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Review #1, by nott theodore 

28th June 2015:
Kiana! ♥ It's been far too long since I've reviewed at all and I've been meaning to catch up on this story for ages, so I'm finally here!

I was so worried for Helena at the end of the last chapter, especially with everything that happened, so it was great to see that you'd updated and I could find out what happened next. There was so much going on in this chapter as well and it was great to find out all of this new information about Helena's life and what's happening in it, even though there was lots of angst too and the ending made me sad :(

It's so sweet that Eleanor's voice was the first one that Helena really heard when she woke up, and that Eleanor was waiting for her and sitting at her bedside to make sure that she would recover. That really shows how much she cares about her, even though their relationship's a difficult one and they have to be careful about their love. But it must have done so much good to Helena to hear Eleanor's voice and know that she was there and worried about her, too.

The French ♥ I don't need to say much more about it because I know you'll understand why I love it, but the little details like that just make the story so much better!

Helga is just the sweetest! I love how much of a role she plays in this story because it's really great to see her in such an important role, because I think she's often overlooked in most Founders stories. But this story really shows how truly caring and compassionate she is, and I'm so happy that Helena has someone that she can confide in to some extent, and someone who will look after her and care for her, even if her mother doesn't. Helga clearly doesn't really approve of the way that Rowena is behaving towards her daughter, and it's kind of sad that there's a growing rift between them, but I have to side with Helga on this - if your daughter has been in the Hospital Wing for a week, then you should make sure you're there to see her and look after her! No wonder Helena feels so lonely and confused over everything when her mother doesn't really seem to want to show outward affection towards her. It's kind of sad to think though that to some extent, this is what (at least upper-class) mothers were taught to do with their children for so many years!

It's really interesting to hear how long Eleanor has been at Helena's bedside, insisting on waiting until she wakes up and knows that Helena will recover! It's not been viewed suspiciously yet but I suppose that's because anybody would just assume they're friends because in this era homosexuality wasn't really allowed and was thought of as a sin, so maybe in a way the hatred and prejudice that is imprisoning them is also protecting them, but it's still really sad to think they have to worry about that sort of discovery. It makes me so happy to live today, even though there's still a long way to go!

Ooh, the story about what happened with her father was so interesting! It's something I've been wondering about throughout this story because Helena has thought about her father quite often, and the sort of beliefs that he held, but we never really knew about his influence in her life or what happened to him because she seems unable to turn to him since he's not there. And in most stories we don't really get to see Helena's father at all, so it's so exciting that you've included him here and we got to find out what happened!

That's such a horrible way for him to die, though :( I thought it was really creative to include all of that, because all of those factors have somehow had an effect on Helena as she's grown up even though she didn't know her father or what had happened to him. It's really horrible that Salazar Slytherin might have done that sort of thing - and the mystery surrounding how there were no marks on his body also makes me think that perhaps he was the person to invent the Killing Curse, because that's the only way they couldn't know how he actually died? I feel really sorry for Rowena now to have gone through something like that as she must have loved her husband and poor Helena, only just finding out now :(

The little details about the medicine of the time, with the blood-letting and all those sorts of ideas which we now know have no impact whatsoever, were so great! It was wonderful to see you include that sort of thing because it just adds so much to a story!

Oh no, the argument that Helena had with Eleanor at the end of the chapter was so upsetting! I feel like now she's going to slowly start pushing all the people who care about her and have helped her away and she's going to be left on her own with nobody to help. We know how this is going to end and it's so sad to watch it happen! I can understand Helena panicking about Edmund though and not wanting everybody to be taken in by him, and then Eleanor's reaction too - things are made more difficult for her because of Helena's beliefs (for both of them), and she only wanted to cheer Helena up and make her feel better, but Helena's not in the right mindset for that. It's so sad to see them arguing like this and breaking apart! I get the feeling that this is going to be the real start of Helena running away from home, and I'm so intrigued to hear about her visions, too!

Sian :)

Author's Response: Hey there Sian! ♥ Apologies for only just getting to this lovely review I hope you'll understand why!

I know, there certainly has been a ton of action in the story recently with Helena fainting like that at the end and then all these revelations and arguments in this chapter! Poor Helena, having all of this go in her life :P

Aw, I'm glad that you liked that as it is amazing how powerful hearing your loved ones speak is when it comes to healing as I've read all these stories about people hearing the dogs bark and that brings them out of the coma. Anyhow, it really goes to show how deep their bond is as you said which is what happened at the end is all bit whaaat???!!!

Aw, I do understand and I'm glad you liked it! ;) ♥

Yay for Helga! I do agree that she is often overshadowed and I guess that could be because she's possibly perceived as the boring one of the Founders as she's just the kind one who takes all the students, when in reality she is the thread which holds Hogwarts together. I would possibly argue she is the most important Founder in this story as she has the most influence over Helena and how she thinks and reacts. I know! The rift between her and Rowena is sad but justifiable as someone needs to take a stand about the way in which she treats her daughter.

I know it is sad that in that era something like that probably would have ended up with you burnt at the stake. I suppose it wasn't thought of as suspicious because Eleanor is just loved by anyone so they're a lot more lenient about what she does than they are with anyone else plus Helena hasn't really had any friends before so I guess they're just grateful that she's finally found some.

I'm glad that you liked it as I find it strange to that Helena's father tends to be glossed over. He does crop up a bit more throughout the story so look out for that!

I know, it really is :( Aw, I'm glad that you liked it as it was hard trying to think up a way in which he died, a lot harder than I expected actually. Yes, the Killing Curse certainly played a part in that and I think Salazar perhaps didn't intend to kill him but probably came across him in an angry rage and it just happened as I think he still felt some sort of feeling towards the other founders.

Aw, thank you so much again! It's all thanks to my GCSE in history as we had to spend an entire year studying the history of medicine and surgery so I thought I might as well put what I learned to use here. :P

I know, I'm so sorry about that but I felt they needed to air their issues as they had sort of been building up and they will come out stronger because of it. I think Helena is just quite an irrational and jealous person because of the way her mother treated hence she doesn't know how to handle relationships and does stupid stuff like that. You're definitely right about Helena not being in the right mind-set but she does sort herself out soon luckily!

Thanks for this absolutely amazing review!! ♥

-Kiana


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Review #2, by tangledconstellations 

7th May 2015:
Hey there!

*cheers* Another chapter!! I've been so excited about an update ♥

This was a really beautiful chapter, and even though things are getting really tense and really quite 'real' in terms of the relationships you're portraying I love that your tone still shines through and this fic is still written so wonderfully. In some ways, it feels sort of nice to have Eleanor and Helena have a disagreement. It makes me think of them even more as real characters, as two people who are being shaped by the time in which they're living in. But at the same time, it totally hurts my heart too. I feel like at this point all of the stresses are piling up on Helena and maybe she is being irrational and bitter like Eleanor says - but that just makes me feel for her so much more, and just shows that they're not just existing perfectly in a vacuum ~ their situation is absolutely going to take its toll on how they view themselves.

I thought the final few lines of this chapter were so beautiful and really left an impact on me. Because Helena is still waiting, even though she feels bound and insecure and not loved, she is still waiting for Eleanor and I think that's so important. It would be so easy for her to just be like, fine ok I'll marry this guy, I'll make my mother happy and I'll be what I'm supposed to be, but she's instinctively not. I love the romance element of this fic, the way it's not all flowery feelings and flirting. It feels really real, really convincing and as though it's something that these characters cannot avoid.

I also thought it was great to understand more about Helena's father because it's creating a richer background and adding a lot more to the cultural context. Knowing more about her past, about her family etc makes me care for her more and makes me really sympathise with her. Again, I really loved the relationship you've shown between Helena and Helga ~ you write it really well, the way Helga often wants to indulge Helena in information and just general care and affection, but she doesn't entirely too, because she's aware that Helena isn't her daughter to care for.

This review is a bit rambly - I'm really sorry! - but I really really enjoyed this chapter. Even though things are sort of going awry here in some ways it's important and beneficial to see that. I am so looking forward to seeing what's going to happen in the next chapter ♥

Laura xxx

Author's Response: Hello Laura!! ♥ I'm so sorry for only just responding to this review, life has been crazy lately that I've only just had the time to do things like this.

I know, it is getting a bit more darker for the two of them but I'm glad you could even like them arguing because I've never heard anyone say that before :P Hahaha, I know they are both quite complex characters and I think Helena is definitely very irrational but I suppose Eleanor is the only good thing in her life so she's bound to be and jealous too so it's quite sad that the society they live means emotional pressures on them are even greater.

Aw, I'm so glad you liked it! I think Helena's probably still waiting for Eleanor now as a ghost even though she's dead and stuff. She's definitely too in love to ever settle down with a guy and I think not marrying the Baron would be a sort of sign of rebellion on her part against her mother who's always controlled her life.

I'm so glad that you liked it as he's always been a distant figure up until know so I was really glad to finally include more information about him as I know I've been pretty vague up until now. I'm so glad that you like those two as they are so cute and Helena does need someone who loves with no strings attached.

Thank you so much for this fab fab review and I'm sorry I'm only just responding to it! ♥

-Kiana


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