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Review:Solana says:
I'm one of your new reviewers although I've reviewed other stories. I'm finding I'm really getting into this one so I now can't wait til you update. You're really getting Draco! This is all so very believable writing for this character. He's no angel, has no intention of being, but he does seem to want to start anew and definitely not get involved in anything dark again.

I thought the way you handled the conversation between Astoria's parents brilliantly. And you've got the whole pureblood aristocratic thing down pat. Her mother couldn't possibly really talk back to her husband, right? But she most definitely got her opinions across. I'm feeling at least a little better about Astoria being stuck there at the moment ... for now.

And I definitely feel far better about Draco's handling of his father's situation. At least he knows now his father isn't involved in the latest craziness. Now he has to use his head to keep himself out of it. Obviously, we all want to see how he and Astoria manage to get together. Can't wait! Great job!

Author's Response: Hi, there! Always happy to have a new reviewer!

I'm glad that you like my rendition of Draco. Over the course of three stories, I've put a lot of thought into what makes him tick and the inherent contradictions between the things he was taught to believe and the harsh reality that the war introduced him to. You're right that he's no angel, nor will he ever be. There are certain things that he believes so strongly that his mind will likely never change -- some of those things are good and some are not so good. He's very complicated.

I didn't really go into this with the idea that I'd spend so much time dwelling on the social dynamics that govern a pureblood family. One of the fun things about starting a longer story is that it sometimes winds up involving things that you never thought about when you started. Astoria's mother definitely finds ways to get her point across without violating the things she was brought up to believe. She's a pretty strong woman, in her own way.

Draco and Lucius have been so estranged for the duration of this story that Draco doesn't really learn the true extent of his father's mental problems until his mother gets involved. Old Lucius is struggling, and he's certainly not the mysterious Death Eater who's been in contact with Gamp. So who is it? ;)

I'm really glad that you're enjoying the story. Thanks for reading and reviewing!


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