Title: Grow Young With Me Author: Taliesin19 Rating: T Genre: Family/Romance Status: WIP Library Category: Romance Pairings: Harry/OC Summary: He always sat there, just staring out the window. The nameless man with sad eyes. He bothered no one, and no one bothered him. Until now, that is. Abigail Waters knew her curiosity would one day be the death of her...but not today. Today it would give her life instead. FF.Net Another day another rec. I think I came across this on Reddit and I gave it a go. If you're the kind of person who enjoys sugary-sweet family moments and a slow burn romance between actual complicated people then this is definitely the fic for you. The characters feel human in a way that few fanfiction characters do, there's a depth to them that is sadly lacking in most fanfiction. The Harry in this story is deeply lonely, unable to sleep through most nights and constantly thinking about the loss of Ginny. Yet at work he jokes and laughs with his Aurors and at home he smiles and laughs and plays with his kids. None of this is problematic, none of it is paradoxical; he's simply human. He is what he has to be for the people around him. Only when he's alone at a little muggle café can he really act the way he feels. Abby, on the other hand is seemingly constantly happy, and just a little bit wacky. Almost obnoxiously so (as is observed by Harry on more than one occasion) and yet she also is papering over the cracks, cracks that even now after 100k words we only have small peaks into. Ultimately it would seem to me that where Harry has put up a facade to fool his family and friends, Abby has put up a facade to fool herself as well. I am very interested to see where her story goes. I'll be honest, this isn't really my kind of story. There's absolutely no action and I usually have little time for cutesy family dynamics. That said I have absolutely no reservations about rating this 5/5. The story is what it is, and it is extremely good at it. I stayed up much too late (and was consequently snoozing off at work today) to read this. The characters are good. The dialogue is very good and the emotional kick is impressive considering how jaded I usually am. If there's one cutesy romance you read, make it this one.