I'm back for the big finale :)
Okay, so, tears are happening. Yes. -wipes- It's been a long time since a story has made me cry (and an especially long time since it hasn't been a Snily), so kudos to you on the waterworks. To be quite frank, I think this chapter all by itself is one of the best Weasley stories I have ever read. I think this line - Her family was all here, in bits and pieces, dusty and stored away but never thrown out or forgotten - conveys them so perfectly that I'm not sure you aren't one of them. I could pick out several other lines that really struck a chord with me, but I think I'll refrain, or else you'll read the whole thing again in my review.
I love, love, love how you characterized Arthur and Molly. At the beginning, it was just them, and now once again, it's just them. I love how Arthur is so attentive to Molly and how she just brushed it off like she always has. It's business as usual at the end there, and that seems perfect to me as well. When I was reading this, the thought occurred to me that it's so wonderful that Molly has so many grandchildren. Although the hole where Fred used to live can never be filled, I don't think she would survive without children to care for and chide. To fill her home with love generation after generation seems like the perfect way for her many children to repay her. It was nice for you to allude to that here.
-wipes more tears- Oh, stop it, softie.
I love how you tied in various points from each of the preceding chapters. It's clear that everything in Molly's boxes has meaning to her, and she can remember something fond about the smallest objects. It was great that Ron wanted to give poor, abused Mr. Stuffing to Hugo, and I can imagine the other children wanting old possessions back, too. (Though I honestly don't know what Molly would do if they took everything. I think Arthur's line about her saving a lot really speaks volumes about her.)
Okay, I'm going to stop crying and finish this review. Let's just say that this story was a joy to read and I'm so glad you shared it with me, Jane.
Author's Response: Ohh, I didn't mean to make you cry! ♥ I am honored to have evoked such an emotional reaction from you, though -- and with something non-Snily, too! :P I'm honestly just so happy that you've had the exact reactions about the Weasleys that I had writing them. Really, they are the best fictional family in existence. The end. ♥
I thought it would be loads more difficult to write Arthur and Molly than it was. This actually ended up being one of my favorite chapters! Molly is just so great; I think it's awesome that she had so many grandchildren, too. Taking care of kids is definitely her forte. Bawww, and now I just want to find her and give her a hug. :P How weird am I right now?
I wanted this chapter to tie up all the stories, and really give closure to the collection. And, of course, Mr. Stuffing had to take his final bow! (Which isn't actually true; he does make a brief reappearance in the GUM epilogue!)
You are fantastic. ♥ Honestly. Thank you so much for leaving me all these reviews on this story!! I'm very honored to have a story read by an author I in turn admire. :3 And really just happy you enjoyed it!! ♥