The queen reads a report, Harry has a chat with Minerva, Dobby pulls a prank, new laws are passed, Dumbledore forgets, Voldy wakes up, Snape takes a chance and Rita is rescued.
(#) Wonderbee31 2010-09-06 07:53:17 PMOh Lord, first off, I'm sorry for your loss there, and will hold you in my prayers. Nothing is more important than family, and will be holding out for all of you to get through this period of time. Take care.
Author's responseThanks, Wonderbee.
I can only say it was over very quickly. Now comes the reconstruction.
(#) potter8668 2010-09-06 07:55:59 PMI am sorry to hear of your loss. I know that when my dad died you offered the same. Let life work itself out and return to writing when you're ready. By the way I am enjoying the story very much.
Author's responseThank you Potter. I remember. One way or another, life will work itself out. I just have to sort out the details.
I'm glad you like the story, and I'll post the next chapter as son as I can.
- As much as I love your writing, SCREW IT! I'm so sorry to hear about your sister, and you have too much else to deal with other than this. You and yours have my sincerest condolences on your loss. Take time away from this (unless you use it as a coping mechanism, of course) and be with your family.
I've never met Firelemming, but I would go to pieces if it had happened to my sis, even if we don't seem to have anywhere near the relationship you had with yours.
Take care of yourself, your family, and your friends. Your fans will await your return, and welcome you whenever you grace us with your presence.
Author's responseI thank you for your kind words, JaCeesme.
In many ways, I have used writing fics as a therapy. Perhaps this will be the same, but I'm going to miss her horribly.
I'm more concerned with my daughter. I've faced death so often we're old friends, but my sister is the first human being my baby has ever seen die. I'm waiting for the break-point.
If you'd like to see some of FireLemming's work, go to The Lion King's art site. I think it's simply called TLK. Her comics are absolutely beautiful.
I will post again, as soon as things settle down, and hopefully the story will be done in ten or so more chapters.
- First, an excellent part. I'm saddened to hear about your sister. Don't worry about the story, take all the time you need to heal with your family. When it comes down to it they're what's most important in life.
Author's responseHeya Rob.
Thanks or your kind words and thanks for understanding.
(#) Richardc269 2010-09-06 08:44:08 PMAnother great chapter to the story.
I am sorry to hear about your sister passing. Depending on her personality (which obviously, I don't know what type it is), I'm pretty sure she wouldn't want you to spend too much time mourning her and just enjoy your life while you can (most people will probably agree with that if they die and family members miss them, I know I'd want them to live life and not mourn me too long, that'd be pretty selfish if I didn't.)
I hope you take those words to heart, and don't mourn her to the point of not being able to do anything else. I'm 27 and even I know when life is total shit, you have to just go through it as best as you're able.
Here's hoping you live a lot longer (and of course, happy) life. I'm not religious in the slightest (more Athiest/agnostic than anything else), but I do believe in reincarnation (though not the whole "human to animal" idea), and I sincerely hope that in her next life that it is a longer and happy one.
Continue the great writing, and keep doing the things you enjoy without mental pain. I wish you the best.
Author's responseThanks Richard.
In may when she got out of the hospital she told me that if she should de, I was to wear black for a year and then go to a monastery.
Actually, she was like that too. She understood more than most that death was part of life. She was very 'Jedi' in that regard. Still, I'm going to miss her wit and sarcastic nature so very much.
As a Buddhist, I agree with my sister. Comes death from life, and comes life from death. I'm fifty and I expect another ten to twelve years, but I've done everything I set out to do, so once my daughter doesn't need me anymore, I can die content.
Again, I thank you.
- Very sorry to hear about your sister's passing, my sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family. Having lost both parents, and been present when my father died, I can empathize. Deal with all that you have to and we'll be waiting to read further chapters when you can write and post them.
I loved the discussion with Minerva and like the way Albus is being further undermined and his way out greased. I'm certain that his dealings with Sybil and Severus are probably better known by Harry than he suspects (house-elf liberaton provisions - makes for a nice acronym, too). Severus took a chance but Tom is obviously intelligent enough to realize that Severus was right. Tom's musings about new "inner circle" members wer amusing, especially as there were so few candidates he considered worth it.
Rita's article was nicely done and Harry's response to her call for help was very nicely done. I do think Tom's not going to enjoy losing a few more minions within the Ministry, especially not when they are pressing so closely. I'm certain the editor of the Daily Prophet is now looking at the threat in a whole new light; especially when it was a "friend" who damn near got him killed. If Amelia's people "walk back the dog", I suspect they may well identify some other Deeters in the Ministry. That move with the final terrorist in Rita's office was a nice touch and it'll be "educational" to see how Rita gets along with Remus as her guard; especially since she knows he's "taken" and is quite a capable fighter.
Author's responseThanks Cat. Fifteen years ago, I watched my wife, Pauline die. As the first officer on the scene, I had to pull her body from a burning wreck. My sister died as quickly, but far more peacefully.
She was brilliant and annoying and I'm going to miss her terribly. five times an hour I see or read something and I think, 'Wow! Marion's gonna love this!' and then, 'Damn!'
There might be an insurance settlement from her work. Her boss told me the company has a policy on all their employees of over a year, and she'd been their for three. If so, we can keep the house(Backtaxes, y'know). If not, well, we'll see what happens.
Now on to the story.
Minerva has decided by now that the deceitful old bastard is pretty much as bad as Voldemort. Harry's diatribe only helps to cement that idea in her mind. While Harry will be informed, by Dobby, Sybil's fate is undecided. I had intended to leave her where she was, as in the death-like sleep, she's the safest one in the castle. If the elves levitate her, she won't even get bed sores. Of course, I can have Harry ask the elves to abscond with her, but he really doesn't need her. She's really of little further use to Dumbledore.
Snape, on the other hands will find himself constantly beset by little problems such as dirty cauldrons, and contaminated supplies. Not to mention Dobby and Peeves, who will both be making regular visits to torment him.
Hermione would love your acronyms!
Yeah, Snape took a serious chance. Voldemort isn't the most stable of people at the best of times. He could have decided that his personal honor was more important than Snape's dedication. As for Snape, his decision was more to further the ideals of purism, than anything else. Still, he got off very lucky.
IMO, none of those mentioned would be worth a damn as inner circle, but it's not like he has much of a choice. His most faithful is dead, his most intelligent is learning how to walk again, his sneakiest is already in the inner circle and the rest are a bunch of hoodlums with a few braincells to rub together.
Every time Voldemort strikes out, he'll draw back a bloody mitt. He may cause damage, but he'll pay for it. If nothing else, that will give people incentive to not join him. On the other hand, Snape has a list of more than a hundred like minded idiots, ready and willing to become terrorists.
Euwings is going to take a hard look at operational security from here on in. Harry will help with expenses, and likely offer to relocate family, but Euwings will have to tell the families why their kin are dead. Sucks, man!
Dawlish's questioning will indeed reveal more Deez within the ministry, but they won't be particularly important to the story. Walk-on's. Anonymous Red-shirts. Crewman number six. The faceless minions of Dr. Evil.
Rita has a decent respect as well as a little bit of attraction for Remus, but where he goes, Tonks goes, and Tonks is possessive as hell. Will Remus need to demonstrate his capabilities? Haven't decided.
Until next time...whenever that is.