Unsurprisingly, as it's by one of the authors of Seven Little Killers
, this fic is brilliant. It's alternately dark and funny and heartwarming until you're not sure whether to laugh or cry
, and it works
. The characterization is beautiful; the author somehow manages to make the characters her own whilst keeping them true to their personalities. If she can make you feel sorry enough for Russia to want him to end up with America in a fic clearly marked with characters America and England, want Japan to have his crush on England requited, hopefully boosting his self-esteem, and
be confused as to whether England would be better for Russia or America, she must have done something
right. Well worth the length of time it may take you to finish.