Before I say anything, I just wanted to ask (and completely ignore this if you haven't, because I may sound crazy), have you played Mass Effect? Jones reminds me a lot of one of my favourite characters, Mordin, with his speech, and now there's a mysterious fellow named/titled 'Thane'... (again, if not, just ignore that ...).
But, some answers! I was not expecting the spell to do that - what a great twist! I feel sorry for dear Scorpius, being badgered by everybody after he drank that potion. I can't imagine having all those memories rushed back would be the most pleasant feeling in the world. As much as I love Rose, too, I probably would have flipped at her then - surprisingly, Scorpius is very tolerant :)
Speaking of which, I love their gradual growth in relationship. The other characters all seem to be very strong, firm personalities, but Rose and Scorpius seem to be fumbling around themselves during this crisis - like it is helping them mature and grow. The last part between herself and Albus really highlighted that Rose is only young and like her mother, ready to take on as much responsibility is possible. Its a good thing she has sweet Albus there to stop herself from burning out :)
Hmm, and I'm very curious about Draco, and what the deal is there with him and his son. I'm not usually a reader of Malfoy heir/Malfoy patriarch hating one another stories, but, this has really surprised me - Scorpius seems to not let it bother him much, but little things (like talking to Hermione) seem to really highlight that whatever happened, isn't really sitting very well with him...
Unless I missed something..?
Ah, anyway, I still love this story. A lot. It's lovely to come on and read between droll university work. :)
Author's Response: Ha, yes, I have played Mass Effect. Oddly it's not one of my favourites (I'm more for Bioware's fantasy fare) but it had an impact in writing Ignite for its big, traditional, 3-act trilogy epic - yeah, if it ever happens, the plan is for a trilogy. Thane, actually, is a coincidence of a name. The name I *did* steal was Miranda, and that was just because I was flailing for a name and spotted the ME2 box on my shelf!! I rather like ME's Miranda more than Ignite's, who... is nothing like her at all, really.
I cannot pretend to be quite so creatively pure when it comes to Methuselah. Although obviously the characters are different and divergent, Mordin was a starting point in his conception. Not so much consciously, the character just grew in my head after exposure, which is odd as I was always ambivalent about Mordin. But his influence remains there on our Methy, even if Methy is rather more... well, human, in the end.
Scorpius isn't tolerant of Rose so much as he had bigger things to worry about at the time. She CAN be a handful, can't she? And you're right - of them all, they're the two still finding their feet the most. Scorpius to have A purpose, and Rose to make her purpose, arguably the heaviest of all the kids, work and mean something.
The deal with Draco is a slow-burning one. Their relationship, and Draco, are not strictly how I would foresee Draco ending up if I were making canon predictions, but Ignite's Draco's had an 'interesting' time of things. More will come out in time, though suffice to say Scorpius, whatever the situation is, is experienced in 'handling' it, but also in *hiding* it.
Thanks for the review! Glad the story diverts.