Reviewer: SamGirl2011andBeyond (Signed)
14/04/12 02:06 PM · On:
I love the way you write all three of them and I'm glad that you wrote the Winchester's and Bobby in a realistic way.
Eve though I have to admit I've always wanted Bobby to automatically forgive Sam, I know that would be unrealistic.
I like how you gave off the vibe that even though it will take time, Bobby and Sam will get close once again.
Hope this makes sense, and sorry if it doesn't.
Yes, I know what you mean. My poor old heart ached when Bobby was so distant with Sam, even though I understood it. But I almost sang with joy when Bobby showed such open relief at seeing Sam alive and unhurt after his stand-off with Samuel in And Then There Were None. I figured somewhere along the line, they must have talked, and sorted things out. Or Bobby decided to work at letting it go, for the sake of the boys.
I think I had this wishful thinking in my head when I wrote this, though, that Bobby would eventually settle his differences with his youngest.
And don't worry, you made perfect sense.
Thank you so much for reading, and for letting me know what you thought.
Reviewer: breakingem90 (Signed)
26/01/12 10:24 PM · On:
Bobby is a wise man. I'm gonna miss him. :( Beautifully done! Probably one of my favorite tags to this episode by far! And you do an angsting, wall cracking Sam so amazingly! Loved it!
I love Bobby, and I'm going to miss him sorely. I've always thought Bobby was an awesome stand-in dad for the boys, and I was so relieved at the start of season two when I saw the boys spending time at his place after John's death.
Thank you very much. I actually had fun - in a challenging way - coming up with the different hallucinations for Sam, and the aftermath of them all. I think we were all just so shocked at the end of that episode when Sam hit the floor so suddenly. I know there was a flurry of tags, and my little discussion group that I was in at the time got in on the act - and we had a ball! I hope that you'll check out the other tags from the group.
I don't usually do tags, because I don't like doing stuff that everyone else is doing, but this idea just wouldn't leave me alone. I had to let my nasty little muse run with it, and see what she could come back with.
I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it so much.
Reviewer: gidgetgal9 (Signed)
06/04/11 10:01 PM · On:
Read this over spring break and didn't get a chance to review. I really really enjoyed it. The Bobby -Sam relationship is bothering me too so this was a welcome read. Loving Daphne too btw. :)
Hope you had a great spring break. Our autumn is starting here, the temperatures are finally cooling down and the days are getting shorter.
I was bothered by the fractured relationship between Sam and Bobby too, and I worried for Dean as well, as he seemed to be cutting Bobby out. The boys need their surrogate father - both boys.
But given Bobby's reaction to Sam in the last episode - think it was the last one....they must have talked somehow, and settled things, because there was no mistaking that sheer relief on Bobby's face when they found Sam alive and unharmed after the gunshot they heard.
So glad you enjoyed this, hun, and I hope you had a chance to check out the other Safe Haven entries as well.
Reviewer: sam (Signed)
13/03/11 10:49 AM · On:
thank you jules this is one of my favorites. .. how you protryed the fathre figure to be stern to his youngest and haveing to see that dean needs to cool off i like that thanks ...can i get a copy of this chapter please thaks luv yo
you are still the best.
Did I not send this one to you? Must have slipped my mind, or it went into that cyber-space black hole where all missing emails go.
I'm really glad you loved this one. While it was terrifying to watch Sam succumb to the memories of the cage, it was great to see the return of big brother Dean in full force. And that shaking hand sweeping back Sam's hair....awwwwww....I almost had tears in my eyes when I saw that tender gesture.
hugs, and hope you're keeping well,
Reviewer: bjxmas (Signed)
24/02/11 07:10 PM · On:
Awesome story, Jules! I simply cannot get enough of caring Dean touching his brother in all those big brother ways, just holding on and refusing to let go. Offering his encouragement in bursts of fierce protectiveness and gentle support.
Sam and his guilt, well...it proves Sammy's back. And his flashbacks were agonizing to witness. Hell truly is hell for our boys.
I love Bobby and his sage wisdom, how the rift is still there trembling around the edges but he is also there for Sam. And he is so wise! For Winchesters it certainly would be easier to just give up and die, but they are made of sturdy stuff.
But Sam needs to learn to pick and choose his fights because trouble will always seek them out. I love Bobby offering him a little hope and another approach.
Loved Dean working out his frustrations and fears on the firewood and then him silently listening and hoping that Bobby could reach Sam and together they could get him to stop kicking at that wall.
So much yummy Winchester goodness in here, I'm sure I'm missing something that struck me as so real and insightful. Lovely story, and quite the fitting finale to our little challenge. Yep, I just finished reading all the wonderful tags.
Thanks again for the challenge, it was fun and revealing, seeing how each of the writers chose to approach their story.
Oh, and great title and so fitting for our Winchesters, different and yet the same!
Yes, we've been waiting a long time for the return of big brother Dean, haven't we? And it really looks like their bond has survived everything that the universe has thrown at it over the past few years - thank heavens.
And you are absolutely right - Sam shouldering that guilt means that he's really back, soul and all. He's been sorely missed.
I kicked this idea around in my head a bit, and decided that the talk at the end would work far better coming from Bobby, rather than Dean. Bobby has that way of cutting through everything to get to the core of the matter, and doesn't care about trampled feelings while he does it - lol. But it comes from his heart, so that's where the softening comes in.
Thank you so much, not just for reading, for for participating in the fun of the challenge. I know you had your doubts at first as to whether you could squeeze in a tag, but you came through with flying colours, and delivered an awesome read with Burning Bridges.
And you know, that song is still stuck in my head - LOL!
Reviewer: saltnburnem (Signed)
23/02/11 10:00 PM · On:
I did enjoys the fruits of your labors! Of course Dean'll help Sam but I'm glad that you had Bobby help Sam out, too. That strained relationship needs to stay strong!
Thank you very much! We had fun with this sort of challenge - lol. And it was rather nice for our little group to hijack the front page - LOL.
I had to have that conversation between Sam and Bobby - not just because Bobby will tell it like it is, but the situation between him and 'his' youngest really needs to be resolved, and I hope they do get a chance to have a talk about it. I absolutely agree - that relationship needs to stay strong.
So even though I don't blame Bobby for freaking out a bit, I still hope for that much-needed resolution.
Thanks so much for reading - I'm thrilled that you had such a good time with our tags.
Reviewer: ritsam (Signed)
22/02/11 02:26 AM · On:
I just can't express in words how much I adore this story. Simply outstanding as usual. This is not good, Sam's scratching at the wall hard and we know.... I just know something's bad/ worse's going to happen with him soon. I was also a bit disappointed at Bobby's weird attitude. Oh come on, doesn't he know it wasn't SAM!!! It was T1000, not our soulful Sammy. He's getting older *sigh* but at least, in this story, the relationship between Bobby and Sammy's getting a little better. I love it, and my most favorite line is "Figured he needed to work off some of that nervous energy. By the time he tires himself out, I should have enough to last all winter."
And did you see the latest episode? It was awesome, wasn't it? Aww, I love Sam and Dean's brotherly bond, and Dean was almost crying over his brother's body. Aww, I love it. Glad our awesome brothers are back, now Sam... *I'm evil* Start scratching at the wall.... hehehe
Hugs you, Ritu
Hullo, my sweet!
I did indeed see the latest episode, and am loving the boys being brothers again. Long time coming.
No, Sam's scratching, and forcing himself to remember, really wasn't in any way a good thing. All it did was cause a little bit of Hell to leak out through that wall, and pile another load of guilt onto Sam's shoulders.
Strangely enough, I'm not surprised at Bobby's reaction, even though I wish it were otherwise. I can see how he would struggle with this - after all, as he said, only ten days before, soulless Sam was very willing to kill him to make a spell - and very neary did. If it hadn't been for Dean....so, yes, I don't hold it against Bobby for being upset and distant, but I hope that they can work it out before too much longer.
hugs you back,
Reviewer: penmin (Signed)
20/02/11 02:37 PM · On:
I am guessing Bobby will just need time to trust Sam again, but I reckon he will get there. And I uttered I mild expletive when Sam collapsed at the end of that eppie. Wasn't expecting the wall to crack so soon. I do like the scenes at Bobby's house, it always feels like home and safe. Nice one.
Hey, Jacq! I see you joined in the fun and threw up a tag, too! Awesome!
Yes, I'm hoping that Bobby will settle things both in his own mind and with Sam. I'm hoping for sooner rather than later, but the show does like to drag the angst out.
Oh, I almost shot from my chair when I heard that thump, and then the camera panned to Sam convulsing on the floor. Yikes! And yes, I expected the wall to last longer, even though Sam was really hammering at it by forcing himself to remember the hunt. Frightening to get a view on just how fragile that wall is, and how vulnerable Sam is because of it.
I don't think we've seen the end of the cracks, either......*chews nails worriedly*....Dean's gunna freak.....
Reviewer: Micaiah (Signed)
20/02/11 02:29 PM · On:
"Let's go hunt this Mother." That is a Dean line if I ever heard one. LOL
Nice tag Jules. I like Bobby and Sam's talk and hope they are able to do something similar to this on the show. Hate seeing the strain there. Okay, when's the next challenge? :)
Hah, yeah, I could hear our boy saying that.
Hey, Sonya - hope things are rocking away pretty well for you at the moment. And thanks for not only joining the challenge, but leading the charge to stake SH's claim on the Just Added page.
I hate the strain, too, and the distance Dean is putting between himself and Bobby in defence of his brother. I can see all sides - Bobby only seeing Sam's face as he raises the knife, and that deadly intent on his soulless features; Dean wanting things to just roll smoothly for once, without any ongoing crises, and just enjoy having his brother returned to him; and Sam, puzzled and worried over what had happened in his absence, and wanting to make things right, even if it kills him.
Ah, those boys.....
Next challenge? Well, I do have something up my sleeve besides my arm....
Reviewer: Primrose (Signed)
20/02/11 12:30 PM · On:
I was freaked out when Sam hit the floor too! I never expected that! This is awesome! We get lots and lots of beautiful hurt comfort tags to read! I love it!
Yes, we have - think it's eight from our group. And each one is different, so dive right in and have a ball.
Oh, I was so shocked - I think it was the absolute suddenness of it. There was no fading out or momentary dizziness as a prelude to the disaster; it was like someone threw a switch inside Sam's head.
And the scary thing is - where there is one crack, there are usually more.....I think Dean's going to have to wrap Sam up in cotton wool - and we all know how well that's going to go.
Hope Dean as mortar, as Vonnie said in her tag, is going to be enough.
Thanks so much for reading!
Reviewer: supernaturalfan (Signed)
19/02/11 03:26 PM · On:
Bobby..the voice of reason. I hope him and Sam reconcile soon..and we get to see it. I don't think Sam will be able to forgive himself until Bobby forgives him..and he really need Bobby, so I hope it's soon.
You really had Sam picking at that wall in this one..LOL I hope he takes Bobby advise and stays away..good advise. Just deal with what happens when and if it happens. That was Dean's advise in last nights episode..so maybe I should say Dean's advise, too.
I am so excited to read all these stories from my Safe Haven girls. Makes me proud to be part of such an awesome group. I am not disappointed..as I knew I wouldn't be. On to the next.
Yep, I love using Bobby for those boots-and-all talks, after seeing him in action a few times on the show now, specifically at the end of season four when he called Dean "Princess" - lol. Bobby just has that ability to lay it on the line for the boys, and cut through any crap that's hanging around to blur the issue.
I hope that the rift can be repaired, too, and soon. Sam needs Bobby, and so does Dean.
And yes, I'm hoping that Sam heeds the advice he's been given and stays away from that wall. It's going to be interesting to see how it stands up to outside influences, though. Especially if Grandpa comes back on the scene, since he possibly doesn't know that Sam has his soul back.
Thank you so much for reading and supporting our little venture. I'm thrilled that we could give you such a variety to choose from.
Reviewer: sam (Signed)
19/02/11 03:10 PM · On:
hey Jules, thank you...but i feel that in some way you are sending message to me. Because these are the same words ive told my husband and others in the family.
"Well, he's wrong." Sam hesitated for a moment before continuing, his voice a near-whisper. "I'm not afraid to die, Bobby."
That is me jules, me and sam think alike. is it wrong for us to think that?
"You already proved that a year and a half ago," the elder man growled softly. Drawing in a deep breath, he studied Sam's bowed head. "But I can't help wonderin' if you're afraid to live."
I keep wondering the same thing since im not afraid to die am i afraid to live...man u should get into head shriking...oh you know what i mean. its like i can tell you anything and i love this story very much thank you.
Hazel eyes widening in stunned surprise, Sam met the other hunter's shrewd gaze. "What?"
I think Sam and I have something in common and this is awesome may i have a copy of this for some reason the answer that ive been looking for maybe in here...please dont get mad at me when i say that you confort my wounds that have not been able to heel by themseleves thank you. I love this and i also hope that Uncle Bobby can forgive his Son Sam its not his fault.
RATING:MOVING AHEAD IS IMPORTANT NOT LOOKING BEHIND.
Well, the message wasn't intended for you, but if you got so much out of the story that related to what you are going through, and if it helped, then that is a true blessing.
Oh, I wouldn't be any good at the head-shrinking stuff. I'd take everyone's problems home with me and fret over them until I was a gibbering mess. I take far too much to heart. My own 'wall' would collapse, and pretty fast, I might add.
I'm so glad that you loved this story so much, and found so much you could relate to in the journey of the Winchesters. And no, I'm definitely not mad. Far from it. If I'm able to give you some comfort through my writing, then I am blessed to be using the gift God gave me to its fullest extent.
Reviewer: catchme21 (Signed)
19/02/11 09:06 AM · On:
Hahaha recovery at Bobby's, I love it. Then them ignoring him like he's not there and his frustration.
Love the face peering at him from the wall. That was only a little creepy. ;)
And Dean chopping wood...mmm mmm mmm you know me, straight for the gutter, so what if it was cold? In my mind he was out there doing it shirtless.
I hope for Sam's sake he is able to patch up with his relationship with Bobby, they could use a good talkin' like you laid out.
Awesome contribution Jules!!
Shirtless in the cold? You know what that means, don't you? He'd be high-beaming...talk about straight into the gutter.....*grins wickedly*....
Got to love recovery time at Bobby's. There's just something comforting about the boys having somewhere they can go to regroup and recharge, isn't there? Somewhere that's actually safe for them to do so. And I do love Bobby. Long may he grumble and grouch.
Ah, the face from the wall - yes, I had fun with that little bit. Occasionally I can do creepy - lol. But I think you topped me with the chink...chink....chink... in your tag. That was a bit spine-chilling, especially as the boys walked out of the room and Sam could still hear that chisel against the wall....*shivers*....
Thanks, hun, and thanks for plunging in and writing a tag of your own. It was awesome to see you come back to the boards. You've been truly missed.
Reviewer: Miriam (Signed)
19/02/11 08:54 AM · On:
Just wonderful. Written beautifully as usual. I really liked the interaction between Sam and Bobby. It was needed. And Dean in your stories is always Dean as he really is.
I was left thinking after the close of the episode and your story joined my thinking. I have read all the challenge stories too...really appreciated having you all there to nurture my imagination, and my own very tentative stories on "paper". What a great group!!! and all the banners are absolutely amazing.
Blessing and Cheers,
Sorry this is so late - I sort of bounced all over the place with my review replies on this one. No excuse - just disorganised.
Yes, I'm hanging out for a talk between Sam and Bobby, and an understanding to be reformed. It's hard for Bobby, but I'm hoping that he won't keep his distance for too long from his youngest 'son'.
Really thrilled you liked the portrayal of Dean - it felt like old times, watching him interact with his newly restored brother. I was so glad to see the old Dean return.
Oh, I'm stoked that you read the other challenge stories! We had fun taking over the front page, I must say - lol. I'm really happy that we gave you lots of good stuff to get your teeth into, especially since you've probably been a bit snowbound lately, eh? And thank you - it is a great group, and very supportive in times of need as well. Very special ladies.
Your own tentative stories? I'm intrigued. So much so that I'm about to email you to find out more....*nods*...
bless you heaps,
Reviewer: Oceane (Signed)
19/02/11 08:37 AM · On:
Terrific tag Jules. Sam's seizures were so bad, no wonder Dean and Bobby're freaking out. One of my favorite moment, is Bobby's talk with Sam, he know's the young hunter so well he knew about his thoughts, his feelings and he even succeeded to reason him to let go and leave alone his wall. I liked the end, Dean and Sam, going on the hunt, beware Mother. Jules you did an amazing work with this, I'm looking forward to next Friday, I'm very intrigued by the title of your new story.
I'm really pleased you enjoyed this so much. Hope you check out all the others too - we had a ball with this.
So thrilled you loved the little talk at the end. It had to be Bobby, in my mind. Only Bobby would get away with laying it on the line like he did, and making Sam reason through it. And also, possibly even helping to heal the rift that divides them at the moment because of what RoboSam tried to do.
Beware, Mother, indeed. The Winchester boys are coming.....together!
Ah, Daphne - well, it's been two years in the making, so I hope it lives up to its intrigue - lol.
See you Friday!
Reviewer: supernaturaldh (Signed)
18/02/11 07:27 PM · On:
Jules, this was a wonderful tag. I too have upset by Bobby's hesitant reaction to Sam. Lets hope he warms back up. Love this challange and you for putting us all in it. You have given me the desire to start writing again. I forgot how fun it was.
I'm so thrilled that all of you got on board with me on this little project. Definitely will be doing more challenges in the future - it was really fun to do. And that's what writing is supposed to be - fun. I'm really glad you came back to it.
Thanks, hun. I had a bit of trouble with this, actually. I knew I wanted the three collapses, it was just writing the links in between that was tricky. And yeah, I'm with you on the Bobby thing. I understand how he must be feeling, but I do hope that rift can be repaired and they can get back to being surrogate father and son again.
Reviewer: vonnie836 (Signed)
18/02/11 05:11 PM · On:
I have no idea how you do it, but with the first paragraph already you made me feel hell and be ready to burst into flames myself. You are putting me right into the middle of this, probably because of the loving little details. A slightly stubbled face, the description and impressions of smells, just to mention two, are what sets you apart and gives me so much enjoyment.
Loved how Dean cut Sam short from describing his experience. While this might appear callous, it actually shows the love and concern he has for his brother. It's an attempt to keep Sam from going back there and possibly not coming back. Sam is obviously shaken, which is not amazing and it shows on how he is scared of what his brother might find, when he looks in his eyes. He is freaked, but also feeling guilty for what he put Dean through. His brother on the other hand is angry and I can see why. It's at Sam for scratching, but so much more at himself for allowing Sam to do this. So Dean, as he always felt responsible for his little brother.
Loved that he took Sam back to Bobby, their ‘Safe Haven'. What I didn't expect was Sam making another trip down to hell and coming back just to realize he didn't really come back. The torture, very descriptive and terrifying and it started to make sense, why Dean and Bobby were talking about Sam like he wasn't there the moment he tried to touch Bobby's arm. Dean's reaction, once again worried sick and angry, running outside to get his frustration out was so in character. I also liked Bobby being concerned, yet unable to hide his own emotions about what soulless Sam has done. Too bad it brought another flashback on, first of what he's done to his surrogate father and then of Dean knocking him out. Loved the realization he had that Bobby can't even look at him, so how can he forgive him, also he obviously isn't factoring in several things. His hysterical laugh and his slipping back into another flashback, prevented by Dean, this time knocking him out for real.
Again, I love Bobby, the guy is so wise. Sending Dean out to chop wood was very smart, for all parties, he didn't have to listen to Dean freaking out, while at the same time actually keeping him from freaking. And the best part, he got firewood out of the deal. To me it makes sense that Bobby would be the one to talk to Sam, as Dean is so close, he would never ask certain questions, probably throw the very thought out before it would become too real. Things like questioning, if maybe Sam is helping things along. The bomb here was the question, if maybe Sam was afraid to live. It really hit me and obviously it hit Sam, who suddenly had to face some painful truths. Really understandable that he somewhere inside wouldn't want to go on with the load he is carrying. Bobby is brutally honest here, yet he doesn't leave him there, but shows him a way out. Love that he doesn't just tell him to let go, because he knows Sam too well, but that he tells him to move forward and fix things he will come across, rather than go looking for them by accessing his memories and bringing the wall down. His honesty about himself needing time is touching and I think it makes it easier for Sam to follow his advice, rather than if he would have pretended it was going to be fine. He knows Sam would see right through this.
Dean showing up, calmer but still worried and apologizing for knocking his brother out came just at the right point. As I see it, he got the biggest gift right then, when Sam told him he was going to concentrate on hunting. The silent promise as they locked eyes more powerful than any words. And Bobby's assurance that he would be right there was really what they needed. In a way, although not fixing them, Bobby pushed both of them on the right path and I love him for it.
The emotions in this, especially Sam's were so raw that it almost frightened me, as I was close to loosing it a couple times. At the same time it's once again one of the things that I most appreciate about your stories. I can only say that you continue to improve and grow, like a bottle of wine from a great year that is superb from the beginning, but with time gets even better. Hope I'm not getting drunk now. Thanks for bring up this challenge and writing in it too. Hugs, Vonnie
Um...well, you know, I don't know how I do it either. I was actually worried that I didn't have enough of Sam's feelings expressed in this, so your review made me sigh in relief.
And I love how you get all the subtle things. Like Dean cutting Sam off because he doesn't want him to remember anything more, abrupt in his delivery because he's out of his mind with worry. And Bobby siphoning off Dean's adrenaline by sending him out to chop firewood instead of pacing the house driving everyone crazy.
And yes, Dean's angry at Sam, but also at himself for falling for those puppy eyes and not dragging Sam out of the town as his instincts dictated. And possibly even blaming himself for putting Sam's soul back in the first place - but really, I think Dean didn't give himself any choice once he found out the truth. He couldn't leave such a vital part of Sam to be tortured for all eternity. He had to reunite soul with body and get his brother home. Even if it won't last.
I've wondered at times about whether Sam might have felt a wee bit relieved in a way at the thought of his sacrifice, given the sheer weight of guilt he was carrying during season five. If he'd perhaps felt it was the only solution left to him - to destroy himself in the process of trapping Lucifer, thereby earning his redemption for his actions. Sad to think so, but I've wondered...
Thanks so much for this, hun- you have made my day.
Reviewer: Vanessa (Signed)
18/02/11 12:52 PM · On:
Superbly done! What a great little tag to this last episode. I too was stunned when Sam hit the floor at the end.
Hey, Ness! Long time no hear. Hope you've been keeping well.
Oh, I was almost out of my seat with the shock of it. Sam just cut off mid-word, then that thump - no wonder Dean took off across the room like a bat out of hell. That was downright scary at the end.
So glad you enjoyed our little contribution. And great to see you back on the site. You've been sorely missed.
Reviewer: ziggy (Signed)
18/02/11 11:35 AM · On:
Great tag sis. I almost jumped out of my seat too when Sam hit the floor at the end of Unforgiven. Guess that wall isn't as strong as we hoped, just hope it holds.
Totally believable Jules, so wish they could go back and extend the episode to include this! You got all three in character here perfectly; Sam's horror and guilt at what he did whilst soulless and Dean's worry and panic at his little brother's episodes when he scratches the wall, plus Bobby's now rather strained relationship with the youngest Winchester even though he is concerned about him.
That wall is definitely not as strong as we hoped and it looks like it won't take much scratching to bring it all down, something they have to prevent Sam from doing.
Loved Bobby's words to Sam; he needs to move forward instead of look back and if they can fix things that are happening in the here and now, there is less chance of him scratching the wall and he can also earn some redemption. Now that the Mother of All has been released they need to concentrate on hunting that, before she can unleash whatever on the world.
Great ending, the three of them united and focussed on hunting down this Mother of All.
Thanks, sis, and thanks for plunging in boots and all when I sprang this on you. But revenge was in the wings - I had three tags to beta - LOL.
I'm hoping the wall will hold, but I'm thinking that it won't, and that Sam can't help but pick at it. But there are also the outside factors to consider as well, like the arachnid hunt, which will also contribute to scratching the wall.
Also hoping that the rift between Sam and Bobby will heal before too long, even though I can understand Bobby's reluctance and caution. After all, it couldn't have been easy seeing Sam's face as he raised that knife, then to have the whole thing erased as if nothing had happened. Must have been hard for Bobby to just push that aside, given how close to death he came.
Time will tell, I suppose.
Reviewer: pinkphoenix1985 (Signed)
18/02/11 12:17 AM · On:
This is brilliant and exactly what was needed after the episode! :) thanks!!
Thank you so much for that. Hope you enjoyed the tags from the rest of the group, too. We just thought it would be a bit of a fun thing to do.
The end of the eppie was a bit of a shocker, wasn't it? Sam went down so suddenly, and then that whole convulsion thing - yikes. No wonder Dean panicked. He really needs to stop picking at that wall and stop trying to remember.
So glad you liked this.