God, it's so hard reading Remus/Tonks stories. In fanfiction, they are portrayed as this couple who love each other with this... this almost desperation, and it's so sad that they never really got the chance to be together and free.
I absolutely love stories like this. Stories that remind us of the real spirit and meaning of Christmas. It just fills me with this warmth and it just makes you take a step back and really think about everything, you know? Family. Love. Courage. Faith.
The parallel that Tonks drew threw me a bit. I never thought of it like that. But, like you always do, you manage to word things so well. So damn well! Her speech in this was just beautiful. You managed to keep her in character, yet talk about some really deep things.
Remus was lovely in this, as he always is. His fear of bringing a child into this world just made my heart break. Remus! It's so sad that every time he found happiness in his life, it was ripped away from him. And he's just such a good person. He never did anything to deserve any of it. And to think that, in a time where he is expecting a child and one that should fill him with joy, he is nothing but scared and vulnerable.
Those last two sentences were just perfect. That idea that, together, they can get through anything. Things aren't perfect, but just for that small moment in time, everything is fine.
This really was so lovely. You chose the perfect characters and setting to think about the true spirit of Christmas and I love you for it.
Author's Response: First, Joop, I have to appologize to you for being SO late responding to this. I got really sick at Christmas time, and by the time I got better I was so far behind in everything, review weren't even on my radar. And it has been an insane year ever since! I LOVE your reviews, always run to read them when they come, and I feel so bad for being tardy with this and other responses. *hangs head* Forgive me?
Now, I understand completely what you mean about Remus and Tonks! It's almost as if they knew from the get-go that they wouldn't have very much time. Honestly, I can't usually read stories about them for that very reason - foresight can be a terrible thing. So I was really worried about writing them, as I didn't have anything to go off of. I hope I did okay.
I'm so glad you liked the story. Christmas does seem to bring out my inner "fluff" writer in a way nothing else does, but it IS so nice to remember what's really important, isn't it, even for fictional characters.
I'm SO relieved to hear you felt Tonk's words worked. It was really risky to put that parallel in there, and I wasn't sure I had Tonks voice down at all. I'm so glad you felt it worked!
Remus makes me cry. I never really thought much about him when I was younger and reading the books - I was all about the teenagers who were the stars (and, well Fred and George, whom I'm still kinda obsessed with) but as I've gotten older, Remus strikes a real chord with me. He really is one of the most heroic and selfless characters in the books, and I feel bad for him. I'm glad he found Tonks for the short while they had.
Thank you so much for reading! Your reviews always make me smile. I hope you'll come back when I get back to writing!