Yes, a Hufflepuff. I knew he had to show up eventually. And we finally get down to Isla's search for truth, or at least its beginning. All from the mouth of a second year Muggleborn. Who would have guessed? I really like the scene where they both discover the information needed to complete their project, and I especially like Hitchens comparison of Isla to the Cheshire Cat. Alice and Wonderland is one of my favorites. And how Hitchens sent Isla a book of fairy tales to Isla for Christmas? Genius. I hope it becomes her favorite book. This is probably my favorite chapter so far! Keep up the good work and take as long as you need on the updates,
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review, I'm glad you liked the chapter. The scene with Robert's comparison wasn't planned, it just came in while writing the paragraphs, as did the scene with the Christmas present. I'm hoping to update around the weekend, so stay tuned - it's going to get even more interesting as it is even now.
Oh, I don't like Savaric. Shooting glass daggers at someone, even Gryffindors, is appalling! I understand why Isla was disappointed about not finding out what the girl in the legend was searching for. I think if she found out know it would give her a huge clue into her own life and its just to early for that. As for the betrothal ceremony, I love how you gave the Circles of Stanton Drew their own powerful magic. I love the idea that relics that are baffling to us Muggles are of great import in the Wizarding World. Please update with chapter six soon because I really want to see what Isla decides to say.
Off topic but that was my first ever mention in an author's note!!!
Author's Response: Thanks for your steady reviews, clabbert2101. I'm happy that you liked the scene with the Circles of Stanton Drew; I had to look for a while until I found a site that served my purposes.
Chapter 6 is currently with my beta (again, there were parts that needed rewriting due to understanding issues). But I'll hurry with another update.
By the way, what did you mean with your last sentence? (You can answer me that in a PM when going to my bio-site. Thanks in advance.)
That's okay, I don't really want to know. What fun would that be, eh? You'll tell the story much better within the fic than you could in a response to a review. Speaking of which, I feel bad that I've been the only reviewer for chapters 2, 3, and 4. Here's something to help: Shining Through Blackness is on my favorites list. Please update soonish,
Author's Response: Thank you so much, clabbert2101. I'm really flattered that my first ever published story made it to your favorites list. And I've just submitted chapter five to the queue, and I'm looking forward to your opinion about it. Thank you for reading.
Oh dear. I'm not sure that I like Savaric at all. Quite obviously (to me anyways), Isla doesn't truly like him either. Although, her fainting could just be from excitement. But if it were, I'd be very very very very disappointed and my opinion of her would drop quite a bit. I hope the truth of whatever hits her soon or I might have to pretend to. Or maybe not. That makes me no better than her father, and I don't like him at all. Who am I to condemn a daydreamer? I myself am an expert and can get away with it with none the wiser.
Author's Response: Thank you, clabbert2101, for reviewing. I could make it easy and tell you how Isla thinks about Savaric and what it is with her fainting, but that would take all the fun in reading the next chapters. So stay tuned to find the answers.
Hmm....Slytherin, is it? The hat is right this shall indeed be interesting. Even a hat can provide a good hint, and now I want to know the truth even more than Isla.
Author's Response: Thank your for sticking. Chapter four is going into the queue right away.
Is the legend foreshadowing? I hope so. I love daydreamers, and for some reason Isla puts me in mind of a certain blond Ravenclaw. I wonder what truth Isla will be looking for; maybe the truth about who she is?
Author's Response: Of course it is, why else would I put it in, then? ;p And maybe... stay tuned to find out. Thank your for reading and reviewing.
I am really enjoying this story so far, i think you have appropriatly captured the "mystique" of the black family, and the "norm" expectations of that time (as in, the formality of the father, and his wishes and families behaviour)
i like the way Isla is depicted, the way she thinks. when we read about the black family and their outrageous beliefs of pure blood and "mudbloods", we are, of course, as the reader we are immediatly outraged and wonder how they can possibly believe such things. Your story shows truly how these beliefs are perfectly normal and expected for them, how its just an everyday thing. like our own families beleifs are ours. Our upbringing has marks on our selves, and i like the way you depicted Isla.
anyway, as i said, i really like this story, and i will be following it. well done
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I have grown really fond of Isla, for me she's no longer just a name on a family tree. Therefore I try as much as possible to depict her as a real living and breathing being with all the beliefs the Blacks hold for normal. I'm also quite drawn towards the upper society of the nineteenth century and it's really much joy to write this story. Thanks for sticking, the next chapter should be up soon, seeing that it's already finished.
No wonder Isla wants to go to Hogwarts so badly! I hope the next chapter is about her leaving home...I don't know how much punishment I can stand to read about. But this story really gets the point across about pureblood disciplinary action. I can't wait for Isla to meet the someone who will teach her to rebel - right now she's a bit too subservient for my liking. Keep writing, for your first fic this is brilliant!
Author's Response: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm flattered by your comment. Stay tuned to see when the "someone" enters Isla's life, it shall get interesting. Thanks for reading and reviewing.rnrnI've submitted chapter two, so hopefully the story will continue soon and you can find out whether or not Isla is leaving. (By the way, I've already written five chapters, and chapter six is currently with my beta.)rnrnPlease don't worry about the punishments. In my opinion the one in the first chapter is the worst. Thanks again for your kind words.