Hola! :) Ah, so glad I got a chance to come and read and the next chapter. This was truly wonderful, and possibly my favourite so far as I love the inner turmoil Andy is going through and how her life has progressed, it seems so rich and complex and I liked catching up with her.
Little baby Dora is so cute! I loved the explanation about how she's loud and Andy's love for her is really genuine, I think, like how she doesn't want to risk dying because she needs to be there for her daughter, but then there's that self-preservation aspect too. The foreshadowing throughout the chapter was so clever, what with the fact that Dora will leave her child to go into danger and he will have to grow up without her, showing the contrasts between mother and daughter in a way. And then when Dora asked if she'd see Sirius again- so adorable! I almost expected Remus to come up in conversation and Dora to ask who he was, but that might be going a little too far with the foreshadowing. :P Then it's also so upsetting to know that the cute little toddler is going to eventually be killed by Bellatrix (I think?) and that so will Sirius as promised, and gah it just breaks my heart. :(
This chapter really brought the whole danger and damage to the twisted Black family to a head, and it was really powerful. I loved the ending and the hopes that Andy has for Narcissa, even though we already know what happens to Regulus. Though I think he did have a bit of a heroic death, in a way, and I wonder if Andy or Cissy or Sirius had any influence on that.
I thought it was interesting with the last line how Andy thought that Narcissa was the only one who still represents her childhood self, and I thought it was an interesting pronoun in that it might mean Andy's childhood self, or Narcissa's. If it's the former that's pretty cool as it's as if Narcissa embodies something of Andromeda and Andy holds onto her childhood through thinking of the impact she had on her sister. That probably made no coherent sense, but it was a great line either way! :)
The theme of losing her old self and her childhood was really powerful throughout the story, in fact, and I especially loved this line: Itís as if the parts of her, the parts of her she used to be, are sliding further and further from her like the tea cup. The echoes from her past life have been silenced. It was so poetic and beautiful for the moment.
Great chapter Kiana! :D Thanks for swapping with me!
Author's Response: Hi there! I think this has to be my favourite one so far too, mainly because it shows that though she has changed from leaving the Blacks some aspects such as their self-preservation still haven't left her.
Yay, I loved Dora she was so much fun to write because I'm used to writing her as she appeared in the books but this was way more fun! Bahaha, foreshadowing, the greatest delight of an author! I think the decision Andy made made her want to bring Dora up in a different way and be brave enough to do that hence the difference. I was really tempted to throw Remus in, I just couldn't think of a legitimate way to do so I had to leave it which was a bit of sad. Yes, she was killed by Bellatrix but it sort of shows the seriousness of the war as well.
You're definitely right about them being twisted, there are so many different alliances and foes within it putting them all in here was a fun a challenge! There will be a bit of a follow up to Regulus in the next chapter, and the influence will be sort of revealed.
I'll give you a spoiler and say Narcissa :P To Andy right now, Narcissa is still innocent and still loyal to her family. Even though she does dislike them for not accepting Ted and her daughter, she will always love them deep down so I think what she wants is to be able to be close to them again but still have her own life which is impossible as you know :P
Aw, thank you for such a brilliant review, it really made me smile! :D