This started off with so much warms. Sirius, why'd you have to mess all that up?
But at the same time I really understand where he's coming from. Though you know my feelings for Sirius, poor guy. I'd defend him for anything, probably. But you still made it obvious that under his...not so nice way... there were very good intentions. Severus *is* one of them. But he'd never get Beth hurt. But his could very well hurt Beth, but she's a big girl and that's her decision. It's just all so confusing.
Sirius has such a special place in her heart... this kind of fighting makes me so sad for her. She was so afraid to tell them and he reacted just how we didn't want him to. But I'm so happy you wrote it that way, because it stays very true to his character. And now they're going to have to kiss and make up quickly. Well, maybe not the kiss... I've decided that maybe they aren't the best together... and maybe Severus wouldn't be TERRIBLE for her ;).
I was kind of sad that Remus and Peter weren't there for the baby names :(. Well, not Peter as much because he's already gone bad.. but Remus! But this was written so beautifully with the group of them, they were just so happy and warm until the big Severus stuff happened. I know i've said this before, but i love that Beth is friends with the group of guys and that her and Lily are friends in a -- you're married to my best friend so we're friends-- sort of way. It's just really realistic, I think.
Another amazing chapter, m'dear ♥
Author's Response: Fact: Sirius is extremely good at messing things up. D: Although you're right in that I do see, to a point, where he is coming from. He's extremely loyal and wants the best for all his friends, but sometimes he thinks he knows what that is better than they do, and that's where conflicts arise. I'm glad you found his reaction true to his character still! I try hard to keep it constant, as I know I've told you at one time or another in the past. I'm just happy I've converted you to Snape/Beth, Jami! (And if you're not 100% convinced... let me have my moment. ♥)
I love Marauders warmth. :3 It's one of my favorite things, I think, in this story -- how they're just one big, happy group, who just seem to have a lot of little side problems. I still miss writing them in the Hogwarts setting, too. And I always thought that Lily wasn't ONE of them, you know? I really do see her as mostly being friends with Beth because of James, and I know that she's a character of my own invention, but it still means a lot to me that you find it realistic.
Gah. This response is coming to you so late, and I'm so sorry that it's taken me so long. I promise, I'm going to try and be better about responses, I swear. I always make these fantastic goals and actually make headway toward them, and then someone sits down and reviews a ton in one go and I'm overwhelmed again. :P But anyway! Thank you so, so much -- it was fantastic to hear from you again, Jami!!