Could you clarify Annett's relationship with her classmates, in general. Are they friends or just acquaintances?
I like how you have incorporated science with magic so far.
If only your chapters were longer, so we would all have more until the next... ;)
Author's Response: Machiko,
First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to review. . . I like to hear what readers are thinking :D
Annett, as sad as it is, doesn't really consider any of her classmates her "friends." She considers them people she schools with and knows about.
This will be lengthyâI'm giving you the full story (something Annett will NOT do right now, even in her introspection). ;)
She likes control. . . sort of, for the most part. She controls her emotions, her facial expressions, her body language, and she controls how much information she gives away about herself (that being very little if at all).
She does not control what people think of herâshe can't (influence, yes, but not control).
This is why people think she's a freaking stone for the most part (apart for writing essays or thinking a lot, as explained in Yang's Audacity). You can see why she's considered scary, I hope. . .
Annett forms a barrier between her and other people. As an introvert, only when she feels energised can she crack a door open in that barrier. Because she's never completely lifted it in front of her classmates, she doesn't give them a chance to befriend her. She is uncomfortable with vulnerability. It's perfectly natural.
To her, a friend is someone who understands her as well as she understands them. To put the label "friend" on a person is a big thing for her. She's very cautious.
Annett grew up sheltered. Yes, she knows so much about the world and about science and so on, but she's sheltered herself from people. She's only ever looked at them from the outside. Even her interactions have been distant. She's only used the interactions to observe, analyse, and calculate.
As a result, she hasn't come close to anyone enough to consider them a true friend.
In this chapter, we see her finally involving other people in her schemes. Usually, she only engages in scientific experiments and pranks (although on rare occasions, with Mrs. Norris) alone. So, what will happen if she starts working in a group? How will she react? What will she do? What will happen? Will she finally, finally make a friend? Or will she toss them all aside immediately after the prank has been carried out? ;)
I have the next chapter waiting for validation: it's longer and I'll try to make the rest even more so ;)
Thank you for reading and reviewing (and liking it, if you do).
Hopefully, you'll continue to follow Annett through her sixth year at Hogwarts (there will be more science to come, I promise. And in less vague passing).