OH MY GOD YOU UPDATED I LOVE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW
This review, therefore, will contain a lot of gushing. Sorry.
Your descriptions of the two different kinds of rain in this chapter are utterly delightful. In general, the weather you've described in this fic tends to suit James' emotions really well. In fact, one of the great strengths of this fic - and what I've read of your works in general - is that it always feels really immersive, character-wise; I genuinely do become your characters, because they're so realistic and they're so relatable. I don't know if I'm making any sense whatsoever, so if I'm not, sorry. It's just that you're really good at narrative voice and that makes me happy.
The kind of details that you only throw in when they're happening, as if James' only just remembered or thought about them, help with that immersive feeling too, like "Edgar's returning from Liechtenstein today" or "the hot guy's name's Cesare". It should feel jarring, but it doesn't. I don't know how you do it.
Erm. Moving on from that gush-vomit up there (hopefully).
I like the lack of gay angst in this fic, too. Your casual mention of discussing boys with Edgar despite the fact that the latter's straight shows that, and it's a reminder that this fic is actually set in the 2020s. That kind of social context is cool, and also you've basically eliminated at least a quarter of the slashfic cliches I so loathe.
AND YAY, THEY KISSED. I've nothing even vaguely intelligent-sounding to say about that... just, it made me happy. I hope Cesare + father are innocent of whatever it was in the first chapter because I really want them to be happy even though they've not actually gone on a date yet, despite whatever Edgar says.
Anyway - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR UPDATING. And now I'll shut up before I embarrass myself further.
Author's Response: OH MY GOD YOU REVIEWED - I LOVE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW :) And sorry for the late response - uni has been kinda difficult recently, but moving on!
Rain! The excellent thing about writing fics set in England is that I get to describe many different types of rain, seeing as how we get them all. I think we have about twenty different words for 'raining'. And I'm not joking. Gah, thank you so much! James is kinda every person, only he's not at the same time - and hey, I can't explain anything about this, so don't worry about it! ;) I love doing that! This style is so much fun because it's so easy to just throw things in like someone's reminding him. I kinda imagine a light bulb flashing above his head occasionally, lol, but for some reason that never makes it through the editing process...
Yeah, I never really like next gen fics with gay characters which are filled with all this angst about their sexuality and their family because it's a time in the future, you know? So why can't it be fairly normal to be gay? Also, in my headcanon for this story, Edgar's known for years, so even if there was a case for gay angst, he's had plenty of time to get used to it. And yes, I hate cliches, so it's so great to hear you think I've avoided them :)
Hehe... Edgar does like to assume things when not told otherwise... and yes, they kissed! They'll kiss again, don't panic ;) As for Cesare and father being innocent (I literally typed his dad's name and then had to back-track because I'm not sure I've revealed that yet...), well, you'll have to wait and see, I'm afraid ;)
Thank you so much for reviewing - I loved reading this so much and I'm sorry it took so long to reply! :)