so i just totally enjoyed reading this chapter. i think they get better and better every time.
i like how you showed the flaw of remus' longing for acceptance tending to overrule his conscience.
and i thought the howler bit with sirius was well executed. and loved the excellent detail you used, just in things like describing Daily Prophet articles and such. very good! and of course i didn't miss the little hint of the idea for the marauders' map. *squee
also loved the line "i can tell you're lying - your lips are moving" very clever, made me laugh! :D and the rhymes peter made in prof slughorn's. but it's too bad that their defense lesson turned out to be useless.
and i absolutely loved when sirius, james, and peter came to Remus' aid, just when remus was feeling so terrible and remembering paul in the face of severus' insults. very well done!
and the ending was completely spot on. even brought a tear or two to my eye :_) it was so sweet.
can't wait for the next chapter, and am i right in guessing that the Waddiwasi spell might be the "payback" to peeves James is planning?
also, i did want to let you know that Rampant Magic was updated too, so if you want to check that out...and i should get another chapter of moonlight up soon. ;) but congratulations on yet another awesome chapter!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for being the first reviewer on this chapter! I really appreciate that (I was slightly panicking that it was rubbish, because no one was reviewing!!!).
I'm glad you liked how Remus's desire for acceptance over-rode his conscience. JKR did say that Lupin likes to be liked and that's where he slips up, because he is disliked so often and is always pleased to have friends and therefore cuts them a lot of slack. That, and I was going on Remus telling Sirius in OOTP that he never had the courage to tell him and James that he thought they were out of line when they bullied Snape.
I'm glad that James's line made you laugh, I honestly didn't know if people would find it funny or not, so I'm glad you did!
I'm glad you liked the ending, where James, Sirius and Peter come to his aid. I liked that too, and I really just wanted to emphasise how special these three boys are, and how much they really do mean to Remus, you know?
Yeah, you're right with the payback being Waddiwasi, there is no point denying it, because it is sort of obvious, that will be coming up soon, either in the next chapter or the one after (I can't really remember!!!).
Yes, I've seen that Rampant Magic has been updated, it's on the top of my to-do list on my PC and I will get around to reading and reviewing it (I'm looking forward to it!) - I am just all over the place at the minute (started back college last week [after a pathetic 2 and a half week summer], mayhem describes it best) so it will probably be the weekend when I get around to it - but don't worry, it will be read, can't wait really!
Thanks again for reading and reviewing, I really appreciate it! Hats off to you! Go raibh mile maith agat! :)