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Review:Violet Gryfindor says:
What?! This story gets deeper and more complex with every chapter, and this chapter in particular has left me with a boat-load of questions that I'm raging to have answered. But I'll do so by reading on rather than submitting them to you in a numbered list. That would simply take too long (and you probably wouldn't answer them anyway).

What insane characters you've come up with for this story! Again, I'm very pleased to see that the majority of characters here are OCs, setting this story apart from the numerous Rose-and-her-cousins stories on the archive, especially since your OCs are absolutely and fabulously nuts. The depth of social politics and intrigue among these characters makes them fascinating - there's a fantastic combination of petty grievances and dark secrets bubbling beneath the surface of their lives. And Rose is not so much caught in the middle of it all as eagerly throwing herself into the melee, but always remaining on the margins. With the ending, I'm wondering whether she prefers to be on the outside of things, and that's why she chooses to stay away from him, sleeping with the enemy and all that.

This is brilliant, Gubby. I can't say it enough how much I'm adoring this story and looking forward to reading more of it. ^_^

Author's Response: Deeper and more complex, in my mind, means that I'm digging an even bigger grave for myself should I fail. What questions you ask, you're right, I wouldn't answer, mostly because I know very few. Which, in retrospect, isn't a good way to write a dark suspense fic. Ahem.

Like I said, the Weasley clan is hovering on the periphery, I promise, but their roles are, again, on the periphery. The falling triumvirate of Clara, Olivia, and Dominic are the most important, with Jamie sort of falling behind them but growing slowly. Not all of them are nuts, though! (Not entirely.)

Social politics intrigues me like you wouldn't believe. And really, this story is a play on teen high school soaps and how wildly out-of-control they get, so that sort of explains the tone and plot. Petty grievances and dark secrets sums them up pretty well, I must say.

And it's true, Rose does throw herself in the thick of it. But Flashback Rose (this chapter and the last are flashbacks) is not doing this. At the moment she's sort of wandered into it all, with very little idea of what's going on. Narrating Rose (the one from the first chapter) knows now exactly what she's done and what her role is. And in her mind, yes, her role is suited for the "margins."

The ending, though -- about not touching him -- she makes clear is not of her choice. It is Dominic who ends their "relationship," and it's because of his fixation on Clara. Flashback Rose, if given the choice, would have tried to make it work, to delve deeper. Narrator Rose... well. That remains to be seen.

I never thought "brilliant" when I wrote this -- fun, scary diversion, sure, but brilliant, especially Susan brilliance -- just... GAH. How? Why? Thank you, though, as always.

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