|Reviews for Arrows of Desire|
| riaki 10/4/08 . chapter 1
Excellent as always. Thank you!
| Trust No One 4/3/07 . chapter 1
Cant' begin to tell you how this made me feel - like seeing a beautiful flower, dyina and fragile, that you cannot touch for fear of it crumbling. Forgive my cheesy comparison, but that was how I read Alexander here. And Bagoas, what can I say, ever the survivor... I haven't been around lately due to work commitments, but I'm glad that when I had a bit of time to wander in here, I found this.
| Barsine 2/28/07 . chapter 1
Nice... The scenes between Alexander and Hephaestion are so touching... I've never thought about such an evolution of the relatioship between young Alexander and Hephaestion... you're very creative and your stories are always very original.
P.S.: Alexander is so sweet, here!
| Yolass 2/19/07 . chapter 1
Very funny and very sweet, it was a perfect story for the 14th! And to have Cupid change appearance according to who sees him is a great detail I enjoyed very much!
| khepri2 2/18/07 . chapter 1
Oh that's cheered me up! A lovely view of the folks on Olympus - quite human aren't they? I've always prefered my 'gods' that way. Not omnipotent but 'human'.
| Norrsken 2/17/07 . chapter 1
This is a most lovely Valentine tale. Little Alexander makes his sacrifice, and Eros grants him his prayer. The discord it causes in the Olymp is most amusing. I think the Greek Gods actually might have behaved in the manner you so well describe. :)
Your descriptions of adolescent feelings and awakening is clear and vivid, I can see the delicate triangulation. Poor Andromeda, lil' Eros robbed her of someone really wonderful.
I like the happy ending a lot - but something makes me believe the Beautiful Golden One and his True Steadfast Friend would have found each other even without Eros' intervention.
All the best wishes,
| Joyeee 2/15/07 . chapter 1
"She's gorgeous - as hot as fire!" That was wonderful - but in a "!" way - what a different Hephaestion, again, a polar opposite of him in "One Way or Another!" Poor Alexander, whose hormones hadn't kicked in yet! I felt really sorry for him - and, not for the first time in your stories, wanted to shake some sense into Hephaestion, seeing Alexander give up such treasured relics because his dearest friend had left him behind! The memory of their playing with horses together was really sweet. Alexander may be known as the serious one, but I really liked how earnest Hephaestion had been, also, about the soldiers, even making up their individual histories!
Hephaestion calling a god "young one!" Hee! Really, Eros may be depicted with a cherubic face and cute little wings nowadays, but I like your visualization of him much better - and, getting shot by an arrow is no joke! The blood-chilling scream, the signs of an actual wound etc. I found really satisfying! (Take that how you will...)
Another line I really liked: "He had his Hephaestion now, but he was not quite sure what to do with him." As if his sacrifice had been like going to a shop, or he had just exchanged his old toys for a new one! (That may be taken as societally wrong on so many levels; I don't mean it that way any more than Alexander does, but I don't know how else to put it!) Oh, and the "insides sparkling like the stars" was hilarious too!
Sidenote: I've always wanted to see the "marriage" between Aphrodite and Hephaestus set to some sort of rights, not just poor ugly Hephaestus laboring away in the forge while Aphrodite's off dallying with his brother! Anyway, this glimpse of divine family life is hilarious (just as Greek gods' family life would be, I think!) Athena is one of my favorites but all the comments on her from Aphrodites' pov here were wonderful; indeed, she wasted a lot of opportunities with those "brave, handsome, exciting warriors!" Ares' "admittedly slow mind" contrasted with that whole fervent speech of his about the glorious chaotic mess that would result from pairing Cassander (instead of some "nobody"!) with Alexander; Eros, at once the god of love and yet so happy with boyish sacrifices instead of silly girly stuff; and his "you really pack a punch, Mama!" - and of course, wonderful Aphrodite with her strong opinions and the punch to back them up - brilliant. I really love this universe, where we get to see the Gods' side of things too - as chaotic and personal and full of human emotion as human affairs.
| SONGNATASHA 2/15/07 . chapter 1
It's strange that I just reread "Disorder in love" the other day, and when I read "he had seen Hephaestion for the first time and decided that as this youth was the most beautiful person in the world, he should by default belong to Alexander, and sacrificed all of his childhood toys and keepsakes to the boy-god Eros to guarantee it would be so", I was wondering if you would write more about it. Then here it is! The story is really lovely, I love it!
| CoralDawn 2/15/07 . chapter 1
I loved the parallel lives of Alexander and friends and the gods and goddesses shown here, and their everyday concerns and occupations! The little games played by Ares, Eros and Aphrodite and how they constantly thwart each other's plans - that was perfect. So, instead of Alexander ending up with Cassander, he gets what he prayed for so desperately - Hephaistion. Alexander is mega cute here, all honorable, serious, devoted to the gods and so deeply in love that he makes such sacrifices to Eros. But the object of his affection, Hephaistion, is pretty shallow, I must say, having forgotten the bonds of friendship in his pursuit of sex, sex and sex! He really needed that jolt from Eros' arrow to "see" Alexander again... Hopefully with Eros' and Aphrodite's help, his love will be true!
| Tastytime 2/15/07 . chapter 1
That was lovely. Thanks so much for the dedication. I had the worst day of my life, and the fact that I read this when I got home soothed some of the pain, and cheered me up a little.
I love your Alexander- incredibly cute, and your depiction of Hephaestion is alarmingly accurate for a teenage boy- sex, sex and more sex! A perfect Valentine's Day fic, and I'm very happy to have read this.
| Baliansword 2/14/07 . chapter 1
I really loved this. I completely agree with your descriptions of Eros. I believe he was more of a youth as well, because does that not seem more practical?
Another thing I really liked about your tale was the interactions of the gods. I likes that Aphrodite and Ares had their little squabble. The Greeks always found their gods to be human, meaning fighting etcetra, and you show this. I may have never mentioned it in your other stories, but I like that your gods appear human, and not truly all powerful and perfect. Aphrodite and Ares seemed to fit in character descriptions as well. It was also nice to hear about Athene, etc., again just to see that the gods squabled too.
I like your potrayal of Alexander. He is coming into his own, and in doing so knows what he wants, but asks for help to get it. I really like that he wasn't 100% confident in winning Hephaestion over, and that he instead had to ask for Eros' help.
Hephaestion was a nice touch too. I like that he seemed to talk a great deal about how he was going to go meet with a haetera, but did not do so. He was the sweet Hephaestion that we are used to, but he seemed to have some other things going for him.
What I take away from the ending of the story may be different compared to others. At first I began to think, if this is only the work of Eros, is it true love? Yet when I reached the end I took something else from it. Since Hephaestion did not have many affairs with others, I felt that perhaps he too was saving himself for Alexander. Both boys seemed to slide into the role of lovers without much coaxing, even from Eros.
In saying this, how was the story meant to be taken? Were you going to their love to be the work of Eros, or just a natural growth for the both of them?
Either way, lovely fic. It was great for today, and I cannot wait to hear more from you soon.
| elizchris 2/14/07 . chapter 1
Hi, Moon, I've been away for a while and haven't been doing any reading, but I had to read your story. I loved it! Little Eros is adorable, and well, Alexander and Hephaistion, ah... if only we could really spy on them just a little... I have to catch up on my reading, esp. your last long series. I promise to soon. Keep writing I just love to read your stories.
| MLygia 2/14/07 . chapter 1
Oh! what a delicious history! And so proper for a Valentine's day romance. Its rhythm is perfect: Alexander offering in sacrifice his favorite toys to get the love of Hephaestion; This one for his part crazy to discover the pleasures of sex, and the part that I liked more, Eros disturbing Ares' intention of to make Alexander fell in love with Cassander (argh). Thank you for this Valentines' gift.
| purple lolly 2/14/07 . chapter 1
aw something nice but very saucey for Valentine's day. My Valentine day sucked big time but nows it better cause of these two love birds.
| angstman 2/14/07 . chapter 1
great story, I really enjoy it. I like how you combine god and goddess in greek to the story perfectly and the wood soldier sacrific are very nicely thinking.