Reviewer: darkhunter (Signed)
15/05/08 10:04 AM · On:
sorry to here you've been ill,hope you are getting better now.that was a wonderful ending to an amazing story.will you be writing anymore stories with abe and lobo in them.i would love to see them back.
Hi! Yep -- all better. Just a few purple lines on my belly... we know chicks dig scars... but do guys??
I'm so pleased you liked the end of the story. I left it open so that if the idea piques, I can bring Abe and Lobo back.
The next couple of stories that I have sketched out don't include them, but there's always that possibility.
Thanks for reading and leaving me a review -- I really appreciate it!!
Reviewer: Deanwinchesterfan1985 (Signed)
08/05/08 02:18 PM · On:
Great story - I enjoyed it from start to finish and the last two chapters were superb. Will we see Abe come back sometime - or Lobo? I'm going to miss that dog, it isn't often that Dean really connects with anyone or anything, but he and Lobo really hit it off in this story. I'm glad that Abe agreed to take him with him though, that way Dean knows that Lobo is being well taken care of.
I loved the last part where Sam drove the impala up to the house and Dean flipped when he saw what a mess she was in. Of course Sam quickly steadied Dean by telling him that he was going to wash her. Good thing he said that right away or he would have found a boot up his ass, Dean was certainly ready to kick something when he saw her. He isn't really in any shape to do much of anything though, not while he is still recovering from his injuries. I look forward to reading more of your work.
I hope very much to bring both Abe and Lobo back into the Winchester world when the time is right. They aren't in the three stories I have outlined, but as long as people are interested in reading, I'll be interested in writing so there's always a possibility for more...
Hee -- boot up his ass. Too true. I'm glad you liked that part. I had it pictured since about the middle of the story -- knew that was exactly how I wanted to end it. With a moment of peace.
Thanks so much for reading and for letting me know that you enjoyed. It means the world to me.
Reviewer: birdie (Signed)
08/05/08 01:08 PM · On:
Hope you are feeling all restored and back to your lovely self. So now graba coffee cause you know I have a problem being consise especially when something is so wonderful!
It was really interesting for we readers (I know it was something you could well have done without!) to see your absolute awareness of Dean's belly wound and not just the pain but also the loss of control and disorientation that it brought. I could feel his raw pain and the fear it brought him. Owh, that booboo tummy really hurt huh?
The conversation with John, as Dean heard and strove for Sam, was tremendously moving. It took a lot for closed off Dean to admit that he wanted Sam to be sorry that he left him, that tugged at my emotions and I will have to admit that your beautiful, but never over indulgent, words made me cry.
I delighted in your explanation of 'Warrior and Gift'. That's a real lovely way to phrase their relationship - you like words don't you? Like to play with them? And i enjoyed your description of Sam's faith in Dean allowing him to pull his brother back from the brink. It was heightened in its authenticity for me by having a spiritual man like Abe be the observer of it. I like that man and the description of him dude-ed up to go back to his people was just gorgeous! Growl Haha!
Oh and this is a tiny detail but this is what I mean about your clever and special use of words..."Where the hell are we? Dean asked, his voice sandpaper rough from disuse and war." Disuse and war - that is so evocative, such unique words. That sentence in itself made me smile.
Loved that you gave Maggie and Bobby a sweet reconciliation, Bobby has so been due some good lady action and your Maggie is sucha strong, and admirable woman. I thought her eulogy for Yeats was beautiful, very moving.
Oh and on a similar theme thank you for bringing Lobo home and for letting Dean love him for a little while. I think it is very appropriate that he will walk with Abe and I hope one day that maybe Dean will get to pet him again.
Ooo, I blathering as usual, so lemme just finish by saying that this was a wonderful story. It is frighteneing and yet funny, shows the damning wickedness of people and the redeaming good of them. I laughed and cried with your splendidly crafted characters and stood in awe of your skills as a storyteller. Bravo and thank you for sharing.
I love it when you blather. :) Thanks so much, Bev, for your thoughtful emails and well wishes while I was down for the count. You'll never know how much that meant to me. It was a heart-warming surprise and humbling realization to see I was on your radar. :)
I'm so glad you enjoyed this chapter -- it meant a lot to me to have you call out some of the parts you found poignant. And I LOVE that you got a kick out of Abe's change of clothes. Hee. I really like writing that character.
Thanks for calling out the different connections of words. I find that so meaningful in my favorite authors and am honored that you would share the same thing with me.
I hope very much to see you again for you have become one who has lifted me up and given me a bit more faith in myself as a storyteller.
Reviewer: Oceane (Signed)
06/05/08 09:32 PM · On:
Brilliant ending Gaelic. I enjoyed reading every step of not only Dean and Sam's journey but Abe and the others too. You shared with us a wonderful, poignant story. Gaelic, I hope you're feeling better. I'll look forward for your next story, I love very much your writing.
*hugs to you*
Thank you so much for reviewing -- for reading -- for following me over here from the VS. I am so honored to have your reviews.
I'm feeling much better -- thanks so much for your well wishes. :) I am so thrilled that you enjoyed this story. Really. :)
I hope very much that I'll see you on a review page in my future -- be it ff.nt, LJ, or perhaps sn.tv.
Best to you,
Reviewer: mymuseandi (Signed)
06/05/08 02:34 AM · On:
I love this story very very much...and all the supporting characters are great...Bobby and Abe and Maggie and even Yeats and Claire...not to mention the baddies.....
And the music...i love it when stories tie in to the music...although i'm impartial to almost all music, not just classic mullet rock.....
I love the way how Abe was going to go slightly more emo than usual, and you interrupted the whole thing with Sam and Dean's bickering...LOL i think you balanced levity and humour effortlessly....and will be waiting for more of your story... :)
Do take care of yourself...now that you have a hole in your stomach, i have no doubt that you will be able to even better your already brilliant description of injuries that the boys would suffer in future fics...hahaha...
Take care... and may the force be with you..or just the guys will do! LOL
You offered me the Force! *hugs* How awesome is that?!
I'm glad you liked the levity at the end. I needed that as much as the boys did, I think.
And music is the muse of my soul -- while Jensen Ackles remains the muse of my eyes. :) Hee. And Sigh.
Thanks so much for reading and for letting me know. I hope very much to see you again sometime.
Best to you,
Reviewer: bulletbabe (Signed)
05/05/08 05:51 PM · On:
Incredible end to an incredible story and the whole conversation with John had me riveted. The mixing of Sam’s pleading and John’s commanding tone such a fantastic parallel for his life not to mention the four corners of the room in his mind…just a beautiful analogy, the kind I’ve come to expect from you time and time again. And for John to get Dean to admit in his own head that he wanted Sam to be sorry for leaving him said so much about his real feelings, the ones he rarely lets show.
"You are his brother, Dean," John said softly. "Not his savior." What a beautiful line…and it’s about time we all heard John say it.
And this line also got me…’Abe rubbed his fingers over his lips, resting his eyes on the pale, bruised face. Asleep, Dean looked much younger than his years or experiences. The scars Abe had seen running rivers of memory over Dean's young body told stories that no one his age should be able to recount. His eyes, when open, could freeze or warm, seduce or repel, and they aged him in ways Abe couldn't fathom.’…the depth of this description left me breathless, and it only served to make me fall even more in love with Abe, and with this whole story.
And the whole Bobby having had a ‘past’ was a fantastic inclusion into this story…I wish he could find some happiness, he deserves it as much as the boys…
As for Dean confronting the creature inside Claire and the tiny image inside her eyes…what a vision of horror.
And I nearly clapped my hands together when Lobo limped out of the woods, and Sam swept him up in his arms because he was Dean’s talisman…oh boy! I had a great feeling of satisfaction at the end of this chapter, Lobo’s with Abe…Sam and Dean are with Bobby and both getting stronger in their own way…brotherly snark is running on full…Bobby is spending time with Maggie…the car will once again be clean and all is right in Winchester world…till next time that is…lol I can’t even tell you how much I’ve enjoyed my popcorn and beer sabbaticals with this story and I’m very sad to see it finish but if it had to end, you couldn’t have picked a more suitable song than Carry on my wayward son…perfect end to a perfect story. XX Louy
Ach, Louy, you're such a dear. Thank you so much for this fantastic review -- and for all of your support while I took the journey I had to take while writing it.
Glad you liked Abe and his observations. I really enjoyed having that character to look through. And I am pleased that giving Bobby a past worked for you. I always saw that man as so very layered -- even before we saw in the show that he'd had a wife.
So happy to have been able to offer you moments of escape (with beer and popcorn! Like a movie!) with this story, and I can't wait to see what you think of others I write. Please come find me on ff.net or LJ. I'll be waiting. :)
*hugs to you*
Reviewer: jensengal3 (Signed)
05/05/08 05:29 PM · On:
sigh.. i can't believe its over!!! Amazing work, so sad to see it finish. You are so talented gaelic and you shine when you take on these characters.
*blushes and grins*
Thanks, Sarah. That's a fantastic compliment to offer a fanfic writer. I really appreciate it and hope to see you on a review page again sometime.
Best to you,
Reviewer: PurpleSpinx (Signed)
05/05/08 12:29 PM · On:
What a great ending to a great story!!! I truly enjoyed it. I hope that you are feeling better after your surgery. Keep up the good work!! P.S. I'm glad you gave Lobo to Abe. He'll take good care of him.
Thank you!! I think Abe needed Lobo as much as Lobo needed Abe. I'm a goof, I know. But I like to think of it that way. :)
Thanks so much for reading! Hope to see you back!!
Reviewer: Midge (Signed)
05/05/08 04:59 AM · On:
I have enjoyed this story. I'll admit its length nearly defeated me on occassion but I've hung in there and am very glad I did.
It was sooo good to meet Abe again, and I love that Bobby found some happiness with Maggie. The way you write the connection between the brothers is wonderful.
Well done, and I'm glad you're feeling better just like Dean and Lobo.
Hey -- thanks for the honesty about the length. I know the chapters were long, and while I really like writing long stories -- and reading them -- I think I need to remember my medium more. Sometimes it's hard to read a 40 page chapter on the computer screen.
I chafe at the really short updates -- especially when I'm enjoying the story -- but perhaps the lesson I can learn from this is that i can write the long chapters I like to write, and just post them in sections so that it's easier to consume?
*thinks on that a bit*
Thanks for sticking with me, hanging in there, and letting me know that you enjoyed it. I really appreciate that.
Best to you,
Reviewer: rbliss1969 (Signed)
05/05/08 12:52 AM · On:
first, i am glad that you are all right and are healing from your surgery.
Second, i have missed you.
Third, wow! Where to begin. this story was so gripping i was left wanting to read more when each chapter ended and excited when a new chapter had been added. You are truly blessed in your writing abilities.
this story captured Dean, Sam, Bobby in a way that showed how we feel about them as characters and how we want to protect and take care of them. you had us all wanting to jump in and protect them from the demon as well as the 3 who had originally hurt Claire.
i was saddened at Abe for deciding to leave and return to his people. but knowing that was truly where he belonged hit home for me.
we all have a purpose in life some of us are to be hero's that everyone know and admires like soldiers who fight in a war for freedom or the man or woman who rushes into a building to save a life. the silent hero's that don't get their name in the paper are the ones that we all have in our life and admire like our parents, grandparents, children or best friends.
the way you have written Abe is truly some one i would have in my life and would truly admire and i especially like how you let Dean point out that he was a hero.
Sam and Bobby walking back to the bar and pickering had me laughing at the 2 of them. Sam calling Bobby an "old man' and Bobby calling Sam "too tall" great interaction with the 2.
Sam carrying Lobo back to the bar and having Abe take care of him. i was so relived that he was all right. i was shocked at the fact that you might of killed him off and glad you decided not too.
Dean asking Abe to take Lobo. again great. Dean needing Lobo to be taking care of and knowing Abe needed Lobo as well.
there is so much more i can comment on but i feel i have written enough and i am truly hoping that you write another story that has Abe in it.
Thank-you for reaching out to us and taking us away from our daily routine and giving us something to look forward too. You are remarkable!!!!!
will be waiting patiently for your next story.
It's good to be missed. Thanks for saying that. I love how detailed you are in your reviews -- and I'm thrilled you enjoyed this final chapter.
You can never comment on too much, really. This is the only thanks writers get, so anything you say -- short or long -- is welcome.
And I'm not remarkable, though I thank you for saying so. I'm very ordinary and am lucky that people read my stories. :)
Hope you like what's to come!
Reviewer: tvbatina (Signed)
04/05/08 11:06 PM · On:
Very satisfying ending. Sam and Dean's life - it makes me tear up sometimes. And this last chapter made me tear up a bit too. I want Dean to have Lobo, but I know that's impossible. It's so sad that these boys don't have a home (well other than the Impala, that is).
Anyway, great ending! Great story!
YAY! I'm glad you liked the ending. I know what you mean about "home."
All they really have is each other. And the occasional friend the meet along the way...
Thanks so much for reading and reviewing. I'm so glad you liked it. :)
Reviewer: tvbatina (Signed)
04/05/08 10:16 PM · On:
There were some seriously beautiful words in this chapter. You're a very talented writer. Great job. Now I'm off to read the final chapter.
Thank you so much for this -- I appreciate the compliment more than you know. I hope you enjoy the final chapter -- oh, I see you've reviewed... guess I'll go find out for myself!
Reviewer: britany k (Signed)
04/05/08 08:06 PM · On:
Holy Crow Gaelic! What's a bout with the flu when you're facing apendicitus and emergency surgery? Yikes! I'm glad you're feeling much better and thank you for your kind words when I was under the weather. :)
What a wonderful way to end this fantastic story. I had tears in my eyes almost the entire time. Oh these boys just break my heart and you write them so perfectly. I felt everything.
Carry On Wayward Son... just embodies our boy's journey. After reading it in your story, I'm wondering if we will hear it again in two weeks.
There's another song that kept playing in my head as I read this story. It's called My, My, My by Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty.
My, my, my. Let your bright light shine. Let your words live on far beyond this life... beyond this life.
Hold onto anything. Everything's over and done. Has the fear taken over you? Tell me. Is that all you want to make up you life?
Time after time, you're fallin' behind. Hold onto me and never leave. Forever be what you mean to me right now. Don't you feel better now?
That's only part of the song but I couldn't get it out of my head while I was reading. If you haven't heard it, you should give it a listen. To me, it just fits.
As always, thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with us. I feel so privilaged to get the chace to read your stories and let you know how much I enjoy them. I can't wait for new stories and hope to "see" [imagine quoty fingers!] you over at tvguide.
Hey -- the flu can be nasty, too! No joke. I'm glad you're better. :)
I'm so thrilled you enjoyed this story! Truly. I only want to entertain when I write and am at peace when I hear that I've made that happen for someone.
I immediately went to iTunes and sought out that Rob Thomas song. It's in my playlist now. :) Thanks for that!
Light and dark are very powerful elements in my life, and I'm glad this story evoked an audio message for you through that song. :)
Hee -- quotey fingers. I will continue to post my rambles over at TVGuide.com -- and on my LJ. I can't compete with the theories and logic from some of the commenters on that TVGuide blog, but I still enjoy reading them! :)
Reviewer: Shannondoah (Signed)
04/05/08 07:20 PM · On:
Comparing the wolf's cry to Dean's anguish at the loss of his father was very powerful!
The words you string together are so visual. They not only evoke mental images but emotions and feelings of pain, sorrow, guilt and happiness. You truly have a gift for story-telling!
Girl, you're making me grin and hide at the same time. :) Thanks so much for this.
Reviewer: Shannondoah (Signed)
04/05/08 05:12 PM · On:
I forgot to mention, very interesting chapter titles! I'm eager to find out more!
Well, they are all a synonym for the action of eyes. And if you can figure out why that's important to me in this story, I have a bag of Peanut M&M's waiting for you.
In the final chapter, there is a paragraph in the beginning scene where I worked in the names of each chapter. Because I'm a dork. I know.
Reviewer: Shannondoah (Signed)
04/05/08 05:11 PM · On:
"You simply walk, trusting that each step forward will take you to your destiny...even as it carries you away from your heart." Such a sad and beautiful statement!
Plenty of action in that chapter! I need to catch my breath.
You describe the gestures and facial expressions so clearly that not only can I see them, but I can feel them. It's incredible!
Oh, here you are! I'm excited that there are more reviews from you.
I'm so happy you are enjoying the detail. I just write what I see in my head, so thanks so much for that. :)
Hope you continue to enjoy!
Reviewer: Phoenix_Song778 (Signed)
04/05/08 04:48 PM · On:
Well, I have to say, that was quite possibly one of the best stories I've ever read. You really pulled out all the stops, and the end result was nothing short of spectacular! Whatever you were trying to prove to yourself with this story, I'd say you've achieved it. And now for a few of my favourite things:
The whole dream sequence with Dean and John was absolutely brilliant! Everything that Dean is, represented in the four corners of the room--honestly, where do you come up with these wonderful images! I'm guessing that exchange took place during the nightmarish truck ride to the hospital, and that John was trying to keep Dean from going into the light from the inside, while Sam was doing the same from the outside...does that make sense? Oh, and love this line: "You are his brother, Dean," John said softly. "Not his savior." I think those two things are synonymous for Dean.
Loved this visual as well: Bobby had left Maggie sitting on the floor, seemingly recognizing something in the sudden stiffness of Sam's shoulders as they shielded his warrior brother that Abe hadn't seen. The man just knows these boys so well...I can't get enough of moments like this.
The realization that Dean needed to forgive himself over what happened with Sam...I don't really have the words to describe how that made me feel.
And then this little gem: Until the day comes when you are unable to stand," Abe predicted, the image of Dean facing off the ikiryoh as his battered body trembled with defiance burned into the backs of his eyes, "against the darkness that threatens your purpose, you will continue to fight." A beautiful and heartbreaking truth...you have such a way with words...this literally sucked the air from my lungs with its quiet intensity.
Finally, Dean's interaction with the ikiryoh in the psych ward...creepy, chilling, disturbing, and very, very sad.
I'm a little sad to see this one end and will miss the anticipation I always felt waiting for the next chapter. But I will definitely be reading it over and over, as I do with every story you write. I look forward t seeing those ideas pinging around in your head take shape...don't keep me in suspense too long!
Take care of you....and enjoy what's left of the season...I'm looking forward to reading what you thought of the finale on your LJ page!
Hey you!!!! I'm so happy to see your review. I literally hold my breath until I see it. Well, maybe not *literally* but you get the idea. :)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the dream sequence. I wrote that in a bit in a bit of a zone. Just let the words fall out, so I can't tell you where it all came from. The one thing in retrospect that I wish I'd remembered to include when describing the four corners of Dean's soul was the Impala. I think it's very much a part of who he is. I think it would go in the weapons corner. As armor.
And when I was writing earlier chapters, and thought about how often Dean told Sam that it wasn't him, it wasn't his fault, I realized that I felt heavy because you can forgive and forgive and it's when those you let off the hook turn their back on you...leave you...that you feel yourself crumble. And that's when I knew what Dean needed Sam to be sorry for.
I'm glad you thought the interaction with the ikiryoh was disturbing. I wanted it to be. I wanted to show that it's not all black and white and sometimes those that pay aren't always the ones that should. Life is just like that sometimes.
I am working my way through reviews this morning (it's Mother's Day and my gift was 3 guilt-free hours in my favorite coffee shop), and once that's done, the next story will blossom from outline to reality. :)
Hope you like the review on the LJ page. I'm curled up in anticipation of that finale...
Reviewer: Shannondoah (Signed)
04/05/08 03:56 PM · On:
Yay! another story with Abe Nakomis! He was awesome in the last one!
Dean's already on angst overload and it's just the beginning. This promises to be an amazing ride!
Hey you -- I'm glad you like the Abe is back. I hope that if you continue to read, you will enjoy. Dean does go through the wringer a bit... but in this one, so does Sam. :)
Thanks for letting me know you've started!
Reviewer: jerrys1girl (Signed)
04/05/08 12:38 PM · On:
You've done it again! I loved this story (as I've loved all your stories). Although I am not usually partial to non-canon characters (OCs?? - I really don't have this lingo down yet), there are a few that I have read that seem to fit so well with canon that Kripke should be jealous that he didn't come up with them - namely, Abe and Brenna (and Ridley's entire Brotherhood). I love the view of the boys through Abe's eyes, and that there is someone else out there who really cares about them. Any chance we'll see Brenna again? I love her character too, and the side of Dean she brings out (and not just the steamy side).
Anyway, I'm rambling, but I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the ride.
Hey! Thanks so much for reading. :) Yeah, OC's mean "other characters" or "original characters" so you have the lingo there. Believe me, I'm still learning. Took me forever to realize that RL mean "real life"... hee.
I'm SO excited that you have enjoyed Abe and Brenna. That means a lot to me. I haven't read Ridley's Brotherhood stories, but I know of them through my friend LovinJackson's stories. I can tell those characters are very real to many people, which is fantastic.
I have a few stories outlined -- one of them includes Brenna, so yeah, she'll be back. Sometime this summer. I have some promises to keep with the other two stories, first.
Thanks for the ramble and for letting me know you enjoyed. Means so very much to me.
Reviewer: Vanessa (Signed)
04/05/08 10:35 AM · On:
Ahhh, Gaelic, this was just an awesome, wonderful story. I enjoyed every single second of reading it.
This last chapter was terrific. Though the scene that hit me over the head--was the scene of Sammy taking off his t-shirt and washing the Impala. That's just an amazingly sexy picture. And then when still-recovering Dean went over to help him--I just sighed in complete satisfaction. For those few moments all is right with the world.
BTW, I know what you mean about the holes in the stomach etc. having had gall bladder surgery a few months ago. It definitely gives you a differnent perspective on doing some things to the boys. :-) I'm glad you're recovering and feeling better!
Thanks so much for this! I love knowing that you read -- and even more that you enjoyed! And that scene was my way of giving them a moment of peace... however fleeting.
So sorry to hear about your surgery! I'm glad we're both doing better. :)
Take care of you and I hope to see you again in the review pages.
Reviewer: darkhunter (Signed)
02/05/08 07:33 AM · On:
just read chapters 5 and 6.excellent.i'm loving this amazing story.i love stories with bobby in them.it was birdie that said how awsome your bobby was in answer to a review i send her.he is.
Oh, WOW! Thanks so much! And thanks, too, to Birdie! I haven't written Bobby much in non-zine stories (he appears in several of my zine stories that will eventually be posted once the "expiration date" has past), so I'm really pleased to hear you say that!
And I'm thrilled you're enjoying the story. Chapter 8 (the final chapter) will hopefully be up by Sunday. It's in my beta's hands now...
Reviewer: star76 (Signed)
26/04/08 08:06 PM · On:
Wow, sorry this has taken so long to post. I never imagined quite how much time to myself I would lose when we got the puppy! I love him to pieces but will be glad when I can leave him for more than five minutes without having to worry about him chewing my furniture!! (He’s asleep right now).
So, here is my very belated review, I loved reading it and am now planning on printing out some of your other stuff to read when I can’t get up here to the computer. Short & sweet, here is what I liked:
Dean waking up, the warrior, determined that the ikiryoh isn’t going to take anyone, and immune (almost) to the misery it projects to the others.
The ikiryoh on Dean – so very creepy.
Dean naked!! His indignation, amongst all the chaos, of being naked!...... Dean naked in blankets & towels.
Sams concern that by putting the ikiryoh into Sal he was beginning to go darkside
The chick-flick moment in the bathroom – outstanding.
Bobby & Maggie.
Dean unable to say or hear “I love you”, that is so sad.
Abe telling Sam about the light inside him.
Lobo – like Dean, wounded but determined to continue the fight to the end.
The tension of the whole scene with Claire & culminating in finally stopping the ikiryoh by returning it to her.
Dean - done in – sitting with Lobo & Sam, giving in only when no-one else can see.
Gaelic, I loved it!! I am so glad I got to post this before you posted the next instalment. Hope you are feeling much better now. Looking forward to reading the conclusion.
HI!!! *waves enthusiastically* So happy to see you and this review! *pets puppy*
Our girl, Josie, once ate a couch. I'm not kidding you. Vet said it was separation anxiety from when we had to leave her to go to work. Seven years later, she got over it...so, see? There's, uh, hope. *cough*
Thank you SO MUCH for your highlights. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this chapter and you called out your favorite parts. :) *claps* I started chapter 8 before I was waylaid by appendicitus and the surgery, so I'm now just working to get caught up and finished, then beta and post. Hopefully soon, and I really hope you like it!!
Best to you,
Reviewer: POOKEE (Signed)
25/04/08 12:52 PM · On:
As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter and again your writing exceeds the mere story, your words evoking a deeper meaning - a deeper focus.
You have set within the chapter the Winchesters' standard of loyalty and love. This standard both men will need to remember in order to mend - to feel whole again. The subtle nuances of things remembered by the men strengthen the foundations of their relationship - the loyalty, the love. Sam's remembrance of Dean's pledge to keep him safe to save him is so important in the path to healing.
The brothers are truly "each others heartbeat". Their need of each other's touch- both physical and mental - in order to bring them through this ordeal, to feel safe and grounded is staggering. So many people, so many things have been ripped from their lives that each man does not want the other to let go for fear of losing one another.
Sam's flashback to when Dean cared for him seems to solidify the foundation of the men's life even more. Almost a complete cycle of life is occurring - the parent rearing the child, allowing the child to mature, to live and finally the child caring for the parent when duty calls. Remembering Dean as the "absolute strength and constant presence" Sam realizes it is his time to return the love and respect that his brother bestowed on him.
One can see a metamorphosis within Sam as he finally comes to understand that Dean and John never were far from him. Their frequent clandestined visits to California, his knowledge of John singing to him as a baby.
The symbolism of Sam's view of Dean's hands versus his own is so poignant. Sam's are graceful/scarless due to the workings of Dean's sturdy and scarred hands. Sam realizes that his hands, his life has been nothing like Dean's by one reason alone - because of Dean - his love his protection.
Your writing allows the reader to see an inner darkness leave Sam as he lets go of the pent up anger he has harbored for so many days, months, years. He doesn't blame Dean, he believes in Dean's words again - believes in his brtoher, totally.
The brothers begin a dialog between each other, the stories they need to share - the road back to brotherhood and trust.
Wonderful writing, and as usual, piece of your heart embedded in each word.
God Bless and Keep You,
Pookee, thank you so much for this. As you know, I've been struggling to get back to normal after that unexpected surgery, and have been working on Chapter 8 of this story. Seeing your reaction to this chapter encourages me to push on and write the end as I'd always planned.
Thank you for your constant reviews and gracious words. I'm honored that you take time for me -- even before May 1st!!
Best to you,
Reviewer: Bookworm (Signed)
24/04/08 05:02 PM · On:
Can't wait for the end good job!
THANKS! Ooops. Darn Caps lock. I mean Thanks! :) I am working on the end now. Really hope you like!
Reviewer: darkhunter (Signed)
21/04/08 06:22 AM · On:
a very creepy chapter,loving it.
Yay for the creepy! I hope you continue to hang with me. I've had some health issues, but am better now and hope to have the final chapter up soon.