Hiya! I’ve been on a big of a Founder’s Era kick today and this story fit the bill!
This was an interesting read. I’ve read a couple of stories about Helena and each one has highlighted her character in a different way. Not saying any one way is better than another, but here, she’s almost a little bitter about how life has worked for her. Like, I don’t know why that’s the feel I get from this chapter, but it just…there’s definite anger and unease and I’m trying really hard to remember her character’s backstory because maybe that’s where I’m getting the feelings from…
Regardless, I love how her last thoughts are stuck on the riddle to the Ravenclaw common room, and how the riddle really didn’t have a wrong answer. It was just a bit more ironic for her, in the end. I love all the names she calls the door knocker and how she regrets her choice of saying death by fire was her choice. I’m not quite sure the ice would have treated her much fairly, but the fire and the intensity I think definitely set the stage for her character here. And she actually says it herself, how fire is all she’s known and how she felt at constant competition with her mother.
I really enjoyed how you weaved this chapter together and how all the pieces came together. I appreciate the opportunity to see Helena in a different light, and catch a moment that sparks me into learning more about her character. Fantastic!