My fingers...they tingle!!! Well, my hands as well. The whole time when you were describing how nervous she was and how quick her heart was beating -- I suddenly got very anxious and my heart started beating very fast and then I started reading the text a lot faster because, well, I don't rightly know.
Also, I'm now using the light blue skin to read and I have to say that Sarah and everyone else was right when they said that it was better for reading. :) But that...has nothing to do with the story -_-
ANYWAYS. Oh, Bethy. D: It's not a surprise...but yet, it's still a surprise when you've gotten used to your parents constantly fighting. You're used to that sort of chaotic atmosphere and you're used to them being together, fighting, so the idea of them being apart is definitely one that has been thought of before...but always dismissed as being impossible because you've gotten so used to it. It's one I understand (my parents aren't divorced, but they fight a lot so I can sympathize.)
And aw, she has a secret with Sev. That's really sweet. And it's okay, Janechel. I have an Oliver/OC but it's chapter 26 and they're still not together. Whoops. :) It's okay. For me, it's more about the character development and the furthering of an actual relationship rather than immediately jumping ship onto a romantic attachment. It seems more realistic that way, and better developed. :D Plus, I like Beth a lot! (I mean, I call her Bethy -_-) so it's okay for me that all these chapters are just her and her relationships and her friends rather than solely focused on Snape because well, it IS a Snape/OC but Snape isn't the main character -- Beth is.
It's natural that there's so much time invested on her and her surroundings. :D It makes sense to put Snape in later on, when he's more involved. Kekeke. ♥
Author's Response: Ooh, I could never get into the light blue skin. I'e tried it several times, and each time I miss the nice, dark background. I wonder what that says about me. ;) I'm so glad that you're able to sort of feel what Beth is feeling, though! Emotions are so important (for me) in writing a story, and to have my readers experience those emotions to some degree is a huge goal of mine. Gahhh, you are the best. :3
My parents don't fight a ton, and aren't divorced, so I'm not sure where that idea came from... but somehow, I like it. I think I've had a reviewer or two say that divorce isn't very common in the wizarding world, but MEH. And, of course, it's kind of important to the plot, too, so haters gonna hate, and we'll leave it at that. (Oh my gosh, it's past midnight, I am so sorry for the quality of these responses.)
I definitely agree with you -- although it's all good and well to have your characters get together and snog and all those things, sometimes the other route, though difficult, is more believable. Although 26 chapters is a laughable amount compared to, like, two books, but ahem. :3 I'm so, so glad you like Beth, and you recognize that these are HER books before they are Snape's, and just dlfjdlf, you are a confidence boost. ♥
HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY HOW AWESOME YOU ARE. Because these reviews are perf examples. Thank you once again for being a doll and reading all this fic for me! You are astounding!!