You obviously put a lot of work into this slice-of-life story, Kuri, and it certainly deserves a review. I have been making a point of reading your stories, starting with the oldest ones and working my way forward, in order to get a handle on your style. Unlike some authors, you do not sugar-coat anything; your characters are diamonds in the rough, and it requires close attention to appreciate them fully.
In the past I have been unsettled by your enigmatic style, what seemed to me as breaks in the flow of the story, but I do not see that very much in this story, and passages that are a challenge to understand at first reading generally become clear when one reads a little further into the narrative. Maybe this story is more fluid, or maybe I’m just used to it, or maybe the many connections to the canon we already know provides a good, stabilizing framework on which the story hangs. At any rate, it works.
Your characters, both those merely mentioned in canon and those who are original, are well characterized; we see their personalities, their strong and weak points, their daily challenges and imperfect efforts to cope. In short, they are like people in real life.
I wondered if there would be some vigorous plot, some crisis, climax, and denouement, but really it was just a gentle slice of life, with a few little victories and even more unsolved problems, but not depressing or, in the long run, pessimistic. It is a story of people who just keep on keepin’ on. I enjoyed it.
Author's Response: I' so glad you liked this one! Thank you for the comments about the characters I think that people have both flaws and good things about them. A professor once told me no character is all bad or all good. (I think after four years at university, that's the only thing I remember about her.) You called this a slice of life story - as I said in another review, I'd like to shake your hand. You get it. People deal with good things and rough spots throughout their day. Thank you so much for reading this.