Tristan mourns the loss of his stereo more than the loss of Laurel. *snort* Um, I have no comment on that. Typical. But I actually don't think he's being selfish to think Laurel is better off where she is - she really did need help, and now she's getting help.
Also, lololol at Snape trying to be friendly offering tea. He fails at whatever he's trying to do, although the intimidation certainly works. Aah, I'd forgotten about Tristan's reaction to Neville in the beginning of the year! I think Tristan is actually related to the Lestranges, not Mary and Eddie. Sly hints, these. But I'm really enjoying trying to figure it out as each chapter reveals a little more.
Hm. You don't mention how old Tristan was when he was brought home from the hospital, and I don't think he was a baby then. I think he was six.
Awkward scene with Tristan meeting Sophie's boyfriend, that's exactly what he needs is the past being dragged up when he's so sensitive about it already. :-/ Also, Tristan would like Kafka, haha. I continue to appreciate all the music and literary references in here, it makes the story just that much more realistic in the time period and characters.
Tristan hesitated, quill poised, before finishing a swooping signature with his full name. -- Ugh, you're such a tease. :p When do we get to find out?!
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Author's Response: Oh I know! Tristan can be a real pill. He definitely isn't a Gryffindor or a Hufflepuff. I definitely don't think these kids realize how unqualified they are to help one another, and because they're teenagers, don't put too much stock by adults. I don't think he genuinely believes that Laurel is getting help. More like she's being punished for some transgression.
In the first draft, ALL WAS REVEALED during the Snape scene--but I decided that was way too soon, and paced it out further. Also, the story got longer than anticipated when I got to know the characters better. (I wrote this whole thing out like, a year ago, then did lots of revisions before uploading.) There will be flashbacks to the rest of that convo later ;)
And ahaaa, glad you forgot-then-remembered about Neville. So many little hints, a few red herrings, teeheee.
"You don't mention how old Tristan was when he was brought home from the hospital," well aren't you clever!
I know, Kafka, right! It was originally going to be Nietzsche, but I think Kafka was a better choice for Tristan. Nietzsche suits Isobel better, in a way. But she doesn't seem like the type to read a muggle philosopher.
Can I just say how very VERY cool it is to read someone's responses chapter-by-chapter! I really appreciate your taking the time to leave reviews!