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Review #1, by HermioneJaneWeasley 1

16th August 2017:
I really enjoyedd this. I usually am not a fan of same-sex pairings, but this was really well-written. Good job!

Author's Response: Aw, I'm so glad you liked it! I haven't written many same sex pairings. I really enjoyed writing this one. Thanks for reading and reviewing! :)

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Review #2, by Liana 1

8th August 2016:
I wonder why some of us think when we're told not to do something that we think the other person is trying to tell us what to do when they're really trying to say they love us.

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Review #3, by TidalDragon 1

12th April 2016:
Howdy Sarah! I had a brief hiatus from my Knockout Challenge R&R blitz as I had a relapse of my pesky virus, but I'm back in action and I've made it here to you!

This story was really beautiful. I haven't really read your work before and so I wasn't sure what I would encounter - decadent dialogue, deep description, soaring prose - and in the end it was something all its own. Powerful impact achieved through a combination of careful balance and elegant simplicity.

Speaking more to specifics however, I think what I enjoyed most is the contrasting structure (and nature) of the story. It was really interesting to me to see these two sides of the Remus/Sirius dynamic - something that if Wolfstar is real, surely happened when Remus accepted the false truth of Sirius as James and Lily's betrayers along with the rest of the world. You managed to capture the unique highs and inevitable lows while also sprinkling in a simple little seed of a scene that gave the nagging idea that regardless of what had happened, the relationship may have been destined for destruction.

Of course an enormous part of what made it all work was the photograph, your use of which was so versatile. It was a title, a device, a theme, an image - and it worked in all roles brilliantly. My favorite though had to be its thematic duty. How often do we see, from the outside looking in, or in the awful aftermath of our failures or failed connections, that one static memory - bound, confined, incapable of being changed or edited - that sends us spiraling into the thoughts of what was and also what might've been? A photograph is the perfect symbol for it and the perfect theme for your conception of Remus and Sirius here - beauty and safe harbor in a moment, but in the end something fleeting that conceals flaws far stronger than either ever imagined.

Thanks for sharing and participating!

Author's Response: Hi, Kevin! I'm glad you've beaten the virus and are back. Thanks again for running the Knockout Challenge. Such a cool idea!

Aww, I'm so glad you liked it! I had a hard time getting started and figuring out what direction to take it, but once I figured that out I was able to write pretty quickly.

When I first started this I had no intention of making it romantic. Strings, the one-shot I wrote that this one follows, has no mention of Wolfstar. But then as I was writing, it just sort of happened. I'm glad you got the sense that their relationship wouldn't have lasted even if Sirius hadn't been framed for Peter's betrayal because that's what I intended. I'm very much a canon person, so if Wolfstar was a thing, it needed to be long done before Remus and Tonks got together.

Remus's reactions and his coming to terms with what happened when James & Lily were murdered is one of the things that fascinates me most about the series. It's very glossed over in canon, which, of course, gives me a lot of fodder for fan fic!

I'm glad you liked the photograph theme. I used it simply because of the Ed Sheeran song, which fit the story so well. But then it became something else and tied the story together. Remus will always have those memories, those photographs, but things will never be the same. Thanks so much for the lovely review! :)

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Review #4, by Yoshi_Kitten 1

6th April 2016:
Hello Sarah, thanks so much for doing a swap with me!! Sorry, again, for the delay in getting this back to you… So I know it's been a LONG while since I've read any of your stories, but I have always been a fan of your works. (Your Albus potter stories were always so fantastic!!) I am convinced, however, that you can write anything though, as this little one-shot of yours is exceptional too!! This piece was just so heartbreaking, and ohhmygosh, my feels!!! Poor, poor, Remus!! ='(

I loved how you kept switching back and forth between the past and the present here. It allowed us glimpses into a time when their lives were happy and not so devastating. I also quite enjoyed the hints at Sirius/Remus that were weaved throughout this piece as well. It is so upsetting to know that, the whole time Remus is sitting here blaming himself for not noticing that Sirius was a double-agent, all along it is actually Peter who was the spy. GAH!!! I have so much hatred for that little rat!! Grrr….

Poor Remus. I just wanted to reach into this story and hug him and let him know that none of it was his fault!! Remus' story has always been so tragic, and you have done such a spectacular job of capturing that here. The emotion that you conveyed all throughout this piece was VERY well done!!

Also, I love, love, LOVE Ed Sheeran!!! I feel like you did both songs justice here, especially Photograph. Both songs were very fitting to this story, and to their relationship. I too wish that they would have had the chance to tell their friends how they really felt about one another. I really love the way you have captured Remus' character here, as well as Sirius. Perhaps you could do another one-shot sometime, and continue this piece from the time that Remus learns the truth in PoA and he and Sirius are reunited in the Shrieking Shack? Just my wishful thinking, haha!! If you ever do write more on this though, please do let me know as I would love to read it!!

Thanks so much for the swap, Sarah!! It is always a pleasure reading any of your works. Your writing is, as always, very well done. I loved it!!! ♥


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Review #5, by wolfgirl3305 1

6th April 2016:
I like this story, which is saying something since I severely dislike Wolfstar.

Author's Response: I never used to be a big Wolfstar fan. It's still not my favorite ship, but I'm starting to like it. Glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading and reviewing! :)

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