So I was maybe kinda avoiding this one-shot because it's me and it's Tonks/Remus. But then you did first-person Tonks, and she's my weak point. Damn you.
She's lovely. Perfectly in character, especially since I've been reading that one fic with the sex and the Pot Noodles that Jami gave me a link to. I was expecting third person and was pleasantly surprised.
Anyway, can I just say, awesome-Tonks or no awesome-Tonks:
>Bill and the twins used to call them an old, married couple.
made me happy, because, of course, they totally were. :D
I was intrigued by how you chose to characterise the wolf, as opposed or not-opposed to Remus. Personally, I thought, and still think, that a werewolf turns into a straight-up wolf at the moon, and therefore has no memory of the night and wakes up with a hangover of death. (Maybe the werewolf myth originated from a fear of addiction or epilepsy or some kind of dissociation... don't mind me, just being a sociology geek.) Anyway. It works regardless, and it's interesting.
You've still got some Americanisms in there - I was confused for a bit by 'pounds', 'cause, like, what wolf would really need thirty quid? And then I went off on a bit of a tangent about a wolf going shopping because I'm sleep deprived. It was hilarious, but probably not what you were going for.
Anyway. Good luck with the challenge (is that the third time I've told you that? Jesus.)
Author's Response: Ha ha! Now that I know your weak point... well, it's not a very big weak point. I can't just go around writing first-person Tonks for the rest of my life. Don't you have some other weakness, like the color yellow or kryptonite or you're bad with fractions? Because if you did, boy, would I ever exploit it!
I know the story you're talking about and I'm the one who first showed that one to Jami. It's brilliant, isn't it? And I could pretend that none of the inspiration for this story came from that one, but you're not stupid. I'm sure the similarities are fairly apparent.
Ha! I was not thinking of feeding caoty's Sirius/Remus fantasy ship when I wrote that line, but obviously it plays right to it. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
The way I characterized the wolf was borrowed almost entirely from the story that this is dedicated to. That said, I like it a lot. We know that wolfsbane potion, if properly brewed and taken before the night of the full moon, allows a victim of lycanthropy to retain his mental faculties after the transformation. So to me the idea of the human/wolf duality has precedent and is very interesting besides.
I'm interested that you mentioned pounds. I've been told by my beta reader that while the metric system is the "official" standard in the UK that imperial measures are still quite commonly used. And face it, we're talking about a society that still pays for things with precious metals, writes with parchment and quills and dresses like the cast of Les Mis. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to imagine that they haven't gone out of their way to embrace the metric system.
Thanks for your repeated good wishes. And thanks for reading and reviewing!