I saw the words Sirius, OoP and angst and came running!
Iíve never really read many stories, where Molly being a mother is discussed, so it was nice to see an insight into it here. Even though it must be the same old thing every day, you still managed to make it humorous, especially the bit about how they distributed everything all over the house.
I really liked the thoughts about her children, as you could tell how much she loved them. Her thoughts about Fred and George made me laugh, as itís exactly what my Mum says to my brother, and no matter how much you say it, they still listen. The little about her knowing it wasnít a Weasley step made me laugh, as I could imagine her sitting in bed at night, and knowing who was creeping around.
Kreacherís characterisation, was great, and it just seemed so much like him. The way he was muttering away to himself, and even though Molly tried to engage him in conversation, he still ignored her, and carried on shuffling around the house.
The letter! I think my reaction was the same as Mollyís! Iíve always loved Sirius and Regulus, as their relationship was so complex; as you knew that they always loved each other, but there was so much hurt, and betrayal between the two, they didnít really know what to think about each other. And then for Regulus to go and die, and for Sirius to never know the real reason why! Itís so tragic, and angst filled.
I think the letter was really fitting, and it just seemed like something he would write. They ended on such bad terms, I would have liked to think that Sirius did always miss him, and grieve for him, so this letter just made so much to sense to me. Then the way he took it away from Molly when he saw she read it, shows how this was private to him, and how he almost didnít want anyone else to know that he wanted to reconcile with him.
Then the song at the end! It perfectly fitted in, and the song always makes me sad, so I think I may even re-read this, while listening to the song, as it seems to describe their relationship perfectly!
This was a great one-shot Rachel, and Iím so glad that I read it, even if it did leave me a bit teary eyed!
Author's Response: I have to agree with you! Most of the Molly I've read is younger Molly, mostly in momotwins's Unsinkable series, but I really love writing her as the mother we see in canon. I included a lot more of her in GUW than I might have otherwise, just because I think it's important and nice to see her that way. And even though I'm not a mother myself, I liked getting into that "mothering" sort of mode -- doing the laundry, feeling exasperated at what her children get up to. My own mother's probably in a lot of the way I write Molly. :D
Kreacher! Oh, I LOVE writing house elves. I need more excuses to do it. :D I'm glad you thought I wrote him well, too!
The idea for this story, as you obviously know, came from the Civil Wars's song "20 Years" and it popped into my head almost instantly while walking to class and listening to it, even though I'd heard it probably a hundred times before that. Sirius and Regulus have such a complex relationship, and it's one I've explored before in a one-shot called Mother and Son. I think Sirius desperately wanted to hate his brother, but I'm not sure if you can grow up with a brother and sister and not love them somehow, you know?
Oh, Kiana. I feel so bad at leaving your reviews so long, but I just hope you seriously do know how much it means to me to have them, that I'm not just saying so for the sake of appeasing you. ♥ Your words of encouragement have actually MADE me write some nights, and that's no lie. Knowing a friend of mine's out there rooting for me is greater than anything!
Thank you so much, dear, for everything! ♥