A brilliant little piece, this father-and-son story of yours.
Very much alike, the two of them, and yet, very much different. Born into big families, they were bound to wind up with their "minority complex", feel unneeded, make mistakes, until they find their karma, their call, their biggest asset in this world.
So beautifully written. Even if I don't particularly like next-gen, I have to admit I enjoyed every single word of it.
Author's Response: Thanks. I think Ron doesn't get the respect he deserves in a lot of fanfic. He is so often portrayed as an idiotic eating machine, which is only playing on the little idiosyncracies of his personality and ignoring the character as a whole. He played a major part in the entire series, and he's often dismissed. I thought it was time to give him a little hero-worship of his own. I don't particularly like Next-Gen myself, and I think this is my only one. I am glad you liked it, though. I thought it was sweet. I really would have preferred Alex to do another one of my one shots for podcast, but it had to be 12+, so that really limits it. My language is usually pushing it to Mature. :) Thanks for the lovely review. I appreciate it! ~GW
I've read so many fanfics where poor little Hugo is either depicted as a "blockhead" or a "pervert" or both...
In all actuality, we know next to nothing about him. Seeing him written as "beautiful", but intelligent and lost at the same time, is just masterful.
I've been in this situation and had this talk more than once in my life. I know exactly what kind of eyes Ron is looking into when he says that one dear word.
Excellent fic. 10/10
Author's Response: Thank you so much. I often get irritated that Ron is portrayed as an idiot, and Hugo as his moronic shadow. Did these people even read the series? He puts his foot in his mouth often, but Ronald Weasley is no imbecile. I felt like it was high time he got a little hero-worship, and also an opportunity to show how he's grown comfortable in his own skin. The idea of him being able to share that with his son, suffering from the same self-doubt that plagued him as a teenager, seemed fitting. I appreciate the lovely review. This is one of my favorite stories I've done. Thanks again!
Crap! I'm reading this at work and I'm crying! On the verge of blubbering really.
Too right, Ron's gift was loyalty. I'll have to take another look at his Patronus. I didn't realize it was a Terrier. I wondered what kind of dog it was in the movie.
I like the way you explain it in this one shot. You look for the one word to explain what brought Ron back. Dumbledoor knew what it was and he gave Ron the means to get back after his insecurities got the best of him. A sign of a true Gryfinndor. Loyalty.
I always liked the way Rowling portrayed Ron as a great Chess player in her books. That shows he is a good strategist and in your story you have him reflected in the same way when you mention his job as a head auror and "not breaking a sweat".
I have a good idea for a Christmas story if you have the time. I'm not a fast writer and I wouldn't do it justice. How would you like to write a version of "It's a Wonderful Life" but with Ron being the Jimmy Stewart character. Are submission still open for that challange? I think you could do a really nice job. Think about it.
Anyway, I loved this one shot. You are a very talented writer.
Author's Response: My favorite Christmas movie of all time!!!!!! That is an awesome idea. I really will have to think about that. Thanks so much for the lovely review. You caught all the little details I added about Ron's character. He never trusted himself, but he was the 'glue' of the Trio. They kind of fell apart without him in the Forest of Dean. I hate it when he is portrayed as a bumbling eating machine. JK never intended that at all. He is a very rich character, and I love writing him. Thank you so much for reviewing!!!!
OMG I am all teary now. This is so beautiful, well-written, amazingly insightful (the terriers crossing continents for their families! wow!), I can't even find the words. Wow. This is one of your all-time best pieces. Brilliant.
Author's Response: Yay! Thanks so much! After reading another next gen fic in which Hugo is portrayed as the 'useless' one, I got a bit put out and decided that I wanted to show him as a reflection of Ron. He was always in the shadow of Harry and Hermione and his older brothers, and felt very frustrated at the lack of recognition he got from friends and family as a kid. Having Hugo go through the same feelings of unimportance struck me as a moment that could be powerfully bonding for father and son. Especially when Ron assures him that his position is not one of mediocrity, but quiet strength. And a usual, I love your reviews! Thanks so much, as I am such a fangirl of momotwins stories!
You already know how I feel about this story and every time I read it, I still cry. It's so lovely and well-written. I'm in awe of how you're able to convey such a depth of emotion without making your descriptions and dialogue ponderous and weighty. You're a true talent, Shanon...one of the best I've' read.
Author's Response: I cannot begin to tell you how much that means to me, Ginny. I do compare myself to other writers that tend to be a bit more descriptive and wordy, and feel a little incompetent in their presence. Your words are so encouraging to me. I appreciate your support and help so much. I am glad you like my Hugo and Ron. I have always had a soft spot for Ron, always being the third member of the trio without all the glory. It does pay off for him in the end. Thanks for the review! *Hugs!*
Shanon, you never fail to amaze me! With each story you've written, you easily bring me to tears and make me wonder why I can't write with the ease and skill that you do. This one-shot is really wonderful; it's hard to explain, I just can't convey the beautiful simplicity of it. Hugo is a well-formed character here, and it's understandable for him to be in that position. Having Ron help him out of it is all the more wonderful. Great story, dear!
Author's Response: I could hug you! I really felt uneasy about this little story, just because I wasn't sure if I conveyed the emotions as well as I wanted to. Thanks so much for the lovely words of affirmation. I love Ron, and I wanted to cast him in the position of hero to his son. But, I also wanted him to be able to show Hugo the true value of his heroism. I'm glad that you feel that I got my message across. Thanks!
I need a tissue. This was beautiful, Shanon! What a sweet father/son moment. I like how you had Ron still his slightly insecure self, inwardly at least. But when it came down to it, he was exactly what his son needed...which like you said is his gift. He's loyal. He may not get all the acclaim, but when someone needs him, he's there.
I loved it!
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I wanted to show how Hugo believed his dad a hero, but Ron could still identify with the "being a nobody" feeling. I appreciate your encouraging words. I am glad you felt the emotion coming through. Ron has always been dear to my heart. Thanks again.