Date: 02/27/2008 06:33 PM Title: To Cling, Amidst Devastation
I don't generally go for anything that's *this* AU, but I fell all over myself reading this. A beautiful character study. (And never mind that I have a serious weakness for baby!Harry, hehe.) Very well done!
I'm a real sucker for 'what if?' AUs, where a tiny alteration makes a huge difference in the long run. Mad Martha's wonderful Two Households comes to mind, where Harry shaking Malfoy's hand on the Hogwarts Express has a profound impact. I've written other AUs based on the 'what if?' concept, set at various points in canon, but they're all over on my fiction journal at the present time. One is PoA era, one is OotP and one is DH. The interesting thing is that they're all Remus-centric. This is my first ever time writing Sirius-centric, and I really enjoyed it. He 'wrote himself' very naturally.
Thank you very much for reading!
Date: 02/27/2008 09:07 AM Title: To Cling, Amidst Devastation
Thank you for this story. I think you captured Sirius' brash nature as well as his loyalty.
Because it was a really intense situation I was putting the characters (especially Sirius) into, I had to work hard to try and keep them true to character, and also young. Sirius had to be brash and impulsive without being erratic and unstable, because this was pre-Azkaban.
I wanted to show his devotion to James, Lily, Remus and Harry, and even Peter. He's so completely blindsided by Peter's betrayal, and part of his grief is mourning for him too. He is Dumbledore's loyal man, as well, but by the time they have their discussion, he's made his promise to Harry and won't be swayed from it, even for him. Sirius knows he has a legal claim, and he's not going to be talked into waiving it.