Argh, how is it possible for anyone to write like this? Poor Barty. I thought at first that Regulus genuinely wasn't interested in Barty, and poor Barty was just struggling to accept that, but then when he's watching them in the Three Broomsticks it starts to become clear that for whatever reason they're together it's not love.
I suppose I'm not surprised at the Barty/Regulus ship because I read House of Cards (and loved it, yeah I know I have atrocious reviewing habits, plus I was choosing who to vote for for diadems so I couldn't really take the time to review... that's called making excuses...). It might seem an odd pairing but you write it so they just seem right together.
Urgh, stupid pure-blood expectations. They're so right together, but Regulus has to try and deny it because his parents would want him to have a suitable girlfriend. And Regulus, the good boy of the family, not necessarily because he wants to be but just because he feels he should.
This is why I don't review much - I just can't give objective reviews to amazing stories! How can all your detail be spot on, right the way through? And Barty, not cold and slightly crazy as he is in the books or really anything like you might expect a soon-to-be Death Eater to be, but a lively and innocent boy who's struggling to understand the need to fit into society and to live up to expectations - I suppose that does fit with him rebelling against his father later on. And the fact that he won't give up, despite all the signs that Regulus won't change his mind. He's convinced that kiss will change everything- but of course it doesn't. And hoping that Regulus will come back, when it's clear he won't.
Long review with with pretty much nothing in it... yep, that's about normal for me. So to sum it up in a sentence: I love everything in this story, and you are a ridiculously talented writer. Wow, it took me a lot of words to say that :p I blame maths for the current state of my brain.
Author's Response: Hi Leonore! Thanks so much for dropping by! :)
Gah, thank you so much! Yeah, it would be a much nicer story, really, if Regulus simply wasn't interested! :(
Haha, yeah, they're definitely an odd little pairing, but I do love them, so... :P And thank you so much for reading House of Cards - no worries about reviewing, I'm an atrocious reviewer myself, so I can't really talk :P I'm so glad you like them, though - converting people to my little pairing is always nice :P
I loved the idea of expectations, simply because I think it's something most people have to live up to and it's surprisingly hard, particularly when you're being asked to deny a part of yourself, almost. So yeah, Regulus is giving in because he thinks he has to and he owes it to his family, but he doesn't want to and it's just incredibly sad.
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like it - and Barty, because I know he's a much debated character, haha. And yeah, he's stronger in a way than Regulus, because he knows what he wants and he's happy to have it, whatever that means, but he wishes he didn't have to hide and things. It's equally sad, I think, just in a different way. And yes, he really wants Regulus to come back.
Technically, I should just say, this fits into the House of Cards world - though it would be after House of Cards, but before the semi-sequel... so... ;) Just saying. They could have got back together. Depends how much angst I want for Barty in the semi-sequel :P
Thank you so so much for this review - and especially for all the lovely compliments! I'm so glad you liked this and thank you again! :)