How I've missed you, Susan! Especially this sort of lighter fic, which you do just as brilliantly as the dark tragedies and such, obviously :P
This reminded me very much of the Albus/Vinny one-shot - are they related, by any chance (because I know you like doing that)? Just the way Albus thinks, narrates, even speaks, to an extent. He's very matter-of-fact, but in a vaguely elitist, almost conceited way, which I like very much for two reasons: 1. Not enough Albus appreciation in fanfiction. and 2. YOU DO IT SO WELL. And I love how you (and he) are so aware of the parallels between the two detectives (as you said, Scorpius would never consider himself a sidekick [why yes, I do stalk your mta]). It's certainly a different take on their dynamic and I love every minute of it.
I'm not sure if I love Scorpius yet. As a character, yes, because he infuriates Albus so superbly, but... I don't know, so far, I can't imagine him outside of the sphere of this particular story. As in, I only get a sense of him through his (divine) banter and not so much what he'd be like outside of this investigation. He's a creature of banter to me, I guess, instead of a full-fledged character in his own right. But that, I am sure, will not be a problem as you go on, so I'm not worried about it. Also, DIVINE BANTER. As much as I adore sexual-tension-related banter, bromance banter - especially yours - is equally good, if not better.
And of course, I respect anyone who can write mystery, because I am not creative enough to think up a crime and then create a set of clues and red herrings and whatnot. So I can't wait to see where this goes and how it blows up into something huge (it will, won't it?) and how the boys deal with it. And each other.
LOVE x INFINITY. Can't wait to see what happens next!
P.S. You used the word "creepers." I LOVE YOU.
Author's Response: What? Me write lighter fic? You must be thinking of some other story by some other author. :P This story may be funny, but it's a bit of a temporary thing, and all depends on how long Albus can go before actually throttling Scorpius.
This isn't officially related to the Albus/Vinny one-shot because this story has a different Scorpius than the WTA one. I think, though, that my version of Albus is pretty consistent - for some reason, I can't imagine him being any other way, which is strange because I've written next-gen characters multiple times with multiple characterizations. Albus is the only one who stays the same. I'm glad you like him this way because I do too. ;)
Scorpius is one I still have to work on. The WTA version of him is still stuck in my mind, and I have to purge him properly before developing this Scorpius further - this one's deeper, got more to him than his pretty surface, but Albus refuses to see it. At the moment, it's easier to blame Albus's prejudices, but I have to figure out a way to develop Scorpius through Albus's perspective. Eventually, they do see more eye to eye, that much I know.
*jaw drops* So I can do witty banter! I've always wanted to. ^_^ It's so much fun to write, too, though it requires watching much Sherlock before I can get properly inspired. I prefer bromance banter to the sexual tension variety because there's not all of that double entendre going on - it's more straight forward, and I like that.
It's going to become more of a spy/crime story than a true mystery, but there's always room for red herrings. ;) Mysteries are difficult to write because of the complex plotting they require, so I don't know if I can make it work for this story, not without having more of an idea where I want to take it first.
Thank you SO MUCH for reading and reviewing this story, Gubby! It always means a lot to hear from you - your words (and works) are very inspiring. ^_^