The whole Squad thing, and the Cal and Gabriel's reactions to it in particular, just serve to highlight how the houses really don't work at Hogwarts. Perhaps they would, if it wasn't for the one house being shrouded in such prejudice; after all the other three houses get on with each other fine, and Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff never seem to have TOO many problems with Slytherin ... it just so happens that the whole "put yourself first" mantra that goes with being a Slytherin sits well with Dark wizards. Which is unfortunate.
Oh, poor old Tobias! Losing his badge! He's so adorable, how it means so much to him! And go him, sticking up to Annie like that. Even if she is one of the more decent Gryffindors, she's still jumping to conclusions, which makes her A Bad Person in my books. Mind you, Tobias was quite harsh to her, it's like he decided in advance that she was going to assume he was in the Squad, and so set her up to say what she did. Never mind, she'll get over it...
And lastly, because I've flicked through all your responses, I too swear by a bacon sandwich along with orange juice to treat a sore head. Bacon and egg sandwich to be precise, the egg's presence MAKES it.
ANYWAY, this brings us to the end, and I shall have to leave your fics now and head to the land of nod, but I shall read on tomorrow (when I should be revising for exams. Feel guilty). AND, thank you for the replies, I always find it interesting to see what someone thinks about what I think of their stories (if that makes sense...). :)
Author's Response: Slytherin House, as it existed, doesn't work. I like to think that post-canon it undergoes a reform, or at least its place does, but then, I believe JK when she says Slytherin House came back to fight amongst the reinforcements, so perhaps I'm all naive. Though future stories do address the relationships between Slytherin and the non-Gryffindor houses.
Tobias is absolutely one to throw the baby out with the bathwater on a matter of principle, especially being a ratty seventeen year-old. But then, Annie was hardly in the right. But this situation isn't over with, not by any stretch of the imagination.
Bacon and fried egg. Yes. Ideally with the yolk broken in cooking, because otherwise my sandwich gets drippy and I can't cope with that when I'm suffering, it's TOO HARD.
Thank you very much for all your attention! It's been rather pleasant watching the reviews come in (especially since this fic was finished pre-HPB, if edited since, so I haven't really thought about the nuances of it in a whiiile). And always interesting to see what you think of what I think of what you think... I think. Good night, and peace out. ;) (no, only a little guilty)