|Review:||nott theodore says:|
Hi darling! Every time I read a chapter of this story, I'm reminded how much I enjoy your writing and the characters you've created here.
I'm giving myself another congratulatory pat on the back for guessing that Ginny gave Tor Andromeda's name, since the two of them have a lot in common and their situations are very similar. Really, she's one of the only people who could empathise with what she's going through, and it would be good to see her in other chapters, still helping Tor in the future. I think Andromeda's reply to her letter helped bring home how difficult and dangerous this situation is for Tor, and what a difficult choice she may one day have to make. I'm kind of hoping that point will be far in the future, but even so, that won't make it any easier for her.
I loved the fact that the letter she wrote to Andromeda revealed that Tor is actually starting to notice the changes in herself, and even suggests that she's liking the person that she's now becoming and is beginning to embrace her - in secret, or in Terry's company, of course. She's becoming a lot more open-minded and interacting not only with people like Ginny and Terry, but also beginning to notice Muggles and their families a lot more. It's like her eyes have finally been opened to the fact that Muggles aren't the animals she's always been encouraged to believe they are, but are actually very similar to witches and wizards.
I find it a little surprising that Tor didn't recognise the name of Andromeda Tonks. I would have thought that her name would be broadcast among pureblood families as a perfect example of what their daughters shouldn't do, and that perhaps people like Yaxley would enjoy the fact that he had no familial connections to a blood traitor like the Blacks did. Although at the same time, the story could be hidden from them so that it seems impossible for them to escape the cycle.
The interaction between Malfoy and Tor was great to see, although their attitudes and behaviour are going to have to change a lot before they can end up (hopefully) happily married. It was interesting to see that Tor was able to note the changes in his appearance, since he's suffering the stress from the task he's been given. The casual remark about how similar he looks to Theo definitely makes me think that Theo is somehow getting involved in the Death Eaters. I wish they weren't all getting to that point so soon, trying to grow up too fast and only realising when it's too late that they can't back out now. I'm also a little worried about Tor - when Malfoy subtly hinted he might need help, her answer was rather ambiguous. I hope she doesn't end up getting involved in trying to find a way to get Death Eaters into the castle...
As for the Notts, I'm worried about them as well. I've already mentioned my suspicions about what Theo is getting up to, but I'm not entirely sure about Pyxis either. It was sweet of him to buy Lancelot for Tor, though - and I hope he and Guinevere become friends, rather than poor Lancelot becoming a snack!
The bit with the policeman was so funny. Of course Pyxis would have no idea that he shouldn't be carrying around massive bags of drugs! It made me laugh that the two underage characters were quicker to see a solution than the adult wizard. I want Pyxis to stop smoking drugs, but I am glad they got away.
This book seems very interesting! I'm wondering if, without knowing it, Yaxley has just handed his daughter a way to become more proficient at hiding her relationship with Terry? Hmm, I can only suppose that he wants Tor to protect her mind from Voldemort, but I hope her talents help her in the future.
As for the ending, that was very chilling and effective. I'm reading on straight away!
Author's Response: Hello! :) Ah, I'm almost caught up with your amazing reviews! And then I guess I should work on the next chapter of my poor neglected story! :P
Okay, so this review is so long and thoughtful it's incredible, and very appreciated. I love hearing your thoughts and ideas, and it's so helpful to get this feedback on each chapter. You're basically the best, okay? :)
Haha you were very clever to think of Andromeda! It's true, they do have a lot in common and Tor's situation mirrors Andy's in a way, even if we don't know much about the former. I'm glad Andromeda's reply seemed to give more insight into how Tor is changing, and how difficult her situation truly is. I think you're right about Tor being more open-minded and how it's beginning to come out even if she doesn't always fully acknowledge it. Yes, she is more perceptive to Muggles and caring to understand things about them, and not only through Terry's eyes but on her own accord as well.
Hmm, I'm not sure if Tor would know the name! One thing which confuses me about the wizarding world and which is a bit unclear is how large the pureblood community actually is. She might have heard of the Blacks - actually, her yearmate Phin is related to them - but the Tonks part might not ring a bell. However, her parents definitely know about Andromeda, and might have some opinions on Tor corresponding with her... :P
I'm glad you liked seeing more of Malfoy! I quite enjoy writing him and Tor's general annoyance towards him. It's so awful how these kids are getting involved but for some of them maybe it's the wake up call they need to see that the pureblood outlook isn't as wonderful as it seems, especially when they go from leaving comfortable, pampered lives to being Voldy's tortured minions. I wonder if Malfoy would have helped Harry and changed after the war if he hadn't suffered under Voldy's regime? Okay, tangent. But yes, it would make sense from Malfoy's perspective for Tor to get involved, but she might not see it that way!
The Notts are in quite deep as well and you do well to worry about them! I'm glad you thought Pyxis and Lancelot were sweet as well, it was a spontaneous addition, maybe since I love the idea of a Pygmy Puff! They just sound so cute!
Haha I'm glad you enjoyed the scene with the policeman, it just showed how useless these sheltered kids are in the Muggle world. And yes, Tor and Pyxis are true Slytherins in their cunning ways! And being arrested would be quite difficult to explain.
Interesting prediction about the book! :) And you're right to wonder about her skill of mind control, and the effects it will have.
Thank you for this amazing review again, I really can't express how much they mean to me! :) I hope to update soon!