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Team Gen: The Festivities 
5th-Mar-2007 02:55 pm
Story title: The Festivities
Author name: aberforths_rug
Team: Team Gen
Prompt: Pride
Rating: PG
Pairings/Characters: The entire Weasley clan
Warnings: Character Death
Length: 7960
Summary: Ron looked at his family — well, part of it anyway — gathered around the kitchen table at the Burrow. It was odd not to have his mum buzzing around filling their tea cups or handing out biscuits. They were there to settle on the plans for the... festivities. Ron rises to the occasion and finds his proper place at the Weasley family table.
Author notes: Many thanks are owed to my ever patient, ever brilliant beta mickawber_fics. This piece was partially inspired by time spent thinking about a dear friend in a somewhat similar situation. My wish is for some easier times ahead for him and his.

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7th-Mar-2007 06:27 am (UTC)
*Sniff sniff* I wasn't just misty by the end, I was crying half-way through. Wonderful use of the prompt and what great storytelling.
7th-Mar-2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
:passes tissue box:

Thank you so much for your very kind words.
8th-Mar-2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Oh, I thought this was lovely. I like how slow it was to unfold, it really drew me in and fall in love with Ron here. And I ached for Charlie, how separate he felt, possibly with a lot less need than he needed. Really well done. ♥
8th-Mar-2007 01:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

I am so glad you enjoyed this even with the aching...
8th-Mar-2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, wonderful. What a beautiful, wistful tribute to Arthur, and elucidation of Ron. And Charlie, and Percy.

Fabulous. I love it!
9th-Mar-2007 05:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Poor Percy.

I am so pleased that you enjoyed this.
8th-Mar-2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
My God, you made me cry like a baby.

I loved this. I loved your characterization of pretty much everybody, and all the little details that made this story such a well-woven piece of fiction. Fleur, determined to make it through the ceremony, Molly deciding to make apple pies, Ginny bouncing one of Ron's twins on her lap, and all the details about both Ron and Charlie... the understated way you handled Percy. This was an absolutely beautiful piece of showing, rather than telling.
9th-Mar-2007 06:21 am (UTC)
It makes me really happy that you enjoyed the Percy bits. It was tempting to say more about his situation, but in the end I think that less was more.

Thank you so much for you comments -- their specificity warms my heart.

8th-Mar-2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Dear gods, this was absolutely incredible! I loved everything about this story, from the wonderful, grown-up and mature Ron with his own special leadership skills, to the sad but touching and still peaceful plot you reveal so skilfully and slowly for the reader, to the wonderful portrayal of the entire Weasley family.

Ron's (and Arthur's) relationship with Charlie was especially touching, as was Molly's part although she's normally one of my least favourite characters. And the way Arthur lingered to narrate the frame of the story was completely wonderful. So well done!

The liveliness and the affection that bind the Weasleys together comes across so vividly, and I loved your use of the prompt – that the story highlighted its *positive* side, and in so many different ways. And it has the picture-perfect ending!

An amazing fic - I have two absolute triatha_ron favourites so far, and this is one of them.
9th-Mar-2007 06:31 am (UTC)

What a lovely comment to come home to!

Your entry is absolutely one of my favorites so far as well!

I am so pleased that you liked Molly's part even though you are not a Molly fan! (I do love Molly, but I also get why many people do not!) I am also so pleased that the Arthur sections worked for you.

Thank you for taking the time to leave such wonderful, thoughtful comments!
8th-Mar-2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
*has tears in my eyes*

This was so beautiful. All of it was well written, but my favorite part is definitely Charlie seeing Ron at the table and thinking about his relationship with both Ron & Arthur. I don't know that I've read this take on Charlie before- usually people write him as this happy go lucky guy, and maybe he is, but this Charlie (secretive and a loner) is actually a lot more interesting, and just as plausible.

And Ron... this is the Ron that canon Ron is going to grow up to be!

9th-Mar-2007 07:01 am (UTC)
I am so glad you liked this take on Charlie. He is the Weasley we really know the least about so it was fun to take him in a slightly different direction than we usually see.

And Ron... this is the Ron that canon Ron is going to grow up to be!

That is the ultimate compliment. Thank you so much.
10th-Mar-2007 12:52 am (UTC)
This was a lovely send off . . .
*fingers crossed there won't be anything this beautifully sad in the last book*
11th-Mar-2007 03:44 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting.

I have to agree with your book seven wish!
13th-Mar-2007 01:32 am (UTC)
I'm a big Weasley family fan so I was really thrilled to read this. It was sweet and sad and touching in so many way.

Very Nicely done.
13th-Mar-2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

It pleases me so much to know that someone that loves the Weasleys enjoyed this!
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16th-Mar-2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you very,very,very,very much!

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