Good for you Alex!!!! Way to show them! wow didn't think there were such people in the school....great job as usual!!
Yay! Go Alexandra! I'm very happy she finally quit the MMS. That was very smart of her.
Alexandra's getting smarter in other ways, too. For example, noticing that Dean Grimm hadn't wanted to allow Darla back in. Last year, she probably wouldn't have noticed that. I like how she's maturing. Good chapter!
good for her i'm really glad she left the club and darla being back is pure rubbish i don't like her. can't wait for the next chapter i love this story and your charaters.
Allright! Alex's a genious for telling that jerk just a teny wensy part of what he deserved!! I understand why you kept it short, thought! You needed an entirre chapter to properly do it. It was beyond the point, really.
For a starter, he's not just toying with some non-school approved hexes. He's doing UNfreakingFORGIVABLES!! What is he mental, or just Tom Riddle's unrecognized spawn?
Wait I got it! Bella LeStrange had a non marital son and sent it to USA!!
And I bet the reason Darla ever did that idiocy was because 'John' told her to!! That's why he did not say anything to her and she skipped initiation!!
I repeat, Alex's a genious!! Standing ovation to rescuing that poor snake. I do wonder were she's going to keep it... In case it doesn't vanish later on. Don't conjured things, eventually dissapear?
It was kind of strong the way King treated her, BTW. That boy has some serious anger management issues... I really can't wait to see how his story develops. I bet he'll be happy now. But Alex once again proved she's exponentially better than him.
Thankfully, Alex can proudly announce to her friends she's done with the Most Maniac Society.
Ok, Ileave this review here... Just want to add, Lands Below rocks so far!!!
YES! As soon as he said "Crucio," I was like, "Get out of there!" And she did! I've been reading the last few chapters on the phone, so I haven't been commenting, but wow!! They've been amazing. I always have a little special moment whenever the HP books themselves are referenced, too. I can't believe Darla and some of the things she's been doing!! And will Alex be able to tell Anna what she's been doing now that she's left?
I have to admit that I am surprised that Darla was so stupid unless of course there is more than what meets the eye.
Wow. I can't believe Tomo's that frightened of Alexandra. Why? Does she know about her heritage? Even so, why should she be more frightened of Alexandra than of Anna, or of the other students who put the Medusa Curse on her? Unless she thinks it was Alexandra who did that?
So who was it who told Darla about the Killing Curse? Whoever it was, they can't have been stupid enough to think she'd actually be able to make it work, did they? Maybe they just wanted to scare Alexandra. Was it Maximilian, still trying to scare her away from the MMS? At any rate, life at Charmbridge is heating up! I can't wait to read more!
I suspect that Darla was under the Imperious Curse or some modified version thereof. If this is the case why? It would seem unlikely that Darla could kill given her youth and inexperience so it seems stupid to force Darla to do this. So either the person was stupid or the reason was to get Darla in trouble.
It also occurred to me that if Dean Grim knows Darla was under the Imperious Curse, she probably won't expel Darla, but Angelique might be in trouble for not noticing a change. Would Dean Grimm tell Alex that there was an Imperious Curse? Based on past experience, I doubt it.
I noticed that Alex's conversation with Darla in this chapter were very similiar to the conversation that Maximillian had with Alex. In both cases the person who was suggested to leave said the other was jealous.
I like how you effortlessly weave Alex's thoughts about everyone as the chapter progresses. This seems to be the first chapter where Alex is setting boundaries for herself (such as when she concludes that not even Larry deserves to have a wound transfered to him.)
This chapter also shows Alex's inclination to speak out. It doesn't matter to her if it is a teacher or cadet or a student in the Mors Mortis society.
Good comparison between the Mors Mortis and the JROC at the end. It seems to come down to use of power. I remember what Ms Grimm told Alex at the end of her first year. How her father was very charismatic and was able to use people to accomplish her own ends.
One wonders if Alex will just imitate other authority figures using the rationalization that everybody does it or if she will be different.
I certainly hope the Dark Mark appearing at the school doesn't mean someone was really murdered as was meant when a DE sent it up. This would be another bad thing happening at Charmbridge.
wow tomo is afriad of Alex who'd have thonk it great chapter.
Interesting chapter. I guess it's been way too long since I was that age, because I can't understand why Alexandra would stay in this society. 'Course even at her age I wouldn't have gone to the first meeting.
Max is certainly acting suspiciously, but I wonder if his animousity to Alex is due to something happening to a relative of his by a member of the Thorn Circle or a Thorn follower wannabe.
The thing is, his advice to Alex makes alot of sense. It does appear that these are school kids who don't really understand the danger they could be putting themselves into.
Tomo, of course is another mystery. Why would she be invited to Mors Mordre to begin with as she is only 11. I suspect the feud between Anna's family and hers will be significant.
I'm glad Alexandra is having second thoughts about the MMS. It shows she has a good heart. I'm a little disappointed that she decided to join Anna's feud with Tomo, though- I know she's just trying to stick up for her friend, but I think she's going about it the wrong way. So this Halloween initiation sounds pretty interesting- is that going to be in the next chapter? Well, whether it is or not, I can't wait to read more!
I wonder if she would have joined the mors mordre society if she wasn't forced to join the JROC. Alot of her reckless thinking usually stems from being told she can't do something or being punished for something that really isn't her fault.
You make it so easy for people to identify with Alex. It is easy to feel her anger against Dean Grim for punishing her.
At least Shirtliffe actually likes Alex (the impression I got from last year) so I think in the long run this may be good for her.
I'm doing a reread of Alex's first year, mainly to help me remember the characters. One thing I noticed is that your characterization of Archie is subtle (?).
What I mean is that in the first book, I came away with the impression that both parents didn't care much for Alex that she was a bother but now I think that most of this is just Alex feeling sorry for herself--she does have a tendency to blame others when she is wrong.
I remember thinking in the first book when Archie told his wife in Alex's presence that he wasn't going home to check on Alex because of work that he was slacking off--she's not my kid so why should I bother? But now after reading this chapter (and remembering what happened last Christmas) It is possible that Archie doesn't entirely agree with Claudia. Perhaps he thinks the wife is too harsh on Alex and that the punishments are too severe.
You make some good observations. Just as Rowling's books were told from Harry's point of view, so we're often left wondering how much of what we see of other characters is accurate, and how much is filtered through Harry's perspective, in my books you are mostly seeing the world through Alexandra's eyes, and she's not exactly unbiased. Her relationship with her stepfather and (especially) her mother will play a part in this story, and even more so in future books.
Yay! you updated! So why is Maximilian King going to such lengths to prevent Alexandra from joining the MMS? Does he think she's one of those who would learn how to use the Dark Arts and become dangerous through them?
Alexandra does have a habit of getting in way over her head and not knowing how to get herself out.