Well, so much for fluff. :P
This may seem odd, but she acts almost like a Malfoy when it comes to showing her affections, doesn't she? This is probably the sort of statement that might make Rose recoil, but I'm hoping you understand where I'm coming from. She tries to be a bit formal, but at the same time she's very avoidant. She says she does not care, but in actual fact she does - very much. As for Teddy, he might not have much luck, but he has more patience than I'd give him credit for. It'd be interesting to know how he is taking all of this. I'd love to get inside his head. Does he have anyone to speak to other than his Gran? The entire affair makes her come off as very awkward. While I want to shake her, I can still relate.
Actually, I can relate to her a lot which I'm a bit afraid of, but never mind. There's a longing for something more than what she has at the moment. This is not related to Teddy. But perhaps she still feels stuck, or maybe she came back to England too soon. Had she stayed, she would have avoided the debacle that was Lily's engagement; on the other hand, that might carry a different message completely.
Then there's Andromeda's allusion to her death. While it may be inevitable, I fear it will occur sooner than expected.
Nothing is ever so simple, is it? As humans we like to avoid a lot of things. We like to dance around each other without ever coming too close. That's the impression I got from the last scene with Teddy and Rose.
Author's Response: lol, what is fluff? I don't think there's a fluffy molecule in my body. :P
It's interesting how you see Rose almost as a Malfoy. It makes a lot of sense to me now, though when I was writing, I had Ron's "emotional range of a teaspoon" in mind - a general inability to properly express emotion. But you're right that while Rose represses her feelings, she is experiencing them, violently so, and she seems to purposely prevent anyone from seeing what she's really feeling. Usually it's a way of preventing oneself from appearing weak or sensitive, and as one of the youngest cousins, perhaps Rose felt it necessary to do this... and then somehow it failed in the process, making her annoyingly awkward instead.
I've been wondering whether including a chapter, or part of a chapter, from Teddy's point of view would be worth-while. He's patient because he hasn't had much luck, so he's more willing to wait and see what happens. Victoire thought this a weakness, and I suppose it can be to those kind of people who want quick-decisions and immediacy, but Teddy is more laissez faire. However, he does have his limits. It would be interesting to see inside of his head... hmm...
That's the thing about Rose's characterization: we can be annoyed as hell with her, but she's eerily real. :P I've been finding that while writing her, and I'm glad that it's not just me.
You've given me some great ideas for the story with this review, not to mention the perfect motto for Rose: nothing is ever simple. One would think that her life as she has it laid out - a good job, good boyfriend, good family - should be simple, yet it isn't because that would be impossible. Wow, now I'm having feelings about the story. :D Thank you very much for reading and reviewing every chapter. I hadn't expected that at all, and it's wonderful of you to have done so. ^_^