Hey there! So I'm so glad I found an excuse to come back to this story - it's really awesome! :)
This is still such a unique story and I'm so hooked to it! You really know exactly how to pull me in and make me want to read on and know what happens. I love how unconventional their relationship is and how they're both on different pages and think about it in different ways. It really highlights their characters and beliefs, you know, as well as the differences in their home lives and the expectations their parents put on them.
Your characters have only grown in strength and complexity from the last chapter and I think they'll just get better and better! I love how Albus feels so wounded by what's going on and that they had something, even if it wasn't a proper relationship, and that it meant something to him, and how conversely, Scorpius either doesn't think that way or is telling himself that it's impossible because of his parents' wishes.
I liked, as well, how Albus was strong enough to turn around and refuse to be sort of kept on the sidelines and just get whatever was left over from Scorpius' relationship with Rose. It's not something I often see in ff, which is a shame because it's a very human thing to do, and it's a realistic approach. It adds to his character, as well, that he's not willing to compromise on it - it's either all or nothing, whereas Scorpius is trying to have both, you know, in a way?
Rose... gah, I can't help but feel sorry for Rose, you know! She doesn't know what she's broken up, and how she's effected their relationship... she's really pretty innocent in all of this, so I definitely can't think of her as the 'bad guy', so to speak. It's not her fault.
Poor Albus :(
I loved his chat with Harry, as well - your Harry was great! The way you wrote him was so good, and I liked the mention of asking Hermione for advice and wishing his own parents were around to help out and advise as well. Really loved that scene! :)
So yeah, I really love this! Keep writing (I have to know what happens!) :)
Author's Response: Hi Aphoride!
I'm really excited you've come back for more!! :D
I can't tell you how excited I am that you're getting a bit hooked to this story! I wanted them to be a bit unconventional by deciding to be friends in public but act otherwise in privte. In Scorpius' mind, their relationship changed while he was at home on break but he didn't think to tell Albus that. *sigh* Perhaps it was just because he never talked seriously about their relationship in the first place. Both boys are products of their upbringing - for better or worse.
For Albus, what they had in private was their true relationship and how they were in front of people was just a ruse. Somehow he became convinced that Scorpius really saw him as a boyfriend. Thankfully, Albus only spends a few chapters as a wounded puppy. :)
I couldn't have Albus be a complete push over. It was hard for me to justify his sideline role when he and Scorpius were together so when it came to not just being in a hidden relationship, but not being the primary relationship person, he needed some backbone to say no to that. Scorpius is every bit as lost though. They both have such a far ways to go.
Rose is a bit oblivious to what's going on. I think she's the type of person who doesn't second guess others. So when Scorpius shows her affection, she accepts it without question and when her cousin is upset, she doesn't dig terribly deep.
I loved writing Harry's chat with Albus. It was hard to get him to the right combination of understanding, awkwardness, and support. I wasn't sure if it'd be too "Hogwarts Era" of him to want to consult Hermione so I'm glad it worked. :D
Thank you so much for an excellent review! I can't tell you how excited I am that you like this story.