Ooo, that cage of dreams sounds fascinating. it's a little like the mirror of erised, although the mirror only showed your deepest desire, not the outcomes of all possible dreams. Still, a weak willed person might waste their life looking into the box instead of actually living. This is also a very scarey chapter as Murdock seems very intent on possessing the cage of dreams one way or another. I'm also wondering if Murdock is hovering outside Draco's window on a broom all day under a demiguise cloak so he can catch Draco hiding the box and so find out where it is. You've also left a big question mark over the voice behind the cupboard door.
I'm quite surprised that Draco hid the cage of dreams again, but quite proud too. Can't help but wonder if Harry Potter had been the one to discover it, whether he would've put it back. Also, does it show what truly would've happened if for example Draco went home, or was that the worst possible result? If Draco had excellent mind control like Snape for instance, would he have been more capable of controling the power of the box and therefore seen a more accurate vision? Sorry, I just find this a fascinating magical object. I also thought the description Murdock gave of his wife's condition very upsetting, I almost felt sorry for him at one point, almost.
Oo, yet another chapter full of suspense. I have the strangest feeling that the roses Narcissa gave Draco are enchanted so that when he offers the second to Pansy they'll be betrothed. Also, it appears he's put both the Rose and and his unopened letter in his cloak, perhaps he'll mix the envelopes up and give Pansy his letter by mistake. I see i guessed right about Murdock watching Draco from the window. I'm now wondering what significance the ring Draco found has, was it that which gave him the ability to find the cage of dreams, is the ring enchanted somehow to make him more obediant towards Lucius wishes, he hasn't disobeyed him since putting it on desppite wanting to.
Hmm, I'm beginning to like certain characteristics you've built into Draco. He seemed a little Gryffindorish towards the end of this chapter, although maybe being brave doesn't necessarily mean you should be in Gryffindore. I mean, take Snape for instance, he was terrifically brave, but in a quiet inner strength sort of way as opposed to open heroism as is usually rue of Gryffindores. I'd love to know what the letter was all about, if this was during chamber of secrets then it might've referred to bullying people into getting Dumbledore sacked, but I'm intrigued as to what it refers to at this point. Sorry if i'm being particularly dense. I'm surprised Narcissa could remain conscious after three bottles of fire wiskey. I think my favourite scene in this chapter was Draco telling Lucius that if he was to hit anyone it shouldn't be Narcissa, very Hufflepuff of him, such loyalty.
Excerpt from story: Merlin, he was going soft, Draco thought as he tried not to grimace. He'd start spouting off poetry in a minute if he wasn't careful. This whole love thing was sending him round the twist.
What a horrid chapter, Regan's opening beautiful birthday gifts while Draco's being tortured and murdered by Voldemort. Sorry, didn't mean to suggest that the chapter was any less brilliant than the rest of the fic, it's just the cruel irony of it all. And I'm so upset that Regan and Draco won't have more time together. The gifts were lovely though, and the one she liked best was the least expensive and most heartfelt. My favourite was Harry's though.
Thats what i like to see, a happy ending, however unbelievable it may seem. What happens to Regans power now, did she use it all up saving Draco, or will someone train her to use it?
Wow, what an ending! I'd just like to take this opportunity to say that I love Dumbledore, he knows the rules inside, out, back to front and sideways and always manages to find a loophole. Regan's dad is hilarious, and I'm glad he's accepted Draco. It's brilliant that Regan's going to get training for her powers, she'll be able to use it for so much when she's through. I'll miss Regan, she's been a lovely character to adventure with.
I love Ron in this fic, he's so funny egging Regan on. Regan to me is like a female Sirius Black, well, a female teenaged Sirius Black. Draco didn't seem quite right in this chapter, being so high and mighty as he is, I find it impossible to believe that he'd even leave his dorm without at least a bath robe, if not full dress. Love this fic!
I love Regan's animagus form, it really suits her. And the way she just walked through the school in a towel, you've got to admire her. This chapter was more like the Draco we know and er... . And the snow wolf sounds beautiful and etherial in a way. Harry's personality as Quidditch Captain is very like Oliver Wood's, do you think he realises? it'd be funny if someone pointed it out to him.
This chapter was excellent! I'm really glad Harry stuck up for Regan against those girls, I hate gossipers, don't they ever think how they'd feel if it were about them? And Prof McGonagall is brilliant, the last bit about her love interst loving himself more was so funny, although in retrospect it probably wasn't as funny to her at the time.
Tierney sounds like a really fun person, too cool to be a brother. I have three brothers and none of them are anything like that, not with me at any rate. I sometimes wish our relationships were like the one described in this chapter. Vera's great, a little extraordinary, but I'd say thats a good thing. I'm now worrying that Voldemort and the death eaters will discover Regan's unusual talents and try to use her to their advantage in some way. Hope she and Draco work things out. I love this fic.
I'm so glad you wrote this chapter, Regan and Draco made up, made love even and it was very tastefully handled at that. Oh dear, Narcissa Malfoy does tend to get murdered alot in fics, doesn't have much luck does she? I guess her departure breaks all ties Draco has with is family and they can't hold her safety over him as leverage, but then theres Regan to consider. I'find these talks between Voldemort and the death eaters very disturbing in that they convey nothing of what they're actually planning, besides the fact that Narcissa is dead, a fact of which we were already aware. I can only hope that Draco's going to Regan wasn't planned, with his cooperation, or even with his being imperiused or impersonated.
I loved the doorbell idea, and Regan's father is funny in a detached sort of way. I think he's full of emotions underneath, but for some reason maintains a no nonsense all buisness exterior. The hawk clipping Draco was cool too, especially since he didn't realise who it was. I always feel sorry for house elves, wouldn't you rather be woken up by a distant vacuum than somebody bursting into your room? I wonder what sort of animagus Regan's brother is, I bet it's great to be an animagus, especially something so different to yourself, like a bird or even a hippogriffe, flying without a broom, and if you were an owl you could deliver your own post. Thats another thing, why do they need to use owls, couldn't they invent a transfer spell or something? Sorry I'm off topic.
The crystal rose was a lovely idea and Hermione's berating Ron for his lack of romance was hilarious. Regan had a very good point when it came to Draco's acceptance of help, perhaps he only refuses when it comes to money, something he's been taught really matters. Something odd's going on with Regan's father, he seems to be trying to show her he cares as he's never done before but has difficulty knowing how, At least she understands him though. I'm hoping she learns to use her power soon, it might make her feel more complete and at ease.
Regan is reminding me a little of Monica from friends in this chapter, perhaps she'd make a good Regan, well, a few years ago. Hermione's brilliant, I knew she'd make a perfect head girl, the best bit was when they asked what the ice was for and Hermione replied 'her face' before promptly slapping Regan. Comic timing is perfect in this fic.
Beautiful, wiping away tears as we speak.
I'm going to give myself ten minutes before i read on, I need to calm down, I'm in tears over this chapter. I really like this fic, you've written the characters really well and they all have distinct personalities and leap from the words. I can't list how many emotions i've felt while reading and I'm barely into the story.
Considering how easy it was for Voldemort to kill the Potters, it was quite obvious he was going easy on them, still don't know why though. I knew it was him the minute you mentioned red eyes in your description of the shop owner. I'm guessing he does want Lily for something, however as she is a muggle born I can't fathom why. If Snape was the one in Dumbledores office that Remus overheard, then Voldemort must already know of the prophecy, but the timing isn't right for that, unless you've arranged it differently. I'll just have to read on and find out.
I found this chapter so depressing. Don't get me wrong, it was so well written and probably exactly how they'd all act, I just find it so disheartening when friendships breakdown. I despise Pettigrew, what a git! It's not only that he's turned traitor, it's the way he's done it, setting them all against one another, making them suspect anyone but him. OOO I'd love to hex him into oblivian! And Remus knows, but can't prove it to anyone or he'll give away the marauder secret. Perhaps he should've told Dumbledore about the animagi, at least it might have proven Peter guilty, and saved Lily and James lives so Harry didn't end up with the Dursley's. Sorry, getting carried away.
Poor Remus, I can hear him sobbing, your descriptions are too good. Can't somebody shut that place down? And sending Lily and Dorcas in to that Vampire shop! Is Dumbledore mental? Surely there are other ways. Sirius must know now that Remus is innocent, so why haven't they guessed at Pettigrew's being the traitor?