Bwah, random thought but I was totally wondering about the practicality of charming teacup to dance. How can that ever be useful? xD
Snort, Corinne. I kind of see Elena as looking very meek - as she herself described as trembling in the face of war. But cmon Corinne, she's a healer. Blood? Pffft.
OH MY GOD. THAT FACE OFF INTERROGATION. Wow, I totally didn't expect that xD It started out a bit slow, but when you got to “How could I trust anyone who spiked my water with Veritaserum?” I was like, ohhh snap. I like, how in this quiet way, Elena is take charge too. There are a few times where I think the mood doesn't match up. A bit like where Elena mentions Corinne could have been her friend in the middle of the interrogation. I thought it took me out of the tenseness of 'the Minister is dead and this is serious, top-secret business' for a moment. Bwaha, but I love the antidote bit. I’d rather be a (witch) and alive, than an angel and dead I knew I liked this woman.
They had, however, been inexplicably missing during the attack, a fact that both Corinne and Simon couldn’t seem to stomach. Ooh, so it's on Simon and Corinne's head! No wonder no one else knows!
Ahh Elena making her choice. I can feel it all weighty. When she informs the family, this broke my heart: “Does this have to do with Oliver?” she said. “Have you heard anything from him?” :c she must always be hoping. AND THEN THIS AW SECOND BREAK OF THE HEART: “You can’t,” Elizabeth’s voice was the loudest. “Darling, I can’t have another child gone.”
Even though the last scene is just an explanation scene, I like how you began it, especially around here: Elena was left standing alone, feeling rather out of place in the familiar halls. She's definitely changed and she's departing a piece of her past life even if it's only for a month (for now).
Back to the mystery!
Author's Response: Haha. I guess it's just a rather random test of skills. I'd say that Corinne is not the most creative person when it comes to making up tests. She is practical, but she doesn't think that Elena would know anything useful.
Elena isn't brave in the sense of a daredevil. But she doesn't lose her head when she's healing. And she sort of shows that in that interrogation. She might not normally say it, but if she has to be honest, she'll say what she's thinking. Oh, hmm, looking back that friend comment I probably forgot to take out in an edit--whoops. It really makes no sense anymore. But yeah--that whole comment basically sums up how Corinne sees herself.
I know :( Poor Elena's family. Elena does care about her parents but she also has a bit of sense of duty (as cheesy as that sounds) so she feels like she has to help.
Thanks again for the review! And, of course, you're right--back to the mystery!