As sad and tragic as it is, I love the thought of Remus having to shovel the dirt in. I don't know why it didn't cross my mind before--I blame it on the lack of me reading Marauders fics--but it is the practical answer, and a heartbreaking one at that. The mention of Sirius being the reason they all were there was just too horrible as well. So far, these pieces are just giving me the full impact of exactly how horrid the situation was. I always thought of it as, of course, being one of the saddest events in the books but by reading you get into the mind of Peter and now Remus, it just makes it very...real.
On that note, Remus's characterization was just as perfect as Peter's was. His mullings about Sirius, about how he had never truly believed it was him despite what it looked like...wow. Sadly enough, in this situation Remus was, I think, the most overlooked character on my part. But after reading this I can undoubtedly say that I'm positive that it affected him the most. Like it's illustrated here, he lost everything when James and Lily died, more than anyone else except, of course, Harry did. This was just so beautiful to read, Remus was perfect, how I'd imagine him to feel if JKR ever wrote a pre-Hogwarts, post-Marauders piece.
That being said, it's amazing how the perspectives of the Marauders are vary from Peter to Remus. The line: "And he couldnít see it being Peter, doting, loyal Peter.." especially pointed it out--how he just skimmed over him without a second thought, not even allowing himself to entertain the idea of Peter even possibly working for Voldemort--as well as the comment about the Marauders being inseperable, the perfect brothers (or something of the sort)...it was just so ironic and really interesting to see both both perspectives. Peter, who broke free from the group and vilified them, and then Remus who idolized them above anyone else.
And then this line: "Remus smiled despite himself--Sirius never had known where to stop, subtlety not being one of his traits," just points out how far Remus's friendship with the Marauders went. Reading that line, it's clear that Remus still thinks of Sirius as a friend, a brother, and still doesn't truly believe that he was working with Voldemort. It's eerie in a way, as well--because the statement about Sirius is too true and just...eesh. I'm not sure why, but it gives me the shivers. It was easily my favorite line of this chapter. ^__^
Again, this was just as amazing as the last piece. I'm really enjoying this, it's bringing up so many things that have never crossed my mind before.