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Review:writeyourheartout says:
Hi Julia! I'm here for Day 10 of the 12 Days of Reviewing challenge on the forums! Plus, special bonus: I've been slowly attempting to review every Writer's Duel entry, so high five for killing two birds with one stone! ^.^

Ah, this was so great!!! I can certainly see why you won your prompt! (Congratulations on that, by the way! So exciting!)

I adore Remus Lupin. He is probably my favorite character in the entire series and I'm very picky about his portrayal. I think you did just an excellent job with him. My heart is so heavy for him here and for all of things he has to go through his entire life due to his lycanthropy. Your writing is beautiful and gripping and so very emotive. I loved this story from start to finish.

"On Christmas morning the wolf breakfasted alone on condensation licked from the windows." - Right from the top you give us this beautifully written yet terribly upsetting line, and it's the perfect way to have begun this piece. It immediately paints this picture for us about how very solitary his condition is; that not even Christmas can free him from this cycle that comes "round again like clockwork." It's just heartbreaking.

When I first started reading this, I had sort of just made the assumption that Remus was an adult in this story, until the moment that took my breath a little bit away and he says "Mum?" Heart shattered. He's so young! And what's worse is that he's already been going through this for so many years now!

"The thing about Lycanthropy, however, was that the worst came round again like clockwork." - I noticed several people who reviewed before me have already pointed this line out, but I have to do it again because it's simply that good. It's a never-ending cycle, as reliable as anything; as sure as death and taxes is Remus' lycanthropy.

I adore the parents you gave him. They are so very kind and gentle and reassuring, doing everything they can to make him feel happy and strong and good and normal. His father's consistent comforting words of "It'll pass" are so sweet and sad and aching to be believed. I always imagined that Remus had some of the loveliest parents a person could hope for and these two were exactly that. You made me not only feel for the struggles that Remus faces, but for his parents as well and how helpless they must feel with only their words and their salves to help him. It's all so tragic.

The ending might as well have killed me it was so heavy! Gorgeously written, of course. It's so upsetting to see Remus at such a young age facing all of these demons, because his condition is not simply physical, but it takes a huge toll on him mentally and you showcase that in such a well-crafted way here.

I don't know what else to say, honestly! It was just such a beautifully constructed story about one of my very favorite characters that showed just how talented of a writer you are. Incredible job. :)

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