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Review:nott theodore says:
Hi again, Jenna!

*takes a moment to appreciate the chapter image of Richard*

Yay, another chapter set entirely in the past! I loved the way that this focused more on Richard and his version of events because it's really interesting to see how he perceives Rose, especially since he's from this era and because of that his standards and expectations would be completely different. I think it's really impressive that you'd even attempt to tackle something like that and you did it so well here!

I really enjoyed the first part of this chapter when Richard was thinking back to the fairy lady that he'd met when he was younger! I liked the fact that even though he was trying to forget about Rose and the meeting with her, but he just couldn't stop thinking about her. The way that you wove in some of his past was great too, because although I've read a lot about him, it helps a lot of people who haven't find out more. The idea that Rose's arrival when Richard was a child (so I suppose that wasn't really his first meeting with her) became a cherished memory for him and something that he's thought back to a lot when he's been growing up. That was so amazing!

Eep, that meeting was so great! I love the contrasts between the characters of Rose and Richard that we can already see, because she's trying her best to conform in some way to the society that Richard belongs to, but even though she tries to fit in there are some things that she can't manage. Her views on things are obviously so different to his, especially on things like women and equality and all those sorts of things. She's still much bolder than the sort of woman he'd normally encounter, and even though she's adjusted her clothes and her appearance, she's still addressing him as she would anyone nowadays.

It was great to find out more of Rose's history through this as well! I wondered what had happened between her and Scorpius and I suppose that it's kind of a mark of how close she and Richard will become that she confided that history in him, even if some of it was altered. (I really liked the way that she was altering some of her words to hide the way she lives in the future and the fact that she's a witch, too.) Was she actually engaged to Scorpius in the modern day, or was that an embellishment on the story to make it easier for Richard to understand? But I thought that he must have cheated on her, or tried to at least, so I can understand why Rose is feeling so angry with him and wants to get away from everything that's been happening in her life there. It sets everything up beautifully for motivating her to escape into the past with Richard and start a relationship with him soon.

And Rose is going to go live with Richard in the castle! That's really exciting, I wonder how much longer she'll stay around though, and what will happen to their relationship if she suddenly disappears and then reappears later on. Anyway, this was great and I'll be back for more soon!

Sian :)

Author's Response: Hi Sian!! :D

Hehe, he's so beautiful. ♥ My Richard isn't really based (though probably inspired by) Phillipa Gregory's Richard or from the TV series but I do think Aneurin fits him perfectly.

I love writing Richard's perspective and I'm glad you liked seeing his view. He's tricky sometimes because he does follow the prejudices and views on women of the time but it's good to know you liked how he was written.

Because of the strange timelines, Rose has already made an appearance and lasting impact on Richard as a child and an adult. It's sort of magical for him and is kind of confusing, but exciting for me to write about and slowly reveal to the readers.

She is trying to conform! The good thing about Rose is that she is adaptable and does try to fit in and make sense of her position. The more time she spends in the past sees her evolve and change.

I think that for Rose to make things up out of nowhere would be a lot trickier. Instead, she draws on truths and turns them into plausible backgrounds. She definitely was never engaged to Scorpius, though it makes more sense for Richard to think that because of the standards of the time. :P Rose's relationship with Scorpius and her general dissatisfaction with her life in her current time is a big reason for why she wants to escape to the past and have adventures like you pointed out.

Yay for castles! :D

Thanks so much for a wonderful review, darling!! :D I'm slowly working my way through responding to all your wonderful thoughts.


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