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Review #1, by krazyboutharryginny - round #2 As the Wind Blows

5th April 2015:
This story is so desperately sad. The relationship between Sirius and Regulus is one that I've been so interested in exploring recently, and the way you captured it here is so wonderful. I wish that Sirius had made the other choice. All I could think of was how Regulus had so hopefully asked Sirius to run away with him, and how crushed he was when Sirius said no. Also, when Regulus called him "Siri" in the memory, I welled up. :(
Also, I think you pulled off second person quite well here, which is something that's very difficult to do, so kudos!
This is really a great little fic. Very well-done, thought provoking, and heartbreaking.

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Review #2, by randomwriter-Tound 2 As the Wind Blows

5th April 2015:
*attack post*

hello Sathya! So you are the flagged author after all. I hope this is the flagged story then :p

I'm so glad that competitions like these give me a chance to read some wonderful stories like this one. Like I said about your other story, I wish I'd known about this sooner.

Having just read ZIG, transitioning through so may emotions was a bit crazy for me. But this shows what a great writer you are. You handled both fluff and melancholic angst so well, and they were both written very effectively.

I thought that this story was really moving. No matter what happens, at least in the earlier parts of your life, siblings mean the world to you. And having a sibling myself has really driven me to understand this sentiment so well. When I read this, I could feel the sorrow an the heartbreak. A part of me was wishing that he would save Regulus and take him with him. It would have changed so much! But I understand his reasoning, though I'm not too happy with it.

Sirius is one of my absolute favourites. So reading about him is always a huge pleasure for me. Here, you wrote him pretty well. You captured his recklessness, and here, we can definitely see the foundation for his later self being laid.

The use of the second person POV is a bit dicey. It either works really well, or it sort of falls flat and takes on a monotonous tone. I think your story was the former. It flowed pretty well and wasn't too much of a strain to the reader. That being said, you have some wonderful descriptions here, and I feel that by reducing the stress on the pronoun ever-so-slightly, you can take this to the next level.

Finally, I love the way you managed to weave in the quote in the end. It was so fitting. Great work, Sathya! Keep it up :)

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Review #3, by Felpata Lupin As the Wind Blows

18th October 2014:
This was beautiful!
So moving, and so wonderfully written!
You really captured Sirius and Regulus' relationship perfectly. Oh, I so wish he didn't leave him behind... I'm tearing up right now...
Marvellous story! Thank you for writing this!

Author's Response: Thank you Chiara!

Sirius is probably one of my favorite characters in the series and I'm glad that you enjoyed my portrayal of him. The two brothers' relationship I felt had not been given in much detail in the books, so this was my opportunity to twist it into the way I imagined it to be. I am thrilled you think I captured it perfectly!

Now I wish Siruis did not leave either :'(

Anyway, thanks for TWO fabulous reviews, it was a real pleasure to know what you made of my stories :)

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Review #4, by TidalDragon As the Wind Blows

21st April 2014:
Howdy! Taking a break from my Golden Paw R&R quest so I can vote in the May Story of the Month too. Man this month is loaded!

At any rate, I thought this story was very well done. The second-person POV, which normally reads awkward to me was handled relatively unintrusively as you wisely allowed descriptions to drive certain parts of the story so that every sentence was leading with "you" or "your".

And speaking of those descriptions, they were excellent, particularly the level of detail and the ones involving emotions. You really made me feel what Sirius was feeling in the moments and the descriptions (supplemented by good word choice) were responsible for that.

The way you wove the quote in at the end was very effective, as was the whole bit between Sirius and Regulus.

A very well done and enjoyable the right word for such melancholy story (?) read!

Best of luck in the SotM voting and of course the challenge!

Author's Response: Hey! Wow, you're reviewing them all? That's just crazy!

This is my first attempt at a second- person POV so I'm glad that it worked out. Perhaps I'll use this style more often then. I felt that it managed to capture to the sort of relationship that I expected Sirius and Regulus to have. Sirius couldn't have loathed his little brother from the start.

I'm happy you liked the descriptions, I felt they added more depth to an already emotion filled story. Plus, as you've said, they do help the reader really feel what the character is going through.

Haha, I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I had so much of fun (?) writing it. Does that make me sound sadistic? I hope not.

Thanks for the wonderful review and your display of Gryffindor courage and loyalty! Seriously, every golden paw nomination? Either you must have a lot time or a huge amount of determination. I'm going to go with the latter :)

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Review #5, by MissesWeasley123 As the Wind Blows

7th March 2014:
Satya asdfghjkl;


Allow me to say hun, that your writing has improved so much in such little time. I remember the first piece I read by you, and now I read this piece, and I don't think you could've done a better job with the quote given. You did justice to Khaled Hosseini and wrote his standard of a piece -- this was beautiful.

The way you write second person is admirable. It worked amazingly with this story telling, and was brilliant in every way.

They were siblings -- and eveyrone forgets that. That Sirius had a brother, and no matter what sibling's are your first friends. You captured their relationship so excellently it brought a tear to my eye, because it made it even more heartbreaking because Sirius left, and maybe if he didn't.. maybe if he said one thing, Regulus could've been different. That's one of the hardest things to swallow, that if one thing was different, everything could've changed.

The way you wrote this was like poetry. It was more than just saying things, but you showed them, the pain the fright, everything. Your descriptions were flawless, with zero dialogue and just so much angst, it's hard not to love this piece.

I'm really thrilled that this was entered for the challenge, because I think you've done an excellent job. Thank you for being so amazing, I truly love it.

Good luck, Satya!

-Nadia ♥

Author's Response: Aw, Nadia! Do you know how long it took me before I could come up with a satisfying response? Almost a month, that's how long.

You know I was trying to find any excuse to write a story about Reg and Sirius and the minute I saw a Khaled Hosseini Quote challenge, my first thought was OMG THIS. I SHALL FINALLY BRING THE PLOT BUNNY TO LIFE!

Or at least, something along those lines. That's why I submitted this about two months ahead of the deadline, which is practically unheard of from a person who usually submits any assignment one week late :P

Ah! Where do I start? I'm so glad that you think my writing style has improved. It just makes me so thrilled to hear that. I have butterflies inside me :3 And to do justice to Khaled Hosseini?! Hun, you're just too much ;) Thanks a million.

I got inspired from your lovely Theo story to write in second POV. It took me many months as you can see to sum up the courage. It still isn't the same quality of writing as yours but eh, nothing of mine is...yet :P I'm just kidding, your stuff is just too good for me.

EXACTLY! No matter whether Reg and Sirius were in enemy houses, they were first and foremost blood brothers. To not feel a modicum of affection for someone as close as that is lying to yourself. You're completely right, life is based on the what ifs and the possibilities that it's completely heart shattering to think of what a brilliant guy Regulus could have been had he had someone to guide him properly.

POETRY! Oh, you're too kind. I'm very flattered (if you hadn't already picked up on that yet :P) but I'm sure a lot of it has to do for the wonderful academica who agreed to beta it for me! She's so awesome. *is gushing now*

I'm thrilled that you like it! Thanks for being so amazing and coming up with this equally amazing challenge! I'm off to stalk the other entries!


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Review #6, by Maelody As the Wind Blows

7th March 2014:
This is positively breathtaking! Not only that, but you write it in a way without saying exactly who we're reading about, but we know just who it is, and who the brother is. AND it feels like we're the ones making these choices. The ones going through all of this, and the ones leaving our brother behind. It's so heartbreaking, and now I feel somewhat bad for leaving my little brother that doesn't exist behind! haha :)

My only real confusion was when the age came up. Regulus is 9 when he is introduced, and Sirius says he remembers something "many years ago (or old or something like that) and he was playing with Regulus on a game of chess. It makes me think Reg must be three or so, if Sirius is ten. Which would be cannon. (I believe because Sirius runs away at sixteen, right?) I always pictured them being in school age with one another, but I don't think that's necessarily cannon. Even so, I'm not out searching for cannon stories, just good ones. And this one is great! :D I still have goosebumps! :)

Don't leave me, Siri.

You tore my heart out! :'( Little Reg, I know it's hard, but everyone will be so proud of the man you become later!

Amazing story, dear! :) I loved it!


Author's Response: Consider this comeback Mae, for your story! Seriously, don't even question why I took this long to respond, because I don't have many answers to that except for that I am the laziest person in the world.

I'm unbelievably thrilled that you had goosebumps (not because I'm some sadist who likes causing people to freak out) because that means that I did my job as a writer pretty effectively!

Nice catch on the age gap there; I should have seen that before! Thank you so much for all your feedback hun, it really brightened my day/week/month. Again, I'm so sorry for how long this took :(

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Review #7, by adluvshp As the Wind Blows

3rd March 2014:
Blackout Battle!

Hey there! This was brilliantly written, my feels are all over the place right now =(

I loved your characterisation of Sirius and the portrayal of his relationship with Regulus. It was so sad that he had to leave and Regulus wouldn't go with him. I felt for both brothers deeply and wanted to cry (which is a good thing).

I also think your descriptions were beautiful and helped me connect with the story. Writing in second person is always hard and yet you pulled it off brilliantly. The entire story had a haunting feel about it and was so dark and sad, I was completely sucked into it.

All in all, great job!

Author's Response: Hi!

I'm positively thrilled by this review! I'm so happy that you liked my characterization of the brothers. Everyone seems to forget that although they were from warring houses they were first and foremost siblings. I'm glad that you felt for the brothers and trust me, I wanted to cry myself after finishing it!

Writing in second person is definitely harder than I expected and as this was my first attempt at it, it's awesome to know that I pulled it off! Thank you so much for this lovely review and sorry for the slightly delayed response!

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Review #8, by Chazzie As the Wind Blows

2nd March 2014:
Hey there!
I love that this is in second person! It really draws you into the story, and what a story it was. Regulus is so sweet here, and it's such a shame that he and Sirius grew so far apart. It was truly heartbreaking to read. I know he couldn't take Reg with him... But I still wish he had. I also like that you didn't introduce us to who 'you' was straight away, but instead gave us clues as to whom it may be. The final sentence will definitely haunt me whilst I continue on my Blackout rounds, so thank you!
Chazzie (Review 4/10 for the Slytherin/Gryffindor Blackout)

Author's Response: Hey!

Thanks so much for this review! I'm really glad that this story was able to capture your attention. I always thought that Sirius and Regulus were exceptionally close when they were young and that Sirius would have the natural tendency to want to take care of his brother. It is really heartbreaking that Regulus couldn't have come along. I'm so glad that the story made quite an impact :D

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Review #9, by Rumpelstiltskin As the Wind Blows

1st March 2014:
I'm here for Blackout Bingo!

Oh this is sad and I love it so much! When Sirius leaves, he asks if Regulus will go with him. But he can't. Clearly, the two brothers love one another in this, which is really refreshing, but Sirius HAS to leave...without Regulus. It's understandable that he hesitates, and poor Regulus doesn't quite understand.

This was really fantastic, and so very sad! I can't help feel bad for Regulus, since its as if Sirius is abandoning him...his older brother is leaving him in the house that represents everything that Sirius despises. At the same time, I sympathize with Sirius -- he simply MUST leave, and there's no other way.

Oh feels. Great job!


Author's Response: Hi!

I always thought that the books never truly did justice to the relationship between Sirius and Regulus. When I got the quote for Nadia's challenge, I really couldn't help but write a story about these two.

Honestly, you can't really put one brother over the other in this situation and I'm glad you pointed that out. Sirius really count bear to stay in that house any longer and had to leave but it nearly broke his heart to leave his brother behind. That left him with a very tough decision, which is what I really wanted to emphasize in this story :) Thank you so much for this wonderful review and I'm happy you enjoyed the story!

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Review #10, by TheHeirOfSlytherin As the Wind Blows

1st March 2014:
For Blackout Bingo.

I can never resist a story about the Black brothers. I've read a few about Sirius running away, each one being so different from another. Your take was just as unique, but equally as heartbreaking. Every time I read one, I beg Sirius to take Regulus with him and every time, he doesn't. But yours is the first, I think, to make me agree with his reasons why. To have two children running away, one of whom is the golden child of the family? There's not a chance in the world of escaping consequences for that. - because of that line. I don't want there to be consequences. ;(

I wanted to cry by the end. I could just imagine a heartbroken boy begging his brother not to leave him.

I loved this.


Author's Response: Hey!
I can never resist a story about the Black brothers either. Or the Black family in general. It's a bit of an obsession, you see. I'm thrilled that you thought my story was unique and yet equally impactful. That's honestly the best praise I could ever get so thank you a lot! I'm glad that you were able to see things from Sirius' side of the situation. The main point of this story was to show that neither Sirius nor Regulus was to blame for the things they did. Regulus didn't try to be the prim and proper stuck up that Sirius sometimes took him to be. He was weaker than Sirius and really couldn't stand up to his parents. At the same time, Sirius wasn't to blame for leaving Regulus behind because there was nothing he could do about it. If he did take Regulus, the chances were both of them would get caught and severely punished.

I'm really sorry about you wanting to cry but honestly I feel like I've done my job right ;) It's probably the first angst story I've ever written and I'm thrilled by the responses I've got. I'm very happy that you loved this story :)

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Review #11, by LilyLou As the Wind Blows

26th February 2014:
Hi dear! Sorry for getting to this late, but I'm here for our review swap!

I loved this! The use of second person POV gave it so much more depth and feels. It's amazing, truly. I love how you wrote Sirius, how he couldn't hate Reg, no matter how hard jetties and wanted to.

I don't have any CC, and I enjoyed this so much! You know I love Regulus and Sirius, as you've read Meissa. This was wonderful!

Great job!


Author's Response: Sorry for a horrendously late response!

I'm so glad that the use of sec on person POV really improved the story. This is my first time using that style of writing and so thank you for all the praise. It really means a lot to me :) I really adore the brothers and I'm glad that you've mentioned the relationship they shared quite a bit in Meissa! Thank you so much once again!

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