Hi Kiana! :D Here for Day 12 of the 12 Days of Reviewing!
Sad. :( I knew this moment was coming ever since I started reading the story but it still wasn't any less painful. I hate how Teddy and Andy are left alone like this (though at least they have each other) and it really breaks my heart to think of them keeping the memories of the lost ones alive, and how Teddy has so much trouble understanding and sometimes forgets that his parents are dead. I imagine that would be so difficult for a baby to wrap his head around, but you did a really good job here showing how Teddy copes with his loss and showing how much Andy loves him, that part did make me so happy. ♥
In a way, the part which almost hurt me more was thinking about Ted being gone. The way Andy talked to him, how he was her other half and her anchor and how she wished he was there, was really tragic, and his death in the books felt so injust and horrible. Oh, speaking of the books, I loved the acknowledgement of the first time Andy and Harry met and how things have changed since then, I've read a lot of stories where they just sort of jump into being really close, but I imagine it would take some time and recognition of the first impression. So that was really great. :)
I really enjoyed the tie-ins with the rest of the collection as well, especially the sisters. I remember commenting on the way Andy referred to Bellatrix as "Bella" and the idea that Bella is gone now was a wonderful reference and fit so well with the contrast between Andy's new and old lives. The idea of her leaving Cissy and the guilt she clearly still feels for doing that, as well as the connection between Teddy and Cissy both relying on her, was a fantastic parallel as well.
The one thing I thought was whether Andy would refer to Tonks as "Tonks"? I thought she usually called her Dora or Nymphadora (since she most likely chose the name I imagine she'd be more stubborn about using it than others :P). So just a thought there! :)
Ooh, I really liked the last line. It was a perfect way to end the story and declare how the crown was a curse, like the first Andromeda being chained to a rock, and how Ted freed her from it. The idea of her reigning by herself was a wonderful addition as well, I liked the hint of strength and hope it brought.
Amazing job, lovely! :) I really enjoyed reading this story!
Author's Response: I know what you mean, because I felt as if I had to include this part of her life given how defining it is but actually writing is was really horrible and heart-breaking. I almost wonder why I bothered to put myself through that willing! I'm so glad that you liked Teddy and his relationship with Andromeda. I think there's must have been one of the strongest around given that they were each other's world and all they others had and they must have loved each other very deeply.
Gah, I can't even cope with Ted's death but I think JK almost had to do it to show that even though she had everything taken from her she carried on going and living and what a strong person she was. Haha, I had to include that because it still makes me chuckle and I really wish it had been in the films, because it would have felt as if a full circle had occurred. I like to think they both bonded over their intense dislike of Bellatrix and lack of family or something similar.
I'm glad that you liked the parallels because I think in this scene here it was one of the first time's Andromeda realised this life right now was her life and she couldn't change that at all. I think with Cissy, she's sort of accepted they can never be friends again but she'll make it up with Teddy, and I'm so glad that you picked out that because no one else had done so so far and I hoped someone would do.
Ooh, I actually don't know why I put Tonks there to be honest. I think it's because I had a Remus/Tonks story and I started to get a little confused, I definitely will change it as it makes sense.
Yay for you picked out the mythological link too, I couldn't resist throwing that in. :P
Thank you for such an amazing review, and the others too, it was great fun to read your views on the story!