Reviewer: leslie92708 (Signed)
03/01/11 11:01 AM · On:
WOW!! nice twist. I thought it was Dean. then I thought it was Sam. Then I had no idea...bobby? Then I figured out it was John and young sam and dean!
Yeah, I got all three of my team with that twist as well - LOL. I was actually on the phone to my banner-maker (who is also my auntie) at the moment she discovered the twist, and I just burst out laughing at her gasped "OMG - it's John!"
Love me a little twist or two...or three...
Glad I got you with it too...*rubs hands together with glee*...
If it hadn't been John, it would have been Sam doing the digging - and there were passages there that were sort of Sam-like - deliberately. Because of the two boys, Sam is most like his father. Dean tends to take after his mum. So I let my imagination take a walk to explore the similarities between Sam and John - not just the anger and obsession with revenge, but also what else he may have shared with his son. Things from happier times, like a love of learning, perhaps.
Thanks again, Leslie, for letting me know what you thought. I'm really glad you're enjoying my work.
Reviewer: gidgetgal9 (Signed)
18/08/10 05:18 PM · On:
I will admit that I was proud of myself for guessing Sam was the digger- just knew I was write when the voice said Dean- just goes to show I'm no Nancy Drew! Thanks for a great read. :)
Good on you, Claudia - lol - close enough. Not the son but the father. If it hadn't been John, I would have had Sam as the digger, actually. And of course, there are some Sam traits in there as he does take after his father in a lot of ways.
Thanks so much for reading, and I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
Reviewer: Micaiah (Signed)
12/08/10 08:55 PM · On:
Forgotten how to do it....pfft....as if! As soon as I saw the lovely banner Chris did I thought, "It's the glove story!" :) Sorry it took so long for me to get to it.
At first I thought it was one of the brothers but when it got down into the details I thought it had to be John because I couldn't imagine Dean or Sam studying dirt. :) But then I thought Dean was in the hole and I was mad because John had thought his whole life was in that hole! And then when I realized it was BOTH boys and they were little boys, I was really pissed at John for bringing them along!
Nice one Jules! Way to mess with our minds. :)
That's all right - you have to rest those eyes.
Yes, it's the glove story - LOL! Thanks for the help, too, by the way. Geez, didn't we go round and round over those gloves in Route 666? And I managed to work the mittens in, too, because I just loved that suggestion too much not to use it.
Ah, yes - his whole life was in that hole - both little boys. At the time I wrote that, I was wondering if people would still be thinking it was an adult Dean or Sam doing the digging - the same principle applies to either brother.
Hmm, must be losing my touch a bit if you got onto me at the dirt thing - lol. But then, you know me pretty well by now, so I suppose it's not so surprising. I'm going to have to start getting up lots earlier to fool you - ROFL.
Yep, know what you mean about John bringing the boys on the hunt. I've loudly - sometimes - proclaimed all along that I'm not a John fan, but I'm trying to dig into his motives for how he chose to raise his boys. I don't agree, but I never thought he didn't love the boys either. I firmly believed he just didn't understand his youngest - even though Sam has a lot of his father's traits (and bad habits....).
Oh, thank you - I really love messing with your minds. But then, that's not news to people either...*grins wickedly*....
Reviewer: Dolphindreamer (Signed)
06/08/10 11:12 PM · On:
Love, love, love the banner -- amazing artwork.
Hand up....waving wildly... I though it was Dean -- for sure. Blah...smarty pants....LOL. You really threw me-- headlong. Ha! You got me so bad -- again! LOL.
Burry Sam next, k? He he.
I love how John was sorry to Mary. Very human touch. He most certainly would be.
I came over to read one of your older stories, but saw the banner (Again, just goregous artistry) and opted to read this new one instead.
Glad I did. You always make my night a fun one.
Ah, got you! I'm delighted to have caught you out. Oh, and the banner - yes, very pretty. Auntie did a great job on this one. And funny enough, there is not one screencap or shot from Supernatural at all in that banner - lol.
Oh, bury Sammy next? Poor Sammy - we do like to beat the crap out of him, don't we? But in our defence, Kripke did it first.
Yes, I figured he'd feel he had to apologise to Mary for what he was about to do to the boys - turn them from children into hunters. Not because I think he knew Mary didn't want them to be hunters....actually, I'm not sure if John did find out about his wife's past or not - but because he'd feel on some level that he was failing as a parent.
But his regret at ripping away their normal life would be balanced by his fear of what would come after them - especially Sam. I don't think it would have taken John very long to put two and two together and come up with the fact that whatever had killed Mary was after baby Sammy. So his mantra to Dean from the time of the fire - "Protect Sammy." makes perfect sense in this context.
So glad you loved it, hun. And I'm thrilled I could make it a fun night for you.
Reviewer: pinkphoenix1985 (Signed)
06/08/10 07:56 AM · On:
I loved this!! And you totally got me-- I was confused in the beginning and thought that it could be Dean.
It's an interesting look into John.
Awww...thank you so much. LOL - I was wondering how many would think it was Dean, or switch back and forth between Dean and Sam. It could have just as easily been Sam doing the digging as John, as they share a lot of the same traits. I actually drew on that fact for certain passages, like the research line. I figured since Sam is so much like his dad, he must have gotten his love of research from John. Especially now that we know Mary was a hunter, and Dean takes after her.
It just made sense to me....*shrugs*....
Oh, and thank you - I don't usually look John's way except to wolf-whistle at JDM, but I had fun drawing out John's motivation and reactions. So glad you enjoyed it, too.
Reviewer: sam (Signed)
06/08/10 06:51 AM · On:
i loved it very much in how i thought it was Dean looking for Sam or vice versa. . .and to know it was there father a very well performed pieace thanks. if there was a way to get a copy of it :) when you can of course thanks for this one i like it. i think more versions of childhood rock and this kicked ass.
MY RATING: PRICELESS
Hullo, Ivonne! Hope you've been well.
Thank you, my friend. Yes, I sort of threw lots of people for a loop there, didn't I? Not like me to write a Daddy Winchester story, so I thought it was about time I did. So glad you loved it so much.
And of course you can have a copy. I've emailed it to you - you should have it by now. Please let me know if you didn't get it and I'll send it again.
Reviewer: ThePasserby (Signed)
03/08/10 05:52 PM · On:
ok, totally thought it was Dean at first. but there were weird phrases and hints at something else, and i thought, "wait, no, this can't be Sam," but who the hell else would study DIRT and enjoy it?
And then the word "babies" hit me and i started squeeing, "IT'S DADDY!!!!" like an idiot.
all in all, great one shot, dear, enjoyed it much.
Thank you so much, Alanah.
Oh, LOL - who indeed would study dirt and find it interesting? I've watched Sam since the pilot, but especially since Wendigo, and one thing that struck me about him early on, especially once we saw John on screen, was just how much Sam is like his father. So I just extended that theory to include John having a love of learning - Sam had to get it from somewhere, right? So that's where that little bit came from.
Oh, you squee-ed? That made my day! Yep, think I threw just about everyone for a loop with it being a John story - lol.
Thanks so much for reading, and for letting me know what you thought. I'm really glad you enjoyed it so much.
Reviewer: bia1007 (Signed)
01/08/10 09:04 AM · On:
You fooled me, I first thought it was Dean digging but actually after reading the whole story I'm very thankful for this view of John's fear and love for his boys. John always will be a mystery to me but I absolutely understand him here, believe his panic and fear and you give us a stunning description of this! His thoughts on the drive back - "Tears stung my eyes, and I angrily jammed one knee against the steering wheel for a few moments while I wiped them away. I can't do this Mary - I can't lose them, too..." - showed the raw John, vulnerable, lonely and frightened, never thought about this before, how heavily this all weighed on him. Grand! Oh and there also was this wonderful brother scene when John found his boys and "Dean's arms were wrapped tightly around his little brother, his head bent over Sam's as he'd tried to shield the younger boy from the worst of the avalanche of snow and dirt." Loved it!
And again thank you so much for listening to me yesterday, it helped a lot!
Oh, you're welcome - I'm here anytime. It was my pleasure. Hope you're doing okay now.
I fooled you too, eh? Well, I'm pretty happy about that. LOL. John's a mystery to me, too, so it was quite a surprise to me to actually get this story idea. But once I got the inspiration, I just had to get it from John's point of view.
But I think in those early days when the boys were younger, he might have felt a little guilty over what he had to do, and would perhaps say a quiet little apology to Mary for turning their babies into hunters. We saw that agonised father for just a brief second in the flashback scene in Something Wicked, when John cradled a groggy, five-year-old Sammy after scaring off the Shtriga.
And it must have weighed very heavily on him - losing his wife that way, then having to bring up two young boys on his own while training to fight monsters that he never even knew existed before that night. There were moments where he made an attempt to reach out to his sons, but I think in the later years, he just hardened himself to what he felt he had to do and got on with the job.
Perhaps he really did think he was doing the best thing for the boys in throwing every effort into tracking down the thing that killed Mary.
One can only hope, eh?
Thanks so much, hun, I'm really glad you loved this little piece.
Reviewer: catchme21 (Signed)
31/07/10 11:56 PM · On:
Well, considering it was you I was pretty sure it was Dean digging at the beginning. But then I thought, no, this is Jules, she'll throw us a curve ball and it'll be Sam digging.
You threw a curve ball to my curve ball. Well played madam, well played.
Yes, I do rather have a reputation for beating the crap out of Sam, don't I? ...*shrugs and tries to look innocent*... In my defence, though, Kripke does it worse - LOL.
Ah, and you thought the same thing Petra did - it was one of my twists. And it was, but I just twisted right around and made it John - lol.
Thank you...*takes a bow*... Think I surprised even myself though, writing about John. Not my favourite person in SN, I have to admit. But he's also a mystery - even more of an enigma than Sam - and you know me and mysteries. I just have to dig until I find the juicy bits. Pardon the wordplay on the story title. But I love peeking into characters' motivations, and I'm sure there's lots of good stuff to be found if I start excavating John's head in earnest.
One of these days I will. LOL.
Reviewer: Cookie6 (Signed)
31/07/10 10:19 PM · On:
Have I told you recently how much I love your writing?
Not only do you write from an intense understanding of everything Winchester, but you are a word crafter like no other. You captured my utter attention with the content of this story and you had me well and truly in the palm of your hand with how you told it.
My initial thought was I was watching the disaster unfold through Dean's eyes. Because that's always my first headspace, protective Dean is my thing. When you wrote about the last thing "he" saw was big, terrified eyes, I saw Sam's scared face in my mind. I saw and felt Dean's reaction to seeing those eyes. But then I hedged my bets - whoa there, Cookie, this could be a Mizpah trick of the light. So I also made myself see Dean's terrified face through Sam's pov, because I know you have a knack for flicking us readers off track with your clever, hidden twists - so I prepared myself. It also fits because I know how well you write Sam's panic when Dean is in trouble. Not only is it classic Winchester for both boys to flip out over the other, but I know you write that aspect so succinctly and with heartbreaking imagery as well.
But then I read this: "whispering a half-forgotten prayer to a God I'd long since stopped believing"... ok, that's my disillusioned Sam, forever struggling with his faith, his head vs heart battle in the life he lives. And then..".How deep was this God-damned frigging hole?" Frigging. Yep, signature Sam cuss.*pointy finger* You did that on purpose. Clever. You and I have discussed the individual mannerisms of our boys, and we share certain truths about them, so yeah, I was sucked in. Yes, I firmly believed, this is Sam's pov I am witnessing, living.
But oh, no. There are two Winchesters buried in that cold prison and they are wee!winchesters. The big brother protecting the baby brother, trying to save him no matter what. The other seeking and finding that safe haven in this horror. Dying together. You killed me here. Killed.Me.Dead. And dare I breathe? Is it? Oh my God...Is my Jules in John's head?! In John's frantic, protective, father head? Well cut my legs off and call me Shorty! Welcome to the dark side, my friend. That right there *tilting head to fic* is John how I believe him to be. The John we saw in TSRTS, the fierce father I know...KNOW...drives the hunter, the soldier, with all his intense, wrong-for-the-right-reasons father. What a stunning, perfect twist. I am so there.
And now I need to discuss how you wrote it. Breathtaking. Stunning. Your use of metaphor and description to put me there, in the freezing scene, was amazing. I dug every handful of snowy sludge with John. Every frigging one. I panicked with him, stopped breathing with him. I felt the physical and emotional pain, I felt the cold, I felt the relief. But you know where you nailed it? When you hardened John to the realities of how it must now be for this family. I felt it through your storytelling, like an epiphany and it was sharp. I know you don't like it, but I also know you get it. For me, that was pure understanding of canon. And yes, it fits perfectly with canon and you found it. Canon told us John knew a long time ago that evil had plans for Sam. We never knew exactly what John found out, only that he knew something. And you captured that in this fic by showing us when the significance of what John suspected hit home.
Jules, your mastery of language is a skill that shines. Every word was crafted to perfection. Again, in another brilliantly written fic. I mean that - you are brilliant at coming up with original plots or ideas and then hitting the mark in telling it. Your talent in putting the movie on our heads is second to none. I have read this little fic three times, and I loved it more each time.
Wow.....well, hi, Shorty. LOL.
Thought you'd be surprised - pleasantly so - when you found it was actually a John story. I'd love to have seen your face when you got to the reveal. Chris' shocked "OMG, it's John!" on the phone just tickled my funny bone. But then, I do have a weird sense of humour....
Thank you, hunny. I didn't even have a struggle with this one, surprisingly enough. It just flowed. So to see a review like this just blows me away.
And see? I've been listening to you and Sarah when you sing John's praises and try to convince me he's not a complete b**tard - lol. But I don't think I'll be putting up my hand for John Fan of the Week ever again.
I'm glad I fooled you, though. You especially, because you know how my mind works. And yes, if I hadn't had the inspiration to do it from John's point of view, it would have been Sam digging, so you were right with your changed guess....to a point. But it was Wee!Chesters buried under all that snow - together.
Yes, I think John knew from a very early stage that whatever it was that had killed Mary was after Sammy somehow. I don't know when he found out it was a demon, but the way he had always drummed it into Dean's head to protect Sammy, I'm sure he thought that it would come back to try for his youngest again. And we so need a discussion one of these days on when we think that all happened. I haven't forgotten that little project I mentioned to you over a year ago....*nods sagely*... It's still in my WIP folder. Waiting patiently...
Thank you so much for this awesome review. And I'm really over the moon that you loved the story so much.
Reviewer: kiara_ratterjmouse (Signed)
31/07/10 07:50 PM · On:
i admit, i thought first it was dean - but my mind liked to doubtme into thinking it was sam.
the doco mention gave it away jules, dean would never watch a doco - unless it was on spooks - and i think sam would already know that. so who was left?
ding ding ding Johnnyboy!
Ah, the documentary did it, eh? I actually took that information from an actual doco on a company of paratroopers who had fought in the Ardennes forest. And the pictures in the banner were screencaps from an episode of the miniseries Band of Brothers, which is where the documentary came from.
But I do think that Sam would watch a good doco - when he's not sneaking a bit of porn - LOL.
Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed it. And I hope your studies are going well.
Reviewer: supernaturaldh (Signed)
31/07/10 07:29 PM · On:
Girl, that was wicked wicked wicked. First I thought it was Dean saving Sam, then Sam saving Dean, but alas, it was Daddy Winchester all the time!! Excellent job of mounting the suspense on this one!
Hey, Denise! Isn't it about time I poked you about the amnesia story? LOL. Great banner for it, by the way. I only got to see it the other night.
Wicked? Well, thank you - I tried. And yep, it was John all along, but you were supposed to think otherwise...*rubs hands together and grins evilly*...glad my plan worked.
Thanks hun - it was actually a nice, easy piece to write, surprisingly enough. But it was one of those stories that just flowed once I sat down and wrote the first line. I sort of sat back at the end of it and went, "Wow, where did that come from?"
Reviewer: supernaturalfan (Signed)
31/07/10 04:42 PM · On:
I was excited when I saw you had posted something new. You have been missed. Loved this story..had us guessing for awhile about who was digging. Could have been any of them, so was surprised when it was John. I was thinking of just the boys.
I loved the ending too. I can see him training them and being driven to do it out of fear. You gave us a jump off point for that. It explains Sam's resentment of him too in a way. He had to start training and being pushed by his Dad at an early age. Nicely done..as usual.
So glad you're back!!! Hope to see more from you soon.
Take care friend,
Aww, thank you! I've missed posting, but the muse just didn't want to play, and neither did real life for a while there.
Ah, I kept you guessing? Awesome! That was the plan. Love a bit of misdirection.
And so glad you loved the ending. I think John - I hope John - was motivated by fear of what would come after the boys, and that's why he was so hard on them. He didn't always make the right decisions, and I certainly didn't agree with a lot of his choices, but I can't say he didn't love his sons, because he did. He just showed it in a really weird way.....*rolls eyes*...
Thanks, my friend, I'll chat to you soon.
Reviewer: Medusa (Signed)
31/07/10 03:02 AM · On:
I've missed you! Welcome back. I hope that you won't be gone for so long again!
Loved this piece. At first I thought maybe Sam was digging, but then it came to me in a flash that it was John/ Don't ask me how I knew, but the moment that he'd dug far enough down to find his missing treasure I just knew. Must be psychic, huh? because nothing in the writing gave it away.
Please say you have something else in the pipeline. I'm having serious withdrawals and fic is the only thing keeping me going until September!
Gosh, was it really a couple of months ago that we were sitting at the table in Sydney waiting for the VIP's to arrive? And how cool that you got to sit next to Jim Beaver?
Ah, intuition worked well for you. Oh, thank you - I'm relieved to hear that I didn't give it away before I was ready to reveal that the digger was John. And yep, you have to be psychic in that case - LOL.
I hope I won't be gone for so long, either. Have changed jobs, so work is no longer sucking me dry, so hopefully things will improve on the writing front. And yep, there is a story in the pipeline. Just a chapter and a half to write before it's ready for posting. Won't be long now.
Reviewer: SUPERNATANGEL67 (Signed)
31/07/10 02:56 AM · On:
This was AWESOME!!!!! You had me going, I had to read it twice with all the thoughts of Dean, Sam, Dean, Sam really thought it was Dean though. Didn't even think of John. But anyway, like i said AWESOME!!!!
Thank you, Donna.
Oh, LOL - I got you, too, eh? I'm rather pleased about that. Think I caught just about everyone off guard with the digger being John and it being basically a Wee!Chester fic. But if I'd put it in the Wee!Chester category, it would have given away my little twist.
So chuffed that you enjoyed it so much. It was a really easy piece to write, believe it or not. Once I had the first line, the rest of the fic just flowed - which it hasn't done for a long time. My muse fled for weeks on end, and I wasn't sure if she'd come back at one stage. So I was fairly relieved that this came together so well.
Thanks again - I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
Reviewer: saltnburnem (Signed)
31/07/10 12:29 AM · On:
Loved it! Gotta admit....never thought of John, but I really liked how loving and caring he was with the boys! Nice job!!
We caught a glimpse of John as a caring and worried parent in the flashback scene of Something Wicked, but we also glimpsed the martinet at the same time, which saddened me for Dean's sake as he was the one who copped the backlash of John's anger. And he was only nine years old - that was a lot of weight for a young boy to carry.
John wasn't always right, and he wasn't always a good father in my opinion, but I can't deny that he loved his sons, so I tried to tap into the father buried under the ruthless hunter for this story.
Thanks again for stopping by - I'm glad you did.
Reviewer: vonnie836 (Signed)
30/07/10 10:00 PM · On:
Okay, let me get my thoughts together here. Clear my brain and off we go. I think this was completely up to par. Short but wonderful, although I would have liked more, as you have deprived me for way too long and I'm in such desperate Mizpah withdrawal that this isn't going to even give me half a fix. Anyway, I thought you did so well with the emotions. Digging, fingers frozen, hurting, finally numb, continuing on, where anyone else would have long given up. The need to find and save, not allowing himself to think that it's too late, because it can't be, it's not possible. And he is right, maybe makes it happen because he wants it so much. His boys are alive, not even seriously hurt and they are together, Dean holding on to Sam, protecting him, because that's who he is. It's not just instinct, it's not only because he told him to, its because Dean is Sam. Okay, now I'm sounding mad and I'm rambling, see what you're doing to me? But without Sam there is no Dean, there can't be and John knows it. He needs his sons, both of them, but he also knows that as long as Sam is around, Dean will be there and as long as he has Dean, he will never completely loose Sam. Okay and now I'm rambling again. About your question, I thought it was Dean but then suddenly went with Sam. Never would have guessed John until you mentioned Dean being wrapped around Sam. Wonderfully done. Hope there will be more from where this one came from very soon. Hugs, Vonnie
Oh, dear - withdrawal? Have I really been AWOL for that long? Oh, I have....
Well, don't worry. I have lots on the drawing board, so once I get settled and writing again in earnest, you'll have a proper fix.
And I know exactly what you mean about the boys. Dean himself said it in 5.22 - that looking out for Sam defined who Dean was. And we've seen the boys without each other, both adrift and wrecked. It will be interesting to see the changes in Dean in season 6, after promising Sam to try to have a normal life.
Thanks hun, so thrilled that you loved the story, and that you didn't guess the identity of the digger until it was revealed.
Reviewer: Star (Signed)
30/07/10 07:50 PM · On:
I seriously thought it was Dean. You had me fooled for sure. This was so powerful, the emotion behind it. John couldn't lose his boys damn it! and so Dig! And then the ending we see the motivation behind the John Winchester we know and...love. Great read!
Thank you so much. Oh, LOL - my evil plan of deception worked! I'm so glad.
I surprised myself writing a John story. I'm not a John fan - although I'm softening somewhat. For an awesome John story, pop over to my good friend Cookie6's page and read The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell - brilliant piece. But you'll need tissues - and possibly a wine or two.
John made a hell of a lot of mistakes, but he, as Sam so wonderfully stated, did what he thought was best to protect his sons. And he did raise two great hunters after all. So I dug into his motivation, and came up with the hunt gone wrong to give him the spur to step up the boys' training.
I'm glad to know it worked. Thanks so much for stopping by, and letting me know what you thought.
Reviewer: amethyst (Signed)
30/07/10 07:31 PM · On:
Seeing your name here, made my day. That was brilliantly done. That it was John didn't even cross my mind. Love John regretting losing their innocence but knowing he has to train them for a future of fighting. Thanks for writing
Thank you so much, Debbie. It's good to be back. This one came out of nowhere, and it was almost as much a surprise to me getting an idea for a John story as it was to you reading it - LOL.
I've had good advice concerning John, so I'm digging deeper into his motives these days. And even though I still think he wouldn't win any parenting awards, I see that he loved his sons, but the hunt for the demon just kept taking higher priority than being a dad to the boys. Even though in John's mind, he probably thought he was doing the best thing for the boys in concentrating on the hunt.
And I sort of figured that once Sam found out what was really out there in the dark, that John would step up the training so they'd be prepared for whatever came their way. But I hope that a small part of him would mourn the loss of their innocence and childhood at the same time.
Reviewer: Oceane (Signed)
30/07/10 05:29 PM · On:
So great to see you Jules, it's been a while. You got me big time, I thought to everyone except John. So well done, I was shivering while reading your story, it was great for once to have John worrying about his sons. Now that you broke the ice literally, lol, hope to see you soon.
Hi, hun. I know, it has been quite a while, hasn't it? I've missed being around, but real life scared my muse off, and I had to lure her back with peanut M&M's.
Oh, I made you shiver? Now that's made my day, since you get a LOT of snow where you come from and I get zip - lol.
And I got you, too. Icing on the cake. I was hoping to catch people with this one, which is why when I sent Chris the draft of the story, I asked her to keep the banner vague. She did an awesome job on that, too.
Thanks hun, and I'll be back soon with another story.
Reviewer: ziggy (Signed)
30/07/10 04:01 PM · On:
So glad the alerts are working again, and what a nice surprise to find this alert in my inbox when I logged on!
You've gone and done it again Jules, got me wondering throughout the story whether it was Sam or Dean digging out his brother. Had finally decided on Sam being the digger because he was thinking about a study he had done of various types of soil, which sounds more Sam and then you go and surprise us with it being John!
Totally Dean that he had protected Sammy in the mini avalanche as it buried them and was more concerned about Sammy as their dad dug them out.
And totally Sammy that when he wakened he had a question on his lips as to what had happened!
Loved how you got totally what it is like digging in snow, even though you have never experienced it, though can understand how defrosting the freezer gave you the inspiration with achingly numb hands!
A really awesome read sis, so descriptive, keeping me wondering until you did the reveal!Sarah
Thanks sis. It really was an eleventh hour decision to post this up when I did - didn't have time really to shoot you an email and let you know it was going up.
Ah, I got you? I could sort of imagine your jaw hitting the keyboard when you got to the reveal, knowing that I usually avoid John like the plague - LOL.
And yes, Dean made a last-minute grab for his brother, protecting Sammy as best he could under the avalanche of dirt and snow from the ghost's attack.
And thank you for your snow talk when I was planning 'Twas The Night - see, I remembered. And I kept that email with the descriptions and the pics of the snowy woods (beautiful, by the way), for future reference. Never know when one might need it again.
Thanks for your help on this one, sis, as always. Can't do this without my team any more.
Reviewer: Primrose (Signed)
30/07/10 03:34 PM · On:
Oh, it was John! I have to admit, at first I thought it was Dean, then other clues came through that made me think it was Sam. One brief moment I thought it was Bobby. You definitely had me fooled :) I love this version of John. Flawed, but not a bad man, and one who certainly loves his boys.
I've missed you very much! Welcome back! You've still got it!
Awww, thanks, Julie. I've missed being here, but the muse just hasn't been playing nicely for the past few weeks.
My goodness, you even thougth it was Bobby - lol. I did keep you guessing with this one, didn't I? *grins evilly*.... But then, it is unusual for me to write a John story, so I thought I'd catch a few people out. Including my beta - LOL.
Thanks, hun - my insights into John are inspired by two John fans close to me - my beta and sometime co-author. I tend to pick their brains whenever anything John-related comes up, as I tend to be a bit biased when it comes to him. I take Sam's side - LOL.
And you're right - he had to have loved his boys. After all, he gave his life to save them both. Because I firmly believe that John knew to lose Dean was to lose Sam as well.
Reviewer: Tree66 (Signed)
30/07/10 12:50 PM · On:
Yep- you got me... I wa trying to be soooo smart- going back and forth with whether I thought it was Sam or Dean.... trying to decide whether I thought you were tormenting the SamGirls or the DeanGirls with this one. I should have known better! LOL.
I will admit the icy-cold descriptions- even your intro of the defrosting fridge sent a shiver through me on an otherwise- humid Mid-western U.S. day... much appreciated!
Loved the insight into John's head for a change- not to mention the timestamp you chose- just after Sam finds out the truth and John start's training him. Also- love the nuance of Dean- always the protector- tucking in and around his lil' bro- Sam cocooned within his grasp when John eventually unburies them... nice touch!
Beautiful as always!
Thanks so much, hun. I'm really glad I got the descriptions right. I have dug in snow, but it's not a usual occurrance around here - if Brisbane ever got snow, there'd be mass panic!
And I'm really glad I fooled you too. I know it's unusual for me to write John - sort of surprised myself, actually - lol! So glad you enjoyed the story so much. I toyed around with the timestamp a bit, and finally decided to pitch it just after the Christmas when Sammy reads John's journal and finds out that monsters are real. End of innocence - and not just for Sam.
Thanks again, hun.
Reviewer: mtee (Signed)
30/07/10 11:49 AM · On:
No, I did not figure you brought Daddy W into the story. Very good... sly person!
great story. thanks
Thank you - LOL. I have a reputation for being sly, actually, and I'm proud of it!
Seriously, though, I love throwing twists in, but even my inner circle didn't see this one coming. I think my beta's jaw hit the floor when she discovered I'd written a John story - lol. See, I don't tell her - I just send her the chapters and wait for her reaction.
That sounds a little mean, doesn't it? But then, she's also my test audience, so it works well.
Thank you so much for your review. I'm really glad you liked the story so much. And that I fooled you - LOL.
Reviewer: luvsamanddean (Signed)
30/07/10 09:55 AM · On:
Welcome back! Thanks for another great story!! You made the desperation John felt so real. I am a fan of John (though didn't always agree with how he treated our boys) so it's great to read a story with him. To be honest I cycled through all three of them as the digger. Really nice surprise that Sam had been buried as well. I like the way you keep us on our toes. Can't wait for the next story!
Aww, thank you, Diane, it's good to be back. Real life's been a bit crazy lately, but hopefully it will settle down into a steady routine soon.
Oh, I'm really pleased that John's desperation and near-panic came through. This is the first time I've actually tackled John in a fic - I'm not a fan of his, sad to say, even though I think JDM's super hot and a great actor, and a perfect choice for daddy Winchester. But within my inner circle are two staunch John fans, Ziggy and Cookie6, and I rely heavily on them to help me dig into John's psyche to see what motivated the man.
Having said that, the idea to write it from John's point of view was purely a spur of the moment - "let's see if I can actually pull this off" sort of thing. Petra almost couldn't believe it when she got to the reveal and found I'd written a John story - LOL.
Ah, my evil little plan caught you, too, eh? I'm very happy about that. And happy that you enjoyed it and was kept guessing until the moment when the boys were uncovered.
As for the next story, well, fingers crossed - it's almost ready for posting. Might not be next week, but it will be soon. Thanks, hun.