OK, so what did just happen? I think my jaw dropped to the floor, literally, at the ending of this chapter. So like, Malfoy Manor got attacked and 3 Aurors died for nothing? So much for the Dark Lord's journal *face-palm* At least Flint got what he was asking for a long time now. I was just talking to Ral about this topic earlier today. If you get greedy, your downfall is guaranteed eventually. Flint wanted power, he wanted to be the top, the leader, and now he's not even alive. Oh wel...
Lady Tenebra is proving to be more intriguing by the minute. I love the shroud of mystery surrounding her. I am a bit scared to learn her real identity, but at the same time, I keep scratching the top of my head, wondering who she is. If she's an OC, let me tell you that you're doing an excellent job with her character. She seems cruel, analytical, someone who doesn't mind using others just so that she can achieve her goals, much like Voldemort. Which is what makes her scary. Because, how can you reason with someone like her? No conscience, seemingly heartless and totally brutal. That's just...frightening.
The Weasly family reunion was amazing! I got so much feels while reading that part, I think I teared up more than once. Molly must have felt very happy because being surrounded by family is what she's always wanted. And we cant pretend the Weasleys aren't a numerous family haha
But the scene that stole this chapter was the moment shared by Rose and Harry. When he jumped at her and demanded his bottle back, my heart shrank to the size of a mouse. His reaction to Ginny's death is very close to how I deal with hardships. I refuse to talk about them with anyone else, many times even with myself...which is not very healthy because there comes a time when you can't keep the memories and feelings at bay and they come crashing down on you at once. As much as it hurts, you need to confront your grief and I think Harry is finally starting to do so. I can't emphasise enough how touching the scene was. Having lost my uncle recently, it made me remember my own moments with him and I had this funny feeling that I can't explain exactly...but it was a good kind of feeling. A tender, loving emotions. I think you've truly outdone yourself with this scene. It's definitely the one I cherish most up until now from CoB :)
P.S: Told ya things would end up badly at Malfoy Manor.just...gah! But wait, I mentioned this before haha. Can't wait to read what happens next tho. The story is getting better chapter by chapter
Author's Response: Well, a few things just happened. You're spot on the basics: there was significant destruction and loss of life for very dubious reasons. As far as the Dark Lord's journal... well, keep the thought in the back of your head. That story line is far from over. Lastly, Flint got his just desserts. I usually feel bad about killing off characters, even the nasty ones. Flint? Eh...
When I was figuring out my mental model of Lady Tenabra, I kept coming back to a female version of Professor Moriarty. She's cunning, ambitious and completely ruthless, but also cultured, brilliant and genteel. Her lack of empathy is scary. People are merely pawns to her.
I'm really glad you liked the family reunion. I came so close to taking out that entire section because I felt like it made the chapter drag. In the end, I think it helps with the pacing and it gives a really natural entree into Harry's moment with Rose. At any rate, I'm glad that you liked it.
Harry still isn't good at dealing with his emotions, even after all the years. Rose is one of a very few people that he'll actually open up to, and I really enjoyed putting the two of them together in this scene, even though the subject matter is far from happy. I'm really pleased that you felt the emotions, because it was sad for me to write. I had to introduce a good bit of Rose snark into it to keep it from turning into a total tear-jerker.
And yes, things ended badly at Malfoy Manor. How how badly remains to be seen.
Thanks so much for sharing all of your thoughts and reactions. I really enjoy reading them!