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Review:MissMdsty says:
Those two, they just make my heart melt! Again, the descriptions were so intense, I almost felt short of breath when Draco was struggling to get a hold on himself.

I like how he can open up to Astoria and she is so understanding. In my mind, she is a lot like Narcissa and I think the two of them got along very well. It's always interesting how you can explain the events of the war through the eyes of the "bad guys". It's so strange yet at the same time humbling for me to see that Draco did indeed struggle with the moral issues of what he was doing and he wasn't just a robot programmed to do the Dark Lord's biding. The story about the man and his son was incredibly sad, it's a horrible thought that Lucius sent his child to bare witness and participate in something so cruel. I swear, the only back bone that man ever had was that cane he carried around and maybe the stacks of Galleons in his vault. It makes me sick. They should call Wizard Child Protection or something.

Astoria describing Bellatrix as a lady (nevermind the charming bit) brought a smile to my face. She is so well educated that she can even call the mother of all evil and cruelty a lady.

I also like how in character Hermione is. Even though she is in love with Ron, she still believes in doing what is right and she couldn't bring herself to abuse her position when anybody else would've done it.

I think McGonagall may regard Astoria as a little naive, since as she pointed out her family wasn't directly involved in the war and she didn't see all the things McGonagall saw or heard off. I think it's going to be an interesting journey to see how Astoria grows from a girl into a young woman and later the wife of Draco.

As always, this was flawless, with perfect grammar and spelling! Can't wait to read more!

Ral

Author's Response: Hi, there! Always a pleasure to see you, my dear.

There were a lot of intense emotions in this chapter. "Feels" as Jami would say. I'm glad that they came through well for you. Writing it was... hmmnnn... I'm not sure "scary" is the right word, but it required a lot of careful thought and fine-tuning to get it the way I wanted it.

The similarities between Astoria and Narcissa are not by accident. Draco sees them too, and I think it could become a topic of conversation between the two of them later on. ;)

I don't think of Lucius as being malicious. He's misguided and weak, and he gets himself in way over his head, but remember in Deathly Hallows when he's begging the Dark Lord to be allowed to go after Harry so he can search the castle for Draco? I never thought that was the request of an evil man or a complete coward. I think Lucius was in love with the *idea* of being a Death Eater. He liked the idea of people being afraid of him and he liked to dabble with dark magic. But the Dark Lord's true supporters -- people like the Lestranges, Barty Crouch Jr, Dolohov and Rookwood -- were a whole different kind of person. They were either fanatically dedicated to Voldemort or they were cruel, sadistic sociopaths who enjoyed violence and killing.

Even after hearing Draco explain a bit of what life as a Death Eater was like, Astoria still doesn't really understand what people like Bellatrix were all about. Don't worry, she'll get a better idea before this is over.

Hermione is the sort of person, at least to me, whose conscience wouldn't allow her to lie to McGonagall about what happened.

I'm really glad that you enjoyed this chapter. Aside from the first one, this one was the most fun to write. Thanks for reading and reviewing!


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