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Review:MissMdsty says:
Guess who? :)

Dan, you are evil! I swear, you are so evil! My insides turned to ice when I read the ending of that chapter and now I'm rushing through this to get to read the next one!

I loved how you described Astoria's heartache and her depression. That's kind of how I felt at 16, 17 when I had boy trouble. You have such a way with words, that you just spin this image into the reader's head of a girl lying on the floor in her own misery and it just tugs at your heart. I felt for her, really. And the whole process, from being sad and depressed to deciding to do something to mend this, it was so natural and flowed so nicely. I'm impressed!

Draco's boss reminds me of Umbridge. She uses her power and authority to legally abuse the system. I actually think it's a form of bullying, what she's making Draco do, reliving his memories of Bellatrix. I can understand that from an academic POV she might be fascinating, but when I studied criminology we didn't look to the victims' opinions of the events. Because that is just wrong.

And I had such hope in my heart when I realized Narcissa might have the answer to all of Draco's problems. Mother knows best, after all. But that ending. I was just so excited that maybe everything would work out, and BOOM! It isn't going to because those creeps stumble in being creepy and creeping me out. You get the point.

Now I have to go read chapter 13, maybe I'll find some peace of mind!

This was an amazing chapter as usual, I'm sorry I didn't get to read it sooner! My loss :) Good job!

Author's Response: Hi, Ral!

So... about that peace of mind thing... Sorry. /shrugs helplessly

As is usually the case, I had some good pointers and suggestions on how to be a heartbroken teenage girl from Jami and sophie. I really don't know what I'd do without the two of them. I'm glad you liked all of the small details. I tried to imagine the sorts of things that you wind up staring at when you're depressed and miserable.

Madam Blishwick is a social misfit, but she's no Dolores Umbridge. I don't see her abusing the system so much as she simply doesn't comprehend how people could misuse her work to do very bad things. She's a pure academic, and dark magic is just a big, endlessly fascinating research project to her. She also doesn't see Draco as a victim, because she has no idea how awful the war was for him and he isn't about to share that with her. It's just a bad situation for him to be in.

Narcissa has the answers to *most* of Draco's problems. Unfortunately life keeps adding new problems to the list. All I can say is that things will work out. We know they do. It's just not going to be as tidy as you might like. ;)

I'm really glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!


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