Reviewer: SamGirl2011andBeyond (Signed)
16/04/12 10:16 PM · On:
This was awesome. Loved Dean and Sam's interaction and I love Grace's interaction.
Grace comes back in Here At The End Of All Things.
I liked Grace as a character, and not because I created her. And it was interesting and a good change of pace to tell the story from an outsider's point of view. Because then you get to play with that character's perceptions of the boys, and that's always a great mental exercise to plan out.
And I did want a little tiny softening of the growing tension between the boys, and what better time than Christmas to do it?
Thanks so much for reading, Laina.
Reviewer: dontknowmyname (Signed)
19/06/11 01:46 PM · On:
Congratulations! You have been recced at spn_littlebro on LiveJournal.
You can find the rec in the Injury Theme post here:
Thank you again, Kris.
I really appreciate the rec's. Hope you enjoyed the story.
Reviewer: leslie92708 (Signed)
03/01/11 03:41 PM · On:
Oh I liked this one! Loved to see the brothers thru a strangers eyes! Very nice indeed!
This was a last-minute Christmas write. I literally got the idea driving home from work to grab presents and go down to join the family for Christmas Eve dinner. Think I almost pulled an all-nighter to get it written, and it went up un-beta-ed and un-bannered. That of course got fixed during the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day - lol.
And it was a change of pace to write through a stranger's eyes, but it also gives an opportunity to view another side of the brothers. And I liked Grace - she actually makes an appearance in another story - Here At The End Of All Things, my co-write with Cookie6.
Really glad you liked this one.
Reviewer: gidgetgal9 (Signed)
14/08/10 06:56 PM · On:
I read this last month, with the other Christmas story. I thought I had read this one but realized I had missed it. I'm glad I decided to make sure - I really enjoyed it and the original character you created- Grace. I very much enjoyed Grace's pov of the boys. Another reason I'm very glad I decided to give it a read....
I took on Here At The End Of All Things as my vacation read this week. I was happily surprised to see Grace make an appearance in that story as well.
Thanks so much for that. Writing from an outsider's point of view really allows me to explore the boys' personalities from a fresh perspective, so it's actually a bit of a fun journey, picturing what someone would think of the Winchesters when meeting them for the first time.
And yeah, I was a little bit proud of the way Grace turned out. The brother thing with her and Ben sort of mirroring Dean and Sam just happened in the natural progression of the story, and gave me a great platform for the boys to do that whole "we're not really talking about that" scenario.
Yep, Grace has quite an important role in Here At - oh, and you took it on holidays with you? Man, that's a big chunk of story....
Reviewer: Micaiah (Signed)
02/02/10 01:56 PM · On:
Oh my gosh, Jules. I absolutely love this. It made me laugh and cry at the same time. I love how this is done from a total stranger's POV and the stranger is seeing what we love about these boys, their bond and their devotion.
The Christmas presents were just great. Especially the paper clips for Dean. Honestly, I laughed out loud.
My mom was in the hospital this past Christmas Eve and I feel really bad for the people who give up their holidays to help out other people. But the thing that really got me was Grace and her brother.....yeah, I'm still crying about that one. It's a long story. I'll tell you some day if you ever want to know.
Thank you, Jules for a lovely story.
Thank you, Sonya.
I know I've done my job if I can wring those sorts of emotions from a reader. So glad you liked the Christmas presents. I couldn't resist the paperclips - lol.
My aunt's (Chris) first job was working in the staff dining room of the Royal Brisbane Hospital, and she worked the Christmas Day shift - I always thought it was so unfair, but I was just a kid at the time. So this was written as a sort of thank you to all who give up that special day to help someone else.
Grace and her brother Ben make another appearance actually, in Here At The End Of All Things. And that got to you? You know I'm going to ask now, don't you?
Take care, and have lots of hot chocolate while you're snowed in.
Reviewer: ashon13 (Signed)
30/03/09 02:07 PM · On:
Aw, wow, that was heartbreakingly beautiful. You're absolutely right, Sam and Dean are just like scruffy angels..saving the world from evil, and not asking for a thing in retun. :')
They are, aren't they? So glad you liked this one. Especially since it was such a spur of the moment story. Why the muse had to bite me on the backside on Christmas Eve is beyond me...*sigh*....
Reviewer: bhoney (Signed)
08/03/09 01:11 AM · On:
Awww, I really liked this a lot. I usually don't read outsider POV stories, or stories in first person, but this story really drew me in and I couldn't resist.
I really enjoyed seeing the brothers through Grace's eyes. Loved the shepherd analogy, and the way Grace thought of them as unsung heroes, scruffy angels. LOVED the gifts they got one another, they were just perfect. And I figured that little boy would remind Dean of Sammy.
Also liked that Grace had brother issues that gave the boys the perfect opportunity to discuss some of what was going on in their relationship, without having to do so directly. LOVED that Dean called her Gracie--I figured that was why he'd done it--and that they left her the note and the quarters. Liked the significance of the phone ringing 12 times before it was answered, and that Grace and her brother were trying to heal things.
For some reason, this mental image made me giggle: "like the three-year-old girl who had been brought in two hours ago with a saucepan stuck on her head".
Really good job on this. Great descriptions, great details, great characterization--it just all came alive for me and drew me in. Very well done!
Thank you so much! I'm just so glad that I could pull this all together, as it was written on the spur of the moment - on the fly, as it were. It's only the second outsider POV story that I've done - the other one was first person, too, come to think of it.
But it does give a bit of a different view of the boys, seeing them through someone else's eyes. So chuffed that you liked Gracie, and the parallels between the siblings. And yes, when the boys were discussing Grace's estrangement with her brother, they were really talking about their own issues as well.
As for the three-year-old with the pot on her head - not sure where that came from, but it sounded good so I threw it in - LOL!
Thanks hon - I really appreciate your wonderful review.
Reviewer: kwater (Signed)
11/01/09 10:27 AM · On:
Sorry for taking so long to get to this Jules, but it was wonderful....gotta love those scruffy Angels - Kel ;)
That's all right, Kel - it's taken me a whole month to get back to the reviews.
Oh, yes, do love those scruffy angels - much better than the real ones. Thanks for that - glad you liked the little Christmas treat...Jules
Reviewer: Pandora Jazz (Signed)
03/01/09 02:38 AM · On:
I really enjoyed reading your story.
Wonderful job with the brothers. I had to smile when they gave each other gifts from the mini-mart. Actually, I pretty much smiled all the way through the story.
Scruffy angels - perfect!
Thanks for sharing your story with us.
Thank you so much for reading. Oh, I am so chuffed that I made you smile. My soul needs a feel-good story every now and then, and what better time than Christmas - especially a Christmas that neither Winchester brother thought he would ever have again - to have one?
So glad that you liked the scruffy angels bit....Jules
Reviewer: calcium77 (Signed)
01/01/09 05:53 PM · On:
Awwwww. That was just an adorable story! THanks for sharing it! I really enjoyed reading it.
Happy New year!
Author's Response: Thank you! And Happy New Year to you, too. Hope it made you feel good - that was my intention. I like the little slice of life stories just as much as the action ones - it makes a nice break....Jules
Reviewer: okedoke (Signed)
28/12/08 12:54 AM · On:
Author's Response: Thank you for that. I'm glad that you enjoyed this little tale....Jules
Reviewer: saltnburnem (Signed)
28/12/08 12:51 AM · On:
Wonderful as always!! Great Christmas tale!! I like how she could tell they were brothers, and how they didn't have much in terms of worldly goods. ER nurses gotta be observant like that! Good job!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for that. I must confess, I get rather attached to some of my OC's, and Grace was no exception. And it was fun to see the boys from a stranger's perspective.....Jules
Reviewer: copycat666 (Signed)
27/12/08 06:13 PM · On:
very good , it made me smile anyway . !
Thank you. I'm pleased it made you smile. That tells me that I did my job as a storyteller.
Hope you had a great Christmas....Jules
Reviewer: fredo (Signed)
27/12/08 04:43 PM · On:
Ow Jules, nice one, I loved it. I never had to work myself on Christmas eve, but my mom's an emergency nurse, and my hubby worked wednesday night for Christmas eve, so I appreciated your kind thoughts for people like them. Thanks for another sweet read, and I guess I'll catch you next year...
Thank you - and I'm glad that the story did them honour. It must be hard to be away from families on that day, but what can they do? So this was my little thank-you for their sacrifice.
Catch you very soon, my friend.....Jules
Reviewer: catchme21 (Signed)
27/12/08 12:22 PM · On:
Aw Jules...that was beautimous. I'm so glad that sideswept you, and I'm glad you jotted it down.
And I love the term "scruffy angels", lol delish. The boys are so cute, and with the heavy season we're not getting to see as much of the playful side as before.
I gotta say I tried to write a feel good read this year but it just wasn't happening, so I am really glad to see yours up. Bout time we had something a little lighter around here haha. *wink wink*
I hope you and your family had a marvelous Christmas.
"Scruffy Angels" pretty much describes our boys, doesn't it? And they're much better than the real versions - especially that plick Uriel. Please, Mr Kripke, can we see Uriel get pounded by his Boss?
And I know what you mean about the heaviness of the stories. I know that S4 is pretty intense, but there are some lighter moments in amongst all the angst and action. Perhaps it's the Pollyanna in me that tries to hone in on the happy bits......Jules
Reviewer: kiara_ratterjmouse (Signed)
27/12/08 03:37 AM · On:
That's perfectly fine Jules, there is no pressure intended. i post before i get people to read through it anyway...
i liked this one...
anyway... how did you know i would read it :-)?
are you psychic or something?
merry christmas and HNY girlie
Thanks, Kiara, and yes, I am psychic....or is that psychotic? Can never remember how that goes.....*be afraid*....
Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year.
Reviewer: supernaturaldh (Signed)
26/12/08 10:25 PM · On:
Jules- this was a great story, and off the cuff too!! I loved the Sammy and Gracie reference, amazing how older brothers give names to their little brothers or sisters. I know since I am a little sis myself, with my own special nickname!! Loved it.
It was, Denise. I was on my way home from work, and I had a couple of hours before heading off back down the highway for the traditional Christmas Eve baked dinner with the family, and this thing bit me on the arse. So the keyboard got pounded instead of the house being cleaned in those spare few hours.
Aww, you liked Sammy and Gracie? I did, too. And I thought that Dean as a big brother would be sure to recognise the signs of a younger sibling. Ah - you're a little sis? I'm actually a big sis, but I don't see my sisters, so I'm little niece to Christine.
Thanks so much, hon.....Jules
Reviewer: amethyst (Signed)
26/12/08 05:21 PM · On:
what a lovely story, thankyou so much for that
Author's Response: Thank you. I must confess, I needed a feel-good season 4 story, and what better way than a Christmas one? Having said that, I never expected that I'd be the one writing it.....*rolls eyes*.....Stoked that you loved this little piece....Jules
Reviewer: Primrose (Signed)
26/12/08 05:02 PM · On:
Oh, that was exactly what I needed to read today. GOOD Christmas story!
Author's Response: Thank you! I was curious to see how the boys would spend this Christmas, since they both thought last year was to be their final one. Glad you loved it so much....Jules
Reviewer: Sofia (Signed)
26/12/08 04:50 PM · On:
Hi, that`s a wonderful Christmas story. Scruffy Angels describe it very well. Now that was my good night story and I wend now to bed with nice Thought`s.Thank you and Merry Christmas.
Well, that is such an awesome review - thank you so much for that. I am so touched that you went to bed with happy thoughts. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, and thank you again for this special revew....Jules
Reviewer: blackcatswhiskers (Signed)
26/12/08 03:40 PM · On:
great story, Jules. Merry Christmas
Author's Response: Thank you! I was so glad that I actually got it finished in time. Damn those last minute plot bunnies. Chuffed that you enjoyed it....Jules
Reviewer: vonnie836 (Signed)
26/12/08 11:07 AM · On:
What a wonderful story. I love the first person perspective because it really brings out the emotions and thoughts Grace has. You are such a wonderful writer. Again and again I'm overwhelmed by the emotional turmoil in your stories. You have the ability to make me sad and happy, cry and laugh at the same time. This story is no exceptions. I really love it. Hope your Christmas was a blessed one. Hugs, Vonnie
Thanks, Vonnie. This is only the second story that I've told from that perspective, but it's a nice way to gain some different insights into the boys.
And yes, my Christmas was pretty good, considering it was the first one without my Pop. We had a good day for all of that, especially in the evening when we watched Jared's The Christmas Cottage on DVD.
As for the thoughts and feelings - well, that's my makeup. I went to a creative writing class run by a friend a few years ago, and she used myself and another friend as guinea-pigs for her lessons. One of the things she had us do was to write a short story based on a teapot she put on the table. Rangi, the other lady that came with me, was an artist, so she painted a very visual picture in her story about the pot and its appearance. I went with the feelings and memories, because that is what I tune into in real life. I sense mostly by feeling, and not so much by visual clues. So that's how I write.
Reviewer: janebear (Signed)
26/12/08 09:49 AM · On:
What an a great and awesome story. What a great Christmas present. Thanks so much for sharing you great talent. My mom was a nurse who had to work the Christmas shift for years, I can relate to this story so well.
You brought tears to my eyes, but they are happy tears. Again thank you so much and Merry Christmas to you.
Very big hugs to you,
Thank you, Jane.
My aunt, who also makes my pretty story banners, did a few Christmas Day shifts in her first job - at the staff dining room of the Royal Brisbane Hospital. I always thought it was so unfair that Chris had to work Christmas Day - why couldn't the doctors and nurses feed themselves? But then, I was just a kid back then....
So pleased - well - sort of - that moved you. As long as they were happy tears. And I hope I did honour to those who do have to work during the holidays, no matter what vocation they are in....Jules
Reviewer: NongPradu (Signed)
26/12/08 09:07 AM · On:
This was just so sweet. I really, really loved it.
It's funny that she thinks Dean and Sam are like human angels... Wonder what she'd think of Castiel and Uriel. lol. She'd probably be as disappointed as Sam.
Thanks for this! It was a real treat. :)
Thank you so much for this. And I somehow don't think that Grace would care much for the real angels - especially Uriel. Poor Sam - he was so devastated by that meeting, wasn't he? His faith really took a beating.
I'd love for Uriel to cross the line and have the Man Upstairs give him such a smiting that he's the one that ends up being dust instead of Sam! That would make me a very happy veggie.....Jules
Reviewer: darkhunter (Signed)
26/12/08 09:01 AM · On:
A wonderful story,i loved it.
Author's Response: Thank you for that. It was a bit scary posting it unbeta-ed - I don't like working without my safety net any more. But I had to get it up in that short time frame. So happy that you enjoyed it....Jules