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Resolution Chapter 86 - Scene 12

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The Auror's office was quiet in the hour before training started. Rodgers stood in the tea room with his feet wide apart, loudly sucking down steaming hot tea.

"I might have a lead," Harry said.

Rodgers turned his head while finishing a slurp, then dabbed his mustache with his sleeve. "On which case? Or need I ask." He turned away again to peruse the newspaper folded before him. Before Harry could reply, Rodgers said, "By the way, that's another thing you need to work on: balancing investigations. Just because you have a personal stake in one is no reason to ignore the dozens of other open cases we have."

Harry let his shoulders relax and didn't reply. He accepted that Rodgers would always come up with something to criticize. It was his job, in a way.

Rodgers finally turned. "Which case?"

"It sounded like you knew," Harry said.

Rodger's mustache curled as he smiled. "So what's the lead?"

Harry told him about the note and the hints last year of excessive betting and thrown matches. Rodgers' brow crinkled.

"Doesn't sound too promising, but you are free to follow up. I won't stop you. I assume at Hogwarts you can't get into too much trouble, and if you do, they are practiced at handling it."

"They are," Harry admitted.

Rodgers turned back to his tea, set it down hard, waved a heating charm at it, then proceeded to take a loud slurp from it, drawing steam around his cheeks. "We're done here, far as I'm concerned," he said.

"Yes, sir."

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I realized something just now revising this scene. It's been really hard to make the ending build toward a climax because at the same time the ending is growing nigh, Harry is learning to conform, which makes him much less himself.

Actually, this fits well for me that the story's ending is a kind of ending for Harry.

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Michael King
Feb. 15th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
huh?
Rodgers does not seem to take Harry seriously or thinks it is a wild goose chase. I expect you will give us more surprises and keep us guessing. But please don't leave the climax to the very end. Too many twists are possible for the end of all of this. As always I love when you update quickly. Keep going. You are almost there and then you can rest. I love this story and all of it's adventure.
darkirony
Feb. 16th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Re: huh?
I was thinking more that Rodgers expects to work with competent people whom he can ignore most of the time. He really doesn't want to be overseeing apprentices, but he thinks he's the only one who can teach them the right way to do things, so he suffers it. If Harry behaves like a full Auror, he gets treated as one. So Rodgers is all: "Yeah, whatever, keep me informed."
(Anonymous)
Feb. 15th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Hurray for Harry becoming a ministry drone.
darkirony
Feb. 16th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
You made me LOL
Sometimes you have to try on the whole suit before you decide if it fits you.
xrayjuliet
Feb. 16th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm sure it's very hard writing the last chapter. But I think you're doing a great job. Thanks for all the previews.
madderbrad
Feb. 18th, 2013 11:04 am (UTC)
That's the last chapter? 76? Only three more to go?

*sobs*

Which is the chapter where Harry visits H/Hr Plane? ;-)

I hope that wasn't the very last *scene*, I don't want to be spoiled?

I was wondering just yesterday what was up with your epic.
celestlyn
Mar. 8th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
You seem to be struggling a lot with this chapter. Is it just not fitting together like you want? This IS the final chapter, right?

Perhaps you don't really want it to end. Yeah, that's my theory. None of us want to see it end.
xrayjuliet
Mar. 16th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
How's the writing coming along? Just checking in.
whoisjosette
Jun. 10th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
well...
I feel that you may be having difficulty with this last chapter because tying up loose ends never really works e.g. 19 Years Later. It's sometimes better to leave the story open ended--to a certain degree at least. Perhaps it would help if you reread some key chapters to help you figure out what you want for Harry.

I am slightly disappointed with the Harry/Suze storyline. I understand that you needed to find a way to cure Harry's aphasia and agraphia, but I don't see why you had to include his sudden loss of a capacity for love, and his rather foolish way of addressing the matter. It opens up a whole can of worms--for me, anyway--, but I guess your Harry cannot feel whole unless he is possessed somehow.

A rather important plot point that bothered me while recently rereading your series was the fact that Harry remained a Crux Horridus despite getting killed by Snape and Lupin when they cured him of that regenerating curse. I mean, Deathly-Hallows!Harry was able to freed of being a Crux Horridus without even dying, yet our Harry was essentially dead and remained one.

At any rate, I hope that all is well. We're all rooting for you (and Harry).
xikum
May. 26th, 2014 06:51 am (UTC)
Nice to see Rodgers trusts Harry to investigate appropriately, independently - and appears to trust that he will come to them with information when the time is right, not go off like a loose cannon. He's all grown up now - nearly an Auror!

Regarding your author's note at the end: Does what Harry is learning to do make him less himself, so much as more mature? Learning to conform at work is not necessarily the same as losing one's individuality - we all learn to act differently / appropriately for the situation we are in, in different settings, and would not likely act the same across all - leastwise if we want to be successful.
xikum
Jul. 1st, 2015 01:16 am (UTC)
Here I am, done reading it again to this point. I believe you've done brilliantly. We've watched while Harry is maturing, learning how to deal appropriately - he's not a drone, nor has he lost himself.

He's learning to trust and work well with others, not only trusting himself, yet he also trusts himself well enough to take a risk when it is warranted, and is better at judging when it is vs is not warranted. That says tons about his healing, given his childhood. He's now more likely to stay around long enough to actually have a full lifetime of that loving family life he so wants.
Calm, not a roller coaster ride, but many folk who have been through the storm, truly appreciate and adore the calm. (I know I sure do.)

More soon? Really really hoping, here.
xikum
Jul. 1st, 2015 01:18 am (UTC)
And even if not, I still hope you will add it in at FFN.

BTW, Have you posted this at another site as well? It simply is too great a trilogy to risk getting lost if 1 site goes down, and it's the only place it's available. This really is a classic of its genre.
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