A very interesting idea! Your summary had made me wonder what exactly it was that Molly was thinking about and I can see exactly why that would be on her mind. I imagine it would be rather difficult to come to terms with the fact that you had killed someone but as McGonagall said the two killed for different reasons and really Molly had no choice it was either Bellatrix or her daughter. I feel the ending was almost abrupt though, it would have been nice to see a little more after McGonagall told her this, to see Molly coming around and beginning to move on with her life and accept that there had been no way around killing Bellatrix. Other than that though it was a very enjoyable read and I really felt for Molly here! Also I love that they called McGonagall over to help Molly out of this funk she was in, it was nice to see a bit of friendship between the older generation of Harry Potter! Great Job!
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Whoaaa, was not expecting that. I clicked on this expecting to find your typical "Molly cries over Fred" story but this was so much more. And it's so true, too, what you said about her killing Bellatrix. I was just talking about this a few days back, actually, that the "light side" took just as many lives as the "dark side" yet they aren't punished for it. Minerva's explanation was so sound though, I couldn't help but believe her.
I will say that I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, but that probably has something to do with the 500 words more than anything else. It really was a great story!
-NaidaAuthor's Response: Very happy I could surprise you. :) Really? How ironic! Yeah, killing, esp for someone like Molly, still tears apart the soul, no matter what side you're on. I thought that of all people, this could be shown through her. I'm so glad you liked Minny's explanation!
Tis abrupt, but the 500 words kind of snuck up on me. Ah, well.
Thanks so so much for reviewing!
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Hi! This is really good - I like the premise, and it seems fitting that wanting to be a good hostess would be what snapped Molly out of her grief and confusion momentarily. The ending feels a little bit abrupt, but I like the theme - everyone has to fight for what they believe in, for their survival, and Bellatrix and Molly both sort of fell into that. (Uh oh, story plunny!) In the end, someone has to lose the fight, and someone is left to be the winner. Wonderful job!
-AmandaAuthor's Response: Hahaha, that's Molly for you. Always the hostess. The 500 words snuck up on me and I felt that the other moments were too significant to lose. I had to let it seem so...cut off. :( Ah, well.
Thanks so much for reviewing!
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This was really interesting. I've never really thought about Minerva coming to comfort Molly after the war but it seems as though her visit will do Molly good - I really loved the speech about them all being soldiers. Minerva certainly seems to me to be a soldier - a brave Gryffindor.
I think your characterisations of both women were completely accurate although I thought this might have benefited from a little more length (I know this was for the Every Word Counts challenge.) Really good one-shot though :)
-MaybeAuthor's Response: I've always seen Minerva as a bit too lion-hearted for her own good, haha. She is a tough old broad. I adore her.
Ah. Thank you so much! That is a fantastic thing to hear. Yeah, it's abrupt, but I would have been heart broken had I had to cut anything. So, sacrifices had to be made.
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Yay first review! On a complete whim, too, because the title looked interesting.
I've nothing really substantial to say, except that I love your Minerva. I love her so much. Actually, the way you managed to characterise both Minerva and Molly so well in so few words is extremely impressive, so well done on that.
I also really liked the concept of this fic. Generally, most people (myself included) see Molly's killing Bellatrix as a crowning moment of awesome, with little thought as to how it would affect her. And obviously someone so full of life and so nurturing would feel immensely guilty over killing anyone. It makes perfect and obvious sense, yet I would never have thought of it myself, which is pretty much the universal sign of a really good writer.
Finally, before I stop gushing - your characters have some amazing lines. Every single sentence was packed full of emotion and power, and I ended up with much newfound respect for both Minerva and Molly. 10/10. This is fantastic. My own attempt at this challenge seems pretty terrible now. XDAuthor's Response: Glad the title is good! :)
I am so so glad you like my characterization choices. That trulyyy makes my day!
Well, I was thinking about the 500 word challenge and how I had enjoyed it so much previously. You can say so many actually significant things in 500wds. I wanted to give it another shot. So, I started thinking of missing, meaningful moments. And...this occurred to me.
Oh my goddd you called me a good writer. *blushes*
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am completely glad you enjoyed it. I very much appreciate this review. Report Review
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