Ah! I am so happy we got paired up for the review exchange. This was so good!
Alright, getting to specifics. First, this is so, so, SO well-written. It just flows perfectly. You've got such good sentence variation and, and you really kept Remus' voice consistent. And Remus' voice is perfect. It would have been so easy to make this melodramatic and dark, but that's not Remus, is it? Instead, he is perfectly introspective (as you said) and he reminisces and is sad and angry without being over-the-top. You also did a lovely job keeping up the theme, 'that we meant two'. The way Remus takes his tea or coffee differently for each lost friend, the way he has routine and how that really does fit perfectly in with the way he feels about his lycanthropy.
The style was also really engaging. You managed the quick switching between flashback and present without making it confusing or halting. Normally I find present-tense hard to read, but you made it work beautifully here!
The flashbacks themselves were gorgeous, and so realistic. They really do seem like things that would have happened, none of them contrived. I especially liked the bit about their second year Christmas, and Peter asking if it would go on forever. It was bittersweet and worked with the story.
I also liked how you worked in the slash. Hinted, but never affirmed really. I personally never saw that between Remus and Sirius, so normally I find it a bit weird to read, but you made it nearly believable... nearly :) But yeah, well done there.
And most of all, I loved the ending. I think it was great that you chose to end it on a semi-positive note. Of course, there is no way to go back to how they were. And of course, they are always going to be a bit angry at each other, for never being honest. But they will be together, naturally, even if things aren't the same, and that's what counts.
Over all, this was just so good. I can't even... ajkhajgda. Definitely one of my new favorite Remus fics. 10/10.
- Elle :)
Author's Response: Awhhh! Thank you so very very very very very very very very much :D
I can't wait to read your story either - I'll probably get on it this weekened as I've got exams at the moment. As in, in a couple of hours. So why I'm answering this I really have no idea... but you know...
Yeah, I'm not much into the Sirius/Remus pairing either - hence why it wound up so subtle, but I actually really really enjoyed writing this. I might think about reading some more of these stories, just because I loved them.
Ahha! So many compliments! -dies- but, yes, thnak you! I loved writing the flashbacks... a couple of them especially just made my heart melt as I read themi. It was such good fun!
Thank you so much! And thank you for spending the time reviewing my story. Hopefully my return review will not dissapoint :) :) :)