Right so, um, how is this not up to your usual standard? And if this is rushed, holy crap you're an amazing author. And also, this is for the final day of the 12 Days of reviewing.
Right, so his parents. They loved him, but I could sense the unhappiness and guilt -- not with him necessarily, but with themselves. You just did such a good job with them. It's crazy how this one bite changed their family. They're very distant with him, and yet they love him, but... I hope this makes sense and I'm not being too confusing.
The thing with this piece is that because Remus is such a kind man and such a likable character, it hurts to see him this way, y'know?
You did great with his transformation as well. One of the best parts though have to be the ending where it simply just ends, and there's no sign of hope or anything. It ends on a bitter note, which is sad, but true. We know that he is going to be bitter for a while, before he finally makes friends.
The poor guy's had such a tough life, but you did justice to his flawed being and never showed it for what it wasn't.
Great work, honestly, you definitely deserve the win.
Author's Response: Aaah you guys are too nice!! I've spent a good part of today responding to the glut of unanswered reviews on my page - which I've left for the better part of a year - and I swear I'm close to tears because I've read so many nice things!! And apparently I can't stop abusing question marks!!!
I'm glad you saw the complexity in the Lupin family I tried to communicate here - like, I'm sure they felt guilt, but it also isn't their fault, and they know there's nothing they can do, and I'm sure they /love/ Remus, but there must be a part of them that's disgusted with him, especially around the time of his transformation. So they do so much for him, and most of it seems like token gestures, but there's really nothing they can do but sponge off his wounds and throw him a bone when he's a wolf and -- yeah. Being a product of a dysfunctional family myself, NOTHING seems to please me more than writing about them!
Thanks so, so much for your kind words! ♥ ♥ ♥