For some reason I was reminded of one of my biggest pet peeves--having someone read over my shoulder. It's bad enough when someone is merely reading something like a newspaper over my shoulder but I especially hate it if someone reads what I'm writing. It's like an invasion of my personal space. I can understand how Draco was really annoyed. Great chapter.
Wow, while I'm impressed with how far Draco went to gain the trust of everyone in the Burrow I almost wish he hadn't done that. Breaking one's wand in half is fairly dramatic. I guess I don't know if I'd do that. I'm with Narcissa--I wouldn't leave myself defenseless. At the same time I understand why he did it and I respect him for that. Great chapter.
I am so glad Draco made that last statement. In this case, I think the Dark Mark is nothing more than a tatoo. That was certainly unexpected--having the Malfoys go to the Burrow. I would think they'd be safe there. Sometimes we think of Molly as being a frumpy housewife but we forget she's a very powerful witch. After all, she's the one who eventually kills Bellatrix. Arthur isn't a weakling either, I'm sure. Great chapter.
For some reason it makes a lot of sense that Draco and Narcissa would go to Harry. It's strange that they just showed up at the Dursley's door though. I would've thought the actual house was warded. Draco was taking a risk since he didn't know Harry was there when Dumbledore died. I also think it's good that Draco actually pointed out that he hasn't had the best life either. Great chapter.
I'm not quite sure what happened. It looks like Lucius Crucioed Draco after silencing him--so his mother couldn't hear. I wonder why--unless it was to toughen him up. I think sometimes one has to go through a painful experience before one can appreciate it. If Draco is always protected and doesn't know pain, what will happen when the time comes for him to sacrifice. Great chapter.
I like the Ravenclaw possibility! Draco is smart enough to be in there. Hermonie and Ron, wow.......hot heads and totally on cue with their personalities. Can't wait to see where this goes!! Love it!
Author's Response: Thanks for your kind words, nevilleherosnape! I'm so thrilled that you like it so far! Chapter 14 is in the validation queue, so I'm hoping it'll be posted up within a day or two. Enjoy!
You've described a situation where Draco never really had a chance to take Dumbledore up on his offer. Once Snape and the other Death Eaters arrived there was no turning back. You've also provided the feeling of utter terror that both Draco and his mother must have had. They went to a place they were totally unfamiliar with and a place that they had once considered with such hatred and disdain that they had to humble themselves to an inconceiveable extent to be there. At the same time this was probably the only place that would accept them. Beggars can't be choosers, you know. Great chapter.
Author's Response: I can't wait to see what you think of the rest of the story! Thanks for reviewing, Fynnsmom! :D
Great start. I saw that you updated so I thought I'd check this story out. I'm kind of a Draco fan. Or maybe I should say that I find the Malfoys fascinating. I think you've done a good job of describing the terror and the sickness that Draco must have felt on receiving the Dark Mark and his assignment. In so many ways, Draco's path was no easier than Harry's. Great chapter.
Thank you for reviewing! I hope you like the first chapter enough to continue reading. :D Enjoy chapters 2-13, and I'll have Chapter 14 and 15 up as soon as I can. :) I'm working on 16as we speak. Again, thanks for the review, and happy reading!
Interesting chapter, Draco still has a lot of explaining to do! Cannot wait for the next chapter :-)
Hi again, MM! I just posted #13, and I have to totally apologize for the wait... No excuses, just apology.
Thanks again for reviewing! :)
OH MY GOD GURL
this story is wonderful
and si bloody emotional
i nearly cried
exept that the chapters are a bit short
keep on the gd work though
and am looking forward to ur update
Thank you, Maya!! Yes, the chapters do start short, but I'm working on Chapter 15 at the moment, and I've vowed not to finish a new chapter until it's 3,000+ words long! They'll get longer! I promise! :)
Thanks for being a great reviewer! I love when I get reviews that say more than just "pls update soon" or the like. It's great to hear you like the story so much so far! :D
Excellent chapter!!! Captivating to read...Cannot wait for the next one!!
Loved it! It was very nice to see Draco's vulnerable side :-)
Author's Response: You reviewed twice... Hehee... It's okay, though, because you're awesome! Awesome people don't need to worry. :D
Loved it! It was very nice to see Draco's vulnerable side :-)
You are truly awesome! I am so happy you're pleased with my work so far. I'm actually having a lot of trouble with Chapter 15 (I love flashbacks, but I never know how best to transition back into the present day...), but your reviews keep me hopeful. It's great to know that although I'm taking a while to finish my latest chapter, there's someone out there who's still encouraging me to continue (besides my beta reraders, that is)!
Thanks a zillion, MaraudingMarauders! <3
LOL, I am very proud to be your most faithful reviewer so far! An interesting chapter. It is nice to see Draco reflecting on his situation and struggling to fit in. We certainly rarely ever see that! Keep up the good work! I cannot wait to read the next chapter :-)
Well, snapping my wand would not have been the path I would have taken but the message certainly came across. Excellent chapter, I am eagerly awaiting the next update :-)
Author's Response: Thank you so much for being my most loyal reviewer yet! I love to see a reader review each chapter before moving on to the next one. It really is helpful to get the feedback, and it's a great compliment, too, that you're taking the time to review each one! Thank you again! Keep an eye out for Chapter 7: The Pensieve.
Wonderful chapter. Draco finally said the right thing at the right time. I think Narcissa and Molly may have a bit of a confrontation...but maybe it will all turn out for the better...
Well that went better than I had anticipated...lol...Great chapter, though I am slightly curious to see if Ron and Hermione take the news as well as Harry did. I am expecting some fireworks from Ron!!! ;-)
Oh my goodness!! I wonder how much of a role Nora Rookwood will continue to play...And why Lucius did that to Draco. Very interesting dynamics here
Interesting turn of events. I just wish the chapters were a little bit longer!!! The muggle world is going to be a tough adjustment to Draco and Narcissa so this should be funny ;-)
Author's Response: Oh, the chapters will get much longer as the story progresses. I have 14 chapters written so far, and lately, my word counts average around 3,000 words, so you'll get more for your patience soon!! Thanks for reviewing! :D
Nice start to this fan fic. I am very curious to see how this one turns out! :-)