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Review:academica says:
Hey Rachel! I had a few minutes to myself this evening and I thought I'd pop by and check out some of your recent work. This one jumped out at me.

I really love this portrayal of Lavender. It reminds me a lot of Clandestine, because in the same way that I took Rose to the extreme in that story, you took that little bit of canon jealousy and just pushed it way over the edge. Not only that, but her disdain for Ron seems to bleed over onto almost everyone else she meets, even strangers on the street in Diagon Alley. I felt like every description was tainted by Lavender's hatred and jealousy. All at once, the emotions seem simple and then complex--she wants and hates him passionately.

I was a big fan of the creepy overtone of the story and the way Lavender had calculated even the smallest interactions, like her faux ignorance in the conversation with Harry. I can't help but wonder if he'll put two and two together when they find Ron's body. I get the sense that it doesn't matter to Lavender--she got to exact her revenge, which seems like the end of it, all she ever really wanted.

This was really cool and different. Nice job :)

-Amanda

Author's Response: Amanda! ♥ I'm so thrilled to see your name back in my (large) pile of unanswered reviews, and I really do appreciate your taking the time to check out a story of mine. I'm so long it's taken me so long to respond, too.

I've heard really awesome things about Clandestine, actually, and now that you've drawn that comparison I feel I'm going to have to check it out before too long. :) Lavender's definitely been warped by hatred and jealousy in this story, and it kind of drives her every action. I think the thought of wanting Ron is more attractive to her in this state than Ron herself is -- and somehow I'm under the impression that something Greyback did to her in the battle sort of altered her rational mindset somewhat. The movies indicated Lavender died, but we never knew that for sure...

I LOVE writing creepy stories, and I'm glad you thought it worked here! Creepy and/or sad stories are always my favorite, both to read and to write, and I'm not sure why that is. It's the seedy underbelly of life as far as emotions go, but there's something stark and striking about it, too. (I'm under the impression that Harry, upon finding Ron's body, knew exactly what happened... Poor bloke.)

Thank you so much for taking the time to review this for me! :) I'm happy that you enjoyed it!


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