I love Rose here! She's so snarky and strange, and I like the dynamics between her and Greta, it's very entertaining. For some reason the line beginning with "Well, if there was anybody madder than Greta here..." for some reason it just summed up Rose so perfectly. The sneaking out adventure was very entertaining!
I like how Greta's awkwardness continues to rage full force, and her worrying about being dressed in matching clothes was very funny. She and Astrid just seem like polar opposites, and I'm curious to see how things will progress (or not) with Albus. Also, how old is everyone? I think you said Greta was 26, and Astrid is younger... just wondering, anyway! :)
Anyway this was another wonderfully written and silly chapter, and I can't wait to read the next one! :)
(And PS. What exactly is a "fluttery whimsy"??)
Author's Response: Ooh, thoughts on Rose! Happy happy happy! I absolutely love writing Rose, she's probably the most fun. Part of that is the humour and randomness that's just this inseparable part of her personality. She has to keep herself entertained somehow, and everybody around her she sees as a tool to achieve that end. So awkward Greta is a very fun plaything :P And then Greta of course is in her tiny little shell, poking her head out and sniffing the air every so often. Rose is her vehicle to achieve that occasional sniffing. It's a fun relationship.
Albus progression is on its way! All the chapters he's not in, I start to miss him :P
Yep, Greta's 26. Astrid is 20, which is briefly mentioned in the first chapter. It's part of why they're so different, why they don't get along. They're not very close with such an age gap. And that's meant to emphasise how immature Greta is too :P
Let me see if I can get the ages right. This fic intersects with a couple of my others in the whole collection-ish thing, so... at this point, Albus is 27. Which is a huge age gap as well, but it's explained more later in this fic and also in Seeds (in production), in which Albus is also a main character. Basically Astrid was Albus' secretary at the Ministry of Magic. But Greta doesn't actually know Albus is that old, so it'll be a fun reveal! Oops, hope that doesn't count as a spoiler. Okay, just a teeny one.
Ah, the title. I figured somebody would ask eventually. Honestly, I don't know. Basically it just popped into my head and it sounded so odd and twee that I couldn't reject it. The fluttery bit goes into more depth in later chapters, and the whimsy I s'pose is representing Greta. The weird wording of it is tributing Greta's weird way of wording things herself. Truthfully, titles and I? Not as chummy as I'd like.
Thanks for all your reviews, they are super special! I want to cuddle them. The update's coming just as soon as I get a handle on the flow of chapter four. It's messy at the moment. Not too far off, though!