Usually, I think stories need dialogue, but this is such a great look into their thoughts. I love Remus and Tonks :)
Of course, Tonks was right! Lupin's stubbornness frustrated me to no end. I was very sad when he died, though.
Aw... That was so sweet! I love your line: "It's supposed to be hard, you fool." I can totally picture Tonks saying that! :)
This is soo good.
I love Tonks and Remus.
This is fantastic.
Let me just revel for a second in the brilliance of getting two Kelly fics in two swaps, because, you know, that’s completely awesome. I feel exceedingly lucky. Thank you!
I’m going to start out with the title, because. How much do I love the title? So much. Aside from it just being nice to say, and nice to hear in my head, and nice to look at, I love the meaning behind it. It really reflects the uncertainty and, conversely, the absolute certainty of Tonks and Remus’s relationship. Tonks is sure she loves him, sure she wants to be with him, and Remus doesn’t want to let himself love, and he refuses her. And then he accepts her, and they’re together, but there’s always some level of regret, isn’t there? Especially with Tonks’ pregnancy and Remus’s leaving. It’s just a rocky relationship in a lot of different ways, even though it’s something that’s totally right. Not everybody is a Remus/Tonks fan, but I definitely am (which was probably evident from the fact that I requested a Remus/Tonks story, y/y? >.>), and I think you managed to really capture their relationship, just with the title. So, brilliant.
I also love the simplicity of this story. It takes place in a relatively brief period of time, just this one morning-after, and that sense of time is so wonderful. Particularly with the owls interrupting their sleep – it’s so clear that this isn’t some long, drawn-out deal. It’s a very short moment of not knowing and not being sure and needing confirmation or trying to undo something that’s already done. I just love it. And, skipping to the end, I love that it took just a few words from Tonks for Remus to realize that, yes, he wants this.
All of the other men she had known in school or from work weren’t as interesting or as kind or as funny as Remus, even when he was exhausted and mentally drained. This is something that I think perfectly summarizes Remus. Despite all his faults – and of course he has them, just like any other person – Remus is one of those good people. He just is. He’s inherently kind-hearted and lovely, and even on his bad days he’s better than a lot of people. And this is what Tonks knows and Remus struggles with. It’s why Tonks is good for him. She pushes him to believe that he’s worth something, and here, reading it straight from her mind, we get see how fully she believes in Remus. It’s so wonderful to see, and so beautiful for their relationship.
I think, in the span of just a couple thousand words, you understood Remus and Tonks better than a lot of authors do with a couple dozen chapters. Remus and Tonks lend themselves well to one-shots and brief moments, I think, and you executed that perfectly here. This fic is what I love about the Remus/Tonks relationship. It’s simple but beautiful, and it conveys the indecision of these two characters in even being in a relationship. Just, lovely job. I heart you loads for writing it. -squishes-
Author's Response: Leanne, it was an absolute pleasure to write this for you. I'd never written Remus/Tonks before and I'm incredibly pleased that you enjoyed my interpretation. I found that I greatly enjoyed writing them. Thank you for being wonderful. *squishes*