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Review:missclaire17 says:
or at least this is progress.
James realizes that Carlotta started it.
he needs to take a further step.
and so does the rest of his family,
though Freddie's the closest at doing that.

I'm not sure what to even say about James punching that reporter. At this rate, he's going to get himself kicked off of the England team.
I'm not surprised if Demelza herself apparates to find James and tells him he's on major probation.

James really is going off the rails... xD
(I see what you're doing here lol)

I find it almost amusing that Louis cleared up James's head. There's just something about them veela folks lol
I dont blame Louis for looking disgusted either, though disgusted might be too harsh.
Freddie's disappointment must be so much though. disappointment that his plan completely failed and disappointment that James had turned into this type of person.

Rose seemed slightly self-righteous, though she really did have a point. I'm not sure Rose and her lectures came at the right time to James though.

What needs to happen is that someone, (someone like Lily), needs to step in and talk to James. someone like Lily and Freddie that are not going to rag him on and on and on.

Honestly, I have a very good feeling that James's position on the England team is in MAJOR MAJOR jeopardy. and it makes me feel so sad because he's worked so hard for it, and it's all amounting to almost nothing because of his emotions and because of Carlotta.

At this point, I'm tempted to be mad at Carlotta too. But knowing everything that happened, it just makes it harder. Still doesnt take away the fact that she's the reason why James is like this. Of course, she and the fact that James has bad self-control nowadays

Author's Response: Yeah, there's a small bit of progress here for James. Unfortunately he takes one step forward and about fifty back. He realises that the argument with Carlotta kickstarted it all, but he's nowhere closer to doing anything about it, or telling himself that there's a reason why it was that moment in particular that turned it all around. Sadly, not enough people have twigged why he's snapped like this, and those who have are angry with him in their own right at the moment - namely Brigid - and so he's burning his bridges.

Glad you like what I did with the title there ;)

I think it's difficult to say that disgust is too harsh a reaction ... after all, James has just beaten someone up, it's not a nice thing! Obviously Freddie, who is closer to James, reacts differently. It is, indeed, disappointment in BOTH of them that he feels, not just towards James.

Ah, well, Rose is Rose, isn't she? At the point where she turned up in his flat, she didn't realise that he'd had his argument with Brigid or that he had any inner demons torturing him; she just thought he'd been cruel to his brother, and that's not necessarily out of the ordinary. But alas, she lacks tact like her father and wades into the situation like a bull in a china shop. DEFINITELY not the right time, and certainly not the best way to get James to respond. As we've seen before, he tends to fight fire with fire.

Or paperweights.

James is possibly too far gone for even someone like Lily to help him right at this moment. Remember, all of this has dragged up his resentment towards HER for being a Squib and 'escaping all the fame' in his eyes; he'd find a way to rebuff her help.

It's easy to get mad at Carlotta, but put yourself in her shoes - she had NO idea that James had any of these insecurities and doubts, she just thought he was a confident guy who had a little issue with his father. She may have realised this now, but a) she was angry with him at the time, and so her overriding feeling wasn't one of sympathy for him, but one of anger that he'd been dishonest with her, and b) she doesn't know what state he's in right now. She knows he doesn't do commitment so there's no reason for her to think that he would be at all hung up over her. So yes, she is the reason, but she's done very little wrong. :) Thanks for reviewing!

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