Reading Reviews for 12 Years, 13 Letters
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Review #1, by TheHeirOfSlytherin -

24th October 2012:
Review #2.

As Regulus is one of my favorite characters in the HP world, I felt like I could cry reading those letters Sirius wrote to him. Just knowing that he never got them, that Regulus will never know his brother loved him... :(

I wasn't expecting the 13th letter to be from their mother, honestly I was expecting it to be their father first. We don't know all that much about Orion's character, and I've read a few great stories where he's been good to his son's (and some where he wasn't...). But I liked that it was the mother in the end, showing her in another light.

This was a really lovely, yet sad one-shot. I loved it.


Author's Response: Same here!! Regulus is one of my favourite too and I have always just believed that him and Sirius have been much closer than the books make them out to be.

I was originally thinking of making it Orion, to be honest, but then I thought of her screaming and shrieking and so, here it is :P

Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review!

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Review #2, by caoty -

15th October 2012:
Hey, I'm here with your requested review.

So I'm impressed. Your characterisation of post-Azkaban Sirius is absolutely perfect and painful and dark, and you've used that really well to shape this piece. Maybe you could've gotten a bit more Harry and Remus in there - IIRC in canon he seems to rely on them more than the others for external contact - but then again, that might detract from the point of this fic, which I have chosen to interpret as, "Sirius' life sucks, man."

His letters to Regulus are extremely well done; you've definitely shown his mental decline in Azkaban and it's heartbreaking. It's also a clever idea, having Sirius being allowed one letter a year, with the assumption that a response owl wouldn't make it to Azkaban anyway. The fact that he sends it to Regulus rather than Remus or baby Harry is something I wouldn't have thought of, so well done with that, too.

That said, maybe you've gotten some of the details mixed up, like:
>You are my son, and I love you
but then
>Your mother, who has not, for a second, loved or forgotten you
That's probably just a typo but it confused me for a good few seconds, because I'm pedantic like that.

Apart from that, this was fantastic and I'm glad I've read it. :)

Author's Response: Hello there! :D

I was contemplating putting Harry and Remus in it a bit more, but I wanted to focus it completely on Sirius and his internal battle with the past. Hence Harry's and Sirius' interaction was very brief and was only used to allude to the fact that he has found some old letters :)

I actually think the letter thing could be a possibility in J.K.R's canon world. It's just much more treacherous having this hope of someone writing back to you but that comfort never reaching you.

I've always had this conception that Sirius and Regulus were much more closer than maybe either of them have ever let on so that's where that idea came from :)

The Your mother, who has not... etc was actually Walburga signing off so maybe that's cleared it up a bit!

:D thank you for taking the time to read this!

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Review #3, by ohmymerlin -

14th October 2012:


Oh. My. Gosh.

This is absolutely AMAZING!

Seriously, I just stared at it in awe for ages, it's a FANTASTIC one-shot!

I can't put the thoughts and feelings I have into words. It's THAT good!

I ADORE the way you wrote Sirius' anguish, it's so new and creative. I also LOVED the spin you put on his mother, we only see her as a ruddy old cow that doesn't care for her son at all. I absolutely loved that you didn't make her like that, you made her as an actual motherly figure!

It was so, so, so sad when he was writing to Regulus, waiting for a response. His letters were so heart-breaking, I just wanted to reach into the computer and hug him.

This one-shot is absolutely brilliant! I've never read anything as good as this! If the Dobby's were still here I would have nominated this! It's actually now my favourite one-shot on this site!

The last line:

The screams stop and for an infinitesimal moment, he wishes they didn't.

Really pulled at my heartstrings! It just finished the story so powerfully, it was just amazing!

Of course you get a 10/10! It's EXTREMELY well-written! :D

Author's Response: You actually made me blush SO much!!! You mentioning the Dobby's honestly made my day.. Thank you so much for that!! I've always wondered how it'd feel to be nominated for the Dobby's and you saying that is amazing!

I've always had this belief that mother could never, ever not love their child. You don't carry someone for 9 months inside of you and not feel something, anything for them, no matter how different they are to you.

Another belief of mine was that Sirius and Regulus had always had a profound, under-explored relationship and I thought letters would work :P

I love you SO much for leaving this review!!! Honestly!!! I had to stare at it and read it over and over again before I could reply to it :P


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Review #4, by PsychicallySpeaking -

14th October 2012:
My review from the Review Tag!

This is a very well written dark piece. Usually, I find myself cringing at the attempts of "dark angst" but this was a pleasant surprise.

I thought this would be an exchange of letters between Sirius and Harry (I tend not to read the summaries XD), but the plot ended up being much more original than I had thought.

The ending was very satisfactory - I rarely see fanfictions where Sirius's father ends up loving his son, and it was a nice change from the norm.

The only suggestion I have for you is to expand slightly on the letters (at least the first few before he became slightly insane), and remove some of the profanity. I found it slightly awkward that Sirius would waste his one letter per year on something so crude and short.

Other than that, I thought this was a great one-shot, and I especially loved the ending!

Author's Response: Hehe my summary wasn't much of a 'summary' to what would happen in the story anyway, so you got away with not reading the summary! :P

I wanted to expand on the letters a lot, but there was some site rule about letters not taking up more than 1/3 of the story so I had to confine them so I could fit them in. And the reason why some of them were very short, especially towards the end was that I saw his sanity and his hope deteriorating, hence the more brusque and crude letters he wrote.

Thank you lots!!!

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Review #5, by SereneChaos -

10th October 2012:
Stunning. 10/10, hands down.

Author's Response: Wow. Thank you SO much for that! It made me blush :$

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