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Review:melian says:
Wow. That was intense.

You don't see a lot of chapters from Voldemort's perspective in fan fiction. I'm not sure why that is, but perhaps it's because his mind is so warped it's too hard to get into. I can understand that. Sometimes it's not possible to get into the heads of your characters. But you've done a really good job with getting into the mind of the man who was once Tom Riddle. (I say once, because he's not really human anymore, is he?) YOu've got the coldness, the dispassionate nature, the calculation and the lack of emotion absoultely down pat. Well done!

I think I've read a few one-shots where Draco is branded with the Dark Mark, and certainly some where he's given the task to kill Dumbledore. But, again, always from Draco's point of view. I think that's what makes this one stick in my mind so much, becuase it's a persepctive we so rarely see. But we have all the other elements here - the humiliation of his father, the weight of responsiblity falling on Draco's shoulders, as now he alone can restore the family name. (I do wonder at Narcissa not being called upon, to be honest, as we know Voldemort isn't particularly sexist, with his unofficial deputisation of Bellatrix, but I'll ignore that for now. Let's leave it as Draco knows he has to rescue the Malfoy name.)It's a heavy load for a sixteen year old, but he knows what he's signing up for. He may not agree with it all, b ut he has to do it. And Voldemort knows that, and it shines through. That's really well done.

Great chatper!
cheers Mel

Author's Response: Well hi there and thank you! This was a pretty difficult chapter so I'm glad it comes off well to the reader!

Well, first, given that Draco is a student and the task is to kill Dumbledore, it's easier to use someone on the inside. As far as Narcissa goes, though, to my knowledge, while she supported the Death Eaters (and by that I mean, she supported her husband), she never actually took party to any of their missions and she certainly wasn't accepted into the Dark Mark gang, or at least she didn't want to be maybe? But whether it's true or not, I guess that's my headcanon is that she was there for Lucius and Draco for their sake, but never actually joining in on the goings on. Does that makes sense!

Thank you for reading! (And consequently getting put in jail. XD)

-Liz


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