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Review:RonsGirlFriday says:
Well, the three guesses aren't helping, because I have no clue what's going on - but I like this story for just that reason! Never in my life can I hope to have as much subtlety as this (and if you don't intend it to be subtle, and you think it's really obvious what's going on, then that just means I'm dense, and I can't actually rule that option out - either way, you win.) :-D

Rose is very puzzling to me. In the first chapter I thought she was a psychopath. Then she started seeming disconnected, almost antisocial (which is not actually antithetical to psychopathy, anyway) - and then here she started seeming more engaged, especially with all that talk about how she can be "intense." I like what you're doing with her character so far.


Author's Response: The "three guesses" in the last line is a reference to the other time(s) "three guesses" has been used -- which means that Clara is the reason why Dominic and Rose have not touched. But the subtlety you mention is only because I have an only slightly better picture of what's going on than you do. Seriously, I make up a lot of this as I go. (No, it's not supposed to be obvious because [and I can't stress this enough] I don't know exactly what I'm doing. I have a vague framework but nothing more concrete.)

Rose is a psychopath, I agree completely. But keep in mind that this chapter and the previous one are told in flashback. Flashback Rose is not as psychotic as Narrator Rose. She isn't exactly antisocial, but she's not a part of the mainstream of society, if that makes any sense, because she's sick of the pettiness of it. She wants to be above it, but this drama sucks her back in, I think. She engages in societal interaction when she wants to or when she thinks it's useful. And when she does engage in it, she can be, cough, intense.

All this analysis of Rose's character is making me think. And I like thinking more, even though I may well find a plot hole or dig myself into a grave. But it will have been worth it! *hug*

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