Okay, I have to say, the title really caught my eye! It was that kind of title where you read it once and you had to read it again just to understand what the hell it says (maybe I’m just a dumbass).
So many things are going on in this story. I’m not really sure I can vouch for the accuracy of Iris Harper’s shifts, unless watching Grey’s Anatomy counts? Probably not.
As I was reading this, I freaked the hell out, because like “omg what happened?????” No, seriously, what happened?
Albus has been caught up in an apparition accident, apparently lost Cora, and his relationship with Brandon has really gone south. Man, I actually had some hope for their relationship. I remember that Brandon was so sweet in True Romance, now he’s so cold to Albus, as well as very rude to Iris. I’m seriously worried, yet intrigued.
When will this be addressed? In “Lightning Love,” perhaps? No, wait, after Lightning Love, and its sequel? I really can’t wait that long.
I feel so bad for Iris now, because first of all, she has no idea what she handed Albus off too, and second of all, her memories were erased, and without her permission no less.
I don’t like Brandon now, it’s laughable how easily you’ve made me hate him.
Anyways. I think that’s all.
(I seriously don’t know how to end reviews.)
(Is it just me, or have my reviews been getting shorter and shorter?)
Ok I'm here ready with tissues, and maybe duct tape in case I get my heart broken? Idk, no one ever tells me how to fix things like this
I appreciate the slow start and the details of Iris' monotonous shift at work, and it feels very realistic for what I imagine a nurse's night shift is like... but I know something bad is coming, so her slow shift seemed to pass pretty fast for me. I do notice she's a Muggle though, which is interesting given that the character(s) I know you're going to hurt are wizards...
OH NO IT'S ALBUS
WHY DOES HE HAVE A BRUISED FACE
BRANDON DID THIS? WHY?????
ROSE Y U DID THIS?
That sums up my reactions to this story, (You were correct when you assumed I'd get shouty :P) BUT. There are many questions left unanswered here, and I want to know but I also don't want to know? Like.. what would possibly make Brandon hurt Albus? Again, we don't know the particulars here but this is very ,very different to the last stories I read about Brandon and Albus. I WANT THEM TO STAY A BEAUTIFUL HAPPY FAMILY.
Brandon really does come across as scary in this story given that the only context for him here is that he is the one who did that to ALbus and that he's responsible for moving him. I know that Albus should be moved to St Mungos but the fact that it's Brandon doing so right after Albus is so visibly scared... AHH. I don't trust him right now, and I don't like that I don't trust him. I'm supposed to be able to trust him. ROSE EXPLAIN
I really admire Iris as a character though and everything she did to try and help her patient, even when there was nothing she could do to prevent him being transferred. I like that she offered to go with him. I liked seeing the story from her POV even though it left me with so many questions. The end was really well done too. I suppose it's to be expected, because wizards always do stuff like this when magical folks end up in the muggle world. But I wonder how many loose ends the Obliviators leave out when they do this. Like there are still notes in Dr Ali's file about contacting Harry Potter, even if Iris' memory is wiped (and the doctor's as well, I assume). And that picture Iris has. I thought that was a really clever way to end.
BUT I AM STILL UPSET
I will conclude this review with a quote from Albus in this story:
"How could you?"
ps I still love you even if your stories wreck me
I feel like I have read and reviewed this before, but there is nothing here. Maybe on another site? My brain is fuzzy at this point. Still, this was a good story. I know this fits into your larger universe and into stories I have not yet read but I did really enjoy this. I love the unique perspective you took in telling the story and the nurse you use has a very unique and realistic voice. It makes me think of my best friend who used to be a nurse.
I felt like the hospital descriptions were dead accurate. I also love the little light notes of Iris' life mixed in such as Dr. Ali and how he goes through nurses and only lets those he wants to make a move on calling him Raj. It mad the story very much fall on Iris rather than the HP characters which in some way it was also about them. It leaves a lot to be wanted in the sense of knowing Brandon and Albus' story but at the same time, their tale is another one that isn't told here. It just so happened that the two intersected into Iris' life.
Overall a fabulous job and maybe one of these days I will indeed read your Next Gen stuff. (I'm just painfully slow about reading fanfic it is my shame).
*Transferred from AO3*
Hi :) I came here from the Staff Appreciation Event
This is the first story I've read from you, and I really liked it - I realized at the end that it is part of a bigger series, but it felt like there is some added mystery because of the things I don't know.
First I thought that I did not like that the summary had already said that this would be about a wizard patient at a Muggle hospital. I would have wanted to figure that out by myself (from hints like the stick and the galleons). This way the beginning was quite slow, as I already knew from the summary what would happen.
But things speeded up by the end. When I found out that the patient was Albus Potter, that definitely caught my interest!
And I thought it was very clever that they brought him in from near Charring Cross Road, one of the few Muggle roads mentioned in the HP series (and known to be close to the Leaky Cauldron.
OK, so he has a daughter, that was new to me. And he has a husband, also new. I liked these short pieces of information, it didn't feel like I needed more backstory to understand this.
One thing I would be really interested in is how blood transfusion from a Muggle would effect a wizard - I mean they keep talking about pure blood / mudblood, I wonder if blood really has to do with magic, or if that is just an old superstition. I expected Albus to be worried to lose his magical abilities or something like that. Even if magic is most probably inherited, so in the genes, but I can imagine that blood transfusion would at least temporarily temper with magical abilities, until new blood is produced by the body.
Overall, as I said, I liked this story very much, I think it is a clever concept to show a mixture of the Muggle and Wizarding world.
Happy Staff Appreciation Week, and Thank You for all your efforts at HPT!
Hello again! Here for another CTF thankyou review, for all your hard work over the last month. And also because I CANNOT resist getting a bit more of Al-Bran action :)
OMG - this is brilliant, butbutbut you cannot leave this story just hanging HERE??!
I LOVE wizarding stories set in the muggle world! The combination gives scope for an infinite number of interesting possibilities to arise. And I love medical drama too. The fact that these two things have appeared in one story might just have made my day!
The hospital aspect of this is so true. One minute it's dead and staff are playing games on their iPhones; the next minute, there are emergencies practically littering the corridor and everyone is flying round like blue-bottomed flies. I love the idea that a wizard is brought into A&E, but OMG did it have to be Albus, who seems quite agitated, and I don't think it's just the effects of whatever altercation he had been in prior to his admission? How can you do this to Al??
I loved the details regarding Al's wand and his wizarding money!
Yikes!! Does Brandon appear at the end, or is it an imposter posing as Albus's partner? If it's really Brandon, there's a big chunk of something I clearly need to read which explains what on earth happened to Al's lovely husband?? I hope Cora isn't in danger :/ And I really, really hope you will be back very soon to explain some of the cliffhangers you've left us with in this story.
OMG, I NEED to know what happens next!!