I've seen this around the forums before, but never had a chance to actually read it, despite always thinking that I should, so I'm finally here now, grasping the opportunity of the holidays with both hands, lol.
I'm a huge Marauders fan and I often think that people who write them don't usually think about how the wolf effects Remus negatively - it's all, oh he's really hench and muscular, he's got brilliant hearing and sight and smell... but they never talk about how he's actually supposed to be thin and weak when it comes up to full moon and the pain he goes through. You absolutely stuck so close to canon I swear I can literally feel it, lol, and I love that. You didn't mince how bad it is for him or his own feelings and how strong he is himself, but you made it clear that it's horrible and terrible and all the rest of it.
I love the whole idea of the wolf needing a pack - because it's exactly what real wolves need, and it makes it that little bit more realistic, you know? Also a little more... human. A little more pitiable, rather than something to be scared of. The Marauders - of course they're his packmates. I've never thought of them like that before, but it makes perfect sense here, in this context. Absolutely perfect.
I lovelovelove how you've separated the wolf from Remus - with Remus calling the wolf 'Wolf' and 'it' and 'him', trying to distance himself from that other side of himself. It's such a bittersweet idea. It's kinda nice because it means that maybe there's some hope for him believing he's not a monster, that it's not him, but at the same time having something like that in your head - particularly something as bloodthirsty as the wolf for someone as nice as Remus - must just be horrible.
I like where you chose to start it as well - it's such a natural starting place, and I love how the Marauders haven't told him that they know his little secret yet. Most people usually write it the other way round, but I like this way, I think it works really well.
This was really, really good - gah, you've really showed just how strong their friendship was and everything and the way you've presented Wolf is just brilliant and... yeah, it's amazing.
Author's Response: I've finally have come around to respond to your review! I'm so sorry it has taken forever!
To be honest, I wish I had addressed how skinny and weak he can be. When you pointed it out I thought "oh no...I should've done that myself!!" so thank you for that! I'll be sure to change that just because it'll give Remus a bit of more layers. However, I'm glad that you thought that the pain and transformation feel like canon! With every chapter I've tried to make the transformation painful yet they're fun, in a way, to write. It helps me get into Remus' head a bit more and it makes me more sympathetic towards him.
It never really accured to me either until I read the Carrie Vaughn books that the Marauders were Remus's pack as well. It wasn't until I began planning this story that it hit me.
Remus and Wolf are, at least right at the very beginning, like flatmates that really don't like each other but have absolutely no choice. Neither one can move out, nor ignore each other. Remus here is desperate to see himself as a human rather than a monster because he grew up in a society that saw werewolves as monsters as fearful creatures.
The way that I saw things is that James and Sirius were smart enough to figure it out on their own and either 1) they confronted Remus or 2) they worked hard on their own and became animagi. I didn't want a story that retold the Marauders...there's plenty of that going around. I wanted Remus to be my point of focus through out the entire storyline and you'll see that in the future chapters!
I'm glad that you enjoyed the story and hope you manage to come back for more!!
until next time!