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Review:nott theodore says:
Hello again, Kiana! I'm trying hard to catch up on reviewing your stories - you definitely deserve some reviews for being such an awesome person!

Ah, I think my favourite thing about this chapter was seeing young Tonks in it - it was strange to read about her called Nymphadora, but I really enjoyed reading about her from Andromeda's point of view. I could see glimpses here of the character in Against All Odds, and it's really interesting to think about how she developed from this little girl into the woman we see later on.

I liked the fact that Andromeda's priorities had clearly changed by this chapter - obviously her life has completely changed since we last saw her making her escape with Ted. She can't help caring about her family, but the new family that she's created with Ted is now the most important thing for her, which makes me feel like she's become the person we see in the books, who wants her daughter to stay out of the war because she wants to protect her. Seeing her like this, and thinking about what she's done to keep her daughter out of danger and get away from the pureblood prejudices, makes me feel really sorry for her because it all ended so badly.

Your characterisation here was really brilliant, I thought. I could really see development in Sirius's character too, even though he only appeared briefly in the last chapter. He's not the boy he was there anymore, but he's also not the bitter man that we encounter in the books. His desperation here was evident, and I felt really sorry for him as he was asking for Andromeda's help to save Regulus. In a way I can see he's happier now that he's broken free from his family, but like Andromeda, he can't help still caring about them, especially Regulus. I felt like you showed us really well here how desperate he must have felt about seeing Regulus descend into the darkness (this story is reminded me of a few of the different ones you've written so far). He's still quite naive though, in thinking that Bella will do something for Andromeda still - something he couldn't be accused of later on in the books, so he clearly learns the hard way. I can understand him trying to do what he can to save Regulus, and I can understand his reactions when Andromeda replies the way she does, too. When I was reading the interactions between Sirius and Tonks and Sirius and Andromeda, I could see links with Against All Odds - especially the part about Tonks not going to 12 Grimmauld Place and things like that. I love seeing links between stories like that!

Andromeda surprised me a little bit in the end, and I think she must really care for both Regulus and Sirius to go to the lengths of writing to her sister, especially after what Narcissa told her when she and Ted escaped. I'm not really optimistic for it bringing any good results, but I hope that it might do something. Then again, with the title of this story, it doesn't seem promising!

Sian :)

Author's Response: Hi Sian!

Haha, yes it was really strange writing her at this age and from another perspective because the only time I've written her is in AAO, so it was rather fun mixing it up :P I'm glad that you spotted the likenesses, because I do have to admit her later characterisation heavily influenced the one here.

I'm glad that you picked up on the change, because I think that need to protect her family was really evident in the Deathly Hallows when she accosts Harry demanding whether Tonks was alright or not, and that almost anger in her while asking always left an impression upon me. I know what you mean about it being so sad, because after this war they probably thought it was all over and how wrong they all were!

Aw, thank you *blushes*! Sirius, again, was probably influenced by AAO, because while he's very bitter there, there's still this childlike hope that he can save the world and protect everyone and thing so experimenting with that idea was a lot of fun. Haha, yes, I suppose the influences from Burning Bright come into this chapter too :P I've always loved his and Regulus' relationship because it's always open to your own interpretation as to how they ended up feeling towards the other, so I couldn't but explore it again. Writing the Black family is far too addictive :P

Yes, she surprised myself too, because even though I wrote this she led the ending and caused the letter to happen as I didn't anticipate it to at the beginning. Hmm, well you know the outcome of it now, but I suppose they were sort of bright :P

Thanks again for such a great review, Sian!

-Kiana


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