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Review:Haronione says:
I really enjoyed this first chapter :) Lately I have developed a great fondness for fics that focus on the relationship between Sirius and Regulus, and I think I'm going to love this one :)

I loved the opening of this chapter. I've never really imagined the Black family having more than 1 house-elf, but it does actually make sense that they do, it really fits with the family. I loved how you had kreacher being the head elf here. And introducing the family and the story through these elves was fantastic, it gave the reader a real sense of the superiority of the family.

Speaking of the family, I really liked your portrayal of the Black family and the dynamics of it. Your characterisation of each family member was, in my opinion, fantastic. All too often in fanfic, Walburga and Orion Black are overly cruel to Sirius. I loved that you have them being more indifferent than cruel towards Sirius, and how they treat Regulus so differently to Sirius. I also really loved that you haven't started the story with Regulus and Sirius completely hating each other like so many fics do.

I really enjoyed this chapter. The descriptions were great and you really set the scene well. The little details you add in to the descriptions and actions make it a really interesting and enjoyable read :-)

All in all, I loved this and look forward to reading more :)

Haronione ♥

Author's Response: Walburga seems like the kind of woman who wouldn't think of lifting a finger to do housework herself--unless, of course, everyone else seemed incompetent compared to her :) So yeah, I thought a team of elves would be more appropriate, with Kreacher at the head. I'm glad you liked beginning the story from their point of view.

My thought is that a powerful, well-known family like the Blacks would be disgraced if allegations of abuse ever leaked out to the media. I much preferred this version where there's more of a cold war between Sirius and his parents--plus, it's more ToS friendly :) Regulus, though, still holds out some hope that he and his brother will reconcile. I suppose you'll have to read on to see if it happens.

Thanks for your lovely review!

-Amanda


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