Hi again :D
This was so well done. I really liked seeing that chaotic day at the Ministry from another POV - it's fun to see canon events pop up because it really ties the story back in, adds background and makes it richer. I think that's why I like Hogwarts era stuff so much.
I really liked the conversation with Umbridge in this chapter - once again she is perfectly in character as she does her act of "oh, I'm sorry, I was just bragging about my important Ministry position and trying to see your reaction about Muggle-borns". Ettie played it well though!
I was really hoping Ettie would have something to do with Mary Cattermole's trial, and I was not disappointed! I love how at the beginning of all the commotion, she just wanted it all to go away, and kept reading boring Floo transcripts haha. I love that she took a stand and decided to help Reg out!
The last few paragraphs were really great too, how she's still wondering what she's doing, but deep down she knows she did the right thing. It's just a hint of how Marietta is beginning to change - or at least, hope that she might do so in the future. I think after an experience like this, she can't easily go back to how she was before, even if she doesn't get found out and stays safe and sound. She'll want to do something again.
I only wish it had been longer, for example if you decide to add a fourth chapter, that could be the one in which Marietta spends her next boring day at work instead sewing a bright-coloured superhero jumpsuit, and then spends the following months saving people from Death Eaters, changing the world and making it a brighter place. :P Or not. Anyway, I really loved reading this story, teh, fantastic job on it!!! ♥♥
Author's Response: Ditto your comment on Hogwarts Era stuff! I'm a bit surprised at how many people here on HPFF dislike this era, when there's so many missing moments, so many holes that we could fill in, so many minor characters to explore.
Ah, complex office politics! You know, your comments keep inspiring me to come up with strange ideas; I now wish to write another Umbridge fic with lots and lots of office politics and scandals and muahahaha, maybe I'll let this idea stew for a bit.
Ettie just had to be involved somehow in Reg's wife's trial; that was my intention for the story from the onset. And I couldn't resist slipping the Trio's escapade from the Ministry as well.
I'm glad you thought the last few paragraphs were good. I meant them to sort of tie up the fic without being too conclusive about Ettie's fate; she'll certainly have a lot to ponder about.
WAAH, why didn't I think of that superhero jumpsuit thing! alksdjlkcviaifa. OF COURSE, how could things go any other way!!??!??! Now look what you've made me do: I'm sitting here thinking of all sorts of superheroine names and taglines...possibly something corny like and possibly involving lots of puns on the word 'Floo'.
Your reviews really mean a lot to me. Thank you so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, much ♥ ♥