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    January 21st, 2008


    Descent by Insanguinare

    Summary: “She found herself flexing her fingers around her wand, willing herself to keep the promise she’d just made and trying to remember when she’d decided to break her most important one.” It takes Bellatrix eight years to go mad. Oneshot, 6,527 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The backstory of Bellatrix intrigues me, quite frankly, and while my own personal canon will probably always include at its core the depth and twists of DeepDownSlytherin’s A Keen Observer, there is something here that delights me also. This Bellatrix has an inherent and unbridled lust for dark magic, much the same as Tom Riddle did when he was growing up. The two are not so much foils as parallels in this piece, and the interesting twist on the Cruciatus curse — while most probably not at all canon — makes for quite a lovely bit of final punctuation.

    Why You Might Not Care: The ages of the Blacks have been muddled for those whose canon must include the ages on the Black Family Tree, but I tend not to care too much about that. The scene in which Sirius makes his grand exit is perhaps a touch too long; the focus begins to shift from Bellatrix to Sirius, and parts of what is supposed to be an intense conversation sounds a little too much like exposition. It is still quite strong overall, however.

    posted by afterthree

    6 Responses to “Descent”

    1. Sara Says:
      January 21st, 2008 at 12:35 pm




      I think I love you.

      (And, yes, the canon ages bother me immensely, so I just kinda… didn’t… use them.)

    3. afterthree Says:
      January 21st, 2008 at 12:38 pm

      I totally didn’t even realize it was your fic until I had to enter the author into the rec, and then I went: Oh, it’s Sara, who knew? She’ll be happy. It came over on my feed from the Omniocular community.

    5. Anonymous Says:
      January 21st, 2008 at 4:01 pm

      The Black ages bother me too….JKR messed up a lot of people’s canon with that. AND, how did I miss this? I generally keep an eye for Sara’s fics. Hm.

    7. Sara Says:
      January 21st, 2008 at 5:01 pm

      Someone keeps an eye for my fics? o_O;;

      This has definitely been a good day as far and me and the fandom.

    9. afterthree Says:
      January 21st, 2008 at 5:35 pm

      Yeah. Totally rec’d on the Quibbler Report, too (but I scooped ’em… hehehe…). Go Sara!

    11. Christina Says:
      January 21st, 2008 at 6:42 pm

      (That was me, not sure why I came up as anonymous, and yes, I keep an eye for your fics!)