Really, Really enjoyed reading this chapter. It was so easy, and everything flowed really well. Love your descriptions and the way you portray Malfoy. It reminds me of his reluctance to dob in Harry when Bellatrix was questioning him. JKR had portrayed that doubt subtly and so have you in this short first chapter.
I have no idea who Astoria is, or if she is canon, but have seen her name around in several ships so I assume she is canon. Because of that, I have no idea when this would be set with Draco, so I looked at the years - the Prologue amd them the start of the chapter.
I really really appreciated that time difference from doing that, and (although I dont know what date corresponds to which year with HP,) presume this is Malfoy's first year as a Death Eater, before he kills Dumbledore?
That is the Malfoy then who cries in Moaning Myrtles bathroom too. No wonder he looks tired and reluctant. I almost get the impression he may even be looking for a sympathiser, someone else who is forced into doing things they aren't quite sure they believe in.
Almost, but not quite. i think he will still carry out his role.
Anyway, loved it, and am going to stop reviewing, cause I have nothing constructive to say, just general gushing. Besides, I want to read the next chapter!
Author's Response: Hi! Thank you so much for your thoughtful review.
Astoria is cannon, but she's from the epilogue, or maybe from interviews with J.K. **Spoilers ahead:
Astoria Greengrass marries Draco and becomes Astoria Malfoy, Scorpius' mother--you've almost certainly read DH, but just in case. I'd hate to ruin the experience for anyone!
You're really close with the date! It's actually a year after, during Deathly Hallows. Specifically, during Easter Break, a few days before the snatchers catch Harry, Hermione, and Ron and take them to Malfoy Manor.
Heehee, I like hearing your guesses about Draco will do. Who knows? He's a complicated character. It'll be interesting, I hope, whatever he does.
Thank you so much for leaving such a kind, thoughtful review!
P.S. Anthea is a fascinating name. You don't hear it much, and I'm a total names geek, so I couldn't resist commenting on it--it's really nice!