|Review:||Toujours Padfoot says:|
I really loved this story. Narcissa's emotions were very real, and I love how you painted her despair and her hope and that feeling of being lost, blindsided by losing even when you thought your side invincible. I would imagine that Narcissa would appreciate losing much more than any of the other Death Eaters, as the prospects for Draco leading a more peaceful life have a chance again. She can go home and rebuild, and not have to sit quietly by as Voldemort runs her home, killing people in it and keeping them prisoners there. Narcissa did right in the end, sparing Harry Potter, even if she was motivated to do so only because she wanted to see her son.
Such a shame, an embarrassment to a family who had once had it all. And now all they have is each other. This piece was very poignant and believable, and I could easily picture Narcissa looking around the Great Hall, feeling more than a little dazed by the situation that had occured within the past thirty-six hours, as well as a bit left out. So many people were rejoicing because Voldemort was gone. Even if they had lost family and friends in the battle, at least they knew that they had fought for the good side all along, that they had made efforts to destroy Death Eaters. Narcissa and Lucius cannot say that. They have to live with knowing that they'd poisoned their son, that they'd committed great evils. But then again, Narcissa may have even more reason to feel relief than any of the others. None of them had had to stare at Voldemort all day long, fearing that he might lose his temper at any second and kill them. The victory is on her side, too, even though she cannot yell and clap and join in their laughter. Narcissa got her life back. She's free.
Wonderful writing, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think you have a very strong understanding of Narcissa and her family after the battle. I appreciated the little details like Arthur helping Lucius move Bellatrix's body - I can't imagine anything humbling Lucius more than that, after he gloried in belittling Arthur for years. It really shows the power of kindness, and how everyone starts off on the same level again after everyone's world is torn down. They all have to rebuild together, and leave the past in the past.
Author's Response: Oh my, thank you for this very thoughtful and humbling review! I could never hope to write Lucius and Narcissa as elegantly as you, dearie, but I'm so glad you enjoyed this little piece.
I agree that the Malfoys are put in a unique position at the close of the second war; they indeed cannot rejoice openly with Harry and his supporters, and yet they longer fit in as Death Eaters either. They are accustomed to being at the pinnacle of the food chain, and now they are simply alone, left off to the side as an afterthought in the midst of the celebration and cleanup. With little pieces like Arthur and Andromeda, I wanted to emphasize that Narcissa cannot yet (or possibly ever) truly appreciate the kindness of her former foes in the wake of all of the loss she experienced. She lived in one role for so long that she can't imagine having to start over from nothing. Yet she uses her formerly unnoticed strength to carry her family at the end, choosing to appreciate what she still possesses rather than dwelling on what she must leave in the past. It's interesting, after Lucius having been in charge for so long, to see her rise up as a new source of strength for her broken family. All in all, I just think there is more to her than meets the eye, and I wanted to celebrate that in this piece.
Thanks so much for the review! It made my day! :)