Surely the stars should have been shining brighter or the moon look bigger or something. Instead everything looked exactly the same as it had the night before and the night before that.
Arthur faces his worst fear on a perfectly ordinary evening.
Crying my eyes out and I promise to come back and review this properly when I've recovered, but for now let me say that you captured his grief painfully well.
Author's Response: Thanks for this review and sorry for making you cry. I hoped you enjoyed it anyway :)
Summary: When Sirius Black was taken to Azkaban, he left someone behind. After his escape, he and the woman he loved struggle to put their lives back together, with many complications along the way. See the events from GoF to HBP from another point of view. Sirius/Emmeline Vance.
I'm really enjoying this, it's refreshing to look at this period from an alternative, more adult perspective.
I do have a minor nitpick though, Arthur comments that he knew the incident at the World Cup had nothing to do with Sirius, but at this point it was only the Trio, Dumbledore and Remus etc that were aware Sirius was innocent, thus it doesn't make sense for Arthur to be saying this. This is backed up by the fact that Sirius is not revealed to the Weasleys to be innocent until the end of GoF.
That's not a criticism of your story though, as I am really enjoying this and particularly your characterisation of Remus.
Author's Response: Thanks for the nitpick! As I was writing it, I was trying to remember when the Weasleys learned about Sirius. Guess I goofed! I'm chalking it up to artistic license :)
Summary: There's a reason that adults don't usually play hide and seek - especially when they are nothing more than overgrown children.
I am consistently amazed by your ability to capture the core characters so perfectly, to a standard few but JKR herself reach. This was a wonderful piece, it had me crying with laughter because it was not only incredibly funny (the scene with Charlie in particular!), but all too believable! The dialogue and banter between all the characters was perfect, and the subtle hints (for lack of a better word) of underlying romance between Harry and Ginny were lovely because it captured their relationship perfectly, without it being the focus of the storyline.
Seriously, this was amazing. You managed to pack so much into such a short piece, and as ever from you it was done to a remarkable standard.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I've never written a full Hinny fic so I am happy that you enjoyed those parts. The bit with Charlie was added while I was writing so it's nice that it went down well. And I really don't know what else to say because this review was so overwhelmingly nice. So yes, thank you very much :)