Summer Vacation III: Honeymoon in Japan

Part 11 of 17 part series961_1crane_43

Summary: Two of the minor characters from “Aftermaths,” Aric Dietrich and Takeshi Kimura have begun their relationship and travel to Japan to visit the rest of Takeshi’s crane-shapeshifting family. While there, they mostly spend their time frolocking and getting to know each other during several festivities.

Status: Meh

Opinion: The characterization of Takeshi and Aric were very good and relatable, though I felt that this was downsized by the sudden intrusion of Japanese culture into an otherwise very British story. The reiteration that the “crane” people were very graceful and otherworldly beautiful seemed to be redundant after a while. I almost felt that the entire story’s purpose was to introduce another character right at the very end.

Length: 74.788

Pairings: Aric Dietrich/Takeshi Kimura, minor Severus Snape/Remus Lupin

Warnings: Alternate Universe

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3164864/chapters/6871469

Ash’s Story

Part 10 of 17 part seriese1c1bb5f3c92a4aacd60d674cfa674a4

Summary: Ash is part of Lukas Bleddri’s pack of werewolves and a minor character in “Aftermaths.” He often is said to be a playboy among the werewolves, but he never speaks about the past to anyone. This is his story of how he found his way through life and into Bleddri’s pack and eventually into the Ministry.

Status: Good

Opinion: I was surprised at how well written this short fanfiction was. Ash was easily one of the most interesting minor characters in Bleddri’s pack, as he was fond of Muggle gadgets and was often one of the few werewolves that managed to get territorial. His story was well-written and showed even more discourse in the Pureblood society. I wish that the ending of the story had been better managed however, as Takeshi’s (minor character from Aftermaths as well) brother just seemed randomly thrown in at the end, with little lead-up.

Length: 23.311 words

Pairings: Takeshi Kimura/Aric Dietrich

Warnings: Alternate Universe

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3155600

Aftermaths

Part 8 of a 17 part seriesil_570xN.702862086_5ve0

Summary: As the title suggests, this is dealing with the aftermaths of the fall of Voldemort. As the Pureblood Slytherin students are learning to deal with their new world order, there is discord lurking in other houses as a few students feel that the “Death Eater” students did not get their full punishment. These students take matters into their own hands to try to force the Slytherin students to admit their guilt, all the while getting wrapped up in something that was far more dangerous than they realize. Meanwhile, there are several inheritance battles that dominate the storyline.: the Snapes and the Diggorys. As everything seems to be falling apart in most of the characters’ lives, a single heroic event from the most unlikely character brings the story into harmony at the very end.

Status: Good

Opinion: The storyline was an easy read, which made the long length very manageable. The main focus shifted significantly from the Snape family to the Diggory family about halfway through the story, which was definitely interesting. This storyline is very centered on the struggles of the Wizarding World as they have to adjust to a different thought process and accept that the barriers dividing the wizarding world are disappearing. I was a little put off by how quickly everything seemed to change, yet how slow others did. The relationships that were formed in the storyline were very quick to change, either to start or to end. I did enjoy how much was focused on the werewolves in this storyline, as they are not typically something that is discussed. Aric Dietrich, Theo’s cousin, had a good arch in the story and provided some needed tension in the story as well. Overall, the story was heart-warming and a good read; I just feel that it was often too hard to follow what was going on in each character’s arch.

Length: 822,443

Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin, beginning of Ginny/Harry, Sirius Black/Branwen Blackmore, Dylan Rosier/Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley/Daphne Greengrass, OC/OC

Warnings: Alternate Universe, mild gore, lots of smut

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3152375/chapters/6841373