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MOMENTS OF BLISS by moonymaniac

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: Remus Lupin is a man with a tragic past, filled with pain, suffering and sorrow. But it is also a past filled with great adventure, true friendship and…love? Even though the odds were against him, Remus found happiness at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He had the Marauders, he was a prefect and his transformations were less horrible, thanks to his Animagi friends. What more could a teenage werewolf want? And how long could his happiness last? Remus and the Marauders prove that in the saddest of lives and darkest of times, there can still be moments of bliss.

Remus centric but with a lot of the other Marauders. This story is a romance, but has almost as much general Marauder era background and side story as romance.
Pre-HBP and DH, so some things from DH will be disregarded, as the warning indicates, but some Spoilers will be incorporated.
Reviewer: Changes Signed
Date: 09/04/12 Title: Chapter 66: Definitely Not What He Intended

I've been following this story FOREVER and am always regularly checking to make sure it's updated. It's a beautifully story and your writing is amazing! The character development, the storyline, the dialogue is all exceptional; I'm eagerly awaiting the next chapter!

My only thing is how Sirius is being portrayed as the story progresses. I understand the need to create this distrust between Sirius & Remus (because we all sadly know where that leads to eventually :() and maybe I'm in denial about it a little bit because I like to idealize the Marauders as this perfect group of friends with no kinks in the armour, but I just can't picture Remus & Sirius's relationship being like that. I know Sirius is this hot-headed, arrogant berk but I can't see him being so disrespectful and off-hand with a lot of things and I, particularly, cannot imagine that at any point in time, however much Remus may have been hurt by the whole Snape/Whomping Willow incident, could ever believe that Sirius would go out/sleep with/whatever with the girl he was so in love with it. Losing trust in Sirius' judgment with regards to Snape, etc is one thing but losing complete trust in Sirius' moral being and his loyalty, I don't see. Maybe that's just my opinion (and I'll admit my bias towards Sirius).

Anyway, keep on the incredible work! :) Looking forward to more.

Author's Response: Hello, Changes. So, I have started to respond to this a number of times and something always disrupts me. Either the internet goes down, the site glitches, my children need me....I felt it necessary to do more than just thank you for such a thoughtful review and you can't add on or respond to reviews more than once, so I have neglected your lovely review though I do appreciate it very much. It is a wonderful review! So, about Sirius...ha...I must say I'm surprised more people haven't blasted me for this aspect of my characterization of him. I truly appreciate your admission of bias. ;) I love him too. Believe me. However, I do see him as having a rather dark side. The man tried to kill someone, using one of his best friends to do so. And even as a grown man, he didn't seem at all remorseful about it, stating that it served Snape right. Also, the cruelty he showed towards Snape, his greasy nose on the paper, etc...yes, they hated each other, but I have always had the feeling Sirius could be a rather vicious jerk. He was young. I've known more than a few young men much like how I picture Sirius. They're not horrible people at all, but they can act it when in a mood or acting rash, and Sirius obviously did that sometimes. I know that Remus obviously forgave him for the Snape incident, but I think it would always be in the back of Remus' mind that Sirius was capable of almost anything when he acted without thinking things through. And that is important, that Remus would consider Sirius’ rashness. I think that is what Remus would have been considering at that moment with Lindi. That Sirius may have been thinking what he was doing was for Remus' or even Lindi's own good. I don’t think Remus ever thought Sirius was just trying to hit on Lindi and I don't think he ever really believed that Sirius would have gone through with anything, but I think that his anger towards Sirius for the Snape incident finally broke through. While he had shouted at Sirius immediately after, Sirius had never apologized for exposing Remus, and in his fear of losing friends, Remus had sort of buried that anger without fully resolving it. Does that make sense? And so, Remus lashed out at Sirius in anger. I also think Remus is clearly very insecure. He admitted how much he feared losing his friends if they found out about his lycanthropy; JKR told of his fear and how it caused him to give his friends an awful lot of leeway even as an older student, and as a prefect, etc... I think he trusted their sincerity and friendship, but in weak and angry moments, I can see him letting his insecurity convince him that they might not care that much about him. He was young, insecure, and crazy in love! Crazy being the key word. LOL It makes people do and think all sorts of nutty things. So, yeah, I hate to think of their friendship as anything other than ideal, too, but clearly there were kinks in the armour, that became deep enough for each to think the other capable of betraying Lily, James and Harry to their deaths. :( So sad...but it is that imperfection that makes their story so believable, interesting, and very poignant to me. And why I hate Peter, the RAT!!! Ugh...for causing it all. GRRR.... Anyway, that is my thinking on it. And thank you for bringing it up and making me think it out more clearly. I feel that I understand my own view of them better now. :) I'm glad that it hasn't caused you to hate the story or anything. I know how hard it is to have something conflict with your ideas about characters, etc.... Trust me; book 6 nearly put me off the whole thing! :/ Thank you again for this lovely review, Changes. I hope you continue to enjoy it. Maybe my Sirius will redeem himself, but I can’t promise he won’t do more things to upset you. The arrogant little berk! LOL