I shall start off by saying that I was a little dubious with the premise of this, Alex, because from what we see of wizards and witches, they wear robes most of the time, and so I wasn't sure where the issue was. Then, as I got further into the story I realised this was more about hair, make-up and tights (although, I do still think that there wouldn't be a huge problem with the tights and clothes given that Archie at the QWC and Dumbledore in a plum-coloured effeminate suit). However, the issue with the make-up was much more likely to cause Ron a problem. Hmm, I'm going to be 'controversial here, but I don't blame Ron for feeling awkward about the whole thing, and also with Hugo being bisexual (the first bf sounds irritating) Ron is a very blokey earthy type. I think there'd be a wince at his son being gay, but not a huge one. His concern would be Hugo ending up with someone like Lockhart (hahahaha - he wore make-up, I bet) and I suspect the first bf reminded Ron of him. I understand Hugo's reticence here, and I think you wrote that extremely well. In a way, although this probably contradicts your canon, I think I'd have liked Hugo to be heterosexual because ... um ... it seems more controversial. it's as if we know that gay men like wearing make-up, but for a straight man to admit it (and to like wearing women's clothes) it takes more of a leap to grasp that. (Sorry, that's just my opinion. I do actually love Angel in this and their relationship is great to read, but I do wonder if it would have been more of an issue for Ron if Hugo had been straight (and shagging Lucy - ha ha).
Okay, let me end by saying that I think this is a very original story, and it has some lovely lines. The plot is good - ha ha to Ron being shut up in that cupborad. OMGG, I am surprised he didn;t run out of their screaming. I think your Ron here was wonderfully characterised (I thought he'd say 'your mum' rather than 'Hermione' but that's more to do with how I addressed my parents and now my kids - so feel free to sneer at me for that.) Hugo is lovely and Angel makes me swoon. I can see them as such a glamorous couple taking theatreland by storm!
All in all a good read, Alex, and well done for getting in written in time!
Alex ... just realised something. This fic ends happily! *giggle*
YAY YAY YAY YAY! Oh my goodness that was fantastic! :)
Okay, this review isn't going to be anything structured or fab and basically it will be far less than you deserve because I'm squeeing. Basically, your drabble was shocking (because I'd never read a transvestite fic before then) and there was something about the shockingness of the drabble that made it so addictive (which is a difficult feat for a 100 word drabble!). This fic retained all of that - and more. I love Angel (and not just because he's American :D). I love the fact that he knows more than Hugo how burdensome the secret is. And I love the way you've written their romance - it's still heart-stopping and touching, but it's edgy. I love that :).
Surprisingly (because she didn't feature much in the original drabble, or if she did I don't remember her because I was too focused on the glory that is Hugo), I liked Lucy a lot in this - especially after the ending few paragraphs. She's not often written about and I love how you've characterized her - so compassionate and sweet and fun (and so unlike Percy - thank god). She might be my favorite character in this and if I was being cheeky I would suggest you write more about her in the future ;).
Also, following your LS posts, if this was the Ron you were worried about then don't worry at all. I can't even fathom trying to write him in this situation (or any situation for that matter, but this one is exceedingly difficult) but when I read this I knew that you nailed it. He's still that awkward guy who says all the wrong things, but he's a father now and his emotional capacity (to use Hermione's phrase) has expounded significantly, and you can really see that here.
Thank you for writing this, and for writing it for me! I am a definite fan if you can't tell yet :). This fic left me smiling.
Oh, your Ron was lovely. As Ron goes, anyway. ;) I especially liked how relieved he was that it hadn't been some big secret forever, that he wouldn't have been able to bear it if his son hadn't felt able to come to him for years and years. And I love the idea of Hugo just assuming that Hermione knows everything anyway.
A lot of little phrases in here made me smile - the thinking of the previous generation as "the adults" no matter how old Hugo got, and coming out as bisexual at the dinner table. The mention of Seattle got a smile from me as well, for some reason I can't fathom.
I don't think this was at all flat - the arc flowed nicely and everything was neatly contained in the narrative. And nobody died or was dismembered or abandoned or any other horrible thing! Fun little read, thanks for sharing with us. :)