This chapter was just as awesome as the first! I love the way the family motto was in latin, and I love the family motto! (Not for my family of course, but it's rather fitting for theirs!) This story has such an interesting view on the high society of witches, that I've never seen done before! Bellatrix's dad sounds really scary, and not very loving, and very formal and selfish. I can see why Narcissa and Bella turned out like they did! The latin bit in the final bit was also a very creative touch, and added to the kind of pride and blood theme that's going on through out the story.
It's an awesome twist that Bella married Rudolphus just so she could become a death eater. That sounds just like the sort of thing she'd do! The last paragraph was quite frightening though, and I wonder what sort of strings Bellatrix is going to pull. I feel so sorry for Rudolphus -- mind you, if he's the kind of person that can fall in love with her at the start, he must be not really nice himself. The way you put her looking back at her memories at the wedding really showed how unfocused she was on the actual romance, and how dedicated already she was to Voldemort. It was also really interesting to see Narcissa and Lucius in Bella's eyes, and she has the foresight of how Lucius could be weak and betraying right from when she first sees him. The word "raw power" seemed to really apply to Voldemort and Bellatrix, and sets the tone for the kind of darkness they create. The way they have this kind of connection through hate and dark magic is really well described, and it's going to be fascinating to see where it leads them later on. I'm also kind of looking forward to seeing how Bellatrix goes so insane, and also how she got caught for Azkaban.
Another brilliant chapter, with some incredible advancement on Rudolphus and Bella's behalf on their relationship, and again, awesome detail!
Author's Response: Hello! :)
The way I see it, the wizarding society is very... medieval, so to say. Everybody has a place, everybody plays a part. More so in high society, where everything is just a power play. If we look at the evidence in the books, Narcissa was very high up in Voldemort's inner circle, yet she never took the mark. Her son was forced to take it as punishment for Lucius' mistakes. So, it's quite possible that at the point in time when Voldemort was coming to power, he needed the influence and gold of the old families. It's also possible that he respected them, because they had everything he valued but lacked himself: social position, money, history, purity of blood.
As for Rodolphus, I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into, when he married Bellatrix. Her cruelty and blood lust are unique, even among the Death Eaters. Something must have triggered that, and this is what I wanted to explore.
I'm very happy you like my story! The review made my day, even though I am ages late responding to it! Thank you!