|Reviews for Give|
| gr8read chapter 1 . 2/8
This was just beautiful.
Wonderful story, nicely done.
Thank you for sharing your time and talent.
| Mythopoeia chapter 1 . 2/3
This is really, really good. I actually usually approach OC-narrated stories with skepticism, but you pulled this off so well, I think simply because you are a very good writer. You're good at creating rich characters in very few words, so that made Mabel a sympathetic, interesting, and enjoyable person right from the start. You gave her her own distinct voice, and that gave the story extra color. Well done.
I especially liked her reaction to seeing Dean when he's all grown up. Her being all irritated at that girl being in her seat, her 'Git,' her being kind of proud at predicting he'd grow up handsome, just all of it. And I LOVE how you write Dean. Both child and adult. The ending really got me. Especially:
"He smiles like it's nothing.
("You made Sammy happy. That's not nothing.")"
It just ties up perfectly. Stories about Dean during Sam's Stanford years are all too few, because the premise really intrigues me, and I love what you've done with it. Great story :)
| Linnie McCary chapter 1 . 2/2
What a great job, TolkienGirl! Mabel's a very enjoyable character, and you've struck a fine sentimental chord. Thanks for sharing!
| Hundley chapter 1 . 2/2
Mabel was a believable, enjoyable character. It's always nice to see someone be nice to Dean. I enjoyed the story.
| missingmikey chapter 1 . 2/2
Very nice! I really like Mabel.
| Marz1 chapter 1 . 2/2
Awesome family scene without getting too angsty or too sappy! Kudos!
| bhoney chapter 1 . 2/1
Oh. Oh my word. That was just...wow. I can't tell you how lovely and bittersweet and moving this was. My heart is breaking for Dean. I LOVE Mabel, though I normally don't even read outsider POV fics. You did an amazing job of creating her, giving her a distinctive voice, using the perfect phrases and analogies to bring her to life so well. Her characterization was just flawless. And Dean and Sam...I just can't bear to think about it. I teared up reading this, first because it was so moving and bittersweet, Dean doing all that to get Sammy a present and give him a good Christmas, then later, in sorrow and pain at the idea of Dean being alone on the holidays. *tears* This was so well-written and so heartbreakingly sad. I'm glad you let Dean circle back and see Mabel again all those years later, and that she took him home again and gave him some comfort. Just wonderful. I'm favoriting this and hope you write more soon (though please give my poor crying eyes a rest and give me a happy brotherly fic to read). ;)