Scorpius was 'probably dossing off somewhere'. Oh, Rose, give the poor guy a break!
'Methuselah Jones didn't operate like normal people.' Truer words have never been spoken. Or thought. Whatever, point still made.
Loving the little Rose insight into her little 'fling' with Matthias. It's blatantly obvious that she still cares about him in some capacity, and if I wasn't championing Scorose then I'd be wanting her to get back with him. Basically, anyone but Hector!
I had that EXACT thought about having a Malfoy pinned to a wall the moment the sentence appeared. And then, next paragraph, Rose herself works out the second meaning. Amazing.
Oh, Rose. Six people left conscious and you go for the "I'm a prefect" line. She is SO Hermione Granger's daughter. Ungh, employment contracts and employee handbooks. I'm practically up to my eyeballs in employment law right now, oh the joys! I feel Scorpius' pain. And the House Elf reform stuff bores Rose to hell. She really is Ron Weasley's daughter, eh?
A miniature version of the Prophet for the Elves. That is so cute!
'It was a common expression she encountered whenever anyone thought they might have to march into the intellectual battle of figuring out the Weasley family tree, which could be more vicious than the Whomping Willow.' AMAZING.
Oh, Rose is good. Scorp is good. Elves OWNED.
Oh, Scorose moment. AMAZING Scorose moment. He cares, he really cares! And I'm longing for the moment when he REALISES that, because at the moment if he does know, it's a subconscious thing. And Rose, beginning to see the good side of him; the side that is clever, and CARING. Yeah, this epidemic is definitely going to bring out good Scorp in Rose's eyes. EXCITED. And of course, that's the main purpose of this chapter - sorting out the Elves is good, but it's all about the little Scorose steps. BIG LOVE for this one!
Author's Response: It's Rose. She will perpetually assume, whatever's going on, that Scorpius is up to No Good. Though she is, indeed, rather more accurate in her assessment of Methuselah. Glad the thoughts about Matthias come off well - there's a definite fondness there, but I also hope it implied how there were personality incompatibilities there. They broke up before they would wind up hating one another, and while that makes it sometimes complicated, it's probably healthier all around. Despite, yes, the power of ScoRose, those two are quite sweet. Matthias perpetually shoves himself into plot plans wherever possible (as I say, it was almost him, not Hugo, joining them into the Forest - but I thought it would be better to flesh out one of the Clan).
You can tell I wrote this chapter while also up to my eyeballs in HR work? And yeah, Rose shows the best of both worlds of her parents in this chapter - and the worst! She might have found the House Elf Reform Stuff more interesting if it were more 'relevant' to her, but she's still a teenager and the greatest injustices are still behind her; Hermione going on about it is only going to induce Ron-like boredom.
Scorp does care. The biggest obstacle to ScoRose here is Rose; just her behaviour drives him away, and drives him to aggravating her intentionally. But this is a start; this is the first time she's seeing his better traits, because she can't ignore them or brush them to the side. And you're right: that is what this chapter's all about, that first step!
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