Aah I loved all the new sides we're seeing to Molly! I'd been wondering when the chess part of it might come in, and it was brilliant how you wrote her with her opponent. Cassius sees ordinary but unique, and very real because of it - somebody who likes playing chess and who desperately wants to beat Molly.
It was interesting how Molly over-slept too. The absolute panic she was in showed how much she liked her fragile control, and I can't help wondering how Malea is affecting her in that case. The scandal is still somewhere between the two girls, and I so want to find out how it will affect the both of them!
I feel so sorry for poor Molly, being told how unsociable she is, and making a silly mistake in front of her Adonis. It's so humiliating for her, but I loved the comparison to Percy, because it /is/what he was like, and it does make sense. I want to see some of Lucy, though, too - she's someone lurking in the background at the moment, and I look forward to meeting her :)
Absolutely gorgeous chapter, though, and I can't wait to read the next one! :D
Author's Response: Hey there!
I actually play chess very badly, so that's why this came in so late, lol. Writing it was surprisingly difficult, and I actually cut a bit of it during November (cutting words during NaNo? A crime, I know!) because I hated it. Cassius is sweet - he will turn up again, so I'm glad you like him!
Exactly! Ooh, gosh, I'm so happy you got that! Yeah, she has her routine and as long as she sticks to it everything's fine - but as soon as it breaks (even slightly) it's the end of the world! Plus, she nearly missed breakfast. That is the end of the world, lol. Ooh, the scandal... it will affect one of them more than the other... but I won't say which one ;)
I know! It's such a common mistake, though, I think, to just freeze up, particularly in front of someone you like. Percy is probably one of my favourite Weasleys (not that that says much since I love all of them) because he's so unexplored, and such a wonderfully complicated character. The father-daughter bond will be important later on, as well ;) Lucy... Lucy will come into it at some point. Not for a while, though - and this is deliberate, I promise.
Thank you so so much! It's so incredible that you keep following this - thank you so much for that as well!