This is an amazing story, what's more it has a sequel, what's even more is that the sequel is probably going to have a sequel.
I almost stopped reading this story at the very beginning. If I remember correctly only the fact that it was marked COMPLETED kept me going.
It wasn't for any reasons of poor writing, nor was it lack of decent characterisation and it certainly wasn't the plot - that seemed to be the usual variation of a hate-to-love romance (epitomised by Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice). What was wrong with it was there was simply too much ingrained, unquestioning hatred between the protagonists. Far, far too much for them ever to get together by the end of the story and have them stay together believably. They had to stop the hatred, start to converse as normal people, start to like each other, start to fancy each other, start to love each other, overcome everyone else's notions of why they couldn't be together, and finally be together as a happy couple. That's too much of a stretch to come from their initial point of all-consuming hatred.
I mean why did they meet there, in the Room of Requirement? The way they fought, their overwhelming hatred for each other, the way they kept fighting till the bitter end. I believe they were each there to kill the other, or at least practice for the time they would. I can see it so clearly, them fighting somewhere with malice in mind. One saying something like, 'That's exactly what you'd want, if I killed you I'd be the one to spend forever in Azkaban. You'd have it easy being dead'. The other replying along the lines of, 'Yeah? so let's do it somewhere the victor can get rid of the body.' Hence the battle in the Room of requirement.
Coming from such hatred, they just couldn't be a happy couple by the end of the work.
... and they don't.
I should have had more faith in the storytelling abilities of EarthsTrueGreen.
They fell in love so gradually, so well written, so believably that the reader could not only conceive of their love but believe it. The hatred of the past forgotten as if it never existed. Wonderful, wonderful writing. That you could take us from two people who wanted nothing less than not to have the other exist on the same planet; to a place where they know that, whatever else may come, their hearts belong to each other forever.
Yet, they could not be together by the end of the story. It is obvious that, though they may think themselves ready the rest of the world is not. Neither are they, though they do not know this themselves because they are still really only children - they both have so much more growing up to do.
The family pressures on both of them, what they want to be and do with their lives and a host of other things cannot allow them to have a happy ever after yet. Brilliant, even though it broke our hearts in the process it couldn't be any other way.
There is not much to say about this epilogue in itself. Except that how thankful are we that it is only the filler between this story and the next. How happy was I to read that the epilogue EathsTrueGreen intended was too large and deserved to be converted into a whole other story.
We get a hint of where Rose has been, emotionally more so than physically, and where she's going to go, physically rather than emotionally (that is for the future story to tell).
Even though it says almost nothing about what has happened to her for the last two years, the conversation between Rose and Ron tells us so much. It is the soul of brevity but it is full of sub-context. It is here we begin to see that even though Ron got what he wanted, ie for Rose to choose him over Scorpius, he actually lost her as well. He misses her but he made her choose between him and her own happiness. The filial bond between them was so great for Rose that she had no other option to concede to his wishes. She loves him yes, and always will, but she doesn't have to like him, or in this particular his actions. It's almost like she cannot stand to be in the same country as him.
But that's actually truer for her and Scorpius.
Scorpius is so honest with her, there is no manner of dissembling on his part -
"She's missing a couple of things." Rose raised an eyebrow "You know, red hair, feuding family ...that sort of thing."
"That's the thing memories are just as strong, and remembering you kills me ... every time,"
He basically tells her he's still in love with her, there is no one else. At this point, this particular moment in time they could be together (four more years will change things too much). It truly is her last chance, if she came out and said 'you know what, I think I'll choose you now'. Scorpius would say 'So is your new place in Toronto big enough for us both, or will we have to get another one'.
But she is not honest with him and she's certainly not honest with herself, he actually calls her on it. That she's even talking to him is only because she recognises this encounter for what it is - a chance meeting, not to be repeated and safe. The only way she is being honest with herself is when she remembers back to their last night together -"if we can't be together then we shouldn't be near each other." She knows this so completely, so instinctively, that she is not safe from being with him she must distance herself to keep her promise. Another country should be safe enough, she reckons, even then she moves around making it even more unlikely for them to meet. Were they to be near, just in the same city even, she could not resist him. She even has that last moment of clarity, a last moment of truthfulness before she parts from him (in her mind forever)
"Scorpius when it comes to you I'm always fighting temptation."
Author's Response: Well thank you. When writing this I knew that the hate between them was strong but I didnt want something like name calling that could be overlooked. I wanted something that was going to make these characters truly go from hate to love. I knew that this story was going to take the course of years they had a long way to go for them to get to love & it was 2 Â½ years. I will say that they werent there to kill each other. You can see through Scorpius reaction that the thought of actually killing one another is scary. It is more that these fights started out as harmless (to them) but things just got carried away. But the actual act of killing never crossed their minds because even though they hate each other they do have a lot to lose. For the epilogue they are left with an open end. I really wanted a story that wasnt just two people falling in love but that was two soul mates coming together. Theyve never forgotten about eachother & they have never been able to over on from one another. It is as if they have accepted that they are in love with each other & just live with it. When I first began this story I planned that they were going toend together but as I got farther into it I realized that 17 was too young . Rose had no clue who she was. She spent her whole life trying to be perfect for other people but she never had the chance to know her. If she & Scorpius stayed together then she is allowing herself to be controlled in a different way. I felt that the epilogue was a good way to end it. It showed that Rose has grown up & I like the idea of them just meeting & siting at a table across from their soul mate but carrying on as if they were old friends seemed to fit them. I dont actually think Ron got what he wanted. What Ron wanted was for Rose to have never wanted Scorpius. As for Rose, kids are not supposed to like their parents. Rose not liking Ron really means nothing to him. He honestly thinks that he made the right decision because Ron never saw the side of Scorpius that she saw. A lot of people forget that Ron was never given the chance to get to know Scorpius & Scorpius never once tried to clear the air with Ron. Honestly if Scorpius had written Ron & tried to explain/declare his love then Rons reaction might have been different. He may not have like Scorpius but he would have seen something else & might have accepted him. I will say its not that Rose cant stand to be in the same country as Ron. It is that she cant stand to be in the same country as Scorpius. Her move was completely about Scorpius. The fact that she moves so much is because she likes to travel & maybe she is running a little. Scorpius has had a lot of time to think & rethink things. He is honest because he hasnt pushed back his feelings for Rose yet. Whereas Rose keeps them hidden them still being in love is this unspoken agreement. They both know it & accept it Scorpius is more willing to voice it. No they couldnt be together at this point. For them to be together Rose has to know herself without any influence of her family & she is not there yet Albus is still around. The only thing Rose is not honest about is when she says that Im happy being alone. I do think she is content she has accepted that she doesnt want to be with anyone if it is not Scorpius but she isnt happy. Her saying that she & love are not on the same page that is true if they were on the same page then she would be with Scorpius. You are right that she knows this completely they are not safe around each other. I dont think Ive mentioned it in the CT but the end doesnt just stop with a kiss thats where I ended the story but that scene probably ended about an hour later in Scorpius hotel room with them putting on their clothes. They have no control around one another & that scares Rose. Im not sure what Rose was thinking but it certainly wasnt that this is the last time she is going to see him.