It has taken me about four days to read this chapter, and the contents of the chapter itself are probably the furthest cause of this -- on the contrary, I could never wait until I could get back and pick up wherever I had left off! I love your Severus chapters especially, having a deep fondness for him myself, and you certainly did not disappoint here. :)
I'm even more intrigued after this chapter, of course -- everything about your plot, very intricately and deftly woven, makes me more curious than the previous one. I cannot wait to see what Severus'z father has to contribute to his story! And his growing feelings for Avrille are so adorable, but very realistically written, I think -- highly commendable. I already love them together!
I'm really excited for the school bits, too, because already you've got a great grasp of canon (Lucius offering bribes to get Draco on the team was brilliant -- EXCELLENT adherence to your story, I am seriously so glad you wrote that and wrote it well)! And now I realize we'll get to see all the basilisk stuff too -- wow, I just cannot wait. :D
(And by the way -- LOVE the name Rose-Cochon. :D Very, very clever wordplay! I was duly impressed!)
Your story's fabulous, and I'm already storing up more questions about it for your MTA. :) And thank you for answering my other questions so quickly and thoroughly! This is very rapidly turning into one of my all-time favorite fics, and I've been reading for over 10 years. Great writing, great plot, great characterization -- absolutely amazing. Hopefully I won't have so many distractions before I get to chapter 5! ♥ Can't wait!
Author's Response: I always loved writing the Severus chapters because he always seemed to flow out more effortlessly than Avrille, which is really funny since I obviously have much more in common with her with regards to gender, dialect, age, etc. Severus' father has a huge part to play, though as I said before, he's a different character than the one in canon since I wrote most of this pre-HBP :) But you'll have to wait until chapter 20 or so (I think) until you find out what's going on there.
I always had a big problem with the idea that Snape let Draco onto the Quidditch team because Lucius bribed him with the broomsticks. Even early on I had the feeling that even though he wasn't a particularly pleasant person, Snape at least had character. So it was really important to me to "show" that he wasn't someone who could be bought.
Can't take credit for the Rose-Cochon thing. Funny how sometimes when I'm re-reading, I can tell exactly when I wrote something by a little detail like that. At the time I was playing this really awesome video game called "Radiata Stories" and in it the main character, Jack, is conscripted to be a knight in the Rose-Cochon brigade which sounds very impressive until you pull out a French dictionary and find out it just means "pink pig." Which is fitting because that squad was sort of...the knight rejects. So I guess I needed a random name there and decided to pay some homage to Square-Enix. :P There are a lot of things like that in this story, random references to things that probably no one but me would get.
I'm just so honored you like the story so much :) I, of course, love it, but it's great when someone besides your mom tells you it's actually good! Haha! Thanks as always for the review!