*cracks up at the the old witch who never gets cross yelling at her* You've given a pretty good impression of Mrs. Spenser in a matter of words.
And yeah, mixing things up with Weasleys Wizard Wheezes products wouldn't end well.
I've a feeling Emily and Timothy will end up together.
And that really gives an insight into Emily's condition, that she can't even laugh at a funny story, even when she can see it as funny.
I hated clothes shops as a teen. Still not too bothered with them now. When I was at college and my mum would give me money for clothes, I'd have to force myself to go clothes shopping before heading to the bookshops.
Aw, *sympathises with Hufflepuff not having many victories* And of course, that underlines why Cedric is such a heroic figure to his house.
Hmm, I wonder what's caused the scars and if they are relevant. They definitely could be.
In a way, it doesn't seem quite right for Hogwarts to be completely mended, as if the Final Battle never happened. I guess people are happy not to be reminded, but it still seems almost like pretending nothing has changed and in the future, it'll be a pity not to have any physical records of history (yeah, guess what I teach, I guess). In Dublin, you can still see the bullet holes from the Rising in the G.P.O. and even if they could be removed, I think it'd be a pity to do so. They're a reminder of what happened.
Hmm, I've a feeling that dream is significant, but I can't imagine how.
I like the way Emily's problems don't just get solved when she realises she has a problem and starts to see a Healer. So often, psychological issues in stories get solved quickly and then pretty much forgotten about, so I like the fact that this story shows the struggle Emily is having.
Can't wait to read what happens next.
Author's Response: Ok, your comment about Emily and Timothy made me laugh because...well...is he even mentioned in this chapter? I don't think he is! lol :)
I've always loved bookshops too, but I definitely loved clothes shopping as a teenager, and as uni student (even though I had no money). It's a bit boring these days though, but I thought it would be a nice girly, bonding thing for Emily and Michelle.
The scars are from her time on the run, I'm not sure if they'll come up as something more relevant yet. Certainly they're not supposed to be a big mystery or anything. I mean she spent a year on the run, living in the wilderness - there's going to be physical evidence of that.
I thought your comments about Hogwarts being rebuilt were very interesting. I guess I'd never thought of it that way, but then again I think that being a school, especially one where many of the students were actually present for the beginnings of the battle, they'd want it to feel as normal and safe as possible. I mean it's not so much a piece of history at this point as it is a very recent traumatic event. I don't mention it here and I'm not sure if it will come up in other chapters, but I have always imagined that there would be several monuments/plaques/memorials etc around the school. Possibly something that lists those that died during the battle, something that recognises the Great Hall as the place where Voldemort was defeated and so on. I definitely think they'd want to remember what had happened, but in a 'tidier' way that's less traumatic for the students.
My whole aim in this story is to write Emily psychological problems as realistically as possible. This chapter was all about showing how things can get better and then suddenly come crashing back down around you. In the next chapter I go into Emily's response to that a little bit too. I wanted to stray from the 'tidy' path, Emily won't be able to overcome this on her own, she won't be 'saved' by one person who miraculously understands her and every problem she's facing, and in the end she will probably always be a little scarred by it all. That's reality and I hope I can bring that through and do it justice.
Thanks so much for the review, your thoughts are always appreciated and I look forward to reading them. :)