And from the first sentence I am all excitement! Apprehensive excitement. This is perfect, I must doff my figurative hat to you, because I have been chomping at the bit for Harry/James stuff and now you deliver it when my instinctive reaction is, "Oh, no, not NOW" because James is so delicate I can only feel SORRY for him. So you give me what I want, and now I don't want it!! It's THAT good!
And disappointed Ginny. Oh dear. And Harry is within his rights to be this angry, and James is within HIS rights to be this angry, and even if it's horrid and unfair all round it's really the only way it would go. ...I should have guessed, really, that it wasn't merely LUCK which got James out of being arrested. OMG Harry PAID HIM OFF? No wonder he's hitting the roof. Wow. Wow. Harry must HATE to have to do that. James has 'made' him use his wealth and connections to keep him out of trouble, which Harry has to HATE doing, and yet...
Oh, this is so good.
And Harry confirms much of what I had assumed. But GINNY. Wow. I need more words than 'wow', but it's a good one. They are so awesome in their thoroughly messed up way. And Ginny's editor is something I can't possibly name with these ratings on these reviews. And also perhaps not very bright. Hmm, WAS it Albus who told Harry? Not 100% on that.
And James is rocketing from 'understandable crazy' to 'jerk crazy' by, again, invoking the "my life is so hard compared to Lily's", and this is going to end badly and - Oh. Well, that was an understatement. Yeah, um. James. Bad James. No wonder Harry's storming off. You lost all moral high ground there -
Wait, wait, wait, you're ANGRY WITH GINNY THERE? No. Oh, no, James. You keep on finding lower and lower to sink and I still love you but this is crossing one hell of a line. If Brigid can't break through, if Lily can't break through, if his parents can't break through, I really don't know who can. Because I assume Carla won't just swan in through the door and make everything okay, unless more is going on behind the scenes, but I don't think it IS.
THIS IS DELICIOUS. OM NOM ANGST.
Author's Response: You can't ask me for something and then complain when I give it to you! But yes, this is entirely the wrong time for Harry to visit James, but Harry is a bit clueless and I like making things difficult for James, so this is what you get.
Yes, Harry has used his name and connections to get James off scot-free. He's stooped to the very same level that he despises other people operating on, has done the one thing he hates the most, just to help his son. And James seems ungrateful for it. Of course, Harry can't understand how James could have let this happen when he had everything he ever wanted. And James, in his current state, feels victimised by this attitude of his father's.
Ginny's editor is indeed an idiot. But then, he's a Prophet employee; what do you expect? And Albus was the one who told Harry about Kreacher. Again, he cares about James in his own way, but right now that won't endear Albus to James at all.
All of James' life, Ginny has been the one person who's supported him the most, and so the thought that she's siding with Harry, of all people, against him, hurts a lot. In reality, she was scared of James at that moment. All very sad. But she does want to help. He just won't let her.
ANGST indeed! Thanks for reviewing :)