And so it has begun... I'm turning into hungry follower of Academica. Are you sure, you're not building an army of readers? I can sense some dark magic in those stories of yours ;)
You know what? It seems we only read about the times when the world was a "man's world", but honestly it still is. They still tend to put us on displays and make sure we're not overwhelmed, yet the make everything harder and we have to be strong.
Anyway... :) I like those little "flaws" you've put in Andromeda. You're not praising her nor make her perfect. Her portrayal is more realistic, because you described her not only as gentle and pure-hearted, but also with some distinctive Black traits. After all she was raised in the Black family. You managed to describe it softly, with those few ordinary things - like she couldn't wash the dishes and had to learn it. But there's something more. Something that Andromeda herself does not notice. She has more of a Black vibe, than she think. More than we ever thought.
She may not be the same as her sisters, but the bitter chord plays well.
As I think of it now, every Black had it. Narcissa, Bellatrix, Regulus, even Sirius (I would dare to say he had the most crisp bitterness).
Andromeda tries to think of the good that happened to her, of the love, of the importance. It seems she never wanted to pley the main role in the Order, she's fine with the background. But with every though, with every word I felt more bitterness. When her daughter was born, when Teddy was born, when the war ended. Yes, she has every right to feel pain as she lost her family, but it's like the inherited bitterness sneaks into every part of her life. And it amazes me, because I've never imagined Andromeda as such. I thought of her as another Tonks. Giving her the strong Black vibe is not making her less interesting, to the contrary.
You showed that despite our best efforts and wishes not to become like our rotten family, we always inherit something...
Author's Response: Finally caught up! Hooray!
I'm sure it must have been difficult for Andromeda to adjust despite feeling like she made the right decision by leaving her family in her past. She must have felt like she had to depend on Ted a little, perhaps more than she was comfortable with, and so I imagined her putting herself into whatever roles she was given as she tried to find a place in her new world, a world which she'd always been warned against because of her family's beliefs.
I do think you're right that none of the Black family members seemed to be truly happy.
I definitely see Andromeda as a darker person than Tonks. Tonks, despite being raised during wartime, is a generation removed from the difficulty of growing up in the Black family. She's been raised with better values. I'm sure Andromeda would feel a little jealous of that.
Thanks for your very kind review! I look forward to hearing more from you as you continue looking to see what else of mine you like :)