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Review:Toujours Padfoot says:
Poor Scorpius. :( I wonder if it will ever really hit him that it's over, or if it has hit him and he's merely overestimated what his reaction to it should be. Maybe he doesn't need Rose as much as he thought, or loved her in that way as much as he thought. Maybe both of them will have a more fulfilled relationship if it's platonic.

Which raises the question: Can they only ever just be friends? There's that history there, and initial awkwardness, and the judgment and expectations of friends. The true test is when one or both of them begin to date other people, and how that's received. Rose has a stronger family support system than Scorpius, whose family is palpably disappointed in him for not being able to make it work (LOVE LOVE LOVE that Draco was pleased his son was shacking up with Hermione and Ron's daughter just for the sake of aggravating them. That's hilarious.). That they depended on him to put their name in a good light by associating with such a renowned family of war heroes to sort of lift them up out of their own darkness, is sad but understandable. Astoria sounds absolutely suffocating, questioning him as she did during dinner. Stiff, cold, formal people. I love that Scorpius regarded her as the height of maternal when to people like Rose, who's grown up knowing real warmth, only sees traces of unhappiness everywhere in that house.

I wonder what went wrong with Scorpius and Rose, besides Dom's influence. (Rude, Dom! Rude!) I'd like for Scorpius to find someone who really would have him crying on the floor, clutching a teddy bear in the event of a break-up, someone he became willfully dependent on, someone who understands what it's like to have such a horrifying genealogical background. Where Rose shines in everything she does, and comes from a family of nothing but wonderful, beloved people, Scorpius has a bunch of holes in his family. He should find himself. Figure out what he wants, what's good for him.

Or maybe Rose IS the one for him, but not yet. Not right now. Maybe she's outgrown the current Scorpius and would be better suited for him after he's done a bit of growing up and becoming more independent, more confident.

This really got me thinking, as you can tell by my rambling! I'm hoping the best for Scorpius, no matter who he ends up with.

Well-written, compelling, with touches of sadness and humor in all the right places. I really enjoyed it! And as this is an entry in my gift-it challenge, I'd like to extend a thank you for your participation. :)

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