last book. Haha I wanted to cheer for Padma too!

Thank you so much for this amazing review, Jami!

Sian :)


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