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Review #1, by Roxz80 Smile

4th August 2009:
I think severus snape suffered the most. So brave, so misunderstood. Severus snape spent so much of his life under constant threat of death, and nobody thanked him. Nobody hailed him. He spent his schoolyears alone and secluded, tormented by others.

Lupin was nominated for most suffering, but he had a close group of friends to tough it out with. Severus had nothing. He spent half of his life lying and flirting with death, and the other half among people who didnt like or trust him. Even a werewolf wouldnt attract so much dislike and distrust.

And his only life's love, Lily Evans, ran off with his tormentor, James Potter.

And had he not betrayed the secret of the prophecy, she would still be alive.

Author's Response: I agree with you that Snape is definitely the most tragic character in the HP universe, however, I chose Tonks because I wanted to show her in a slightly different light. She is usually written as either chipper and happy or extremely depressed. I tried to do something in between with this story.
Than again, I think pretty much every character suffered a great deal through the books, each of them in their own way. :)

Thanks for reading and reviewing. I appreciate it! :)

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Review #2, by Labby Smile

25th October 2008:
I really enjoyed this story. Iím not sure Iíve ever read something from Tonksís POV and I loved being able to get inside her head at a time like this. I think I just read another one-shot about this same event (though earlier, when Remus leaves), but from Remusís POV, and itís just great to be able to see the difference between the two. I really liked the emotion you put into Tonksís character, and how she just had to go to the Weasleys to seek some comfort, yet she couldnít even tell them why she was there. The description you used for this story was perfectÖ I could just picture everything that was going on and I love that. Excellent story!

Author's Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed the story! I've never written from Tonks' POV before and every story I've ever read about this particular moment in the books was from Remus' POV so I decided to try and get into her head and see things from her perspective for a change.

The Weasleys are, in my opinion, the perfect family - loving, generous, caring and Molly is just the ultimate mother figure to so many characters in the books. It just seemed more natural for Tonks to seek comfort there than at her own mother's. Andromeda is another one of my favorite characters, but she comes through as a stubborn, strict woman who wasn't really thrilled, in my opinion, to have her only daughter married to a werewolf more than ten years older than her, and would probably be the kind of a person to say "I told you so" instead of providing comfort and encouragement. Molly is a warmer person and it makes people confide in her, though I think Tonks has too much of her own mother in herself to speak about her troubles very openly.
This story characterizes my own version of Tonks, trying to give her more depth and complexity than she was shown to have in the actual books. I'm very glad to hear you've liked it.

Thank you so much for the amazing review! :)

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Review #3, by Girldetective85 Smile

15th October 2008:
I really think that all of your stories are going to make me a huge shipper of Remus/Tonks, as much as Megan's "Unsinkable" made me a huge shipper of Molly/Arthur. How do you write so beautifully and with so much emotion?! My heart was aching for Tonks from beginning to end. In just a one-shot, you've done more for her character than some authors can do in dozens and dozens of chapters. I have to agree with you that Tonks was one of the people who suffered the most in the book. She was lovesick for Remus and when she finally got him, she couldn't even have that much time with him. That sense of loss and bitterness came right across in this story - the feeling of guilt that maybe she had pushed him too far when she told him she loved him, the feeling of maybe she had done wrong to marry Remus when their marriage is more like a series of stolen moments.

She just felt so isolated in this story. Her loneliness came across loud and clear - there is always something between her and Remus, whether it's his fear about infecting their child with lycanthropy or his constant missions. She loves him but she doesn't know how to hold onto him ... they're drifting apart and losing each other. Absolutely gorgeous one-shot. You're one of my favorite authors for sure, every time I read your work I'm blown away by its depth and beauty. A million out of 10.

Author's Response: Hey Jules!

Wow! What an amazing review! You're seriously spoiling me with all the compliments!

I was really eager to explore Tonks' character not only because I write from her perspective rarely, but also because I see more depth in her than just the merry-go-lucky girl everyone seem to describe her as. As much as I love Remus, I must admit he was definitely a difficult person to live with - constantly unsure of his own worth and terribly insecure. As much as he might have loved her back, he was constantly distant and held back towards her, never completely able to show and tell her how he felt because of his sense of unworthiness. As much as his kindness is his greatest virtue, it's in a way his greatest fault as well and no one could have known that better than Tonks.
"A series of stolen moments" - you always manage to get the exact point of my stories! Another reason why I adore your reviews! :D

Her isolation is exactly what I was trying to go with. As I already mentioned, I wanted to give her more depth. In canon, she is either bubbly and cheerful (OotP and DH) or extremely depressed (HBP). I wanted to explore what the real Tonks might have been like in between those two extremes - with all the shades of her emotions and personality.

Thank you so, so much for this wonderful review! Being a huge fan of your writing, your good opinion means so much to me.

P.S. Sorry it took me long to respond. College already got pretty busy and I'm a bit down with a cold so I tend to lose concentration and gain a headache if I sit in front of the computer for too long. Plus, my internet was so very slow yesterday, I almost went insane... :/
I appreciate your reviews so very much and I'm so glad you've decided to take a look at my stories. Thank you once again on your kind words and encouragement. It means to me much more than I can possibly express...
*hugs and kisses*

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Review #4, by Joanne K Smile

9th October 2008:
I think you captured Tonks wonderfully in this one-shot, you characterised her really well. I could definitely imagine Tonks feeling so insecure and angry while she was pregnant and Lupin was away. I think you did a fantastic job capturing Tonks's emotions, I felt really connected to her hurt and pain. Your descriptions were well written and really made me feel as though I was there. Your spelling and grammar seemed to be flawless. So well done, a great piece of writing.

Author's Response: Oh, thank you so much for this lovely review! I'm so happy you think I've characterized Tonks well. I rarely write from her perspective, but it really felt like I've gone to her head this time and I'm glad everyone's pleased with the outcome. :D

As for the spelling and grammar - oh, this is really a compliment! I usually pay more attention to it since English is not my first language and it's so good to hear that all that re-reading and an occasional consulting with a dictionary was not in vain.

Again, thank you so much for the encouraging review. I appreciate it immensely!

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Review #5, by NevillesSoulmate Smile

9th June 2008:
You know what, after reading this, I have to agree that Tonks suffered considerably in DH, much more so than I originally imagined. I think you captured her fears and anxieties perfectly. The descriptions were full of feeling and emotion, and I think you did splendid job with them. I think some people make Tonks out to be a happy go lucky character, but this really makes her human, and she's not out of character at all. I don't know why on Earth you wanted cc on this piece! ;) The only things I spotted were a few typos, but only one or two. Again, lovely job!

Author's Response: Wow, Rose, thank you so much on your wonderful review!

I like Tonks very much as a character and that's why I was looking for an excuse to write about her. I don't necessarily believe she had suffered the most, but she is certainly somewhere up that list. I'm glad you thought it was good and in character...

I'm pretty much a perfectionist so I'm always looking for a way to improve my stories. For example, in this one, I'm not really 100% satisfied with the beginning... :/
Thank you so much for your kind words, though... It's really something when a person who was working as an actual editor gets to look up your story. ;)

Thank you!

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Review #6, by tonksloveswerewolves Smile

1st June 2008:
even though I always love a good Tonks freak-out, this was very good. You capture the feel of anxiety very well. 9/10

Author's Response: Thank you. I am very glad you liked it.
I like a good Tonks freak-out myself, but with this story, I wanted to show a more introverted side of her. She is very direct and open in the things that bother her, but I thought that sometimes she must have had her conflicted, angst-y moments as well... ^_^

Thank you for reviewing, I appreciate it very much.

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