Your chess metaphors have killed me. Checkmate. That's it. I'm dead.
Despite this obvious dilemma, I will sit down *slightly* patiently to write this review.
Ahem, you should know my thoughts on Clemence's "elaborate, metaphorical daydreams"--I mean, even her FANTASIES have literary integrity! Only Clemence... I do love her very much. I think I admire her view on herself. I think it was in a previous chapter (my memory is fantastically terrible), where she said that not Albus, nobody, would be her downfall but herself? I like that idea of taking responsibility over her own life, where even the bad things that happen to her are HER FAULT, things she must realise is her own doing. As troublesome as that philosophy may be, I think it's very fitting and maybe even noble, in a narcissistic way, for a journalist like Clemence.
A war...? GINA, A WAR?! As the first first-person account of Rose Weasley, through Clemence, she really makes her presence known. By golly, she's as fearful as Dom, although perhaps not as socially butterfly-like. It was perfectly timed and insightful to have Dom's perspective on the feud between herself and Rose; and all the more crazy to have Rose spring out of the blue like that!
By and by, I am absolutely stunned, chapter after chapter... You are a GODDESS!
P.S. I love your literary allusions, etc. that you use for titles. They make your fic all the more interesting :D
Author's Response: LOL omg my terrible chess metaphors have charmed *someone.* In my mind I make a lot of apologies for them because I think they're overused but chess pieces are just so pretty, like playing cards. Even in word form, they're pretty.
Clemence is even elitist in her dreams. Less metaphorical dreams aren't up to par, see. And YES, her judgement over herself is both her strength and flaw and a major driving quality in everything she does, from refusing help to the absoluteness of her beliefs, etc. It's one of the main traits I share with her--runs in my family, really--so I totally understand how ingrained it is in her. The responsibility bit is spot on; in some ways, I like doing things on my own so that my mistakes only affect me, and I tend not to take risks unless I feel like I can succeed, because everything I do is a show of myself. Slightly narcissistic that, too. You can see where a lot of Clemence comes from, eh? 8D
♥! Bahah, I wish I could remember more sparkly literary metaphorical things; I've been away from literature and history for a shameful amount of time after four years in a science major.