Ha, good opening line. Poor, silly Gideon - well, not silly to be upset about it all, but he is so messed up. I can only be sympathetic to him for Arieda being so buddy-buddy with Araminta when he's trying to be angry with her!
Oooh. Ooh, Arieda, you cunning minx. Fighting his angst with LOGIC, how dare you. She is so good, being so frustrated and troubled about Araminta herself but either having got over it by now or at least recognising her own feelings to be simply illogical and still being prepared to bat for Araminta to Gideon. She could so easily have just used it to encourage Gideon to stay away - and while that would have been manipulative, it wouldn't have been an entirely BAD idea if she wanted to look out for him. Good girl.
GAH Gideon, you fool. Worst of all is that I bet it's not so much that he does DISTRUST her for being a Death Eater - he's just doing that emotionally vulnerable thing where he's taking her deception personally, and then twisting that around to distrust her 'professionally'. Which both preserves his pride and means he doesn't have to worry about his squishy human emotions, but at the same time it's NOT fair to Araminta... silly, messed up man.
Bad move, Minty-G, claiming you didn't lie. Lie of omission is still a lie, whatever good reasons you had for it - oh, wait, moral high ground lost by Gideon for the 'Travers' dig. Wow. She's patient in taking his venom here. I suppose you have to eat humble pie as a defector, but Gideon is lucky she's bothering to keep on trying after, of all things, complaining at her for stealing 'his' kill.
Uh oh. "Die for you." I now have a bad feeling those words will prove to be prophetic. On the other hand, good zinger against the moral self-righteousness against the good guys. Gideon has fallen into a lot traps from having had the opportunity and encouragement to fight the good fight, and not seeing how it goes the other way around.
I see how this can prove a set-up chapter (set-up for what, I eagerly wait to see), but still, a zinger!
Author's Response: Yeah, poor Giddy P. I'm so cruel to him! But yeah, Arieda sees that the best thing for them both is for them to talk, and get through it. Before she genuinely came to terms with Araminta herself it was more of a "stay away from him because you won't help him" thing but now she's trying to look out for them both equally, and Araminta needs him to accept what she's done. And in the long run, Arieda figures that's what's best for Gideon too, but obviously he doesn't want to know, which makes things difficult.
Yep, the thing that bothers Gideon the most is that it was HER who was the spy, and he'd obviously grown a smidgen fond of her, so he has taken it as a personal insult more than anything, and THAT'S where the problem is. Which is another reason why Dumbledore, Moody, Sirius, and even Arieda, didn't take TOO long to forgive Araminta for it; because the deception wasn't as personal. And so now Gideon just doesn't want to know. And Araminta is taking it all on the chin rather; by this point she realises that she probably deserves all she's getting. She's had time to calm down and see sense, and Gideon - hasn't. The silly billy. But still, she hopes that there's half a chance that she can force him to change his mind. He ain't having it though! It's going to take A Lot for him to change his mind, if at all...
I'm very pleased that you enjoyed this chapter, because it is, indeed, more of a set-up chapter for what's to come than anything else. Still important though! Thanks for reviewing :)