|Review:||Capella Black says:|
This is simply phenomenal. Honestly, I usually shy away from any story where James isn't the perfect guy for Lily, and Siriuly isn't my normal cup of tea, but this has changed my mind about both completely. This story fits so well with canon, and even more so, it explains tiny things about Sirius' character that standard canon doesn't.
Moreover, it's so bittersweet that I can't decide whether to smile or cry. I love that they had their summer in the sun, and that they got to be in love, and I also love that in the end he moved aside for his best friend, showing that kind of love too, for the both of them. But, I can't help but be sad at how it ended, even though there was no other possible outcome. Beautifully painfully wonderful.
And the poetry and imagery of it all - the ants that "live and die and make no mark", the shadowing of the court of King Arthur, the dialogue of Lily when she explains why he is different from the first two. Honestly, it's just so beautiful; it's painful to read when one considers their own work! And this is especially surprising, as I have an extremely low tolerance for overly flowery or poetic writing, so to hit that perfect fine line between lovely and saccharine is an impressive skill.
Loved it. Just loved it.
Author's Response: It feels so wrong to be happy about changing a reader's mind, especially regarding a ship, but it's wonderful that this story made you appreciate Sirily more. It's a very difficult ship to make canon because it requires careful timing and characterization. I personally find the James in this story unlikable, which wasn't what I intended, but I'm pleased to hear that this characterization actually enhanced the perfection of Sirily. :P I didn't expect that reaction at all.
What's great about writing from a male first-person POV is that I don't have to worry about the story becoming too flowery. Romantic, yes, but it's described differently because it's coming from Sirius, so even if it's poetic at times (and I thank you for complimenting those lines and images ^_^), it's restrained, maybe not simple, but simplistically expressed. That must be where the pain shows through, Sirius's pain, that is. Maybe that's why I like writing the ship, because it's impossible in so many ways, and it's challenging to find the ways to make it not only possible, but logical.
Thank you so very much for this wonderful review! It's fantastic that you took the time to read, review, and love this story. ^_^