Why do things keep on preventing from reading this story, itís so annoying!
Even though theyíre meant to be working together to solve the puzzle about the intruder theyíre still arguing. I didnít expect anything less from them to be honest, and Iíve grown so used to them acting like that now, that it would almost be weird if they started being civil to one another! I liked the analogy of Minerva being like an underfed cat, I think it was just how she already identified herself with them even though she hadnít become an animagus yet.
I liked her meeting with Riddle. You could tell at the beginning that she was almost trying hard not to view him as someone who was attractive. It makes you wonder whether that scent she picked up on him represents the creepiness she later feels towards him. I found interesting that Tom just disappeared when she implied that she didnít want to be spoken to. It suggests to me that he has some level of respect for her, and will do what she wishes.
I like how youíre slowly revealing the mystery behind Grimm and Minerva. They shared a rather tender moment when he inquired whether she was ok after speaking to Grimm, and her frustration at Potions. I hope we get to hear more about Grimmís brief foray into tutoring Minerva as it sounds as if thereís a lot of history behind it, and I canít wait to find out more.
Theyíre both such puzzling people, and itís almost funny to see how theyíre both trying to analyse one anotherís behaviour and figure out whatís really going on. I think thatís why there so well suited as they do have the best intentions for the other, even though it isnít always conveyed that way! Grimm does seem to bring about a more care free and rebellious side to Minerva with the suggestions of the midnight walks or going down to the kitchens.
Dumbledore was so Dumbledore in this chapter. The way he was trying to give a rational explanation for Grimmís behaviour yet at the same time nudging Minerva to tell him why he was acting like that. You write him brilliantly and itís such a pleasure to read as Iíve come across several badly written Dumbledores! I canít believe he basically admitted that he did play match maker when choosing head boy and girl, it just seemed like something he would do. Cunning yet with nice results, itís so subtle you almost donít notice it!
Another excellent chapter, and I canít wait for the next!
Author's Response: Another review! Thank you for coming back! :D
Oh dear, I hope that they're not arguing too often. They have a tendency to do that, and if I'm ever overdoing it, please let me know. It's easier than I thought to fall into the hate-hate romance cliche. Minerva still feels a lot of anger about that moment in the past, though if one asked her, she wouldn't be able to say why. To her, Grimm broke a contract, overstepped an unspoken boundary, and she just can't let it go. I haven't actually done much more with their tutoring sessions, but it would be a good idea to mention them again at some later point, perhaps to show how far both of them have come. :)
The scene with Riddle was quite something to write - he makes one's flesh creep, yet he possesses a charm that's almost undeniable, and for a moment, even Minerva is blinded by it. He does respect her, in his own strange way, because she's proven herself to be formidable, someone equal to himself (to see it from his point of view). Do watch the clue about the scent, though, because it becomes significant later on. ;)
In spite of myself, I do like writing Dumbledore, perhaps because he has that really murky past behind him, and combined with his odd whims, it makes him a very strange character - a true eccentric, straight out of the Victorian age. I'm so glad to hear that you like how I've written him! :D
Thank you so much for your kind words! It's excellent to hear that you've enjoyed the story and its characters, and I hope that you continue to do so! ^_^