Hey there, Annon! I saw your thread this morning and couldn't resist the chance to jump back into Lila's mind and story, so here I am!
This chapter was just as intense as the first. I don't know how you do it - focus so much energy into the chapters and keep it there for the whole time. It might be to do with Lila's character or your writing, but whatever it is, it works so well with the story and really makes me keep reading.
Lila is quite honestly terrifying. I think I'd only feel safe around her if I was with someone like Kingsley or Moody, you know? She's mad enough to be funny, but sane enough that it's just terrifying, because she knows what she's doing and that it hurts people but she doesn't care and does it anyway. And it's that awareness, despite everything, which scares me. Gah, I need an Auror bodyguard when I read this, lol.
I love how you're bringing in the Next Gen kids we all know and love in various forms - Lily, Roxanne, Albus - and seeing how Lila reacts to them. She's so harsh to everyone and isn't scared of anyone, except perhaps Albus from that confrontation, and just puts up with Roxanne in a kinda weird way. It's not really a healthy friendship, I don't think.
Also, Albus? Roxanne?! Lila's lovelife is looking a little busier (can you even call her lovelife a lovelife? Should it be more a 'not-hate life'? lol) now :P I loved the little touches you put to them and the new bits of Lila we saw - like her hating number thirteen, Roxanne trying to do her own tattoo, Albus being so protective of Lily and hating Lila but being somewhat compassionate at the same time. Even now, they feel pretty real.
Gah, I really wanna know what happens in the next chapter now... - how Lila reacts and everything... such a cliffie you left there... so unfair... ;)
Anyway, this was a really great chapter and I really enjoyed it!
Author's Response: Hi Aph! Thank you for such an amazing review :O I'm so pleased you decided to come back.
To be honest, I'm not quite sure how the story got to be so intense either. I wasn't planning to make it so focused and emotional, but there we go. It is a good thing for me to write, because humour gets a little boring after a while and I like to expand my genre and techniques and things.
The thing about Lila is that she doesn't care about the risks to herself; getting expelled, or detention or anything. So she wouldn't hesitate to lash out or do something totally unexpected. I think that yes, it would be advisable to encounter her with a trained Auror!
Lila doesn't do healthy friendships really, but I am hoping to evolve her relationship with both Roxanne and Albus!
Thank you for such a flattering review!!