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A Ron Ficathon where Everyone's a Winner!
Team Gen: What We Share... 
2nd-Mar-2007 01:35 pm
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Title: What We Share...
Author: slinkiestumble
Team: Gen
Prompt: Family
Rating: PG
Characters: Ron, obviously, but Molly, Percy, Fred, George, and Ginny, too.
Warnings: Not unless you've a problem with Mum-perspective gushing.
Length: 1,685 words.
Summary: Ron has the dragon pox.
Author Notes: First off, I'd like to issue an enormous thanks to sister_dear for the beta. You're comments were indeed quite helpful. Any ensuing mistakes are thus my own.

Second off, this turned out to be a surprising challenge, indeed. I thought my prompt of "family" would be quite easy to get through, but as it turns out I went through at least eight drafts and ideas before I ended up with this piece. I had to draw a lot from my own experiences as a child, for this one, which was emotionally draining in the extreme.

I'm still unsure about my feelings of Ron in this; he's the star, especially for me, but a lot of this fic is about nuance, about being the youngest (or second to youngest, but youngest boy) in a family with large personalities. Sometimes children get a bit lost, I think. I wanted to show Ron in conjunction with his family, through the eyes of his mother, but as a bit of an enigma, still, because he's a boy who's not done growing and who hasn't established or asserted his full individuality yet. I dunno if I succeeded, but I sure did try.

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Comments 
5th-Mar-2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
You have an absolute gift for writing children and this story was such a joy to read! I loved how we got to see Ron through someone else's eyes and that even early on, Molly could see the true Ron: sweet, stubborn, loyal, loving... I just loved this :)) Excellent job!
5th-Mar-2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm glad this translated well, in terms of the kids behavior. :)
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7th-Mar-2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was tempted toward the angst... but it wouldn't come. Hee.
9th-Mar-2007 03:56 am (UTC) - dragon pox
Aww! This was absolutely fantastic. Lovely, lovely fic--the family dynamic is wonderful and Ron's spirit really comes through. Great job!
I love what you've done with the Dragon Pox, too--the flames really take it out of them! ;D
13th-Mar-2007 06:38 pm (UTC) - Re: dragon pox
Hee! Thanks!
12th-Mar-2007 12:51 am (UTC)
This was lovely. I loved the little touches that really brought out the Weasleys as family.

Very Nice.
13th-Mar-2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The little touches were where it all was for me. :)
17th-Mar-2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Totally loved this. I'm a big believer in birth-order stuff and the making of certain personality quirks, and I think you've nailed it right on. Really fun, sweet read.
19th-Mar-2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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22nd-Mar-2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! Percy has a special place in my heart, it's true. :)
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