Hey there - thanks so much for the swap! I was so excited to return to this story! :)
So, first off, I love how your plot is progressing! You're so good at making the time pass so quickly and easily, without any kind of break in it and awkward transition in time. I'm jealous - I wish I could do that as well as you do! ;) As well, I love how they've now left Hogwarts, growing up, deciding what they want in life, what they want to do in life, etc. That said, this didn't feel like a transition chapter, or a filler or anything - there was plenty of action in here on its own!
I love your characters, as you probably know by now. Your Albus is growing up so nicely - I feel so sorry for him with everything his going through, and how he's having to deal with the idea of Rose and Scorpius, and the idea that he's relieved at the idea of leaving is such a shame, because he's relieved for the wrong reason, you know?
Your Rose is amazing, as well. I love how she's so oblivious to her cousin and Scorpius' relationship, but is still concerned about it. It's such a family-cousinly thing to do, you know, be concerned about someone, but also be oblivious. She's sort of innocent, but not, if that makes sense?
Scorp. Scorp. Scorp. Really needs to get his act together, tbh. It's such a shame, but understandable, that he feels he can't make the decision to be with Albus, despite how he feels. His parents are his family, and that does mean something, you know? It's hard, it's not the easiest thing to do. Poor Scorp. Though he is treating Al badly! Silly boy...
I love Hugo. He's so funny... 'mum, Rose is mauling her boyfriend' - gosh, I'm borrowing that line for use on my sisters, haha! ;) Such a good line, though... Seriously!
But yeah, I'm really enjoying this! I'm so curious to find out what happens... hopefully, Scorp comes to his senses! And hopefully Albus will feel better! He really needs a nice boyfriend, tbh... Scorp? :P
Gah, I really do love this story! Happy writing! :)
Author's Response: Hello!!!
I always worry that I pass over time/events too quickly. A few times while writing this I wished I had decided to make his a novel and really build out the plot into a longer story. Writing what happens after school was a bit of fun. I feel so many stories revolve around school aged kids so it was a bit of a relief to write about someone trying to become an adult.
Albus is going through an emotional growth spurt!! :D Yeah, his relief at leaving was for the wrong reasons. I wish it could have been his excitement to start a new chapter instead of fleeing heartache and sadness.
She's oblivious and yet not so oblivious. I mean, she sees there's something wrong with Al but doesn't connect it with Scorpius (despite knowing that they're bffs).
Scorpius is, well... struggling right now. I don't focus on him *as* much but he does get his own moment later. I'd hate to have that many pressures on my social life though.
:D I'm glad you liked that line!! Writing an annoying younger sibling was quite fun as I was an annoying younger sibling in my day. (okay, I still am...)
hehe, I won't tell you what comes next but it won't be what you're expecting. :P
Thank you so much for a wonderful review!