Hello, it's me again. A review in lieu of a review response. I'm terrible, I know.
I'm sure I've mentioned how much I like your characterisation of Draco, because I really do. He's perfect. This is something I am unused to seeing in fanfiction - you know how it is - and therefore I'm going to have to mention it a lot. Sorry.
I'm also very pleasantly surprised by your Narcissa! It's easy to connect this woman to the desperate mother of HBP and DH while still keeping in mind that she's a loyal(ish) Death Eater and blood purist, and, again, this is sadly not as common as I'd like in fic.
And this whole thing from Tonks:
>"I'm gonna tell you something, Draco. About your 'blood traitor' Aunt Andromeda. In spite of everything your family did to her and all the nasty, hateful things they said, she used to mark the calendar with your birthdays. Your mother's. Our whack-job Aunt Bella's. Even yours. She tries to act as though the way you all turned your backs on her doesn't bother her, like it didn't hurt. Well it did. It hurt her more than she'd ever be willing to admit. And every time you open your mouth disrespectfully, I'm gonna share some of that hurt with you." Her lips twisted into a cruel sneer. "Because I can."
That is so. Much. Win. That's hidden depths in Tonks that we don't see in either canon or fic - at all, pretty much, and I'm just as guilty of this - and I'm really, really happy that you wrote that because it's brilliant. More displeased Tonks, please.
Anyway, my dear, I'm off to try and respond to your review. See yer. :)
Author's Response: Hi, there!
Since I get the idea that you watch your reviews and responses about as obsessively as I do, I wanted to throw this out for you right away: If you like Tonks being mean to Draco then keep reading. I don't want to spoil anything, but you will definitely get your wish before it's all said and done.
So on to your review. First off, I'm very glad you're continuing to like my characterization of Draco. That's really important to me. Narcissa, too. A funny thing happened while I was writing my "Draco Story". It sort of morphed into a bit of a "Narcissa Story" as well. Perhaps that was unavoidable, to an extent. They are trapped in this situation together, with Lucius being in Azkaban. But one of the neat things I find about writing is that sometimes the story you end up with isn't precisely the story you started out intending to write.
Have you ever written a block of dialog for a character and when you were done you were almost standing up and cheering for that character? Because even though the words are actually yours, even though the character isn't a real person and therefore doesn't have thoughts and feelings, you still felt just that happy for the character? Yeah, that was me after I finished writing Tonks in this section. For the first time in her life, she is in a position of power over the family that made her mother an outcast. And she isn't going to waste a moment of it. Like I said, more to come...
I look forward to reading your response. If it's as brilliant as the piece itself -- or even close -- I'm sure I'll enjoy it immensely. Thanks so much for dropping by to read and review!