How nice to see a founder’s fic from you! You’ve certainly got a knack for these historical-type stories. I always enjoy reading anything of yours that’s set in the past.
This was a wonderful little glimpse into the time of the founders. I love how you created the rising tension between Gryffindor and Slytherin, even though this was a very short story. It felt palpable, and it really added the story. In that vein, I think you did an excellent job of characterizing everyone, even though nobody appeared for very long. That’s a pretty fancy trick.
I also really liked how devoted Gryffindor seemed to his sword. It would have been easy to delve into silliness with that, but I really liked that you kept up the serious tone. You could tell though, that he was like, beyond proud of that sword, although one could argue that he didn’t really have much to do with it. How Gryffindor of him to show it off like he was.
I think the addition of the goblins at the end was a great way to wrap things up and drive them home. It’s always interesting to explore how goblins feel about their creations versus how humans think of material objects. You’d think that they’d have come to an agreement by now, with some official ruling as to whether goblin made objects belong to the owner after death, or if ownership reverts back to the goblin who made it. Silly wizards and their lack of economic policy.
This was a really fun story to read, I enjoyed it a lot!