Rachel, Rachel, Rachel. ♥
How do you write like this? How do you make me feel so many emotions is such a small amount of words? I've always felt so horrible for Remus, being the last Marauder alive (we'll ignore the fact that Peter was alive, too). He must've been so lost without his friends, especially after just getting Sirius back, and you conveyed that perfectly. Perhaps beyond perfectly, but I don't know the word for that so we'll just stick to what I said.
I've always loved your angst, but I think this one takes the cake. It's just so brilliantly written, from the structure of the sentences to the description and the emotion to the unbelievably easy flow to it. As easy as it was to read, it was hard to process if only because it meant that some very ugly crying happened about halfway through the piece. I don't know if that makes sense - most likely, it doesn't, but what I'm basically trying to say is that you managed to make me feel all of the things and then sucked it all away. When I finished this, I felt so emotionally drained despite the fact that it's a one-shot.
A beautiful one-shot, mind, that pacts an incredible punch. I've always thought that you were one of the best (if not the best) writer on TGS - perhaps even on HPFF. You've just got such a wonderful gift of crafting magnificent and touching pieces. It's amazing.
Great - no, fantastic job, Rachel. I love it! ♥
Author's Response: Mollyyy ♥
Peter doesn't count. I know that could cause a hundred more forum posts about how Peter was a Marauder blah blah blah but post-1981, he definitely doesn't count. I think the most important bit was how he got Sirius back and then he was so horribly snatched away and I think in a way, I wanted to compare him to Harry and how similar the two of them actually are, or are in my mind. Remus always struck me as so melancholy and serious in canon and I wanted to pull some of that into this one-shot.
The one-shots I write without much thought are always the best, and aside from a little niggle with the ending and a problem at the start when I realised my brother's got my copy of OotP so I couldn't directly refer to Remus holding Harry back, it just happened. It was one of those I couldn't quite bring myself to read back, too, which I always take as something of a good sign in terms of a story's reception!
Emotionally draining is always a fantastic response to get. I know people find it awkward when reviewers say that but I think it's so important to get a response that really strikes home with the reader so THANK YOU ^_^
Ahahahaha, I'm definitely not ANY of them, lovely, but thank you. That's a massive compliment.
Thank you so much, Molly. I'm so happy you liked it!