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Review:CambAngst says:
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I really liked the dream/memory that you started the chapter with. It was a great look at the less negative parts of Regulusís family dynamic. Uncle Alphard was probably the only positive adult influence on young Regulus and Sirius. The characterization of the two Black boys was great. I love the idea of Regulus as Siriusís tag-along little brother who idolizes him. Sirius wasnít especially nice to him, which in my experience usually only makes the younger sibling try harder. At any rate, it made for a nice contrast to the ending.

There was only one thing in the dream that sounded a bit off to me: Then he could make Bellatrix sorry that sheíd ever turned his ears into cabbages. -- Itís not that I donít think Bellatrix was mean to her younger cousins. Iím fairly sure that she was. But turning somebodyís ears into cabbages felt a bit immature for her. The way I think of her, at least, she would find a juvenile prank like that beneath her. If sheís set his clothes on fire or murdered his pet, that would sound more like Bellatrix.

Iím not sure whatís going on with this green ďDark MarkĒ on his arm, but Iím very suspicious. Iím pretty sure that only Voldemort can mark someone. Iím guessing that Bella and the others are messing him around somehow. Or maybe itís a test, to see whether he can be trusted not to show it to anyone. In that case, itís probably good thatÖ

His parents left him alone on Christmas. To attend some sort of Ministry party. I felt really badly for him. Grimmauld Place must have been so dark and quiet and empty on Christmas Day. The Blacks donít really seem like the type to string up lights and deck the halls. Iím sure it made the absence of Sirius even more painful for him. At least he has Kreacher. I liked the relationship you wrote between Regulus and the old elf. Regulus doesnít treat him like a beloved family member or anything, but he isnít cruel to him, either. Kreacher is obviously intensely devoted to Regulus. I have a real soft spot for the crazy old elf, and I think you really did right by him.

Siriusís note was touching, in a minimalist sort of way. Iím sure that Sirius knows that heís endangering his brother by sending that owl. Thereís likely more that he wanted to say, but it was likely safest to leave it at that.

Iím excited to see Regulusís next interaction with his fellow Death Eaters. Iím curious as to whether he will really get marked this time. I hope youíre able to update soon. Great chapter!

Author's Response: Hey there! Thanks for coming back!

I like your idea of changing the Bellatrix bit to setting his clothes on fire. Bellatrix is such an...unsavory character that even at an extremely young age, I'm sure she'd have a violent side!

I definitely wanted to bring Kreacher into the story, as we know that Regulus had a good relationship with him, and this chapter seemed a good way to do it - I've always had a bit of a soft spot for him, too!

Thanks for the review!

Courtney:)


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