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Review:Penelope Inkwell says:
Well, ouch. I knew something was going to happen, but that was particularly awful. And the truth is, I canít really blame Rose. Itís been hinted that the person Miranda cheated with was Flynn, but Rose doesnít know that. She doesnít know how that makes it the worst possible romantic scenario for Scorpius, because heís hidden it (and again, he had his reasons). But it would make it hard on her.

As for Scorpius, I canít blame him for being upset with her, either. She did know what she was doing, and she might have a good reason, but considering that he *does* know Flynnís background, I can see why that would hardly be enough.

Finally, Albus. I feel for him. He really does mean to be responsible, but he gets so many mixed messages about that. And heís obviously had a lot of patience with Scorpius. However, I still think he was a bit unfair. Obviously heís the sort of moral paragon of the group, and heís let a lot roll off without a word, and Scorpius did pick the fight. But at the end of the day, even with his doubts, Albus is in a much better place than Scorpius is, and feeding his doubts about his self worth was just so awful, and unworthy of Al--he can do better than that. Sure, Scorpius started it, but I still think Al hit harder in the end, because Scorpius hasnít had a loving family to brush aside his doubts; they run deeper. But then, we all do reach a breaking point, and I suppose having such a long fuse only means that the explosion will be worse, when it comes.

Anyway, those are just my feels. So convoluted. Everyone is right. Everyone is so, so wrong.

Hopefully we can only go uphill from here?

Author's Response: Ooh, you picked up on the hints re: Miranda/Flynn! I'm so happy. It's not meant to be obvious, of course, but it was seeded. But, Rose doesn't have much of a choice. Her situation is pretty awful and she loses either way. But Scorpius, of course, is going to take this as badly as possible!

This was, yes, meant to be a time when Albus shows his weaknesses. It's disappointing, and he IS unfair, but he's pretty much at the end of his tether and has put up with a lot, and now Scorpius is taking something that has nothing to do with him, out on him. Also, poor Al has had to protect Scorpius basically for years and is feeling a little taken for granted. You're right, indeed. The long fuse does make the eventual fallout worse.

This is indeed one of the worst points it gets emotionally. But not THE worst, I fear. Thanks for reviewing!

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