Hey! You've been so awesome giving out reviews, so for this prompt I wanted to make sure you got some too!
And ah, Bellatrix! But before I talk about her, let's talk about Draco.
He's frightened, but it's like how he was back in his first year in the Forbidden Forest. He tries to play it off and stay all arrogant, and mask his fear. I like how he stayed in that pompous character of his in the beginning, when he said he "won't submit to this kind of harassment" That was great. I half expected him to add, "My father will hear about this!" but yeah, that wasn't happening :P
Again, you write Narcissa so well. It's different to see their mother-son relationship so nice and stable. She loves him very much, and I think that showed a lot to what kind of a person she is. We know later that she even defies Bellatrix, her own sister, to seek help from Snape. I never thought that the Black sisters ever got much love from their mother, so it fits perfectly with my head canon that Narcissa would be so loving -- in my head, she's everything to Draco that she herself didn't have. That's what it's like for me, at least :P Everything she does in this chapter really ties in well with her actions in the Deathly Hallows. It's great!
And Bellatrix! You pull off her and Gamp, such twisted characters so well, and especially Blishwick from Detox.. you give your characters a different edge to them, and you write Bellatrix just so well. I felt bad for Draco in that moment because he was related to the most vile witch ever. And, the last paragraph, that was depressing. It summed it up pretty well, he was scared, and at this point it was just him and his mother against all these people. Yeah, really sad.
Anyway, great chapter!
Author's Response: Hi, Nadia!
I adore Bellatrix in a sick sort of way. She's such a brilliant creation. The perfect antithesis of the other strong female characters in the books (Lily, Molly and McGonagall, to name a few). She lets us dabble in a unique sort of darkness. But as you said, let's talk about Draco.
Draco is quite arrogant with the Auror who's keeping an eye on him. He still doesn't understand how much trouble he's really in. Nothing in his sheltered, lace-curtain life has prepared him for something like this. Believe me, his father would **definitely** be hearing about this if only he wasn't locked away in Azkaban.
I think of Narcissa as a character who has a lot of inner strength for exactly the reasons you describe. She was willing to sacrifice anything during the war to keep Draco safe and she still is. I do see her as a very loving mother, but she expresses her love differently from, say, Molly Weasley. Part of what I absolutely adore about JK Rowling is how she's able to present so many different versions of motherly love in the books.
Draco is legitimately terrified by his aunt. I think the thing that scares him most is that she's supposed to be on "his side", yet she's nothing like his father's cronies and sycophants. She doesn't just talk about torturing and murdering, she carries the acts out with relish. It really is just Draco and Narcissa against the world at this point.
I'm really pleased that you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading and reviewing!