So I confess that I've been meaning to review this chapter for ages. Ever since it came out, actually. But I was sort of nervous, because if I reviewed it, that would mean that it was done. And I wasn't really ready for that. :P So I sort of put it off to the side, but I've decided to come back and give it a proper review.
You tie up loose ends so brilliantly. You managed to leave it open ended but still quench my thirst - it felt satisfying. Rose has grown up so much as a character from the beginning of the story. I found myself feeling proud of her towards the end: how she dealt with Scorpius and Lily, Teddy, moving...
You also might just make a Teddy/Rose shipper out of me yet! This is definitely one of the first T/R I've read, and you did it really well. I liked it, because it felt more honest than a lot of ScoRoses and Ted/Vic. Less of the childhood sweethearts and Romeo and Juliet and more of the... real, for lack of a better word.
I also got why Rose might not have wanted her family to visit in China... there are some things best left separate, you know?
Lovely, lovely chapter and a lovely, lovely ending. Completely satisfying and it was so wonderful to read. A bit shameful that it took me so long to review, especially since I read this right when it came out, but oh well. I've enjoyed reading this story and you've done a marvelous job! :)
Author's Response: Putting off as a way of extending the reading process - that's a really nice way of putting it, and I take it as a compliment (if I may) because the fact that you didn't want my story to end means there must have been something good about it. :D Thank you very much for reading, enjoying, and reviewing - the first two of those things are always most important. It's wonderful to be able to write things that people love to read. ^_^
Oh yay! I'm very glad to hear that the ending wrapped things up, but still kept a carrot or two dangling. This is the longest story I've been able to finish to my satisfaction, but even then, I was afraid of missing something, a plot point that I'd forgotten, or a character getting left out, etc. Even better is hearing that Rose did develop after all - I came into writing this chapter thinking that she'd gone nowhere (writer as worst critic, yes?), and it was a struggle to come to a conclusion with that thought in mind.
The whole "childhood sweethearts" and R&J themes were just what I was rebelling against in this story. I can't stand those kind of things, mostly because they're so rarely true, not in the idealized way people tend to portray them, so I wanted to do something different. Let the romance grow itself, almost out of nowhere, to pop into the forefront just at the right moment (though Teddy almost overthrows it due to his hesitancy, silly man). ;)
Thank you again! This story was my dear baby for a while, and it's sad to have finished it - feels like so much of my life went into constructing its plot and making its characters come to life. Maybe that's why I tend not to finish stories. :P But to hear compliments like this, it was definitely worthwhile putting this story to an end. ^_^