Schoenemaedchen here from the boards for your review.
So like...wow. I don't even know where to begin. I suppose I should start with saying how incredibly touched and profoundly moved I was by your one-shot here.
That being said, I am always extremely leery when I head into the alternate universe world. Unfortunately, I have an assumption that all alternate universe stories are written by teenies who just want to make Harry Potter their boyfriend that goes to their high school or something...but this story tops all stereotypes...I know it sounds crude, but that's how it is (was).
No, it's not canon. But I could totally find myself dealing with it. Mostly, because the story is so beautifully written, but also because you somehow make it work. It is a different kind of reality, but the characterization is just great and the entire structure and flow of the story just pulls everything together so harmonically.
Not to mention some of your scenes and description work is just breathtaking, and somewhat tear jerking. You lost me (as in, the tears started coming) with Ron sleeping on the couch with his mortal enemy, Crookshanks. I just loved the imagery of Ron mending in his Chudley Cannons sweatshirt...just great!!
That being said, I think you capture the situation that happens in a family during death so well. I lost my mother when I was just shy of 13, and living with my Daddy was a challenge at the beginning too! My dad wouldn't be caught dead mending or putting pigtails in, but he did what he could, and I think you captured the side of Ron that I would expect him to fulfill. Everybody handles death so differently and interprets it differently, but I think, ahhh, I just think this story is so beautiful and wonderful!
Okay, the only thing I'm kind of glad about is that Hermione is not dead and this is only AU, so in my happy little mind, she's okay living with Ron somewhere ;)
So that's all I have to say, truly beautiful. If all your stories are as well written as this, then feel free to stop by with any AU, even though it isn't my thing... :-P You get the free pass as of now!!
Author's Response: Hi there!
Just as you said you didn't quite know where to begin the review, I'm not exactly sure how to start this response other than to say I was blown away with your review! I am so fortunate to have never experienced something like what I wrote about here, but to have you share with me your personal experiences just floored me. And then to have you say you felt I captured the emotions and feelings of a family dealing with the death of a parent made me feel very humbled and wowed. Thank you for sharing something so personal.
I know you were leary of the Alternate Universe thing. That's why I wanted to give you a heads up before I posted in your review thread. I'm SO happy you could appreciate and enjoy the story despite the AU aspect of it. I do find myself delving into the AU setting more often than not, but most of my AU's are even milder than this one.
I can't tell you how much your praise and compliments have left me grinning from ear to ear. I love to write and sometimes I just can't stop the words from flowing onto paper even if I tried, but it's always nice to hear that people appreciate what you write. Thanks for making my week.
And yes, not worries, in the real world Hermione is alive and well. :D
A free pass? Seriously? YES! I'm so excited! I will surely be requesting you again as this has been an amazing review! I hope you won't mind the little bits of AU-ness I throw into my stories.
Thanks a million!