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Review:RonsGirlFriday says:
Well, you've definitely got me wondering what happened that made Charlie leave Romania. He took off in the middle of the fire, though? That is very strange.

I definitely didn't expect Charlie to be working a Ministry job, but Auror doesn't seem too terrible. Auror work always seemed to be one of the jobs that involved the least amount of paper-pushing -- they go out and do exciting tasks -- but if Kate really is anti-establishment, I guess I can see her reacting this way. Maybe a lot of her reaction is the lingering resentment over Charlie leaving? -- like she feels as if he abandoned them for a more cushy existence?

I was a little confused by her reaction to the pub they went to, because it seemed like the kind of place she would like, judging by what I know of her so far. But it occurred to me that maybe it was just the totality of the circumstances that was bothering her -- seeing Charlie again and everything.

I liked the contrast in their personalities as they "caught up" with each other -- with Charlie being super friendly and asking questions, and Kate being reserved and not wanting to give out any personal details. And Charlie seems happily oblivious about what's really bothering Kate, which is a little bit maddening because it makes me wonder whether he really has no clue how upset she is, or whether he intends to give her any explanation -- he's just going along as if it were old times again.

Also, I enjoyed your description of Charlie in the beginning of the chapter, especially this part:

"Looking at him was like looking at an old stone house, built to survive and protect, whatever the elements might throw at it."

The physical description was very much what I expected from what we know of him in canon, and I had always imagined him as a warm person, and you took it a step further in describing him as someone safe and secure. It's a little ironic, considering what he used to do for work -- working with dragons is adventurous and might not make a person seem like the epitome of stability -- but it's a nice character trait that rounds him out and adds depth, I think.

I'll be watching out for the next chapter!

Author's Response: Thanks for such a detailed review!! Kate's reaction to Charlie's job has a lot to do with her disappointment that he isn't the man she remembers, a person (who like herself) could never be happy working at the Ministry. Maybe I should have come out and said that more clearly. But you're right, it's also just the emotion of the whole situation too. She's overreacting to the wrong things.

You make a good point about the pub. I didn't write that part as well as I should have. Kate would like such a homespun, humble place. Her reaction was more ironic, in that such a shabby establishment would be described as "great," and her sensitivity to wizards looking down on muggle establishments. You're right though, SHE wouldn't look down on such a place.

Thank you so much for commenting on Charlie's description. I plan to return to that in the future chapters...her seeing him as a constant, steady protector. I really wanted to go beyond the cliche of him being a super attractive ladies man, but I still think a person with such a physical job would be larger and fit, and none of the Weasleys are ever described as unattractive. I also wanted to contrast it with another traditionally handsome character, who will make a return in future chapters.

Thank you again for all your reviews (have I said that enough yet :P)


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