There's not really much to say except that I love to write. Fanfic is a really excellent outlet for when I need a break from everything else... and then there's the fact that well-written stories about Lupin or Luna totally make my day.
Thank you, Mugglenet writers! :)
Summary: Sometimes Luna remembers the explosion of sound against her eardrums, the blast of hot air (throat raw, the insides of her nostrils burning), the shower of tiny sparks like fireflies, but flaming. Sometimes she just remembers running through the damp grass, feet bare, her mother dancing on the lawn before her, white dress and shining hair, singing.
I can't say much except that this is the best fic I have ever read.
I'm in total awe. I love your writing.
Summary: Chapter Ninety Six is posted!
This is the story of four boys. This is the story of a boy from a family he wants to escape from. This is the story of a boy who is from a family he loves deeply, but lacks the gift of a best friend. This is the story of a boy who has been living with a curse his entire life, fighting to overcome it. This is the story of a boy who wishes to show people what he can do. This is the story of how these four boys came to know each other, of how they became friends. This is the story of their unbreakable bond, of a bond that could survive any test, any trial. This is a story that will ultimately end in tragedy.
Nominated for a 2007 and 2009 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Marauder's Era Featured Mugglenet Fanfiction, October 2011
I discovered your story a little over a year ago and have been keeping up with it ever since. (Yes, I do tend to be a lazy reviewer. Sorry. But you know... school and homework and such!)
I had just finished re-reading part of the series and basically rediscovered Remus Lupin -- I hadn't thought much about what his life must have been like. Before that I hadn't read any fanfiction at all (or written any), and your fic was one of the first I ever read. It's been fantastic to keep seeing these new installments, all so very true to to the book and well thought-out. The sense of humor, too, is wonderful; one of my favorite parts of the story.
Sometimes I disagree with your characterization just a bit -- I see him as maybe not struggling so much health-wise as you do, and I think he might have taught himself to ignore any sign that he was different, or at least when the full moon wasn't approaching. I think he'd have dropped this act after Lily and James' death -- but of course, nobody knows. :) So I've kept reading!
Also, sometimes the writing is just slightly choppy, but it doesn't matter. I think it's a silly thing to bother about when the story is as rich as what you've constructed; it's the events that matter. I love that it starts off so hopeful, trickles off into this dark, you-know-how-it-will-end sort of feel, and then it goes back to hopeful with this really nice last line. It feels complete.
Anyway, I just wanted to write this quick thank-you note for so much good reading. It's been great. Keep writing!
Author's Response: I can be a lazy reviewer as well, so I understand completely :) There's really only two fics out there that I review religiously. Remus Lupin was always a character I liked and I really realized that when I was thrilled to see him in Order of the Phoenix. He really is an interesting character because there's so little we know about him, as with all of the Marauders. The sense of humor was somethng really important to me, especially since Madam Rosmerta says James and Sirius always made her laugh, so I assumed they'd all be pretty funny (even Peter before he turned traitor). I can see why you may think that, but I always thought he would struggle healthwise because he says in POA that it was terribly painful to become a werewolf. Mostly just the day before a few days after he would feel sick. After that I tried to make him fairly healthy. Yeah, I admit the writing is choppy in places. Those are most obvious when I was having a hard time writing a chapter. It flows better in my favorite chapters. I'm glad you think it's the events that matter! Yeah, I tried to make it full circle in that aspect - hopeful, tragic, hopeful. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks so much for reading!
Summary: Hermione Wilkins is an explorer with an over-active imagination. So when a woman show up on her doorstep claiming she is Hermione too, no one believes her. In fact, she is punished! Of course, the fact that she was climbing on the roof at the time might have had something to do with it...
But when Hermione Weasley appears once again, she shares a secret with Hermione Wilkins; mostly because she needs her help if she is ever going to achieve what she came to Australia for in the first place.
Please update? Oh please?
Author's Response: Well, you just got one today.
I love this story! It's fantastically well-written, interesting, and above all UNIQUE, which is difficult enough to come by these days. :) I really think you need to update -- I've been checking every few days or so... though no matter how long you need to write that well is just fine, of course. :)
Author's Response: Thank you for the praise, and I assure you, chapter five is nearly done and you should see it very soon.
Summary: In his school years, Remus Lupin became known as a "bookworm": Where he went, he usually went with something to read. But those weren't textbooks, as many of his fellow students originally thought – they were books of great adventures, of other worlds, that drew him in and let him forget about his worries.
But how did this boy grow to love, even to need books so much? When Remus Lupin was a child, there was little he could do; his overprotective father never let him go outside on his own, and least of all was he allowed to play with other children. But he had other friends – he had his books, to take him far away, to different places.
Until one day, a stranger arrives at the Lupins' doorstep, and he might not need his books to find a different world anymore after all.
:) :) :) This maketh me really, really happy...
I clicked on the first chapter about a week ago thinking it was a one-shot and really enjoying it. You've got Remus PERFECT so far -- NOT an easy task, as most people know... it's definitely a tricky balance between unbearably strong and far too weak; fun-loving and yet still serious... but I think you've got it. Keep it up!
The only bone I have to pick with any of it so far is his dad's remark, "your werewolf form is growing stronger too". Please please PLEASE do not go down the Remus-hits-puberty-and-so-does-the-werewolf road. (That's a bad road.) How would his dad know something like that, as well? If it's only limited to Remus getting beat up a bit more lately, then that's fine... but if it's a journey back from death every full moon or Godzilla taking over the forest, that kind of thing bothers me a little.
I love your writing style, too. :)
Author's Response: Ooh thank you very much for your review! I'm glad that you liked it :)
About the werewolf thing – well, I just thought, Remus is growing taller, so he must be taller as a werewolf too. A five-year-old wouldn't make a very dangerous werewolf, but a grown werewolf...
Unless you think that the werewolf form always looks the same because it's magical anyway. To be honest, I have no idea about werewolf lore and things like that....
Again, thanks for your review! :D