Hee, Araminta the shopaholic. DRESSES ARE IMPORTANT EVEN IN WAR. Lucky Araminta, liking children, but taking care of them at a wedding? Tall order, even if they WEREN'T Fred and George. I have to take care of my boyfriend's nephew at his sister's wedding next year, so I may be projecting all over our Minty Gamp. BRICKING IT. LITTLE DEMONS. Aww, bonding over dragons. Maybe not so demonic and a little adorable.
And there goes Harry, cutting off all the tension and bickering by also being adorable. Clearly this fic needs to just introduce a baby whenever things are getting heavy. OKAY NOW JAMES IS ADORABLE. I think I've lost words in this chapter, it keeps swinging between Serious Conversations and then very sweet moments. In a good way!
Final scene is spectacular. I don't know if keeping it to pronoun only (until the end) was an intentional choice to be similar to the Mysterious Present Tense scenes, but it REALLY WORKS as a juxtaposition - the dark horrid angst and then this, their sweetest moment yet, because I started reading briefly EXPECTING it to be a Mysterious Present Tense scene and then it wasn't and - yeah. Great chapter.
Author's Response: Araminta is one of those people to whom appearance matters. One mustn't be seen to be less than immaculate, even if there IS a war on, don't you know.
I can't say I can project over Minty-G, because I have never had to look after children at a wedding, and it is not a task that is on my agenda for the future. But I sympathise with you anyway, because it doesn't sound like a fun job. Take a leaf out of Gampy's book, just talk dragon to them. Foolproof plan.
I love James. He's an utter babe. His name is James Potter, therefore he MUST be a babe.
OF COURSE IT'S NOT OPOPT time, it's in past tense! Silly billy. But yes, the last section is possibly one of the best things I've ever written, if I do say so myself, and I love it.
This chapter caused me so much aggro to write, because of the wedding issue. I had everything BUT the middle, it was a nightmare! As you may have noticed, whenever there is a wedding scene in my fics the character in question gets distracted, saving me from having to write the scene in question, because I have NO idea what to write. I wrote this before I wrote the wedding scene in Rails, and I totally stole my own idea from this chapter. Ingenious if I do say so myself.
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