Ah I havenít read this story in ages thanks to school, but hey revision can wait a while as I need to get my Grimm and Minerva fill.
Even though Minerva obviously isnít happy about what happened with Grimm, I rather enjoyed reading those scenes as it was nice to see her as something different to the usually composed and self-assured person she is. Her thoughts seemed to be all over the place and it was strange, yet fitting for her to be like that.
It was interesting to see how she felt everyone was judging her with the asking of questions. I really liked how youíre showing a more broken down and vulnerable side to her, as itís such a stark contrast to the person I mentioned before, and it makes her more human as a result of it.
I really liked the scene with Minerva and Myrtle though. It was so touching to see how affected Minerva was by it, and so sad to see what a sorry state Myrtle is in. I really like how youíve created a backstory behind Myrtle as it just makes her story even more tragic and sad that she ended up dead, and she didnít even have a particularly nice life before that. Itís also great as it provides a reason as to why she ended up following Oliver Hornby around.
Itís interesting to see how Grimm reacted differently to Ďthe break upí (?). Heís still fixated on Riddle and Iím beginning to be too. I really want Grimm to get to the bottom of the bedroom wrecker, so I hope he and Minerva sought their issues out soon so they can get back to their crime fighting. Though, I do like seeing their characters like this as it really puts them in a new light.
Ooh and we get to see more of Dolores! I really wonder what must have made her change from this over-enthusiastic and almost, dare I say it, nice person, to the malicious, evil one we all love and know. It will be really interesting to see how her character develops throughout the course of this story.
Eek this line ĎďGood luck. At practice, I mean.ĒĎ was just perfect. It not only showed a sign towards the reconciliation, but I felt so proud of Grimm being the bigger person for once and apologising. I thought it was good enough that they both managed to control their tempers throughout this encounter but I didnít expect that.
Another great chapter and I hope I can be back more quickly next time!
Author's Response: Thank you for coming back to this story! I can't tell you enough how exciting it is to see someone read and review every chapter - it means a lot that you've taken the time to give so much feedback. ^_^
Minerva has reached the point where she's no longer feeling in control of her life. She began the year wanting to be self-assured and show a confident front to the world, but her interactions with Grimm keep evoking emotions from her that place her in difficult positions. She doesn't want others to see her as a weak woman, and at this point, she still sees love as a form of weakness. Although her housemates weren't actually judging her, she believes that they are, and it only further alienates her from those who would likely offer her support. She really doesn't know what to do with people, and this especially shows in this chapter with her rather erratic behaviour. I'm glad that it brings out her human side.
Haha, to be honest, I think that Grimm and Minerva are perpetually in a state of breaking up - they can't stay together for long, yet they can't be apart either. Their relationship is unhealthy for both of them, yet together they make a great team. It's probably the most paradoxical relationship I could have thought of. ;)
Now you're making me think about writing Dolores's biography again! It would be quite a project to trace her rise within the Ministry and show her gradual disillusionment with the world, how she wants so badly to be admired and respected, yet her appearance and personality continuously work against her, and eventually, she snaps. I don't know whether I'll be able to do much more with her in this story - she turned out to be a red herring, and I didn't take her into account when planning the ending. But I will try to do something, at least to properly wrap up her (failed) relationship with Grimm.
Thank you again for this brilliant review! It's always exciting to see what you'll take notice of in each chapter. :D