I am desperately in love with this story, but for some reason the system isn't letting me even show that I'm logged in while reviewing and thus doesn't allow me to favorite it .. So, consider yourself technically favorited on this one even though it's not showing up! :)
I am blown away completely by the situation you've set up here. I think that John Lupin is my favorite of the three, simply because you perfectly capture the heart-rending emotions that a father in that situation would be facing. I've always imagined it being horrible for Remus's parents, and you are the only person that thought of it almost exactly the way I did - with his father working for the Ministry and trying to apprehend Greyback! I was so happy to see you'd put that in there, and then I also can't even imagine the horror of listening to your five-year-old in such misery and pain. And to add to that the fact you feel you've caused it? :(
I did enjoy the Remus section as well. I also pictured the Marauders as constantly reminding Remus about the werewolf laws he was breaking in a sort of joking way - and you did that as well., only with Sirius being angry about it. I especially liked the way Remus still felt a bit outcasted even though he had the acceptance of his friends.
With Teddy, everything came full circle, it seemed. John was completely demoralized by what happened to Remus. Remus had to really struggle, but he seemed to be doing better than John even though it was his own condition. And Teddy brings it around to acceptance. What is past is past, and he has a link of love and connection to his family.
I love the heartfelt qualities of this as well as the angst!!! I wish I could add it to my faves!!!
Author's Response: Desperately in love, huh? Out of every wonderful thing you said in this review, that is the single line that makes me happier than anything else.
I really like John Lupin, as you can see!! I've got a lot of ideas about him but never really get a chance to sit and write him and him alone (not in conversation with somebody). I'm extremely pleased you found his emotions to be all right - as I mentioned in the request, I just started writing, and ended up posting without thought because I was too tired to edit it afterwards. So a lot of that emo stuff was just a blur.
OMG you think of his father as a hunter too? *love* Nobody else does that! Years ago, when I was writing under my old penname, I had a one shot about how Remus was first infected. I went into tons of detail about his father hunting for Greyback and Greyback being all "Oh, I'll show him..." I have never, ever been able to think of a believable way for Remus's dad to "offend" Greyback except for this. I mean I dont want the man throwing insults at a werewolf (I find him far too nice) so I always thought it had to be another way. And Remus, when teaching Harry, was fairly well educated in some of the magical creatures he brought in for DADA class, I just figured it all fit fell enough.
I have a 5 year old, and I couldn't imagine having to sit and listen to the screaming and know you just have to wait it out.
The Remus section, surprisingly, was my least favorite to write. I suppose I write so much of him elsewhere that I had trouble thinking of something unique to do for him in this story. I hate the werewolf laws, I feel so bad for Remus. I think Remus will always feel a little outcasted, sadly. I think he loved his friends dearly, but he'd always have that doubt in himself for what he is.
Full circle with Teddy, exactly. That was exactly the idea behind this entire thing, was to unite them all underneath the moon - especially Teddy, who never even knew his dad or grandfather, but feels like he does on these nights. I have to admit that I enjoyed writing Teddy's part best, and I have never written him before... but if I ever write a next gen story - its definitely going to be Teddy rather than Scorpius or Albus or the other populars.
Thanks so much for reviewing, jessi, I appreciate it! This story in particular seems to have flown in under the radar. I dont think anyone knows it exists :P I'm glad you were finally able to favourite :)