Hello there! I said I would be back soon, and Iím so glad that I did, if it was mainly due to the chapter image ;D
I liked the start of the chapter, as McGonagall is usually depicted as a rather cool woman, and you would never expect her to experience embarrassment, yet it seemed fitting, and it showed how this will develop into a relationship between her and Grimm, due to the subtle hinting.
Itís quite nice that Iíve The Fires Within beforehand, as it allows me to compare the character of Grimm there, to the one here, and itís nice to find that some of his traits are still the same. I think there was one line, where he was described as cutting up toast with scientific precision, it seemed like something he would do, and I can imagine him bent over it, getting it right down to the mm.
It was really nice to see a softer side to Grimm in this chapter. I forgot that Myrtle would have been around, at the same time as them, and it almost caught me by surprise to see him comforting her, it almost made me feel sorry for Moaning Myrtle! I loved the scene that followed it, I thought it was going to be a typical conversation between the two, then he goes asks her if she hates him, then her falling over. There was so much action and drama, I almost couldnít deal with it all!
I loved the banter which ensued, with Grimm saying she must like him, if she falls at his feet, then him calling her darling, and trying to help her. It was so funny to watch, as you could sense that there was a lot of tension between them, with true feelings not being said, and McGonagallís embarrassment, you managed to convey so many emotions in that little scene, Iím still amazed by it all!
I never would have though Minerva would have been an object of gossip, but I do have to agree with the gossipers, they would be perfect together, thought I did feel bad for her, as Grimm was blatantly trying to provoke a reaction from them.
This chapter was perfect really, you amaze how you manage to draw me in so much, and fall in love with those two, I think itís because both characters are so unique, and rather different to most people, it draws me in!
Author's Response: Thank you for coming back so soon! Haha, I'm pleased to hear that you like that chapter image - it's been fun to remake them with the new style and face claims. ^_^
Grimm is an odd character and I'm not always sure how to write him in certain situations. He's changeable, but not in the way that he has a fast temper or bi-polarity. It's more that he wraps himself in multiple cloaks - he easily dons the role of serious academic/scientist, but he's also very sensitive, sometimes to a comical extent while at other times he's genuinely full of "feels". It means that he misses things, whether he's blind to them out of emotion or because he's obsessed by whatever logic problem he's working through. To this point, he's been like an older brother to Myrtle, trying to make her stronger and prove that she's a Ravenclaw.
It's fantastic to hear that the interactions between Grimm and Minerva turned out so well! I love writing them together because they compliment each other - a "sum of the parts is greater than the whole" kind of thing. There's a lot of tension that will never be resolved, yet they work so well together. Gah, I just love the dynamic they have and wish I knew how it came to be. It just appeared in "The Fires Within" and I've been building on it ever since. :D
Thank you again!