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Review:TearsIMustConceal says:
Hi, here from the review battle!

This is the first time I have ever read something about Blaise Zabini so I was immediately intrigued as to how you had portrayed him and I was not disappointed at all.

The first thing I felt for him was pity. Growing up, flitting from one father figure to next and not having that proper role model to look up to must have been tough. The instability he has dealt with explains why he would be so confused, so in two minds over his own relationships. Abandonment is something very hard to deal with and his issues about love and everything else are completely founded.

For a one-shot based on family, it's particularly good because you've gone down a different route. Instead of looking at the perfect, loving family, like The Weasley's or looking at not having family at all, like Harry, you've looked at a family that people can relate too. Sure, not everyone's mother has had eleven husbands but a lot of people, including myself, can relate to having to let someone new into their lives. It's a hard and confusing time so to do it eleven times must really mess up your emotional stability, something you have really shown here and done it well.

His doubts about marrying Katrina fit perfectly with what he has been through. After seeing marriage after marriage being only business deals, rather than for love, of course he would have some doubts to as whether true love can actually exist. I love also that although his mother is to blame for his issues, she is also the one to help him in the end, to show him that once upon a time, she did believe in love and I think that's really nice that she can make him believe that a true love does exist.

Anyway, I absolutely adore this. Your writing is amazing and for something that is out of your comfort zone, you've done a really great job.

Good luck with the challenge!

Author's Response: Hi TearsIMustConceal, thank you so much for the fantastic review! Sorry it has taken me a few days to respond!

I've not read a Blaise story before either, and I certainly wouldn't have thought I could write one! I was very nervous about posting this so I am so happy you enjoyed it and were not disappointed with my portrayal of Blaise :D

When I got Blaise for the family challenge the first thing that came to mind was the fact that his mother had been widowed (under suspicious circumstances) 7 times by the time Blaise was in 6th year. As the challenge was to explore what family meant to the character and how it influenced their personality/character, I thought this past was perfect! How could the instability and inconsistency of having so many stepfathers not have an impact on someone?! As you said, having to let one new parental figure into your life is hard and confusing enough, let alone eleven ad most of these at such a young age! I am relieved and glad you felt I portrayed Blaise's emotional instability well.

I am so happy that you loved that his mother was the one to help him in the end. The wedding photos on the mantelpiece and the one of his mother and biological father's wedding day was the first scene I thought of when planning this fic, and the rest was written around it. I wanted Blaise to have a happy ending and I felt that knowing his mother did once know how to love would help him make the right decisions to get that happy ending :)

Thank you so much for your review it has made my day and put a massive smile in my face :D

Haronione ♥

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