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Review:Gabriella Hunter says:

Its Gabbie here with your requested review and since we've never spoken before, its nice to meet you and all that. :D
I'm a really big werewolf fan by the way and I love a good story/move/whatnot featuring them so thanks for this!
The way that you have your Tonks is pretty fantastic, the characterization is just fantastic. I'm not sure how you managed to do it but she seems so well thought out that I could imagine this being a full story (Someday?) and I would attack it in minutes.
She's a complex personality and I think you played on all of that really well. The beginning with her and Molly, who just oozes motherly were really engrossing, I was able to gather so much from just those few sentences between them.
I'd wondered about how Sirius's death had affected everyone else and knowing how much he had meant to Tonk's was so bittersweet. From not knowing anyone in her mother's family and finally, finally making a connection with him and then, having him taken away by her own aunt? I couldn't imagine what she had been feeling. :(
So, her relationship and feelings for Remus seemed to show themselves more and more as the chapter went on. I had a feeling from the beginning that she was just concerned as a friend but as you went on, it was obvious that it was more than that.
And that Tonk's is awfully stubborn. ^
What she does for Remus was so bold, dangerous and touching. I'm not sure if I could be able to really put it into words how it made me feel to see her risking her life so much for him. She wanted to show him just how much she could handle and actually shifting for him? Gripping. Took some courage to go that far for someone and those moments were so tense while she was interacting with the wolf.
I was afraid for her for a minute, to be honest. I wasn't sure if he woudl attack her or, worse, hurt himself to get away from her.
I thought that your detailed description of the change for Tonks was probably one of the best that I've read. The pain and agony of it, the awkwardness of leaving a part of your humanity behind, that's not easy to write. I think it was wonderfuly dark and gritty and I'm all for that sort of thing anyway. Love a dark story! :D
Now, onto that stroll...
The Wolf showed so much compassion for Tonks and their bonding in the forest with nothing between them was something that I knew she hoped for with Remus. I'm not sure if you did that on purpose but that's what translated to me as I read it. Make sense? I hope so! D':
You left me with a good ending too. It wasn't fluffy, it wasn't Remus giving in and proclaiming the heaven and stars to her. The hesitation and even the funny bits were relatable and left me hanging, even though I know that they make it in the end.
Oh, and I liked wondering about what Remus's bum looked like naked. ;)
So, I wish I could leave you this amazingly long review (Like I've seen others do) but I just can't express how beautifully haunted this was. Gorgeous writing and the overall effect will linger in me, I might just fangirl over you on the forums so be prepared for that. >:D
Thanks for a great read!
Much love,

Author's Response: Hi, there!

I never really thought about turning this into something longer since I wrote it for a challenge, but hey, you never know! It was a lot of fun to write. Being a guy, I was worried about whether I could write Tonks from a first-person point of view. Sounds like it worked out alright.

Part of what makes the HP fandom so much fun to write in is the fact that the books are almost completely written from Harry's point of view. So there are so many events -- Sirius's death being one -- where we never really find out how other characters are affected. It leaves a lot of room to explore.

Whew! I'm really glad that the description of Tonks's transformation worked well for you. It took a few tries to get it to the point where I was happy with it, and then my beta reader worked it over some more. I definitely didn't want it to sound easy.

My wolf is based pretty closely on the version in Rosie's story that this one is dedicated to. Her concept of Remus and the wolf having this duality where they're two separate entities sharing the same body really inspired me.

What does Remus's bum look like? Well, you'll have to fill in the details for yourself. ;)

I'm really glad that you enjoyed the story. Thanks so much for this awesome reviews!

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