|Reviews for Before The War|
| Guest 11/9/11 . chapter 1
This story is absolutely breathtaking! Although I will admit, I'm so enamored with the L we see once he meets the taskforce that I completely forgot about how we see him in the beginning of the story. Because of you pointing that out and building on it, I went back to reread the beginning of the manga, and that is ALWAYS a goo thing. So thank you for reminding me of that little detail, and thank you for this beautiful piece.
I've enjoyed every story I've read of yours, and will definitely be rereading them every so often. )
| Katamabob 5/28/11 . chapter 1
That was an amazing character piece. Very vivid, powerful imagery. Sad and strange, scary when you realise exactly everything he gives up by the end. Brilliant.
| alice 8/16/10 . chapter 1
Wow. Just- wow.
that was amazing.
| xXForgottenxXxPrincessXx 8/15/10 . chapter 1
I love this...
Its so amazing.
and it makes me want to cry. xDDD
| BluePaintedWeirdo 8/3/10 . chapter 1
Good job:) I feel like I have come to know L alot more after reading this:)
| gamgee 4/5/10 . chapter 1
Brilliant, powerful, and sad in its own fashion.
Wow. Definitely going to favorites.
xoxo with all my little heart
| Shella again 7/8/09 . chapter 1
Forgot to mention 'epic'.
| Shella 7/8/09 . chapter 1
Strange, that just as we encounter L the person, he gives up the part of him that is himself, and becomes more an idea/embodiment than ever ... or something. The semantics of this are killing my brain.
This is fantastic. This is everything that truly fascinates me about L; the perching and eating sweet stuff is endearing, but that larger-than-life, blazing, uncompromising, dualistic, passionate singularity ... that's what makes him fascinating. Awesome stuff.
| hello-there-how-ya-doin 7/6/09 . chapter 1
| HallucinatingDreams 7/5/09 . chapter 1
I cried. I cried so much, in fact, I had to stop reading halfway, and start over again. And then, when I was finished the first time, I read this again.
Something about "Before The War" strikes a chord deep, deep within me. It might be because-in a very strange way-I can relate to it.
Sometimes, it's difficult to understand Lawliet as a...mortal. It's hard to picture him-stripped of his title, stripped of all the beauty and romance writers tend to attach to him. It's hard to understand what he sacrificed to pursue Kira, and it's even harder to think that the "great L" thought about having a normal life, too.
Thank you for contrasting Lawliet and L so dramatically, for making Lawliet what he really is ("just a skinny, plain faced young man"). It makes his transition to "the burning sun and the shimmering moon" so much more...heart-breaking.
My favorite lines were:
"He could step back, right now, and turn away...He will just be the slightly strange, pale, tired looking man who starts turning up at the supermarket, starts wearing ties, starts living a normal life."
"...this burning, inescapable feeling that if he doesn’t try, if he doesn’t fight against this, if he doesn’t hurl himself completely and totally towards it, then it doesn’t matter how long he lives. Every day will be a step away and a glance over his shoulder, a half-formed wish about what could have been."
Also, I liked the length. When stories run too long, no one takes the time to absorb every phrase; but with this oneshot, I carefully, slowly read every word.
Thank you for writing. This was very touching, very powerful.
| Black-Dragon1003 7/3/09 . chapter 1
This is L. The L you describe here, is the L I see as well...even though I also see the L who "perches and eats sweets" as you say. I love what you wrote here. It is beautiful.
| phollie 6/16/09 . chapter 1
Good lord, my dear. I nearly laughed when I read your introduction saying that some may hate this fic, because I thought, "Bialy? Oh, no no no, that's impossible."
Well, uh, looks like I was right, because this may very well be my favorite piece of yours.
To be honest, I nearly disregarded reviewing until I could find the right words to say about this, but I'm deciding to ramble like a rabid fangirl and wing it. Because I do that rather well. xD
THIS is L. Never before have I seen someone be able to wrap it up so neatly. This is the side of him that I wish we could have seen so much more in the manga/anime, because it's beautiful and it's thought-prokoking and so intimate, yet still holds a distance, for lack of a better description. I could see this running through his head before he reveals himself to the task force; the doubt, the other options, the urge to walk away and leave it to someone else. But even still, we know that he wouldn't have allowed himself to do that, and that's the heartbreaking beauty of it.
"...if he doesn’t fight against this, if he doesn’t hurl himself completely and totally towards it, then it doesn’t matter how long he lives."
Speaking of revealing, I'll reveal the fact that this line gave me chills. But out of all the lines, this one held the most gravity for me: "To defeat the faceless, he has to give himself a face."
This was so...human. I believe that's the right word to use. Because in spite of the eccentric caricature that is my favorite character of all time, he is still human. And, love, you've pretty much nailed it.
| vhas 5/25/09 . chapter 1
| Underwater Owl 5/3/09 . chapter 1
That was really, really poetic. And so dark- hopeful, at the same time- but dark because we the readers know. Vivid descriptions. Like, I could picture him at the window, with as you say, a 'fervent wish for luck.' And it's not coming, because it's all already been written.
Tragic, and beautiful.
| EternityEchoes 4/20/09 . chapter 1
You are an incredible writer. Wow. This story...captures what L is perfectely. I totally agree with the way you see him. I think that the sweet L that crouches and eats sweets-while adorable, don't get me wrong-is just a front that he puts on. Great story. :)