I thought this story captured so many terrible losses of the war even though it restricted the action to a series of conversation between two characters. So, that was genius on your part. Remus was heartbreaking, as usual, but you also wrote his anger well. The thing is, in the books, we see hints of it but don't see it. He's bitter, and it's only in that scene in DH where we see the extent of his bitterness, isn't it? I remember being shocked because I'd mostly thought of Remus as someone who's usually calm and in control. This fic, however, does show that the anger has been building up so long.
I loved how the balance shifted in the end, with Rosmerta in need of consolation, not Remus. Her tryst with the Imperius Curse and its consequences are things I've wanted to read about, and I thought you did justice to hit.
But what I most liked about your story is the relationship between the two. It's almost platonic, isn't it? Kind of sacred, actually. I'm so pleased you didn't focus on the sexual side of their extended affair, but on the emotional. Refreshing and subtle ;)
So, this was what my original review was all about before the phone decided to lose it >.< I shall gradually attack your other fics!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review - for taking time to type it again, too! I'm so glad you liked it. You're word 'sacred' is really a perfect word for what they have. It's special and unique, open and important - sacred. Yes. And you know me - I don't tend to focus on a lot on the sexual sides of things, so I'm glad you didn't miss that, haha. I really love Remus, and felt bad for him sometimes here. But he had Rosmerta, even to the end. And then he was able to console her. Oh sigh. But in my mind she finds someone over the course of DH, so she's all right. It would be sad to write a story about her reaction to Remus's death, although now that I've said it, I'm sort of interested. Hm. Anyway - thank you so much! ~Gina :)
Great work gingin!i just typed out a longish review and my phn lost the text.will review properly again tomorrow :x
Author's Response: As per Croll's orders, I am finally responding! That you for the review and especially for calling me gingin as I haven't heard that in a long time! Is this enough? I will respond properly to the next one. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
OHHH! You know, I never picked up on the fact that Rosmeta wasn't mentioned as being at the funeral, and this is a really plausible reason because she must have been quite damaged by the Jinx.
I love the fact that Remus had someone to help him thro0ugh the difficult years, and also someone to talk to about Tonks. It was sad that Rosmerta ended up alone . :( But she seems happy at the end, and she's certainly happy for Remus. Awww little fluffy warm feelings are swirling inside of me.
I had a small eeensy suggestion. At the beginning when he thinks about Sirius, or talks about him, I wondered whether he'd refer to him by his name, or whether he'd think about him as 'Black', just to make things clear in his head that Black is guilty and then when he finds the truth, he's Sirius again. (Am I making sense?) Lovely story and great fit with canon. ~Carole~
Author's Response: Thank you for all the reviews today, Carole! I'm so glad you got some fluffy warm feelings from this. Yes, it seems a bit sad, but Rosmerta doesn't end up alone, I should really claim another couple and write Rosmerta her own happy ending. Besides, she knew it wasn't a permanent thing between her and Remus. Just consolation, and he was there for *her* at the end. Hm, your suggestion is a good one. I'll think about it. It's just that sometimes I go between Remus refusing to believe it deep down so he would keep thinking of him as Sirius, and Remus giving in and believing it and distancing himself by calling him Black. So I'd have to decide which Remus this is, lol. Thanks for the suggestion, though. I'll definitely keep it in mind for the future! And thanks again for the lovely review!!! ~Gina :)
This is lovely, Gina. Sad, of course, and a little bit heartbreaking, but lovely. The way you built up their friendship (or their relationship, rather) was really well done. I believed in them. It's like a series of missing moments that could fit right into canon.
And ending on that hopeful note at the end made it even more poignant.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading this, Julia! And for the lovely review. I'm so glad you believed in them, that means I wrote something right, at least, lol. Yes, it's sad, but there is that bit of hope at the end. Rosmerta really is happy for him, and she does find someone. Maybe I'll make a claim on it, lol. I'm thrilled it fit into canon so well. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!! ~Gina :)
It was a bit sad really but I enjoyed it.
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it was sad at times. I think a lot of Remus's life was probably sad. But in some ways, Rosmerta (in this story) was a bit of hope and happiness for him, and then he found Tonks. And Rosmerta found someone as well, no worries. Thanks for reading, I appreciate the review! ~Gina :)
Wow, I really did... enjoy this pairing, I mean. It makes so much sense, Remus being the wanderer that he was and her always being in the same place. Like an anchor or something. Nice balance here in the end with her reaction to the funeral and him being the one to comfor her for once. I never think of her as being responsible, but of course she would have seen it that way and dealt with that guilt. This is lovely, and when I think how quickly you turn out this kind of work, it makes me green with envy. Well done! ~Lori
Author's Response: Thank youuu, Lori! I love the tone of surprise in your ellipsis there, lol. I'm so glad it made sense. I totally ship them now after writing this, lol. I'm really glad you enjoyed it and appreciate you reading it, as well as the lovely review! Thank you!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you, I'm so glad! I appreciate the review! ~Gina :)