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Review:Violet Gryfindor says:
It's been very hard to come up with a coherent review. The best way I can define this story is to call it a "heart ripper-outer", which is many levels beyond "tear-jerker" - instead of pushing one to tears, it physically hurts around that region of the chest where the heart is. This kind of story makes me feel so empty inside. And what's scary is that, to me, that feeling is what makes this an exceptional story.

Remus is a hard character to write because he bleeds angst, and the challenge is keeping him from going overboard - this story contains the perfect amount of depth, revealing Remus's extraordinary suffering without making it too much for the reader to handle. It suits him that he finds hope/happiness in those final moments of his life - he has use, then. He's free from his curse - two curses, actually, one being Sirius. I also like that you have him love Tonks for herself as well as for the glimmer of Sirius in her eyes. That description of her standing confident was fantastic - it may have only been a single line, but it had a lot of power to it, perhaps because her outward performance of the hero is countered (or is it enhanced) by her nervous smile. There's a great care to your descriptions in this story - even more than usual - that adds considerably to its high quality.

There were many times while reading this that I felt it could be easily mistaken for Missy's writing. You must have gone through her stories with a fine-tooth comb, unless you and her are telepathically linked (which would surprise me less :P). She writes Remus in a special way, and you've captured that here, making for a beautiful piece of writing.

Once again, you've outdone yourself. Please publish your work someday because you've got great talent that the world should not miss out on. ^_^

Author's Response: You know, Missy had a similar reaction, and to hear that my angst was that powerful really makes me beam -cuddles angst-

Oh, gosh, he DOES. In canon, my heart just hurt for him pretty much from the first day I met him, because I know how hard it can be to be the new teacher at school. As his troubles grew exponentially, so did my compassion for him. I think that's the part of this ship that I used to spur on this piece - Sirius deals with his trauma in such a different way, by brushing it off and being humorous. I think they could have really helped one another tap into different forms of coping.

Tonks was one of the toughest and most interesting parts of this for me. I certainly didn't want to just leave her out like she doesn't exist, but I also didn't want her to just be the girl that Remus settled for. She's got her own strength, not even to speak of the strength it takes to stand by a hurting man.

Wow, that's a huge compliment. (And one of the reasons why this just kind of had to go into Reviews That Made Your Day, even though all of your reviews should go there.) You're super sweet, as always. Thank you!

-Amanda


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