This is really touching and bittersweet. It really feels like you said so much, even in a relatively short word count, and that's pretty impressive.
To me, the idea of splitting these two up this way is so heartbreaking - that's obviously because of my bias in favor of this ship, but it is what it is. And a lot of people don't think much of Ron (which is unfortunate, because I think they don't treat him fairly), but I think you tapped into a lot of his good traits here and showed how they would shine in a situation like this. Maybe he's not the most selfless character ever, but he is when it really counts, and being a single parent would make him even more so. And something interesting here is that, even though this situation makes him mature a bit more, it comes at the expense of that spark we Ron fans know and love.
I thought it was so interesting that you chose to tell it from his Squib son's point of view - I think Ron having a kid who was a Squib would be a really interesting dynamic, because I do think that's something Ron would have a difficult time understanding, and he probably wouldn't always approach it with tact. It's definitely a dynamic where Hermione would end up being the mediator, or the bridge, as you put it.
I am so curious as to why you decided to make their kids different than in canon - names, number of kids, etc. Enlighten me? XD
I think one of my favorite parts was Ron making up with Crookshanks, "his oldest enemy." That made me laugh a bit, and brought some levity to it, but it was still very sweet. The two guys who loved Hermione the most (both gingers, incidentally - and believe you me, I always suspected it was no coincidence that she fell in love with a ginger cat).
Really wonderful one-shot!
Author's Response: Hey Melanie!
I can't tell you how excited I was to get a review from you! You are one of the authors on this site I admire the most and so it always means so much to have you look at my stuff. Thanks!
Now, on to the response, and I appologize if I don't make a whole lot of sense. Head cold + cold medicine + review responses = possible mess.
You, of course, are right. It is a very heardbreaking premise. And I'm usually against dying in general and favorite characters in fics doing it in particular, but this fic niggled its way into my brain and I couldn't stop it. Part of it is Eldy's fault, as he once asked me a question of what I thought would happen to Ron if Hermione died, and part of it is from a friend who once told me a very touching story about his own dad. Once the two meshed together, I was stuck.
I'm glad you still rather liked it, and I appologize for making Ron lose some of his spunk, but I think he gained a few things as well.
Telling it from his son's point of view was the only way this story worked. I knew from the get-go it had to be told that way. Why I chose AU kids instead of canon is twofold. The scene with Ron learning to fix his girls' hair was the point the rest of the fic all revolved around, and it really only worked if the girls were very young and there were more than one of them. Plus, I honestly tried to use the canon kids and they just didn't work. I'm not a big fan of the epilogue and the kids that were thrust on us. I don't mind most of the pairings, but I just invisionded different families for the gang. Just me, sorry if I threw you off with it.
I LOVE the Crookshanks part. You know me and being a sucker for cats, so I'm really glad you liked that part.
Again, thanks so much for reading! You're reviews always rock.