Reviews for Melting Point
tanithlipsky chapter 38 . 10/29/2015
This was shocking, amazing, sad, inspiring, terrifying and great all at the same time. Thanks for the read.
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 38 . 10/31/2014
That ending... beautiful, just beautiful. I don't have the words to describe it.
The interaction between Johnny and Pietro here? So perfect.
Johnny appearing with a motorized wheel chair, Pietro asking if he could do wheelies yet, Johnny saying to give him time, and Pietro asking about his dad, and then their conversation turning more serious, and about what it was like after their hearts stopped... and that gorgeous description of the sunrise, and Johnny saying, "Hey, Pietro. Are you okay?" And Pietro answering, "I think so." Just wow. Endings can be so challenging, and this was such a spectacular story... but I feel like you pulled it off.

And just... yeah, this is the second time I read through this story. And I'm pretty sure you're not reading this, but, wherever you are... thank you. Thank you so, so much for this absolutely wonderful and breathtaking and heartwrenching and spectacular and incredible and awesome and amazing and fantastic story. Thank you for writing this. Just want to tell you that your writing is still being enjoyed, even over 7 years after you've finished it.
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 37 . 10/31/2014
Oh, beautiful. Love Johnny. And he was reading Erik there, wasn't he? Reading like he'd learned from Pietro. "He save my life once. And he threw it away once. I owe him nothing and he owes me nothing. Now, are we going home?" - just wow.
And just loved Logan and his protectiveness of the kids, and his hatred for Magneto. So totally him.
And Pietro! Pietro and Wanda's reunion there was absolutely /gorgeous,/ and the way you showed that deep connection they have...
And also Pietro's reunion with Lance, and Todd, and Fred, and Johnny... amazing, just amazing.
And the way you write everybody. Like, the way you write Magneto - I hate him, but I feel for him, and I kind of love him, but I really loathe him, but I can't, not all the way... you write him as such a deep, strangely sympathetic character.
You write everybody as sympathetic characters. It's breathtaking.
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 36 . 10/31/2014
Oh my gawds the tension action suspense emotion crazy crazy intense the what's the word oh my gawds the urge to scream it's so much
Just fantastic, incredible writing.
And just, Magneto realizing that Pietro's afraid of the needle because of him and it's all his fault, and Wanda freaking out, and everybody freaking out, and Johnny screaming at Pietro for leaving him, and then his seizure, and Magneto - and how you show how Magneto really is a leader, and though he doesn't always make the right decision, he /does/ make the tough decisions and he does it without hesitation - and Logan trying to save Johnny, and Pietro and the needle and his fear and him convincing himself by thinking of (and realizing) how everybody needed him (and partially to spite his father who seemed to be trying to take his place) and Wanda reaching for Johnny but actually reaching past him and Pietro realizing that she thought she'd already lost him, and...
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 35 . 10/27/2014
"I forgive you. But if you ever come near Pietro again, I will kill you." - Loved this. Just loved this.
And Wanda letting go of her anger, and Pietro going crazy and his thoughts about how he'd always been free and invisible and alone, and then the needle and what it represents to him - "That's what he wants, isn't it? That's all he wants! He wants to start the experiments again until you're either better or dead!" - and his refusal to inject the needle and ripping up the note and grinding it beneath his heel... "You can't make me."
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 34 . 10/27/2014
"Who's Wanda?" o_o Oh Pietro! I just loved the way you showed his mind slipping, the way he was hallucinating, seeing his stomach burned away and his spine and the carpet, and crawling to the kitchen hissing like a snake, and then forgetting who Wanda was...
And loved the bit where Wanda looked at him, right through him, and he changed his mind about slitting his wrist.
And then Todd burying the knife...
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 33 . 10/27/2014
Oh, Johnny's first-person POV... I really do love the way you write him.
And I just loved the bits about how Pietro reads people, how he really looks and listens and understands, and how Johnny was trying to read people the way Pietro does. And then the memory of when Johnny had a panic attack and Pietro came and calmed him down. And the whole thing about what will be, will be.
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 32 . 10/25/2014
Loved the repetition of "It all came down to blood."
And Wanda saying that there was nothing in her body that could harm Pietro, that there was no danger at all.
And the conversation between Johnny and Erik. "Funny old world. Que sera, sera." And him walking away calmly as if he hadn't just shattered Erik's heart.
And then the last bit with Pietro, and his thoughts about blood, and painting a self-portrait, and holding the knife with the same grace and care of a violinist about to draw his bow across the strings, a painter about to add the final stroke to his masterpiece... ohgodsjfkdajfkdj I know he doesn't, but... oh Pietro no...
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 31 . 10/25/2014
I totally get I-was-shampooing-my-hair-when-suddenly-eureka! moments X3
And... wow... just wow... absolutely /loved/ this chapter. So intense. So, so many feels. So many absolutely gorgeous images. The conversation between Wanda and Johnny was just... absolutely breathtaking. It hurt, but it was so beautiful. And the images like Johnny having fire around his head, and then him being a transparent fire demon with flaming arms outstretched to meet Pietro's shivering white fantom as they collided on some forsaken level of the inferno... and how Wanda and Johnny were talking about how unfair life was, and how Wanda wasn't surprised or alarmed when she woke up and found him watching her, and him saying that she reminded him so much of Pietro...
And then that last part with Pietro, and how he felt like a pencil sketch that somebody was slowly erasing, and how his movements were jerky and unstable like an electronic toy with a fried circuit, and then the knife and how he thought about juggling but he couldn't juggle because there was only one and everyone knows you need at least three to make a juggling act entertaining, so he decided to end himself instead...
Ow-yeowch. My heartstrings. Amazing writing.
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 30 . 10/25/2014
Okay, I don't like Fred. He's absolutely awful in the comics. And I didn't like him in the TV show either. But the way you write him here... agh, I can't help but kind of like him! Damn you.
Just how he was like, "I'm not stupid," and how he saw things, and how he liked being helpful, and him wondering about the sky, and how he helped Pietro and kept the promise and was then regretting that he kept the promise, and his thoughts about how everybody should have signs over their heads, and how he's letting go because he doesn't want to be hurt...
I still don't like the Blob. But I like the way you write him...
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 29 . 10/25/2014
Oh... just love how you brought Johnny into this whole crazy mess, and I just love how you write him. And then just the whole thing with Johnny having been experimented on, and Magneto saving him, and Johnny kind of being a replacement for Pietro, and Jean and how she can't sleep because she can feel the telepathic distress coming from everyone...
And the part in the beginning with Pietro dancing, and wondering if there'll be anything left of him to rescue...
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 28 . 10/23/2014
Loved seeing Lance's thoughts from his first-person POV here. And I like how you have these first-person, introspective chapters spread out through the story, providing us glimpses into the characters heads, but having most of the story be third-person and filled with action and dialogue and all that fun stuff.
And the whole thing with Lance being the leader, then Pietro being the leader but not liking it, and then their fight, and then Lance ending up being the leader again, and all his self-doubt and trying to pretend he knows what to do even though he doesn't...
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 27 . 10/20/2014
Oh, lots'n lots of emotions... what with the Moulin Rouge and the song Come What May, and all the tears and confusion... haven't seen the movie, but I did listen to the song.
And then I just loved the ending with Scott finding the note from Pietro on the pantry door that said that he was still there.
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 26 . 10/17/2014
"Fierce! Hiss" - loved all the little details, like about Pietro's cologne, the little moments that Pietro and Wanda had together. And seeing this from Wanda's POV, first-person, her inner struggle as she tries to reconcile her new (old) memories, and tries to understand what Pietro went through, and considering what their lives could have been like if they hadn't been separated... all the confusion and anger and pain, I totally felt it.
Self-Inflicted Insanity chapter 25 . 10/17/2014
Just... Magento's confession... what he did to Pietro... to Wanda... and then Pietro and Wanda both freaking out, and Pietro taking Wanda back to the Brotherhood house to protect her... just, everything... my heartstrings are so, so frayed.
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