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15 August 2007 @ 09:34 pm
HP fic: The Ninth Road Less Travelled  
HP fic: The Ninth Road Less Travelled
This part: 5867 words, PG-13, ships have dropped anchor in deep waters
Previous parts: go here.

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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 20th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Neither can I ... it's a mystery to me as much as it is to you!
Grand High Supreme and Mighty Empress Connieconuly on August 16th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
Love it down to the end, as usual. Except... Africa isn't a country. And McGonagall is probably educated enough to know that. But that's it, I promise, the rest was great :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 20th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
I totally fail at Geography! But I changed it. It wasn't McGonagall being stupid, it was me. :D
Shezanshezan on August 16th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
More RLT! And prefaced by Philip Larlin!!! Oh bliss!!!

*copies to PDA to savour offline*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 20th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
He's so great, isn't he? Enjoy!
Simonsimonia on August 16th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I've been following and enjoying this since the first part but, due to being slightly horrible, haven't commented.
The wedding was quite realistic to weddings - that is, people getting smashed and bickering - which is always nice to see. The portraits, too, were a nice touch.
And one nitpick that may already have been mentioned in four pages of comments: Africa is not a country. I don't know whether you meant for McGonagall to seem ignorant or not, but that rather jumped out at me.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 20th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I liked that the wedding was realistic to you, and I changed the Africa bit. :D
Rikreturnofwolf on August 16th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I think my favorite line was the "oh that's right, she stayed in your house once"

That was a clever dig, if I've ever heard one :-P

Great job with this! Can't wait to read more!


-Z
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 20th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
centuries_old on August 16th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
OH WOW. if ever there was a time to say Albus ftw, now is totally it. I literally clapped in delight, kind of sad yeah but w/e...

anyway best closing line, ever. No joke. Man, this is such an awesome instalment of an already overly awesome fic. <333 canNOT wait for more!!

Also, I really really like Albus' characterisations. He's been through so much crap and despite it all he's totally the sweetest, nicest kid, in the world. actually maybe it's because of all that crap. Regardless! What a kid.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 20th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
That's cool! I love drawing people into the story that much.

Yes, adversity often burns away the effluvium to reveal the diamond core. Must've happened to Al!
anabellhenryanabellhenry on August 16th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
2nd post... sorry.

You know what I just realized? The way this fic makes me feel is the same way I felt when I read The Sorcerer's Stone so many years ago. Yours is an extremely magical story (not as in it contains magic) and I felt before now that if anyone was qualified to "carry on," you are. Your characters are so strong and the story is just so engaging.

Thank you again for sharing. You're making my weeks here - probably my whole summer.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 20th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! I had no idea even had a child-writing vein until I tapped into it. Here's hoping I don't drain it too fast!
Really great hairseshat1 on August 16th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't think I could love this more if I tried. I love this last line, especially. Go Albus!!

But in general, this whole fic has me wanting more. Your characters are so vibrant, I can't help feel for all of them - dislike for your wonderfully vile Rose and James (who should definitely be less selfish and feel more guilty about being a toerag), and love for Albus and his friends. I do especially like the way Ron is so anti-Draco in this chapter, and how the adults didn't really grow out of their dislike for each other. Though I was pleased to see that you had Ginny and Scorpius' mum, as they're blatantly going to be forced by their children to gang up on their husbands.

Seriously, I'm just rambling here, but I really am enjoying this hugely, and I look forward to the next part. :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 20th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
I love hearing the rambling! It's so fun, plus it feeds my ego. Thank you! ♥
(Anonymous) on August 16th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Love the opening quote! Hooray for writing commentary into your canon instead of having to explain yourself in the comments.

Favorite lines:

What he felt instead was a dragging sensation in his lower belly, the one he got when he forgot to complete his homework or write home in time for the last weekly post.

Great examples, and a wonderful way of showing him he feels guilty without saying it in those words.

"I can't believe this! Even paintings give me stick over it!"

Aww, he just doesn't understand how surprising it must be, or that it's a pleasant surprise for these two. I'm glad he finally got to meet them.
featherofeelingfeatherofeeling on August 16th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Er, that was me.
(no subject) - scoradh on August 20th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Octoroksoctoroks on August 16th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
OH SNAP was the only thing I could say for about two minutes after reading the end of this chapter. Albus grew from boy to badass with one short sentence! I can already see the reaction Hermione's going to have to Albus' revelation. If that poor boy thinks James is bad, I don't think he's ever seen the dark side of his aunt Hermione. This chapter was a nice thing to come back to after three excruciating days without internet. :)

And the scene with the portraits= love. Snape would complain about his dreary background; he's one of those people who isn't happy unless they're miserable about something.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 22nd, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Three days without internet? You poor darling! I hate having to suffer that cruel cruel punishment.

I love complaining too! It is much fun. Me and Snape have that in common.

Thank you! ♥
Eli/Ellie/ellie_nor: Slytherinellie_nor on August 16th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hooray for Albus!!! I love how this story is developing, and the little signs of romantic affection in how Albus is noticing and reacting to Scorpius. :-)

Did you have McGonagall saying Africa's a country rather than a continent, and universally poor, because of her lack of knowledge? Sadly, a large number of people reading your fic may not notice this signal of lack of Muggle knowledge because those things she says about Africa are very common misconceptions.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 22nd, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, but they won't realise it's romantic for some time to come. Fun!

I fixed it, thank you. :D
MintyMe__mintyfresh on August 17th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
And once again, Albus Potter wins at life! I loved this bit. It is about time someone called Rose out!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 22nd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
idhren24 on August 17th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Hah! Take that, Rose-

...I'm really getting too catch up in this fic, and am too delighted to care. I love the description of Morse's robes (and I love his name), the Mrs. Malfoy-Harry interaction (as contrasted with Harry yelling that her son would be a 'bad influence').

Btw, since I haven't commented before, I wanted to tell you that the backstory for the Potter sibling feud is marvelous--and I hope that James and Rose continue to evolve as much as Scorpius and Albus have done as characters. For the worse or the better. :o)

I love that the Lovegood(s?) didn't hire others to serve their guests. I loved the namesakes' interaction with each other. Thank you for sharing such a well-groomed, fluffy plot bunny with us! You have certainly given it the best of care so far, and it shows.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 22nd, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Morse was originally supposed to be called Probus. Morse is better though, methinks. ;D

I hope so too! Considering how light my stories are on plot, character development is an absolute must.

Thank you very much. ♥
somehow socially inept...: la jaune...differente on August 17th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
i feel sad for Albus. he really is a nice kid...
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 22nd, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, well. If only bad things happened to only bad people, eh?
サマンサックス: jeremy brettomnipresentdmat on August 17th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
You know, I really like this reluctant!troublemaker!Albus. His guilt over the dysentary incident was absolutely adorable. I also liked Luna's wedding. I'm a huge fan of Luna, and I think that you've done her justice. I was waiting for Albus to meet his namesakes in portrait form (the scenario never fails to amuse me), so thanks for having that as well. I think this has been my favorite chapter so far! Thanks for writing!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 22nd, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
His guilt was necessary. He has to make mistakes, of course, but he wouldn't be who he is if he didn't atone for them.

Glad you enjoyed - thanks for reading!