And I am back. I couldn't wait to read another chapter so I returned sooner rather than later. I had planned to hear from you first but my curiosity was too aching to wait for that haha.
SO, we finally find Beth and the Marauders in their "natural habitat" so to say. They're back at school. I am guessing this is the point where everything starts getting good (or bad for some characters I imagine). And Sirius already acting like well...Sirius this early on is not the best omen for poor Snape. I can almost feel a lot of torture in store for him, which makes me sad really. I've always thought half of what Snape got from the Marauders was unasked for. Yes, he was insufferable at times, yes he deserved the other half of everything that happened to him but if we are to judge by what JK wrote (and what I remember) James and Sirius were the ones to pick on him the first, so we can't really blame Severus for wanting to defend himself, right? At the end of the day, who wouldn't? I know I would. Having been a bullying victim during my earlier school years (although what I went through wasn't nearly as bad as what Snape went through) I have a very deep, compassionate bond with Severus that nothing anyone says will break it. Bullying is BAD, BAD, BAD. It's horrible to experience and by my own experience with it, you just blow up some day. Accept no more. Do what it takes to get some respect. And that is what I think Severus wants. Some respect! Is that too much to ask?! *breathes out* Every time I remember how the Marauders treated him I get all fired up like this, so please pardon my rambling. It's just infuriating and I can't help it most of the time. I'll shut up now!
I am really enjoying more and more the dynamics between Beth and the other Marauders. Their relationship, their close relationship, doesn't feel forced at all and you (the reader) have the pleasant impression that she has been part of their group from day one. She knows when to laugh at their jokes, when to reprimand and I am guessing when to back off. All of these three are much needed in a friendship because they keep a balance between what is good and what is detrimental to the friendships lasting.
Also, we can see another layer of Beth forming this chapter. It's still a bit flimsy but we see enough to know that she isn't the type of girl to be okai with bullying. Yes, Sirius directed his sneer at Snape, who we know from last chapter Beth is in love with, but I have a feeling that she would not have reacted differently even if it had been thrown at someone else. Whereas James, Sirius and Peter most likely applaud themselves for their "wit", I see Beth and Remus as the ones that look very disapprovingly upon behavior such as this.
On to the next lovely chapter I say. What say you? :D
Author's Response: I meant to respond to you long before this, if it's any consolation. :D How did I let a whole week pass by?! My dear friend Aiedail came by and left me 18 reviews in one swoop, but that really isn't an excuse. I must offer you another apology!
There are a few intro chapters into this story -- which I think I would change now, if I were writing this story, but at the same time it does sort of ease the reader into the story, too. I'm too attached to them to do anything about them now, anyway!
I agree very much with you that a lot of what Snape got from the Marauders in the way of teasing, he didn't deserve. It's a very interesting balance between those two boys, and if I took the time to lay out all my theories and so on, we'd be here for days and days! (I am probably not exaggerating.) Snape has both good and bad in him, and while I don't believe that he never instigated the negativity, I think a lot of times he didn't, just the same. He is twisted, and he has a one-track mind in some views, and I just absolutely, absolutely adore his character. ♥
It makes me so happy to hear now natural you find Beth's relationship with the Marauders! It's another thing that goes along with the cliche issue, and I thought it was so important to try and make it seem... not forced. (I can't think of a better word for that right now. Please excuse my brain.)
I say onwards! :D Honestly -- thank you so, so much for reviewing this for me. I know it's probably going to sound like a broken record at some point, all this gratitude, but I really do mean it so much!! ♥