And we start with every stalker's favourite song! Excellent. I am curious as to why Gideon is so curious about Araminta. Is he specifically asking or is he trying to wind her up? Is he trying to irritate her into revealing things? Does he just like puzzles? Does he want to unlock the enigma of hotness? At least he does seem to be legitimately trying to be friendly, even if attempting such by prodding a private person is liable to backfire! I like the contrast of Gideon's between Auror work and Order work; it makes sense that not even Aurors could be out there, constantly 100% effective against the Death Eaters, both from a procedural perspective and from a setting perspective - if the Ministry was all that and a bag of chips, why would the Order exist, after all (especially as there's less of Evil/Apathetic Ministry in the First War by all accounts)?
Ahh, poor Gideon. Upstart newbies cutting straight to the heart of things. That's got to be tough, being such a young Auror and having to train somebody; that kind of mentoring can really hone in on insecurity complexes, let alone just the simple worry about being able to mentor someone not that much less experienced than one's self. He's riding rather obliviously roughshod over Araminta's clear desire to just stick to work, but I can only feel sorry for him. And then his guy talk with James is deliciously reassuring. "But she's still good-looking, right?" MEN. Their priorities are always so correct. But hey! She's turning up a lead for the Order, so, competent!
Oooh. OMINOUS PRONOUN ONLY PRESENT TENSE TIME. Nah, I'm joshing with you, it works for the Mysterious Immediacy of it all, that 'shaky camera over the shoulder in the shadows' kind of feeling. Hmm! The obvious 'she' would be Araminta, of course, and that's not so unlikely considering Gideon is domed (yaay tragic dooming betraying romance), but I'm not going to assume as much. I'm ready for a fast one. Ohhh yes.
Boo, I'll have to review more later/tomorrow. Rollicking start!
Author's Response: Yes, stalkers FTW (I JEST OBVIOUSLY). Gideon IS partly trying to wind Araminta up, but it's also partly because she's the first 'new' person that he's had so much to do with in a long time, and so he knows naff all about her and wants to know more. Also he has to work with her in an environment that, frankly, requires a lot of trust, and you can't even begin to build up that trust without any idea of what your partner's like. That and the more she refuses to tell him things, the more of an enigma she becomes and the more curious he gets. And, yes, his priorities are clearly in order here; who cares about her personality, she's a bit of hot totty and that's all that matters!
Hey, every fic should have Ominous Pronoun Only Present Tense Time, right? Haha. It's a nightmare to write, I'll tell you that. And Araminta is the obvious candidate at this point ... but there are several female characters in this fic, remember. I will say no more on the matter. :) Thanks for reviewing!