This doesn't actually count as a review, but -- Anna, goodness, I'm floored! The writing was very well done, the pace speeding up at the end. My heart started to beat faster as Lucille followed Lucius, honestly. The imagery was incredibly vivid, from the drab tones at the beginning and the lights of the party to the scene at the end.
I think how amazing the characters are goes without saying. First, Lucille. Lucille! And the fact that she's under Lucas' care must be explained. Next companion please! And then the Swedish housekeeper! *giggles* You are incredibly sly. Love the names. Then Liam and Hermione, which I didn't expect but really, I should have. Harry wasn't mentioned at all, but I'm assuming that Siobhan is still with him. Oh my. I have three different universes bouncing around my head -- Sins of the Father, which I know doesn't end up with the situation in The Magnificent Malfoy (well, I suppose at this point it can) and now this. Excuse me while I try to reconcile all three. O.O
Anyway, this is just fantastic and it's giving my head a spin, but a good one. I'm going to beat you over the head with a, um, flower? until you realise that you in fact a wonderful writer, and that you really should be proud of what you create. :)