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Review:patronus_charm says:
Ah, I saw you post a status on the forums and I came running over as I love Regulus! I'm so glad that I did as this piece was fantastic. ♥

Your characterisation in the one-shot was really great because I got such a vivid sense of both Regulus and Mary's characters. They seemed both so odd and different from one another that it almost made sense that they dated. With Mary's madness and Regulus' inner reflection it was the perfect balance. I just wish I could have seen them alive together because the memories were great.

Another thing I loved was how you used abbreviations in the letter. It made it more realistic because as a fellow teenager I use them all the time too.

Regulus' emotion in regards to Mary was lovely. I didn't pick up on her being dead straight away but I liked it as it showed how he was in denial and was trying to block it from his mind. I could just tell from his memories how much he loved her and it was so beautiful. I was close to tears myself as I didn't want her to be dead!

They were just so young and I picked it up so well in this piece and it made it even more tragic. I mean, Regulus was just a boy and he was dealing with the death of his sort of girlfriend and becoming a Death Eater. Man, I will never complain about having too much work to do as I would rather that than have all his issues! It made me really wonder whether she had lived whether she would have stopped Regulus being a Death Eater or not.

An amazing piece! ♥

-Kiana

Author's Response: Oh my gosh, this review really made my day < 3

I am so glad you liked it! I have a real thing for obscure characters so when I got assigned Regulus in this challenge on the forums I kind of jumped at the chance, and then for some reason when I sat down to write this story just kind of came out! I'm glad you liked the characterisation - I think that often opposites-attract kind of relationships can come off really unrealistic if they're not written well, so it's a huge complement that you thought it worked here. "Mary's madness and Regulus' inner reflection" is a great way to describe it! I think if Mary had been alive she definitely could have stopped Regulus becoming a death eater, or at least tried. It would have been so interesting to see how she did it - with her willpower she could probably have faced down Voldemort himself if he threatened Reg! I actually managed to upset myself by the end of writing this, and I started trying to figure out ways I could make Mary really be alive because I'd kind of fallen in love with her, but since Regulus dies in canon just a few years later, I couldn't quite get them their happy ending :( I'm considering writing a sequel where Reg writes her another letter the night before he goes to find the horcrux and knows he's gonna die, just so I can get some closure on these two!

Thanks so much for the gorgeous review, I'm glad you liked it < 3

~Maia


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