Oh my God. Oh.my.God.
This was perfect.
This story had every little thing there, whether outright or in between the lines, that makes me love this ship and the two characters together. By the end, I totally forgot canon and all the Scamander rubbish, it doesn't exist for me, because the love and support in this story made me smile stupidly into my computer and I just can't find enough words to describe this.
Firstly, I love simple things. I love the simplicity of life and what people do for each other. Some stories are so full of dramatic happenings and plots that get the two people together, but this is so real. This is what makes real people cling to each other and want to spend lives together.
Dean is so freaking amazing here. The way he thinks about Luna makes me want to be Luna and his girlfriend. I just died reading about how he thinks he's unworthy of her, because she's just so strong inside and different and giving his life an unforgettable glow. He understands her needs and knows who she is, and that just touched me, because there are relationships where people are together for years but they still can't grasp the basic thing that makes their other who they are. For Luna it was the relationship with her father clashing with her firm beliefs and I can totally imagine her entire conflict and understand it. Luna is viewed as this sweet little weird thing, but she's a woman with a belief and just as she's able to fiercely believe in nargles, she's as fiercely devoted to what she thinks is right. It's very believable to consider she must have taken her father's betrayal hard even though he did it for her. Okay, now I'm just repeating what this story was about, but that's because it's SO TRUE and it's now a part of my headcanon, yay!
The writing was fabulous and I'm forever jealous because I'll never be able to write so simply yet wonderfully. I just tumble with too many unnecessary words and it's a mess. This explained everything perfectly, created a wonderful imagery and inner world of the characters, especially Dean. I love Dean, have I said that before??
The way you described Xeno as a hunted animal was perfect. I could really feel his pain and regret. And then, the scene where they move into their new flat and paint the walls and then sit on the floor is just so unbelievably romantic!! I always imagined a situation like that in my life and I still want it like whoa. My heart was just bouncing reading that. It's this quiet soothing love they have, and you can really feel it, all of it.
And Luna. What I liked about her that it felt like Dean truly knew her. He knew all those ways she looks when she's angry or sad. But what I loved most is that she was Luna, but she was also so grown-up and mature. This is the thing that can be really problematic when writing Luna, because she's always such a wild child it's hard to imagine her as a grown woman with real problems and desires and everything. Here it was, and it all felt natural.
Oh my golly, I haven't written such a gushing review in such a LONG time, but I just enjoyed this so much. The way you divided this into sections gave the story a fresh and interesting pace, I really liked that, too. Soo, I think it's time for me to shut up now. One last time - I LOVED THIS.
Author's Response: I cannot believe I'm just now seeing this! Thank you SO much for the amazing review! It really means the world to me that a fellow Dean/Luna shipper liked this so much :)
I figured Dean would have a sort of straightforward narrative voice, and so I tried not to get too out there with the language while using his point of view. So that might be part of the simplicity you caught :) But yeah, I definitely didn't want too much drama with this--I just wanted it to be about life and this couple making their way forward after the war and helping each other. I'm so glad you liked the style, and that the everyday-ish feel of the narrative spoke to you :)
Luna, oh Luna. She gave me such trouble, because I just couldn't seem to capture her exactly as I saw her in the books. But I've gotten several comments similar to yours, that she seems more grown-up and mature in this. Which is really great; after her experience in the war, it would only be natural for her to grow and change. But I did try to keep her true to the eccentric character we know and love, at least a little bit :P
I am SO HAPPY that Dean and Luna's relationship seems so real to you. I always thought they would be a sweet couple, and I wanted to show that they really understand each other and want the best for each other. And let's be honest, I did try to make it all fuzzy and heartwarming, so it makes me really happy that it brought such a smile to your face :)
How can I thank you for this? This review is just so wonderful, and I'm so happy you liked my take on the pairing. I'm so sorry I've taken this long to respond, but rest assured that this review just made my LIFE! Thank you so much, again! :)