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Name: Stella Blue (Signed) · Date: 09 Dec 2017 01:47 AM · Chapter: Chapter 1

Hi Rose!! I'm really stoked to be reading one of your stories again! It feels like it's been a really long time!

 

I loved this. There are not a lot of stories about Aberforth so this was a treat to find. And the history between him and his brother is so sad and bitter and regretful, and I think you captured a lot of that in this story - which is impressive for such a short piece! It seemed very realistic, too - the way Aberforth was having none of it because Albus' victory over Grindelwald is still splashed across the news and he's being praised for it but Aberforth knows the backstory and is still so bitter and sad about Ariana.

 

I loved what made him change his mind, too, and how after all Albus' big dreams and high achieving, it's when he wants something so mundane that Aberforth really begins to believe him. Aberforth definitel seems a lot more grouded, like someone who would focus more on the mundane things anyway, and it's like this is the first time in many years that Aberforth has been able to relate to Albus in a way. So I liked that.

 

The end is so beautiful, how the battle with Grindelwald has clearly made Albus rethink a lot of things and what he has left - he's realized that special bond family has in which you don't always like each other, but you always have each other's back, and that's what happens here at the end. It was such a wonderful conclusion as they finally talked and began to mend bridges again.

 

This was great, Rose! Wonderful writing.



Name: Oregonian (Signed) · Date: 17 Sep 2017 04:24 AM · Chapter: Chapter 1

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Hi, Rose.  I enjoyed reading this, just a little Missing Moment that might have occurred, when Grindelwald's final remark made Albus remember what his mother had said so long ago, that someday her two sons would have nothing left but each other. (I used to remind my two children of that, when they quarreled, although they never became estranged like Albus and Aberforth.)  This story is well-written, with graceful sentences and a nice development of the thoughts behind the dialogue.  A barely spoken apology and a barely indicated forgiveness, but a step in the right direction.  Good job.



Name: Rumpelstiltskin (Signed) · Date: 01 Sep 2017 10:25 PM · Chapter: Chapter 1

Hey, Rose!

I love that feeling of quaintness at the beginning of the chapter (well, before Albus arrives, of course).  I'd imagine Aberforth wouldn't be overly pleased to see his brother after everything that had happened.  

I've always loved the Albus/Gellert dynamic -- having to kill the person you loved.  For Albus, his sacrifice was for the good of the world, and for his family.  To Aberforth, Albus was the indirect reason that Ariana died.  Though Albus seems to want to reconnect with his brother (after having to endure killing Grindelwald), it doesn't seem that Aberforth is ready to accept it.

I do love how they made peace with each other, and how you tied the quote into it, to boot.  The fact that Grindelwald was trying to shake Albus with the quote, and Albus using the words of his mother to both deny him AND toward Aberforths emotion was genius.

I absolutely love the story you crafted around the quote, and how everything tied together in the end!

Amazing job!

-Rumpel



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