Oh that was a lovely chapter! James and Sirius cementing their friendship was really nice to watch, and all the chilling things Sirius got for Christmas -- as well as his eyes softening at Regulus's present -- broke my heart.
I love that a "simple" christmas present from Remus is a lead up to the Marauder's map. You're so clever Antonia!
Antonia East Thursday 2nd June 2005 02:06
3: In the Shadows of the Night (Author Response)
Thank you very much for reviewing! I'm glad you enjoyed the
chapter of James and Sirius being boys together at Christmas
time. I think Sirius and Regulus must have an interesting
relationship - built on mutual jealousy and affection.
As for the Marauder's map:
Sirius: Well, Remus's present was ages ago. It was my idea really.
James: No it wasn't!
Remus: I thought it was Peter's idea?
Peter: No, I think we got the idea from Remus's parchment. She's right, really.
Remus: Well, my dad gave me the idea for the parchment, so working out whose idea it really was could take a while.
I think that my favourite part of the chapter was when James received the invisibility cloak. I love that you gave it to him in his first year, just like Harry. I like that there are parallels in their lives.
The search for the kitchens was good as well. You didn't make it too easy for them, they didn't find it on the first look. I appreciate that, as it makes it more realistic, and less constructed.
The gifts were great! Remus' was really awesome. I can see it coming into play later... maybe with the map...
I'm just going to go over and read the next chapter now. I'm really loving this story, by the way!