If, like me, you are the parent or loved one of a special needs child, this story is likely to be just as powerful to you as it is to me.
In “A Different Fate,” Harry doesn’t survive Voldermort’s Avada Kedavra in 1981 unscathed. He is left brain damaged. Petunia has a choice to make very soon after Harry is left on her doorstep. How far will she go, how much will she sacrifice, in order to protect Harry? This is about much more than just keeping him safe from evil wizards. Frankly, that probably seems easy to Petunia compared to the day-to-day tedium of keeping a severely disabled Harry emotionally and physically well.
I was surprised at the end of this story to see the word count was much shorter than I had realized. There is so much crammed into this story, without a single word wasted, that it felt like a novel’s worth of material was crammed into those 7,023 words. This story is just absolutely fantastic.