You're killing me. You realize this, right?How did I not put the possibility of Regina being more than a scary ex wife in my head? I mean, I knew she'd probably come back... But I figured she's do something like show leave a copy or Krum's criminal record on Rose's doorstep or something. NOT murder her!!
I'm finally going to offer an opinion that isn't a mixture of flail squeals. Only for a second though, because it's just a small one. I loved hearing about the man in the suit's reason for hating Krum, and it actually is justified in a crazy way. Most people wouldn't react how he is because most people are stable enough to handle it, but he isn't so he plotted with a crazy woman. But I did want to hear more about Regina's motives. Obviously she's insane, so she doesn't need any huge reason to want to hurt Viktor, but I was curious as to what he did that (in her head) justified trying to spend her entire life ruining his. Even if all he did was leave her, maybe just a spark of passion about, 'that (insert non 12+ word here) thought walking away from out marriage would be the end of it? No one walks away from Regina McFey' -- well, that may not be my best piece of writing :P just because she dwelled so much on the Suit man'a motives, her saying she hated him just felt unbalanced.
Now, back to my squeal flails.
You had my heart going crazy this entire time. I swear, I feel like I was just in the room with Rose facing a completely crazy person. And it's so scary how smart she is, because her plan really is pretty solid. Krum doesn't have the kind of support, has lived a trust worthy enough life where anyone would put their neck on the line and think he didn't do it. Maybe Peter, but depending on what Regina put in Krums head, Peter may not either.
And now!! Oh god. Did she somehow throw the knife?! Is someone in there that we didn't see?!?!
I need to know what happens! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. You wouldn't kill Rose.. I'm forcing myself to believe that.
This chapter was so, so incredible. You have no idea how jealous I am of your amazing writing style.
And this was all done on my iPhone, so please ignore any random auto corrections.
Author's Response: I've already said half of what follows to you in PM form, but since you always leave me such awesome-sauce reviews, I have to at least try and respond here with more than a long string of sqqquueeesss.
First, I'm super happy you didn't guess it was Regina. I didn't want to give it away, but I also didn't want it to be totally out of left field, like it was someone we'd never even met up until this point. If I was writing the whole story all over again, I'd have dropped a few more hints. Maybe something weird arriving in the post, or her casually mentioning that she knew where Krum kept his stash... I don't know. I just could never find the spot. Still, I hope it was a surprise but also a bit of an Of Course! kind of moment.
I'll be the first to admit I chickened out on spelling out her reasoning here. I'm trying to work it into the next chapter, but I'm not finding it fits there very well either. You'll see my PM, but I didn't know how to reveal it without it feeling melodramatic, plus there was already so much exposition. Anyway, you'll have to let me know what you think once you read the PM/the next chapter. You can let me know if you think I should edit it in :)
That aside, I'm glad you liked the chapter. And, gah!, I always get feely when someone says they like the writing style. Obviously I want people to like the story, but it's almost over. The writing itself will follow me to the next so it always means something extra special when people comment on that.