Date: 10/23/2010 - 01:21 am Title: Chapter 1 - Rue
I forgot to mention in my last review that usually I, almost never, read anything labeled BDSM. I loved seeing both POVs here and that made it a strong story for me. I must also say that I am fascinated by things that are ruled by deep emotions and not just by actions. I have not read most of your work but what I read gives me the confidence and courage to read whatever you have written because the focus is the love of Sam and Dean for each other at the exclusion of all else in the universe.
As you may have noticed, I am in the process of reading your stories one by one :-).
Author's Response: It's always nice to hear that I have gotten a reader outside their comfort zone. I think the description of this as BDSM is probably a little clumsy, 'cause that's not really what this is, it's more than just the sum of the parts, but within the parameters of this site I don't always know how to warn the reader of what I'm doing, so... Thank you again, and thank you so much for reading my stories. That's really cool.
Date: 10/23/2010 - 01:14 am Title: Chapter 1 - Rue
I cannot describe how beautiful this story is. Perhaps it was easier for me to read this because I have already read "Ask For It". The actions are definitely painful, at least for me, but the emotions overpower everything here. The love and trust they have for each other and the fact that it is what they would literally do anything for is the foundation for my love for them.
And absolutely loved:
"This is what love looks like between the two of them. Dean with his back to the wall trying to be better than he is and Sam on his knees begging him not to be."
Thanks so much for sharing this.
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it. I tend to aim for emotional content under the ... whatever else is going on, to my mind that always deepens the impact of the actual action. Again, thank you for cherry picking, that is all the way awesome. The whole point to my thinking is that doing "anything" for someone else is volitile and dangerous, even when it works.
Date: 05/20/2010 - 12:03 am Title: Chapter 3 - Ruins
I hate that I've not reviewed. Only I was thinking so hard. This chapter is simply the finest example of your disproportionately huge talent I've yet to read. You. Are. Ridiculous. I've more to share with you, and it is all still in progress, but rest assured: you haven't heard the end of me on this topic.
Thank you so much for being what you are, for sharing that absurdly beautiful and horrific mind, and for inspiring the imagination of a person who is easily and nearly perpetually bored. Really.
Author's Response: Thank you, thank you. So much praise. I go all shuffle-footed and kind of uhm... yeah. I honestly don't know what to say. I look forward to hearing more, because with something like this I think I kind of freak people the fuck out, so it's good to hear that someone likes it. I am so glad I could spark your imagination and alleviate the boredom. Believe me, I know what that's like. Thank you again for reading and reviewing.
Date: 04/02/2010 - 03:56 pm Title: Chapter 3 - Ruins
I like Dean's pov. It is such a knife's edge between going too far because Dean has such darkness in him now and Sam has a big need and won't say no and not going far enough to give each of them what they need. Perhaps the most dangerous thing is Dean will go too far because Sam demands it of him and Dean will give Sam anything without protecting himself from the fall out. Sam, in some ways so insightful, is blind or too self-centered to realize the cost to his brother unless someone bangs him over the head or sees his brother breakdown.
Author's Response: Thank you for that very insightful review. When you play along the razor's edge like this the stakes are always going to be higher. There is a really dark side to being willing to do anything for someone. That's more true than usual here, because, like you pointed out Dean has a darkness in him. I wouldn't say Sam is blind, I'd say he's playing a high-stakes game that might be the end of them both, but if he wins - he wins big. It's an acceptible risk. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing and for telling me about it.
Date: 03/19/2010 - 11:31 am Title: Chapter 1 - Rue
Oooo, this line:
"He was in hell longer than he’s been alive and people conveniently forget that as long as he plays the part, as long as he remembers."
Really got to me. It's true! I hadn't thought of it that way. Brilliant.
Author's Response: Well, thank you for that. Good to know I hit on something that showed a different angle for you. And thanks for letting me know about it and for reading and reviewing.