I honestly have to agree with Lucy, she (Molly) did bring this all upon herself. The thing is, in the early days, he asked her. He said 'just say the word and we can run away together' or something but she didn't want to be selfish, she didn't want to break her cousin's heart or disappoint her family. Then, it's his fault too for being with someone he didn't like all that much.
Lucy has to be my favourite character in this story as she continues to amaze me with the mass of knowledge she's gained from simply being observant. She reminds me of myself in that regard. That scene with her and Molly in the bar made me smile because there's just that one person who knows more about it that you'd care to think.
While I get why Molly tried to be defensive of her plight, it made me wonder how well Molly really knew her sister. Lucy, the all-knowing sage, may have had some secrets of her own. She strikes me as a sort of person who knows how to keep things hidden.
'...and for the first time in years, her stare is focused only on Molly.' - Loved this. I thought about why she never looked at her before then now, she does. To me, it's way more serious than before.
Molly's visit to Teddy was quite interesting and it was something I wanted to read slowly just to take it all in. It's not like before, with the shyness followed by tension then the inability to hold it in any longer. They're just two people who are tired - Teddy, mostly. The mere sight of her was equivalent to rubbing some salt in his wounds and whenever she leaves, he goes back to Victoire to lick them (the wounds). Makes me wonder if he has this fear of being alone - he can't be with the one he wants so he settles for someone else just to fill the void.
Lovely chapter, as usual. I'm sorry this one came so late.
Author's Response: She did, she did but you have to apportion a bit of the blame to Teddy. Perhaps if he'd had the strength to split up with Victoire earlier, to prevent her from having to make what really is a horrible choice - her family or her lover - he really could have convinced her. As it was, he was too afraid of being alone. She was too scared of what it might mean and here they are.
She's absolutely my favourite. As I said in my reply on the spin-off, she's not someone I imagined people to be able to understand. On an emotional level - especially in this story - she's quite detatched, far more so than her sister.
She is exactly that kind of person, and that's what Learning from Love will explore. She's not quite as cold and unaware of love as Molly seems to think she is. Molly's quite an openly emotional person. Lucy's not; she keeps it private. She's not one to blurt it out to her friends, and even her telling her close family would be a strain.
I think this is both of them growing up. Molly's realised she has to stop running away but also that she's barely seen her family. Lucy's been at school and she's been out of the country and suddenly her baby sister's an adult with a job, almost out of her adolescence. It's a shock for her. This is also around the time that Lucy has lost that teenage arrogance and is probably beginning to understand, somewhat, what her sister's been through, even if she doesn't relate to it.
It's a bit of a pace change for them. They're not used to this awkwardness that's come from her absence. He's not sure what she's there for, and I don't think she is either. They are tired - that's a brilliant point. He's definitely got a thing about being alone and I think that probably stems back to his upbringing. I'm not sure what he'd do if he didn't have Victoire as this constant fallback.
Thank you so much, lovely, and I'm sorry this reply took so long. It really deserved far more urgent attention. I just needed to get into the right mindset for it :)