What a moving last chapter this was -- it managed to reduce me to tears several times -- and the way you described the way they had to bereave over Belle was just truly touching. My favourite quote of all was: "It was time to walk into the next phase of his life. But no matter how long he lived, he would never get over Belle." That really got me sobbing, as it basically sums up every person's emotion beautifully after they've lost someone close. That quote had such an impact, as well, because they're all so young. Too young to be dealing with massacre, and Belle was way too young to die, and they were all too young have to be put through all of that.
Adeline was such an interesting character to meet, and I think the bitterness that she had perfectly matched what someone in her position would feel, and there were certain aspects like the fact she wanted them to use the mansion for a portkey and stuff, that kind of determination and generosity that Belle had, and I guess it really showed the Belle side of her. I also love the fact that you added that Lily could understand the complexity of sisters -- because of course, Lily and Belle both had tricky sisters. That was lovely, and it really gave the story a touch of beauty in such a dull and dark thing to describe. I don't know, it just helped balance out the mood a bit. Sorry, I'm probably not making sense!
The fact that her parents won't even see her funeral is infuriating -- that got me seething, and you wrote it so believably, because it's quite easy to be quite fake and melodramatic about that kind of thing -- and I think Sirius for once acted accordingly!
The sense of unity and closeness was really nice through out this chapter, it lightened the chapter a bit, and set the story at a calmer end. It reminded me of the end of the Half-Blood Prince; Ron, Hermione and Harry all stronger, wiser, and closer from Dumbledore's death. I feel like they've come out as wise adults -- not late teens or young adults! The last bit had an awesome tone to it -- you managed to get a good mixture of solemness, hope and grim determination. The last words were a brilliant end to the story, even if they weren't "will you marry me?"
I'm afraid I might go a bit blubbery now. It's been an absolute pleasure to read this wonderful story every saturday, and to really show me an original side to the marauders. To be honest, it was this story that made me love Jily and all of the marauders, and the characters. Thank you so much for updating so regularly, having long beautiful and addictive chapters and the most funny, realistic and incredible characters ever.
Author's Response: Hi my lovely Sophie!!!
You're review is making me so sad and soppy, haha! But yes, they are all way too young to have to deal with this kind of thing.
I'm excited you liked Adeline's arrival! And you're making perfect sense! I wish I'd have used the fact that Lily and Belle both had difficult sisters more in the story, but at least Lily got to think about it now. And I totally agree with how Sirius was acting! How could anyone blame him for not being happy about any of this?
Eek I'm so excited you liked how it ended! I wanted something that made it clear where they'd be going next, and ending it with that line has been something I've been so anxious to write. I was actually happy with how it turned out, which surprised me because I'm always my worst critic, haha!
Aww Sophie, it makes me feel so happy/grateful/lucky that you're blubbery. I can't even thank you enough for the reviews you've left on this story, the support you've given me, and just making me feel like the luckiest writer on the site!
Thank you so, so much ♥