Awww, Neville lives completely away from his family most of the time. Even if they're busy, this saddens me! But if it works well for them, then it's nice that the family can cope with the distance etc and get on with their lives merrily. Hopefully it's HEALTHY and I'm a weird fan of unconventional family and relationship lifestyles which are nevertheless happy.
Ginny would make a good flying instructor. I can assume that her and Harry have a similarly whirlwind sort of opportunity at spending time together. But HARRY? Leaving the MLE to be a teacher? While that might be healthy for him, I wonder if he'd want it! And aww, grown-up Percy is a much more sensible man. I think Audrey would have been good for him, because Percy was always grounded in some ways and NOT in others, and if she could drag down those other ways he'd always be a decent bloke. But then I have a soft spot for Percy. Nice exploration of Ginny's choices. And nice to address that it's OKAY for her to choose her family above her career, that these are all GOOD choices! *feminist fist-bump*
And yes, we're due Carla resolution, methinks. Or James is getting to the point where he needs to take some action. Ginny is right in why she managed to slip past James' defences, methinks. And good that he has realised that he does want to fight; therein lay the trouble. Can't sort your life out if you don't know what you want from it.
Heh! Rose and Scorpius. Not carbon copies indeed. Good stuff!
Author's Response: I like to think that Neville would visit his family a lot during term time - and in this fic his kids are currently at Hogwarts so he'd see them more than Hannah would during term time! (Incidentally Alice is Hugo's friend-but-they-want-to-be-more, and Maddie makes a reference to her in chapter eighteen. BUT I DIGRESS.) I can imagine that teaching at Hogwarts could be quite a lonely career path. Certainly in this case, though, the Longbottoms have it all sorted and they're all happy. As James says, Hannah being the landlady of the Leaky Cauldron almost helps the situation, because they're used to the unconventional.
Ginny would be good at the job. Harry would be better at the job. But you're right, he wouldn't want to leave the MLE; he may not enjoy every moment like he might do if he were the flying instructor, but he still has a lot of unfinished business in the Ministry.
Grown-up Percy has his moments of wisdom in Rails! We don't see much of him, because he's not exactly James' favourite uncle, but I certainly don't endeavour to make him the boring, stuck-up one like a lot of authors seem to do. He came round at the end of DH, and I highly doubt he'd let himself go back to being that person. That, and Audrey as I portray her would certainly bring out the good parts of him. As a couple, they balance each other out wonderfully in my Railsverse, and there is so much temptation to write more about them as a couple! One of many in a long list of one-shot ideas which I really don't need hanging around right now.
Ginny's career choice is hugely important, because it shows James that actually, Quidditch doesn't have to be his be-all-and-end-all; there are things that could become more important to him! He's learned how much he loves the game, and now he learns to not let it be the only thing in his life. And I like writing mushy Harry/Ginny because I love them.
Carlotta resolution is coming! It's a couple of chapters away now. But it DOES require James to do something, which is why it's not happened yet; he's dealing with his family and career first. Now that's all sorted, he can think about what he wants, and how to go about getting it. Progress is being made!
Thought you might like the little Scorose at the end. :) Thanks for reviewing!