I've realised that my favourite thing about this story, is that it's so realistic! They all think, talk and act just like normal teenagers, what with all the chatter about homeworks, studying, asking older students for advice, it's so believable and it's something that easily happens to me a lot. I felt that I could easily relate to Rose, when I was in my second year of GCSE's I was constantly asking for advice about choosing A-Levels from both my elder siblings.
This reminded me of a challenge I saw on the forums a few weeks ago, called the Overworked Student challenge or something, which basically mentioned that quite often we see stories that are way too centred around a certain romance or quidditch, and that's all the story is, there is no worry about homework and the only time it focuses on them being in class is if their arch-enemy-true-love-to-be is paired with them. This story is a brilliant example of what the challengee was looking for; the most normal, believable and realistic thing that would feature in a story circulating the life of a fifteen year old. School.
I have to say I thought Al and Scorpius's conversation was amazing, not only did it show what great friends the two of them were, it also gave a valid reason as to why Scorpius dislikes Rose. It's not one of the vicious hates that never seems to have a cause, he actually doesn't like her and he can say that whilst still having a clear head. What I'm basically trying to say is that it's explained to the reader(and Al) why he doesn't like her, which I don't usually see in other ScoRose's - they just seem to have mutual hatred embedded in their genes.
The other reason it was amazing was, well, because Rose overheard it. Obviously! Gosh, she was so devious when she lead the two of them through the secret passage way! Also, I totally get where Scorp was coming from with the whole problem of thinking she was hot - if I dislike someone quite a bit, yet find myself attracted to them, it only heightens my dislike because, quite frankly, it's annoying.
And can I just please say I love you so much for the fact that you remembered and mentioned the swamp. I am a canon nut myself and I honestly just adore any mention of those little references to things that most people would forget(including myself, I am ashamed to say) because it is those little things that really make a story.
I also like this because I feel that you have a real believable way for Rose and Scorp to get together, I mean, Albus and Scorpius are often friends, but they're also often just shoved together as friends and we never really get to feel their friendship.
I'm seriously in love with this story right now, so much so that I'm worried I may not get much sleep tonight ;)
- Emily :D
Author's Response: Oh, I loved that challenge! I so wanted to enter it, but unfortunately (and ironically) I was too much of an overworked student at the time to do so!
I have the same issue you do with many next-gen stories that take place in Hogwarts. People tend to overlook the major focus of the characters' lives, which is of course school. If it isn't, they should bump into problems because of that! School is a pretty integral part of being a student, after all.
I'm also glad that you like the way I set up their interpersonal interactions. Again, I agree that a lot of stories just tell that Rose and Scorpius hate each other or that Scorpius and Albus are friends, but they don't really show it. I wanted to show it, and I'm really glad that you feel like I succeeded. :)
Thank you again. As I said in my last response, these really made my day, and I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond.