Everything I love about fanfiction wrapped in one pretty present for me? I love it. There's something to be said about fics that make me feel, that makes the ache in my chest expand with each word, that make me contemplative and sad - it's the best sort of angst. Remus is the perfect character for that angst, and I think you did a fantastic job exploiting his pain in a way that made the reader connect with him and his losses.
I think my favorite part was the beginning. The imagery was wonderful, especially the bit about skin giving way to fur. It was such a vivid picture, the hot and cold, and that repetition throughout the fic really reinforced that image in my head. Plus, the idea of Sirius sitting with him days before the full moon, giving him some comfort, it reflects a lot on their relationship. Perfect.
The part with Tonks, how part of him wanted to be with her because she was his last tie to Sirius, that made me sad, but there's a part of me as a Remus/Sirius shipper that believes in that ideal so wholeheartedly it should be illegal. His worry about Teddy being like him was so in-character and the relief he must have felt was tangible.
This was just perfect, and thank you for writing it. You've written my perfect Remus - all his angst and loss and bitter contemplations. It's everything I want in his character. I guess my only complaint is I wish there was more!
Thank you for this - it's wonderful, as are you.
Author's Response: Okay, yes, I have been avoiding responding to this review because I really don't know what to say. If I could just insert a photo of myself jumping around and squealing with delight, that would be the reaction I really intend to show. Oh, well, I'll try my best :)
I'm so glad my angst brought on the feels. I agree, angst is best when it punches you in the gut and drags you in with its emotion.
Ooh, it's great that you liked the imagery. I definitely wanted to use the canine theme, because Remus and Sirius clearly have commonalities there, and I wanted to try to allude to the transformation without literally having to write it, almost like I was writing it as Remus would experience it.
I'm glad the Tonks parts worked for you, too. I was worried that I was pushing it a little with my interpretation, but I didn't want to shove her out of the picture. I do think Remus's awkward, disjointed view of his son is very interesting, which is why I couldn't resist including it here.
You're far too kind - I suppose the only way I'll ever come close to achieving your level of Wolfstar mastery will be to practice. Maybe I'll return to Remus/Sirius in the future.
Thanks for this amazing review! :)