Okayyy, Rachel. Let's be honest... you are certifiably brilliant. This chapter was everything I could have hoped for it to be -- loose ends that hadn't yet been mentioned got their spotlight: Ron's feelings about Harry, Ginny's feelings about Harry, some tangible planning, the fallout of it all. You did all these things so, so well. I found myself wanting to just pluck Ron up and out of the story and tell him that it will be okay, only I can't because I don't know that it will... and that is one of the amazing things about this story. You literally have the free reign to do anything with it that you want. It's not like reading some post-hogwarts where even if things look unlikely, you know that draco ends up with astoria... or that Percy names his daughter Molly... or you get much drift. The field is wide open and you can literally take any twist or turn that you want to.
I think you handled Ron's grief brilliantly. Ginny's, too. I found their conversation to be very touching... the entire time I was reading it I was sort of comparing it to a scene in WAT several chapters ago when Ginny and George discuss Fred's death. Ginny is such an elusive character to me, but I think you did an admirable job with her here. I was a bit sad that she seemed to forget that Ron loved (platonically, of course) harry just as much as she did.
Ah! Malfoy!!! I totally am on Ron's side on this all, though I know logically that he is an important tool to possess right now. He's just so slimey and untrustworthy. I hope he comes into his own and proves himself and doesn't actually betray the order. :(
This is such a brilliant story! I'll anxiously be awaiting chapter 6. Give me a shove when it's posted, k?
Author's Response: MELLL. Firstly, I could only get on Skype for a brief period yesterday, and it didn't intersect your Skype time, and I am sad. We'll have to coordinate a better meet-up in the very near future!
I think one of the most nerve-wracking things about this whole story is tying up all the loose ends that need to be done, because there are SO MANY -- so hearing you say that is really, really encouraging. ♥ I have a sort of perpetual ache in my heart when writing this story, just because I feel like I'm inflicting damage on my good friends (characters can be friends!), but this story's fun to write at the same time. INNER TURMOIL ~ That's one of the best parts, though, the free rein -- I really do love how lenient I can be with certain things. My canon-wired brain doesn't, but it's a good flexibility exercise. :3
Ginny is, as you probably know, definitely not one of my favorite characters, but I really didn't mind writing her here. I think I like her better when Harry's not around, because I REALLY don't think she's the right person for Harry. Here, it's different in a good way. I'm glad you thought the grief bit was handled well; that's something I'm writing kind of blindly, and any encouragement at all is so welcomed. :) Also, Malfoy is wayyy more fun to write than I expected. I like making him a bit of a snot! He really isn't written like that a lot in fic. Annoying.
Bawww, you are just the best. ♥ Thank you so much for reviewing this chapter for me!! And for everything you do, really, because you're fabulous. :) Chapter 6 will be up in roughly a week or so, and I most definitely will give you a nudge!!