Resolving a Misunderstanding

mcgonagalSummary: This fanfiction opens with Minerva McGonagall’s first year as a teacher as she is complaining to Poppy Pomfrey about Albus’ bad habits; Albus walks in during a particularly bad moment where Minerva states “Fuck Albus Dumbledore. And fuck his beard!”  The first part of the story is both Albus and Minerva reliving their student/teacher relationship and how it evolved into a friendship.  The story slowly builds and the reader realizes that Albus and Minerva actually do love each other, romantically.  Once they resolve their issues from the first chapter, Albus does end up courting Minerva. Set in multiple viewpoints.

Status: Good

Opinion: The story is definitely good, but very long. It takes quite a while to get through and at times, Minerva seems much younger than just a first year teacher with her Mastery.  The writing is simple, easy to understand, but not terribly descriptive. The slow build is very well done. There is interesting speculation on what Minerva’s family was like, and you do get to meet quite a lot of them throughout the story. I think the main reason that it seems so long is that the story does not have any action; it merely is the “a slice of life” story.  Most of the story seems to be the two fighting with themselves on if they want to tell the other their feelings, though there are a lot of good side stories. The epilogue seemed very unnecessary, though it did bring “Fuck his beard” to a new level.  The sexual encounters were very awkward and used words like “phallus,” there was also a lot of talking and no describing during the scenes as well.

Length: 141 chapters with 877,737 words (2nd longest in the category)

Pairings: Minerva McGonagall/Albus Dumbledore, several OC pairings

Warnings: While “Not Rated” on A03, this is a mature story with quite a bit erotic content near the end.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/687710/chapters/1262539