Wow ... oh wow ... oh wow!!! I don't know which to respond to first! I loved it all! Ok, from first to last ...
Lockett's trying to be sensitive to Scorpius, that's easy to see. It's just that she's not really sensitive to anybody. Now, I didn't read your first story where she appears so I don't have the background everyone else does on Nat. Suffice it to say I'm seeing a personality in there, maybe trying to come out after so long. And in this instance she was doing what she thought was right: Scorpius was doing the most good in his own work. Nevertheless, Al and Rose need to get out soon or they will die. She they need the resources of everyone there.
Oh, I'm really starting to love Selena! I can see real growth there. She'll always retain her basic personality, of course. But if she were a real person, people would say, that's vintage Selena. She'll always be vain, she'll always have a selfish streak. But only a streak. It will not ruin her. She will prevail over it. And maybe, just maybe, find someone right for her.
Maybe Methuselah? I like our Methy for figuring out things, and I'm seeing there's humanity in there, too, as Scorpius is also seeing. He's really, really trying to figure out and in this case, Selena, from all the time she's spent with him, is a little shaky because she's accustomed to 100% confidence from him.
Oh Scorpius! Will he ever stop shooting himself in the foot. He verbally attacks everyone else in crises because he can't handle his feelings -- part of that being just a boy not yet grown and the other part being the damage done to him by being born a Malfoy (and possibly due to other damage we don't yet know about? ... We haven't yet seen your Draco ...). Now he behaves badly with the head House Elf when he needs help the most because he just didn't think.
But now you're scaring me as a reader. Anyone else feeling nervous, too? What's Scorpius going to do that he always said he'd do? Oh no! It isn't something bad, is it?
You've really got us in this one. Please, please update just asap! This is one of the best stories I've read with these characters. I can only imagine how good you are with your own. Please update as soon as you can!
Author's Response: It had been my intention that knowing Nat Lockett's history from my other work is a... perk, an Easter Egg, rather than a necessity. I would hope for old readers they would get the fun of putting the pieces together while she's an entertaining mystery for new readers. So I'm glad that's working! There are issues brewing under her surface and we'll see what happens with them.
Selena is petty, selfish, vain, and occasionally astonishingly rude. But, under it all, she does have a good heart. She's got more good stuff to come this story, too! Scorpius, not so different, and yes, we'll get more on his relationship with his father and what Draco in this story is like.
Thankfully, more updates coming all the time now! Thanks for reviewing!