This was stunning! Just every single aspect was amazing. There were funny bits, usually involving James and Sirius (love them) and really sweet cute bits and also really scary horrible bits. Your ending really got to me, because as I was reading this, I forgot that James and Lily end up dead! It honestly came as a shock!!
I was making a mental list of all my favourite parts but the list is now quite extensive, so I'll try to make it concise. So, number one *clears throat*
1) I loved how James and Frank looked at each other and thought not that they wanted the other's child to be chosen, but that they didn't want their own. I think this was a really well written point about their selfless personalities, and how much they care for their family.
2) When Sirius said, "‚Oi, get off me, you git! You‚re a lot heavier than you look." That Siriusly (haha) made me laugh. Even though Sirius was being rude to James, it was just so clear about how close they were. Which I loved, just such a happy moment!
3) When James kissed Lily at the end, like he knew something was going to happen. It was just such a sad moment, like he was acknowledging that something was going to happen. But it was also a really powerful moment in that they were still happy together, even though evil Voldemort was making a mess of their lives.
4) The part at the end was just so desperate that I had to love it, even though it was awfully tragic! James's desperation to protect his family just really reminded me of Harry. The way you wrote it also made it sound as though he just forgot everything apart from his wife and son, just his shock and panic as he realises he can't do anything.
I could make this list longer, but I hope you get the general idea: I really loved this story.
It was so sad but also had enough happiness in it to prevent me from sinking too far into depression. :D The little character relationships between James, Sirius, Lily and Harry just made this story step up and show that there is light in the darkest of times! Very JK Rowling. :D
The way you write characters is one of the best I've come across. Each character stands out and remains perfectly consistent and also true to form. And then you add your own little touch to each one that I just adoreee!!
Ok, so I've probably written the most terrible cheesy review ever, but I had to say all this! I just loved this story, loads. :D
Keep writing forever! PLEASE!!!
Author's Response: I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to reply! I have been super busy and wanted to make sure I wrote a good response. ^_^
I think it's nearly impossible for me to leave humor out of any story, even angst -- and while I wanted to express the gravity of the situation, I know there were moments of levity too, especially between James and Sirius. I love writing those parts. Their friendship makes me so happy.
I didn't know whether that part with James and Lily at the end was weird, so I'm glad you liked it. ^_^ Just something I thought was sweet, even if it was a bit contrived.
I always try to keep my characters believable and realistic, so thank you for that compliment! I love bringing them to life.
Thank you so much for this review -- it means a lot to me!