Ah this chapter was amazing, Katie! I canít even remember how long ago you PMed me with this crazy idea about a Rita/Charlie story, but Iím so glad that you did. This was simply brilliant and so original! Also, yay for the shout-out I was more than happy to cheer you along the way!
Iím really intrigued about Lottie. First of all, her surnameís Selwyn which is an old pureblood family so it makes me wonder what her intentions are about being so keen to get Charlieís affections. Then her being a young woman and the dates you told me about Charlie and Rita meeting. Is this there child? I donít know why Iím bothering to ask you, as I probably wonít find out but it is interesting to ponder!
The knowledge about Romania really added to the story. Ral and Roxana were really wonderful here, as all the points about the valleys and Cernei Mountains made me wonder whether they had seen it or not and made me want to go and look them up, so I can really imagine what Charlieís life may have been like.
I adored Charlie ♥ He was all macho and dragon-keepery and it was perfect. I never imagined him to be mean at first, but then it grew on me and I could see why he would do it if he had the dragonís best intentions at heart. That part when he was talking about them really made me aw, as it showed how much he loved his job and why he never returned to England for it.
The setting you established at the reserve was really great. I like the sound of the workers and it will be really interesting to see the dragons as theyíre really cool. I also canít wait to see how Rita fits into this, because I donít know how much this story is keeping to the original plan you showed me! I really canít wait for the next chapter, because this was an amazing first one, Katie ♥
Author's Response: Kiana! ♥ I'm still insanely pleased that you like my idea, however crazy it is :D And you deserved the shout-out for encouraging me to write and post this!
Heh, Lottie is definitely from an old pure-blood family. However, this is 2023 and a lot has happened since the war; she wants to impress Charlie because as reprehensible as his blood is, he's her superior and she has to impress him if she wants to continue her dream career ;) You definitely won't find out, sorry, but I feel obliged to point out (as you'll discover in future chapters) that her mother's name is /not/ Rita, so for her to be the spawn of Charita would therefore pose difficulties. ;)
Yes, I definitely agree! Ral and Roxana were indeed superb, and their knowledge is amazing.
Charlie ♥ He's the friendliest guy ever, as you'll see in the next chapter, but definitely when it comes to dragons he's very protective. After so many years at the reserve, they're kind of his children... well, fire-breathing, deadly children, but his babies nonetheless :P
Ee yes! I'm looking forward to the dragons! The keepers also, but they're people and dragons are cool, like you said :D Ah yes, the original plan! This whodunnit with Charlie was supposed to be the sequel to the original plan I showed you, but I decided it would be better if I wrote a novella and alternated chapters between 2023 and 1994 :) and thank you!