From your summary I was expecting Regulus to go to Sirius - but this made more sense, I suppose. It was very good; I can see how it would be easy for anyone to fall into the shadows with a brother like Lucius Malfoy! And it was good seeing the two younger brothers plot; plot for what's right, of course. Also, I loved the little Snape reference at the end. That was great, as was Justinian. Nice one-shot!
Author's Response: Thanks! I really enjoyed Justinian, too. Possibly that's the rule -- if I don't like the OC I abandon him to wherever OCs go to fade away. I'm sure Regulus had friends of some sort, though up to this point I'd only ever written him as the little brother who annoyed Sirius or the slightly-younger Slytherin who annoyed Severus. Trying to keep those versions of him and yet have a friend see him too was an interesting little challenge.
Very interesting. I like it. It seems that even the Malfoys have some shred of decency. Keep up the good work.
Author's Response: Well, one of them did, anyway, here. I'm not quite sure where he came from! Thanks!
Well, this was certainly a long time coming, but I enjoyed it all the more for the anticipation. Seeing as this is the first VV fic I've ever read, I'd like to comment on how much I enjoyed your style. I'd wager aguess that Justinian Malfoy already exists in some fanfic universe of yours. But even if he doesn't, I loved the characterization and exposition throughout this story. It was refreshing that the beginningmiddleend didn't feel like beginning. middle. end. The backstory simply flowed in and out as needed, nothing unnecessary was revealed. I enjoyed your take on Regulus: a young lad who really didn't have many cares and somehow ended up with ... dare I call it a conscience? Anyway, he's fabulously played in this story. I certainly would love to see more of this, but it also stands alone and tied up in itself very well. Brava.
I was going to end it with that, but I simply couldn't leave without commenting about the perception of Mrs. Black, the small history played between Regulus and Justinian, and the perfect placement of them both as the younger brothers.
Author's Response: Aw, thanks -- both for the review and the bunny. The bunny grew slowly, but I had a marvelous time with him. It seemed reasonable for Regulus to be a lot like Sirius, and for the similarities to drive them apart as much as the differences. I'd written Regulus before from the Severus POV, where he was mostly that bratty younger brother of that awful Sirius, so it was fun to explore a different facet of him. Justinian was completely new, but may need to return sometime. He was a whole new sort of Slytherin, and quite intriguing in his own right.
I've spent a surprising amount of my life listening to young men solve the problems of the world. Having these two do it over a glass or several of wine just worked, somehow.
Sorry I'm reviewing again, but I love reading author's responces to my questions, and I just HAVE to know. But does Justinian WANT to remain invisible?
Author's Response: For now, at least, yes, he likes being invisible. It's ever so much healthier! Someday he might like to reappear, preferably as a wealthy only child, but he's not going to fight for it. If you're a member on the forums, you can pop into the Great Hall, go to the Duelling Club, and quiz all your favorite writers all you like. It's http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1653 for my thread. /Shamlelessness
Intresting... Whoose side is Justinian on? Is he neautral?
Author's Response: Justinian is utterly on his own side, a good Slytherin. His ambitions are smaller than usual, though, as he mostly intends to outlive his older brother and have a good life in the meantime. I'd read a couple of largely-invisible characters in other people's works and wanted to try one, and somehow the ancestry just worked. He befriended Regulus partly because with a nice flamboyant Black around nobody would ever notice him at all, but it proved to be a more durable friendship than expected. Thanks for reviewing!
Oh, I LIKE this!
Author's Response: Good! Thanks for reviewing. This was prompted by a Mod Truth-or-Dare session one fine day, and my drabble proceeded to grow to greater size than expected.