|Review:||Violet Gryfindor says:|
Ack, a cliffhanger! I love how he pops up like the villain in all adventure movies. One minute it's peaceful, the next he's there, heralding great action. :P This chapter put me into a bit of a lull after the action of the previous ones, then you pull that cliffie, which was a stroke of genius.
It's not filler at all - every action film or story has these interludes, and this one worked well to further develop Grace's character, providing further background that I remember wondering about in earlier chapters. :D You've given her a mixed background and it suits her with all its adventure and hardships, revealing why she is how she is here.
Still have to admit, though, that I like your Hugo best. Just the way that you write him makes me like him, I can't entirely explain it. I loved how he had figured out a sure way to always win the bets, and the short answers he gives Grace while she complains about translating. Your characters are engaging, which is wonderful to see! :D
Author's Response: Oh, Susan! -blush- Truth be told, I was a little inspired by those typical adventure movies. :) Especially Indiana Jones, but, as always, that's pretty much a given. A lull! That was intended, my dear. Not much action to be had, but heart palpitations at the end, dare I say? And genius? I really rather think not. XD
Well, I guess I called it filler because it seems that of late, in the fanfic world, any chapter in which nothing ~!!*BIG*!!~ happens is immediately labeled as filler. So I guess that's what happened here. A mixed background? Ha! You could definitely say that. There's more coming in the next chapter. Think of her like Shrek. She's got layers. Like an onion. ^_^
Personally, I think I prefer writing Hugo to writing Black. Black is always so bitter and bruising. Hugo can vacillate, which makes him a much more flexible character. Thank you so much for this amazing review, Susan! -huggles-