I was actually listening to the song when I came across this for the second time. I immediately decided that I wanted to read it again, and leave a review.
Being a die-hard Remus fan, I think you portrayed him quite well. Your Tonks was wonderful too, but I was most pleased with your Remus. Although that may be because I'm biased and love Remus too much for my own good. ;D
What I really liked the most was the subtle references to the lyrics of the song.
"A lone man walked across the silent grounds, scuffed boots trodding well-worn paths that he knew like the back of his hand."
I didn't notice this the first time I read it, and I probably only noticed it the second time because I was actually listening to the song while I read. I assume you were referring to this lyric...?
"I walked across an empty land, I knew the pathway like the back of my hand.."
I liked how they both went to the Shrieking Shack, and your choice of memories was great.
Mostly I absolutely loved it because the song fits Remus and Tonks so perfectly. Although it certainly doesn't have anything to do with how well written the story is, I do think that I could easily connect this particular couple with that song. The lyrics match them so perfectly. ;)
Our dear werewolf's choice of words at the sight of an Animagus Sirius amuses me to no end, I might add. The thought of quiet little Remus cursing is just... hilarious. Realistic in that situation, but still hilarious. ;)
Very well written, I really enjoyed it. Definitely one of the best Remus/Tonks one-shots I've seen.
Author's Response: Thank youuuuuu! And yes, yes! Those lines were exactly meant to go with the lyrics of the song! Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this. When I wrote it I was so in love with that song--I stil love it. I can totally see it applying to Remus, or any of the Marauders, really, but especially him. It's such a great song. I'm glad you liked the memories, especially the Animagus one. I smile when I think of that one too--it had to have been quite a shock, after all. ;) Thanks again for all the lovely reviews! ~Gina :)
Well done! :)
Author's Response: Thank you very much! ~Gina :)
Gina, I loved this! Nothing like a good dose of Remus/Tonks to start my day :D
I thought your characterisation of Remus was spot on, and I loved your Tonks as well. I thought the way you structured the story was great, but not confusing or anything.
"Mourn for the lives that have been lost, Remus, not for your own. Remember them, but do not forget yourself. You would do them an injustice were you to simply give in to your grief. There is still much to live for."
That was my favourite part! You had Dumbledore down to a tee -- well done ;) Lovely story, Gina, and boooo to bad formatting.
Author's Response: Thanks so much Soraya! Ooh, I'm glad the structure wasn't confusing--looking at it on the archive I did worry about that and about about adding *** for the breaks or even a horizontal line, but that would just seem to crowd it up. I'm glad you were able to follow it and enjoyed it. Thank you for the compliment on Remus. And that last bit of Dumbledore took me some heavy thinking so yay for it working! Thanks again for the lovely review!! ~Gina :)
Oh Gina! This was absolutely stunning and masterfully written. I love your choice of memories and how well they mesh with the present. I have to confess that I teared up many times while reading this - Dumbledore's kind words, his friends's staunch loyalty, Tonks's love, and Remus' life. I mean, how hard it was for him. It's overwhelmingly sad, and I am happy he got Tonks in the end.
Lovely, lovely story! Going into my favourites.
Author's Response: I know, I know - I realized it lying in bed last night, just couldn't change it from my ipod. Darn you all for being so quick to read it, lol! Thank you very much for reading this, Natalie. I'm glad you enjoyed it and really appreciate the amazing review this morning! ~Gina :)
OOOH, this is so fabulous, Gina. I was a bit concerned that you were going to put up something merely to balance your stats *snort*, but I should have realised you'd never do that - hee hee.
Where shall I start. Your description is lush, the characterisation is spot on, and your choice of flashbacks was wonderful.
I really felt for Remus in all of them. I felt his sorrow, anguish, gratitude and his joy in his friends. It was adorable.
OH - Nitpick - in your end note - It's Keane not Keene - ha ha ha. Sorry, that's is so so so so miserly of me - hee hee.
Loved James thinking about Lily at the end and discussing marriage. It really helped see him as someone more responsible and the differences between the Marauders were laid out there.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. ~Carole~
Author's Response: Thanks so much Carole. I can't believe you'd think that about me, lol! Not that I wouldn't, but no, not this time. I've got other fluffy stuff saved up for that. ;) Anyway - thanks so much for the compliments. I'm always an extra bit pleased when I can get a Marauder piece by you. ;) And I realized a few mistakes last nigh in bedt but you all got to them before I could edit, drat! All fixed now, thanks. And thanks again for the amazing review! ~Gina :)
I get to tell you, once again, how much I adore this story. Stories like this are why I will fangirl you forever. It's beautiful and hopeful while portraying some incredibly sad times as well. You write these characters brilliantly.
You did such an amazing job of working bits of the song in without it feeling forced. Everything just flows whether it's lyrics in the narrative or movement between flashbacks and the present, it's all seamless. Very well done, Gina! This is one of my favorites.
Author's Response: Thank you so much, dear - for all your kind words and more importantly, all your help with Raindrops!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it-sorry to make you beta it but you do know Remus very well! I'm so glad it finally came together, since I started it ages ago. I'm pretty pleased with it, so I'm happy you are too. Thanks again!! *hugs* ~Gina :)
Wow! That's all I can really say to this. I really enjoyed the switch between flashback and present, and I REALLY like your Marauder interaction. I think your characterization was wonderful in this, including characters like Dumbledore, who are very difficult to get right. Very good, and I think one of your best yet.
Author's Response: And another Wow for such an amazing review! Thank you so much!! I'm always so glad when someone things I've got the characters right, since with so many of them we start to build our own versions in our head based on JKR but still a little bit our own. Thank you for that. I love writing the Marauders for some reason so I'm glad you enjoyed them here. Thank you so much for reading this and for the wonderful review, I really appreciate it and am grinning ear to ear! ~Gina :)
Awww! This story is the perfect blend of sentiment, pensiveness, and reflection, but not too much of any one of them. I don't think I've ever come across a story where Remus would punch one of his mates, but it makes so much sense, considering their age at the time.
The camaraderie between the Marauders was brilliant, but what was even better was the bouts of tension and, most importantly, how they moved past them. It is obvious from every word that you know these guys just so very well.
Well done, Twin! Boo to bad coding, but the story was excellent.
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the first and lovely review, twin! I really appreciate it. I'm glad it came off well, even Remus punching his best friend. I write what I see and believe about these characters so when someone agrees with it, that means I've done a convincing job, I suppose. I really enjoyed writing the tension between them--sometimes its more fun than the pranks. Hopefully my -- didn't distract you too much, lol. Thanks again for the review!! ~Gina :)