Farmgirl, I'm literally speechless. "Thank you" and "Merry Christmas" seem pretty empty expressions as a response to this wonderful tale.
This was amazing:
"If I recall, the whole reason this holiday we're celebrating came to exist was because a mum, knowing the odds and what her child was likely to face, had enough faith to let him be born."
And then to meld that into the immense challenges the Lupin's are facing in their own lives? That, Mighty Farmgirl, was simply perfection.
I have nothing but praise for Dora's speech, particularly the ending. Very moving.
Make no mistake, tho, its your heartwarming tales, like this magnificent one, especially, that "make a lot of peoples' lives a little better, and help produce a lot of smiles."
I count myself lucky to have you as a friend and this was an AWESOME Christmas present. PW is right, presents don't get any better than this.
Merry Christmas from your adopted Big Brother.
Author's Response: I know you said you'd rather have me writing than responding to your almost year old reviews now, but it will drive me nuts if I don't. I might be extremely tardy, but I'm not completely rude. :) So, I'm working through them slowly, story by story, and we've reached one from you.
Now, on to the response.
I don't know what you were talking about. "Thank you" and "Merry Christmas" were perfectly fine responses to this little (unfinished, I might add) story. I'm glad you liked it.
I've never written Lupin and Tonks before, so it was really scary to try and get into their heads. Not sure how well I did, but I tried, and I'm glad you liked the effort. I was also a little worried about the overtly religious tone to this story, but...*shrugs* No one has complained yet.
And thank you, so much, for the praise. Somedays, when life is INSANE, I come back and read things like this. I means a lot.
Thanks for everything, especially your patience with your un-organized, often stressed out little sister. :) Maybe I'll get you part three before Christmas come around again, LOL.