|Review:||Secret Santa says:|
Yes, it's me again. I know for a fact that I'm not annoying you with these reviews so I'm not going to stop. Well. No. That's a lie. I don't know for a fact. But I'm assuming that you're not. And you have very little say in it, short of coming to me and threating me to stop. But you don't know who I am. Nyah nyah.
You should know that when I got to the end of this, my right leg (which was crossed over my left) kicked up, my left shoulder hunched in, my head tilted up, I closed my eyes and made a small strangled sound. Yes, that image probably doesn't sound all that appealing but I tend to do strange things like that when I get frustrated/love something/get excited/all of the above.
In this case, it was all of the above.
Firstly, I love that Teddy was a baby. HOW CUTE BABY OH MY GOD SO SMALL AND TINY AHHH. Sorry. That was my clucky moment. But, still. Little thing, all asleep on Andromeda's shoulder. Aw. Aw times a million.
Thank you for tackling the Black sisters. And to do it in their older years. I always loved their dynamic. I love reading about sisters because they seem to have this bond that no other relationship can ever have and all three of them are just so different that it can make for really good writing.
Like this. Especially like this.
And what's even more interesting is the timing of it. It's after the battle and it somehow makes it more genuine. It isn't just conflict between them during their younger years, but Narcissa's letter actually seems heartfelt.
That has to be one of the best letters I have read in fanfiction, by the way. It's short. It isn't overly emotional. But I can tell it's genuine. I don't know if it came easily to you, but I would have agonised over that letter. You did it perfectly.
Andromeda's reaction was also perfect. Poor thing. Having to deal with that onslaught of memories (which were so sad, seriously, my heart broke for her when she was looking at the photographs) and then this letter would have just been the last straw for her.
I absolutely adored her characterisation this. I get a real sense of helplessness and grief from her and it's just so sad. I never really thought about a relationship between her and Narcissa in the future after the battle and this is the first time I have encountered it.
So there is just one thing for me to do: continue reading! :)
Author's Response: You are definitely not annoying me! You are making me feel awesome and happy (and in the mood to go reviewing, which is yay)!
I was less pleased with this chapter initially, but after some edits I got to the point that I was quite happy with it, and I'm really glad you agree! (I'm big on editing my work. I'm doing it constantly.) The photographs in particular were something I added, and I was really pleased with what they added to the scene - and again, yay you agreeing! :P
I'm glad that she comes across that way to you, because that's exactly what I was going for. She's lost almost everything. In a lot of ways, I expect that Teddy grew up to be a fairly well-adjusted person, despite having never known his parents, because he had a loving family. Andromeda, on the other hand, would I think have a lot of difficulty with everything, because she has so much to miss and so little to replace it with.
I've read one or two fics of Andromeda and Narcissa after the war, and they always seem to end in this tearful reconciliation because suddenly all the old wounds are healed. That always seemed like a copout to me. Old wounds aren't always healed, especially not when they're to the magnitude that Andromeda's were, and I think that simplifying it like that is a huge injustice to her and to Narcissa.
:) Thank you!