|Reviews for The Lift|
| Browny Pink 2/16/13 . chapter 8
This was just an overall good story! And in it, I though Kaiba was just motherlicking adorible ;)
| chiisana-inori 8/25/11 . chapter 8
I tremendously enjoyed this. You used the set up of an elevator accident perfectly and I thought the banter between Kaiba and Mai was funny, sweet, and very in tune with their characters. I can't wait to read the next installment. :)
| Chicary 3/17/10 . chapter 8
Apologies if you're not a big fan of long reviews but...
This was an absolutely refreshing read and you've further solidified my interest in arrogantshipping. I'm a stickler for canon-based stories and I really, really like good humor. You've executed their budding relationship in a believable and realistic way. The length you chose to make this process work is key because I cannot see two people who barely know each other end up where they did in chapter 8 without some time for exploration. The directions this fic took was very imaginative, which is great because my ideas probably would have stopped by the end of chapter 2. Keeping it clean AND entertaining gave a lot of credibility to this story because, well, my soiled post-teen mind goes straight to one thing when I think of a guy and a girl stuck in a lift/elevator.
Pairing two strong-willed, dominating personalities naturally leads to witty banter and that's what makes this pairing so much fun. I was a bit surprised by some of Kaiba's acts of kindness but, grounded in real life, these actions didn't turn out to be THAT unusual. I laughed out loud about three lines into chapter 1 when Kaiba made an effort to close the door before she got in. The closet gentleman in him really speaks to the complexity of his character and I've seen this device used in other stories involving him in a (clean) romantic relationship. The sexual charge in chapter 5 was fun to read and I'm sure you satisfied a lot of readers with that segment :D. Chapter 8 was like a cherry on top of a carefully crafted cake, especially the cheezy line at the very end. Now, to make my way through "The Chase."
| Kaibaman64 2/5/10 . chapter 8
SOgood. I loved it, I would have never thought Seto Kaiba would ever even think about kissing a girl.
| Shakuhachi Jade 4/8/09 . chapter 8
First off, I am a fangirl. Fangirls are known to be avid supporters of yaoi couples, and I am no different in that. I do love some good SetoxJoey interaction. HOWEVER, I am also very much a straight girl in real life. I have a boyfriend whom I love very much. So I just wanted to let you know that your Mai gave such an excellent view into the female persona and psyche that I found myself wondering what in the world was so appealing about gay boys? Why wasn't I wasting my time reading (or writing, for that matter) stories about (het) relationships that are similar to my own? With a lead girl more like myself? Like this lovely story.
I think that's what drew me to the SetoxMai pairing in the first place. Kaiba is the depiction of masculinity, whereas Mai is the anchor of femininity (a bit feminIST, too, if I may add). I love them. The contrast reminds me so much of myself and my boyfriend-two halves of a wonderful and joyous whole that has been celebrated and studied for thousands of years: man & woman. *sighs approvingly* I still like yaoi (I've liked it for too long to turn back now), but I'm super pleased that someone finally got a het couple RIGHT.
*Incoming YGO Female Character Rant*
Serenity (to me) is straight up Sue. You can't get more Sue than a cute redhead with a bubbly, lovable, sweet personality and a near-perfect life. (Ew.)
Isis is rather...strange. I like her, but I don't think she'd ever work with Seto because of her connections to the ancient past and Seto's hatred of it.
Besides Tea-and I won't even go there; NO ONE can write her decently because they hate her too much (maybe you should try?)-Mai is the only character left (I don't count the ancient females 'cause I know nothing about them). The blonde femme fatale is left with the coolest attributes-a hard past, independence, passion, ambition, sexy looks, and cheeky mannerisms. She has her faults (arrogance and flightiness for starters) but overall she's one cool gal. And you wrote her perfectly.
This was a great story from beginning to end, and I can't wait to read the sequel. I'm sure it will be just as entertaining and interesting as The Lift was. One thing I loved most was your use of British colloquialisms mixed in with the characters' speech (I love foreign culture; you threw in words like 'arse' and 'rubbish,' and to me that's different and awesome -). I took notice of this because I'm writing a Joey-centric fanfic using my own local dialect (southern country twang! lolz). Anyway, thank you again for writing this! It was pleasing and humble, sort of like a Jane Austin novel (but shorter).
Gosh, I ramble on excessively sometimes... I better stop here. 'Twas a lovely fanfic in every moment.
| Shakuhachi Jade 4/7/09 . chapter 5
Wow. Excellent story so far. You've developed Mai's and Seto's personalities so well for them to have only been together a few hours. The time seems much longer because of the leaps and strides they've taken regarding one another. And they fit so well together! Makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside without there being any fluff whatsoever...and that's hard to write, I know. I like the flirting. Flirting is sexy and decidedly un-fluffy.
I really should be asleep right now (big test tomorrow-er, today...ick), but I've had a 'thing' for Arrogantshipping for a long time now, and your story has been the cure for my itch. I just can't stop reading! Thank you so much for writing. And I take back what I said in a previous review about your chapters being too short; I lied. This story is perfect in its simplicity, and the dialogue is beautiful. Way to change my opinion (for the better)!
| Shakuhachi Jade 4/7/09 . chapter 1
Very nice first chapter. Despite a few spelling errors (distain disdain), this was interesting, action-packed, and descriptive (which is a hell of a lot more than I can say for the other Mai x Seto fics I've attempted to read on here...). I especially loved your descriptions of the shattered mirror and interior wall of the lift. The characters are perfect. Most authors make Seto MUCH too nice; you've got him slinging insults just like the Seto we know and love. And you made Mai into a likable character (which I love to read, because I see her as the only decent female character in YGO). My only complaint is that it could have been longer. Nice work.
| Dragon-Tooth 2/16/09 . chapter 8
That was amazing! I loved how you kept them in character and how they were BOTH intelligent... far too many people take Mai as a ditz. Anyway, this was awesome and now I'm off to read the sequal! :D
| NFO-07 7/30/08 . chapter 8
This is such a well written story! And the plot was so clever. I was surprised to find myself upon a intriguing story about these two. I would like to say you are a very good author and I very much enjoyed this.
| animechick999 2/18/08 . chapter 1
OMG! This is such an amazing story! Once I started reading it I couldn't stop, I just kept reading it till the end! This is simply awesome! Can't wait for the next Mai and Seto story! Your doing great! Keep up the wonderful work!
| Shekiah Rosay 7/10/07 . chapter 8
Yay! How cute! _ Perfect ending!
| Shekiah Rosay 7/9/07 . chapter 5
This fic is amazing! Their in-character-ness in fantastic, as well as the storyline. You have them stuck in an elevator and it's not dragging? Awesome! I have a general policy of adding an author to my favorite authors when I like two or more of their stories enough for them to qualify as favorites. It keeps my favs from getting cluttered. And it also just pays homage to good writers. So... you make the list! Fav authors! _ Have some digital champagne - I'm French, I have plenty! But I digress, this has become an essay. Excellent work!
| Shekiah Rosay 7/9/07 . chapter 1
Ah! I LOVE arrogantshipping. :D
| Rem-Rei 11/15/06 . chapter 1
Songstone: Hi! I just finished reading this chapter. I really like it so far. You know, I'm not usually a Mai fan...
...actually, to tell the truth, I despise her. But I like her the way you portray her. More real than show-offy.
Okay, I'll try to read more, but I have to do some work of my own first!
| Gone Away 2345 10/31/06 . chapter 8
Oh, this is your fault ya know...u_u
Now I'm tempted to write a Seto/Mai story...**
At first, I was thinking 'JERK!' the whole time, and now, I LOVED the way Kaiba was truly in character. At first, he was cold, and then he warmed up to Mai...that is such a gorgeous way of enhancing the story.