NO DON'T RETIRE, JAMES! I HATE when athletes who are at their prime end their career once they've gotten everything. I totally understand their reasons why they would do it, but I just think they should just keep going and still have fun! D':
I totally understand why James is retiring but I think he could keep going. He's got so much potential!
Also, the chapter summary nearly made me vomit from nervousness. I was so worried and although I knew it wouldn't be a break up I was so worried and I was thinking the absolute worst but I THINK THIS IS WORSE D':
(Just to let you know, I still think you're a fantabulous writer I just don't necessarily agree with this little part but it's your story so I'll just deal because I really do love this story so so so so so much ♥)
But is James going to take the job at Hogwarts?!
To go slightly off topic again, HE BURNT FIONA WHAT?!?!?! THAT'S TERRIBLE! JAMES, THAT BABY HAS BEEN WITH YOU THE WHOLE TIME HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO LIL FIONA?! D':
I thought it was a nice notion but hoW COULD HE DO THAT
I dunno, I kind of relate brooms to cars and if anyone told me to do that to my car I would absolutely sob and never do that so I can never really fathom doing something like that :p
Okay, back on track. He's either going to take that job at Hogwarts or he's going to set up something like teaching young kids Quidditch (maybe ones with cancer, other sicknesses etc.) and I really want to know what he's going to do!
AND AW CARLOTTA IS MOVING IN WITH HIM! BLESS!
And they totally love each other they need to start admitting it soon otherwise they'll never admit it!
And as if Carlotta would know when Quality Quidditch Supplies would close on a Sunday! Silly James! :p
Anyway, this was a really brilliant chapter (even though I don't agree with James' choices) and I can't believe how close we are to the end! D':
Thankfully there will be a sequel though! *takes a deep sigh of relief*
- Kayla :)
Author's Response: I knew people would either like this or ... not like it. For what it's worth, I'm a massive sport fan and I hate it when people retire before their time. Because regardless of their reasoning, I sit there going "but you have so much ahead of you, what would possess you to give it up now?" Maybe I'll react differently now, having written this. :)
I think a part of what makes this hard to accept - and what makes it such a big thing for James to do - is that, as you say, he has so much potential. He could play for another twenty years, he could play in countless more World Cups. But for him, he's already achieved what he set out to achieve. Yes, he could win more trophies, but they won't top his first World Cup. He can equal what he's already done, but he can never top that (aside from sheer quantity of medals) and without that drive he has nowhere to go. Also, he feels as though he's not giving anything up or leaving anything behind.
At the end of the day, he chose this career because he thought that was all that was available to him. Now he's learned that the attention and pressure that comes with being a Quidditch player doesn't suit him. If he hadn't won the World Cup, he probably wouldn't have done this so soon, but now he has there's no reason for him to soldier on. Especially now he's found something else he can do. (No spoilers here ... but you're on the right track. SURPRISE.)
And I'll freely admit, I was CRUEL with the summary. In fact, that part of this chapter has been written for YEARS, with the sole aim of making it the chapter summary. I'm not sorry.
Ah yes, Fiona. That bit did make me sad. This is his broom, it's seen him all the way through his professional career... but it's about him bringing this period of his life to an end, and also it's his way of giving something back to James and Lily. :)
You'll learn what James does next in the epilogue. And I wouldn't hold your breath, declarations of love between him and Carlotta won't be coming any time soon. ;)
Yes, the sequel! I really adore James and Carlotta's living situation in Derailed, and so I hope you do too, and that in time you'll come to like what he does next! I totally understand why you're sad that he's retired, and actually it's lovely to know you feel that way because it means you care about James and so I've done my job. :) Thank you for reviewing!