Good on Araminta. It would be ridiculous to pretend that she doesn't have a right to know such a huge reason for Gideon's behaviour - professionally, he's responsible for her, and you need to trust the person who has your back. Omitting this HUGE THING doesn't help trust. And I think they'd be kidding themselves if they pretended that there WASN'T a personal bond, an implicit relationship of Some Sort, and so it's been a betrayal of that, too, for Gideon to keep it secret. Even if he has too much Man Pain to talk.
AWWW the PAPERWORK reminds him of her. That's actually too tragic. That he hates doing paperwork because he used to do it with his dead wife and partner and she handled that stuff. I had assumed he'd lost someone and reckoned it might be a partner with the duelling stuff and anger at Sirius, but I didn't think it would be a partner AND wife. Though I'm interested that it DOESN'T seem to be even perceived by Gideon as at all Sirius' fault; I had assumed that was the issue, even if Gideon was wrong. Which makes Gideon standing his ground while Sirius seems a bit more prepared to be pleasant to him interesting, and probably a total MAN THING.
Good girl, Minty. Him lashing out at you isn't about YOU, so don't take it personally. Stay the course. YES, you DO understand him, USE it properly. Hmm. Leaving might not have been wisest, but then, he probably wasn't going to listen right then, so leaving and giving him time to THINK could be best. Plus, she has a right to still be a bit pissed.
OPOPT time! I need to make that a more poppy acronym. OPOPT. Oh pop. T. Poptarts. I AM hungry. Not much more to say but OOOH I WANT TO KNOW.
Author's Response: I hate that you can only leave one review per chapter, and that there is no way to reply to a reply. THEREFORE I will say this here. I NEED a scene with Tanith trying to confide in sexy-time issues with Jacob. Please?
Yeah, Araminta DOES deserve to know about Louisa, BUT her trouble is, now he's told her about his issues, it's given him ammo because he can now use that to get her to tell all to him.
Gideon DID think it was Sirius' fault at first; as he said, in the initial aftermath they blamed each other. But then once the anger had been replaced by grief, and it properly hit Gideon that he'd lost his wife, he began to believe that Sirius had been right to blame him, and so began to blame himself. Which leads to his self-wallowing and his inability to move on, because he blames himself still. And as for why Sirius is trying to be pleasant ... well, Sirius' side of things comes out right at the end. But obviously Gideon is hardly going to let Sirius be nice to him when he thinks Sirius still blames him for Mary's death. It's all very sad.
Leaving wasn't wise, but then she realised everything that YOU recognise, in that she was perhaps understanding him TOO much and she was maybe getting too close, so she ran. Like she does.
Stop it, you're making ME hungry now!
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