|Review:||The Misfit says:|
HANDS OFF MY SHIP, JAMES ALEXANDER POTTER. I don't like the way he noticed that Severus was looking at the five of them - or more specifically, Beth - and didn't tell her when he could've! You always make James do something like this just when I fall in love with him all over again, but oddly enough the rational side of me actually likes seeing James being human and making stupid choices. It's a small war between emotions and rationality that you've started up here! :P
And now we go back to the start. The reunion was lovely - James missing Lily (and his friends), and Peter's complaints about the consequences of procrastinating - silly boy - and Remus ignoring him - even sillier boy - but one little thing bugged me: you said that "Remus, who often grudgingly let the other four copy his work" - in past chapters, you've always mentioned that Beth is (almost) as studious as Remus, so why would she be copying his homework? :3
The reaction to the divorce was perfect Marauders - James' shiftiness, Sirius diverting the attention onto himself (he's quite the attention seeker, isn't he?) and the whole thing being outed, then discarded - no, that's the wrong word. I don't know... I mean, they know it's happening, and now it's over - oh, I'm probably not making sense here. (Can you tell that it's going to be one of those days?)
"I'd really like not to have to play the hero so soon." - That line really reminded me of Harry, and it's really evident here how similar James and Harry are, despite the vast difference between James' (increasingly former) prankster lifestyle and Harry's incredibly angsty life. :3 ♥
Beth's reaction towards the news that James wanted to marry Lily was priceless! And she's completely right - it would be so awkward for James if Lily said no. (Although I think if Lily had said no, then was told the meaning behind the ring, she'd be kind-hearted enough to return it.) It's going to be incredibly fun though to see how James proposes to Lily when she's already wearing the ring! XD
Silly James, teasing Beth about Severus. Didn't he, when he confronted her about her crush, admit that he understood she didn't want to be teased for it because he'd been through the same thing with Lily? Tsk. Boys - tell them something, and it'll go into one ear and out of the other. :P
But oooh! Lily's going to discover that her boyfriend can turn into a stag? (Highly appropriate for his stag night, actually - I wonder if Sirius will remember that antlers-in-a-human-head charm he used on a second year at Christmas for the aforemented stag night? :P)
It is a testament to how ridiculously talented you are as an author that a chapter that isn't my favourite (not due to your writing skills, but due to my ever-increasing Snabeth shipping) is still a chapter that I adore. I know that I can't shut up about how brilliant In The Black is, but that's because it is. ♥
(Side note: this chapter has sparked some hope in the Sorting Hat that it won't be eaten. *cries at threat to Snabeth feels*)
Author's Response: Ironically, James is not the one who ends up messing with Sneth the most -- but I'm getting ahead of myself! I'm glad you like that that's human, though, because that's exactly why I wrote him to do all that sort-of mean stuff: He IS human, and humans do nothing if not make mistakes. I'm happy that you liked their little reunion, too! It's weird -- that scene is basically exactly what happened when I got back from my break from uni this year. Who knew?
I intentionally gave James a few lines here and there to connect him to his son. ;) Although you really can make the argument that James and Harry did have similar lives, insomuch as they were both constantly in trouble for something or another. True, Harry definitely had a bit more of a burden, but it's really pretty cool how much father reminded me of son sometimes. Oh, and yes -- he definitely told Beth he wouldn't tease her, which of course is precisely why he forgot about it and teased her here. Old habits die hard! Boys indeed. :P
Your compliments on this story are too much. ♥ The fact that you can enjoy such a filler-esque chapter so much -- still necessary to the plot, in my opinion, but perhaps not as action-packed as others -- really makes me so happy. Thank you for your review, as I thank you for all your others!