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    September 11th, 2007

    The Shortest Distance Between Two People

    The Shortest Distance Between Two People by Riko

    Summary: In which Sirius learns that growing up isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Oneshot, 8,054 Words.

    Why You Should Care: If The Shoebox Project was only text, told entirely from Sirius’ POV, and around 100,000 words shorter, this is probably what it would be. I love the way this has been structured as a series of brief moments, conversations, and events in Sirius’ life. The major things are there, but they fall into the background because when you’re a teenager the big things are less the point than the smaller, day-to-day things. This is a very believable story about a boy growing up and growing into himself, and the slash is done very well. Sirius and Remus are entirely boys to whom the concept is vaguely terrifying and wrong, but can’t quite help themselves. I like the lingering sense of unease this fic ends on, as if the author has left it up to us to decide whether or not Sirius and Remus ever do make a real go of it after The Prank, and I wonder if maybe it’s too far out of the realm of possibility to think maybe they didn’t — that maybe some things and some betrayals are too big to get over. The writing is fabulous, and though the framework is entirely Sirius, you get a feeling for each of the Marauders as Sirius sees them, and the language is brilliant. Fantastic all the way around.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s a steamy little scene in an abandoned classroom people who don’t do slash won’t enjoy, but there’s more here than just the slash, and I heartily suggest all readers give it a read. It’s very, very good, and captures the transitional teenage years amazingly well.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Drama

    posted by afterthree

    3 Responses to “The Shortest Distance Between Two People”

    1. AML Says:
      September 11th, 2007 at 9:47 pm

      I loved the writing. Riko’s spartan words produced a luxurious read for me. I read it twice. Peter’s primary Marauder relationship being to James was noted in a fresh way:

      “With James comes Peter whose awkward, distant friendship Sirius finds himself pathetically grateful for.”

      Through observations such as these, Riko clearly created the boys’ youthful dynamics while establishing the foundation for their later choices.

      I enjoyed Sirius. He was written as disobedient but not foolish. The Sirius lodged in my head matches the Sirius in this story.

      Thanks for the rec!

    3. Insanguinare Says:
      September 11th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

      I absolutely adored it… the dynamics between Remus and Sirius are so perfect. It makes me want to read Shoebox AGAIN.

    5. Wahoo Says:
      October 6th, 2007 at 11:58 am

      Thank you for sharing!