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    September 28th, 2007

    Thyself in Me

    Thyself in Me by Branwyn

    Summary: Whenever Narcissa is alone, she spends long minutes gazing at herself in mirrors. Oneshot, 2,244 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is one of these fabulous character pieces that you sit back from reading and start to see canon differently. It’s a somewhat original view on the Black sisters, particularly Narcissa, and it gives real insight into her motivations. The romance between Narcissa and Lucius is suitably formal, and wonderfully contrasted with the sheer instincts that she discovers at becoming a mother. It’s quite sparely written: unlike many one-shots of its kind it doesn’t overdose on beautiful words, and the emotions, the actions, the decisions: they’re all very real. Beautifully constructed and excellently executed.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sometimes this is a little too sparely written and a little of the depth is lost, and Branwyn’s phrasing can occasionally be a little clunky and awkward, but the psychology of the character, even with this awkwardness, is always handled sensitively and delicately.

    posted by winglessflight

    2 Responses to “Thyself in Me”

    1. afterthree Says:
      September 28th, 2007 at 9:52 am

      This was fantastic! A very original look at the Black sisters, and extremely well written. The contrast of the aristocracy and Narcissa’s unfamiliar maternal instincts is fascinating in this piece.

    3. AML Says:
      September 28th, 2007 at 12:01 pm

      I love that Narcissa looks in mirrors simply searching, not admiring herself. Something about this fits Narcissa, although I can’t quite point directly at what that something is. And this fic wraps up nicely with Narcissa finally finding herself in Draco. This complements Narcissa’s plea to Snape to protect Draco from harm. [HHP]

      Thanks for the rec!