Reviewer: darkhunter (Signed)
27/07/09 12:36 PM · On:
This was a very beautifuly written story, the pov's were all wonderful,i loved it.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I'm glad you liked the story!
Reviewer: bhoney (Signed)
25/07/09 11:09 AM · On:
This was really well done, an interesting look at three different couples that lived near the Winchesters and would've been part of their lives.
This made me laugh: "Mark my words, that Dean Winchester is going to grow up to be a hooligan! It starts with a few flowers and who knows where it stops.” You did a wonderful job creating a voice for Helen. What a character!
And this struck me as a little funny, too: "As for Jackson, well, he can learn to give up a few of his things to his bite victims.” I really liked Sally. Also, it was nice to see that Dean's not the one terrorizing other children. LOL
And the last one tied the all together nicely, showing that Helen and Sally had followed through with their intentions and still fit in with what we saw in the pilot. I felt so sorry for Lisa, who I assume lost a child, but it's true that sometimes other people's tragedies bring us out of ourselves and our own tragedies.
You did a great job of creating a story and voice for each set of neighbors. Good work!
Author's Response: Thank you for your review! I am really glad you liked the story. I had to keep reminding myself that I needed to see Dean as a NORMAL four year old who would cry when he got hurt- that was hard for some reason. Lisa surprised me. She came up out of nowhere, and made the story much sadder than I expected it to be. I'm glad that it worked.
Reviewer: zz1989 (Signed)
23/07/09 08:37 PM · On:
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I'm so glad that you liked it!
Reviewer: RoweenaC (Signed)
23/07/09 03:43 PM · On:
Aw hun... that was funny (the old couple had me on the floor laughing so hard, lol) and sad.
Very realistic view of the ousiders. You just have a way with inventing characters we never even heard of and making them real. I could relate to each and every one of them instantly.
The way the neighbors cope with the sudden tradgedy in their midst is VERY realistic. I think if SPN 'verse had been real, this would have been people's real reaction. Speechless, compassionate and helpless apart from the little things. And it's always the little things that count most, right? I like to hope that John and the boys had this kind of neighbors. People who cared - if silently - and helped at least with a few things...
Thanks for sharing, Julie. Great story and very true to your style and a tale worth being told!
Author's Response: You are so wonderful! Thank you for the great review! It means a lot! I remember when I started writing this that I had missed the funeral of the man in our neighborhood who had cancer, because we had gone out of town. I felt REALLY bad about it, so I had been thinking about what I could do for them. It had been on my brain for awhile, so when the challenge was announced, I knew what the story had to be about. I'm glad it connected with other people too!
Reviewer: Rae666 (Signed)
23/07/09 12:13 PM · On:
Awww! That was so sad and heartbreaking. It's nice when communities come together in times of tragedy in order to help. And I really liked how you showed how opinions can change and actions from before or after an event such as this - like with Helen Weeks and her caring for Dean.
Awesome piece of work!
Author's Response: I actually planned for the story to be funny. It clearly didn't go the way I expected! I'm so glad you liked the story! Thank you so much!
Reviewer: lillelouis (Signed)
21/07/09 11:18 AM · On:
That last point of view was omnious to the point of being scary. That dark and silent nursery - two things a nursery should never be. I loved this one. I think it's great when we get to view the Winchesters from the point of view of others. Awesome!
Author's Response: I think what I wanted to show there was that we all have our own struggles, and our own pain, but when someone needs us, we're willing to look beyond it to help. The Reynolds family was certainly in their own world of darkness and grief. I'm so glad that you liked the story! Thank you!
Reviewer: Smudge93 (Signed)
21/07/09 08:06 AM · On:
I loved this, it was unusual and funny (I have a neighbour just like Helen Weeks!) and heartwarming too. People always come through in times of adversity for their neighbours and their friend and you showed that beautifully here.
I loved the last one, Mary taking her son for granted (hope you know what I mean by that) and Lisa longing to be able to be in that postion. And she need to do something, anything to show that she cared was so sweet and so sad too.
Very nice and good with this one, :) Mary xx
LOL! I'm glad you've let me be silly with those reviews. I probably won't be "nice and good" with all your stories, but it has been fun!
Bernie and Helen were loosely based on my grandparents- he was always fiddling with his hearing aid, and she was always shrieking at him about something. I am so glad that you liked the story. Thank you for reviewing!
Reviewer: Swellison (Signed)
21/07/09 12:04 AM · On:
This is a great little piece that proves that the outsiders' point of view can be intimate and caring, too. Nice bit of story spinning.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! So far, almost everything I've done has been from an outsider's point of view. It's interesting to see the Winchesters filtered from another direction and another life. I am so glad that you liked how it turned out!
Reviewer: Tree66 (Signed)
20/07/09 11:38 PM · On:
as with many- this was another of my favorites.. I loved the neighbor's POV - loved the blend/reflection of normality along with what happened that night...
The one piece totally reminded me of Dennis the Menace... or maybe that could have been Dean the Menace.. well done!
Author's Response: Thank you! I was really a favorite? WOW! That means a lot, coming from you. The kind of energy Dean has could only have led to him being the terror of the neighborhood if he had grown up normally.
Reviewer: NongPradu (Signed)
20/07/09 11:34 PM · On:
Oh my God this was beautiful. I know there are a lot of great entries out there for this, but I think this is my favourite.
Not only did you do a completely different take on this, but you somehow managed to capture a bit of Winchester-ness while at the same time saying something very powerful about community.
Seriously well done. I think you should get a banner and feature for the sheer heart behind this.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I wrote this so quickly, it surprised me at how easy it came together. I hoped it meant that I did something right.