I absolutely love this story! Your way of writing is very creative and they are so young! How interesting! You are on my favorites list now!
Author's Response: Cool, thanks!
Why can't Salazar just cancel the execution? Salazar and Rowena I mean. They are young, but don't they have some influence?
Author's Response: They can't cancel it because it's what the people want. They're in a political trap. If they cancel the execution, not only are their parents angry, but the people might loose faith in them and believe that they are the devil, like Helga. They have to be sneakier. At this period of time, tumoil was everywhere. The Roman Empire was gone and life was difficult. I doubt that Salazar and Rowena, being as young as they are, would have been able to do much about it.
They are so young! Only thirteen? I imagined eighteen or early twenties. I was waaaay off.
Author's Response: They needed to be young enough that they had no real power. This creates that desperation and fear they have of the idea that they can change their lives and achieve their greatest desires. However, I wanted them to be mature, and I think their behavior is realistic for thirteen year olds. I should know- I'm only fourteen! Also, if they were older than maybe fourteen at that period of time, they'd be married. I didn't want that.
Wow! This was done amazingly! The only problem for me is that I have trouble imagining the four as 13 year olds, but that is part of the magic of stories, i guess. Only one question: aren't magic users born with their powers? They don't learn them from a book! This might just be your depiction of what magic was like back then, so contemperary magic doesn't matter... I don't know. Othe than that, however, I found this to be well written and much better than I could ever have done. Bravo!
Author's Response: Magic users are born with their powers, even in the universe I have created. However, the key to using these powers is exactly what the story is about: belief. I think I might be possible for almost anyone in the unverse I have created to use their power, if they develop it properly. This sets up an interesting thing. Pureblood wizards grow up with magic, so they believe and can perform magic. Muggleborns are like the original founders- they have a spark unlike anyone else. And Squibs are those who don't really believe they can do it, no matter how hard they try. It's not that they don't believe in magic- it's that they don't believe in themselves. You'll notice that Rowena has continual unflinching beleif in herself, and she can perform magic. I don't know if that's how it works in the books- probably not. But for the purpose of this story, since it was for a prompt, that's my philosphy.
ooooh, spooky!! I lurve it again!
Author's Response: Thanks!
sweeet!! You really grabbed my attention with the whole, "Burned at the stake" thingy! Niiiiiiice!
Author's Response: Thanks. You'll get to see how Helga's story plays out...