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Review:-Your Secret Santa says:
I think what i'm most impressed with is the way you handle Rose. There seems to be this underlying unease and fear in her of making any sort of commitment. To Teddy or anything really. This stems from her inability to really fit in with her family. To be so different from them and her desire to be so. Her running off to China and generally her personality which seems to be so much more intrinsic than anything. It clashes with them but it seems to mesh well with Teddy.

I like the conflict you've introduced here. The coldness of Victoire, the ex who cannot really be happy for them, obviously. She's interesting though by basically telling Rose that their relationship is going to fail. You can tell she is still bitter from her past relationship with him, something he did or didn't do perhaps or maybe she's just irritated that it didn't work out.

I also like the unease in the relationship, her feeling that she's cornered into getting married and following the typical footsteps of those before her. Is she afraid of defining what they are? Defining them as something? They seem to be in two different places in the relationship where Teddy knows where they are perhaps or he, at least, feels comfortable with it where she seems to be like a cat with a burr in her paw. Their chemistry is undeniable though. Gah! It makes me love Teddy/Rose because of this, they do flow naturally, even if Rose is uneasy about it.

Really great job Violet, this is beautiful!

Author's Response: Wow, thank you! I was not expecting so many reviews from you, Dear Santa - your kindness is amazing, and it means a lot. ^_^

That's the important issue for Rose's character - she is afraid of commitment. It's something I've more often seen with male characters, so it's interesting to try it with a female character, one who is also very self-conscious. She's not family-oriented (she does love them, but prefers to be far away from them), nor is she interested in the stability that most of her family has. She is more like Charlie, seeking her adventure elsewhere, far away from her family's influence, doing her own thing instead.

I think the difference with Teddy is that he understands why Rose is the way that she is (for the most part - naturally, he's still stumped about her uncertainty about everything :P). He's spent enough time with the Weasleys to sympathize with Rose. He sees that she's different, and that's part of what attracts him to her. Victoire doesn't see these things - she still blames Teddy for the collapse of their relationship (because he refused to give up his poetry and lifestyle to further her political interests), and generally doesn't understand him. She's one of those left-brained people while he is right-brained, so they've never been able to communicate effectively.

I didn't want things to be entirely happy between Rose and Teddy, but I also didn't want it to be for any of the usual reasons. They're clearly devoted to one another, but there's naturally still those little things that exist in every relationship, and you're right to say that they're at different stages in their relationship. Rose has put things off when she was in China, and it startles her to wake up every morning and realize that she's in this kind of relationship. It terrifies her.

Thank you again for the reading and reviewing this story! Responding to these reviews has really helped me think through the characters and where I want to take the story next. :D

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