I’m beginning to worry about Grimm, he seems to be to so obsessed with Riddle at the moment, and it isn’t like him to write an incoherent essay. He did bring up an important point however, about how Riddle and Grindelwald’s name were never said together. It makes you wonder if they would have teamed up to create an evil super force, I’m inclined to think no as Riddle never seemed to like being a team player, and was more of an individual sort of person.
I loved this line –‘If she ever chose to become a professor, she’d be downright terrifying.’ It was just perfect, and it was funny to seen even as a teenager Minerva could still intimidate people. Minerva the ever pragmatic person, trying to get Grimm to finish his essay and think about the future. I suppose that’s the difference between them, as it seems Grimm can get distracted by things more easily than she can.
We get to meet up with the thief then. Thinking of the thief it reminded me of how Grindelwald stole the Elder wand, so perhaps this is just events repeating themselves. Even though that scene was relatively dark and mysterious, it was nice touch to include the drawings of Minerva as it made me aw.
I’ve found another awesome line from Minerva – ‘“It may demonstrate your undying affections, but it isn’t at all necessary, not if you take ill because of it.”’ I thought it was rather sweet to see Grimm suffer like that, and it showed how badly he wanted the sequel to the kiss. Both of them seem to be quite secretive about their emotions though, so I doubt they’re about to confess their undying for love for one another, I suppose that’s why Grimm had to resort to doing what he did.
I liked seeing Grimm interacting with his friends, it was interesting to see the dynamic of their friendship. It seemed to be a more normal one compared to the one he has with Minerva or Moody. I think it was the fact that they spoke about quidditch, as that was such a typical teenage boy thing to do, it was almost strange to see Grimm talk about it, even if it was only to say he lacked knowledge in that department.
I think that note shocked me as much as it shocked them. I think Minerva’s observations about Riddle are correct, but now I don’t think it’s him, it’s a question of who could hate Grimm so much to be the thief. Of course Grimm would use that situation to his advantage and kiss Minerva, perhaps he was proposing the separation so to kiss her.
Another thrilling chapter :D
Author's Response: Grimm is definitely obsessed with Riddle, and it develops into a serious problem as the story continues (to its logical, canon-based end). It's good to ask how much of his hatred of Riddle is legitimate, and how much does it reveal about Grimm's own weaknesses? For a Ravenclaw, Grimm is often illogical, basing his theories on intuition and emotional response rather than on fact. It can be a good thing to do sometimes, but at others, it leads him into dangerous territory. Grimm is one of those people who is so intelligent that he often seems stupid - he may be talented and clever, but he's an emotional mess, neither able to properly focus or control his impulses.
It's a funny contradiction when it comes to the romantic scenes, though, because Grimm wants to leap into a relationship without understanding what that means. He's selfish, in that way, wanting Minerva to love and support him and practically guilting her into it. Although the two balance each other out and work really well together as a team, a romantic relationship between them - while inevitable - is problematic. Grimm is still too immature and Minerva doesn't want that kind of responsibility yet because it means sacrificing too much of herself for his sake. I think the constant tension between these characters is why I love writing them so much - there's never a moment of peace. They are at once too much the same and too different.
However, he does see something important, as you said - his observations of Riddle almost lead him to the point of seeing Riddle for what he actually is. Riddle would never join Grindelwald because it would mean being a lieutenant, and Riddle could not stand to play second fiddle. For him, it's all or nothing. It's also important to note that, at this point in Riddle's "career", he's still seeking to recreate himself. He doesn't interest himself in wider political issues because he first has to wipe out his Muggle heritage and set the foundation for his immortality. The war is merely a distraction.
Thank you again for your fantastic reviews! I'm very glad that you've been getting so much out of this story! :D