Okay. Okay. Okay. Let me collect my thoughts really quick so I can leave a proper response, one that you truly deserve.
You already have me so hooked to this story that I thought I wouldn't ever say this, but this is one of my favorite chapters, hands down. Oh my gosh.
Okay, so Draco. My heart shatters each time I read a chapter of yours because there's just so much to his character that not many people even attempt to delve into. Then there's you. You have truly made this image of Draco and portrayed his thoughts in a way that is utterly perfect in my opinion. I mean, sure, there are a couple other stories who capture him differently and they're perfect in their own ways, but this Draco is just amazing. I cannot give you proper props for that.
I cannot even fathom what Draco is going through and how he's feeling. From day one, he was born under a unfortunate star and he's paid the price time and time again. It's a never ending cycle for him and it seems to only get worse as his life progresses. You've done such a good job capturing how he's feeling and what everything going on is doing to his brain and causing him to fall apart and yet be brought up by the mere ghostly presence of his love. Though that same presence is absolute torture because she's there and so close to him, yet he can't even speak to her, let alone touch her. Yet time and time again, she is his savior without even knowing it.
Then the whole story about Delilah and her prince. You wrote it in a way that really does draw all the necessary parallels between their romance and Draco and Hermione's. But it's in a way that isn't over the top or so similar that it becomes redundant. Delilah is one of my all time favorite OC's and you've done such a good job capturing her spirit. That poor thing, having to be a servant because of the fact that she's a Squib, and like she said, how much better of she would have been being a Muggle.
You have a gift, m'dear and I am so thrilled that I found your story because every chapter is a new thrill, I'm never disappointed, and this chapter definitely wasn't an exception. Keep up the good work, I absolutely cannot wait for the next chapter, especially with that ending. GAHH!
Author's Response: My dearest, Mischief managed18,
It is always so wonderful and lovely to hear from you. My apologies for taking so long, but with a review like this, how am I to leave a response? Sheesh. But alas, I shall try...
Thank you for ranking this chapter so highly. My stars, it is quite long and contains no Dramione action, so it surprises me. But it does go into detail about Delilah and her Prince that has so many parallels without being Draco and Hermione's story. So, thank you so much for mentioning that!
Yes, Draco's character... You know me, I love him portrayed with a mind as deep as the ocean; exploring the depths of his inner-most feelings as a deeply in love, remorseful Death Eater. As the darkness consumes him, he is also fed by her image. Both quietly driving him mad.
You are so right about him being "born under an unfortunate star." Oh, my, if you haven't already, you should use that in your stories! I can see it as a Title and it could be so wonderfully sad! I love it. You should do it. :) It is a beautiful expression and so true. And you are so right, he has paid the price over and over again, the poor thing. Who cannot love this character? Gah!
And Hermione has no clue of what she is doing. She has no idea that her image is saving him, bringing him back each time. She will not know until they meet again. That scene has been written and I will be so excited to post the long-awaited reunion of their souls. It is not without angst and pent-up, deeply restrained emotions from them both. I cannot wait to post those precious moments!
I am so thrilled that you liked sweet, insightful Delilah, who is so different from anyone he has known. She has had a major effect on him...changing how he thinks about his life and about magic.
You give me wonderful compliments, MM18. I too, am thrilled you found my story. Your words are golden and precious to me. The encouragement is never-ending and I cannot thank you enough.
My writer's heart thanks you truly,