Part 13 of 17 part series
Title: A Gift from Sweetie (a side story to Scars)
Summary: After a mild misunderstanding by Parvati Patil, most people believe that Tsubasa’s mother is actually his girlfriend. This leads to a funny confrontation in the shop after Tsubasa buys a robe there for his mother and also leads to an interesting proposition by Tsubasa’s father.
Opinion: For a ficlet, this was an okay side-story. It didn’t add much to the story, but definitely included more information on what did happen in the story after it ended.
Length: 3.204 words
Pairings: Ash Randolf/Tsubasa
Warnings: Alternate Universe
Part 12 of 17 part series
Summary: The focus of the story has rounded back to Ash Randolf and the werewolves as Ash and Takeshi’s cousin, Tsubasa have found themselves in a tempestuous relationship that they are just dancing around each other. Ash’s childhood comes back to haunt him when his much younger half-sister goes searching for her “dead” brother, opening up a huge chasm of problems, including Ash’s real father’s family. When Greyback comes back from the dead with a vengeance, the werewolves are once again cast into bad light, straining Ash and Tsubasa’s relationship to its breaking point.
Opinion: This was a well-written story, but often felt redundant when paired with the other stories in this series. The same problems kept intruding in the main characters’ lives, including inheritance problems and issues regarding the werewolves. The real saving grace in this story is the uniqueness of each new character added; I never felt like any one character was the same. How the characters handled each new situation was varied and linear. In this story, Greyback was supposed killed during the First War by Voldemort, but instead was put in an insane asylum for 19 years. I feel that Greyback would have had more lasting damage from this imprisonment that he did, which did throw me off. The plotline did seem a little forced at times, like the writer was attempting to make it more interesting, but instead made the characters seem almost out of character for overlooking the obvious.
Length: 302.367 words
Pairings: Ash Randolf/Tsubasa, Severus Snape/Remus Lupin,
Warnings: Alternate Universe, mild gore
Part 10 of 17 part series
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.
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