Title: As Human As To Breathe Author: Hijja Rating: T Genre: AU/General Status: Complete, 15k words Library Category: General Pairings: Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwald Summary: Step into a world where Ariana Dumbledore lived... Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/76683 Every so often, a reddit thread on "Your Favorite Unknown Story" brings up a fanfic that is not only actually known, but also pretty interesting. If you dislike slash, like I do, don't press Ctrl+W just yet - this story is slash only in name. There's no mention of romance, barely a few passing hints, and well worth it to not think twice about them because they don't matter. Enter an AU where Bathilda Bagshot comes to check on her nephew's activities, and barely manages to nullify the spell that would have otherwise killed Ariana Dumbledore. Without this stimulus, Albus is not the man we know him to be - the muggle loving, fearful-of-his-own-power Supreme Commander of the Light that we love and admire (or hate and resent, pick your poison). This story showcases 7 breaks in canon stations that shape AD into a different man, it would seem. Easy 4/5 for believable changes, -1 for the one seeming character break which sort of breaks immersion. What is that they say about every great magic trick again?