Gosh, I can't believe I finally checked the box. I checked the box.
I feel like crying because this was so good. Or maybe I'm being an annoying female with raging emotions. Nevertheless, this epilogue was perfect, right from the start.
I almost died when you started with your infamous disclaimer, but this time, it was the last time. Man, this review is tough to write.
I think you showed Astoria's growth throughout this story brilliantly. It was so intense, the way she matured throughout the chapters. From that teenage girl who thinks about kisses with her friend (who I'm very happy to know didn't do some rotten thing to their relationship. I guess it's safe to like her now, after all - she was funny) to the girl who figured out what it meant to be in true love, the eternal kind. This last chapter, I loved it a lot, because we got to experience her motherhood and her fears and hopes for Scorpius. She still had her hardcore side we've seen of her whenever Draco does something rather stupid, but also that motherly love. I just loved it so much.
What annoyed me most was that Draco wasn't able to stop his father from messing with Scorpius' brain. It angered me because I hoped Draco would at least try to shield his kid from all that pure blood supremacy. But he couldn't, and I guess I understand that. It was a nice touch, I must admit, and you gave excellent insight as to what kind of a boy Scorpius was. Draco and Astoria by no means have failed as parents, in fact, Lucius has failed as a grandparent. As a reader I saw that though Scorpius had some wrong ideas planted by Lucius, he still had that innocence and fright of what house he might be sorted into.
If that was a Delicate reference... Oh god. Brilliant.
And you crushed all my feels again with that last line! It was too perfect. So amazing, and I am stunned at the perfection this novel was.
Very rarely do I ever get through a fic and manage to read and review every chapter, but this was one I knew I had to. It deserves every review it has, and the praise it's received. You are such a great writer.
The way this has flowed is breathtaking. It all fits together like a puzzle. This isn't a story, it's a story. Do you get what I mean? It's more than just words.
Dude, no need to thank me. Actually, thank you.
Great work as always, hope to see you writing more stories soon!
Author's Response: Oh, Nadia! We've come to the end at last. Bittersweet...
I like my disclaimer, especially the "end of a long story" edition. I'm glad it had that ring for you.
Draco and Astoria both did a lot of growing up in this story, in different ways. Astoria was very much a teenage girl at the beginning, smitten with the idea of Draco as this reclamation project. Now in the epilogue we see her as a grown woman and a mother who has the perspective to understand what awaits her son in the real world. I'm glad that you didn't end up completely loathing Isadore. I think she served a purpose. Again, if you want to see Astoria being **really** hardcore, check out Conspiracy of Blood. She has some pretty tough moments in that one.
I don't think that Draco would have been able to draw any clean lines where it came to little Scorpius learning things from old Lucius. The things that Draco would have approved of -- family history, certain values, the proper manner for a young pureblood gentleman to conduct himself -- are so tightly intertwined with the "undesirable" aspects of Lucius's personality. On the whole, I think Draco believes that Lucius was a positive influence on Scorpius, just with a few unwanted tangents. Draco *does* still believe in the superiority of pureblood witches and wizards, he just no longer believes that it's worth fighting wars over.
That was indeed a tip of the hat to Delicate. You're the only one who's commented on that so far. ;)
I struggled a lot to come up with a good ending, so I'm really glad you liked it.
I am so incredibly happy that you stuck with the story all the way to the end. Readers like you are the ones that inspire me to keep trying to get better and explore new ideas. Thank you so much for all of the support and enthusiasm and lovely reviews!