Reviewer: ArielMarie (Signed)
21/02/11 10:37 PM · On:
Awesome!!!! I love the brothers being brothers again!!!
Me too! I didn't realize how much I missed them just being brothers. It is so good to see them supporting each other again!
Reviewer: Primrose (Signed)
20/02/11 10:57 PM · On:
THAT'S what those boys needed to say to each other! Thank you for doing it for those writers! :)
Author's Response: Thanks! I always want the boys to talk more, even though it isn't the norm for them. And even tho I don't make them say everything I want them to, it is nice to coerce a few more words out of them than we get on the show. So glad you enjoyed my version of the brotherly chat! Take care, B.J.
Reviewer: saltnburnem (Signed)
20/02/11 10:50 PM · On:
Very powerful. Very true. Great job!
Author's Response: Thanks! Their lives are so powerful and the guys themselves are so strong, resilient and heroic. Getting them to talk and share would be a chore if I had to do it in real life, but in here, they are at the mercy of my keyboard! Later, B.J.
Reviewer: supernaturaldh (Signed)
20/02/11 06:30 PM · On:
Excellent, I was hung on every word. I love your stories and I'm glad to say I am a part of the SH group.
Thanks, Denise! I am so happy to be a part of such a great group of fans and fellow writers. I'm not familiar with everyone's stories yet so this was a wonderful endeavor and it gives me the chance to catch up and read everyone's take on the episode.
So far they have all been fantastic, and it is quite interesting to me that one episode can inspire so many different tags. Later, B.J.
Reviewer: supernaturalfan (Signed)
20/02/11 04:48 PM · On:
Great writing BJ. I'm glad to chose to focus on the boys conversation after the collapse and glimpse behind the wall. It gave us a totally different perspective.
I loved all the brother moments in this one..Dean reinforcing the fact that all that Soulless Sam did were not the actions that his Sammy would do..and finally making Sam see this. There was some much love coming through in their conversation..both boys. This is how it should be..and you captured that. It actually felt like I could hear them talking back and forth.
You had no reason to be nervous because you captured the boys..all the loving, funny, moments but most of all how they accept each other for who they are. I can't help but say it again..Great writing. Talk to you soon.
Thanks, Jane! I immediately zoned in on the similarities between how RoboSam used Roy as bait and the unfortunate incident with Dean. So I knew from the start that would be my focus.
Honestly, I was a little scared to tackle the seizure and the immediate aftercare with so many other talented writers also writing tags. I tried to distance myself from comparisons there. LOL They all did stellar jobs covering those moments.
I love the brotherly moments and how they talk with each other, how they each are always looking out for the other. It is such a privilege to write them interacting and then to hear it rings true is fantastic.
With these boys, it seems I'm always hearing them in my head...I just need them to slow down long enough for me to get it all down! LOL Take care, B.J.
Reviewer: Micaiah (Signed)
20/02/11 02:54 PM · On:
I do believe that's one of the reasons Sam stayed away from Dean. He may not have had a soul but as he said countless times, he had all his old memories. He knew something was wrong with himself and he also knew that Dean would pick up on it immediately. The only person who knows Sam as good as Sam does is Dean. I liked the talk there at the end. Nice one B.J. :)
There are always elements in the show that I wish they explained further, like why did Sam stay away and then why did he then want Dean to hunt with him? It leaves it open to the fanfic writers' interpretation and I always hope I get it right. Be nice to know for sure! LOL
I love allowing the boys to really talk. I love writing dialogue and they do need to talk, more than the show allows so fanfics are a nice way to force the issue.
Take care, B.J.
Reviewer: penmin (Signed)
20/02/11 02:44 PM · On:
Really, really good, I enjoyed this, it is so good to see them back to being brothers as we know them. Thanks for sharing.
I totally agree, the last few episodes have been wonderful. I love the tension and the drama when they fight and disagree, but I didn't fully realize how much I missed them being brothers, supportive and caring and yes, everything I tried to put in this story.
I love when they each think of the other and then when they really try to communicate and get on the same page. I think the boys are there, working together and watching each others' backs.
Our show is so awesome! Later, B.J.
Reviewer: ziggy (Signed)
20/02/11 01:44 PM · On:
Great tag, you had both boys spot on there and this was so believable.
Sam is definitely Sammy again with his need to know what he did and his desire to make amends and could so imagine him comparing what happened with Roy to standing by and watching Dean get turned.
And typical of Dean to absolve Sam, telling him that he wasn't him without his soul, and using his comment to Brenna about family slowing you down as an example as that is so not how Sammy with a soul feels.
Interesting too that Sam blamed himself for Lisa and Dean splitting up by coming and getting Dean, and letting Dean get turned but Dean's comment that maybe it would and maybe it wouldn't have worked is also true, but he recognised that it wasn't ever really his life, his place was hunting and killing evil and that doesn't fit with having a family. It just shows that Dean has really got his little brother back though for Sam to think that way.
A really enjoyable read, loved it.
I love that Sam is truly back, and it does show not only in his compassion and worry for Dean and all the innocents, it is also largely shown by his refusal to whitewash what he did as soulless Sam.
They are both right, Dean more than Sam because Sam can't be held accountable for what he did because everything bad RoboSam did was something that our Sam would never, ever do. And yet our Sam assumes responsibility and wants to make things right. Gotta love him for that.
As soon as RoboSam made the comment about 'family slowing you down', it just struck me that Show was making a statement. That is so against what both boys believe and it is super nice to have them back together, on the same page, watching each others' backs.
Take care, B.J.
Reviewer: vonnie836 (Signed)
20/02/11 12:37 PM · On:
This was definitely wonderful. Loved how Dean continued to absolve Sam from all his guilt and how he insisted that none of it was Sam's fault. It was great to see what's going on in Sam's head in regard of all the things he has done and how he can't forgive himself. Sad how he compares his failure to live a normal live, while Dean was in hell to Dean doing exactly that. That's so Sam that he doesn't acknowledge that Dean didn't have demon after him during that time, like he did and that very sadly, Dean learned several hard lessons before Sam went to hell. Loved Dean for having the last word about how what RoboSam said about family proves that it wasn't Sam. Great story. Hugs, Vonnie
I'm still working up to the longer tags of yours and Jules, want to give them the proper attention.
I think Dean will have to tell Sam he wasn't to blame multiple times and still Sam will take on responsibility. That is just Sam, and it is Dean's way to try and protect him. Gotta love 'em both!
I hope no one takes Sam's comment about it proving Dean is the better man to heart. It is 'Sam's' perspective and both boys always think the other is stronger, braver, better. I really love when one brother surprises the other and I think it honestly surprised Sam that Dean was with Lisa for a year.
You can't compare the boys, even tho they have had so many similar experiences. How many brothers can both lay claim to going to Hell and returning? That in itself speaks to how remarkable and special our Winchesters are.
I love that after all Sam's struggles thru the years to live his own life and leave hunting behind, at this point we all know that his comment about 'family slowing you down' is sooooo NOT Sam! That line just really stood out to me, as proof positive that RoboSam was not Sam, not what makes Sam who he is.
Glad you enjoyed my story. Later, B.J.
Reviewer: supernatfem76 (Signed)
20/02/11 05:43 AM · On:
I loved this. I loved the way you compared Dean's turning to Roy's turning. I never really thought about the similarities until you wove those two events together. Your word choice for describing Sam's memories of hell, Dean's turning and Sam's feelings about what he did to Dean and Roy was phenomenal. Fantastic job! I definitely have to agree with you. It is nice to see the boys back together.
Thanks! It is so wonderful to see the boys back together. I didn't even fully realize how much I missed that!
I found it devastating what RoboSam did to Dean, how he almost died, how it led to him losing Ben and Lisa. I love that once Dean found out 'why' any blame or anger vanished. All we had then was anxiety about his brother and what Dean might have to do if he couldn't recapture Sam's soul. All focus was on Sam and helping him.
So it is only natural that Sam would feel incredible guilt and only want to apologize and make that right for Dean. Knowing and remembering are too different things and once he remembered sacrificing Roy, the progression just seemed to take him to even more guilt over Dean.
I love bringing the boys together and having them talk and then hopefully, resolving some of their differences and ending up on the same page.
Glad it worked for you. Take care, B.J.
Reviewer: mizpah (Signed)
19/02/11 07:24 PM · On:
"All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
All the lonely feelings and the burning memories
Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door
Burning bridges lost forevermore."
I saw the title, and my mind went straight to that Mike Curb Congregation song that was the theme song for the movie Kelly's Heroes.
I'm with you, hun - the boys are back in town and I couldn't be happier. Even though it looks like that wall might only be temporary at best.
Loved your descriptions of the boys' faces during the conversation - Sam so intense, trying to get his point across, trying to make Dean understand that he has to shoulder the blame for what his soulless body did. And Dean, fiercely protective as always, pleading for his brother to stop scratching at the wall and trying to remember, as in this instance, knowledge won't make him stronger but will actively threaten his life, and all the while his eyes full of love, trying to understand why this is so important to Sam.
I really loved Dean's attempt to turn the tables as it were, using Sam's own logic and deductive reasoning on him to underscore the point that the Sam of now is so far removed from RoboSam that it really is like two different people. Even though my heart was pained at Sam's anguish at the thought of having turned his brother, and being responsible for the split between Dean and Lisa.
But in a way Dean is right - even though I'd love to see both boys walk away from hunting eventually and have their chance at a normal life, we have seen time and time again that hunting and normal don't go together, and usually end up in tragedy.
A stunning piece, hun. I'm so thrilled that you threw yourself into the challenge and joined the fun. There was so much good stuff here, I think my review would be as long as the story if I picked out all the stuff I loved. So I'll call it quits there and just send a hug.
Thank goodness for youtube because while I've seen Kelly's Heroes and the song sounded familiar, I could not grasp hold of it. Yes, now I know it! LOL And it's funny because the song doesn't seem to really fit the tone and scope of the movie. I never thought about it before, but now it just seems a bit strange. Maybe it's my predilection for Classic Rock!
Oh, I am so happy to have the boys back together! Didn't realize how much I missed their little roadside chats and them being 'together' in this fight. *sighs happily*
I am so happy you challenged us to write a tag. I oftentimes go with my gut feel and a story seems to write itself, so answering a challenge is harder for me. But it also spurs you to think in a new direction so the story would have never existed without the challenge.
Writing dialogue for Sam and Dean and picturing Jared and Jensen acting my scene is one of my favorite things. And with them talking in my head, it seems like all I do is transcribe it as they work it all out. Such rich, well-defined characters make the writers' job a little easier.
I think Dean is still working it all out, at the moment thinking he can't have a family, that he is just a killer. Dean tends to swing wild, all or nothing, and he needs to learn to moderate his responses. Another reason why the boys are so good for each other, they balance each other and give that good feedback when one or the other is discouraged or lost.
I hope that one day they both find true love and real happiness. It is the least they deserve.
Hugs back to you!