I have to admit Iíve never read a Gellert/Albus story, which is surprising as I thought Iíve read nearly every ship, so I was really excited to read this, as Gellert just revealed a whole new side to Albus, though I still think the biggest shocker was that he was gay! And there I was shipping Albus/Minerva throughout! Ok enough of this babbling and on with the review!
I liked how you kept the writer of the letters ambiguous, yet you gave the reader enough hints to be able to presume that it was Albus. I think the biggest give away was the looped lís, it seemed like it would be a handwriting feature of Albus. It was effective not revealing the real author of them straight away, as the readerís confusion, seem to almost symbolise the confusion Gellert must have felt towards his feelings of Albus.
I liked the analogy of their relationship being similar to that of the one currently being fought out in Europe. As I love history it was great to see that there, and it almost made you realise how futile their situation was, I doubt that Albus would stop sending the letters, and the only thing that would make him do so would be for Gellert to reply to one, but he was determined to stand his ground. It also made you wonder how much the wizards played a part in muggle events, as their big duel was in 1945, and that was when WWII ended.
I thought it was interesting that Gellert kept the letters, and he spoke about how hard it was to resist the temptation of reading them. It suggested to me, that perhaps Albusí feelings were reciprocated, even if it was only a little. Or it could also mean that though he didnít feel anything romantic about them, that he perhaps still craved their friendship, but was stubborn and proud to give in.
It was interesting that Gellert almost viewed himself superior to Albus due to the fact that he was deigning to write the letter in his second language, and he used affectionate terms to refer to Albus, it made me wonder where the true balance of power in their relationship actually lay, and this clearly suggested it was Gellert, and that echoed what JK said, in the Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore.
I really liked the ending, as it seemed appropriate to end it on Dumbledore, and see his thoughts and views on things. Even if it was brief compared to Gellertís section I still enjoyed it greatly.
Iím really glad that I read this one-shot, as it was so thought provoking and interesting, and thoroughly enjoyable. It made me realise how complex Gellert and Dumbledoreís relationship was, and Iíll definitely look out for more stories focused on those two again.