Arghhh!! I've taken way too much time to get back to you with this review!! I can't believe that this chapter only has one other review... It's kind of sad, because this is probably one of the best stories I've ever read on HPFF. If I could give you two reviews on one chapter, believe me, I would!!
Well, everything is just falling into place. The characters are getting more anxious as the mystery of Myrtle's death still hangs over them. I just love your writing style, as I've said several times before, and even if the timeline is not completely the same as the canon timeline, I don't think anyone should have any complaints! You've taken a rarely-explored time and done so much to make it come to life. That's the best thing any fanfiction writer could hope for!!
My greatest hope is that I can one day come back and reread this whole story (unfortunately, Life tells me that I don't have time right now) so that I can fully appreciate all the nuances and the drama.
My favorite scene of this chapter was Minerva's conversation with Tiberius. You really showed all of their emotions and fears of the future, and that raw emotion is really what drives people to action. Will there ever be anything between them that is more than just a ghost girl and a mysterious killer? Not likely, but as a teenage girl, I'd like to believe that maybe there's something of a tragic romance, latent of course. This story is not for snogging and "romantic trysts" in broom closets. It is for action, and doubt, and mystery, and waiting. It is for seeing older characters in younger days, and knowing that this event, the death of an innocent, albeit annoying, young Ravenclaw.
I look forward to reading the next chapter, and I hope that you still enjoy writing this story. It is a beautiful and astounding read. If the characters speak to you, I hope that they continue to divulge all of their secrets to you.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for coming by! I'm very sorry that I've taken so long to respond - hopefully you're still around to see this! Your compliments mean so much - I can't express how much they mean. One review like this is worth. Just hearing that you think so highly of this story is enough for me. ^_^
How am I supposed to reply to this review? It's fantastic to hear that the pieces are falling into place - the plot has become more complicated than I anticipated, and I keep worrying that something will be forgotten (a few things have been, and I've been trying to slip them in where i can). The characters are right at the edge of things, and from here most everything should resolve - whether it's a satisfying resolution is up to the reader. ;)
Oh wow, I'm glad to hear about that raw emotion. One very important aspect of this story is Minerva's growth, how she has learns to work through her emotions and develop into an adult. You're right to wonder whether Grmm and Minerva have anything else connecting them - they are certainly fond of one another, but it's the mystery plot that has been driving them together in a different way. The rawness of feeling changes Minerva in a way that wouldn't happen on its own, but it doesn't make her "fall" for Grimm in the conventional sense. She does love him, but not in a sweeping, tragically romantic way. It's surprising how much of a challenge that love is to write because, for some reason, it has more feeling behind it - it's deeper, more painful.
If anything, the last couple of chapters have made me love writing this story more than before. Thank you for helping inspire me along! I hope that you're able to enjoy the rest of the story, which should be completed this year. :D